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KA Donato Affiliation: National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute Obesity Education Initiative, National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI), Building 31, Room 4A10, 31 Center Drive, MSC 2480, Bethesda, MD 20816-2480, USA. email@example.com
The national education programs and campaigns described here are examples of the many unique kinds of federal efforts under way to promote the pillars of healthy eating and increased physical activity included in the "Healthier US Initiative." They are similar in that: 1) they are based on the best available science that a health problem exists, and 2) that healthy eating and physical active behaviors will improve health status. They are unique in their implementation, for example, in private/public partnerships, coordinating committees of professional associations, and congressionally mandated interventions. Most importantly, they provide the impetus to get a particular health issue on the public agenda.