IDPH celebrates National Public Health Week - – Rockford’s News Leader

IDPH celebrates National Public Health Week


The Illinois Department of Public Health is celebrating local public health departments and helping Illinois build healthier communities during National Public Health Week.

Public health affects the daily lives of Illinoisans through regulating the water supply, food inspections at restaurants, providing vaccines, educating the community on disease prevention, and much more.

"National Public Health Week is an opportunity for you to look around your community and see how you can make it healthier--like starting a community garden, working with local parks and recreational facilities to increase access to safe places to be physically active, or work with local authorities to initiate violence prevention efforts," IDPH Director Dr. LaMar Hasbrouck said.

The IDPH suggests trying new activities every day this week to help contribute to the health of your community.

  • April 1: Safe and Healthy Home
    • Keep potentially dangerous household items like cleaning products and medications locked up and out of the reach of children. Nine of every 10 childhood poison exposures happen at home. 1-800-222-1222 will connect you to your regional poison control center.
    • Create an emergency stockpile kit including a three to four day supply of water, and make a written evacuation and emergency communication plan.
  • April 2: Healthy Schools
    • Speak up on the importance of PE in schools—only 29 percent of high schoolers in 2011 participated in the recommended 60 minutes per day of physical activity
    • Volunteer for school health efforts teaching kids to stay away from cigarettes, drugs, and alcohol. Almost 4,000 young people try their first cigarette every day, with 1,000 becoming daily smokers.
  • April 3: Healthy Workplace
    • Take simple steps to increase workplace wellness, like catering meetings with healthy foods or organizing walking groups. The total cost of obesity for full-time employees is over $73 billion including lost productivity and medical costs.
    • Put in place steps to recognize and address workplace violence. In 2009, about 572,000 violent crimes including rape, robbery, and assault happened in the workplace.
  • April 4: Safety on the Move
    • Promote safe biking and walking to school. Over 4,200 pedestrians died in traffic crashes and 70,000 were injured in 2010. Over 600 bicyclists died and 52,000 were injured that year.
    • Make sure you're using the proper vehicle restraint systems for your child and car seats are installed properly. Vehicle-related crashes are the leading cause of death of U.S. children.
  • April 5: Healthy Communities
    • Make sure you and your loved ones stay up to date on vaccinations. About 42,000 adults and 300 children die each year from vaccine-preventable diseases.
    • Support local farmers markets and access points to fruits and vegetables. Less than 15 percent of adults and 10 percent of adolescents eat the recommended amounts of fruits and vegetables each day.


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