1. prevention oriented with an emphasis on health improvements that can be achieved through population-based and health service-based interventions;
  2. action-oriented including suggestions for a set of interim steps requisite to achieving the proposed target by 2010;
  3. useful and relevant to states, localities, and the private sector in a manner that activities targeted to community organizations such as schools, work sites, health settings, and churches are facilitated and encouraged;
  4. measurable (or have the potential to become measurable during the decade) including a variety of measures such as health outcomes, behavioral and health service change, and community capacity;
  5. stated in an affirmative tone; and
  6. permit continuity and comparability of measurement with objectives defined for Healthy People 2000
  7. supported by sound scientific evidence.

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