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:
NHM joins the American Public Health Association (APHA) and other national and local supporters 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.
Public health advancements and new treatment options are enabling Americans to live longer. The average life expectancy in the United States is now 74 years for men and 78 years for women. Nevertheless, it is not only important to live longer but to be stronger and healthier. Following the three Ps, Prevent, Protect, and Plan, will enable Americans of all ages to live stronger, longer lives.
Today, some chronic diseases can be treated if they are detected in
time. However, many Americans are not taking measures necessary, such
as early detection and screening, to protect their health. Families
and communities can play a critical role in ensuring that they protect
their own health and that of their loved ones.