Encouraging Healthy Behaviors Through Facebook: healthfinder.gov Launches the Be Healthy Your Way Challenge

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The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion is kicking off the Be Healthy Your Way Challenge to encourage Americans to make healthy resolutions this New Year. Each week in January, participants will be invited to complete a health challenge and to encourage loved ones to do the same.

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The Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (ODPHP) at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is building a Facebook community around its Web site, healthfinder.gov, a one-stop shop for preventive health tools. ODPHP is launching the Be Healthy Your Way Challenge to encourage Facebook users to adopt healthy behaviors and provide them with interactive information about preventive health services, particularly those that are now covered under health care reform.

The Be Healthy Your Way Challenge will encourage healthfinder.gov Facebook fans to make a healthy resolution and share it on the Facebook page. healthfinder.gov will post weekly challenges throughout January to address those resolutions and help Americans incorporate more healthy behaviors into their lifestyles by setting personal wellness goals. The Be Healthy Your Way Challenge encourages Americans to take small, practical steps toward being and staying healthy.

The Be Healthy Your Way Challenge will spotlight preventive health and feature a wide range of tools and resources to support people in making key health decisions. Resources will include award-winning healthfinder.gov content; the Dietary Guidelines for Americans 2010; the 2008 Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans; and the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommendations. The weekly challenges will also introduce people to the services covered under the new health law, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, and help them figure out which services they may need.

ODPHP invites everyone interested in health and wellness to encourage their friends and families to join the challenge and make a commitment to a healthier 2012. To learn more about how ODPHP is using social media to spread the word about preventive health, visit healthfinder.gov.

The Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, coordinates the Web site healthfinder.gov as well as the National Health Information Center. The Quick Guide to Healthy Living, part of healthfinder.gov, won the 2010 ClearMark Award for the best plain language public sector Web site from the Center for Plain Language.

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Silje Lier, M.P.H.
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