"Protecting You and Your Environment"

 NATIONAL PUBLIC HEALTH WEEK

APRIL 7 - 13th

During the first full week of April each year, the American Public Health Association brings together communities to observe National Public Health Week as a time to recognize the contributions of those working to improve our nation’s public health, and highlight issues that are important to achieving that goal. 

 National Public Health Week (April 7-13) is an opportunity to remind our communities that tobacco is the leading preventable cause of disease and death in the U.S. and that we need to fully implement proven public health strategies that can end this epidemic.

 As described in the 2014 Surgeon General’s Report on Smoking and Health, the past 50 years of tobacco control are a public health success story.  Smoking rates among adults and teens are less than half what they were in 1964 when the first Surgeon General’s Report on Smoking and Health was released. These lower smoking rates have saved about 8 million lives in this country. Since 1964, average life expectancy has increased by about 10 years, and a third of that increase is because of lower smoking rates.

 In the last half century, we have developed public health strategies that are proven to reduce tobacco use, including:

The 5.6 Million Children public service announcement points out that 5.6 million children alive today will ultimately die early from smoking if we do not reduce current smoking rates quickly and dramatically. http://youtu.be/6dJ_vKN4h58 

The Way Things Were video, which explores the importance of social norm change as a primary strategy for improving public health by reducing smoking rates. http://youtu.be/jnGES82RL94

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1120 North 4th Street - Suite A    Petersburg,  IL   62675                    217-632-2984  Fax 217-632-3675

In existence since 1966, the Menard County Health Department (MCHD) is located in historic Petersburg. The mission of the Menard County Health Department is to provide the citizens of Menard County with a healthful environment that is conducive to physical, mental, and emotional health and safety. Essential to fulfilling this mission is to provide the residents of our county with the information and support necessary to encourage life-style behaviors that help maintain good health and well-being.    Cheryl Lee, Administrator

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