Other Lifestyle Factors

Injury and Violence Prevention

Injury is a leading cause of death and hospital visits in Virginia.  Injuries and violence can affect all Virginians. Often, survivors and communities face life-long physical, mental, and financial problems.

Oral Health

Oral health is health!  The Dental Health Program (DHP) at VDH works internally and with partners to make Virginia the healthiest state in the nation by improving equitable access to dental care and public health interventions that improve oral health outcomes.


A third of US adults report that they usually get less than the recommended amount of sleep. Not getting enough sleep is linked with many chronic diseases and conditions—such as type 2 diabetes, heart disease, obesity, and depression—that threaten our nation’s health.

Mental Health

In collaboration with its state and community partners, DBHDS plans, develops, directs, funds and monitors the delivery of comprehensive mental health services throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia.


In Virginia, the cost of tobacco use is substantial.  About 9,200 adults die each year from smoking, 1,600 non-smokers die each year due to second hand smoke, and 6,900 children have lost a parent to smoking related death. Given current smoking levels, 152,000 kids living today will ultimately die of smoking.