National Public Health Week 2013

Public Health is ROI (Return on Investment) - Saves Lives, Saves Money

March 28, 2013 | 2 min reading time

April 1 - April 7 is National Public Health Week. This year’s theme, Public Health is ROI (Return on Investment) - Saves Lives, Saves Money,  emphasizes saving lives and curbing health care spending by highlighting  the importance of prevention and the value of a well-supported public health system.

In the business world, a return on investment, or ROI, refers to the amount of profit made in relation to the capital invested. ROI in the world of public health oftentimes refers to avoided medical cost due to investments in prevention and early disease detection.

To celebrate National Public Health Week, as an individual, make just one positive change a day to improve your health. Eating healthy foods, participating in regular physical activity, avoiding tobacco and staying up to date on recommended vaccines can make an immense difference in helping you live a longer, healthier life. You'll notice the return on your investment.

Prevention of disease stretches across all aspects of our lives, not just fitness and nutrition. Healthy homes and workplaces are also essential elements in the prevention investment. Raising awareness in these areas, the City of St. Louis Health Department will be sponsoring several events.

Monday April 1, 2013: Ensuring a safe, healthy home for your family
Focusing on the easy and sometimes life-saving steps people and families can take to build a healthy home, the Child’s Environmental Health Division will have a “Healthy Home” display available for viewing in the lobby of the Abram’s Building from 9:30 am - 1 pm. The Abram’s Building is located at 1520 Market.

Wednesday April 3, 2013: Creating a healthy workplace
Promoting wellness in the workplace; good for employees, employers and the bottom line.  In supporting a healthy workplace mindset, the Health Promotion, Education, and Marketing Division will have a bike blender in the Rotunda at City Hall, 1200 Market, from 11 am - 1 pm.

Thursday April 4, 2013: Protecting while you’re on the move
A specialized safety training course will be presented by the St. Louis Metropolitan Police entitled, “Safety at Home, Work, and all Points Between.” 1520 Market, 4th Floor, 9 am - 10:30 am

In conjunction with the National Public Health Week, St. Louis University’s School of Public Health and Social Justice is also sponsoring a lecture by Dr. Georges Benjamin. Dr. Benjamin is well-known in the world of public health as a leader, practitioner and administrator. Dr. Benjamin has been the executive director of the American Public Health Association (APHA), the nation's oldest and largest organization of public health professionals, since December 2002. The lecture will take place Thursday April 4th at the Learning Resource Center Auditorium, St. Louis University Medical Center at 4 pm. (3544 Caroline Mall St., St. Louis, MO 63104)

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