During April’s first full week each year, the American Public Health Association celebrates National Public Health Week, a time to bring together communities from sea to shining sea to focus on the contributions and aspirations of public health. National Public Health Week 2014 focuses on the following themes:
- Be healthy from the start. From maternal health and school nutrition to emergency preparedness, public health starts at home.
- Don’t panic. Disaster preparedness starts with community-wide commitment and action.
- Get out ahead. Prevention is now a nationwide priority. Let us show you where you fit in.
- Eat well. The system that keeps our nation’s food safe and healthy is complex.
- Be the healthiest nation in one generation. Best practices for community health come from around the globe.
In celebration of all that public health is, does, and can do, I offer up these ten previously published posts on the theme of health:
Commonly known as “Typhoid Mary,” Mary Mallon was incarcerated for a total of 26 years in isolation on North Brother Island for unknowingly spreading typhoid through her cooking. Her story reveals the ways in which society and medicine shape one another and how we each, as public health citizens, view and respond to disease.
William Buchan’s 18th century domestic medicine manual includes a host of recommendations for “the studious,” which ring as true today as they did 250 years ago, at least to those who spend the majority of the work day sitting…
Revealing how the dietary advice of four 20th century dietary reform movements promotes more than nutrients alone, Charlotte Biltekoff’s Eating Right in America: The Cultural Politics of Food and Health is an important resource for those in public health and dietetics to consider the broader cultural and social influence of nutrition science.
In this engrossing ethnography, medical anthropologist and physician, Seth M. Holmes (who is Assistant Professor at my alma mater, UC Berkeley’s School of Public Health) reveals through poignant thick description the life experiences, structural inputs, and health outcomes of Triqui migrant farmworkers.
In the article, “Corpulence and Correspondence: President William H. Taft and the Medical Management of Obesity,” Providence College’s Deborah Levine analyzes letters in which the 27th president of the United States corresponded with Dr. Nathaniel E. Yorke-Davies, an English diet expert, chronicling Taft’s efforts to lose weight while in the harsh spotlight of American politics and popular culture.
This post summarizes reflections on my own public health education and professional experience in worksite wellness.
Now is an exciting time for all things food, a time when much change is afoot. One such development is an open door for translational, interdisciplinary, and cooperative research between food studies and nutrition science.
The 2013 Critical Nutrition Symposium critically examined what is missing from conventional nutrition science research and practice, discussed why it matters, and brainstormed how to move forward in an informed and balanced way.
Written after the final presidential debate in October 2012, this post examines how women have made (and are making) their mark in the world of food, as food producers, consumers, and change-makers.
While the health-related reputation of eggs has oscillated over the course of the 20th century, moderation is a long-lasting and resilient recommendation for good health and a delicious diet.
Beyond reading these ten posts, you can participate in National Public Health Week from anywhere by:
- Using the hashtag #NPHW and follow @NPHW on Twitter and like APHA’s Facebook page.
- Signing APHA’s petition calling on wellness retailers and pharmacies to pull tobacco from their shelves.
- Attending an online event, like:
- NPHW Twitter chat: Wednesday, April 9, at 2 p.m. EDT
- Chronic Disease, Air Pollution & Public Health Tele-townhall Discussion: Wednesday, April 9, from 3:30-4:30 p.m. EDT
- Food Justice, Obesity & the Social Determinants of Health Webinar: Thursday, April 10, at 2 p.m. EDT
- NPHW Active Transportation Hangout on Airr: Friday, April 11, at 2 p.m. EDT