Celebrating National Public Health Week
Friday, April 4, 2014

Celebrating National Public Health WeekRockville, Maryland―National Public Health Week, organized by the American Public Health Association (APHA), is April 7–13. Each day has a designated focus that connects to this year’s theme, “Public Health: Start Here.”

Be Healthy from the Start (April 7)—Healthy habits start at home and start early. Good prenatal care and maternal health, breastfeeding, and good family nutrition can all have positive impacts on children’s health.

Don’t Panic (April 8)—Disaster preparedness is one health issue that many don’t think about until it’s too late. Ready.gov has resources to help you make emergency plans and kits to weather both natural and cybersecurity threats.

Get Out Ahead (April 9)—Seventy-five percent of our health care spending goes to treating preventable diseases such as obesity, diabetes, and HIV. You can lower your risk for many of these diseases by maintaining a healthy weight and diet, getting health screenings, and not smoking. Resources like smokefree.gov and the START approach can help you make a change.

Eat Well (April 10)—Americans consume 31% more calories and 15 lbs. more sugar than 40 years ago, but we can make healthier choices with the help of the Dietary Guidelines for Americans. The Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act helps make healthy food available to people in need through school meal programs for children and other special nutrition programs for families.   

Be the Healthiest Nation in One Generation (April 11)—For the first time in decades, we are not as healthy as previous generations. Investing in community health efforts such as the Clean Air Act, clean water technologies, and the Affordable Care Act could improve public health and save billions of dollars in healthcare costs.

“We as a Nation have opportunities to make important changes in improving public health,” said BLH President and CEO Benjamin L. Harris. “National Public Health Week celebrates those opportunities and reminds us that we can all take steps toward a healthier life for everyone.”  

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