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Health literacy is critical to mission readiness. Those with accurate knowledge about the body and disease have a better understanding of the relationship between lifestyle choices and health outcomes. The National Assessment of Adult Literacy (NAAL) reports that only 11 percent of adults with military insurance (active or retired service members and their family members) are proficient in health literacy [1] – an alarmingly low number.

This page offers health information disseminators tools and resources to help teach Sailors, Marines, beneficiaries, and DoD civilians how to understand basic health information so as patients, they can navigate their doctor visits and make better decisions about their health. This will help them improve their overall health and maintain medical readiness for military service.

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1 U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion. America's Health Literacy: Why We Need Accessible Health Information. Published 2008. Accessed August 2015.

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