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PUBLIC HEALTH WEEK A GOOD TIME TO MAKE IMPROVEMENT IN YOUR LIFE

Mon April 2, 2012

DUPAGE COUNTY-The DuPage County Health Department encourages residents to make changes in their lives that will improve their health during National Public Health Week, April 2-8, 2012.

Chronic diseases such as heart disease, cancer and diabetes are responsible for millions of premature deaths and cause Americans to miss 2.5 million days of work, resulting in lost productivity totaling more than $1 trillion.

The Health Department urges DuPage County residents to take preventive steps during National Public Health Week that will create healthier families and communities.

Consider these changes to improve your life:

  • Healthy eating and physical activity can prevent heart disease, cancer and stroke, which are the three leading causes of death.
  • Each year, cigarette smoking causes approximately 443,000 deaths. Quit using tobacco products. Call the Illinois Tobacco Quitline, 1-866-QUIT-YES, for help.
  • Always wash and clean food before cooking. This easy step helps prevent the spread of bacteria and viruses and keeps people healthy.
  • Practice safe sex. There are approximately 19 million new cases of sexually transmitted infections in the United States each year-almost half of those in young people ages 15 to 24.
  • Approximately 34,000 Americans die every due to suicide. Mental and emotional disorders are preventable. The Health Department offers Behavioral Health Services to people in need.


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PUBLIC HEALTH WEEK A GOOD TIME TO MAKE IMPROVEMENTS IN YOUR LIFE

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