Washington report: Health and grades related - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Washington report: Health and grades related

OLYMPIA, Wash. - A report based on data from a health survey of the state's young people has found a direct connection between healthy living and good grades.

The review of the 2006 Healthy Youth Survey found that the more health risks a student has - such as smoking or not eating enough fruits and vegetables - the more likely he or she is to report grades of C's and below.

State education and health officials say about 10 percent of those with a single health risk factor are also at "academic risk." About 50 percent of those with six health risk factors are likely to be in academic trouble.

Other health risks that can affect grades include taking drugs or drinking alcohol, consuming two or more cans of soda a day, being depressed, watching too much TV and not getting enough sleep or exercise.

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