National Public Health Week

 ron-riosBy Ronald G. Rios

A healthy nation begins with healthy individuals. With that said, I ask each resident this question, what can you do today to improve your health?

Every April since 1995, the American Public Health Association observes National Public Health Week. This year’s theme is “Building a Foundation for a Healthy America.”

Just like building a foundation for a home, each block represents an individual within the community, and the mortar represents the public health services that hold the community together.

If you can improve your own health you can in turn improve the health of your community leading to a Healthy America.

Here are some suggestions to improve your health:

• Educate yourself about important public health topics

• Eat more fruits, vegetables and whole grains

• Schedule a well check-up with your doctor

• Receive recommended screenings

• Receive a flu shot each year

• Ensure that your family’s immunizations are up to date

• Wash your hands throughout the day

• Handle and cook food properly

• Utilize public health programs and resources

The Middlesex County Public Health Department provides many services that can be used to improve your health and wellness. These include:

The Health Education Division, which provides presentations on identified health issues. To arrange for a program, please call 732-745-8860.

The Nursing Division, which provides adult and child health services.

• For information about blood pressure screenings, pneumococcal and flu vaccinations, and maternal/child health, call 732-745-3100.

• For information about children’s immunizations, call 732-745-3125

• For information about special child health services, call 732-745-3187.

• For information about cancer screening, call 732-745-3127 or 732-745-3107 en Español.

The Epidemiology and Bioterrorism Division, which provides community education programs on influenza, emerging diseases, terrorism and emergency preparedness. To arrange a community course, call 732-745-3135.

The Hazardous Material Division, which provides community programs for children, Be Safe with Chemicals and Shelter in Place.  Call 732-727-6626, ext. 7161.

Help us build a healthy Middlesex County by staying healthy and encouraging others to do the same.

Rios is a Middlesex County Freeholder and Chairperson of the Committee of Public Health and Education.

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