Assessment of the Uses and Users of Healthier US and Healthy People 2010. HealthierUS Background

09/01/2005

HealthierUS was established in 2002 by an Executive Order of the President of the United States. The HealthierUS initiative is designed to: 1) increase physical activity, 2) promote responsible dietary habits, 3) increase utilization of preventive health screenings, and 4) encourage healthy choices concerning alcohol, tobacco, drugs, and safety among the general public. The President’s HealthierUS initiative uses the resources of the Federal Government to alert Americans to the vital health benefits of simple and modest improvements in physical activity, nutrition, and behavior4.

Steps to a HealthierUS (Steps) is an initiative from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) that advances the HealthierUS goal of helping Americans live longer, better, and healthier lives. At the heart of this program lie both personal responsibility for the choices Americans make and social responsibility to ensure that policy makers support programs that foster healthy behaviors and prevent disease. A centerpiece of this initiative is the 5-year cooperative agreement program. Through this program, states, cities, and tribal entities receive grant funds to implement chronic disease prevention efforts focused on reducing the burden of diabetes, overweight and obesity, and asthma, and addressing three related risk behaviors—physical inactivity, poor nutrition, and tobacco use5.

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