Policy Corner: ACSM Members Invited to Comment on National Prevention Strategy

ACSM members are invited to comment on draft recommendations for the National Prevention Strategy through Jan. 13, 2011. Of particular interest is Strategic Direction 8, aimed at increasing physical activity levels across the lifespan.

Created by the National Prevention Council – a group created by President Obama last June and chaired by U.S. Surgeon General Regina Benjamin, M.D., M.B.A., the honorary chair of Exercise is Medicine® – the National Prevention Strategy provides an unprecedented opportunity to shift the nation from a focus on sickness and disease to one based on wellness and prevention. It will present a vision, goals, recommendations and action items that public, private, nonprofit organizations and individuals can take to reduce preventable death, disease and disability in the U.S.

The Draft Vision
Working together to improve the health and quality of life for individuals, families and communities by moving the nation from a focus on sickness and disease to one based on wellness and prevention.

The Draft Goals
Americans Living Healthier and Longer: Achieve significant gains in life expectancy at birth and at age 65 within a generation.
  • Healthy Communities: Create, sustain and recognize communities that support prevention and wellness where people live, learn, work and play.
  • Preventive Clinical and Community Efforts: Expand and connect prevention-focused health care and community prevention efforts.
  • Empowered Individuals: Empower and educate individuals to make healthy choices.
If you have any questions about these recommendations or would like to learn more about ACSM’s policy initiatives, please e-mail us at policy@acsm.org.