BAR HARBOR — Smoking, drinking and taking drugs are somewhat less prevalent among Mount Desert Island High School students than among the state’s high school population as a whole.
By much larger margins, more MDI High students get regular physical exercise, believe that at least one of their teachers really cares about them and feel that they are valued in their community.
Those are among the findings of the Maine Integrated Youth Health Survey, that students across the state took last spring. The biannual survey is a joint project of the Maine Department of Health and Human Services and the Maine Department of Education.
All students are encouraged to participate in the survey, but it is not mandatory. MDI High principal Matt Haney said most of the school’s students took last year’s survey. As a group, they scored at or above the state average on nearly every indicator of a healthy lifestyle.