Find Information About:

Drugs & Supplements

Get information and reviews on prescription drugs, over-the-counter medications, vitamins, and supplements. Search by name or medical condition.

Pill Identifier

Pill Identifier

Having trouble identifying your pills?

Enter the shape, color, or imprint of your prescription or OTC drug. Our pill identification tool will display pictures that you can compare to your pill.

Get Started
My Medicine

My Medicine

Save your medicine, check interactions, sign up for FDA alerts, create family profiles and more.

Get Started

WebMD Health Experts and Community

Talk to health experts and other people like you in WebMD's Communities. It's a safe forum where you can create or participate in support groups and discussions about health topics that interest you.

  • Second Opinion

    Second Opinion

    Read expert perspectives on popular health topics.

  • Community


    Connect with people like you, and get expert guidance on living a healthy life.

Got a health question? Get answers provided by leading organizations, doctors, and experts.

Get Answers

Sign up to receive WebMD's award-winning content delivered to your inbox.

Sign Up

Font Size

U.S. Sets New Goals for a Healthier Nation

Health and Human Services Department Reveals Blueprint to Make Americans Healthier by 2020

Role of Education

For the first time the goals include a section identifying social factors that help determine health, such as education.

A major goal is to increase the percentage of students who graduate from high school with a regular diploma in four years from around 75% to 82% by 2020.

The move was made in recognition of the fact that higher education is closely linked to better health, Cater Blakey, of the HHS Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, tells WebMD.

Blakey says there is much optimism that the enactment of the national health reform law will help health officials meet the main health care objectives outlined Monday.

"It has renewed interest and heightened awareness about disease prevention," she says.

At the presentation Monday, Gail Christopher, DN, who is vice president for health of the children's health research group W.K. Kellogg Foundation, talked about the importance of education on health.

"When we focus on education we are, in fact, focusing on improving health outcomes," she said. "The question becomes 'How do we close achievement gaps and ensure optimal education for everyone?'"

She said improving graduation rates starts even before a child is born, by making sure that mothers-to-be have opportunities for prenatal care.

Christopher said improving young children's opportunities to learn, especially in low-income areas, is key to achieving the education outcome.

"The possibility of achieving success in school is almost determined by the third grade, so we have to look at the intersection between low income and poverty and education," she said.

"When so many of our children are being born into low-income families and communities which further compromises their access to education and to situations that appropriately stimulate and motivate them, we know we have some work to do."

1 | 2

WebMD Video: Now Playing

Click here to wach video: Dirty Truth About Hand Washing

Which sex is the worst about washing up? Why is it so important? We’ve got the dirty truth on how and when to wash your hands.

Click here to watch video: Dirty Truth About Hand Washing