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April Declared Public Health Month in Columbus

This year, National Public Health Week was April 5-11.  This annual week of recognition and celebration is sponsored by the American Public Health Association (APHA).  While COVID-19 restrictions once again prevented a more public celebration of the week, it was noted on ECDHD's social media outlets.  At the April 5 meeting of the Columbus City Council, Mayor Jim Bulkley read a proclamation, declaring April 5-11, 2021 as National Public Health Week in Columbus.  He presented CEO Patrick Peer and CPHO Chuck Sepers with a copy of the proclamation, that reads in part, "I call upon the people of Columbus to observe this week by helping our families, friends, neighbors, co-workers, and leaders to better understand the value of public health, and supporting great opportunities to adopt preventive lifestyle habits in light of this year's theme, 'Building Bridges to Better Health.'" 

News You Can Use from the CDC

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Plan ahead and be physically active indoor or out this winter.

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Add fiber to your diet to help with blood sugar and weight management.

Read a new MMWR article about alcohol use and binge drinking among pregnant people.

Learn how to lower your chance of getting food poisoning from leafy greens.

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Check out the new features that make Worker Health Charts more user-friendly.

Join the effort to raise awareness of birth defects across the lifespan.