November 2022

Why Americans Should ‘Take a Hike’

Jennifer Pharr Davis

No matter who you are or where you live, there’s a hike within reach and a world of benefits to tap into. Many of us think hiking has to take place in the mountains by a beautiful lake or in a gorgeous meadow filled with wildflowers. And many people picture a bearded mountain man in a flannel shirt who’s carrying an enormous pack — with a tin cup and some climbing rope dangling off the back. You certainly can hike in the mountains, and you can be a bearded “mountain man” sporting a flannel shirt. But that’s a very narrow description of hiking. Really, a hike is just a long walk, and it can happen anywhere — from mountain trails to paths through your own neighborhood. We’re all hiking a lot more than we think. And we can do it in a lot more places than we think.

A Concerted Focus on Hunger, Nutrition, and Health Will Help Ensure Well-Being

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The recent White House Conference on Hunger, Nutrition, and Health renewed national attention and inspired action to end hunger and reduce the prevalence of chronic disease in the United States by 2030. Realizing these goals requires a far-reaching, cross-sector mobilization of efforts: what the National Strategy on Hunger, Nutrition, and Health refers to as “a whole-of-government and whole-of-America approach” to these challenges. That charge acknowledges that the way forward is found across all sectors of society and through organizations collectively working to foster equity and eliminate disparities — especially in the areas of hunger, nutrition, physical activity, and chronic disease.

Announcing the Federal Plan for Equitable Long-Term Recovery and Resilience!

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The Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (ODPHP) is excited to announce the release of the Federal Plan for Equitable Long-Term Recovery and Resilience (ELTRR), which lays out a whole-of-government approach to strengthen resilience and improve well-being in communities nationwide. Learn more and read the Plan...

Newly released: Vital and Health Statistics Series Report on Health Disparities in Healthy People 2020

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Today, the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) released a report titled “Examining Progress Toward Elimination of Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities for Healthy People 2020 Objectives Using Three Measures of Overall Disparity.” This report provides the first-ever assessment of health disparities by race and ethnicity across all Healthy People 2020 objectives using multiple measures of health disparities...