OSWEGO – During National Public Health Week, April 6 through April 12, the Oswego County Health Department will continue its focus on improving quality of life, increasing years of healthy life, promoting and protecting safe, healthy, and resilient environments, and strengthening public health capacity to improve health outcomes.
“Right now, the U.S. spends more on health care than other comparable countries,” said Jiancheng Huang, Oswego County Public Health Director. “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. This is true for Americans of all ages and socio-economic groups. 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.’”
The Oswego County Public Health Department provides a variety of services to help county residents achieve this goal – including immunization clinics, hospice care, STD testing, pregnancy testing, mosquito-borne illness surveillance, water testing, rabies clinics, flu clinics, food inspection, services for children with special needs, and maternal and child care services.
In addition, the health department coordinates many programs for schools and community groups.
The Oswego County Health Department is working to prevent falls by leading a Six Steps to Better Balance class for seniors, works with chronic disease patients to give them the skills they need to better manage their disease through healthy living workshops, and partners with several community agencies on “Smoke Free for My Baby and Me,” a smoking-cessation program for pregnant women.
“Efforts by public health departments across America have led to a 25-year improvement in the average lifespan of all Americans in the last 115 years,” said Huang. “Everyone has the ability to make a difference in improving their own health and in turn, the health of their family and their community.”
During National Public Health Week residents are encouraged to join the health department’s efforts by taking at least one simple step to improve health:
• Eat more fruits and vegetables
• Be more physically active
• Buckle up!
• Plan for weather emergencies
• Put on a helmet
• Wash your hands
• Get immunized
For more information, contact the Oswego County Health Department at 315-349-3545 or visit the department’s website at www.oswegocounty.com/health/index.html