Magazine article The Nation's Health

Detroit Health Department Showcases City Health Services

Magazine article The Nation's Health

Detroit Health Department Showcases City Health Services

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WITH A LOCAL National Public Health Week theme of "Together, We Are Public Health," the DETROIT, MICH., Department of Health and Wellness Promotion offered a range of fun and informative activities including a fitness walk, educational outreach and food demonstrations.

At a kickoff event on Monday, April 5, health workers staffed information tables on the lawn of the county health complex, hosted a one-mile walk and gave introductory exercise classes in yoga and tai chi. Each day featured special events scheduled around the lunch hour and also health programming at three community centers across the city.

Residents participated in the Walk for a Healthier Detroit, which was led by health officials and featured the Detroit Community Marching Band. After the walk, festivities at the city's health complex included a hustle dance, a healthy lunch and raffle prizes.

Information tables in the health complex lobby the following day featured various programs including the Women, Infants and Children Nutritional Program and Office of Health Outreach Promotion and Education. Free health screenings were offered at a local community center, and a senior citizens' theater troupe performed a series of comedy vignettes on health care and aging.

Adding some friendly competition to the week, each health department division was judged on its informational table and other outreach activities, with the winner earning bragging rights as well as dinner and a movie with the department director and National Public Health Week planning committee. …

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