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National Public Health Week: Be Healthy From the Start

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Did you know that in Nevada, 36.8% children are overweight or obese? Children's early-life experiences, such as poor nutrition can increase the risk of obesity later in life.

Breastfeeding is the healthiest start for infants. Breast milk has antibodies and hormones that help protect infants to lower risk of various health problems. 

Breastfeeding benefits both the mother and infant. The infant with obesity, ear infections, stomach viruses, respiratory problems, asthma, atopic dermatis, type 1 & 2 diabetes and childhood leukemia, while the mother gets help with breast cancer, ovarian cancer, type 2 diabetes and postpartum depression.  

Public health starts at home. From family nutrition and maternal health to safety precautions and disaster preparedness, the first step the community takes toward public health are in the comfort of their own home. Empower yourself to take action through better meal planning, safety upgrades, and preparing for emergencies.

National Public Health Week (NPHW) is the American Public Health Association's annual celebration of the public health efforts in disease prevention in our communities. The goal of this week it to educate and engage people in the movement to create a healthier America for ourselves and generations to come.

Sponsors of the National Public Health Week:

Nevada Public Health Association (NPHA) www.apha.org

Washoe County Health District (WCHD), www.washoecounty.us/health and www.gethealthywashoe.com

Nevada Division of Public and Behavioral Health (DPBH), www.health.nv.gov

Carson City Health and Human Services (CCHHS), gethealthycarsoncity.org

Southern Nevada Health District (SNHD), www.southernnevadahealthdistrict.org 

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