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On Thursday, June 16, the Obama Administration and his National Prevention, Health Promotion, and Public Health Council announced a National Prevention and Health Promotion Strategy, a nationwide comprehensive plan designed to “increase the number of Americans who are healthy at every stage of life.” This legislative mandate in the Affordable Care Act was the impetus for the plan, developed in partnership among 17 federal agencies and other stakeholders. The four key components of the plan are:

  • Building Healthy and Safe Community Environments
  • Expanding Quality Preventive Services in Both Clinical and Community Settings
  • Empowering People to make Healthy Choices
  • Eliminating Health Disparities

Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said, “This National Prevention Strategy, called for under the Affordable Care Act, will help us transform our health care system away from a focus on sickness and disease to a focus on prevention and wellness. We know that prevention helps people live long and productive lives and can help combat rising healthcare costs.” You can read the full press release and more information here.

Prevent Cancer Foundation shares these goals and supports these strategies to reduce your risk for cancer. Exercise, healthy diet, tobacco cessation, screening according to medical guidelines, and education targeting health disparate populations are all key components in reducing your risk for cancer. You can learn more about what you can be doing to reduce your risk and help us in our advocacy, education and research efforts in cancer prevention by visiting the Prevent Cancer Foundation website.

Editor’s Note: This post is the first in a two part series discussing the National Prevention and Health Promotion Strategy.