Celebrate Health! Vermont Public Health Week April 7–13

For Immediate Release
April 7, 2003
News media contact:
Nancy Erickson
Vermont Department of Health
802-863-7281

BURLINGTON—The Vermont Department of Health celebrates Public Health Week April 7-13, 2003.

“Vermont has a lot to celebrate,” said new Health Commissioner Paul Jarris, MD. “Vermont has earned the title of the nation’s Healthiest State for two years running for good reason. Vermont excels in a wide range of public health measures. Our teen birth rate is low, our citizens have good access to primary care physicians, we have the highest rates of childhood immunization, and youth smoking is decreasing. Vermonters are generally healthy thanks in large part to the professionalism and dedication of Vermont’s public health workers.” The Healthiest State ranking can be found at www.morganquitno.com/hc02press.htm.

Public Health Week will showcase Healthy Vermonters 2010, the state’s blueprint for improving public health, along with state and local programs to prepare and respond to emergencies, promote good nutrition, safety and fitness, and to prevent disease and discourage unhealthy behavior.

A full slate of events is scheduled for Public Health Week. Please check the above link for the online calendar of events. National Public Health Week was established in 1995 as a way to recognize the contributions of public health and prevention services to America’s well-being.