The risk factors

Risk factors increase the likelihood of developing a disease. The World Health Organization (WHO) has determined that the primary risk factors for non-communicable diseases (NCDs) are:

  • tobacco use
  • unhealthy food and drink (including harmful use of alcohol)
  • lack of physical activity

Although NCD prevention frequently focuses on individual behaviour change, we at C3 know that the environment we live in very much dictates our behaviours. It can be difficult – or next to impossible – to adopt healthy behaviours if your surroundings make being unhealthy the cheaper, easier option.

That’s why we use our partnership approach to bring together different groups, including individuals, communities, organisations, businesses, and policymakers, to collaborate on societal solutions that make it easier for people to live healthy lives.

Read more about our projects and see ways we can work together to prevent NCDs. 

For more information about the NCD risk factors, we recommend visiting the below pages on the World Health Organization’s website: