Overcoming Obstacles to Health

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Commission to Build a Healthier America—a group of 14 American leaders—was charged with investigating why Americans aren’t as healthy as they could be and to recommend ways beyond medical care to improve health in years, not decades. The Commission's 10 recommendations identify the greatest opportunities to improve the health of all Americans, including improving nutrition, physical activity and early childhood development; eliminating tobacco use; creating healthy places; and establishing accountability for health impact in all policies.

The Commission's products—including data, issue briefs, stories and reports—help define the problems and solutions to making America healthier.