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.

Drinking too much alcohol increases people’s risk of injuries, violence, drowning, liver disease, and some types of cancer. You can use Alcohol Awareness Month to spread the word about strategies for preventing alcohol misuse or abuse and encourage communities, families, and individuals to get involved.

healthfinder.gov provides toolkits for several National Health Observances, including Alcohol Awareness Month in April.…

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.…