f you just look at the
numbers, it can be overwhelming. Obesity is epidemic in the United
States. In recent years, diabetes rates among people ages 30 to 39 rose
by 70%. About 46.5 million adults in the United States smoke cigarettes,
even though this single behavior will result in disability and premature
death for half of them. More than 60% of American adults do not get
enough physical activity, and more than 25% are not active at all.
Yet if you talk to
Americans, there is hope. They say they generally know what will make
them healthier, but they are confused about what specific information is
credible and accurate. HealthierUS.gov will be that source of credible,
accurate information to help Americans choose to live healthier lives.
about the President's HealthierUS Initiative is available on the
White House Web
Check out these additional government health sites:
Fitness.gov - Run by the
President's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports, this site updates
the public on the Council's fitness promotion activities and serves as a
comprehensive resource for organizations and individuals wishing to take
part in the Council's awards programs. Here you can also view
BAM.gov - Based on two years of
market research and development with teachers, students, scientists, and
communications professionals, this Body and Mind (BAM) site is an
interactive tool for adolescents, providing up-to-date information and
encouragement to increase their level of physical activity and establish
fitness habits that will stay with them for life.
VERB - This interactive Web
site provides kids with ideas on how to become physically active and is
part of an overall youth media campaign by the U.S. Department of Health
and Human Services and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Recreation.gov - A
partnership among Federal land management agencies to provide an
easy-to-use web site with information about all federal recreation
areas. The site allows you to search for recreation areas by state, by
recreational activity, by agency, or by map.
healthfinder® is a
free guide to reliable consumer health information, developed by the
Department of Health and Human Services and other federal agencies. This
site links to carefully selected information and Web sites from over
1,700 health-related government agencies and not-for-profit
organizations, includes many online checkups, and offers daily health news in English and Spanish.
4woman.gov - The National Women's Health Information Center (NWHIC) is a service of
the Department of Health and Human Services' Office on Women's Health.
The NWHIC Web site at 4woman.gov provides a gateway to women's health
information resources developed by the Department of Health and Human
Services, other Federal agencies, and private sector resources and
covers over 800 topics.
Nutrition.gov - This site
provides easily accessible government information on nutrition, healthy
eating, and food safety. Providing accurate scientific information on
nutrition and dietary guidance is critical to the public's ability to
make the right choices in the effort to curb obesity and other food
to you by the Executive Office of the President and the Department of
Health and Human Services.
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