2012 News Releases

Department of Behavioral & Community Health

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For More Information Contact:

Michael C. Caldwell, MD, MPH, Commissioner of Health
(845) 486-3432

March 30, 2012        Print version

National Public Health Week - April 2nd – 8th, 2012

Since 1995, public health communities have observed the first full week of April as National Public Health Week (NPHW) by focusing on issues important to improving the public's health.  Dutchess County shares the vision to make America the healthiest nation in one generation by highlighting this year’s theme "A Healthier America Begins Today: Join the Movement."

"Strong, healthy communities depend on a strong public health system," said Michael C. Caldwell, MD, MPH, Dutchess County Commissioner of Health. "We can do this by taking small steps and thinking big in the various areas of our life:  home, community, school, workplace, and our nation."

National Public Health Week provides an opportunity for Dutchess County to join the nation in recognizing the contributions of public health for our nation’s well-being, as well as help focus public attention on major health issues in our communities.

With nearly 1 million Americans dying every year from diseases that could be prevented, even small preventive changes and community initiatives can make a big difference in living healthier lives. National Public Health Week 2012 (NPHW) will build upon the National Prevention Strategies to create a healthier nation by promoting healthy behaviors in the following areas:

  • - Active Living and Healthy Eating
  • - Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drugs
  • - Communicable Diseases
  • - Reproductive and Sexual Health
  • - Mental and Emotional Well-Being

Each day during Public Health Week, the Dutchess County Department of Health (www.dutchessny.gov) will have a health message on their website addressing these key public health issues.

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NPHW Daily Messages may be found at: http://www.co.dutchess.ny.us/CountyGov/Departments/Health/14001.htm or http://bit.ly/DC-NPHW.




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A. K. Vaidian, MD, MPH,Commissioner of Behavioral & Community Health A. K. Vaidian, MD, MPH
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