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Regina Benjamin Steps Down as Surgeon General

U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Regina Benjamin announced yesterday that she is resigning next month, after four years on the job.

Dr. Benjamin has been a champion for wellness and made great strides in shifting the focus of America’s health care system from disease treatment to prevention. "My goal was to create a grassroots movement, to change our health care system from one focused on sickness and disease to a system focused on wellness and prevention. With your help, that movement has begun," Benjamin wrote in an email announcement to her staff.

As Surgeon General, Benjamin oversaw the creation of the first ever National Prevention Strategy, which makes evidence-based recommendations to increase the number of Americans who are healthy at every stage of life. She also released the Surgeon General’s Vision for a Healthy and Fit Nation to encourage Americans to lead healthier lives through better nutrition, regular physical activity, and helping their communities to support healthy choices. 

Dr. Benjamin demonstrated her support for the health and fitness industry by speaking at the 30th Annual IHRSA Convention and Trade Show in San Francisco, Calif. She also walked the talked last month in Washington, DC, when she walked alongside IHRSA members and other prevention advocacy groups through Capitol Hill as part of her Everybody Walk! campaign. 

IHRSA commends Dr. Benjamin for her dedicated service and passion for healthy lifestyles. We thank her for her many achievements in moving the dial toward a healthier America.

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