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PUBLIC HEALTH INFRASTRUCTURE

Public Health Infrastructure Webpage: Sustaining and Increasing the Benefits of Public Health.

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PUBLICATION

State Actions to Promote Healthy Communities and Prevent Childhood Obesity.

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OVERVIEW

Public health is the science and systems designed to create community, statewide and nationwide conditions that promote health, prevent disease and encourage healthy behaviors across the entire population. Good health results not only from proper medical care but also from efforts to craft and implement public policies and programs to protect and improve the health of all people. Examples of public health efforts include educating the public about healthier choices, promoting physical activity and fitness, preventing disease outbreaks and the spread of infectious diseases, ensuring safe food and water in communities, preparing for emergency, preventing injury, treating water with fluoride for oral and dental health, and creating smoke-free environments and discouraging tobacco use.

Legislators have policy options at their disposal that can promote healthy behaviors and change conditions—social, economic, and environmental—to improve the health of the entire population.

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