National Public Health Week 2012
A Healthier America Begins Today – Join the Movement
(April 4, 2012) – Earlier today, Saint Louis County Executive Charlie A. Dooley presented the Saint Louis County Department of Health with a proclamation declaring April 2nd through 8th “National Public Health Week” in Saint Louis County.
National Public Health Week is an annual nationwide recognition and celebration of the public health efforts that help maintain the American standard of living. This year’s theme is “A Healthier America Begins Today – Join the Movement.” The annual event is used to raise awareness of the many public health efforts in local communities all across the nation.
“Public health efforts play an important role in all of our lives, even when we are unaware of them,” said Dr. Dolores J. Gunn, Director of the County Health Department.
“From the start of your day when you brush your teeth until you lay your head down on a pillow each evening, public health agencies are playing a role in keeping you and your family safe and healthy. That is something worth celebrating.”
County Executive Charlie A. Dooley also praised the county’s public health efforts.
“I am very proud of the efforts of our County Health Department,” said Mr. Dooley. “They consistently and effectively identify and address challenges to the public health in our community. Because of their efforts, Saint Louis County really is one of the best places to live, work, learn, and play.”
As part of the ceremonies earlier today, Mr. Dooley asked that residents observe the week by encouraging family members, friends, neighbors, co-workers, and leaders to better understand the importance of public health in keeping Saint Louis County a great place to live.
Among the many programs run by the Health Department to protect public health are programs for milk testing, animal control, tobacco cessation, vital records management, disease tracking, emergency preparedness, immunizations, primary health clinics, recycling education, restaurant inspections, lead testing, and mosquito control.
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