National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion

Promoting Healthy Schools: What's in their backpacks?

Six in ten Americans live with at least one chronic disease, like heart disease and stroke, cancer, or diabetes. These and other chronic diseases are the leading causes of death and disability in America, and they are also a leading driver of health care costs.

At CDC, our job is to make it easier for all Americans to make healthy choices so they can enjoy life. We know that most chronic diseases can be prevented by eating wellbeing physically active, avoiding tobacco and excessive drinking, and getting regular health screenings. CDC’s National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (NCCDPHP) helps people and communities prevent chronic diseases and promotes health and wellness for all.

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Schools play a critical role in helping children develop lifelong healthy habits.

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Learn tips to help reduce the risk of illness or health complications in a disaster.

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Physical activity can help people with arthritis manage their pain.

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Get your kids vaccinated against HPV, and talk to them about smoking and skin cancer.

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Page last reviewed: August 8, 2019