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Air Force Surgeon General

The Office of the Air Force Surgeon General (AF/SG) develops and implements medical programs and policies that provide for the health care of active duty and retired military personnel and their family members. AF/SG optimizes Air Force readiness potential to support national security strategies and defines and disseminates health care policy in support of the 43,000 personnel of the Air Force Medical Service and 74 medical treatment facilities. In addition, AF/SG ensures a quality, cost-effective, prevention-based health care continuum for 2.4 million beneficiaries worldwide.

Review Date: April 24, 2014

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National Health Information Center - NHIC
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

The National Health Information Center (NHIC) is a health information referral service sponsored by the Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion. NHIC puts health professionals and consumers who have health questions in touch with those organizations that are best able to provide answers. Using a database that contains descriptions of health-related organizations, NHIC staff refer people to the most appropriate resource. Spanish language information specialists are available.

Review Date: July 14, 2011

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U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is the United States government’s principal agency for protecting the health of all Americans and providing essential human services, especially for those who are least able to help themselves. HHS works closely with state and local governments, and many HHS-funded services are provided at the local level by state or county agencies, or through private sector grantees. The department includes more than 300 programs, covering a wide spectrum of activities. In addition to the services they deliver, the HHS programs provide for equitable treatment of beneficiaries nationwide, and they enable the collection of national health and other data.

Review Date: August 30, 2011

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AARP

AARP is the nation's leading organization for people age 50 and older. It serves their needs and interests through information and education, advocacy, and community services provided by a network of local chapters and experienced volunteers throughout the country. The organization also offers members a wide range of special benefits and services, including Modern Maturity magazine and the monthly Bulletin.

Review Date: December 19, 2011

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American Academy of Family Physicians

The American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP), originally the American Academy of General Practice, was founded in 1947 and has chapters in all States. Its purpose is to represent the interests of family physicians, provide opportunities for continuing education, and maintain high standards of family practice care. AAFP requires continuing education from its members and promotes the development of family practice medical education. A public education program is conducted to inform the public about family practice. Other activities include medical student services, annual meetings, and reduced insurance rates.

Review Date: July 01, 2009

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American College of Emergency Physicians

The American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP), founded in 1968, is a medical specialty organization of over 22,000 members, 53 chapters, and 26 sections that focus on critical issues, such as injury prevention, trauma care, pediatric emergency medicine, EMS, toxicology, cruise ship medicine, and disaster medicine. The organization monitors and advocates on emergency medicine issues, conducts continuing medical education, produces public education materials on a wide variety of health and safety topics, recommended clinical standards for emergency medicine and EMS, and funds research fellowships in emergency medicine.

Review Date: August 26, 2010

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American Council on Exercise®

The American Council on Exercise®(ACE) is a nonprofit organization committed to enriching quality of life through safe and effective exercise and physical activity. ACE helps to protect all segments of society against ineffective fitness products, programs and trends through its ongoing public education, outreach and research. ACE further protects the public by setting certification and continuing education standards for fitness professionals.

Review Date: December 06, 2011

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American Medical Association

The American Medical Association (AMA), founded in 1847, is the professional organization for physicians in the United States. The AMA disseminates information on issues important to physicians, patients, and the nation's health. The AMA is active in legislative issues and in setting standards for medical practice and education. Other activities include counseling on practice management problems, policy studies in a variety of areas, a medical library for physicians, publications, and meetings and conferences. The AMA library has a collection of over 60,000 volumes and 2,500 journals, and has direct computer access to the National Library of Medicine's database.

Review Date: February 18, 2009

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American Running Association

The American Running Association (ARA), in conjunction with its sister organization, the American Medical Athletic Association, provides information for runners and supports educational campaigns to decrease the incidence of childhood obesity and educate the public on safe training and competition. ARA provides its members with a bi-monthly e-newsletter, weekly sports medicine newsletter, access to over 1,000 online fitness-related articles, personalized advice from sports medicine professionals, and more. Its motivational campaign, "National Run A Mile Days," is celebrated each May.

Review Date: July 28, 2009

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Caring Institute

Inspired by Mother Teresa, the Caring Institute was founded in 1985 to honor and promote the values of caring, integrity, and public service. The Caring Institute (CI) believes that the solution to most problems is the caring of one human being for another. CI celebrates those special individuals who, in transcending self, devote their lives in service to the disadvantaged, the poor, the disabled, and the dying. The Institute honors individuals not only to support their work, but also to hold them up as role models to be emulated by others. CI sponsors a number of programs to inspire, encourage, recognize, and reward acts of caring. Programs include the National Caring Awards, which honors the ten most caring men and women and five most caring young people in America as selected by prestigious panel of judges each year. The Awards are presented at ceremony held in Washington, DC, on the Friday before Thanksgiving. A scholarship program is available to help caring kids. A poster a photography contest focuses on the Art of Caring, encouraging participants to seek out examples of caring which change their communities and our world. The DreamMaker program provides respite to terminally ill children and their families, enabling them to visit Disney World, in cooperation with Give Kids The World.

Review Date: January 07, 2009

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Center for the Advancement of Health

The Center for the Advancement of Health is an independent nonprofit organization funded by foundations to promote greater recognition of how psychological, social, behavioral, economic and environmental factors influence health and illness. The Center advocates the highest quality research and communicates it to the health care community and the public. The fundamental aim of the Center is to translate into policy and practice the growing body of evidence that can lead to improving and maintaining the health of individuals and the public.

Review Date: February 09, 2009

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Helpguide

Helpguide is a project of the Rotary Club of Santa Monica and WISE & Healthy Aging. Helpguide’s mission is to empower you and your loved ones to understand, prevent, and resolve health challenges. Helpguide’s purpose is the advancement of education regarding mental and physical wellness.

Review Date: January 27, 2012

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Hope Heart Institute

The Hope Heart Institute conducts research and education programs that aim to improve the physical, emotional and spiritual quality of life for all at risk of, or afflicted with, heart and blood vessel disease. The Hope’s research and education programs have two main goals: research leading to better treatments - with significantly improved outcomes - for people living with heart and blood vessel disease; and education programs that encourage people to make heart-healthy lifestyle choices leading to longer, healthier lives.

Review Date: January 27, 2012

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National Association for Health and Fitness

The National Association for Health and Fitness was founded in 1977 by staff of the President's Council on Physical Fitness. Its mission is to improve the quality of life for individuals in the United States and its territories through the promotion of physical fitness, sports and healthy lifestyles by fostering and supporting Governor's and State Councils on physical fintess and sports in every state and U.S Territory.

Review Date: September 14, 2010

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National Therapeutic Recreation Society

The National Therapeutic Recreation Society, a branch of the National Recreation and Park Association, is a membership organization with the belief that leisure and recreation should be available to all people, especially those with disabilities or limiting conditions. Services are delivered through a continuum of care--therapy, leisure education and recreation participation--in order to enable and empower people to develop and maintain health, well-being, and appropriate leisure lifestyles.

Review Date: August 25, 2008

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Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center

The Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center (PBIC) was established in 1999 with the mission to improve the quality of life in communities through the increase of safe walking and bicycling as a viable means of transportation and physical activity. PBIC is part of the larger Bicycle and Pedestrian Program of the Federal Highway Administration’s Office of Human and Natural Environment. Through comprehensive Web sites, PBIC offers information and training to diverse audiences about health and safety, engineering, advocacy, education, enforcement, access, and mobility as it relates to pedestrians and bicyclists.

Review Date: July 26, 2010

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Shape Up America!

Shape Up America! is a non-profit national initiative to raise awareness of the importance of healthy eating and increased physical activity for weight management and disease prevention. Founded by former U.S. Surgeon C. Everett Koop in 1994, Shape Up America! relies on a broad coalition of industry, medical, health, nutrition and physical fitness experts to develop and communicate information to the public and to health care professionals. It has three broad objectives: promote a new understanding by Americans of the health importance of achieving and maintaining a healthy weight and increasing physical activity; provide science-based information on the assessment and treatment of obesity; and increase cooperation among national and community organizations committed to advancing healthy weight and increased physical activity as major public health priorities. The Shape Up America! website--www.shapeup.org--is designed to communicate with the public, health care professionals, educators and the media.

Review Date: June 27, 2008

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The Cleveland Clinic Foundation

Cleveland Clinic, located in Cleveland, Ohio, is a not-for-profit multispecialty academic medical center that integrates clinical and hospital care with research and education. Cleveland Clinic was founded in 1921 by four renowned physicians with a vision of providing outstanding patient care based upon the principles of cooperation, compassion and innovation. About 2,000 full-time salaried physicians and researchers and 7,600 nurses at Cleveland Clinic represent more than 100 medical specialties and subspecialties. In addition to its main campus, Cleveland Clinic operates nine regional hospitals in Northeast Ohio, Cleveland Clinic Florida, the Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health in Las Vegas and Cleveland Clinic Canada. In 2008, there were more than 4.2 million visits throughout the Cleveland Clinic health system and 165,000 hospital admissions. Patients came for treatment from every state and from more than 80 countries.

Review Date: April 15, 2010

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TOPS Club, Inc. (Take Off Pounds Sensibly)

TOPS Club, Inc. (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) is a, nonprofit, weight-loss support and wellness education organization. Established in 1948 to champion weight-loss support and success, TOPS promotes successful, affordable weight management with a philosophy that combines healthy eating, regular exercise, wellness information, awards and recognition, and support from others at weekly chapter meetings. TOPS is comprised of men, women, and children age 7 and older, with about 170,000 members in nearly 10,000 chapters throughout the United States and Canada. Visitors are welcome to attend their first TOPS meeting free of charge.

Review Date: August 29, 2011

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