For two decades, officials at the Henry and Stark County Health Departments have showcased the many services they provide to protect the health of our communities as a part of National Public Health Week. This year National Public Health Week will take place from April 4-10. During National Public Health Week 2016, the public health community is rallying around a goal of making the U.S. the Healthiest Nation in One Generation—by 2030.
Duane Stevens, Administrator of the Henry and Stark County Health Departments notes, “The public health system that keeps our communities healthy and safe is changing. With more choices available than ever before, our residents have more opportunities to achieve and maintain good health. But this wide variety of health choices can be overwhelming. More than ever, public health and clinical health professionals must join forces to help communities and individuals navigate the changing system and it begins by showing them where to start.”
Stevens adds, “This year’s Public Health Week celebration is made even more special by the fact that 2016 marks the Henry County Health Department’s 50th Anniversary, 1966-2016. It will serve as the official kick-off of a special year of celebrating the past, present, and future accomplishments of the Health Department and its dedicated staff.
Each day of Public Health Week the Health Department will focus on ways in which we all can take preventative measures to live longer and healthier lives. Preventing disease before it begins is critical to reaching this goal, as well as lowering the cost of health care.
Right now, the U.S. spends more on health care than other comparable countries. What do we have to show for that spending? Numerous studies show that we live shorter lives and struggle with more health issues such as obesity, infant mortality, diabetes, heart disease and more. And this is true for Americans of all ages and socio-economic groups.
Stevens adds, “For the first time in decades, the current generation isn’t as healthy as the one that came before. We need to work together to take a stance against this disturbing trend to make sure that children and young adults have bright and healthy futures. Public health professionals can lead the way by helping communities and individuals identify services, resources and information available to keep everyone healthy and safe. And, often times, your Health Department can do it for lower, little, or no cost.”
For more information on the programs and services available through the Henry & Stark County Health Departments call (309) 852-0197 (Main Office ) or 852-3115 (Stark) or visit our website at www.henrystarkhealth.com or find us on Facebook at Henry and Stark County Health Departments and follow us on Twitter.