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We Celebrate
National Public Health Week
April 1 - 7, 2019

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Walking for Wellness

A regular walking routine of just 30-minutes a day, 5-days a week can help prevent heart disease, diabetes, depression and some cancers.

During 2017 Public Health week we promoted 'Walking for Wellness'. It was a chance for the public to chat with local public health professionals and share why they walk. Check out their messages in the video below.

Click here for information and tips about walking

YOU Are The Public in Public Health

The Santa Cruz County Health Services Agency celebrated National Public Health Week, April 1-7, 2019. We would like to thank the Santa Cruz County employees, local businesses, cities within our County, and community members for supporting, celebrating, promoting and educating our community about Public Health during National Public Health Week.

As a nation we're not nearly as healthy as we should be. But it doesn't have to be this way. With your help, we can make America the healthiest nation in one generation.

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Links & Resources


Click on a poster below to open a .pdf document for printing and posting. Each poster contains a page in English and Spanish.

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Join the Movement

The multicultural ad campaign titled “Join the Movement!” and “¡Únase al movimiento!” is part of an ongoing effort to improve the health of low-income families who are at greater risk of obesity and obesity-related health problems. The campaign features real Champions who are making healthy changes in their homes and communities every day to fight childhood obesity, and encourages all Californians to keep kids healthy by joining the movement. The campaign messages encourage everyone to be part of the movement by taking small steps that add up to big health improvements, like cooking healthier, being more physically active, and drinking more water.

Walking for Wellness

Our cities were once designed on a human scale. As more and more people took to the roads, the suburbs quickly became the new frontier. The result: urban sprawl so expansive it could not be walked in a single day. The impact on the human body has been devastating. Our days are spent sitting at our desk, in our cars and on the couch. We were not made to sit around all day.

After 75 years of planning that produces a sedentary lifestyle, a radical redesign of our cities and open space has begun. Parks and paths are making a comeback to create truly walkable communities through partnerships between local residents, businesses, developers, municipalities, urban planners and health care providers.

The health benefits of walking are numerous. A regular walking routine of 30-minutes a day, five days a week can help prevent heart disease, diabetes, depression and some cancers. Take 30 minutes to watch the film then, take a 30 minute walk. It will be the best hour of the day.

STEP IT UP! Everyone can help make our communities more walkable

Take the Pledge

 I want to live a long, healthy life free from injury and diseases like diabetes, cancer and heart disease that are reaching epidemic levels in the U.S...

Take the Healthy Nation Pledge