Once again this year, the Pike County Health Department, Home Health and Hospice will celebrate National Public Health Week, April 1 through 7. This year’s theme is “Public Health: A Wise Investment. Saves Lives, Saves Money.” Each day will have a theme that staff will be observing.
Public Health staff will be offering a wide variety of services, education, and giveaways both at the Health Department office, throughout the community and at local schools, as follows:
• Monday, April 1 – “Ensuring a Safe, Healthy Home for Your Family.” Health and safety begins at home. Make prevention a fun family tradition. From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. booths will be available at the Health Department with information on a safe and healthy home. Giveaways will include refrigerator thermometers, smoke detectors, magnets and ink pens.
• Tuesday, April 2 and Friday, April 5 – “Providing a Safe Environment for Children at School.” Schools are the perfect setting for improving child health. Health Department staff will visit local high schools and offer information on smoking, nutrition, exercise, texting and driving, drinking and driving, and bullying.
• Wednesday, April 3 – “Creating a Healthy Workplace.” Wellness and safety in the workplace are good for health and for business. Staff will offer health screenings at the Courthouse from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. for employees of the Courthouse and NECAC*. Services will include free blood pressure and blood sugar checks, cholesterol screening and A1C screening at discounted rates of $15 and $10, respectively. Information on stress-management , proper lifting techniques, and computer safety will be available. (*Other businesses interested in workplace wellness may contact the Health Department at 324-2111.)
• Thursday, April 4 – “Protecting You While You’re on the Move.” Safety on the go is often in our own hands, but it also tied to community design. Together we can turn our streets into roads to better health. Booths will again be offered at the Health Department from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Free bike helmets will be given away (child must be present to ensure proper fit), certified child safety technicians will be available to check proper installation of child safety seats, and information will be available on drinking and driving, texting and driving, and general safety tips while on the go.
• Friday, April 5 – “Empowering a Healthy Community.” Support public health efforts that create healthy opportunities for all. Good health is a community affair. Join us at the Health Department from 8 to 10 a.m. for free blood pressure and blood sugar testing, cholesterol screening and A1C screening at discounted rates of $15 and $10, respectively. Health information and giveaways will also be offered.
Since 1995, when the first full week of April was declared National Public Health Week (NPHW), by President Clinton, communities across the United States have observed NPHW as a time to recognize the contributions of public health and highlight issues that are important to improving the public’s health.
We invite you to participate in our NPHW activities that create healthy opportunities for all. Also visit us on Face Book and our website at www.pikecountyhealth.org.