State Variations of Chronic Disease Risk Factors in Older Americans

The objective of this study was to examine and compare 3 key health behaviors associated with chronic disease (ie, risky drinking, smoking, and sedentary lifestyle). We used data from the National Health Interview Survey from 1997 through 2010 to calculate the prevalence of these behaviors among older Americans and rank each state, and we
analyzed overall trends in prevalence for each behavior over the 14 years. Older adults residing in Arkansas and
Montana had the worst chronic disease risk profile compared with other states. These findings indicate the need for  improved or increased targeted interventions in these states.