The Cambridge Public Health Department is celebrating National Public Health Week from April 1 to 7, 2013

NATIONAL PUBLIC HEALTH WEEK EVENTS

 

Public Health Poster Gallery

A poster gallery will be on display at Cambridge City Hall (795 Massachusetts Avenue) from April 1 to April 21. The exhibit showcases programs and organizations working to promote public health in Cambridge. Information on community health improvement will also be featured. Open to the public.

 

27th Annual Cambridge CityRun

The 27th Annual Marathon Sports Cambridge CityRun 5 Miler and 3-Mile CityWalk will be held on Sunday, April 7 at 10:30 a.m. This scenic event starts and finishes at the Russell Youth Center located at 680 Huron Ave in Cambridge. The course runs along the perimeter of the Fresh Pond Reservoir two miles into the race. A single adult entry is $25 before April 1 ($30 after). To register, visit www.cambridgecityrun.com.

 

Middle Grades Survey

Cambridge students in grades six through eight will take the Middle Grades Health Survey on Tuesday, April 9. Conducted biennially since 1997, the survey helps determine the prevalence of health-risk behaviors among middle school students. It is a collaborative effort of the Cambridge Public Health Department, Cambridge Public Schools, and the Cambridge Prevention Coalition. Results from previous years’ surveys and other surveillance reports can be found on the Cambridge Public Health Department website.

 

Real World Public Health

A half-day professional development symposium for graduate students in public health, sponsored by the Cambridge Public Health Department and the Institute for Community Health. Real World Public Health will be held at the Windsor Street Health Center (119 Windsor Street) on April 3 from 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Open to public health graduate students.

 

CAMBRIDGE PUBLIC HEALTH DEPARTMENT NEWS AND EVENTS

 

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Roadmaps to Health Prize

Cambridge is one of six winners nationwide of the inaugural Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) Roadmaps to Health Prize. The prize honors outstanding community partnerships across the United States that are helping residents lead healthier lives. Cambridge was honored for its achievements in the areas of healthy eating and physical activity, strengthening families, progressive urban planning, and integration of public health within the Cambridge Health Alliance health care model.

The community received a cash prize of $25,000 in recognition of its efforts and was honored on Feb. 20 at an event held at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation in Princeton, New Jersey. The city of Cambridge will celebrate this achievement during National Public Health Week.

 

Let’s Move/Cambridge in Motion Mini-Grants

Two complementary Cambridge-based wellness campaigns, Let’s Move! and Cambridge in Motion are sponsoring ten (10) mini-grants of $500 each to promote healthy eating and physical activity in children and adults. The application is available online. Deadline for applications is Friday, April 5.

 

Cooking Matters at the Store®: Become a Trained Facilitator to Lead a Guided Grocery Store Tour to Help Families Buy Healthy, Affordable Foods

Want to teach others how to save money at the store? Want to help people buy healthy foods to feed their family? Want to share some tasty and healthy recipes with your community? Then become a trained “Cooking Matters at the Store” facilitator, so that you can lead grocery store tours for your clients, colleagues or community. Training is on Monday, April 8 from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. at 119 Windsor Street, 2nd Floor. Space is limited to 15 people. Registration information is available online.

 

Weeding Out the Facts: What Parents Need to Know about Teens and Marijuana

Join Dr. Traci Brooks (Cambridge Health Alliance), Lt. Lenny DiPietro (Cambridge Police Department), Jennifer Rifkin (Institute for Health and Recovery), and Cambridge Rindge and Latin School’s student leaders for an interactive workshop on talking with teens about marijuana and substance use. Dr. Brooks will share strategies and facts to help parents have a successful conversation about this difficult subject. The event will take place in the CRLS Falcon’s Nest (2nd Floor) on Wednesday, May 1 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Light refreshments will be served. To RSVP and for more information, email ghardina@cpsd.us. Open to parents and students in middle school and high school.

 

Domestic Violence and the Workplace: Policy Materials Coming Soon

Domestic violence doesn’t just “stay at home.” It’s a workplace issue, too. Employers have a responsibility to maintain a safe workplace. Visit the Cambridge Public Health Department’s website to find resources for managers, supervisors, and co-workers on preventing and responding to workplace domestic violence. Stay tuned for new products coming this spring!

 

About National Public Health Week

National Public Health Week (NPHW) is observed during the first full week of April, and has been celebrated by communities across the United States since 1995. Organized by the American Public Health Association (APHA), NPHW is an opportunity to recognize the contributions of public health and highlight issues that are important to improving the nation’s health.

To learn more about National Public Health Week, visit www.nphw.org.

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