Skip directly to search Skip directly to A to Z list Skip directly to site content Skip directly to page options
CDC Home

Health Behaviors

Health Behaviors

Chronic diseases, such as heart disease and cancer, are among the most common, costly, and preventable of all health problems in the U.S. Each year, chronic diseases cause 7 of 10 deaths among Americans. Heart disease, cancer, and stroke account for more than 50% of all deaths each year.

When examining chronic diseases and their potential connection to the environment, it is important to consider other health risk factors that could play a role in their development. Four personal behaviors that can affect chronic diseases are:

  • lack of physical activity,
  • poor nutrition,
  • tobacco use, and
  • excessive alcohol consumption.
Mother and daughter in the kitchen

These behaviors play a part in the illness, suffering, and early death related to chronic diseases. You can reduce your risk for illness and death due to chronic disease by engaging in healthy behaviors, such as

  • getting regular physical activity,
  • eating healthy,
  • not using tobacco, and
  • reducing excessive alcohol use.
 

Top of Page

 

External Web Site Policy This symbol means you are leaving the CDC.gov Web site. For more information, please see CDC's Exit Notification and Disclaimer policy.

Copyrighted images: Images on this website which are copyrighted were used with permission of the copyright holder and are not in the public domain. CDC has licensed these images for use in the materials provided on this website, and the materials in the form presented on this website may be used without seeking further permission. Any other use of copyrighted images requires permission from the copyright holder.

 
USA.gov: The U.S. Government's Official Web PortalDepartment of Health and Human Services
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention   1600 Clifton Rd. Atlanta, GA 30333, USA
800-CDC-INFO (800-232-4636) TTY: (888) 232-6348 - cdcinfo@cdc.gov