PUBLIC HEALTH WEEK MESSAGE URGES UNITED STATES TO BE HEALTHIEST NATION BY 2030.By BRIAN LIPPAI on Thursday, March 30, 2017
PUBLIC HEALTH WEEK MESSAGE URGES UNITED STATES
TO BE HEALTHIEST NATION BY 2030.
The Ocean County Health Department (OCHD) is partnering with the American Public Health Association and communities all across the United States in an effort to raise awareness to the importance of public health and the issues that are crucial to improving our nation during the annual National Public Health Week campaign. "This year we are rallying around the theme and important message of making the U.S. the healthiest nation in one generation - the goal is by the year 2030," said, Ocean County Freeholder Deputy Director Gerry P. Little, Liaison to the Ocean County Board of Health.
The good news is that Americans are living 20 years longer than their grandparents' generation, largely thanks to the work of public health. Yet people in many other high-income countries live longer and suffer fewer health issues than we do. This is a challenge that the public health community is working to overcome. Daniel E. Regenye, Ocean County Health Department (OCHD) Public Health Coordinator, said, “to ensure everyone has a chance at a long and healthy life, we must tackle the underlying causes of poor health and disease risk. Those causes are rooted in how and where we live, play and work."
Studies show that in the U.S., where you live, your income, education, race and access to healthcare mean as much as a 15-year difference in how long you will live. Equally shocking is that even wealthy, highly educated Americans with access to quality care suffer a health disadvantage to peers in other high-income countries.
Regenye added, "Everyone is affected and change can happen only if we make healthy choices as a society. We need to improve everything that impacts health - from safe, healthy communities, education, and income to community design, transportation and the environment."
Reaching the goal by 2030 will take tremendous effort but health officials feel it's attainable if everyone pitches in to make a difference. The Ocean County Health Department encourages residents and media to join the crusade by reaching out to their local health departments to learn more about the variety of programs, services and resources available that can help make an impact. National Public Health Week is being observed April 3-9, 2017.
For more information regarding National Public Health Week please call 732-341-9700, ext. 7735. You can also visit the Health Department website at www.ochd.org or follow the Health Department at Twitter@OCpublichealth or like us on Facebook.