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Perspectives in Disease Prevention and Health Promotion Behavioral Risk-Factor Surveillance -- Selected States, 1984

During 1984, 15 states collected behavioral risk-factor surveillance (BRFS) data from their adult populations by monthly telephone interviews using random digit-dialing techniques. The interviews were conducted using standard questionnaires and procedures developed jointly by the state health departments and CDC. The data collected included seatbelt nonuse, hypertensive status, physical activity, overweight status, cigarette smoking, and alcohol misuse. The results presented here are based on 1 year of data collection and are weighted to take into account the age, race, and sex distribution of adults in each state, as well as the respondents' probability of selection (Table 1). These data represent the first year of routine surveillance of behavioral risk factors in the states. The data allow state health departments to compare the prevalence of risk behaviors associated with the 10 leading causes of premature death among adults in their state with adults in other states. These data will be used to monitor trends and to monitor statewide programs to reduce the prevalence of these behaviors. Reported by R Brooks, Office of Health Education, Arizona Dept of Health Svcs; F Capell, Health Education-Risk Reduction Program, California Dept of Health Svcs; JV Patterson, Health Education Section, Bureau of Preventative Medicine, Idaho Dept of Health and Welfare; D Patterson, Div of Education and Information, Illinois Dept of Public Health; L Weiland, Div of Health Education, Indiana State Board of Health; N Salem, Minnesota Center for Health Statistics; R Moon, Health Education and Promotion Program, Montana Dept of Health and Environmental Sciences; R Staton, Health Promotion Br, Div of Health Svcs, North Carolina Dept of Human Resources; E Capwell, Bureau of Preventive Medicine, Ohio Dept of Health; J Cataldo, Div of Health Promotion, Rhode Island Dept of Health; FC Wheeler, Div of Chronic Disease, South Carolina Dept of Health and Environmental Control; J Fortune, Div of Health Promotion, Tennessee Dept of Health and Environment; GV Lindsay, Bureau of Health Promotion and Risk Reduction, Div of Community Health Svcs, Utah Dept of Health; R Anderson, Health Education Dept, West Virginia Dept of Health; DR Murray, Wisconsin Center for Health Statistics; Div of Nutrition, Center for Health Promotion and Education, CDC.

Editorial Note

Editorial Note: State-specific estimates of behavioral risk factors from prior years have been previously reported (1-4). There are differences between this report and previous data. "Acute drinking" in previous reports is now entitled "binge drinking"; "chronic heavier drinking" in previous reports is now entitled "heavier drinking"; "sedentary lifestyle" in this report is computed by a revised algorithm (see footnotes); and "lack of seatbelt use" in previous reports is now entitled "seatbelt nonuse" and is now computed from different response categories. Direct comparisons can be made with the previous reports with the exception of "sedentary lifestyles" and "seatbelt nonuse."


  1. CDC. Behavioral risk factor prevalence surveys--United States, first quarter 1982. MMWR 1983;32:141-3.

  2. CDC. Behavioral risk factor prevalence surveys--United States, second quarter 1982. MMWR 1983;32:370-2.

  3. CDC. Behavioral risk-factor prevalence surveys--United States, third quarter 1982. MMWR 1983;32:603-4,609-10.

  4. CDC. Behavioral risk-factor prevalence surveys--United States, fourth quarter 1982. MMWR 1984;33:247-9.

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