Prevention Council issues action plan to promote wellness

Hhs.gov: June 13, 2012.

Release of the implementation plan for the Nation’s first health and wellness road map

Surgeon General Regina M. Benjamin today announced the release of the National Prevention Council Action Plan, which aims to increase the number of Americans who are healthy at every stage of life.

The Action Plan is the next step in the federal implementation of the National Prevention Strategy, a comprehensive plan to tackle such issues as obesity, tobacco use, health disparities and chronic disease. The Action Plan complements prevention and wellness efforts already underway by the federal government, states, tribal and local governments, health care systems, businesses, communities, nonprofit organizations, and others.

The National Prevention Strategy was released last year by the National Prevention Council, an organization of 17 federal departments and agencies that was established by the Affordable Care Act. The council’s mission under the health care law is to help move the nation’s health care focus from one based on sickness and disease to one on prevention and wellness. The action plan is being released together with the council’s annual status update to Congress.

“Currently, chronic diseases and conditions account for at least 7 of every 10 deaths in our country, and many of these conditions are preventable,” said Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, a member of the National Prevention Council. “Our council’s commitment to promoting health and preventing disease across each of our areas of responsibility is a commitment to helping Americans lead longer, healthier, and more productive lives.” Read More