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Disease Prevention


What are the priorities?

  • Overweight and Obesity
  • Increasing Physical Activity
  • Tobacco Use
  • Preventing Birth Defects
  • Preventing Injury

Why are these priorities?

  • Seven of 10 Americans who die each year die of a preventable chronic disease such as heart disease, diabetes and many forms of cancer.
  • Tobacco-related illnesses are the leading cause of death and kill 435,000 people each year.

How can we solve/address these priorities?

  • Eat healthy foods
  • Be physically active
  • Don't smoke
  • Limit alcohol and avoid drugs

How is the Office of the Surgeon General/HHS helping?

  • Through HHS initiatives such as Steps to a HealthierUS, Healthy Lifestyles & Disease Prevention, and the Small Steps Campaign, we are encouraging American families to take small, manageable steps within their current lifestyle — versus drastic changes — to ensure long-term health.

 Overweight and Obesity

 Increasing Physical Activity


 Tobacco Use

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