Despite what we often hear and read, Americans are not the healthiest people in the world. In the U.S., we spend more on healthcare but live shorter lives and suffer more health issues than our peers in other high-income countries. That's why National Public Health Week, April 6–12, 2015, will focus on the goal of creating the healthiest nation.
We need to move outside the domain of healthcare and address a complex web of social and environmental factors that affect everyone's health and limit the opportunity for many people to make healthy choices. Solutions include expanding options for active transportation, supporting safe and accessible spaces for play and exercise, offering more nutritious school meals, increasing the number of high school graduates and placing more emphasis on preventing disease or injuries rather than treating them.
Visit www.nphw.org to learn more about National Public Health week activities and sign the Healthiest Nation Pledge to take a first step in improving both your health and the health of the nation.