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Learn NPS Strategic Directions & Priorities

NPS Strategic Directions provide a strong foundation for the nation's prevention efforts and include core recommendations necessary to build a prevention-oriented society. The Priorities provide additional evidence-based recommendations that are most likely to reduce the burden of the leading causes of preventable death and major illness. Follow NPS Strategic Directions and Priorities to plan, implement, and evaluate integrated and cost-effective strategies for achieving health and wellness in your jurisdiction.

NPS Strategic Directions

  • Healthy and Safe Community Environments: Create, sustain, and recognize communities that promote health and wellness through prevention.
  • Clinical and Community Preventive Services: Ensure that prevention-focused healthcare and community prevention efforts are available, integrated, and mutually reinforcing.
  • Empowered People: Support people in making healthy choices.
  • Elimination of Health Disparities: Eliminate disparities, improving the quality of life for all Americans.

NPS Priorities

  • Tobacco-Free Living: Living tobacco free reduces a person's risk of developing heart disease, various cancers, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, periodontal disease, and other diseases and dying prematurely.
  • Preventing Drug Abuse and Excessive Alcohol Use: Increases people's chances of living long, healthy, and productive lives.
  • Healthy Eating: Eating healthy can help reduce people's risk for heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, osteoporosis, and several types of cancer, and helps maintain a healthy body weight.
  • Active Living: Physical activity strengthens bones and muscles, reduces stress and depression, and makes it easier to maintain a healthy body weight or to reduce weight if overweight or obese.
  • Injury and Violence Free Living: Reducing injury and violence improves physical and emotional health.
  • Reproductive and Sexual Health: Healthy reproductive and sexual practices can play a critical role in enabling people to remain healthy and actively contribute to their community.
  • Mental and Emotional Well-Being: Positive mental health allows people to realize their full potential, cope with the stresses of life, work productively, and make meaningful contributions to their communities.

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Links to Helpful Tools

  • Download the National Prevention Strategy

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  • Learn LHD actions for advancing NPS Strategic Directions & Priorities

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  • Download new NPS Factsheets from the National Prevention Council

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  • Visit the Surgeon General's Website for NPS

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  • Learn how state, tribal, local, and territorial governments can partner with NPS

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  • Download the National Prevention Council 2012 Annual Status Report

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  • Download the National Prevention Council Action Plan

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For more information, contact Bradie Adams, MPH at badams@naccho.org.