HHS Strategic Goals and Objectives - FY 2001 . Objective 1.3 - Improve the Diet and the Level of Physical Activity of Americans


How We Will Accomplish Our Objective

We will carry out education campaigns to encourage the public to improve their diet and exercise habits. Runners in a raceOur focus will be on:

  • conducting our Five-A-Day education program on the importance of eating vegetables and fruits.

  • implementing counseling programs on diet and physically active lifestyles in our primary care programs.

  • conducting a national campaign to inform women of childbearing age about the importance of consuming 400 micrograms of folic acid daily, in addition to an appropriate diet, to prevent some types of serious birth defects.

  • providing consumers with food content information (food labels) to help them make better diet choices.

1.3 Implementation Strategies
  • Education Campaigns
  • Supporting Nutrition Programs
  • Research

We will provide financial support and technical assistance to help states develop programs promoting good nutrition and the reduction of excessive consumption of saturated fat and calories, physical inactivity, and obesity among youth.

We will provide nutritious meals, nutrition education, and individual nutrition counseling for the elderly in congregate and home-delivered settings.

HHS Agencies contributing to this objective:


We will conduct research to:

  • learn about and inform the public regarding the effects of diet and exercise on health.

  • develop better interventions for the prevention and treatment of obesity.

  • evaluate the effectiveness of education in changing diet and exercise behavior.

  • develop sound scientific data and expertise to support standards and guidance for evaluating the safety of dietary supplements (e.g., vitamins).

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