April 4-10 is National Public Health Week | PostIndependent.com

April 4-10 is National Public Health Week

National Public Health Week, April 4-10, sponsored by American Public Health Association, will focus on empowering Americans to live stronger and longer.The week is meant to promote what APHA calls the three P’s: prevent, protect and plan.There are plenty of opportunities to prevent health problems by practicing healthy living, according to the APHA Web site. APHA recommends removing safety hazards from the home, making small lifestyle changes and building healthy environments to live in.The APHA also recommends that Americans do more to protect their health, such as taking measures for early detection of chronic diseases. Many Americans over the age of 65 do not go in for regular testing, despite its availability. Older people need to take responsibility for their health. Those who care for older relatives and loved ones should ensure that those they look after are doing what’s necessary to protect their health, according to the APHA Web site.Good planning is essential for long lives and strong bodies. More than 14 million U.S. workers care for aging family members. Two-thirds of Americans under 60 believe they will have to care for elderly family members in the future. APHA encourages people to develop a plan to manage their health that will promote a higher quality of life in later years.

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