Columbia Celebrates National Public Health Week

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COLUMBIA - Columbia recognizes April 7 - 13 as National Public Health Week. Columbia/Boone County Department of Public Health and Human Services is promoting this year's theme "Public Health: Start Here, Better Health. Better Missouri."

The department is holding a series of events to honor the national event. Spokesperson Andrea Waner said National Public Health Week helps individuals and communities make small steps toward health improvement.

"We want to show them all the different ways and all of the easy choices that they can take to make their lives better," Waner said.

The department will hold events throughout April focusing on maternal, reproduction and sexual health. It will also prevention, emergency preparedness, and general nutrition. The department wants the community to focus on five themes. They are:

  • Don't panic
  • Get out ahead
  • Eat well
  • Be healthy from the start
  • Be the healthiest nation in one generation

Wednesday, the department provided a sexual health education table for the community to learn about STDs and condom use. It will also offer health screenings and hold a Plant a Row for the Hungry event later in the month.