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Solano County celebrates National Public Health Week

By From page C4 | April 06, 2014

Solano County joins the American Public Health Association and communities around the country in activities during April designed to encourage active and healthy lifestyles.

In recognition of National Public Health Week from April 7 -13, Solano County Health and Social Services Public Health Division is coordinating community events during the week and throughout the month with local community partners to increase awareness of prevention and wellness services.

This year’s theme for National Public Health Week is “Public Health: Start Here.” The Solano County Board of Supervisors will hear a resolution Tuesday recognizing April 7-13 as Public Health Week in Solano County.

Each year, the American Public Health Association selects different public health issues around which to rally together and focus efforts to protect the nation’s health. The goal is to continue its broad vision to make America the healthiest nation in one generation by building on the National Prevention Strategy to improve health and wellness. This year’s theme of “Public Health: Start Here,” encourages communities to take action at home through better meal planning, conducting safety upgrades and preparing for emergencies.

“There are many steps we can take at home to begin leading healthier lives,” said Bela Matyas, Solano County Health Officer. “Small steps such as eating more fruits and vegetables, exercising daily, conducting proper hand-washing and food preparation, quitting smoking and reducing your exposure to second-hand smoke can improve our health.”

For the month of April, Solano Public Health has planned a number of free activities to increase awareness of public health services and promote Solano Public Health’s Vision, “Healthy People – Healthy Community”:

  • Kicking off the activities, Solano Public Health hosted a viewing of the documentary “Weight of the Nation” at the Solano County Board Chambers on Wednesday. After the viewing, panelists from Solano Public Health, Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano County, and Kaiser Permanente discussed the documentary and local efforts to make Solano County a healthier place to live, work and play.
  • At 3:30 p.m. Tuesday at 2101 Courage Drive in Fairfield, Solano Public Health will host a community meeting to discuss Solano County’s Healthy Stores for a Healthy Community Campaign. At this meeting, participants will learn about Solano’s local retail environment, and the availability and promotion of tobacco, alcohol and healthy and unhealthy food products in local stores. Data will be featured and include countywide information, as well as newly available information by city and/or ZIP code.
  • Solano Public Health is also hosting its first National Public Health Week Health Fair from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. April 16 at 275 Beck Ave., Fairfield, in the west parking lot. The Health Fair will feature Solano Public Health Services, giveaway items and activities such as a Zumba fitness class. The Solano Public Health mobile medical vans will be open for touring, and a bike rodeo course will be set up so that children and adults can learn more about safe biking.

Also, throughout the month of April, Solano Public Health will offer free child safety seat demonstrations, rapid oral HIV antibody testing, safety assemblies at local schools, and education and cooking classes for WIC clients.

Solano County residents are strongly encouraged to attend these events. For more information, go to www.solanocounty.com/publichealth or call 784-8600, ext. 1.

Jayleen M. Richards is the Public Health Administrator for Solano County Health & Social Services, a partner of Solano Coalition for Better Health.

Jayleen Richards


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