Physical Activity

Hypertension: a Pandemic Perspective

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

Hypertension, or high blood pressure, puts tens of millions of people at risk for largely preventable conditions — such as heart attacks, strokes, and heart failure — and premature death. Hypertension is one of the leading modifiable risk factors causing chronic disease and premature mortality in the United States. Yet a large percentage of Americans are unaware that they have hypertension, and only about 1 in 4 adults in the United States have it under control. Preventing and controlling hypertension for Americans will save lives, reduce inordinate costs, and improve health, well-being, and resilience. The first step toward these outcomes is acknowledging that hypertension, sometimes called the “silent killer” for often going undetected before leading to serious harm, is also a “silent pandemic” — and though it’s not a contagious threat in the traditional sense, hypertension needs to be addressed with even greater attention and urgency. The statistics clearly define the problem.

White House and President’s Council on Sports, Fitness & Nutrition Announce Historic Partnership with Major Sports Leagues and Players Unions

President's Council on Sports, Fitness & Nutrition

Today, the White House, in conjunction with the President’s Council on Sports, Fitness & Nutrition, announced a new partnership with major sports leagues and players associations. The goal of the partnership is to expand access to physical activity, increase nutrition education and messaging, and promote healthy lifestyles to people across the nation.

Join the President’s Council on Sports, Fitness & Nutrition for Their “Feast & Fitness” Webinar!

President's Council on Sports, Fitness & Nutrition

Members of the President’s Council on Sports, Fitness & Nutrition will host a Thanksgiving-themed “Feast & Fitness” webinar on Monday, November 13, at 6pm ET. Developed with the cooperation of Pennsylvania Governor Josh Shapiro, the event will feature tips and recommendations on how viewers can eat healthy and stay active during the busy holiday season. Join Council members and professional chefs Mike Solomonov, Jose Garces, Ben Jacobs, and Council member Dr. Oluwaferanmi Oyedeji Okanlami for healthy cooking tips, a discussion on ingredients popular among the nation’s Indigenous communities, and a special video introducing more members of the President's Council on Sports, Fitness & Nutrition.