• Healthy People 2010

    Posted on January 11, 2010 by in Featured

    2010!! Wow, it seems like just the other day, we were talking about Y2K.  I’ve decided that 2010 is not just going to be another year for me, it’s going to be a destination.  It will be like finally getting to go on that long awaited trip.  While on this trip, I intend to have fun, live right, and be healthy.  So, as we start our new year and arrive at our new destination, let’s do so with a healthy heart and mind.  Let’s make being healthier part of our life and daily routine this year.  Being healthier and enjoying our lives can help all of us to age in place.

    Ok, so we hear about being healthier all the time, what’s new about that?  For one, it’s a new year and the opportunity to start fresh.  A great way to start or continue on your road to health is by using the Healthy People 2010 resource.  Healthy People 2010, is a health promotion program led by the U. S. Department of Health and Human Services.  It consists of 28 focus areas and 457 public health objectives.  These objectives help to measure gains in the health status of the US population over a ten year period (from 2000-2010).  Healthy People 2010 can be used by individuals, communities, states, and professional organizations to help improve health.

    Healthy People 2010 has 2 important goals. These are:

    • To help people of all ages increase their life expectancy and quality of life
    • To eliminate health disparities among different populations

    Healthy People 2010 has 28 Focus Areas, with each focus area having several objectives.  Some objectives focus on interventions that decrease or eliminate disability and premature death in individuals and communities.  Other objectives focus on wider issues including improving access to health care.  Each objective has a target for improvements that are to be accomplished by the year 2010.

    Some that may be especially meaningful to the aging population include:

    • Arthritis, Osteoporosis, and Chronic Back Conditions
    • Cancer
    • Chronic Kidney Disease
    • Diabetes
    • Disability and Secondary conditions
    • Heart Disease and stroke
    • HIV
    • Medical Product Safety
    • Nutrition and Overweight
    • Physical Activity and Fitness
    • Vision and Hearing

    To see a list of all the objectives, click here.

    So, how can you use Healthy People?  Healthy People 2010 is a great resource.  Knowledge is powerful and can change our lives.  As part of your effort to age in place, I challenge you to use Healthy People 2010 to increase your knowledge base.  Find out about important health issues that affect you or your loved ones.  Learn about each of the 28 focus areas and their objectives.  Also, visit The Us Department of Health & Human Services to find out about proposed objectives for Healthy People 2020.