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Winnable Battles Progress Report

Dr. Tom Frieden
We know the leading causes of injury, illness, disability, and death for Americans. Many of these result in needless suffering because, in fact, we have the knowledge and tools that could make a difference.

The Winnable Battles listed below aren’t CDC’s only health priorities, but they are areas where dedicated focus can quickly achieve good results.

CDC’s Winnable Battles programs are evidence-based, cost-effective ways to tackle these health challenges. We have set goals and established key indicators to measure our progress, and the below links provide you with a progress report of our work.

Together with our partners, we are having a positive impact on health by focusing on what works now. We’ve made progress in most areas, but still have more to do to meet our 2015 goals.

Dr. Tom Frieden

Download the complete Winnable Battles 2010-2015, Progress Report 2014 [1.35MB]

Graphics: No Smoking sign.Factsheet [PDF 402 KB]
Reduce tobacco use – Tobacco use is the leading preventable cause of disease, disability and death in the U.S.

Photo: A bag of fruits and vegetables.Factsheet [PDF 158 KB]
Improve nutrition, physical activity, obesity – More than 72 million adults and 12 million youth in the U.S. are obese.

Photo: Fastening a seatbelt.Factsheet [PDF 453 KB]
Improve motor vehicle safety – Motor vehicle crashes are a leading cause of death among Americans ages 1–54.

Photo: Two teen couples.Factsheet [PDF 420 KB]
Reduce teen pregnancies – The U.S. has one of the highest rates of teen pregnancy of any developed nation in the world.

Photo: A sink.Factsheet [PDF 177 KB]
Prevent healthcare-associated infections (HAIs) – 1 out of 20 hospitalized patients contracts an HAI.

Graphic: A red ribbon.Factsheet [427 KB]
Reduce new HIV infections – More than 1 million people in the U.S. live with HIV; some 50,000 new infections occur each year.

Photo: A fresh produce.Factsheet [PDF 539 KB]
Ensure food safety – foodborne diseases sicken 1 out of 6 Americans each year.