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National Public Health Week: Safe at School

NPHW2013: Providing a Safe Environment for Children at School


National Public Health Week (NPHW) has been bringing communities together since 1995 to address critical issues in public health. April 1-7, 2013, has been designated for this years events and will highlight two major ares of importance: public health and prevention.

NPHW 2013  encourages us to show support for public health by taking one small step each day for a healthier life and by joining with your community to celebrate NPHW. 

The theme for NPHW 2013 is "Public Health is ROI: Save Lives, Save Money...and today we join NPHW for Day Two with the theme: Providing a Safe Environment for Children at School.

Todays NPHW theme reminds us of the many issues that impact grades, attendance, behavior, and graduation. Education can be tracked as an influence over health throughout ones lifespan.

According to the NPW  Providing a Safe Environment for Children at School page obesity prevalence among children and teens has nearly tripled since 1980 with 17 percent, or 12.5 million, of children and teens ages 2 to 19 are obese. We know that obesity is linked with early onset of diabetes, heart disease and metabolic syndrome.

NPW Providing a Safe Environment for Children at School encourages us to Start small and Think big by taking simple steps like being vocal in support of physical education in school, advocating for smoke and tobacco free environments at school and involving your community in recognizing bullying and developing community-wide responses to bullying.

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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