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Public Health Reports: The Value of Wellness

In a recent Surgeon General’s Perspective in Public Health Reports, U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Jerome M. Adams discusses the concept of wellness, especially as it applies to the business sector and national security, and overviews the priorities of his tenure in the office. The business sector is a critical partner in the efforts to improve the wellness of the Americans. Increasingly, companies are seeing the building of a health culture as a business opportunity and are implementing health initiatives that go beyond workplace wellness programs to additionally support the health of the nearby communities. Wellness is also at the heart of the safety and security of our nation. It is estimated that 7 in 10 young people aged 17 – 24 would fail to qualify for military service due to obesity, educational deficits, or behavioral health issues/criminal history. Dr. Adams plans to partner with the members of the U.S. Public Health Service (USPHS) Commissioned Corps, National Guard, and other U.S. Department of Defense reserves to work with local schools in order to increase students’ physical fitness. Overall, he plans to focus his term as a Surgeon General on “Better Health Through Better Partnerships.” This means strengthening ties with existing partners while forging new partnerships with the business, law enforcement, education, and defense sectors, as well as with religious, faith-based, and other community organizations. Dr. Adams has decided that his signature Surgeon General’s report will focus on the intersection between health and the economy and on how businesses are able to thrive by investing in the health of their employees and communities.

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Public Health Reports is the official journal of the Office of the U.S. Surgeon General and the U.S. Public Health Service and has been published since 1878. It is published bimonthly, plus supplement issues, through an official agreement with the Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health. The journal is peer-reviewed and publishes original research and commentaries in the areas of public health practice and methodology, original research, public health law, and public health schools and teaching. Issues contain regular commentaries by the U.S. Surgeon General and executives of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Health.

The journal focuses upon such topics as tobacco control, teenage violence, occupational disease and injury, immunization, drug policy, lead screening, health disparities, and many other key and emerging public health issues. In addition to the six regular issues, PHR produces supplemental issues approximately 2 – 5 times per year which focus on specific topics that are of particular interest to our readership. The journal’s contributors are on the front line of public health and they present their work in a readable and accessible format.

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