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Every year, chronic diseases such as heart disease, cancer and diabetes are responsible for millions of premature deaths. Americans miss 2.5 billion days of work because of these illnesses, and all of that lost productivity adds up to more than $1 trillion. Injuries, unexpected accidents and violence affect people daily in all aspects of life. Unintentional injuries, such as motor vehicle crashes, poisonings, and burns rank among the top 10 causes of death for people aged 44 and younger.
Catching and preventing these illnesses and incidents before they develop is the key to improving our nation’s health. There are so many small steps we can take to begin leading healthier lives; sometimes it just takes a little motivation.
Active living and healthy eating
Eating less, eating healthier and exercising regularly can go a long way toward helping Americans lessen their risk from deaths that could have been prevented, such as heart disease, cancer and stroke. Even the smallest preventive changes and initiatives can make a big difference in living healthier lives. Read More >
Alcohol, tobacco and other drugs
Tobacco, drugs and alcohol kill hundreds of thousands of Americans.each year. Death and disease from tobacco, drug and alcohol use is preventable. By living tobacco- drug- and alcohol- free, more Americans can live healthier, longer-lasting lives. If we take small actions, our communities, homes and families will see the large benefits of preventive care and grow the movement. Read More >
Properly washing your food and hands before cooking to prevent the spread of bacteria or viruses are just a few of the ways people can stay healthy. Many diseases are preventable. Yet each year, 1 million Americans die from diseases that could have been prevented. Read More >
Reproductive and Sexual Health
Routine screenings and education can go a long way toward helping Americans improve reproductive and sexual health. These measures will lower the risk of disease and deaths that could have been prevented. Read More >
Mental and Emotional Well-Being
When it comes to mental and emotional well-being, the little things truly make an impact. Early detection of mental health problems and proper treatment are just a few of the ways people can stay healthy. By identifying the signs of depression and suicide early and referring people to the appropriate resources, Americans can reduce their risk of devastating mental health issues. Even the smallest preventive changes and initiatives can make a big difference in living healthier lives. Read More >