The kickoff for National Public Health Week in Arkansas started with a press conference and walk over the Big Dam Bridge in Little Rock to North Little Rock and back. The Wookiees for Cookies team was in attendance along with the Arkansas Department of Health‘s ADH Moves team.
NPHW 2014 will take place April 7-13, it serves to recognize the contributions of public health and highlight issues to improving the health of all Americans.
The main focus in Arkansas will be on “guiding communities through the evolving public health system…the ‘Start Here’ theme, we are promoting simple first steps that you can take to lead a healthier life. Want to eat healthier? Start by adding more fruits and veggies to your plate. Want to stop smoking? Start by getting help and calling the Arkansas Tobacco Quitline. Want to be more physically fit? Start by walking more. Want to give your baby a healthy start? Start by breastfeeding. Want to take care of your skin and reduce your chance of skin cancer? Start by wearing sunscreen. There are many simple changes we can all make to lead healthier lives.” –Arkansas Dept Health.
The day was blustery with a chance of rain, but many people, news crews, and walkers came out to the event. Altogether the walk was just under 2 miles but the scenery is second to none. If you get a chance check out the amazing resource we have with the Arkansas River Trail system.
During this year’s Public Health Week, The Wookiees encourage you to start a healthy habit, no matter how small. Visit the link to make a pledge to start (and continue!) a healthy habit: http://goo.gl/yJgoLJ