April 20 - 26, 2014: Public Health Week

WHEREAS, this year for Michigan Public Health Week the theme “Public Health: Start Here” focuses on the value of public health activities in Michigan communities; and,

WHEREAS, in Michigan, there are approximately 10 million Michigan lives, and health directly impacts each and every one’s overall wellbeing; and,

WHEREAS, since 1995, the American Public Health Association, through its sponsorship of National Public Health Week, has educated the public, policymakers and public health professionals about issues important to improving the public’s health; and,

WHEREAS, seven in 10 deaths in the U.S. are related to preventable diseases such as obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, and cancer; and,

WHEREAS, 75 percent of our health care dollars are spent treating such diseases, however, only 3 percent of our health care dollars go toward prevention; and,

WHEREAS, strong public health systems are critical for sustaining and improving community health; and,

WHEREAS, every day, public health professionals work to ensure everyone has the opportunity to lead a healthy life, empower communities with the tools, knowledge and resources to make a difference by encouraging individuals to take charge of their health, by promoting prevention and health equity in the community; and,

WHEREAS, during this week, we join with all Michigan citizens and community based organizations, local health departments, religious communities, schools, civic groups, concerned citizens, and others to utilize this week to learn more about how they can improve their personal wellness and their community’s health so that Michigan can continue to become a healthier, stronger state;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Rick Snyder, governor of Michigan, do hereby proclaim April 20-26, 2014, as Public Health Week in Michigan.