Michigan Coordinated Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion Indicators:
At Least One Primary Health-Risk Factor

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Indicator:  Adults who reported that they have at least one of four primary health-risk factors

What it measures:  Percent of adults who reported that they:  1) have a body mass index (BMI) of 30.0 or more; 2) have ever been told by a doctor that they have high blood pressure; 3) have ever been told by a doctor that they have high cholesterol; and/or 4) have ever been told by a doctor that they have diabetes

Why it is important:  A person's lifestyle and environment, in combination with genetics and other factors, can increase or decrease his/her chances of developing a chronic disease or suffering an injury. Although some risk factors (family history, age, gender, race) are beyond an individual's control, others can be modified through conscious changes in lifestyle and behaviors.
There are four primary risk factors that can increase an individual's chances of developing one or more chronic diseases:  obesity; high blood pressure; high cholesterol; and diabetes. All four of these risk factors are modifiable.

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