Public Health Week will be celebrated April 1-7, and the Delaware General Health District has planned several events.
The theme is "Public Health is ROI: Saves Lives, Saves Money." ROI is an acronym for Return on Investment. According to the DGHD, America spends more than any other country on health care, and the cost is expected to rise faster than national income. According to a DGHD news release, investing just $10 per person each year in proven public health efforts could save the nation more than $16 billion in five years.
In recognition of Public Health Week, all Delaware County libraries will have displays that showcase the health district's new website.
As part of the celebration, an Instagram contest will challenge people to take a photograph that "captures" their health and upload the photo on Instagram with the hashtag #capturehealth. Winners of first and second place will receive gift cards.
Other activities during the week include:
* Monday, April 1: Home. In an effort to prevent falls at home, the Council for Older Adults will offer the class A Matter of Balance at 3 p.m. at the Center for Older Adults, 800 Cheshire Road. Health educator Mitchell Briant will offer information at the center from 9 to 11 a.m. The home health focus continues on Thursday, April 4, when a Food Safety for the Home Cook class and a workshop on bedbugs will be offered from 9 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. in the DGHD basement.
* Tuesday, April 2: Schools. Bullying prevention bookmarks will be distributed at middle and high school libraries. A Big Walnut school playground will receive a safety inspection.
* Wednesday, April 3: Workplace. Health district employees will demonstrate the importance of exercise by doing the chicken dance in front of their 1-3 W. Winter St. building at 2 p.m.
* Thursday, April 4: On the Move. Seatbelts, bike helmets and driving without distractions will be promoted. DGHD staff members will hand out Kids Riding Safe fliers to parents dropping off their children at Smith Elementary School. Delaware Public Works will smash outdated car seats at 1:30 p.m. at the East William Street facility, and a car seat check will be held from 3 to 6 p.m. at the Wilbur Bills Fire Station on Liberty Street. No appointment for the inspection is necessary.
* Friday, April 5: Community. Immunization information will be available, along with information on exercise and nutrition, at Main Street Delaware's First Friday celebration from 6 to 8 p.m. A jump rope demonstration will be given at the DGHD on West Winter Street by the Schultz Jump Rope Club; the Brown Jug Square Dancers will dance and new Health Commissioner Shelia Hiddleson will be on hand.
For information on these activities, call 740-203-2085.