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"We need to tackle America's weight issues as aggressively as we are addressing smoking and tobacco," he said. About half of all deaths in the U.S. can be attributed to largely preventable behaviours and exposures, with tobacco use, poor diet and physical inactivity accounting for the majority of preventable deaths, according to a study in the March 10 Journal of the American Medical Association.
While most of the major preventable causes of death declined or little changed since 1990, deaths due to poor diet and physical inactivity increased 33 percent, according to the study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The top three causes of death were tobacco (18.1 percent), poor diet and physical inactivity (16.6 percent), and alcohol consumption (3.5 percent).
The HHS initiative will include multimedia public service announcements and a new interactive Web site at www.smallstep.gov , which encourages Americans to make small activity and dietary changes such as using the stairs instead of an elevator or taking a walk instead of watching television.
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