The week of April 4-10 was proclaimed Public Health Week in Archuleta County Tuesday by the County Board of Commissioners.
Safety is No Accident: Live Injury-Free is the 2011 theme of this annual, national event which seeks to educate the public and policy-makers about issues important to improving the public’s health. One obvious way is preventing unintentional injuries, such as motor vehicle crashes, poisonings and burns, which rank among the top 10 causes of death for people ages 1-44.
Many injuries and associated costs can be proactively prevented by taking actions such as wearing a seat belt, properly installing smoke alarms, correctly installing and using child safety seats, wearing a helmet, storing cleaning supplies in locked cabinets.
The proclamation recognizes San Juan Basin Health Department for partnering with local community groups and agencies through its Injury Prevention Coalition and other health department programs to increase community awareness about these proactive actions and developing programs that help prevent injuries.
It calls upon our community to observe this week by helping families, friends, neighbors, co-workers and leaders better understand the importance of public health to a successful health system.
For information on local National Public Health Week events and tips on living injury free, visit sjbhd.org.