National Public Health Week began Monday and runs through Sunday, April 13. This year’s theme is “Public Health: Start Here”. Public Health affects individuals and communities across the globe. Whether public health officials are working toward policy change, public safety, disease prevention and control or access to safe and healthy foods, public health lays the foundation for a safe environment.
Each day throughout National Public Health Week has a specific focus in order to educate and engage the community.
Monday, April 7: Be Healthy From the Start
- Family nutrition, maternal health, safety precautions and disaster preparedness start in the home. Take action by planning healthy family meals, creating an emergency safety plan and conducting safety upgrades in your home.
Tuesday, April 8: Don’t Panic
- Several different types of natural and man-made disasters occur across the country every year. Learn what emergency procedures your community has in place in case a disaster, epidemic or outbreak occurs. Be sure your family is prepared by keeping at least a three-day supply of food and water as well as a week’s worth of unrefrigerated food.
Wednesday, April 9: Get Out Ahead
- Preventable disease take the lives of 7 out of 10 people in the U.S. while 75% of our healthcare dollars are spent on treating these diseases. Learn what you can do for yourself, your family and your community to prevent obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, cancer and other preventable diseases.
Thursday, April 10: Eat Well
- Americans eat nearly one-third more calories today than we did 40 years ago while our activity levels and caloric expenditure have decreased. Use the dietary guidelines and learn how to read food labels to help you make healthy food choices for yourself and your family. Make healthy swaps to include fruits, vegetables and whole grains in your diet. Be sure to store your food properly as well to avoid bacteria growth and food-borne illness.
Friday, April 11: Be the Healthiest Nation in One Generation
- The life expectancy of the current generation in the United States is less healthy than the one that came before. This irregular trend is alarming and you can help to reverse it by learning about options for health care, coverage and education resources provided under the Affordable Care Act.
Find out if there are any events going on in your community that you can volunteer with to help promote National Public Health Week and healthy lifestyles. Learn more about National Public Health Week atwww.nphw.org.