Local Health Department observing National Public Health Week

The Hardin County Health Department is participating in National Public Health Week, April 1-7.
The week focuses on the power of prevention, advocating for healthy and fair policies, sharing strategies for successful partnerships and championing the role of a strong public health system.
“Improving the health of our residents is extremely important to us, and Public Health Week is an opportunity to remind everyone of the importance of public health in our communities,” said Dale Reynolds, nursing supervisor at the Hardin County Health Department. ”We look forward to continuing to work with our local partners to provide people with more opportunities to live and maintain a healthy lifestyle.”
The Hardin County Health Department takes an active role in the health of Hardin County residents through primary prevention projects and programs to help prevent disease before it happens. These include:
•Baby & Me Tobacco Free – helping pregnant women and new mothers stop smoking
•TNSTRONG – Youth-led movement advocating for tobacco-free lifestyles
•Community walking/biking trails
•School Walk/Run Clubs
•Women, Infants and Children, or WIC – supplemental nutrition for mothers and young children
“In addition to primary prevention programs and projects, the Hardin County Health Department provides numerous services including well-child exams, immunizations, birth and death certificates, family planning and children’s dental care,” said county Health Director Pattie Kiddy. “We encourage and invite the public to call or come by to learn about the many services we have to offer.”
During National Public Health Week, the Hardin County Health Department is offering free educational resources and incentives everyday on a wide variety of topics.
National Public Health Week is sponsored by the American Public Health Association. Learn more at www.nphw.org.

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