Good health takes work, and a healthy community takes everyone pitching in to make it happen. That’s why National Public Health Week, April 2-8, is a big deal and deserving of our attention.
It’s pretty simple: The American Public Health Association wants to create the healthiest nation possible and do so by promoting the role of a strong public health system. This year’s theme, Healthiest Nation 2030, showcases the goal of making the United States the world’s healthiest nation in one generation.
In addition, toward advocating for access to insurance and healthcare, the APHA also encourages study into the underlying cause of poor health and disease risk. That means looking at hunger, low wages, a lack of nutritious food and other community issues that bar many people from having optimal health.
These are big problems, and they require big solutions. But they also require each of us to do something, in our own way, to help tackle access to healthcare and other basic needs that will make our overall society a better one. Want to plug in? Join Generation Public Health now.
And as a part of that, we also want to call attention to World Health Day on April 7, a day to celebrate all the hard work of the World Health Organization to help improve lives all around the planet. The first World Health Day was held in 1950, marking the WHO’s founding and drawing everyone’s attention to the importance of global health. Good health — it’s global!