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prevention oriented with an emphasis on health improvements that can be achieved through population-based and health service-based interventions;
action-oriented including suggestions for a set of interim steps requisite to achieving the proposed target by 2010;
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;
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;
stated in an affirmative tone; and
permit continuity and comparability of measurement with objectives defined for Healthy People 2000