Public Health Week Recognized April 2 through 8
FARGO, ND (March 29, 2012) – During National Public Health Week, April 2 through 8, Fargo Cass Public Health (FCPH) is highlighting the importance of prevention and wellness to improve our community’s health. The theme for Public Health Week is “A Healthier America Begins Today: Join the Movement.”
“Many diseases are preventable. Improving our community’s public health can be done with small changes to our daily routine,” says FCPH Director Ruth Bachmeier. “From eating less fatty and unhealthy foods to expanding smoke-free policies countywide that improve air quality and protect individuals from secondhand smoke, we can all make a difference in helping people live healthier and longer lives.”
According to the North Dakota Department of Health, from 2005 to 2009, more than 2,600 North Dakotans died from chronic diseases each year, such as heart disease, cancer and diabetes.
Bachmeier states, “Small preventive changes and initiatives in our community, homes and families can make a big difference in living healthier lives. We hope this event encourages people to learn more about the steps they can take to prevent diseases. People can start taking actions through more active living, healthy eating, and living tobacco and drug free.”
Public Health Week is part of the American Public Health Association’s annual celebration of the role of public health. Since 1995, communities around the country have celebrated National Public Health Week each April to draw attention to the need to protect and improve the nation’s health.