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November 17, 1999

Progressing From Disease Prevention to Health Promotion

Author Affiliations

Phil B.FontanarosaMD, Interim CoeditorIndividualAuthorMargaret A.WinkerMD, Deputy EditorIndividualAuthorStephenLurieMD PhD, Fishbein FellowIndividualAuthor

JAMA. 1999;282(19):1812-1813. doi:10-1001/pubs.JAMA-ISSN-0098-7484-282-19-jbk1117

To the Editor: Kudos to Dr Breslow1 for articulating the compelling rationale for moving medicine and public health beyond the prevention and treatment of illness to the promotion of well-being. When my daughter Caroline wrote this story at age 6, she reminded me that children can teach adults about well-being:

The dancing rainbow purple bodied monster goes dancing all night. Her skirt twirls while she dances. She turns the music on full blast. She dances all around the forest. The animals dance with her. They dance and dance all night. In the morning they take a nap. She has a good life.

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