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Passed House amended (09/23/2008)

Recognizes that it is imperative that this nation strengthen its public health system to: (1) encourage all persons to obtain the information and educational resources they need to make healthier choices and live healthier lives; and (2) protect people from health threats beyond their control.

Encourages the creation of public health strategies to improve improve the health of all people in the United States.

Expresses support for public and private partnerships focusing on the prevention of disease and injury and encourages community-based programs to support healthy lifestyles.

Emphasizes the importance of the prevention strategies of daily aspirin therapy, smoking cessation, colorectal cancer screening, annual flu immunizations, and breast cancer screening.

Declares that the congressional budget process should reflect the savings associated with investments in the prevention of disease and injury. Encourages the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) to consider the savings associated with a reduced chronic disease burden due to preventive services and programs when formulating its health care cost estimates.

Expresses support for helping the United States be the healthiest nation by encouraging an increased focus on public health and prevention efforts.