Poll: Students Believe New President Should Prioritize Mental Health Education

Posted 11/04/2016 | By HealthCorps


Media Contact: Karen Johnson


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NEW YORK, NY (November 3, 2016) – With less than a week before the 2016 Presidential election, a recent poll of high school students identifies what issues they would prioritize if elected President. Conducted by HealthCorps, a national health and wellness not-for-profit organization founded by Dr. Mehmet Oz and his wife Lisa, found that if they were President, a majority of teens would prioritize mental health education.

When asked “If you were President, which of the following would you prioritize?” 62% of the students responded “mental health education”, up from 45% in a December 2015 survey. Additionally, 25% said physical education should be a priority and 13% replied they would prioritize nutrition education.

“Tragic events, such as school shootings, have unfortunately become more commonplace and experts are examining how mental illnesses may play a role. Given that our students often come from difficult backgrounds who must deal with challenging situations on a daily basis, it is more important than ever to teach our students mental resiliency, from learning how to resolve conflict to dealing with stress in healthy ways. HealthCorps, through its curriculum and in school programs, addresses this need,” said HealthCorps research scientist Jean Lim.

The survey of 429 high school students was conducted over eleven days from October 17 to 28 as part of HealthCorps’ ongoing assessment of teens’ attitudes and habits towards physical and mental health and wellness.

Among other questions, when the high school students were asked “Which do you consider to be the most important issue facing our country?” 29% responded jobs and economy; 26% responded immigration; 16% responded national security; 16% responded education; and 13% responded healthcare.

Since 2003, HealthCorps has reached 1,840,000 teens. HealthCorps polls its current students on a biweekly basis. If you would like to receive results from our polls, please contact Karen Johnson at karen.johnson@healthcorps.org



About HealthCorps


HealthCorps is a national non-profit organization that gives teens tools to improve physical and mental health so they can learn to live more productive and happier lives. HealthCorps students exercise more, eat better and practice positive thought. The program will impact almost 1 million students across 22 states in 2017.

The HealthCorps curriculum has been refined and developed in its in-school Living Labs program since 2003, where a full-time Coordinator is placed inside a high-need high school to mentor hundreds of students, teach health related workshops, and promote a variety of during and after school activities. Coordinators are recent college graduates who go on to careers in medicine, public health policy or wellness practices.

HealthCorps University is an intense professional development program that certifies participants to bring HealthCorps’ innovative health and wellness curriculum to their organization whether it’s a school system, community organization or corporation. In 2015, HealthCorps teamed with CK-12 to distribute free, interactive and customizable versions of the HealthCorps curriculum for educators and students to use. For more information, please visit www.healthcorps.org.



HealthCorps Polling Results:

October 17-28, 2016


Poll: Most Important Issue

Poll: Do You Know Enough

Poll: Priorities


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