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Prevalence of Selected Risk Behaviors and Chronic Diseases and Conditions

Tuesday, November 09, 2010  
Posted by: Natalia Gromov
Prevalence of Selected Risk Behaviors and Chronic Diseases and Conditions---Steps Communities, United States, 2006—2007.

Cory S, Ussery-Hall A, Griffin-Blake S, Easton A, Vigeant J, Balluz L, Garvin W, Greenlund K. MMWR Surveillance Summaries. 2010 Sept. 24;59(SS08):1-37.
This article reports results of two surveys conducted by Steps communities, funded by the CDC’s Healthy Communities Program to address six focus areas: obesity, diabetes, asthma, physical inactivity, poor nutrition, and tobacco use and exposure. The surveys were conducted in 2006 and 2007, and were modified versions of the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) that collected information on chronic diseases and conditions, health risk behaviors, and preventive health practices related to Steps community outcomes. In 2006, the estimated prevalence of current smoking among adults ranged from 12.5% to 48.0%. Two communities reached the Healthy People 2010 objective to reduce the proportion of adults who smoke; in 2007 smoking rates ranged from 11.2% to 33.7%. No communities reached the HP2010 objective of having 75% of adult smokers make a quit attempt. The authors conclude that there is a continued need to evaluate prevention interventions at the community level and to design and implement policies to promote and encourage healthy behaviors.

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