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Health Literacy

Health Literacy. Health literacy and clear communication between health professionals and patients are key to improving health and the quality of health care. We create, promote, and curate evidence-based health literacy and communication tools, practices, and research for health professionals. Use our resources to find effective strategies for

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Health Conditions

This microsite is coordinated by the Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health, Office of the Secretary, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Last updated: August 14, 2022.

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August National Health Observances: Immunization, Children’s Eye …

Each month we highlight National Health Observances (NHOs) that align with our mission to improve health across the United States. To help you spread the word, we also provide links to resources that you can use to promote these NHOs. This month, we’re raising awareness about immunization, children’s eye health, and breastfeeding.

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Physical Activity

Regular physical activity increases your chances of living a longer, healthier life. Whether you are an experienced athlete or just getting started, physical activity can help you feel your best. Take steps to get moving today. Read more. Losing Weight: Questions for the Doctor. Protect Your Health As You Grow Older.

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Improve cardiovascular health in adults — HDS‑01

Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States, and stroke is the fifth leading cause. People with better cardiovascular health are less likely to die of heart disease, stroke, and other diseases. Interventions to lower blood pressure, blood cholesterol, blood sugar, and body mass index can improve overall cardiovascular health.

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Take Good Care Partner Promotion Toolkit

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (ODPHP) created the Take Good Care campaign to help people get important clinical preventive services. It focuses on Black and Hispanic women ages 45 to 54, who are often in a caregiving role. The campaign encourages them to make preventive

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HIV and Other STDs

MyHealthfinder. Health Conditions. HIV and Other STDs. Get Tested for Chlamydia and Gonorrhea. Get Tested for HIV. HIV Testing: Questions for the Doctor. Protect Yourself from Hepatitis B. STD Testing: Conversation Starters. Talk with Your Teen About Preventing STDs.

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Social Determinants of Health Literature Summaries

The Social Determinants of Health (SDOH) Literature Summaries provide a snapshot of the latest research related to specific social determinants of health. Pick a determinant you're interested in and learn how it can affect health outcomes and health disparities. On this page:

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Assessing Healthy People 2020

The report “Healthy People 2020: An End of Decade Snapshot” provides an overview of progress made over the decade in meeting the Healthy People 2020 objective targets. This high-level summary covers national progress and progress within population groups — showing variation by race and ethnicity, family income, and other factors

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Social Determinants of Health Are Our Life Circumstances

Health and Well-Being Matter is the monthly blog of the Director of the Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion. A long-standing narrative suggests that addressing the framework of social determinants of health (SDOH) largely relates to the realm of the health care and public health sectors. Yet, as defined, SDOH exist outside these sectors, with the …

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Physical Activity: We All Can and Must Do More

Any discussion of health promotion or disease prevention strategies must reflect on the importance of physical activity. It is that elemental. Along with maintaining good nutrition and emotional health, incorporating regular physical activity can help to prevent multiple chronic diseases and improve the odds of better outcomes should you become ill from various conditions.

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Nutrition During Pregnancy to Support a Healthy Mom and Baby

Increased energy needs: Women with a healthy pre-pregnancy weight need about 340 - 450 extra calories per day from nutrient-dense choices during the second and third trimester. Needs may be different for women with a pre-pregnancy weight that is overweight or obese. Seafood: Health professionals should recommend at least eight and up to 12

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Mental Health and Relationships

MyHealthfinder. Healthy Living. Mental Health and Relationships. STD Testing: Conversation Starters. Talk to Your Kids About Sex and Healthy Relationships. Talk to Your Kids About Tobacco, Alcohol, and Drugs. Watch for Warning Signs of Relationship Violence.

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News & Events

Help spread the word about National Physical Fitness & Sports Month, Hepatitis Awareness Month, National Stroke Awareness Month, and National Women's Health Week in May. Each month, we feature select National Health Observances (NHOs) that highlight issues affecting health across the nation. The NHOs in our May roundup help raise awareness

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