Local Health Dept. Focusing on Five Themes During National Public Health Week


National Public HealthWeek is April 7-13 and Two Rivers Public Health Department is focusing on five themesto improve health and safety.

Be Healthy From the Start -- Officials say health starts at home. Fromfamily nutrition and maternal health to safety precautions and disasterpreparedness, the first step toward bettering public health can be done at home. Health officials advise taking action at homethrough better meal planning, conducting safety upgrades and preparing foremergencies.

Don't Panic -- Public health professionals help communities respond to anatural or man-made disasters by planning ahead, providing information duringthe crisis and helping to mitigate the long- and short-term effects. Contact Two Rivers Public Health Department for tips on disaster preparedness and visit to prepare your family and community for all disasters and hazards --including pandemic flu, infectious disease, natural disasters and otheremergencies.

Get Out Ahead -- Prevention is now a nationwide priority, and officials say there are moreoptions than ever before when it comes to preventive health measures. Health screenings and managing conditionslike diabetes and blood pressure, immunizations, healthy foods and physicalactivity are all part of a healthy lifestyle.

Eat Well -- The system that keeps our nation's food safe and healthy iscomplex. Americans are now eating 31 percent more calories than 40 years ago --including 56 percent more fats and oils and 14 percent more sugars andsweeteners. Balance calories withphysical activity to manage weight; consume more fruits, vegetables, wholegrains, fat-free and low-fat dairy products and seafood; and consume fewerfoods with sodium, saturated fats, trans fats, cholesterol, added sugars andrefined grains.

Be the Healthiest Nation in One Generation -- For the first timein decades, the current generation isn't as healthy as the one that came beforeit. The Two Rivers Healthy Actions group is workingto address public health. To learn more or join in the fight, contact Two Rivers at 308.995.4778 or go to

Two Rivers Public Health Departmentis having an open house to celebratePublic Health Week on Friday, April 11from 9:30 – 11:30 a.m. The open house will include some healthy snacks for visitors. The department is located at 701 Fourth Avenue, Suite 1 in Holdrege.