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What Are Its Goals?

Healthy People 2010 is designed to achieve two overarching goals: 

  • Goal 1: Increase Quality and Years of Healthy Life

    The first goal of Healthy People 2010 is to help individuals of all ages increase life expectancy and improve their quality of life.

  • Goal 2: Eliminate Health Disparities

    The second goal of Healthy People 2010 is to eliminate health disparities among different segments of the population.

Each of the 28 focus area chapters also contains a concise goal statement. This statement frames the overall purpose of the focus area.

Examples of focus area goals are:

  • 3. Cancer: 
    Reduce the number of new cancer cases as well as the illness, disability, and death caused by cancer.

  • 6. Disability and Secondary Conditions:
    Promote the health of people with disabilities, prevent secondary conditions, and eliminate disparities between people with and without disabilities in the U.S. population. 

  • 10. Food Safety: 
    Reduce foodborne illnesses.


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