News & Announcements

Learn about new ODPHP trainings and initiatives, stay current on our programs and projects, and read stories from the field showing our national policies at work.

The President’s Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition announced this morning that the Presidential Active Lifestyle Award (PALA+) is now officially integrated into SuperTracker, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s free online food and activity tracking tool. For health educators and professionals, this means your students, patients, and clients have the ability to log individual food items and physical activities into their SuperTracker profile in order to complete the PALA+ program.…

It’s March — and that means it’s National Nutrition Month®!

Every year, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics sponsors this nutrition education campaign, giving health professionals nationwide the opportunity to share messages about the importance of healthy eating and physical activity. This year’s theme, “Put Your Best Fork Forward,” serves as a reminder that everyone holds the tools to make healthier food choices.…

Colorectal cancer (cancer of the colon or rectum) is the fourth most common cancer in the United States and the second leading cause of death from cancer. Colorectal cancer affects people in all racial and ethnic groups and is most often found in people age 50 and older. During Colorectal Cancer Awareness month, help spread the word about the importance of getting screened for colorectal cancer.…

Online health information is easy to access and abundant — but searching for health information can be overwhelming and confusing. healthfinder.gov has guidelines that can help consumers and patients figure out which health websites are credible and reliable.

healthfinder.gov has been sharing reliable health information since 1997. Along the way, the healthfinder team developed criteria for sites they will link to.…

We’re excited to announce the launch of our brand-new Twitter handle: @HHSPrevention. Follow us!

Follow @HHSPrevention for information for health professionals on disease prevention and health promotion policies and programs. We’ll be sharing information about ODPHP events, including training opportunities, webinars, and conferences.

We’ll also keep you up to date on the latest health.gov announcements — such as updates about our work on the next edition of the Physical Activity Guidelines, new Dietary Guidelines tools and resources, health literacy information, and updated guidance on health care quality and patient safety.…

At ODPHP, we know that improving how health professionals communicate with consumers is a critical part of improving health and health care. That’s why we’re so committed to providing professionals with health literacy and communication resources that can help them share health information in easy-to-understand ways.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Health Literacy Workgroup is a Department-wide workgroup composed of all operating divisions and most staff divisions under HHS.…

If you’ve ever worked with patients to help them cut down on sodium, you probably know they need focused strategies and tools to stay on track.

Fortunately, a new resource based on the Dietary Guidelines for Americans can help patients find ways to limit sodium in their diets. Share Cut Down on Sodium [PDF – 821 KB] (also available in Spanish [PDF – 821 KB]) with your patients to help them understand:

The relationships between sodium, blood pressure, and heart disease Recommendations for limiting sodium intake What foods are high in sodium How to find choices lower in sodium

The resource also includes 5 specific strategies and tools people can use to reduce their sodium intake with small changes.…

In December 2016, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) released a preliminary update to the National Scorecard on Rates of Hospital-Acquired Conditions showing a 21 percent reduction in hospital-acquired conditions – preventable complications during hospital visits – from the years 2010 to 2015. This update shows that nearly 125,000 fewer patients died, more than 3 million adverse events were avoided, and over $28 billion in health care costs were saved.…

The Healthy People 2020 team is pleased to announce the release of our interactive infographics showing data from the Midcourse Review.

Explore the infographics now!

The Healthy People 2020 Midcourse Review helps us evaluate the progress we’re making as a Nation toward Healthy People goals and objectives. To support this process, we’ve created interactive infographics to show the status of Healthy People objectives.…