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1999 Report

Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS)

Health Risks Among North Carolina Adults: 1999

A Report from the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System

Division of Public Health
State Center for Health Statistics
April 2001

Download the Report (pdf file - 3.3 MB).

The Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) is a random telephone survey of adults. It is designed to collect information about health status, health behaviors, and use of health services that relate to the leading causes of illness and death in North Carolina and the United States. The North Carolina Division of Public Health has participated in the BRFSS since 1987. The BRFSS is a cooperative agreement with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in which all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and three United States territories now participate.

Since 1999 the North Carolina BRFSS has been operated by the State Center for Health Statistics. The surveys are administered in the Telephone Interviewing Laboratory of the Center, which conducted 2,445 interviews in 1999 among a random sample of persons ages 18 and older. The current report uses data primarily for the year 1999, with some data from earlier years for comparison.

While fact sheets and other methods have been used to disseminate the BRFSS data in the past, this is the first comprehensive annual report for BRFSS in North Carolina. The plan is to produce this report on a regular basis so that trends in health status, health behaviors, and use of health services among North Carolina adults can be tracked over time. We hope that this information will assist public health program administrators and others in planning health improvement programs for the residents of North Carolina.

Topics included in this report fall into the following major categories: health status, health care access, diabetes, oral health, tobacco use, physical activity, weight control, HIV/AIDS, hypertension, cholesterol, alcohol consumption, folic acid, family planning, cancer screening, sexual assault, immunization, injury prevention, cardiovascular disease, arthritis, and disability.

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For questions about this report or for more information about BRFSS in North Carolina, contact the BRFSS Coordinator.