National Public Health Week: Building on 20 Years of Success

April 9, 2015

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The goal of #NPHW is to bring attention to public health-related initiatives, contributions and issues that are important and relevant in our nation. Each day of NPHW has a new theme—today’s theme is “Building on 20 Years of Success”.

In the 20 years since NPHW’s conceptualization, the initiative has made a significant impact in many public health issues. Some of these include:

  • Safer and Healthier Foods: The rate of foodborne illness has been dramatically reduced due to technological advancements such as refrigerators and pasteurization. Public health initiatives have also helped educate individuals on our bodies’ nutrient needs, reducing the rate of deficiency-linked illnesses such as rickets, scurvy and goiter. Check out Healthy UNH’s blog for some healthy eating tips to ensure you’re getting enough nutrients like iron, folate and calcium!
  • Motor Vehicle Safety: There has been a large decrease in the rate of deaths caused by car accidents due to the successful public health response that has spanned government, public health and driver and passenger behavior. UNH has a strict campus-wide speed limit of 25 mph—there are a lot of pedestrians and bicyclists around!
  • Tobacco as a Health Hazard: Approximately 1.6 million smoking-related deaths were prevented due to public health efforts between 1964 and 1992. Looking to quit smoking? UNH Health Services offers free quit kits and individual counseling.

In honor of these significant contributions, NPHW has many scheduled events happening all over the country between April 6 and April 12, 2015. See if there is one near you!

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