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Fixin' Healthcare

Saturday, October 28, 2006

The Lifestyle Chronicles - Health Is Education

Earlier this year the National Governors Association reported on projects in states that promoted Healthy America. Recently, the Innovation in Prevention Awards at the National Prevention Summit highlighted successful initiatives in disease prevention and health promotion. In summary, there is an impressive effort underway in America to shift the health priorities of society from sick care to healthy lifestyle and prevention of illness and disease.

HHS Secretary Mike Leavitt announced the development of science-based comprehensive guidelines to assist Americans include adequate physical activity into their lives. The Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans will be issued in late 2008. These guidelines can be included in a program format for healthy lifestyle and HHS should fund including this in the curriculum for teachers in every school of education in the country.

Would the health status of Americans be better if all teachers were trained and supported to promote healthy lifestyle or if there was a 30 percent increase in the number of physicians? That is a question worthy of the Gates Foundation.

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