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National Public Health Week

Arms and hands forming circleApril 4-10, 2016 is National Public Health Week. Read more about this year's public health themes and how CDC is working towards the mission of Healthiest Nation 2030.

As the nation's public health agency, CDC works 24/7 to improve the health of the nation. During National Public Health Week (NPHW), APHA and CDC continue to work towards the mission of Healthiest Nation 2030.

This year's campaign themes focus on critical public health topics. The following are just a few examples of programs and ways CDC is working to give everyone a choice of healthy food, build a nation of safe, healthy communities, and provide quality health care for everyone.

Give Everyone a Choice of Healthy Food

Our food system should provide affordable food with nutritious ingredients, free from harmful contaminants. For many families, eating healthy is a daily challenge.1

  • Schools can ensure food choices are healthy and provide foods that meet dietary recommendations. Find resources to support and develop strong nutrition standards and school wellness policies.
  • When selecting, storing, and preparing produce, make the best choices available. Take these quizzes to find out how well you are making food choices.
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This National Public Health Week, become a partner, get involved, and plan activities in your community.

Build a Nation of Safe, Healthy Communities

Health must be a priority in designing our communities, from healthy housing to parks and playgrounds.1

  • Community design can greatly impact the health and happiness of residents. Learn what actions you can take in your community.
  • The Vaccines for Children (VFC) Program offers vaccines at no cost for eligible children. Vaccinating on time means healthier children, families and communities.
  • Step it up! is The Surgeon General’s Call to Action to Promote Walking and Walkable Communities.  By increasing access to safe and convenient places to walk and wheelchair roll, we can support walking for all Americans.
  • U.S. cigarette smoking rates continue to decline, but further efforts are critical to reduce the health and economic burden of tobacco use and secondhand smoke exposure, especially among high-risk populations. Sustained comprehensive state tobacco control programs, funded at CDC-recommended levels, can help accelerate progress.

Provide Quality Health Care for Everyone

Health reform was just a start. To fulfill its potential, we must continue to pursue options for expanded access to quality care at the federal, state and local levels. But we also need to shift the main focus of our health system from one that treats illness to one that equally emphasizes prevention.1

  • Healthy equity promotes happiness and well-being and is affected by where people live, work, and play. Reducing health disparities brings us closer to reaching health equity. Read more about CDC programs to reduce health disparities.
  • Working with State, Tribal, Local and Territorial Public health professionals is key to improving health in all communities. Learn what CDC is doing to advance U.S. public health performance, capacity, agility, and resilience.

This National Public Health Week, become a partner, get involved, and plan activities in your community. Learn how to Become a Partner.


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  • Page last reviewed: April 4, 2016
  • Page last updated: April 4, 2016
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