OREGON COUNTY -- Officials with the Oregon County Health Department have announced April 6-12 as National Public Health Week.
Making better choices is the best way to live a longer, healthier life. That is the message from the Oregon County Health Department during National Public Health Week, April 6-12.
Health officials are urging Oregon County residents to make lifestyle choices that will improve their wellbeing and help prevent Missouri's leading cause of premature death and disability, heart disease, stroke, diabetes and some types of cancer.
The Oregon County Health Department is continuously making changes; recently they have added a Web site for county residents. The Web site provides valuable tools to improve the health of everyone in the county. It includes program information on several programs such as WIC, Show Me Health and many others.
The health department Web site includes local restaurant inspection information. The Web site address is oregoncountyhealthdepartment.com.
The theme for this year's Public Health Week is "Building the Foundation for a Healthy Missouri."
"A healthy life requires a foundation built by healthy choices," said Shiela Russell, administrator of the Oregon County Health Department. "We all have the power to make choices that can improve our health and add years to our life."
The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services and The Oregon County Health Department promotes healthy lifestyle choices with its "Live Like Your Life Depends On It" program.
Russell said the program focuses on five recommendations for a healthier life. They include: eating smart, move more, be tobacco free, get recommended health screenings and maintain a healthy weight.
"It can be a challenge to make healthy changes in your life, but every change you make helps prevent a number of serious illnesses that can dramatically impact your quality of life," Russell said.
For more information contact the Health Department at Alton, Monday through Friday at 417-778-7450 or at Thayer on Tuesday and Wednesday at 417-264-3114.