Asst. Health Secretary Dr. Howard Koh: Where Public Health Starts

[ 0 ] June 28, 2014 |

Public health is a major concern in America. One out of every three children and two out of every three adults are obese. Government officials try to do as much as they can by passing legislation that will help Americans lead healthier lifestyles. However, most of these bills clash with the public’s constitutional rights and are therefore difficult to get passed within the different branches of government.

WATCH as  Dr. Howard K. Koh, Assistant Secretary for Health for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, talks with genConnect  about the role of government in keeping citizens healthy at the Aspen Ideas Festival:

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With growing health concerns such as obesity, tobacco, and marijuana use, the Unites States government is doing everything in its power to help steer Americans towards a healthier lifestyle, Koh says. “Being healthy means physical health, emotional well being, and social well being as well,” he adds.soda

The Affordable Care Act – otherwise known as “Obamacare” –  includes many benefits that weren’t as accessible before the law, such as providing services for substance abuse and other mental and physical health issues. Koh stresses that struggling American citizens seeking help should take advantage of all the government is able to offer.

“Health starts where people live, labor, learn, play, and pray,” Dr. Koh says.

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About Dr. Howard Koh: Dr. Howard K. Koh serves as the 14th Assistant Secretary for Health for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), after being nominated by President Barack Obama and confirmed by the U.S. Senate [...]
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