Arkansas Public Health Week 

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Month of April
Awareness: Alcohol Awareness, Autism , Child Abuse, NCADD, Sexual Assault, Stress Awareness, Youth Sports Safety
Health Walks at Garvan; Event Description: Exercise never felt more beautiful than walking at Garvan! Fitness buff Sharon Turrentine will challenge you on exhilarating 3-mile hikes through places in the Gardens most folks never see. It’s always a different route and you’ll get your week off to a great start. For the less strenuous option, the 1-mile walk led by GWG staff is perfect for those who want to really savor the Gardens while they get some great exercise. Comfortable clothes appropriate to the weather and good walking shoes recommended. No reservations needed, so please join us! Gardens; Advanced and Beginner available.
Mississippi County Blytheville Health Unit will be handing out brochures about good health tips for all ages
April 7
World Health Day
11:30 am – 1:00 pm
TOUCH (Tremendous Opportunities for Union County Health) Coalition (HHI) Will Discuss tobacco activities for Union County, committees include Healthy Behaviors and Substance Abuse Prevention at Simmons First Bank 100 West Grove El Dorado, AR 7173; Contact Person: Deb Crawford Email: ; Karen Magee Email: ; Phone: (870) 864-5121
April 8

Book Title - Surgeon General's Warning - How Politics Crippled the Nation’s Doctor
Mike Stobbe (Author)
Will be on the UAMS campus on April 8, 2015 at noon at the COPH auditorium.   His talk will be the focus of National Public Health Week for the COPH and the UAMS Library. 
Dr. Elders will be honored on April 7 at a reception at 4:00 in the UAMS Hospital Gallery. 

Mike Stobbe is a national medical correspondent for The Associated Press and is based in New York City. He covers the CDC and writes on a range of health and medical topics. He has a doctorate in public health policy and administration from the University of North Carolina.

Book Description:  What does it mean to be the nation's doctor? In this engaging narrative, journalist Mike Stobbe examines the Office of the U.S. Surgeon General, emphasizing that it has always been unique within the federal government in its ability to influence public health. But now, in their efforts to provide leadership in public health policy, surgeons general compete with other high-profile figures such as the secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services and the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Furthermore, in an era of declining budgets, when public health departments have eliminated tens of thousands of jobs, some argue that a lower-profile and ineffective surgeon general is a waste of money. By tracing stories of how surgeons general like Luther Terry, C. Everett Koop, and Joycelyn Elders created policies and confronted controversy in response to issues like smoking, AIDS, and teen pregnancy, Stobbe highlights how this office is key to shaping the nation’s health and explains why its decline is harming our national well-being.

Ruby Brown, Outreach Coordinator Supervisor with Connect Care, will be presenting in the Sebastianc county Health Unit waiting rooms about the benefits and services for families with Medicaid and ARKids First
April 9
Thursday Morning Bicycle Ride
Matthew Hicks, EHS, Northwest Region, will be presenting injury prevention in regards to venomous bugs and snakes; Sebastian County Health Unit
April 10
National Youth HIV and AIDS Awareness Day
Miranda Curbow, CHNS, Northwest Region, will be presenting injury prevention in regards to “Shaken Baby Syndrome”; Sebastian County Health Unit
Van Buren Couty Health and Wellness Fair
8 a.m. -  1 p.m.
Consult with a wide variety of area health care professionals. Live local entertainment. Free lunch beginning at 10:30 a.m. Sign up for a FREE prescription lock box. For more information contact Carla Roberts, RN at (501)745-9569
April 11
Hot Springs Farmer's Market
American Heart Association Heart Walk;
Time: 8 am to 11 am
Phone: 479-439-6800:
Location: Arvest Ballpark 3000 S. 56th Street Springdale, AR 72762 Event Description: The American Heart Association is the largest voluntary health organization working to prevent, treat and defeat heart disease, stroke and other cardiovascular diseases. These diseases, the Nation's No.1 and No.4 killers, claim more than 813,804 American lives a year. Thanks to all our walkers, donors and volunteers who have accepted the challenge to help fight heart disease and stroke. We cannot achieve our mission without each one of you!
Inaugural "Get Outta Bed" Race
Time: 9 am to12 pm
Location: Downtown Bentonville First Baptist Church Parking Lot 220 S. Main St Bentonville, AR 72756;
Phone: 479-381-2619;
Event Description: The Inaugural "Get Outta Bed" Race will be held in Downtown Bentonville on Saturday, April 11th at 9 AM. There will be 40 teams across 4 Divisions (corporate, small business, community, Health and wellness) competing for the best time, best design and people's choice. Each team will consist of 10 members (1 rider, 4 pushers & 5 person pit crew). Team entry is $250 prior to 3/1 and $300 before 4/1. All funds will help Christian Women's Job Corps of NWA. CWJC is a non-profit outreach ministry seeking to equip and encourage men and women, in a Christian context, for life and employment. CWJC offers a transformative experience, combining spiritual support with job and functional skills assisting them in their lives at home and in the workplace. We provide 10 week classes twice a year. Our classes offer: Bible study, job readiness and life skills, resume writing, interview skills, budgeting, mentoring and computer skills.
Hoof it for Heifer; 20K Trail Run - Petit Jean State Park
Benefiting Heifer International;
Arkansas Minority Barber & Beauty Shop Health Initiative
Free blood pressure, blood sugar, & cholesterol screenings as well as information on quitting tobacco.
10 a.m. on Saturday, April 11, 2015 at the Double Tree Hotel
Donna Terrell's Yoga Warriors Fighting Colon Cancer.
April 12
Bernice Garden Farmers' Market Opening
10:00 am - 2:00 pm at Bernice Gardens 1401 S. Main St. Little Rock, AR 72206