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National Public Health Week 2015 Theme Ties in with the Goals of CMC/DHK Community Health and Healthy Monadnock 2020

April 06, 2015
Keene, NH

National Public Health Week is a national initiative of the American Public Health Association (APHA) to raise awareness and increase understanding about public health services and health improvement activities. This year’s theme for the week of April 6-12 is “Healthiest Nation 2030” to highlight the APHA’s vision to help the U.S. become the healthiest country on earth in 15 years.

We have our own ideas of what it takes to become the healthiest community with our Healthy Monadnock 2020 initiative.  For the past eight years the Community Health Department at Cheshire Medical Center/Dartmouth-Hitchcock Keene has partnered with schools, businesses, social service organizations, foundations, and the community-at-large to collaboratively improve health in order to make Healthy Monadnock’s goal a reality.  Community health is about the health of all of us and the actions we collectively take to ensure that everyone has the opportunity to live. Learn, work, play and health in places where healthy choices become the easy choices.

Our Community Health Department programs include: family resource counseling, which assists with access to medical care, dental services and one-on-one assistance to apply for financial aid; medication assistance; tobacco cessation and prevention services through the Coalition for Tobacco Free Communities; free health education classes; Cheshire Walkers group; Senior Passport healthy meal program; emergency preparedness through the Greater Monadnock Public Health Network; Monadnock HEAL (Healthy Eating Active Living) with workplace wellness and Turn a New Leaf menu labeling projects; Clinical Integration to be sure our medical services are aligned with our community partner activities; and, of course, Healthy Monadnock 2020 with the goal of becoming the healthiest community in the nation by 2020.

For more information about these programs, please contact our Community Health Department at 603-354-5454 ext 2312 or visit us at http://www.cheshire-med.com/health_wellness/hw_programs.html and join the local effort at healthymonadnock.org.

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