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National Public Health Week

April 3, 2012

Since 1995, communities across the United States have observed the first full week in April as National Public Health Week, NPHW. This is seen as a time to highlight the contributions made to public health and more importantly, concentrate on health issues still plaguing the nation. State, local, and federal health officials will unite to promote NPHW, focusing on this year’s theme, “A Healthier America Begins Today: Join the Movement.”

Also serving as a centerpiece for this year’s campaign is The National Prevention Strategy, the first-ever comprehensive plan developed by a wide array of federal agencies and national experts to improve the health of all Americans across the lifespan. Every year, over 1 million Americans die from diseases that could have been avoided. Americans miss 1.5 billion days of work each year. Unintentional injuries, such as motor vehicle crashes, poisonings, and burns rank among the top 10 causes of death for people aged 44 and younger. These alarming statistics are something that National Public Health Week is focusing on changing. Catching and detecting these illnesses and injuries before they develop is the key to improving the health of our nation.

So stay on top of your health. Be mindful of any changes you sense in your body or the way you feel, and let your doctor or health care professional know immediately. Get involved in local National Public Health Week campaigns. For more information please visit http://www.nphw.org. Let’s all be the change we want to see in our world.

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