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Data on Habits and Behaviors

Highlights of the ACHA-NCHA II 2013

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 2013 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 WU compare?

Students reported:

WU

Population

Their health as "very good" or "excellent"

66%

59%

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

43%

      34%

Received flu shot in last 12 months

49%

43%

The following factors affecting their academics:



  • Stress

27%

29%

  • Anxiety

20%

20%

  • Sleep Difficulties

17%

19%

  • Cold/flu/sore throat

17%

19%

  • Extracurricular Activities

15%

9%

The following health concerns:



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

61%

59%

  • Above average or tremendous stress  

58%

52%

  • Upper Respiratory Infections   

32%

39%

  • Allergy/Asthma

27%

27%

  • Musculoskeletal Problems

19%

21%

  •  Anxiety

14%

13%

  • Depression


12%

11%

Engaging in high risk drinking in the last 2 wks

36%

33% 

Smoking Cigarettes/hookah in the last 30 days

16%

23%

Smoking Marijuana in the last 30 days

13%

17%

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

11%

15%

Not engaging in sexual activity in the last 12 months

33%

30%

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

56%

50%

  • Contraceptive use the last time they had sex
      • Condoms
      • Oral contraceptives

55%
63%
62%

56%
62%
60%

      • Using emergency contraceptive in the last 12 months

13%

16%

Experiencing sexual violence in the last 12 months

11%

10%

Meeting National Guidelines for Nutrition

42%

36%

Meeting National Guidelines for Physical Activity

48%

49%