Madera County Public Health Department celebrates the 2015 National Public Health Week: the “Healthiest Nation in One Generation” by hosting a Health Awareness Day at the county’s Government Center, free car seat check-ups, and a meet & greet event.
Each year, during the first full week of April, the American Public Health Association (APHA) brings together communities across the United States to observe National Public Health Week as a time to recognize the contributions of public health and highlight issues that are important to improving the health of our nation. According to the American Public Health Association (APHA), the U.S. not only spends more on healthcare than other comparable countries but Americans live shorter lives and struggle with more health issues such as obesity, infant mortality, diabetes and heart disease.
This year’s National Public Health Week theme is Healthiest Nation 2030 and the goal is to encourage individuals and communities to help make the U.S. the “Healthiest Nation in One Generation.” Every year in the United States, seven out of 10 deaths are due to preventable chronic diseases such as diabetes and heart disease. In fact, chronic diseases account for a whopping 75% of national health care spending, yet only 3% of our health care dollars go toward prevention. Here in Madera County, more than 50% percent of adults are living with a costly and potentially life-threatening chronic illness.
On Tuesday, April 7, the Board of Supervisors will proclaim April 6 -12 as National Public Health Week in Madera County. To highlight National Public Health Week, Madera County Public Health Department is hosting various events to demonstrate the simple changes that our community can make to prevent chronic disease.
Event 1: “Health Awareness Day” at the Madera County Government Center, on Tuesday, April 7 mini-workshops and informational booths about healthy lifestyles.
Event 2: Free car seat check-ups, By appointment only, at the Sure Save Shopping Center 823 E. Cleveland Avenue on Thursday April 9 - Putting into practice life saving skills to promote health and maximize safety.
Event 3: Meet & Greet event, Sierra Vista Elementary School, Friday, April 10, 8-10 a.m. - Public health professionals meet and greet the community to share information on health.
“I am proud to be part of the efforts to focus on health in Madera County. As a community, we can celebrate prevention and find ways to be healthy role models for our families and friends,” said Van Do-Reynoso, Director of Public Health. “We all have a role to play in making our communities healthier places and Madera County Public Health Department is excited to help lead the way. Many small preventive steps can add up to make a big difference in transforming a health care system focused on treatment to one that equally values prevention.”
“Our community simply cannot sustain the current trajectory of health care spending and the burden of chronic disease, “said Dr. Thomas Cole, Madera County Health Officer. “Fortunately, we know that investing in prevention and public health can make an enormous difference.”