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2013 National Public Health Week

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The Rutherford Polk McDowell District Health Department recognizes National Public Health Week 2013 by hosting events all week long the first week of April at the McDowell County Health Department and promoting this year’s theme, “Public Health is ROI: Save Lives, Save Money.”

Every year in the United States, seven out of 10 deaths are due to preventable chronic diseases such as diabetes and heart disease.   In fact, chronic diseases account for a whopping 75 percent of national health care spending, yet only 3 percent of our health care dollars go toward prevention.

This week the McDowell Health Department will be hosting events  to show people the fun, easy and small steps they can take to make prevention a part of their lives. The events showcase the value of investing in prevention: Research shows that investing just $10 per person each year in proven, community-based public health efforts can save the nation more than $16 billion within five years.  That’s a $5.60 return for every $1 invested.

We all have a role to play in making our communities healthier places and the Rutherford Polk McDowell District Health Department is excited to help lead the way.

Many small preventive steps can add up to make a big difference in transforming a health care system focused on treatment to one that equally values prevention.

For example, research shows that each 10 percent increase in local public health spending contributes to a nearly 7 percent  decrease in infant deaths, a 3.2 percent decrease in cardiovascular deaths and a 1.4 percent decrease in diabetes-related deaths.

Public health and prevention are critical pieces in creating a healthier nation.

Since 1995, communities nationwide have celebrated NPHW each April to draw attention to the need to help protect and improve the nation’s health.  For more information visit http://www.nphw.org.

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