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April 6, 2010

National Public Health Week Focuses on a Healthy Community

National Public Health Week is being observed April 5 through 11, 2010.

Public health is the science of protecting and improving the health of communities through education, promotion of healthy lifestyles, and research for disease and injury prevention. Public health helps improve the health of people in our communities and helps the less fortunate live healthier lifestyles.

This year's focus for National Public Health Week is "A Healthier America: One Community at a Time." Oswego County is focusing on chronic disease prevention, tobacco use prevention, and physical activity and nutrition. If each person commits to making their community a healthier one, step by step, it can spread across the nation.

"There are many different things you can do to achieve this year's National Public Health Week goal," said Angela Cimilluca, Oswego County Public Health Educator. "Keep yourself and your children up-to-date on vaccines. Vaccines can protect you and your neighbors against many life-threatening diseases. Take advantage of some of the wonderful parks and trails in Oswego County. This is a great opportunity to explore some of the free, healthy activities that your community can offer you. Look for your local farmer's market to buy fresh fruits and vegetables. Most of all, spread the word to friends and family about the importance of a healthy lifestyle."

The New York State Department of Health has its own "Prevention Agenda Toward the Healthiest State" which identifies priorities for improving the health of all New Yorkers. It asks communities to work together to address certain priorities. These priorities include access to quality health care, chronic disease, community preparedness, healthy environment, healthy mothers, healthy babies, healthy children, infectious disease, mental health and substance abuse, physical activity and nutrition, tobacco use, and unintentional injury.

Oswego County Health Department holds immunization clinics for the public every Friday from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. at the Oswego County Health Department at 70 Bunner St., Oswego, and the first and third Friday of every month from 9 to 11 a.m. at the Pulaski clinic at the Pulaski Courthouse.

For more information on vaccinations or healthy activities in Oswego County call the county Health Department at 349-3547 or visit the Health Department Web site at oswegocounty.com/health. For a list of parks and trails and information on special events, call the Oswego County Tourism Office at 315-349-8322 or go to visitoswegocounty.com.

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