Health

San Benito County to celebrate National Public Health Week 2019

San Benito County Public Health Services will host daily events April 1-5.

This information was provided by Samela Perez with San Benito County Public Health Services.

National Public Health Week 2019 is a time for San Benito County Public Health Services to promote the benefits of living in our healthy, vibrant San Benito County. The week shines a spotlight on how far our community has come as well as acknowledging how much more we need to do to make healthy living easier for all of our residents.

During National Public Health Week from April 1 to April 5, San Benito County Public Health Services will celebrate the power of science, advocate for action, share strategies for healthy living, and champion the role of a strong public health system with the goal of “Creating the Healthiest Nation: For science. For action. For health.”

Each day of the week will focus on a particular public health topic, then identify ways that people can make a difference on that topic here in our community.

Daily events during National Public Health Week 2019 include:

  • Monday, April 1-  “Walk with the Doc” San Benito County Public Health Officer Dr. Gail Newel invites community members to walk with her from the Public Health Services, located at 351 Tres Pinos Road to Hazel Hawkins Memorial Hospital and back, starting at 12 p.m. During the walk, attendees will have an opportunity to ask Dr. Newel questions about their health or the community’s health. Join in the walk for a cost-free “walking doctor’s appointment.”
  • Tuesday, April 2 – “Kids Art Contest” hosted in partnership with the Child Abuse Prevention Council, San Benito Arts Council and the YMCA. The contest will focus on what safe, happy and healthy means to youth in our community. Winning artwork will receive prizes and be featured at Mars Hill. For additional information on contest rules, contact [email protected].
  • Wednesday, April 3 – “Play Day for Health.” This is an excellent time of the year to visit a favorite park or explore a new one. Public health services will be hosting a healthy play day event at Calaveras Park from 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Youth and parents can enjoy organized activities and have a fun-filled afternoon. Come out and celebrate the wonderful parks San Benito County has to offer.
  • Thursday, April 4 – “Technology and Public Health.” Download health related apps to your computer/telephone. Apps, such as https://www.cdc.gov/mobile/mobileapp.html and http://www.mindfulnesscoach.com/ offer a wide variety of helpful information and unique strategies for helping you maintain a healthy lifestyle. See complete list of Apps at hhsa.cosb.us/publichealth.
  • Friday, April 5 – In honor of climate change we will be advocating for everyone’s right to a healthy life. Health professionals will be at Community Foodbank of San Benito County from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. to provide information on nutrition, climate change, tobacco cessation, communicable disease prevention, cancer prevention and more.

For more information about National Public Health Week 2019, visit the national website at http://www.nphw.org/nphw-2019, the San Benito County Public Health Services webpage at hhsa.cosb.us/publichealth or call San Benito County Public Health Services at (831) 637-5367.

 

Samela Perez

Public Information Officer for San Benito County Public Health Services