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National Prevention Strategy Released

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On June 16, 2011 the National Prevention, Health Promotion, and Public Health Council, announced the release of the National Prevention Strategy (http://1.usa.gov/lhAk9K ), a comprehensive plan that will help increase the number of Americans who are healthy at every stage of life.

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, signed into law in 2010, called for the development of the National Prevention and Health Promotion Strategy to guide the nation as it shifts to an emphasis on prevention and health promotion. The Act also provides $15 billion over 10 years for the Prevention and Public Health Fund to enable states and communities to expand preventive services.

The National Prevention Strategy recognizes that good health comes not just from receiving quality medical care, but also from clean air and water, safe outdoor spaces for physical activity, safe worksites, healthy foods, violence-free environments and healthy homes.

The strategy outlines four strategic directions that, together, are fundamental to improving the nation’s health.  Those four strategic directions are:

  • Building Healthy and Safe Community Environments;  
  • Expanding Quality Preventive Services in Both Clinical and Community Settings;
  • Empowering People to Make Healthy Choices; and
  • Eliminating Health Disparities.

Prevention should be woven into all aspects of our lives, including where and how we live, learn, work and play. Everyone—businesses, educators, health care institutions, government, communities and every single American—has a role in creating a healthier nation.

For more information, see the complete press release at: http://www.hhs.gov/news/press/2011pres/06/20110616a.html .

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