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Healthy People 2020 Launches; Exercise Is Medicine® Goals Included

For three decades, Healthy People has provided science-based, 10-year national objectives for improving the health of all Americans. Last week, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) launched Healthy People 2020, the fourth iteration of the U.S. national health objectives. Healthy People 2020 continues the tradition and reflects a renewed focus on identifying, measuring, tracking and reducing health disparities through a determinants of health approach.

From ACSM’s perspective, Healthy People 2020 represents a huge step forward for the Exercise is Medicine® initiative. Exercise is Medicine has long advocated for inclusion of physical activity counseling and education in the U.S. national health objectives. Not only does Healthy People 2020 call for an increase in physical activity counseling and education by physicians for patients with chronic conditions, but it also calls for an increase in counseling and education for all patients. ACSM submitted testimony in favor of these national goals and was represented at conferences developing Healthy People 2020. ACSM is pleased to see that the U.S. national health objectives now officially support and reflect the aims of Exercise Is Medicine. Learn more about the topics and objectives of Healthy People 2020. more

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