It’s National Public Health Week, where organizations around the country are recognizing the importance of public health and highlighting issues that are important to improving the health of our nation.
It’s National Public Health Week, where organizations around the country are recognizing the importance of public health and highlighting issues that are important to improving the health of our nation. The theme of the 2016 National Public Health Week is “Healthiest Nation 2030.” – promoting conditions that give everyone the opportunity to be healthy.
NEHI has a long history of not just focusing on health care, but also on health, and advocating for policies that promote healthy living. For the past 5 years, NEHI has partnered with the Boston Foundation on a yearly report called, Healthy People, Healthy Economy, to shift the focus from ‘health care’ to ‘health’ and to work closely with state policymakers to make Massachusetts the pre-eminent state in the country for health and wellness. Some of those policies we’ve advocated for include:
(1) Early Childhood: Programs and institutions such as parenting education, prenatal and neonatal care and preschool programs should be re-imagined away from a one-size-fits all approach and provide support and information that encourages healthy behaviors from a young age.
(2) Youth Physical Activity: There is strong evidence in support of the benefits of regular physical activity for children and adolescents. As such, America should continue working on increasing physical activity in its young residents, utilizing schools to achieve this goal.
(3) Healthy Food Access: Consuming nutritious food is essential for the prevention of chronic disease, and having the ability to obtain these foods is just as important. In the effort to increase equitable healthy food access, attention must be paid to the funding and implementation of various programs.