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April is Public Health Month

Celebrating Health:

Every April, a week out of the month is declared as “National Public Health Week.” During April 4 through 10, communities throughout the country celebrate the victories of public health as well as disseminating public health efforts through local resource fairs and campaigns. This national observance reminds us of the importance in focusing on education and prevention. Public Health Week is sponsored by the American Public Health Association (APHA) who organizes the annual event, which includes a new focus on the campaign each year. The theme for 2011’s national campaign is, “Safety is No Accident,” and resources including toolkits, brochures, wallpaper, and logos have been created to help keep adults and children injury-free, whether at work or at home.

Although the APHA confines their campaign to one week, Kern County celebrates public health for the entire month of April. The Kern County Public Health Services Department (KCPHSD) will host their annual Wellness and Healthy Activities Festival on Sunday, April 10th at the Central Park at Mill Creek in Bakersfield. The purpose of this event is to provide resources, as well as awareness, on the importance of taking preventative measures to stay healthy as well as building healthy communities throughout Kern County. Some of the resources provided will include ready access to fresh, local produce and free health screenings. Although the festival is a one-day event, many of Kern County’s best resources will be concentrated at the Central Park at Mill Creek, and will provide an opportunity to connect community members with programs that will be continually accessible year-round, such as walking groups and farmer’s markets.

All throughout April other various organizations will be launching their own health fairs. KCPHSD supports many of their community partners in these health fairs, as it is an opportunity to reach beyond Bakersfield to the outlying areas of Kern County. These events, which also celebrate public health, boast a similar mission to provide access to resources that will build a healthy foundation for Kern County. For more information on all Public Health Month activities, visit or call 321-3000.

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