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Progress Review for “Healthy People 2020” Objectives


It’s been nearly four years since the launch of the Healthy People 2020 initiative, the ambitious 10-year agenda for improving the nation’s health.

A free webinar on May 9 will provide a progress review of Healthy People 2020, studying achievements in nutrition and weight status and physical activity topic areas. Click here for more information and to register.

Healthy People 2020 aims to help people “attain high-quality, longer lives free of preventable disease, disability, injury and premature death” while also achieving health equity and eliminating disparities. In addition, Healthy People 2020 works to “create social and physical environments that promote good health for all” and “promote quality of life, healthy development and healthy behaviors across all life stages.”

Don Wright, deputy assistant secretary of the Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion at the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), will moderate the webinar. Scheduled speakers include Howard Koh, the assistant secretary of health for HHS; Irma Arispe, director of the Office of Analysis and Epidemiology at the National Center for Health Statistics at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC); David Murray, associate director for prevention at the Office of Disease Prevention at the National Institutes of Health; Michael Landa, director of the Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition at the Food and Drug Administration; and Janet Collins, director of the Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity and Obesity at the National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Promotion at the CDC.

The webinar is slated to begin at 12:30 p.m. Eastern and run for one hour 30 minutes.