March 29, 2016
Another month is upon us and in honor of the first day of April, this week’s blog is dedicated to National Public Health Week, April 4-10. Every year during the first week of April, the American Public Health Association (APHA) brings together communities across the United States for a common mission. APHA’s goal is to recognize the contributions of public health and to highlight issues that are important to improving our nation. APHA focuses on a variety of topics, such as: building a safe nation, establishing healthy communities, implementing youth education, providing quality health care, and strengthening public health infrastructure.
One of APHA’s topics includes being able to give everyone a choice of healthy food within your community. According to the APHA, there is a direct link between poor nutrition and many of the leading causes of death in American, such as heart disease, some cancers, stroke and diabetes. Additionally, data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows most U.S. youth don’t eat enough fruits, vegetables or whole grains, with many exceeding the recommended maximum daily intake of sodium and sugar.
So how can your department contribute to National Public Health Week and beyond? Refer to my blog for ideas and suggestions. Additionally, visit the APHA page for more information.
Remember the Recre8’s 5k registration is up and running (no pun intended)! The race will take place on Saturday, April 16, at 12 locations across North Carolina. NCRPA is challenging your department to get actively involved and find a location near you to participate! Even if your department is not directly hosting, the race is still important for you to be involved in one way or another. The NC Recre8 5k is helping promote parks and recreation on a statewide level, and the funds raised will support the advancement of recreation in our state. So please help increase awareness and become involved simply by participating on April 16th! Create a running team within your department and make it a day to remember. Click the following link for more information and select a race location by you: www.ncparkrun.com
NCRPA is challenging your department to become involved in National Public Health Week in one way or another. Please email us or submit your ideas on the wellness site here:(firstname.lastname@example.org,http://www.ncrpa.net/?Wellnesssub).
Graduate Assistant, NC Recreation & Park Association
883 Washington St, Raleigh, NC27605