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A Healthier America: One Community at a Time

National Public Health Week

Public health is a part of our everyday lives, from the water we drink and air we breathe, to the laws that protect us from injury and vaccines that help us stay healthy.  Beginning today, April 5, we are celebrating National Public Health Week 2010. This is a time to celebrate advancements in public health, assess our nation’s current public health status and highlight the importance of taking action.

Watch the Healthiest Nation in One Generation video to find out what Public Health means in your community.


Our goal is to become the healthiest nation in one generation and we can do that, one community at a time. Strong, healthy communities are dependent on strong public health systems across America, and that begins with YOU. Healthy Delawareans with Disabilities (HDWD) is asking you to support National Public Health Week.

Access to local services and policies that support healthier lifestyles are critical to your health. Community resources — clean water, farmer’s markets, public bike trails, tobacco-free laws — are what improves a community’s health. However, people need access to these resources and must be encouraged to utilize them.

For people with disabilities, access to these community resources may be even more difficult.  Many communities do not provide accessible opportunities for healthy living.  HDWD strives to bridge the gap to access for all people so that every person can live a healthy lifestyle.  Your use and awareness of the resources below can contribute to the success of our nation in the campaign for better health!

Take action!

Start small: Make just one positive health change today. Maybe eat one more fruit or vegetable, take the stairs or schedule a checkup with your doctor. Make another positive change tomorrow and the next day. Before you know it, you’ll have made significant progress toward a healthier you and a healthier America.

Think big: You have the power to make positive health changes in your community. Think about what your community needs most — better running trails, public transportation options, more recycling centers — and brainstorm solutions. Tell others about your ideas and take action. Let your elected officials know why public health is important and why they should support public health programs. Make your voice heard!

For more ideas on making a healthier America, visit one of these sites.

Steps for a Healthier US

Be Active Your Way: A Fact Sheet for All Adults

Physical Activity Guidelines

National Center on Physical Activity and Disability

Physical Activity and Health for Persons with Disabilities

Adaptive Physical Education Websites


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