Public health consists of the range of activities and issues that affect the health of a community. Under this broad category fall many issues, including obesity, tobacco, aging, asthma, immunizations, organ donation, communicable diseases, terrorism/disaster response and public hygiene. Family physicians are on the front lines of public health — often serving a community as both family doctor and public health official.
Encouraging Healthy Lifestyles
The prevalence of overweight and obesity in the United States has soared during the past two decades. Obesity contributes to an estimated 112,000 preventable deaths a year. Family Physicians are in an ideal position to arrest and even reverse skyrocketing obesity rates because of the unique role they play in the U.S. health care system.
AAFP News Now Special Report on Overweight and Obesity