What is the ‘Healthy Teen Survey’ and Why You Should Care

The Healthy Teen Survey is a survey administered by the Oregon Health Authority (OHA) to 8th and 11the graders in most school districts across the state every other year. The OHA claims there is a strong relationship between health and learning…an undeniable fact. The mantra “healthy kids learn better” is used by the OHA and the Oregon Department of Education (ODE) to justify some extremely invasive programs. The survey is one of the vehicles used to support and rationalize interference in what used to be designated as “private family issues”.
The survey contains 165 intrusive questions for 11th graders and 149 questions for 8th graders. These questions include: frequency of sexual intercourse, gender identity (gay, lesbian, straight, bisexual, something else), school-based health centers, parental reactions, suicide, how often the student eats carrots and potatoes in a week, with whom has the student had sexual contact (males; females; females and males), how often the student visits a convenience store in a week, does the student have unmet physical, emotional or mental needs, does the student use prescription drugs (Oxycotin, Percocet, Vicodin, Codeine, Adderall, Ritalin or Xanax) without a doctor’s prescription, does the student have a cavity, does the student receive free or reduced lunch, what type of vehicle does the student’s family drive, what is your zip code and more. Apparently, all of these questions are deemed necessary and developmentally appropriate by the OHA and ODE.


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