National Public Health Week Activities

National Public Health Week Activities

The Shelby County Health Department (SCHD), in collaboration with the University of Tennessee Health Science Center, will encourage physical activity to prevent health problems before they occur during National Public Health Week, April 1-7.
The Shelby County Health Department (SCHD), in collaboration with the University of Tennessee Health Science Center, will encourage physical activity to prevent health problems before they occur during National Public Health Week, April 1-7.

National Public Health Week was founded in 1995 by the American Public Health Association. This year’s theme “Public Health is a Return on Investment: Save Lives, Save Money” is an opportunity to remind individuals about the importance of public health in their lives. Research shows investments in community-based public health efforts and prevention can make a difference.

Every year in the United States, seven out of 10 deaths are due to preventable chronic diseases such as diabetes and heart disease, but steps can be taken to live healthier lives, such as regular physical activity.

National Public Health Week events in Shelby County will take place at 12 p.m. in the Health Science Park at the Pavilion (corner of Dunlap and Madison) and are as follows:

  • Monday, April 1 - “Yoga for everyone”
  • Tuesday, April 2 - “Hip-hop exercise”
  • Wednesday, April 3 - “Tai Chi”
  • Thursday, April 4 - “Boot Camp for beginners”
  • Friday, April 5 - “Sustainability Day” (which will include the Farmer’s Market from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. with cooking demos and free samples)

Everyone, of all ages, is encouraged to join local health officials and participate in the daily activities at the Health Science Park.

For more information on National Public Health Week, go to www.nphw.org. Follow the SCHD on Twitter, @ShelbyTNHealth, for daily updates.


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