Health Behaviors

  1. Binge Drinking

    Excessive drinking is a risk factor for outcomes such as alcohol poisoning, hypertension, acute myocardial infarction, and more.

  2. Current Smoker

    Each year, approximately 443,000 premature deaths occur primarily due to smoking. Cigarette smoking is identified as a cause in multiple diseases including various cancers, cardiovascular disease, respiratory conditions, low birth weight, and other adverse health outcomes. Measuring the prevalence of tobacco use in the population can alert communities to potential adverse health outcomes and can be valuable for assessing the need for cessation programs or the effectiveness of existing programs.

  3. Fruit Consumption

    Fruits and vegetables provide essential vitamins and minerals, fiber, and other substances that are important for good health. Fruits and vegetables, as part of a healthy diet, are important for optimal child growth, weight management and chronic disease prevention. Eating a diet rich in some vegetables and fruits as part of an overall healthy diet may protect against certain types of cancers.

  4. Physical Activity

    Regular physical activity can improve the health and quality of life of Americans of all ages, regardless of the presence of a chronic disease or disability. For people who are inactive, even small increases in physical activity are associated with health benefits.

  5. Seat Belt Use

    Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death among those ages 5-34 in the U.S. More than 2.3 million adult drivers and passengers were treated in emergency departments as the result of being injured in motor vehicle crashes in 2009. Adult seat belt use is the most effective way to save lives and reduce injuries in crashes. Yet millions of adults do not wear their seat belts on every trip.

  6. Teen Binge Drinking

    Underage drinking is strongly associated with many health and social problems among youth including alcohol-impaired driving, violence, poor school performance, sexual activity and smoking.

  7. Teen Smoking

    Cigarette smoking during childhood and adolescence produces significant health problems among young people, including an increase in the number and severity of respiratory illnesses, decreased physical fitness and potential effects on the rate of lung growth and maximum lung function.

  8. Vegetable Consumption

    Fruits and vegetables provide essential vitamins and minerals, fiber, and other substances that are important for good health. Fruits and vegetables, as part of a healthy diet, are important for optimal child growth, weight management and chronic disease prevention. Eating a diet rich in some vegetables and fruits as part of an overall healthy diet may protect against certain types of cancers.