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Risk Reduction Education

Healthy People 2010 Goals

Back sleeping and safe sleep environments are important contributors to reducing deaths from SIDS and suffocation as well as reducing overall infant mortality. The Healthy People 2010 goals provide the following targets for SUID/SIDS programs to strive for:

  • Reduce deaths from SIDS from 0.72 death per 1,000 live births in 1998 to 0.25 death per 1,000 live births in 2010.
  • Increase the percentage of healthy full-term infants who are put down to sleep on their backs from 35 percent in 1996 to 70 percent in 2010.
  • Reduce accidental deaths caused by suffocation from 4.1 deaths per 100,000 population in 1998 to 3.0 deaths per 100,000 population in 2010.
  • Reduce cigarette smoking among pregnant women from 11.4 percent in 2002 to no more than 2 percent in 2010.1