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Health Risk Factors:
Preventing Chronic Diseases and Reducing Health Risk Factors
Our nation faces a health crisis due to the increasing burden of chronic disease. Today, 7 of the 10 leading causes of death in the United States are chronic diseases, and almost 50% of Americans live with at least one chronic illness. People who suffer from chronic diseases such as heart disease, stroke, diabetes, cancer, obesity, and arthritis experience limitations in function, health, activity, and work, affecting the quality of their lives as well as the lives of their families.
Underlying these diseases and conditions are significant health risk factors such as tobacco use and exposure, physical inactivity, and poor nutrition. Engaging in healthy behaviors greatly reduces the risk for illness and death due to chronic diseases.
The links on this page provide information and resources about chronic diseases and health risk factors addressed by CDC’s Healthy Communities Program:
- CDC's Physical Activity Web Site
- CDC's Nutrition Web Site
- CDC's Adolescent and School Health Web Site
- CDC's Healthy Aging Web Site