Hardly a day goes by without a report that discusses some of the serious public health problems of our time such as the following:
• the epidemic in obesity and diabetes;
• high rates of death from heart disease, stroke, and cancer;
• poor nutritional habits;
• inadequate physical activity;
• the high cost of health care;
• the implications of an aging population on health care costs and the burden of
• the compelling, disturbing scale of the disparities in health status among members of our population.
As such reports clearly indicate, health problems are heavily influenced by societal
policies and environments that in some way either sustain the behaviors and practices that contribute to the problems or fail to foster healthier choices that could prevent the problems. The major public health problems of our time will not be solved solely by individual actions and health choices, but by individuals coming together to make our society one in which healthy choices are easy, fun, and popular. Communities in which policies and environments focus on the latter approach will be healthier and more satisfying places to live, work, and play.
This report presents a snapshot of how health agencies and States are grappling to influence policies that matter most for health. It shows that early efforts are being made, but much more can be done; it highlights the need within the public health community for case studies of successes on how to work at the level of the systems of our society. This report with its recommendations is a valuable beginning, but its real value will be realized as other parts of our society recognize and embrace their roles in improving the health of people in the communities in which they live.
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