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, this year’s theme for National Public Health Week, “Healthiest Nation 2030,” allows Michigan to celebrate public health accomplishments made over the past two decades and to bring a renewed focus to the work ahead; and,
WHEREAS, there are approximately 10 million Michigan residents, and public health directly impacts each and every one’s overall wellbeing; and,
WHEREAS, the United States trails other countries in life expectancy and other measures of good health; and,
WHEREAS, in the effort to become the healthiest nation city planners, education officials, public, private and for-profit organizations, and more need to be highly involved; and,
WHEREAS, every day public health professionals in Michigan work to ensure all residents have the opportunity to lead a healthy life, empower communities with the tools, knowledge and resources to make a difference, and encourage 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 residents and community based organizations, local health departments, religious communities, schools, civic groups, concerned citizens, and more to utilize this week to learn 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 4-10, 2016 as Public Health Week in Michigan.