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Date:9/22/2008

WASHINGTON, Sept. 22 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- An improved and more accessible version of healthfinder.gov, a federal Web site designed to help people stay healthy, was launched today by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

Its new design and interactive health management tools make information resources more accessible and easier to use for consumers and professionals.

"Many Americans struggle with complex health information Web sites. Healthfinder.gov makes important prevention information more accessible for all Americans, including those with limited time or understanding of medical terms," said HHS Assistant Secretary for Health Joxel Garcia, M.D. "We are proud to present healthfinder.gov as another tool for helping Americans stay healthy."

Healthfinder.gov's features include links to over 6,000 government and nonprofit health information resources on hundreds of health topics. Information is in English and Spanish. The improvements will help users find what they want on those sites.

For instance, Healthfinder.gov's Quick Guide to Healthy Living uses everyday language and examples to:

-- Tell users how taking small steps to improve health can lead to big

benefits;

-- Motivate users by showing them the benefits of incorporating healthy

behaviors into their lives;

-- Provide tools and encouragement, such as personal health calculators,

menu planners and recipes, tips for caregivers, and printable lists of

questions to take to the doctor.

Another new tool offered on the site is myhealthfinder, which provides personalized recommendations for clinical preventive services specific to the user's age, gender, and pregnancy status.

Based on their profiles, users may receive anywhere from five to 15 recommendations. For example, two of the recommendations a 35-year-old man would receive include getting blood pressure and cholesterol che
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