Healthy People 2010 – a program of health initiatives that numerous US health agencies jointly sponsor, the goals of which are to improve overall public health in key areas called leading health indicators. The first Healthy People program, Healthy People 2000, evolved from the 1979 US surgeon general’s report of the same name. It established criteria for health monitoring and improvement. Various federal and state health organizations structured their objectives and programs to dovetail with Healthy People 2000. Though Healthy People 2000 did not achieve all of its goals, it resulted in measurable improvements in many areas of public health. Healthy People 2010 updates and expands the goals of its predecessor, with annual reports that identify accomplishments and challenges. Healthy People 2010 draws data from existing sources and mechanisms.
Among the participating US federal agencies are the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Indian Health Service, National Institutes of Health (NIH), Office of Population Affairs, and President’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports. As well, more than 400 state and community health organizations form the Healthy People Consortium.
|HEALTHY PEOPLE 2010 LEADING HEALTH INDICATORS|
|access to health care||environmental quality|
|IMMUNIZATION||injury and VIOLENCE|
|mental health||overweight and OBESITY|
|physical activity||responsible sexual behavior|
|SUBSTANCE ABUSE||TOBACCO use|
See also HEALTH RISK FACTORS; LIFESTYLE AND HEALTH.