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National Prevention Strategy Released

Last week, the National Prevention, Health Promotion and Public Health Council released its framework for the National Prevention and Health Promotion Strategy. The strategy seeks to “improve the health and quality of life for individuals, families, and communities, by moving the nation from a focus on sickness and disease, to one based on wellness and prevention.” 

A full draft of the Council’s strategy framework is available for download, here. 

Established by President Obama and chaired by the Surgeon General, the Council is charged with coordinating prevention activities and designing a federal strategy to prevent disease and promote the nation’s health. 

The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) has stated that the Council’s creation is part of federal efforts to address preventable diseases. According to HHS, “chronic diseases – such as heart disease, cancer, stroke, and diabetes – are responsible for 7 of 10 deaths among Americans each year and account for 75% of the nation’s health spending… Too many Americans engage in behaviors – such as poor diet and physical inactivity – that lead to poor health.” 

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