National Academy of Medicine

A Health Literacy Fable for Tomorrow: Help the World Be Healthy with Health Literacy

By Andrew Pleasant
October 15, 2014 | Discussion Paper

There once was a town in the heart of America where health seemed to come naturally for everyone. The town lay in the midst of a checkerboard of organic and wholesome farms. Fresh fruit and vegetables were plentiful and affordable. Within the town itself, recreational opportunities were free and varied: Children, adults, and senior citizens were often seen exercising with broad smiles on their faces.

Along the roads, local cooks prepared and sold wholesome foods and created livable incomes. People often walked to work and worked with little stress or conflict with their colleagues or their competitors. Education was free and highly valued.

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