David A. Papi, Director-Health Officer of the Middlesex County Public Health Department, said: “A healthy community begins with healthy individuals. If you can improve your own health you can improve the health of your community leading to a healthier America.”
To further observe National Public Health Week, the Middlesex County Public Health Department is sponsoring a Health Expo on Saturday, April 17 at the Woodbridge Center Mall, from 1 to 5 p.m. The event will be free of charge to everyone who attends. Information, activities, and prizes will be available for the whole family to enjoy.
Middlesex County Freeholder Deputy Director Ronald G. Rios, chair of the County’s Public Health and Education Committee, said: “It is important to continue to promote County services that are available for our residents to utilize. This Health Expo enables the public health department and their partners to educate community members in an enjoyable environment, while providing knowledge on numerous public health topics.”
Children can learn about chemical safety from “Wally the Wise Guy Turtle” and lead poisoning prevention from “Peter Paint.” Adults can receive a blood pressure screening and talk to health professionals about adult and children’s health programs.
Free H1N1 flu vaccinations will also be available this year. Injectable vaccine will be available for persons 6 months of age and older.
Other Health Expo participants include: the Middlesex County Mosquito Commission, who will display live mosquitoes and larvae for observation; MC Blue, the Middlesex County Improvement Authority’s recycling robot; the County Transportation Department, Middlesex County Human Services; the Woodbridge Township Health and Human Services Department; the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence; Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital; and the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey.
For more information about National Public Health Week residents can visit http://www.nphw.org.
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
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