APTA has a longstanding commitment to promoting health and wellness, and that commitment has been recognized by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services by way of naming the association a Healthy People 2030 Champion. APTA joins other public and private organizations in advancing a nationwide initiative aimed at improving health conditions and behaviors including chronic pain, overweight, physical activity, and injury prevention across all demographic groups.
Launched by the HHS Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, the Healthy People 2030 program sets objectives to improve health and well-being over a decade. The objectives are wide-ranging, addressing not only health conditions but health behaviors, individual populations, health settings and systems, and social determinants of health. Other Healthy People champions include the American Lung Association, the Council on Black Health, the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, and the American Occupational Therapy Association.
"APTA's vision is rooted the idea of transforming society through improved health — and that includes an emphasis on prevention and wellness for everyone," said Justin Moore, PT, DPT, CEO of APTA in an APTA news release. "The objectives of the Healthy People campaign align perfectly with our own direction. We’re proud of this recognition and look forward to pursuing shared goals."