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Read the National Prevention Strategy

The National Prevention Strategy is a comprehensive plan that will help increase the number of Americans who are healthy at every stage of life. The National Prevention Strategy was released on June 16, 2011 by the National Prevention, Health Promotion, and Public Health Council.

You can download the strategy in full or read the strategy broken out by section.

National Prevention Strategy: In Full

National Prevention Strategy (PDF – 4.66 MB)

National Prevention Strategy: Section by Section

Introduction & Overview (PDF – 2.21 MB)

National Leadership & Partners in Prevention (PDF – 158 KB)

Introduction to Strategic Directions & Priorities (PDF - 214 KB) 

Strategic Directions

Healthy and Safe Community Environments: Create, sustain, and recognize communities that promote health and wellness through prevention. Download and print this section: Healthy and Safe Community Environments (PDF – 257 KB)

Clinical and Community Preventive Services: Ensure that prevention-focused health care and community prevention efforts are available, integrated, and mutually reinforcing. Download and print this section: Clinical and Community Preventive Services (PDF – 239 KB)

Empowered People: Support people in making healthy choices. Download and print this section: Empowered People (PDF – 225 KB)

Elimination of Health Disparities: Eliminate disparities, improving the quality of life for all Americans. Download and print this section: Elimination of Health Disparities (PDF – 242 KB)


Tobacco Free Living: Tobacco use is the leading cause of premature and preventable death in the United States. Download and print this section: Tobacco Free Living (PDF – 228 KB)

Preventing Drug Abuse and Excessive Alcohol Use: Preventing drug abuse and excessive alcohol use increases people’s chances of living long, healthy, and productive lives. Download and print this section: Preventing Drug Abuse and Excessive Alcohol Use (PDF – 238 KB)

Healthy Eating: Eating healthy can help reduce people’s risk for heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, osteoporosis, and several types of cancer, as well as help them maintain a healthy body weight. Download and print this section: Healthy Eating (PDF – 230 KB)

Active Living: Engaging in regular physical activity is one of the most important things that people of all ages can do to improve their health. Download and print this section: Active Living (PDF – 237 KB)

Injury and Violence Free Living: Reducing injury and violence improves physical and emotional health. Download and print this section: Injury and Violence Free Living (PDF – 229 KB)

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. Download and print this section: Reproductive and Sexual Health (PDF – 248 KB)

Mental and Emotional Well-Being: Mental and emotional well-being is essential to overall health. Download and print this section: Mental and Emotional Well-being (PDF – 230 KB)


Appendix 1: Economic Benefits of Preventing Disease (PDF – 135 KB)

Appendix 2: National Prevention Strategy Indicators (PDF – 171 KB)

Appendix 3: Stakeholder Outreach and Input (PDF – 126 KB)

Appendix 4: Advisory Group on Prevention, Health Promotion, and Integrative and Public Health (PDF – 117 KB)

Appendix 5: Justification for Evidence-Based Recommendations (PDF- 261 KB)

Appendix 6: References for the Key Documents (PDF – 134 KB)

Appendix 7: End Notes (PDF - 1.21 MB)