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National Public Health Week aims to help protect and improve our state’s health, with a different focus area each year highlighting efforts made in Michigan. In 2015, the national focus is “Healthiest Nation 2030,” and the state will celebrate this annual observance April 13-17, 2015.

Right now, the U.S. spends more on health care than other comparable countries. What do we have to show for that spending? Numerous studies show that we live shorter lives and struggle with more health issues such as obesity, infant mortality, diabetes, heart disease and more. And this is true for Americans of all ages and socio-economic groups.

This is the defining challenge of our generation that we, the public health community, are uniquely positioned to overcome. During National Public Health Week 2015, the public health community is rallying around a goal of making the U.S. the Healthiest Nation in One Generation by 2030. Let’s build a groundswell of support for the prevention and public health programs we know improve the health of our communities.

In conjunction with National Public Health Week, the Michigan Department of Community Health (MDCH) is accepting nominations to recognize Michigan Hometown Health Heroes and Health Policy Champions. If you know a person or organization that deserves recognition for their efforts to support public health and prevent disease in their community, complete a nomination form and send it to KovalJ@Michigan.gov or fax to (517) 335-9434 no later than Feb. 26, 2015. For additional information, please visit the MDCH Web site.

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