Health Promotion Council Seeks Input on Draft Strategy

A new council within the Department of Health and Human Services seeks input on a proposed strategy to replace the nation’s “sick-care” system with one based on wellness and prevention, according to the DHHS Web site,

In the draft of its National Prevention and Health Promotion Strategy, the National Prevention, Health Promotion, and Public Health Council describes its vision: “to mov[e] the nation from a focus on sickness and disease to one based on wellness and prevention.”

Ten “strategic directions” outlined in the draft include: encouraging active lifestyles, avoiding alcohol and substance “misuse,” and having a strong public health infrastructure.

The Council was established June 10, 2010, by Executive Order and is chaired by Surgeon General Regina M. Benjamin, M.D.

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