The week of April 1-7 is National Public Health Week. Fargo Cass Public Health will be at West Acres Mall in the Herberger’s wing today, April 3 from noon-6 p.m. giving blood pressure checks, free refrigerator thermometers, and free emergency preparedness activity books for kids. An environmental health practitioner will be available to answer resident’s questions; and there will also be information on the following:
- Pool fencing: More than half of all swimming pool drownings among children could have been prevented with appropriate fencing that completely separates the pool from the rest of the yard.
- The WIC Program: Participation in WIC supports healthy pregnancies, reduces premature births, lowers infant mortality, prevents childhood anemia and improves cognitive development.
- Walk This Way: If 10 percent of adults began regularly walking, $5.6 billion in heart disease costs could be averted. Also, a sustained 10 percent weight loss could reduce an overweight person’s lifetime medical costs by up to $5,300 by lowering the costs linked to hypertension, diabetes, heart disease, stroke and high cholesterol.
- Health promotion activities: More and more research finds that community health workers can help reduce health care costs with programs such as tobacco cessation, nutrition and exercise programs, and occupational wellness.
- Public health nursing: Programs such as home visitation for adults and families, Immunization Services, Disease Control, School Nursing, and Correctional Health that positively impact the health and well-being of our community.
- Emergency preparedness: More families need to build home and car emergency kits, create a family communications and evacuation plan, and learn how to prepare for disasters both mentally and emotionally.
For more information on FCPH programs, go to FargoCassPublicHealth.com.