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April 4, 2016 8:33 PMCategory: Nutrition, Physical Activity

National Public Health Week Starts Today!

nphw 2016Today marks the beginning of National Public Health Week 2016 (NPHW)! Coordinated by the American Public Health Association (APHA), NPHW is a time to educate our nation on the importance of public health and to raise awareness about the role public health plays in the well-being of our nation.

To kick-off the week, President Barack Obama has issued a proclamation for National Public Health Week 2016. The President touches on many things that impact our health, including the Let’s Move! initiative, which focuses on participating in physical activity and healthy eating as important steps towards building healthier communities. The Plan4Health coalitions, who focus on healthy eating and active living, are prime examples of how increasing access to physical activity and healthy food options can help all residents in their communities become healthier. The choices and decisions we, as communities and individuals, make now not only impact our health, but the health of future generations as well. Read the full proclamation here.

Valerie Jarrett, Senior Advisor to President Obama, created the following video to help emphasize the importance of all of our nation’s public health efforts:

Visit the NPHW website to learn more about the campaign and to see what’s going on in your community and throughout the nation. Want to get involved? Check out the following national opportunities to show your support for public health and engage in the conversation:

  • Become an NPHW Partner
    Show your support for public health by signing-up to become a partner. This is free, simple, and quick!
  • NPHW Forum
    Join APHA and a panel of experts on Monday, April 4 at 1pm EDT for a lively discussion on what steps need to be taken for the U.S. to become the healthiest nation by 2030. Register online to attend in person or via the live webcast.
  • NPHW Twitter Chat
    Join APHA and hundreds of interested organizations and individuals for the 6th Annual #NPHWchat to discuss important public health issues and how the U.S. can become the healthiest nation by 2030.
  • NPHW Surgeon General Town Hall
    APHA will celebrate Public Health Student Day by hosting a tele-town hall featuring the U.S. Surgeon General Vice Admiral Vivek H. Murthy. Please join the discussion on how the U.S. becomes the healthiest nation and brainstorm on how to improve the health of our country via Google Hangout.

Thank you to all who help bring recognition to public health and for the efforts being made in communities across the U.S. to help us become the healthiest nation by 2030.

Questions? Email NPHW.