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Public-Private Partnership Seeks To Improve the Nation's Health


Declining physical activity levels and increased rates of overweight and obesity are among the top health issues identified in Healthy People 2010, the disease prevention and health promotion agenda for the Nation. To combat these trends and work toward Healthy People 2010 goals, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the non-profit National Recreation and Parks Association (NRPA) launched a public-private partnership in February 2002.

Over the next year, the NRPA and HHS will work together to develop community-based programs, products, and services designed to increase physical activity and reduce overweight and obesity. Partnership activities will involve, among others, coordinating health education and promotion activities, coordinating public awareness and media activities, and promoting professional education and training.

Partnership Goals

  • Prevent chronic disease risk factors associated with physical inactivity and obesity.

  • Reduce environmental barriers to physical activity, including barriers for the disabled.

  • Enhance access and opportunities for increased physical activity.

  • Increase levels of physical activity among youth and adults.

  • Reduce levels of overweight and obesity in youth and adults.

“Public-private partnerships involving communities are essential to improving the health of our children, families, neighbors, and nation,” said Eve Slater, M.D., Assistant Secretary of Health, whose office established Healthy People 2010. “Our communities’ parks are truly a national treasure...[they] will also be a place of health.”

“We are delighted to coordinate our ongoing efforts with the Department of Health and Human Services and its various agencies to further NRPA’s mission to improve the quality of life for all Americans,” said NRPA President Marvin Billups.

The partnership represents a step toward the goals of The Surgeon General’s Call to Action to Prevent and Decrease Overweight and Obesity 2001, which advocates action on individual, community, and national levels.

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