If you did not know, this week is National Public Health Week (NPHW). The NCRPA Wellness initiative is celebrating NPHW from today until Sunday the 7th! This wellness blog will give you some more information about the week, and provide you with opportunities to stay informed.
NPHW happens annually during the first full week of April. Brought to us by the American Public Health Association, NPHW is a time to recognize contributions to public health and highlight issues that are important to improving our nation's health.
This quote from the NPHW website explains the importance of this week."Everyone deserves to live a long and healthy life in a safe environment. To make that possible, we need to address the causes of poor health and disease risk among individuals and within our communities. Where we live, learn, work, worship and play affects each of us and can determine our health and life expectancy. In the workplace, let’s partner across public and private sectors to make sure decisions are made with the public’s health in mind. Within our communities, let’s start new conversations with our neighbors and become advocates for positive change. Working together, we can build healthier communities and eventually, the healthiest nation. But we need your help to get there."
We know that parks and recreation go a long way in improving overall community health. Through programs and open spaces, your department likely serves helps to positively influence health in your community. From looking at the quote above, it's evident that parks and recreation deserves a stake in the public health conversation.
Each day of NPHW focuses on a different theme, covering everything from Healthy Communities to Global Health!
During this years NPHW, there's a ton of ways to get informed about national health issues.
First, the NPHW Forum is today, April 1st from 1:00 - 3:00 pm. This forum features grassroots organizers discussing how they've helped improve health in their communities. While the event is taking place in Washington D.C., you can watch a webcast version at this link!
Next, on Wednesday, April 3rd from 2:00-3:00 pm, NPHW is holding their annual Twitter chat! During the Twitter Chat, NPHW will facilitate an online discussion on public health accomplishments, and talk about the directions that the public health movement is heading. If you would like to take part in this event, follow @NPHW on Twitter, and use the hashtag #NPHWchat to follow along.
Lastly, be sure to check out the NPHW Fact Sheets, available at this link. These sheets are a great week to inform yourself on the relevant public health issues to our profession.
Until next time,