South Brunswick to Recognize National Public Health Week
This year’s theme highlights the value of prevention and the importance of well supported public health systems in preventing disease, saving lives and curbing health care spending
April 1 through April 5 is National Public Health Week.
Since 1995, communities across the US have observed NPHW as a time to recognize the contributions of public health and highlight issues that are important to improving our nation.
This year’s theme was developed to highlight the value of prevention and the importance of well supported public health systems in preventing disease, saving lives and curbing health care spending. Home safety is an area where prevention strategies will save lives and reduce medical costs.
About 2/3 of home fire deaths happened in homes without working fire alarms. Smoke alarms should be installed on every floor of your home and tested monthly. Install a carbon monoxide alarm on every floor as well.
Nine out of ten childhood poison exposures occur at home, with medications being among the top culprit. Keep medications out of children’s reach. Learn how to properly dispose of unused and expired medication.
Falls are the leading cause of injury-related death among people ages 65 and older. Each year one out of every three adults ages 65 and older experiences a fall. In 2010, falls resulted in $30 billion in direct medical costs. Assess your home for factors that could contribute to a fall such as poor lighting, uneven flooring, scatter rugs and clutter.
Fewer than 15 percent of adults eat the recommended amounts of fruit and vegetables each day. Increase your intake of fruits and vegetables and decrease high-sugar and high-fat items.
April South Brunswick Health Department Activities
April 13, Blood Pressure Screening, South Brunswick Senior Center, 10 a.m. to noon.
South Brunswick Health Dept.