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:
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.|
|STD Control/HIV Counseling and Testing||$3.00||$1,573,035|
|Community-based Prevention (nutrition, tobacco use/exposure, physical activity)||$5.60||$2,195,200|
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