Partners in wellness

Dr. Vivek Hallegere Murthy, who was sworn in for a four-year term as the nation's surgeon general in December, says Americans are participating in a massive shift from traditional health care to a "prevention-based society."

In an April 23 interview with The Washington Post, Murthy noted that many illnesses and health care conditions are preventable, meaning they cause unnecessary pain for individuals and health care providers. If employers, non-profits, health care providers and individuals worked together to create better conditions for people to make healthy choices, they would improve the nation's health, save time and needless anguish, he said.

"While hospitals and clinics are traditional health care players," he said, "We know that the choices that people make in their lives about what they eat, about how active they are, about whether they ultimately decide to try a cigarette or to use drugs, those decisions are often influenced by factors far outside the hospital or the clinic."

We're committed to helping to create healthier communities. For example, you can use our online tool to estimate your child's body mass index, which health screenings you should consider and how to evaluate your stress level. You can find Providence-sponsored classes from therapy swims to new moms groups.

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If you want to take strides toward a healthier society, you might be interested in the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life, a team-oriented running event that raises money to fight cancer. The relay takes place in multiple cities on multiple dates, including June 20 in Albany, June 26 in Canby, June 27 in Gresham, July 11 in Astoria, Milwaukie and Forest Grove, July 18 in Beaverton and Hood River, and July 25 in Scappoose. Get more information ›