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National Public Health Week

Posted By Colleen Dougherty, NC Recreation & Park Association, Monday, April 6, 2015

Good Afternoon, 

It seems that spring is finally in the air! In honor of the beautiful weather, and the first official week of April, my blog will be dedicated to National Public Health Week, April 6th – 12th. Every year during the first full week of April, American Public Health Association brings together communities across the United States to observe National Public Health Week, recognizing the contributions of public health and highlighting prominent issues that are important to improving the overall wellness of our nation.

For this week, NCRPA’s challenge to you is to discover creative and engaging ways to promote National Public Health Week.  Whether if that’s posting a picture or nutritional facts of ways your community is leading healthy and active lives to Facebook, Twitter or Instagram or emailing us directly at: will be sure to share your creativity and help inspire others to join! Use the hashtags #NCRecre8 and #NPHW (no, the hashtag does not stand for Neil Patrick Harris Week…).

Additionally, the American Public Health Association creates new materials each year that you can use during and after National Public Health Week to continue to raise awareness about public health and prevention. If your department wants more of a challenge, then enter the NPHW “We Can Do Better Contest.”  The “We Can Do Better,” contest will show the nation how individuals, families, and communities are committed to making the U.S. the healthiest nation by 2030.

To enter, submit a photo, video, or event page demonstrating a health promotional changed in behaviors by Monday, April 20, at 5p.m. Submissions can be entered two ways:

1.Posting on social media channels, including Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram, using the hashtag #NPHW contest.

2.Sending an email to with a subject line, "We can do better submission."

Need more motivation? All submissions will be recognized and/or uploaded to a dedicated page on Winners will be selected based on creativity, amount of impact created by the health promotional change submitted and correlation to this year's NPHW theme. For more information please click the following link:

If you have any ideas to promote National Public Health Week within your department and community, then please email us or submit them on the wellness site here: (,

Happy Health Week!



Tags:  #NCRecre8  #NPHW  Get Active  Healthy Living  National Public Health Week  Wellness 

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