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Our Impact

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CDC works with states, territories, cities, and tribes to prevent common chronic diseases and promote health across the life span. These efforts have led to improvements in leading health indicators like high blood pressure control, physical activity, and teen pregnancy.

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Since 2012, the Tips From Former Smokers® campaign has motivated at least 500,000 cigarette smokers to quit for good.

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The percentage of adults who meet physical activity guidelines increased from 44% in 2008 to 53% in 2016.

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The percentage of adults who have their high blood pressure under control increased from 43.3% in 2005⁠–⁠2006 to 48.3% in 2015⁠–⁠2016.

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Teen birth rates fell 51% from 2007 to 2016—an all-time low.

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From 1999⁠–⁠2004 to 2011⁠⁠–⁠2014, the percentage of low-income children with dental sealants increased 70%.

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Nearly 170,000 people have completed the National Diabetes Prevention Program since 2010.

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Since 1991, the National Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program has served 5.3 million women and found 63,000 cases of breast cancer and 199,000 precancerous cervical lesions.

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From 2000 to 2014, 30% more schools offered at least 2 vegetables at lunch.

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