An event today, which brought together 150 secondary school pupils from across Glasgow, to publish the latest Health and Wellbeing Survey for children in S1 to S6 has revealed that smoking rates in school pupils has halved over the last three years.
This positive figure was one of number of encouraging statistics to emerge from this latest survey.
The event at Hampden Stadium was hosted by young people from schools across Glasgow and showcased ideas and activities developed by the pupils in response to the survey carried out by Glasgow City Health and Social care Partnership.
Data was gathered from secondary schools across Glasgow and this, the third survey report, included pupils from S1 to S6 with over 11,200 teenagers taking part. Previous surveys were only completed by S1 to S4 pupils.
Fraser McFarlane, aged 14, a S3 pupil at Holyrood Secondary welcomed attendees to the event and said: "The Health Summit has been a great experience because all of our local schools have been able to work together for the purpose of raising awareness on all the aspects of health particularly the aspects affecting our local area/schools.
“It has introduced a fun way of presenting health and allowed us (young people) to be the ones leading on this. I also hope this changes our views on aspects of health to improve our local areas, minds and our attitudes".
Dr Emilia Crighton, Director of Public Health, NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde, said: “The reduction in the number of school pupils who are not taking up smoking is extremely pleasing and encouraging.”
Bailie Liz Cameron, Executive Member for Children, Young People & Lifelong Learning, added: ““It is extremely important that we listen to young people and give them a voice to air their views and speak about the difficulties they may face in life. The outcomes of the health and wellbeing survey can then shape and guide education and health professionals to target any concerns and inform future policies.”
Fiona Moss, Head of Health Improvement & Inequalities, Glasgow City Health and Social Care Partnership, said: “This is the most extensive survey of young people anywhere in Scotland and gives us a better insight into issues they face and their well-being. We have asked young people for their ideas to address the issues that have emerged and these are being presented at the Summit”.
”The survey has highlighted areas where young people’s health experiences are improving and also new areas for concern. For instance the numbers reporting that they regularly drink water has increased considerably. However, there are still almost a third of pupils consuming full sugar fizzy drinks at lunchtime.
“Another significant change is that fewer young people have reported that they ever drink alcohol. The reduction in smoking and drinking will protect the future well-being of today’s young people.
”More worryingly, amongst the 1 in 5 pupils in S3-S6 reporting they have engaged in sexual activity, a quarter were under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs at the time and almost a third used no contraception. This raises issues on how all agencies and faiths work with young people on sexual health matters.
“Young people are a priority for Glasgow city, and these findings will be used to inform our planning to improve health and wellbeing outcomes for all our young people.”
The full report is available at: http://www.nhsggc.org.uk/media/236921/nhsggc_ph_glasgow_city_schools_health_wellbeing_survey_2014-15.pdf
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