April 5, 2010
State Public Health Director Celebrates National Public Health Week
National Public Health Week (April 5-11, 2010) Declared in Illinois
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – The Illinois Department of Public Health is encouraging Illinoisans to practice good health habits during National Public Health Week.
“The key to a living a healthier life includes physical activity, regular check-ups and healthy eating. By making these smart choices about your health, you can give yourself and your loved ones the gift of a longer and healthier life,” said Dr. Damon T. Arnold, state public health director.
Governor Pat Quinn proclaimed April 5-11, 2010 as “National Public Health Week” in Illinois. This year’s theme for National Public Health Week is “A Healthier America: One Community at a Time.” According to the American Public Health Association, although we spend more on health care than any other nation, our nation is falling behind in many important measures of what it means to be healthy:
According to the Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans, physical activity is recommended for at least two and a half hours ever week.
Physical activity helps to:
The same diseases can also be brought on by poor eating habits. According to the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, a healthy eating plan:
"Staying active and eating healthy are important, but you also need to make sure you go in for check-ups,” said Dr. Arnold. “Regular health exams and tests can help find problems before they start. They also can help find problems early, when your chances for treatment and cure are better. That’s why regular screenings and treatments are the best steps you can take to help your chances for living a longer, healthier life.”
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