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  • 1. Healthy Lifestyles
    Presented By:
    Arielle Phillips
    Kristen Yurkavage
  • 2. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
    US Government agency responsible for public health prevention, promotion, and preparedness
    Created in Atlanta, GA in 1946 with a focus on fighting malaria by killing mosquitoes
    Prevent and control diseases, injuries, workplace hazards, disabilities and environmental health threats.
    Current Strategic Initiatives
    Support State and local health departments
    Improve global health
    Decrease leading causes of death
    Strengthen surveillance and epidemiology
    Reform legislation and health policy
  • 3. Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance Survey (BRFSS)
    350,000 plus adults are interviewed each year
    World’s largest, telephone health survey system
    Tracks health conditions and risk behaviors in the United States yearly since 1984
    Measures a series of lifestyle characteristics that relate to health and longevity
    Compiles data on state-by-state basis
  • 4. Collection of Data
    Data is collected monthly in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and Guam
    States use data for:
    Identify emerging health problems
    Establish and track health objectives
    Develop and evaluate public health policies and programs
    Support health-related legislative efforts
  • 5. Data
    BINGE – five or more drinks on an occasion in the past month
    DWI – driven after too much to drink
    BMI – people in the healthy range
    Each respondent’s reported weight & height, which was translated into a body mass index (BMI)
    Smoker – smoking at least 100 cigarettes in their lifetime and are current smokers
    Seatbelt – not always wearing a seatbelt when they drive or ride in a car
    Exercise – not having exercised at all in the past month
  • 6. Summary of BRFSS
  • 7. Average Behavioral Results
  • 8. Pennsylvania Statistics Summary
  • 9. DWI vs. Binge Drinking
  • 10. Comparison of Exercise vs. Smoking
    Lowest Average Percentage
    Highest Average Percentage
  • 11. Data Limitations
    Data Collection
    Partially completed interviews
    Telephone hang-ups, respondents’ refusals, etc.
    Language Barrier
    Undetermined Eligibility
    Varying amounts of respondents in each state
    Demographics unknown
    Certain results inconclusive
  • 12. Any Questions?