We are just days away from National Public Health Week (NPHW) 2016 and we hope you are getting excited! In celebration of NPHW, April 4-10, we are bringing together communities across the U.S. to recognize the contributions of public health and highlight the big challenges we face in improving the nation’s health.
To create a culture of health, we need to move outside the domain of health care and address the complex web of social and environmental factors that shape healthy opportunities where people live, learn, work and play. Solutions include expanding options for active transportation, supporting safe and accessible spaces for play and exercise, offering more nutritious school meals, creating conditions in which more young people graduate from high school, and investing in the prevention of chronic diseases such as heart disease and diabetes.
Here are a few ways to take action and to make the connection between your work and NPHW:
- Check out the NPHW website for a variety of great resources designed to help you get involved in this year’s NPHW. Make sure to look through the toolkit, review the facts for the week, and check out the calendar of events to see what is going on in your community and across the country.
- We encourage you to sign up as a partner and submit your NPHW event to the calendar so that others can join your efforts to help us become the healthiest nation in one generation!
- Stay connected with NPHW by following us on Twitter, where you can stay up-to-date on what is going on and get more information on upcoming NPHW events.
- Make sure to join us for our sixth annual NPHW Twitter Chat! The event will be held on Wednesday, April 6, at 2 pm Eastern. RSVP by joining our vite and use the official NPHW hashtag, #NPHW, to join the conversation.
- Celebrate Public Health Student Day by participating in a tele-town hall featuring S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy.
- Join the “How We Become the Healthiest Nation in One Generation” Google Hangout from 2–3 p.m. Eastern on Friday, April 8. Students will have a chance to chat with the nation’s top doc and brainstorm on how to improve the health of our country. Do not wait — RSVP today and submit a video of your questions!