Running head: NATIONAL PREVENTION EFFORT
National Prevention Effort
Americans live the lifestyle that they enjoy living, but the problem with that is, it’s not
always in a healthy manner.
People tend to indulge in activities that cause problems within their
body, which leads to chronic diseases, long-term illnesses and even death. Even though a person
engages in activities such as smoking, over eating or excessive drinking, a person needs to take
preventive measures to increase their quality of life by being healthy.
The following will cover
various federal, state and miscellaneous organizations that contribute to preventive medicine.
First, when a person engages in activities such as smoking, over eating and excessive
drinking, it can definitely lead to a life of pain, multiple medications, disability and even death.
Most people’s daily routines don’t consist of eating a healthy meal, drinking plenty of water,
doing some type of exercises and getting plenty of rest. People live active and busy lives,
especially those with children.
According to, Healthcare.gov (2011), “The National Prevention and Health Promotion
Strategy is a comprehensive plan that will help increase the number of Americans who are
healthy at every stage of life.”
Created by the National Prevention, Health Promotion, and
Public Health Council in consultation with the public and Advisory Group of outside experts, the
strategy recognizes that good health comes not just from receiving quality medical care but from
stopping disease before it starts.
Turnock, (2011), writes “Health promotion activities attempt to modify human behaviors
to reduce those known to affect adversely the ability to resist disease or injury-inducing factors,
thereby eliminating exposures to harmful factors.
Examples of health promotion activities
include interventions such as nutrition counseling, genetic counseling, family counseling, and the
myriad that constitutes health education.
However, health promotion also properly includes the
provision of adequate housing, employment, and recreational conditions, as well as other forms
of community development activities (p.50).