Did you know that this is National Public Health Week? With the tagline of A Healthier America: One Community at a Time, the nationwide initiative that encourages everyone to promote healthier choices one-by-one seems like a no-brainer. One person, one change – the incremental amounts of positive effort that each of us makes can turn into big changes in the world around us.
In a study commissioned by the American Public Health Association, entitled A Healthy America Study, 21 percent of subjects responded that they were interested in making changes to their lifestyle in order to become more healthy. Tops on the list of changes that intrigued them? Changes to dietary habits.
People often think, “I’m just one person – what can I do?”. There are multitudes of opportunities that are open to you. Encourage a friend to join you on your walk. Advocate for smoke-free policies in public places. Help to make public parks accessible to all, or work on bringing fresh wholesome foods to your neighborhood schools.
Since 1995, when the first full week of April was declared National Public Health Week (NPHW), communities across the country have celebrated NPHW to recognize the contributions of public health and highlight issues that are important to improving the public’s health. How will you help make a change?
Watch this brand new video that illustrates how you play a meaningful role in improving the health of your community. Whether it’s inviting a friend to take a walk or advocating for local smoke-free policies, it takes ordinary people to make extraordinary change. I encourage you to take a look at the video and spread the word about how small actions can lead to big changes.