health behavior

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The actions people undertake that influence their health status. These actions are influenced by the combination of understanding, insight, beliefs (values), and practices that define the patterns of actions that influence people's health status, and may promote, preserve, and protect good health, or if aspects of behavior are harmful, such as driving cars at excessive speed, unsafe work practices, or cigarette smoking, may lead to injury, death, or chronic disease.

Subjects: Public Health and Epidemiology.

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