Behavioral Health is a state of mental/emotional being and the choices & actions that affect wellness.
Behavior does not occur in a vacuum. A variety of influences—from genetic to social—weighs in on behaviors.
- Predisposition to disease i.e. diabetes or alcoholism
Influences on behavior are the level of personal control an individual exercises over that influence.
The CDC has identified a limited number of behaviors that are often established during adolescence and contribute to chronic diseases Americans face today:
- tobacco use (smoking, chewing);
- dietary behaviors (food selection, portion-size selection, attitudes toward foods and eating);
- physical activity (type, intensity, duration, frequency);
- alcohol and other drug use;
- sexual behaviors (leading to acquiring sexually transmitted diseases, unwanted pregnancies); and
- behaviors that may result in violence and unintentional injuries (use of weapons, motor vehicles).