Health and Well-Being Begin with Health Literacy

Access to easy-to-understand, relatable, and actionable information encourages individuals to be proactive in seeking to improve and maintain their health. However, too often, information that could benefit people is overly complex, unavailable in languages other than English, or not relevant to an individual’s unique perspective and needs. While striving to be healthy and understanding what it takes to be healthy are not the same thing, the root of healthy living is an adequate baseline of usable knowledge – what we refer to as health literacy. Improving our mindfulness of this, as health professionals and lay persons, is a good start toward more effective communication and perhaps better health and well-being.

October National Health Observances: Health Literacy, Breast Cancer, and Health Care Quality!

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Each month we feature select National Health Observances (NHOs) that align with our mission to improve health across the United States. In October we’re raising awareness about health literacy, breast cancer, and health care quality.

Healthy Aging Symposium Sessions Now Available on Demand!

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On September 8 and 9, ODPHP and Trust for America’s Health hosted the free virtual 2021 Healthy Aging Symposium to focus national attention on the health and well-being of older adults. If you didn’t attend the symposium and want to see what you missed — or you attended and want to rewatch a session — you can! That’s because all the Healthy Aging Symposium sessions, trainings, and resources are available for free on demand.