It’s the first full week of April, so that means it’s also National Public Health Week (NPHW). The theme of this year’s NPHW is “Healthiest Nation 2030: Changing Our Future Together.”
Let’s take a look at how you can make the most of what’s happening. The week was established—according to the American Public Health Association (APHA)— “as a time to recognize the contributions of public health and highlight issues that are important to improving our nation… and to raise awareness about public health and prevention”
- Get Reading! Check into the NPHW website (created by the APHA) and the materials they create each year to use before, during and after NPHW. A great page for year round public health awareness is their Books & Resources page.
- Get to an Event! Attend a nearby event that highlights the value of this important week of public health. When visiting this page, be sure to scroll through the pages and pages of things to do across the entire country.
- Get the App! The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has two fun mobile apps for your Android or iPhone. If you’re in school and considering a science career, you’ll want to download “Solve the Outbreak” and be a Disease Detective to save the world!
- Get Social… Follow #NPHW on Instagram #NPHWChat on Twitter to get the latest chatter across social media, and ongoing Twitter chats.
- Get Schooled! The Brown University School of Public Health hosts the NPHW Forum that includes panelists and a keynote by U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams. You can also attend a Healthy Cooking Demo sponsored by FOOD ON THE MOVE! Check your local university for NPHW activities.
- Get Your Steps In! Join the APHA with its 1 Billion Steps Challenge. You’ll find everything you need to take physical activity to a new level in your community or organization. Learn how to organize a walking challenge in your neighborhood soon!
- Get Breathing! Count on the American Lung Association (ALA) to actively participate in National Public Health Week. Tobacco use is still the leading cause of preventable death. The ALA has a great page to continue raising awareness of the importance of lung health.
- Get Blogging! You can pitch in and spread the word. Check out the official Communications Toolkit to plan for the week, and year round.
National Public Health Week is a time to recognize the contributions of public health and highlight issues that are important to improving our nation.
National Public Health Week 2019 April 1-7, 2019
National Public Health Week 2020 April 6-12, 2020
National Public Health Week 2021 April 5-11, 2021
National Public Health Week 2022 April 4-10, 2022
National Public Health Week 2023 April 3-9, 2023