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Data on Habits and Behaviors

Highlights of the ACHA-NCHA II 2017

The American College Health Association (ACHA) designed the National College Health Assessment Survey (NCHA) to assess student health behaviors in order to help colleges and universities provide better services and support for students. Health Promotion Services conducted the survey in the spring of 2017 at Washington University in St. Louis on the Danforth campus. Twenty-eight percent of full-time undergraduate and graduate students responded, which is a useful sample from a Web-based survey. Student Health Services uses the data to compile a thorough needs assessment and prioritize work on behalf of students.

How does WashU compare?

Students reported:

WU

Population

Their health as "very good" or "excellent"

58%

53%

"Mostly or always" wearing a helmet when they rode a bike

44%

      40%

Receiving a flu shot in last 12 months

58%

49%

The following factors affecting their academics:



  • Stress

32%

31%

  • Anxiety

 24%

 24%

  • Sleep Difficulties

19% 

 20%

  • Cold/flu/sore throat

 14%

 15%

  • Extracurricular Activities

 16%

 10%

The following health concerns:



  • Felt tired/dragged out or sleepy 3 or more days of the last week

55%

61%

  • Above average or tremendous stress  

61%

57%

  • Upper Respiratory Infections   

32%

43%

  • Allergy/Asthma

23%

28%

  • Musculoskeletal Problems

18%

20%

  •  Anxiety

17%

21%

  • Depression

18%

17%

Engaging in high risk drinking in the last 2 wks

34%

32% 

Smoking (E)Cigarettes/hookah in the last 30 days

13%

17%

Smoking Marijuana in the last 30 days

19%

20%

Using prescription drugs that were not prescribed to them in the last 12 months

9%

13%

Not engaging in sexual activity in the last 12 months

34%

31%

"Mostly" or "Always" using condom/barrier when sexually active in the last 30 days

56%

48%

  • Type of contraceptive used when needed: 
      • Male Condoms
      • Oral contraceptives
      • IUD/Implants​  ​                                          


67%


51%

23%


61%


56%
 ​

19%

      • Emergency contraceptive (in the last 12 months)

15%

15%

Experiencing sexual violence in the last 12 months

12%

15%

Meeting National Guidelines for Nutrition

37%

33%

Meeting National Guidelines for Physical Activity

46%

49%

 

 

 

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