January 15, 2015

Ms. Asunta Ventresca, Director of Health Related Services for Buffalo Public Schools, was interviewed today on WBFO FM 88, Buffalo’s National Public Radio (NPR) affiliate station. She reviewed the District’s Wellness Policy, and included a discussion of the wide range of information received from the district’s administration of the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS) in 2013. She outlined the district’s multiple and diverse responses to the findings, including the implementation of a new health curriculum in the high schools, and identification and activities on multiple other health and behavioral related issues.

Jessica Weitzel and Caroline Taggart and others at Via Evaluation advised the district on the administration of the YRBS both in 2011 and 2013, then they analyzed the data, and created the district reports. WBFO has provided a link to both the Middle School and High School reports.