Health Behaviors

This section offers survey data and statistical reports pertaining to risk behaviors, attitudes, beliefs, etc., used for promoting, protecting or maintaining health.

The department regularly collects and analyzes data that measures health behavior in Washington State. Health behaviors are actions that can directly affect health outcomes. An example would be smoking. That's a behavior that can affect a person's health in many ways.

Healthy behaviors lower the risk of conditions, while unhealthy behaviors raise the risk of conditions. Accurate data is essential to assessing the health status of populations. This data is collected and used to educate, develop priorities, and plan actions to improve health behaviors.