NHM Health Focus: National NPHW - Prevent
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April 4-10, 2005

NHM Health Focus: National Public Health Week

Empowering Americans to Live Stronger, Longer

We encourage you to educate yourself about healthy aging and the three P's:
Prevent, Protect, and Plan to empower Americans to live stronger, longer.


People of all ages can PREVENT many common health problems.

  • Teen drivers have the highest death rates of any age group. Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death among the 15-20 year olds. This can be reduced by increased seatbelt use, taking driver training courses, and limiting night driving and number of passengers. (National Safe Driving Test & Initiative)

  • Young children are at greatest risk of household poison exposures. Identifying where hazardous materials are stored in the home and properly securing the materials can avoid a poisoning incident. (Home Safety Council)

  • Tooth decay affects nearly a fifth of 2–4-year-olds, more than half of 8-year-olds, and more than three-fourths of 17-year-olds. Routine dental visits and proper teeth cleaning and oral hygiene can help prevent oral cavity diseases. (CDC)

  • Nearly 40,000 older Americans die each year from influenza or pneumonia – these diseases may be prevented with immunizations. (APHA)

  • More than one-third of adults over age 65 fall each year. Simple measures such as doing balance exercises and removing hazards in the home can greatly reduce chances of falling. (APHA)

  • More than one in four older adults has heart disease and about half have hypertension – both diseases can be prevented or controlled by eating a healthy diet and getting regular physical activity. (APHA)


NHM joins the American Public Health Association (APHA) and other national and local suporters as we focus on National Public Health Week. This year's theme, Empowering Americans to Live Stronger, Longer! alerts us to the many ways we can prevent health problems by practicing healthy living , protect ourselves from disease and injury and plan to live our lives in a way that promotes a higher quality of life.

We prevent health problems when we avoid hazards, select healthy environments, choose healthy lifestyle options.

Taking preventive action and adopting a healthier lifestyle is a critical part of living longer, stronger. Research shows that many of the deterioration symptoms that come with age are a matter of influence and mindset, not genetics. Many Americans often miss simple opportunities to prevent health problems by practicing healthy living.


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