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Making Your World Healthier: National Public Health Week 2017

Posted on Monday, April 3, 2017
Your well-being is controlled by so much more than genetics and doctors’ visits. Health is also determined by you and your doctors’ knowledge of up-to-date evidence-based recommendations, your community environment, access and affordability of care and healthy options, and behaviors you adopt to prevent disease.

Your well-being is controlled by so much more than genetics and doctors’ visits. Health is also determined by you and your doctors’ knowledge of up-to-date evidence-based recommendations, your community environment, access and affordability of care and healthy options, and behaviors you adopt to prevent disease. Public health agencies are responsible for shaping these factors that provide you and your community with options to take control and achieve your best health. Just some of the ways public health agencies and organizations serve us are by providing recommendations for vaccines and disease prevention, monitoring and responding to disease outbreaks, developing laws that keep buildings, roads, and food establishments safe, and implementing cost-saving initiatives to provide healthcare to those with limited access.

Public health provides the options, you determine the outcomes.

This week is National Public Health Week. Think about the ways the public, the environment, and people that surround you affect your health and the ways you can contribute to the health of your friends, families, neighbors, and coworkers.

Stay informed

Often, public health initiatives give recommendations for how to protect yourself from diseases, like getting your flu shot, washing your hands, properly washing and cooking food. It’s up to you to take these steps and to encourage those around you. Green initiatives can help make your air healthier or encourage more physical activity. Stay informed of the specific things you can do to promote your own and your communities health by checking back on your local health department’s webpages or following them on social media. Stay informed through United Medical Center’s sites, where you know you will get local and accurate information. For more in depth information on specific conditions check trusted sites like CDC or NIH.

Take initiative

Check with your employer about worksite wellness initiatives and benefits. Consider some ways to start your own community health practices at work and at home like by starting or joining a walking club or recreational sports team. Neighborhood community gardens are a growing trend to get fresh produce and build a stronger community.

Work together

The American Public Health Association’s National Public Health Week provides many ways for you and your family to get involved this week and work towards the goal of a healthier nation.