This week, Representative Lucille Roybal-Allard introduced a House Resolution supporting the goals and ideals of National Public Health Week. This year's theme, "A Healthier America Begins Today: Join the Movement," encourages people to take proactive measures to improve their health and wellbeing.
"National Public Health Week is a time for everyone to ask themselves, "what small steps can I take today to ensure I am healthy tomorrow?'" said Congresswoman Roybal-Allard. "Our country provides some of the world's best healthcare, but we still rank behind many countries in life expectancy, infant mortality and other indicators of healthy living. National Public Health Week brings attention to ways in which we can improve our health, including going to preventative screenings, eating healthier and getting regular exercise," Roybal-Allard added.
Since 1995, public health organizations have used National Public Health Week to educate the public, policymakers, and public health professionals about issues that are important to improving public health.
This week marks the 12th National Public Health Week and will be celebrated April 2, 2012-April 8, 2012.