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Winnebago County Health Dept. celebrates Public Health Month

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April is Public Health Month and to celebrate, the Winnebago County Health Department is hosting several events and encouraging disease prevention.

The department reaches over 70,000 people each year, and is asking for community support to continue its efforts in making Winnebago County a healthier place to live through prevention and education.

"With the national healthcare system changes there is broad recognition that healthcare costs are unsustainable. We have had a sick care system rather than a healthcare system. Good health requires that we all take individual responsibility for ourselves and our families. But, the choices we make are shaped by the choices we have. It isn't just about self-discipline," said Winnebago County Public Health Administrator, Mike Bacon.

The department argues that when the community works toward disease prevention, instead of simply treating a disease once it occurs, health care costs go down, neighborhoods become healthier, there are more economic opportunities, and people live longer and happier lives.

During Public Health Month, the Winnebago County Health Department will offer several wellness events to the community to better improve health:

  • Walk-in Cholesterol Screening ($25.00 - regularly $40) on April 4, 2013 from 7:30 am – 12:00 Noon at the Winnebago County Health Department, 555 North Court Street, Rockford, Illinois  61103 (Room 221). More information @ www.wchd.org, or by calling 815-720-4264.
  • Free Car Seat Safety Checks on April 4, 2013 from 10:00 am – 1:00 pm at the Winnebago County Health Department (parking lot), 555 North Court Street, Rockford, Illinois 61103. More information @ www.wchd.org, or by calling 815-720-4388.
  • Two Seven Week Smoking Cessation Classes ($35 registration fee) offered by the Winnebago County Health Department. Classes start on either Tuesday, April 9, 2013 from 5:30 -7:00 pm, at Crusader Clinic located at 1100 Broadway, or on Thursday April 25, 2013 from
    4-5:30 pm, at Crusader Clinic located at 1200 West State Street. For more information on these two sessions go to www.wchd.org, or call
    815-720-4269.
  • The Winnebago County Health Department "We Choose Health" Walking School Bus Initiative on Monday, April 22, 2013 for the students at Lewis Lemon School, 1993 Mulberry Street, Rockford, Illinois 61101 from 7:15 – 7:45 am.  More information @ www.wchd.org, or by calling 815-720-4190.
  • The Winnebago County Health Department "We Choose Health" Worksite Wellness Initiative will be holding free Health Screening for Rockford Public Schools 205 staff from Tuesday, April 2, 2013 to Thursday, April 11, 2013. Screenings will be held at the 4 district High Schools, Administration building and Transportation campus.  More information @ www.wchd.org, or by calling 815-720-4190.

 

According to recent research, investing $10 per person in public health efforts every year can save the country over $16 billion within just five years, a $5.60 return for every $1 spent.

The Winnebago County Health Department estimates the following return on investment from primary prevention interventions:

Intervention Savings/$1 Investment Est. ROI for Winn. Co.
Prenatal/Maternity Wellness $3.33 $6,6650,572
Women's Health $4.40 $3,461,181
WIC Nutrition $2.45 $2,783,426
STD Control/HIV Counseling and Testing $3.00 $1,573,035
MMR Vaccine $14.40 $225,450
Influenza Vaccine $2.27 $326,888
Community-based Prevention (nutrition, tobacco use/exposure, physical activity) $5.60 $2,195,200
Total ROI  

$17,225,752

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