FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 31, 2017
The Kansas City Missouri Health Department is launching Public Health Week 2017 on Monday, April 3.
This weeklong affair is a national movement of people, communities and organizations working to ensure that everyone has the best opportunity to be healthy. Studies show that where you live in the United States, your income, education, race and access to health care can affect your life expectancy by as many as 15 years.
On April 4, the public is invited to a session to learn about the KC Scholars Program and Bright Futures internships. That event starts at 10:30 a.m. in the atrium at the Health Department, 2400 Troost Ave. The public is also invited to join employees on April 5 in the Walking Challenge, where participants are encouraged to take selfies using the hashtag #walkKC.
KC Health and the American Public Health Association have a shared vision of creating a healthy nation in one generation. Since 1866, this robust commitment to public health service has played a significant part in improving and enhancing the culture of health in Kansas City.
“With the start of Public Health Week, we will show how individuals and communities can take small steps in improving their health,” said Dr. Rex Archer, director of KC Health. “We all have a role to play in making our communities healthier places to live.”
National Public Health Week is celebrated the first week of April each year. The ultimate goal is to make healthy, individual choice the easy, safe choice. The Kansas City Health Department partners with the community to assist in promoting, educating and protecting our city’s health and safety.