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National Public Health Week: Start Here

National Public Health Week: Start Here

During the first full week of April each year, the American Public Health Association (APHA) brings together communities across the United States to observe National Public Health Week (NPHW) as a time to recognize the contributions of public health and to highlight issues that are important to improving our nation’s health. This year, NPHW 2014 will take place from April 7–13 and focus on guiding communities through the evolving public health system with the theme “Public Health: Start Here.”

NPHW 2014 is an opportunity for public health and clinical health professionals to engage with individuals and communities to lead them through the changing world of public health. For the “Start Here” theme, we are promoting simple first steps that people can take to lead healthier lives. Want to eat healthier? Start by adding more fruits and vegetables to your diet. Want to stop smoking? Start by calling the Arkansas Tobacco Quitline at 1-800-Quit-Now. Want to be more physically fit? Start by walking more. Want to take care of your skin and reduce your chance of skin cancer? Start by using sunscreen. There are many simple changes we can all make to lead healthier lives.

ACC has partnered with ADH to spread the word about NPHW because we realize that if Arkansans “Start Here” and keep going with positive behavior changes they will reduce their risk of developing cancer. We ask that you help us spread the word about NPHW and post the “Start Here” posters in your community.

To download the NPHW posters click below:

http://www.arcancercoalition.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/Cigarette-2.pdf

http://www.arcancercoalition.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/SunscreenHat-2.pdf

http://www.arcancercoalition.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/RunningShoe-2.pdf

http://www.arcancercoalition.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/Veggie-2.pdf

For additional information on NPHW and ways to get involved, visit http://www.healthy.arkansas.gov/programsServices/communications/features/Pages/PublicHealthWeek.aspx

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