March 2024

Feeding Our Children Nutritious Foods Should Be the Easiest of Decisions

Health and Well-Being Matter. ODPHP Director RDML Paul Reed, MD.

In the United States, nearly 1 in 5 children and adolescents aged 2 to 19 years were affected by obesity in 2020. Worse still, childhood obesity rates rose during the pandemic, and they continue to increase. These statistics aren’t abstract epidemiologic concepts. They clearly reflect that our children are becoming sicker and at greater risk for lifelong problems, and they are entirely preventable.

April National Health Observances: Minority Health, Alcohol Awareness, and Public Health Week

National Health Observances

Each month, we feature select National Health Observances (NHOs) that support our mission to improve health across the United States. In April, we’re raising awareness about minority health, alcohol use and misuse, and celebrating public health. We’ve listed some resources that you can use to promote these NHOs with your networks.

What 2 Healthy People 2030 Objectives Tell Us About the Nation’s Nutrition

Healthy People 2030

When it comes to healthy diets, the science says to eat more vegetables and consume less sugar. Nutrition is key to health and well-being, but as Healthy People 2030 data indicate, we’ve got more work to do — especially when you consider that most American diets don’t align with the Dietary Guidelines for Americans.

Florida Department of Health in Hillsborough County and ODPHP Share Tips to Get Older Adults Moving

In July 2023, ODPHP joined forces with the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO) and the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) to host a webinar called Increasing Physical Activity Among Older Adults: Practical Strategies from Health Departments. As part of the webinar, local health departments presented strategies they use to encourage older adults to get active...