Innovation on the part of local groups and businesses is a central focus of the Steps Initiative . Secretary Thompson recently recognized eight organizations, in seven separate categories, for their creativity in helping Americans stay healthy in one or more of the following areas: asthma, cancer, diabetes, heart disease and stroke, obesity,
In 2003, HHS awarded 12 communities with five-year grants to implement effective community-based chronic disease prevention and control programs. Twelve communities were selected for their innovative proposals to improve the health of their target populations. (For more information, visit: www.healthierus.gov/steps/grants.html .)
Tobacco use cessation. A recent accomplishment is the Public Health Service document, Treating Tobacco Use and Dependence: Clinical Practice Guideline , which identifies treatments with demonstrated effectiveness in helping smokers quit. This resource will be a tremendous aid to Americans trying to quit tobacco use. It is available online
The Diabetes Prevention Program demonstrated that prevention of type 2 diabetes is possible in high-risk adults, including adults from minority populations who are at disproportionately increased risk  . The Diabetes Prevention Program clinical trial compared three approaches in overweight people with impaired glucose tolerance (IGT) to
Cross-cutting focus at NIH and the Food and Drug Administration.
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NIH Obesity Research http://www.obesityresearch.nih.gov/ NIDDK Weight Loss and Control http://www.niddk.nih.gov/health/nutrit/nutrit.htm NHLBI Aim for a Healthy Weight http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/public/heart/obesity/lose_wt/index.htm
Acronyms AHRQ Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality AI/AN American Indians/Alaska Natives AoA Administration on Aging CDC Centers for Disease Control and Prevention CMS Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services CSAP Center for Substance Abuse Prevention FDA
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