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Volume 1: No. 1, January 2004

LETTER TO THE EDITOR
Letter from Tommy Thompson


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Suggested citation for this article: Letter from Tommy Thompson. Prev Chronic Dis [serial online] 2004 Jan [date cited]. Available from: URL: http://www.cdc.gov/pcd/issues/2004/
jan/03_0039b.htm


In my years at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, we have made tremendous progress in our efforts to improve the health, safety, and well-being of the American people. The Department's recent Steps to a HealthierUS initiative aims to help Americans live longer, better, and healthier lives by reducing the burden of diabetes, overweight, obesity, asthma, heart disease and stroke, and cancer and addresses three related factors — physical inactivity, poor nutrition, and tobacco use. There are many issues that challenge us and demand our best efforts in public health. I commend the staff of Preventing Chronic Disease: Public Health Research, Practice, and Policy on producing a journal that reaches a broad public health audience and presents research in electronic form on the Web, available free to the public. Its interdisciplinary coverage of topics provides a crucial resource to assist the public health community at all levels in solving one of our most challenging health crises.

Tommy G. Thompson
Secretary of Health and Human Services
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

 



 



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