In the midst of the most challenging public health crisis of our lifetimes, it’s more important than ever to celebrate National Public Health Week.
Everyone deserves to live a long and healthy life in a safe environment. Where we live, learn, work and spend most of our time takes effect on each of us and can determine our health and life expectancy. This week is dedicated to start new conversations and become advocates for positive change.
During each day of National Public Health Week, the American Public Health Association (APHA) focuses on a particular public health topic and identifies ways each of us can make a difference on that topic. Below are a few heart facts from the American Heart Association related to the day’s theme.
NPHW 2020 DAILY THEMES
Monday: Mental Health — advocate for and promote emotional well-being
For years, doctors thought the connection between mental health and heart health was strictly behavioral, however, new research shows there could be physiological connections, too. The biological and chemical factors that trigger mental health issues also influence heart disease.
Tuesday: Maternal and Child Health — ensure the health of mothers and babies throughout the lifespan
Slightly less than 1 percent of infants born in the United States have a congenital heart defect. Check out these commonly asked questions about children and heart disease.
Wednesday: Violence Prevention — reduce personal and community violence to improve health
Thursday: Environmental Health — help protect and maintain a healthy planet
Study after study has concluded that air pollution is bad for heart health. For people already living with heart failure, new research shows it may shorten their lives significantly.
Friday: Education — advocate for quality education and schools
Did you know 38 states and Washington D.C. require CPR education before graduation? Check if your state in on the map.
Saturday: Healthy Housing — ensure access to affordable and safe housing
Sunday: Economics — advocate for economic empowerment as the key to a healthy life
AED.US would like to thank the hard working public health professionals that are serving our communities during the COVID-19 crisis. We appreciate you!
APHA. “American Public Health Association” NPHW. 10 April 2020.
Written by Blaire Czarniecki
Customer Service Director
Fact checked by Phillip Woods, BA, NREMT-P, FP-C
Blaire attended the University of Tennessee where she graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Human Ecology- Child and Family Studies. She has been in the Automated External Defibrillator (AED) industry for over eight years and is the Director of Customer Service for Coro Medical. Blaire is also an American Red Cross-certified CPR/AED/First Aid Instructor, highly trained by each manufacturer on their specific AEDs, and knowledgeable regarding ALL State AED regulations and legislation.
“I know that every day I come to work, I am playing a part in saving someone’s life. I am passionate about these devices and am always looking for new and innovative ways to spread awareness and knowledge about Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA). I look forward to the day when everywhere I go, I will see an AED—when SCA will no longer take any lives.”
Last updated April 10, 2020