State health department recognizes National Public Health Week
Healthier America Begins Today: Join the Movement'
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[April 03, 2012]
SPRINGFIELD -- The Illinois Department
of Public Health joins communities nationwide in recognizing
National Public Health Week, April 2-8, and raising awareness about
the importance of prevention and wellness through this year's theme,
"A Healthier America Begins Today: Join the Movement."
"Everyone has a role to play in creating healthier communities, and
this year's theme encourages all of us to start now in taking
active, strategic steps to get healthy and stay healthy," said Dr.
Arthur Kohrman, acting director of the Department of Public Health.
"Little steps can lead to big changes."
The first full week of
April has been observed as National Public Health Week since 1995 as
a time for communities nationwide to recognize the contributions of
public health and highlight issues that are important to improving
the public's health.
With nearly 1 million Americans dying every year from diseases
that could be prevented, National Public Health Week will highlight
five daily themes:
Active living and
healthy eating: Promote healthy choices in your communities,
such as bike lanes and farmers markets.
and other drugs: Identify alcohol and drug use disorders early
to reduce high-risk alcohol and drug consumption.
diseases: Encourage proper hand-washing and food preparation
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sexual health: Practice safe sex, encourage responsible
contraception behavior, and promote access to preventive health
Mental and emotional well-being: Refer
people with signs of depression and suicidal thinking to
appropriate resources and help centers.
During National Public Health Week -- which intersects with
National Minority Health Month, observed every April -- the IDPH
Center for Minority Health Services is also hosting its first-ever
Minority Health Conference in Naperville on Wednesday and Thursday.
The conference will examine health disparities affecting communities
of color in Illinois and will work on proactive, preventive
solutions for better health outcomes.
Illinois Department of Public Health
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