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Public Health Nursing Practice Manual

What Are the Leading Health Indicators?

The Leading Health Indicators will be used to measure the health of the Nation over the next 10 years. Each of the 10 Leading Health Indicators has one or more objectives from Healthy People 2010 associated with it. As a group, the Leading Health Indicators reflect the major health concerns in the United States at the beginning of the 21st century. The Leading Health Indicators were selected on the basis of their ability to motivate action, the availability of data to measure progress, and their importance as public health issues.

The Leading Health Indicators are—

  • 1.

    Physical Activity

  • 2.

    Overweight and Obesity

  • 3.

    Tobacco Use

  • 4.

    Substance Abuse

  • 5.

    Responsible Sexual Behavior

  • 6.

    Mental Health

  • 7.

    Injury and Violence

  • 8.

    Environmental Quality

  • 9.

    Immunization

  • 10.

    Access to Health Care

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