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This Year's 'National Public Health Week' Focuses on Helping Individuals Make Healthy Changes


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APRIL 5TH THROUGH 11TH IS "NATIONAL PUBLIC HEALTH WEEK"--ORGANIZED ANNUALLY, BY THE AMERICAN PUBLIC HEALTH ASSOCIATIONA-P-H-A PRESIDENT, DOCTOR CARMEN NEVAREZ, HAS MORE...

(NEVAREZ):
"THIS YEAR'S THEME--'A HEALTHIER AMERICA: ONE COMMUNITY AT A TIME'--FOCUSES ON THE SPECIAL ROLE [THAT] COMMUNITIES PLAY, IN BUILDING A HEALTHIER NATION.  WE'RE ASKING EVERYONE TO CHAMPION PUBLIC-HEALTH, BY MAKING HEALTHY CHANGES--BOTH BIG AND SMALL--IN THEIR FAMILIES, NEIGHBORHOODS, WORKPLACES, AND SCHOOLS.
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THE ASSOCIATION ALSO RECENTLY CONDUCTED A PUBLIC-OPINION SURVEY, ON WHAT AMERICANS KNOW ABOUT PUBLIC-HEALTH INITIATIVES.  EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, DOCTOR GEORGES BENJAMIN, DESCRIBES THE MAIN FINDINGS...

(BENJAMIN):
"AMERICANS ARE IMPROVING THEIR HEALTH--AND THE HEALTH OF THEIR COMMUNITIES--TODAY.  AND, WHILE THEY KNOW THAT FIXING OUR NATION'S HEALTH-SYSTEM IS IMPORTANT, THEY ALSO KNOW THAT WASHINGTON CAN'T SOLVE ALL OF THE PROBLEMS.  OUR SURVEY FOUND THAT 64-PERCENT OF AMERICANS HAVE ALREADY MADE HEALTHY LIFESTYLE-CHANGES.  WE ALSO LEARNED THAT MOST ADULTS WANT TO INSPIRE THEIR CHILDREN TO BE HEALTHY--AND THAT A MAJORITY HAVE HELPED THEIR FRIENDS OR FAMILY MAKE HEALTH-CHANGES, WITHIN THE PAST SIX MONTHS.  IT'S A GOOD START; BUT, WE CAN--AND WE MUST--DO MUCH, MUCH MORE:  WE HAVE TO MAKE SURE THAT HEALTHY CHOICES ARE EASY CHOICES--BY ENSURING ACCESS TO COMMUNITY-BASED SERVICES.
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LEARN HOW YOU CAN BECOME A "HEALTH CHAMPION", AT "N-P-H-W"-DOT-ORG--OR "A-P-H-A"-DOT-ORG.



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