National Public Health Week Internet Site- National Public Health Week Message from President Obama
For nearly two decades, public health professionals have united communities nationwide each April to celebrate National Public Health Week. (NPHW) In fact, DOH Orange has participated in this event since its inception in 1995.
Every year, NPHW uses a unique theme to explore and share public health issues with our communities. While the theme may change from year to year, our core commitment to public health and prevention remains unchanged. This commitment is clearly reflected by our mission “To protect, promote & improve the health of all people in Florida through integrated state, county, & community efforts."
This year, NPHW 2014 will take place from April 7–11 and focus on the theme of Public Health: Start Here. As part of our celebration we want to help raise awareness of the critical role that public health and prevention play in keeping our community healthy.
Monday, April 7: Be Healthy From the Start
Public health starts at home. From family nutrition and maternal health to safety precautions and disaster preparedness, the first step a community takes toward public health is in the comfort of your own home. We encourage you to take action at home through better meal planning, conducting safety upgrades, preparing for emergencies and making sure pregnancies are planned and that healthy behaviors are in place before becoming pregnant.
Did You Know? Breastfeeding is recommended for at least the first year of a child's life, and exclusively for the first 6 month. Longer lifetime durations of breastfeeding are associated with decreased risks of maternal breast cancer, ovarian cancer, Type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease.
For more information on:
Preconception Care and the CDC- Show Your Love campaign,
Tuesday, April 8: Don’t Panic
Public health professionals help communities withstand the impact of a natural
or an-made disaster by planning ahead, acting as a source of information during the crisis and helping to mitigate the long- and short-term effects. During NPHW 2014, we want to share tips for disaster preparedness so you can take steps at home to plan ahead for the unexpected.
Did You Know? Every year, thousands of people are affected by severe weather threats, such as tornadoes and severe thunderstorms. Preliminary data for 2012 shows there were more than 450 weather-related fatalities and nearly 2,600 injuries.
For more information on: Disaster preparedness
Wednesday, April 9: Get Out Ahead
Prevention is now a nationwide priority, and as the public health system evolves, there are more options than ever when it comes to preventive health measures. Public health and clinical health professionals must work collaboratively to help individuals identify and pursue the best preventative health options.
Did You Know?
Today, seven in 10 deaths in the U.S. are related to preventable diseases such as obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease and cancer. Another striking fact is that 75 percent of our health care dollars are spent treating such diseases. However, only 3 percent of our health care dollars go toward prevention.
For more information on:
Lung Disease and Smoking
Thursday, April 10: Eat Well
The system that keeps our nation’s food safe and healthy is complex. There is a lot of information to study in order to understand food labels and to learn the best practices during a food borne illness outbreak. Public health professionals can help guide people through their choices.
Did You Know? In total, we are now eating 31 percent more calories than we were 40 years
ago, including 56 percent more fats and oils and 14 percent more sugars and
sweeteners. The average American now eats 15 more pounds of sugar a year
than in 1970.
For more information on Healthy Food Choices