Public Health Week: Overview
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Public Health: Start Here
During the first full week of April each year, the American Public Health Association (APHA) brings together communities across the United States to observe National Public Health Week (NPHW) as a time to recognize the contributions of public health and highlight issues that are important to improving our nation’s health. This year, NPHW 2014 will take place from April 7–13 and focus on guiding communities through the evolving public health system with the theme “Public Health: Start Here.”
NPHW 2014 is an opportunity for public health and clinical health professionals to engage with individuals and communities to lead them through the changing world of public health. For the “Start Here” theme, we are promoting simple first 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 Tobacco Quitline. Want to be more physically fit? Start by walking more. Want to give your baby a healthy start? Start by breastfeeding. Want to take care of your skin and reduce your chance of skin cancer? Start by using sunscreen. There are many simple changes we can all make to lead healthier lives.
Here on ADH’s NPHW site, you will find posters available for downloading and printing, events going on around the state, and more. We hope that as you plan local events and activities as part of NPHW 2014 you’ll help raise awareness of the critical role that public health and prevention play in keeping communities healthy. Public health professionals and organizations are the key to empowering people to participate in this exciting evolution of the public health system to improve the health and wellness of the whole community. Below are the daily themes set by APHA. They may give you an idea of public health issues to focus on in your community.
- Monday, April 7: Be healthy from the start. From maternal health and school nutrition to emergency preparedness, public health starts at home. Let us show you around.
- Tuesday, April 8: Don't panic. Disaster preparedness starts with community-wide commitment and action. We're here to help you weather the unexpected.
- Wednesday, April 9: Get out ahead. Prevention is now a nationwide priority. Let us show you where you fit in.
- Thursday, April 10: Eat well. The system that keeps our nation's food safe and healthy is complex. We can guide you through the choices.
- Friday, April 11: Be the healthiest nation in one generation. Best practices for community health come from around the globe. We have a world of public health to show you.