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National Public Health Week (April 6-12) is the perfect time for federal legislators to show support for HR 379, the National Nurse Act of 2015. This year’s American Public Health Association (APHA) theme “Healthiest Nation 2030” ties right into having a National Nurse for Public Health.
On their website the American Public Health Association shares the following:
“Creating the healthiest nation starts with me! Despite what we often hear and read, Americans are not the healthiest people in the world. In the U.S. we spend more on health care but live shorter lives and suffer more health issues than our peers in other high-income countries. To create the healthiest nation, we all need to start by pledging to take two steps:
Creating a healthy me We promise to eat well, exercise and get regular checkups. We will make healthy choices that improve our health and set an example for our family and friends.
Creating a healthy we We recognize that there is a complex web of social and environmental factors that affect everyone's health and limit the ability for many people to make healthy choices. Today we join the Generation Public Health movement to demand that our leaders consider these factors in all their decisions so that all people and all communities have the opportunity for a long, healthy life. It is only when we come together that are we strong enough to create the healthiest nation in one generation.
We are Generation Public Health.”