Happy National Public Health Week!This week, April 7-13th 2014, celebrates the advances and importance of public health.Each day of the week has a different theme related to public health which you can check out in more detail at nphw.org.Today's theme is Healthiest Nation in One Generation.
Did you know that for the first time in decades, the current generation isn't as healthy as the one prior to it?For generations in the past, health was constantly improving as new science and technology was discovered.It's pretty freighting to think our children's generation could now be at a higher risk for health problems.In order to stop this horrible trend, communities need to stick together to find a solution.Lucky for us, the UNH community is full of bright ideas and a passion for helping others.The majority of our community enjoys being healthy.In fact, Healthy UNH was created to help make this campus the healthiest campus community in the country by 2020.
Healthy UNH is designed to help faculty, staff, and students improve their health while also cutting health care costs.It has identified a few of the major health concerns that should be addressed.These include chronic disease; resources to promote health; increasing rates of stress, anxiety, and other mental health issues; and health care costs.Healthy UNH has a variety of different resources and events on campus to help promote health and educate the public. Some of these resources include weekly informative blogs on topics such as nutrition, health cost, physical activity, etc., the Wildcat Plate which can be found in the dining halls to help manage nutrition, the UNH campus walking guide to track walking distance, and so much more. You can find all these great resources and more on the Healthy UNH website.
Along with Healthy UNH, the UNH community offers a variety of other departments and programs on campus devoted to creating a healthier population. Health Services is obviously a huge contributor to health on campus, along with Campus Rec, Dining Services, and the Counseling Center and many more.Each of these departments provide education and resources to students and faculty in order for them to make the best decisions for their health.