MMWR: Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report: Surveillance Summaries, April 29, 2016 [open pdf - 3MB]
"Chronic diseases (e.g., heart diseases, cancer, chronic lower respiratory disease, stroke, diabetes, and arthritis) and unintentional injuries are the leading causes of morbidity and mortality in the United States. Behavioral risk factors (e.g., tobacco use, poor diet, physical inactivity, excessive alcohol consumption, failure to use seat belts, and insufficient sleep) are linked to the leading causes of death. Modifying these behavioral risk factors and using preventive health services (e.g., cancer screenings and influenza and pneumococcal vaccination of adults aged ≥65 years) can substantially reduce morbidity and mortality in the U.S. population. Continuous monitoring of these health-risk behaviors, chronic conditions, and use of preventive services are essential to the development of health promotion strategies, intervention programs, and health policies at the state, city, and county level."
Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report: http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/index.html/
MMWR: Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (April 29, 2016), v.65 no.04