To the Editor.
—It was encouraging to read the article "Healthy People 2000 at Mid Decade" by Drs McGinnis and Lee,1 but I was unable to find any mention of the importance of health education in our schools as an important component of disease prevention in our society. In August 1989, the National Association of State Boards of Education and the American Medical Association formed a national commission on the role of the school and the community in improving adolescent health. The commission demonstrated that for the first time in the history of this country, young people are less healthy and less prepared to take their places in society than their parents were. In June 1992, with support provided by the American Cancer Society, 100 representatives of 37 national health education and social service agencies gathered to develop an action plan that would move forward an agenda these organizations
Heeb MA. The Role of Schools in Healthy People 2000. JAMA. 1995;274(15):1195. doi:10.1001/jama.1995.03530150019013