HHS Strategic Plan, Fiscal Years 2007–2012 (Strategic Plan). Strategic Goal 2: Public Health Promotion and Protection, Disease Prevention, and Emergency Preparedness

11/22/2015

The development of food labeling information strategies was based in part on information from the FDA Health and Diet Survey – 2004 Supplement. Through the data gained from this survey, we were able to identify that most people have a limited understanding of most dietary fats and their relationship to the risk of coronary heart disease. In addition, we gained new information on consumer attitudes toward diet, health, and physical activity.

As a part of a wide-ranging effort to improve patient safety, in 2004 FDA finalized a rule requiring barcodes on the labels of thousands of human drugs and biological products. The measure is to protect patients from preventable medication errors by helping ensure that health professionals give patients the right drugs at the appropriate doses. FDA estimates that the rule will help prevent nearly 500,000 adverse events and transfusion errors while saving $93 billion in health care costs over 20 years.

Obesity has reached epidemic levels and is a primary focus of many HHS public health interventions. However, little is known about the dynamics of how obesity affects disability and other health outcomes as people age. To help inform policy and programmatic decisions around research and interventions aimed at preventing and treating obesity and alleviating its potential effects on disability and other health outcomes, ASPE is analyzing data from the Health and Retirement Survey as well as the Assets and Health Dynamics Among the Oldest Old Study. These data will expand our understanding of how obesity affects disability and other health outcomes as people move from late adulthood to older ages.

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