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National Public Health Week: Protecting You While Your're on the Move

Public Health: Something to Take With You

The theme for NPHW 2013 is "Public Health is ROI: Save Lives, Save Money...the focus of day four  is Protecting You While You're on the Move

According to the NPHW 2013 site: 
"Public health is in every corner of our homes. It's in the safe food in the fridge, the carbon monoxide and smoke detectors affixed to the ceiling, and the child-proof latches that keep dangerous chemicals out of little hands. Home is also where we learn healthy behaviors, such as eating right and exercising. Good prevention starts at home."

Public health is also something we should take with us. According to the NPHW Protecting You While You're on the Move page:
"...the simple act of using a seat belt may be one of the most recognizable public health victories: From 1981 to 2010, seat belt use rose from 11 percent to about 85 percent, saving hundreds of thousands of lives..."
Protecting You While You're on the Move points out that public health efforts have helped reduce deaths related to automobile accidents. NPHW states that more than half of drivers and passengers killed in car crashes in 2009 were not wearing restraints. In 2010, more than 4,200 pedestrians died in traffic crashes and more than 600 bicyclists died in collisions with vehicles in 2010 and 52,000 were injured.

As a sign of the times, motor vehicle crashes kill 15 people every day. 1200 are injured in crashes caused by distracted driving.

For more information and to get involved with National Public Health Week, go to and come back to Mitigation Journal coverage of NPHW for synopsis and additional information. 

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