By Doug Farquhar, Claire Lewis and Amy Winterfeld

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the American Public Health Association are sponsoring the National Public Health Week, which is a yearly initiative that focuses on public health in the United States.

Logo for National Public Health WeekEach day of the National Public Health Week focuses on a different theme. This year, daily themes include “Be Healthy from the Start,” emphasizing the benefits of breastfeeding,  prenatal care and preschool obesity prevention; “Get Out Ahead,” which focuses on the ways that exercise can benefit the body by reducing blood pressure; and “Eat Well,” providing information about food safety and healthy food choices.  This week’s schedule contains many state and national events, including a message from President Barack Obama and a vote from the Kansas state legislature to recognize April 7-13 as National Public Health Week.

The National Public Health Week strives to build awareness of public health and bring a commitment from the general public to become the healthiest nation within a generation.

Find more information about the National Public Health Week

Doug Farquhar tracks environmental health issues for NCSL. Email Doug

Amy Winterfeld focuses on prevention and public health for NCSL. Email Amy

Claire Lewis tracks environmental health issues for NCSL. Email Claire

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