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DHSS Press Release



Rita Landgraf, Secretary
Jill Fredel, Director of Communications
302-255-9047, Cell 302-357-7498
Email: jill.fredel@state.de.us

Date: April 1, 2015
DHSS-4-2015





"HEALTHIEST NATION IN ONE GENERATION


DOVER-(April 1, 2015) - During National Public Health Week 2015 (April 6-12, 2015), the public health community is rallying to make the U.S. the "healthiest nation in one generation" by 2030. According to the United Nations, although the U.S. spends more per capita on health care than any other nation in the world, U.S. residents have a life expectancy of 77.9 years, lower than 28 other countries. As we focus on becoming a healthier nation, the Division of Public Health (DPH) urges Delawareans to remember that health choices and challenges are woven into every day, and are profoundly impacted by where people live, work, pray, and play.

"Much of a person's overall health is determined outside of a doctor's office," said DPH Director Dr. Karyl Rattay. "And, while one's choices fundamentally impact a person's health, the things they cannot choose also make a difference. DPH celebrates this public health week as a reminder that health is more than health care."

Each year public health professionals honor National Public Health week with a different theme Monday to Friday, and this year's celebration focuses on ambitious and global ideas:

To learn more about national public health week visit, visit nphw.org. To learn more about the DPH SHIP plan, visit http://dhss.delaware.gov/dhss/dph/files/shaship.pdf

Delaware Health and Social Services is committed to improving the quality of the lives of Delaware's citizens by promoting health and well-being, fostering self-sufficiency, and protecting vulnerable populations. DPH, a division of DHSS, urges Delawareans to make healthier choices with the 5-2-1 Almost None campaign: eat 5 or more fruits and vegetables each day, have no more than 2 hours of recreational screen time each day (includes TV, computer, gaming), get 1 or more hours of physical activity each day, drink almost no sugary beverages.



Delaware Health and Social Services is committed to improving the quality of the lives of Delaware's citizens by promoting health and well-being, fostering self-sufficiency, and protecting vulnerable populations.





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