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National Public Health Week

National Public Health Week

What better way to kick off the start of spring and a new month than by spring-cleaning our lifestyles a bit? This week we encourage all of you to take a step back to acknowledge National Public Health Week, and make a conscious effort towards a healthy change, even if it’s just for this week only. There are many ways you can celebrate this week and support the mission behind it.

As citizens of the United States, we are lucky to say we are living, on average, 20 years longer than our grandparents’ generation, we aren’t struggling to find clean sources of water, and for most of us, we have access to education and resources that make choosing and living a healthy lifestyle much more realistic and attainable. However, there are countries that have fewer health issues than the United States, and it should be our goal to strive to achieve the greatest level of health possible as a nation.

“The causes of poor health are rooted in how and where we live, learn, work and play,” according to the National Public Health Week website. To make a change in the overall health of our country this week, you can do something as small as cooking a healthy dinner for your family or joining the national challenge to get in more steps. Organizing a group of friends to go out and walk or run together, meditate together, cook healthy together, or just engage in a healthy conversation can go a long way. When it comes to educating our nation on healthy lifestyles, getting the tools to succeed isn’t a challenge; the challenge is in going forth and acting on our knowledge to really see a difference and a change for the better.

This week, support National Public Health Week by engaging in your community, and engaging in a healthy lifestyle. Individuals who work towards the greater cause ultimately lead the nation to success.

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