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(Family Features) For many, taking the first step toward healthy living can seem overwhelming. But eating more fruits and vegetables, taking walks, washing your hands, and improving the well-being of your community are all easy ways to become a bit healthier.
In fact, according to the American Public Health Association (APHA), nearly 1 million Americans die each year from diseases that can be prevented by living a healthier lifestyle. Each April, APHA celebrates National Public Health Week (NPHW) to spread the word about good health, encouraging both communities and individuals to take an active approach toward healthier living.
This year, APHA invites you to "Join the Movement" to improve your health and the health of your community, by providing these tips to make simple changes today for a healthier tomorrow.
Live active, eat healthy
Small swaps - and steps - can lead to big changes:
Prevent tobacco, drug, and alcohol abuse
Education goes a long way in preventing substance abuse:
Avoid the spread of communicable disease
Communicable diseases can't be avoided completely, but you can better protect your family:
Support reproductive and sexual health
Advocacy and education can help encourage safe sex practices and reproductive health:
Promote mental and emotional well-being
It is important to advocate for mental health education in your community:
To learn more about NPHW, ways you can join the movement, and to read more healthy living tips from APHA, visit www.nphw.org.