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National Public Health Week April 1-7

TULSA, OK – [March 29, 2019] – National Public Health Week 2019 is celebrated the first week of April. The Tulsa Health Department hopes the community will join them in engaging all Tulsa County residents in a conversation about the role everyone can play to put good health within everyone’s reach. Where we live, learn, work, worship and play impacts our health and our opportunity to ward off disease and injury. This year’s theme for NPHW is ” Creating the Healthiest Nation: For science. For action. For health.”

Each day of NPHW, THD is focusing on a different public health topic that’s critical to creating the healthiest nation. The goal is to promote awareness and spark conversations to understand what public health offers to their community. This is an opportunity to celebrate, recognize and honor the contributions of Tulsa County’s public health workers.

To ensure everyone has a chance at a long and healthy life, THD believes in tackling the underlying causes of social determinants of poor health and disease risk. THD has also set an audacious goal to make Tulsa the healthiest county in the country in 10 years. This bold vision is the driving force behind our daily efforts to improve health and well-being.

“We have a responsibility to each and every resident of Tulsa County, so that everyone has a chance to live a long, healthy and happy life,” said Tulsa Health Department Executive Director Dr. Bruce Dart. “National Public Health Week is a time to both inform and engage the community around the work being done every day to improve health statuses and protect the public right here in Tulsa County. We are grateful to the many partner agencies working collaboratively to move the needle on health. We all have a role in making Tulsa the healthiest community, and it starts with each of us taking small preventative actions that lead to better health.”

Please join our efforts to advocate ways THD is here to serve the nearly 640,000 Tulsa County residents in improving overall health and well-being for all. Members of the public are invited for a one-mile kick-off walk at several THD locations. On Monday, April 1 at noon, these staff-led walks will be conducted at these locations:
• James O. Goodwin Health Center, 5051 S. 129th E. Ave.
• Central Regional Health Center, 315 S. Utica
• North Regional Health And Wellness Center, 5635 N. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd
• Mingo WIC Clinic, 9924 East 21st Street

Additionally, a special brunch is planned for seniors age 50 and older. The theme for the brunch is grief and loss. The free event will take place on Thursday, April 4, from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the North Regional Health and Wellness Center and will include educational topics, health screenings, light snacks and lunch. Space is limited, so please call 918-595-4419 to reserve your spot.

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