Also on June 16, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released a National Prevention Strategy to promote healthy lifestyles with the goals of increasing wellness and preventing costly healthcare spending down the road. Mandated by last year’s healthcare reform law – the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) – the initiative focuses on priority areas such as healthy eating, active living, not smoking and emotional well-being.

The goals of the National Prevention Strategy Include: Building healthy and safe community environments; empowering individuals to make healthy choices; eliminating health disparities; and expanding quality preventive services in community and clinical settings.

The strategy was developed by an advisory group chaired by the Surgeon General, in consultation with outside stakeholders. HHS stated that it will provide “…evidence-based recommendations that are fundamental to improving the nation’s health through the active engagement of all sectors of society.”