BernCo Celebrates National Public Health Week, April 1 - 7, 2013
Positive Investments in Community Health Highlighted
Make a positive investment for health with Bernalillo County and celebrate National Public Health Week this Saturday, April 6 with the International District Community Health Walk.
The walk begins at 2 p.m. at the Southeast Heights Clinic, 8200 Central Ave. S.E. Travel the International District and enjoy refreshments later at Phil Chacon Park.
“Bernalillo County is committed to positive investments in community health and improving our quality of life,” says George Schroeder of the Office of Health and Social Services. “We’re proud to support outstanding parks, arts and culture, education and other policies which are connected to community health.”
Bernalillo County’s Office of Health and Social Services will highlight a new theme each day this week to celebrate National Public Health Week, including:
Community Health is Parks and Open Space
The availability of excellent parks and recreational opportunities results in reduced medical costs, children that are more active, and less obesity.
Community Health is Arts and Culture
New Mexico’s 200 nonprofit arts organizations support hundreds of jobs and brings millions to the state's economy. Public art and art organizations support vibrant communities and encourage new investment.
Community Health is Education
Graduation from high school leads to increased earnings and longer lives. Fifty-two percent of high school graduates report excellent or very good health, compared to 38 percent of non-graduates.
Community Health is Access to Healthy Food
The availability of neighborhood markets featuring fresh food lowers obesity. Culinary entrepreneurs not only contribute to a robust economy but can also increase access to healthy foods.
Community Health is Active Transportation
People living in neighborhoods with sidewalks are more likely to be active.
Medians and other traffic calming efforts reduce the number of crashes involving pedestrians.
People with safe places to walk close to home are more likely to meet recommended daily exercise levels.