The LDH Tracking Program includes the following population data:
Health factors and behaviors are actions, practices, or habits that have an impact on health. Health risk behaviors, including lack of physical activity, poor nutrition, tobacco use, and excessive alcohol consumption, are considered contributors in some way to illness and death from chronic disease
Sociodemographic measures provide information on factors that can influence environmental exposures and human health. These measures are based on population. The relationship between these measures with exposure and health is based on epidemiological studies. Individual factors and genetics, which are a component of health risk factors, are not part of these data.
Environmental chemicals are found in air, water, food, soil, dust, or consumer products. They can be natural or man-made. Chemicals can vastly improve our quality of life, advance technology and medicine, but some chemicals are suspected to cause diseases or illnesses in people at certain doses or levels of exposure. The LDH Tracking program collects information on reported pesticide exposures and childhood blood lead levels throughout the state.