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Whether you eat more fruits and vegetables, start a walking program or catch up on your medical screenings, Health and Senior Services Commissioner Dr. Poonam Alaigh encouraged New Jersey residents to make healthy behavior changes now that can promote a longer and more active life.
“It’s important to act now to reduce your risk of developing heart disease, diabetes or other chronic disease,” Dr. Alaigh said. “Taking small steps now can make a big difference in your long-term health and quality of life.”
April 5 – 11 is National Public Health Week, which is recognized nationally to educate the public, policy-makers and the public health community about the issues important to improving public health.
“A Healthy America: One Community at a Time” is the theme of this year’s National Public Health Week, which is organized by the American Public Health Association. The theme highlights the important role individuals, schools and workplaces play in creating healthier communities.
Chronic diseases – such as heart disease, stroke, cancer diabetes, arthritis and obesity -- are the nation’s leading cause of death and disability, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Nearly half of all American adults have at least one chronic disease. Minority communities are disproportionately affected.
However, chronic diseases are also among the most preventable health problems if people take steps to reduce their risks – get more exercise, adopt better eating habits, avoid tobacco and limit alcohol consumption.
DHSS has a number of programs aimed at preventing, detecting or more effectively managing diseases. Below are some DHSS resources the public can use to improve health and reduce the risks of chronic disease:
For more information, please visit the National Public Health Week site at: http://www.nphw.org/nphw10/home1.htm.
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Below are some of the events being held to mark National Public Health Week:
Featuring a giant, walk-through blood vessel, the interactive exhibition “Diabetes: A Deeper Look” is now open at the Liberty Science Center in Jersey City. This 2,500-square foot traveling exhibit uses games, lights and sound effects, an interactive model of the human body and other interactive displays to educate the public about diabetes, treatment options and the role of insulin in the body. The exhibit is on display through May 16. For more information, visit: http://www.lsc.org/lsc/ourexperiences/exhibits/diabetes-a-deeper-look
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