Arkansas Public Health Week 

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Wednesday, April 2
National Walk Day
General public.  Take a Stroll for your heart health
Thursday, April 3
9 a.m. to 1p.m.
LIFE Coalition is sponsoring their annual LIFE Investment Health Fair in Stamps, AR at Bodcaw Bank (307 Thomas St).
FREE health screenings such as blood pressure, cholesterol, blood sugar, body fat analysis and oxygen saturation will be provided by the 11 vendors expected to participate. This event is open to the general public.
Saturday, April 5
9 a.m to 12 noon
5th Annual Senior Health Fair will be held for all the high school seniors in Stone County at the Mtn. View High School.  All area high school seniors are bused to the Mtn. View High School.   The attendees will be educated on physical activity, nutrition, the dangers of tobacco, injury prevention, substance abuse, emergency preparedness, distracted driving, drug and alcohol dangers, and dating violence.  Free health check-ups and screenings will also be conducted. 
8 a.m. to noon
The Scott County Health Unit will join the City of Waldron, Department of Human Services, area child care centers, school, Waldron Police Department and Scott County Sheriff’s Office to provide information to Scott County citizens on the programs and resources available to them through local agencies.
This is a joint effort to promote Public Health Week and Child Abuse Prevention Month.
8 a.m. to noon
208 North Bragg Street
Warren, AR 71671
Bradley County LHU is partnering with the Bradley County Medical Center and Arkansas Kids First  to sponsor the “200 Block “Bragg Street Fair.  Breast Care, SOS and other door prizes will be given away by the LHU.
Multi Medical and non-medical Vendors will present inside the LHU: 
  • Local RNP; Karen Richardson, RNP will be performing Breast Exams along with Breast Education by LHU Nurses Andrea Cheramie and Amanda Reep.  Melissa Keller, RN with UAMS grad. Student will also educate on Breast Exams.
  • Friends of the Library ( encourage reading)
  • Hope Place ( provide child care items to families in need)
  • Lauren Smith, RN UAMS Grad Student( Poison Control)
  • Kristine Rowland, RN UAMS Grad Student ( gero-psych)
  • Immunizations by the LHU
  • LHU In Person Assisters on Site to encourage individuals who have not applied for health insurance to do so and enroll as many consumers as we can or schedule them for another day if they desire
  • Bradley County Hometown Health Coalition ( Cardiovascular health; Diabetes education; Nutrition and Exercise)
  • LHU providing Stamp Out Smoking Information, faxback sheets and Quit-line # Information
  • LHU sponsoring Cake/Cookie Walk

The following will be set up in the parking lot of the health unit EASI Ambulance, Drunk Driving Simulation, Fire Station Smoke House, Car Seat Safety Checks.

8 a.m. 2 p.m.
Beards and Beauty - Arkansas Minority Barber & Beauty Shop Health Initiative
ExSalonce 2K Salon  346 N. Sebastian—Helena
Free blood pressure, cholesterol and blood sugar screenings as well as information on tobacco cessation and more.
Week of Apil 7-11
Bradley County Health Unit, 208 North Bragg Street, Warren, AR 71671
During Public Health Week the Local Health Unit will not be charging a Records Maintance Fee to individuals without insurance.  If individuals do have insurance we ask that they bring their insurance cards with them to the unit so no out of pocket expense will be charged.  Bradley County Health Unit continues to have an In Person Assister to help individuals get enrolled to health insurance.
Bradley County Hometown Health Coalition ( Cardiovascular health; Diabetes education; Nutrition and Exercise)
The LHU is promoting Stamp Out Smoking and Information, faxback sheets and Quit-line # will be promoted by the LHU staff in the lobby of the LHU
ther LHU programs will also be promoted by staff in the lobby of the LHU
The Searcy County Health Unit is hosting a poster contest for 5th and 6th graders from the Searcy County School District. The posters will emphasize simple steps people can take to be healthy. Posters will be displayed in the Unit the week of April 7-11 and everyone is invited to stop by and view the posters.
The Baxter County Health Unit will provide handouts on health services to the public throughout the week. There will also be a display in the health unit’s lobby on public health and each maternity patient will receive a baby name book and books on pregnancy.
The Howard County Health unit will be celebrating Public Health Week, April 7-11 by displaying simple steps posters in the health unit lobby and will be offering “Eat your colors” fresh fruits and vegetables to our staff and clients. We will be celebrating a different color each day. We will provide fact sheets and activity sheets for children. The public is invited to attend
Monday, April 7
10 a.m.
Public Health: Start Here New Conference
Big Dam Bridge—Little Rock Side
(Tent Provided in the event of rain)
12 noon
Fay W. Boozman College of Public Health will host Sam Taggart, M.D.  
Dr. Taggart will speak on his book the “The Public’s Health A Narrative History of Health and Disease in Arkansas
Cooking  Matters with Rachel Townsend
Sebastian Co-Fort Smith Local Health Unit
3112 South 70th Street, Fort Smith AR, 72903.
April 7-13
Where: Across the State of Arkansas and the Nation
What: National Public Health Week (NPHW) gives us an opportunity to engage communities and to recognize the work that is being done in the realm of public health. This year’s theme is “Public Health: Start Here.” For this theme, we are promoting simple fi rst steps that people can take to lead healthier lives. Want to eat healthier? Start by adding more fruits and veggies to your diet. Want to stop smoking? Start by calling the Arkansas Quitline. Want to be more physically fit? Start by walking more. Where will you start?
Save The Date Flier
Tuesday, April 8
8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
The Johnson County Health Unit will host an Immunizations Fair. All patients are encouraged to call for an appointment.
8:10 a.m.
Interview on KARN with APA’s Director of Clinical Programs, Dr. Eric Crumbaugh, regarding National Public Health Week and why it's important for Arkansans to get immunized.

9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
The Arkansas Hunger Relief Alliance Cooking Matters at the Store teams will be conducting free shopping tours at  grocery stores in Fayetteville, Fort Smith and North Little Rock. Tour participants will learn how to read nutrition labels and understand bulk purchasing, how to tell nutrition facts vs myths, and other smart tips to stretch their food dollars.
Everyone who takes the self-guided tour will receive:

  • A free $10 Grocery Store gift card to practice the smart shopping skills they learn on the tour
  • An apron and reusable shopping  bag
  • Resource Guide w/ Recipes

Event locations: 

Harps Food Store
3100 Grand Ave
Fort Smith, AR 72904

Harps Food Store
1189 Garland Ave
Fayetteville, AR 72703

900 West Pershing Blvd
N Little Rock, AR 72114

9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Lee County Health Unit
Free Blood pressure screenings and education on simple steps you can take to live a healthier lifestyle. No appointment is needed and free to the public.
11:30 a.m
Oral Health - University of Arkansas Fort Smith, Oral Hygiene team
Sebastian Co-Fort Smith Local Health Unit
3112 South 70th Street, Fort Smith AR, 72903.
Wednesday, April 9
Free blood pressure checks at the Pulaski Co./NLR Health Unit (2800 N. Willow)

Madison County Health Coalition will host its annual Butterball Health Screening Fair on April 9th. This event is used to promote public health week and also recognize minority health month. Butterball employees about 625 people. Over 60% of their employees are either Hispanic or Marshallese. This screening fair is unique in that we have Spanish and Marshallese interpreters on-site.

We will be providing the following screenings:
blood pressure
blood sugar
Rapid HIV testing
Dental screenings

We will also provide general health information on tobacco, ETOH, and drug prevention as well as family planning, WIC, BreastCare and immunizations.

Immunization Changes and Updates:  LHU nursing staff will be available to answer questions and we will hold a large immunization clinic on this day.  Call for appointments.
Sebastian Co-Fort Smith Local Health Unit
3112 South 70th Street, Fort Smith AR, 72903
Thursday, April 10
8 a.m.
Public Health Week Grand Rounds
Arkansas Department of Health
4815 West Markham
Little Rock, Arkansas 72205
9 a.m to 2 p.m.
Jacksonville Community Center
Information on tobacco cessation/ chronic disease prevention/ blood pressure screening; health and nutrition; emergency response and preparedness will be provided.
9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Lee County Health Unit
Free Blood pressure screenings and education on simple steps you can take to live a healthier lifestyle. No appointment is needed and free to the public.
Provide Fruit at the NLR City Hall and Pulaski/ NLR Health Unit.  Promote eating well by having a “My Plate” display at the NLR City Hall
Bulletin Boards promoting Public Health Week will be on display at the Pulaski/ NLR Health Unit 
3 p.m.
The Johnson County Health Unit will partner with Community Development Inc.  (CDI) & the Johnson County Resource Alliance to provide car seats and installation to the children at CDI. The Health Unit will also provide information on the Stamp Out Smoking program and injury prevention for parents.
9:30 to 11 a.m.
The Washington County Health Unit will provide an overview of Public Health in Arkansas. The overview will feature presentations from the Unit’s Women’s Health, Communicable Disease, and Child Health Clinics, as well as Environmental Health Services and the Outreach Clinic. In addition, fresh fruits will be available to health unit clients throughout the week.
Friday, April 11
Free fruit and MyPlate nutrition information at the Pulaski Co./NLR Health Unit and NLR City Hall (300 Main)
10 a.m. and 2 p.m.
Venomous Bugs and Snakes:  Injury prevention presentation teaching  the general public of venomous insects and snakes as well as nuisance pests such as bed bugs;  Providing hands on learning with proven lecture methods and visual displays.
Presenter:  Matt Hicks, EHS
Sebastian Co-Fort Smith Local Health Unit
3112 South 70th Street, Fort Smith AR, 72903
Saturday, April 12

 8 a.m.
American Heart Walk -  Northwest AR
Arvest Ballpark – Springdale, AR -  Start time 8:00 AM
Family friendly 5K Walk celebrating survivors and honoring those we’ve lost to heart diseases and stroke.

April 12 -13
7th Annual Melinda Marie Evans Kick for the Cure
Adult 7v7 soccer tournament
Burns Park Soccer Complex
North Little Rock, AR 72219
All proceeds go to benefit the Arkansas Susan G. Komen for the Cure Foundation.
Thursday, April 17
4 p.m. to 7 p.m.
The Baxter County Health Unit will have a table display and presentation at the Baxter County courthouse.
April 17-18
Arkansas Minority Health Summit
Healthy People 2020: The Cost You Pay For Health Disparities
Philander Smith College—8:00a.m. Registration 10:00  Opening Plen
April 25

noon to 2 p.m.
AR Department of Health Auditorium
Everyone is encouraged to bring a cultural food item/dish. To sign up your food item/dish go to:
SIGN-UP ENDS: Friday APRIL 18, 2014

The Great Northwest Arkansas Workout will be held at the Walton Life Fitness Center in Bentonville. This event is hosted by the Governor’s Council on Fitness.
Saturday, April 26
7 a.m to 8 a.m.
Cardiac Classic Bike Ride -  
North Little Rock Burns Park Soccer Complex
Registration $30.
Sign up online at
8 a.m. to noon
American Heart Walk  - Central AR,
North Little Rock Burns Park Soccer Complex 
Form a team and join the fun.
Family friendly 5K Walk celebrating survivors and honoring those we’ve lost to heart diseases and stroke.
9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
The 4th Annual Health and Safety Expo will be held at the Community Center in Marshall in Searcy County. Over 40 vendors will be available for health screenings, cooking demonstrations, fire safety, child identification registration and many more activities for the whole family. Free food and door prizes will be offered.
11 a.m.
American Heart Association - Hearts On Wheels  
Burns Park Soccer Complex
Fun, kid friend activities and entertainment for families effected by Congenital Heart Defects.
Featuring tricycle races for survivors so bring your wheels and join the celebration.
To register go to:
Tuesday, April 29
The 2014 Great Arkansas Workout will be held on the UCA campus in Conway. This event is  hosted by the Governor’s Council on Fitness.