The Friday Five – National Public Health Week
Each year during the first full week of April, the American Public Health Association (@PublicHealth) brings together communities across the United States to observe National Public Health Week (@NPHW) as a time to recognize the contributions of public health and highlight issues that are important to improving our nation. This week’s Friday Five focuses on this year’s campaign – Healthiest Nation 2030 and what you can do to become part of the growing movement to create the healthiest nation in one generation. This year National Public Health Week takes place April 3 – 9. Tweet This
Join Generation Public Health and help create change!
Studies show that even wealthy, highly educated Americans with access to quality care suffer a health disadvantage to peers in other high-income countries. The US ranks 34th in life expectancy and where you live, your income, education, race and access to health care mean as much as a 15-year difference in how long you will live. For all of these reasons and more APHA created Generation Public Health, a national movement of people, communities and organizations working to ensure conditions where everyone has the opportunity to be healthy. Find out more about the movement and join today!
National Public Health Week 2017 Twitter Chat
Save the date – Wednesday, April 5 at 2 pm EDT! APHA will host its seventh annual NPHW Twitter Chat and is hoping to reach more people than ever. Last year the chat hosted 1,100 participants and brought the importance of public health to more than 88 million users! RSVP now and follow @NPHW to learn more about this year’s Twitter Chat. Use the official hashtag, #NPHWchat, in your tweets so users can easily search for what you and others are saying during the event.
— NPHW 2017 (@NPHW) March 22, 2017
Events and Webinars
During NPHW and all year long APHA hosts a a variety of events and webinars focused on pressing issues and topics surrounding public health. Get informed and find out what it takes to change things for the better by attending an event or webinar during NPHW. Register for the “Advancing Physical Activity through Innovative Approaches” webinar scheduled for April 4th at 1:00 pm EDT or sign up to view the live webcast or to receive a link to the recording of the NPHW Forum: “Working Across Sectors to Create the Healthiest Nation” on April 3rd at 1:00 pm EDT. Can’t make either of these sessions? Check out some of APHA’s future webinars and events that might interest you.
APHA’s 1 Billion Steps Challenge
By now you may be feeling inspired and feel moved to do more than just sign pledges and attend webinars. Not to worry, APHA’s Billion Steps Challenge is the perfect way to celebrate NPHW and get a jump start on taking cafe of your own health as well. Walking is one of the easiest things you can do to improve your health. That’s why APHA created the Billion Steps Challenge. Join individually or create a team and log your steps manually or sync your device prior to the end of NPHW and contribute to the total number of steps to complete the challenge.
— APHA (@PublicHealth) March 14, 2017
Advocacy for Public Health
These days many of us are realizing we need to do our civic duty and participate more in local, state, and national government if we want to keep the rights and freedoms previous generations have fought so hard to get. APHA, in coordination with its members and state and regional Affiliates, works with key decision-makers to shape public policy to address today’s ongoing public health concerns. If public health is important to, maybe even a passion of yours, then what better place to start advocating. APHA welcomes your support and provides numerous ways you can become involved to improve the state of public health today.
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