Your score: The risky business of being a teen

By | November 24, 2015

Now that you have completed the questionnaire, you can begin scoring it. Each section is designed to provide you with a sub-score. Then sub-score can be plotted on the risk graph to help you assess your risk in each area. To score each section, simply add up the numbers after each of your selections. Then plot your total on the graph. In this test, a high score indicates you are doing many things to insure or improve your health. A low score says that you may be taking unnecessary risks and should consider altering those behaviors in which you scored zero or a one.

Safety

20 to 22 Excellent

This scores indicates you are aware of the importance of safety to your health and you are making excellent decisions to prevent accidents, injury, or accidental death. Keep it up!

16 to 19 OK

Although your safety practices are good, there is room for improvement. Look at the questions you scored low on and consider a way to score better. Buckle up!

12 to 15 Risky

You are taking some unnecessary risks with your life and perhaps the lives of others. Pick one that you scored low on and try to alter that behavior right away. Then pick another until you work your way out of this category.

11 or lower Dangerous

You have at least doubled your chances of becoming an accident statistic by the choices you are making. Take action now to alter the dangerous lifestyle you are selecting. Your choices indicate either an ignorance of safety practices or a false assumption that accidents only happen to other people.

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Diet

21 to 23 Excellent

You should be proud of your eating habits. You are making excellent choices and show an understanding of the basics of good nutrition.

17 to 20 OK

Although some of your eating habits are sound, you may want to check your snacking habits, tendency to skip meals, or unsound weight loss practices. There is room for improvement.

13 to 16 Risky

Your diet is one that could lead to trouble in the future. You are making unwise choices that could contribute to weight problems and health problems. Look for the questions you scored low on and make changes now.

12 or lower Dangerous

Your eating habits need immediate revision. Keep in mind that the eating habits you have today may very well be the ones you have in the future. That is why so many Americans suffer from diet-related disorders, such as obesity, cardiovascular disease, and anorexia nervosa. Make changes now before too much damage is done.

Health Habits 21 to 23 Excellent

Congratulations. You obviously recognize the importance of making good choices to prevent dental problems, stay fit, and be alert for health problems through regular check-ups.

17 to 20 OK

Although you have some of the health behaviors associated with good health, you aren’t doing all you could. See where you scored low. Is it dental care, excercise, or check-ups? Make some changes now to establish life-long good health habits.

12 to 16 Risky

There are some basic skills you must have missed or forgotten. The habits you are practicing could well lead to unattractive and unhealthy consequences, such as bad breath or being overweight. Make some changes now.

12 or lower Dangerous

It looks like you could develop dental disease, flabby muscles, and future health problems by your daily choices and habits. You need to care more about yourself. Start by doing whatever is necessary to eliminate any scores of 0 or 1 and work from there.

Drugs

21 to 23 Excellent

It’s obvious you don’t need drugs in your life, and that’s great. You know that drugs can endanger health and safety, and you have chosen not to use substances that alter your mood or raise your risk of accident and disease. Good for you!

17 to 20 OK

Your choices are good, but could be better. You are doing more than experimenting with drugs, and would be wise to keep your consumption as low as possible. Remember, the nature of drugs is to make you want more and more.

12 to 16 Risky

Your risk is obvious. Although you may not see your use as risky, you are at risk for drug-related problems. You may need help now in deciding the role drugs will play in your life. It is time to cut back your usage to the ok zone.

12 or lower Dangerous

You r use of chemicals, at this point, may signal dependency. It is time to take this seriously and talk to a professional about your usage. Keep in mind that teens can become drug dependent in as little as six months. If you scored points in smoking, remind yourself that it will never be easier to quit than it is right now!

Mental Health

21 to 23 Excellent

You are handling stress well. You have friends and family you can talk to, and you have a measure of control over your life. Your self-esteem is probably high, too, which means other people like You.

17 to 20 OK

No one can escape stress all the time. If you are handling it properly, and score low in the drug section, just try to keep things in perspective. When life gets you down, talk to someone. Try to find some healthy outlets for stress, such as exercise, a hobby, or good music.

12 to 16 Risky

You don’t sound very satisfied with your life. Although some depression is normal in the teen years, you could use help in coping with yours a little better. Seek out a trusted adult to talk to. If you also scored low on the drug section, you definitely need better ways of coping. Get some help now.

12 or below Dangerous

The way you feel about your life indicates a need for professional help. You should not be feeling the way you do, seek out some professional guidance. If you continue to feel this way, there could be serious consequences. You deserve to enjoy life more, and there are caring and competent people you can speak to. Try to find a counselor, someone from your church or synagogue, your parent, or a teacher to talk to.

Health History

Since the boys are not scoring question 37, the range of scores on this section are different for each sex.

Boys 14 to 16 Girls 20 to 22 Excellent

You are fortunate that your family history has dealt you an excellent hand. Now your job is to take advantage of it by making choices.

Boys 11 to 13 Girls 17 to 19 Ok

There are some risks in your family health history. Determine which diseases they predispose you to and then examine your health habits. For example, if there is some risk of CVD, you need to maintain normal weight, keep your cholesterol intake low, and watch your blood pressure.

Boys 8 to 10 Girls 13 to 16 Risky

You can’t change your genetic makeup, so you must make wise choices to minimize your risk. Smoking, obesity, and being a “couch potato” are too risky for you. TAke control — now — of risk factors you can influence.

Boys 8 or under Girls 13 or under Dangerous

It is obvious your family history indicates you may have a tendency to develop some diseases. Girls: be sure to do breast self-examination monthly, keep your weight under control, and do not smoke. Eat a low-fat diet, too. Boys: You must establish a daily aerobic exercise plan, lower your cholesterol intake, and have your blood pressure checked yearly.

Total Risk Analysis

Now, add up your sub-scores and compare them to the chart below. This will give you some indication of your present health risk. It by no means replaces the evaluation of a physician, but it can indicate where you need to take control and lower your risks. The choices are up to you.

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