Last year, the University of Waterloo conducted a Cancer Risk Assessment in Youth Survey (CRAYS) at George Elliot Secondary (GES) in Lake Country. The Cancer Risk Assessment in Youth Survey, funded by the Canadian Cancer Society, is a pan-Canadian survey of students in grades 9 to 12. The survey looked at 5 interconnected issues facing students that impact their wellbeing – mental health, bullying, tobacco use, nutrition, UV exposure and school connectedness.
The CRAYS report provides parents, schools and the community in general, with some very interesting and relevant information about the health and well-being of our youth. The survey was completed by 460 students at GES
To access the full report online go to www.osis.uwaterloo.ca and enter the following information:
As part of the Health Communities Capacity Building Grant (Stream One)) that LCHPS recently received, the Society will be reviewing these findings and looking for opportunities to take action on them. LCHPS is also conducting its own Youth Survey and will compile these results, along with other research such as that found in the CRAYS report, into a Community Health and Wellness plan.