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Health Risks and your Behavior (3:30)

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Risk behaviors can harm your health, but there are steps you can take to avoid or reduce these risks.

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risk behaviors

  • cumulative risks
  • prevention
  • abstinence
  • lifestyle factors
identifying health risks
Identifying Health Risks

Engaging in risk behaviors can harm your health.

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Identifying Health Risks

You can control most risk behaviors.

Risk behaviors

Actions that can potentially threaten your health or the health of others

Avoiding risks will help you to protect and promote your health.

recognizing risk behaviors
Recognizing Risk Behaviors

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has identified six of the most significant risk behaviors for young people under age 24.

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Tobacco use

Alcohol and other drug use

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Unhealthy dietary behaviors

Sexual behaviors

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Behaviors that contribute to injuries and violence

Inadequate physical activity

risks and consequences
Risks and Consequences

Risk behaviors carry significant consequences.

Both the short-term and long-term consequences can harm your health and well-being. Some risk behaviors can even be fatal.

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Risks and Consequences

Consequences of Tobacco Use

Short-Term Consequences

Long-Term Consequences

bad breath

lung cancer

yellow teeth

emphysema

headaches

heart disease

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Risks and Consequences

When you repeatedly engage in certain risk behaviors you expose yourself to the effects of cumulative risks.

Cumulative risks Related risks that increase in effect with each added risk

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Risks and Consequences

Cumulative risks also increase when several risk factors are combined.

Doing both at the same time creates a greater cumulative risk of getting into a car accident.

Using a cell phone while driving is a risk.

Speeding is a risk.

how to avoid or reduce risks
How to Avoid or Reduce Risks

You can take action to reduce your exposure to health risks.

You can protect your health and minimize the possibility of risk by practicing positive health behaviors.

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How to Avoid or Reduce Risks

Another way to reduce health risks is through prevention.

Prevention

Taking steps to keep something from happening or getting worse

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How to Avoid or Reduce Risks

Choose friends who avoid high-risk behaviors.

abstaining from high risk behaviors
Abstaining from High-Risk Behaviors

One of the most effective strategies for protecting your health is practicing abstinence.

Abstinence

A deliberate decision to avoid high-risk behaviors, including sexual activity and the use of tobacco, alcohol, and other drugs

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Abstaining from High-Risk Behaviors

Reasons to Practice Abstinence

Protect yourself from chronic diseases.

Protect yourself from injury.

Show that you value your well-being.

Demonstrate maturity.

promoting your health
Promoting Your Health

Regularly participating in health-promoting behaviors will help you reach a high level of wellness.

Understanding how your decisions impact your health will inspire you to adopt healthful behaviors that can promote wellness and prevent disease.

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Promoting Your Health

Participating in positive health behaviors benefits all three sides of your health triangle.

lifestyle factors
Lifestyle Factors

Scientists have found that positive lifestyle factors improve people’s overall health, happiness, and longevity.

Lifestyle factors

The personal habits or behaviors related to the way a person lives

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Lifestyle Factors

Positive Lifestyle Factors

Get eight hours of sleep each night.

Start each day with a healthy breakfast.

Eat a variety of nutritious foods each day.

Be physically active for 30 to 60 minutes most days of the week.

Maintain a healthy weight.

Abstain from smoking or using other tobacco products.

Abstain from the use of alcohol and other drugs.

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After You ReadReviewing Facts and Vocabulary

  • Define the term risk behavior.

Risk behavior is any action that can potentially threaten your health or the health of others.

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After You ReadReviewing Facts and Vocabulary

  • Why is cumulative risk a serious concern?

The likelihood of negative outcomes increases as the number of risk factors increases.

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After You ReadReviewing Facts and Vocabulary

  • How might changes in lifestyle factors influence your health in positive ways?

Positive changes in lifestyle factors can lead to a high level of wellness and a healthier, longer life.