Prevention of the ill effects of tobacco is an essential part of the HHS mission, and HHS is committed to working in a coordinated, comprehensive, and effective manner to protect the public’s health from the harmful effects of tobacco use. In 2000, HHS launched a roadmap for improving the health of all people in the U.S.
HHS agencies are pursuing vigorous programs in prevention that include basic research, clinical trials, community health efforts, educational programs, translating research into practice, efforts in special populations, and providing a new Medicare benefit for diabetes testing. Through these comprehensive programs, HHS agencies are continuing to p
HHS has a large number of current initiatives and programs underway to address obesity and overweight. They include programs in education, communication and outreach, intervention, diet and nutrition, physical activity and fitness, disease surveillance, research, clinical preventive services and therapeutics, and policy and web-based tools. Th
State, local, and tribal governments can play a key role in coordinating an approach to encourage healthy habits and prevent chronic diseases. State, local and tribal governments can partner with, and provide guidance to, other organizations and entities to facilitate health promotion initiatives. They can also act as a bridge between Federal
The power of the media should be harnessed to educate the public by disseminating health information and to promote effective strategies to improve dietary and exercise habits.
Progress in health promotion and disease prevention necessarily depends on continued research and knowledge generation and dissemination. Therefore, researchers and health professions educators are critical in furthering our understanding of the etiology of chronic conditions such as obesity and effective approaches for prevention and treatment
Health care providers/professionals are key for promoting healthy lifestyles and reducing the impact of chronic diseases and conditions. In any year, most Americans will interact with the health care system. Thus, health care providers are strategically poised to intervene and influence individuals to adopt healthy behaviors. Health care pro
Health insurers can play a significant role in promoting health and preventing or lessening the consequences of chronic diseases and conditions for individuals. Insurers can design and offer innovative and comprehensive preventative services benefit packages based on scientific evidence. In addition, insurers can disseminate educational inform
Working adults spend many of their waking hours at their worksite. Thus, the worksite is an important and convenient environment in which to foster healthier habits. Moreover, companies are beginning to recognize that the health of the individual employee is inseparable from the ‘health’ of the corporation. Employees with chronic disea
Schools are an especially critical site for encouraging healthy behaviors in youth. Most children spend a large portion of their time in school. In many cases, life-long habits and behaviors, good and bad, are formed during the elementary and middle school years. Schools, therefore, offer an opportunity to engage children in healthy eating a
Communities are the cornerstones for promoting healthy behaviors of their residents. Partnerships within and among local private sector constituencies and stakeholders can promote and reinforce healthy habits and environments for individuals and families.
Individuals and families are the heart of healthy communities and provide the foundation for a strong and vibrant America. Individuals and families must adopt healthy habits and assume responsibility for living a healthy lifestyle.
During his tenure, Secretary Thompson has hosted many roundtable discussions and listening sessions with different stakeholders and interested parties. Drawing on these meetings, research and other information, this section suggests actions that specific stakeholders can take to promote health and prevent chronic disease in all Americans. Th
The innovations produced by the healthcare and public health systems often are poorly matched with the day-to-day information and services that the public needs to lead longer, healthier lives. This gap between what science has discovered and the public’s ability to put health information, messages and recommendations to appropriate use, may b
The dangers of risky behaviors – poor eating habits, lack of exercise, and smoking – and their potential effects on health are well known to many. We know many steps that can be taken to help reduce these behaviors and other risk factors, and to help promote healthy behaviors. The NICHD Back to Sleep campaign is an example of successfull
Facts and Figures on Overweight and Obesity
As the latest element of the Steps initiative, the Secretary established five HHS workgroups on specific areas that are central to advancing health promotion and disease prevention: diabetes, overweight and obesity, smoking cessation, media and messages, and health literacy. Overweight and obesity, lack of physical activity, and smoking greatl
Prevention is an investment opportunity in our nation's future: for individuals, for community groups, for businesses, and for government. When we have this kind of opportunity to make a difference, it is incumbent upon us to embrace it wholeheartedly and take action. Tommy G. Thompson Secretary, HHS