Mayor Harry Rediger on April 6 presented to Jane Wernsman, Executive Director of the Cape Girardeau County Public Health Center, a proclamation honoring April 6-12, 2015 as National Public Health Week during the City Council meeting. The proclamation text reads as follows:
Whereas, the week of April 6–12, 2015, is National Public Health Week, and Missouri’s theme is “Public Health: Better Health. Better Missouri”; and
Whereas, since 1995, the American Public Health Association, through its sponsorship of National Public Health Week, has educated the public, policymakers and public health professionals about issues important to improving the public’s health; and
Whereas, since 1986, the Cape Girardeau County Public Health Center has provided Public Health services to the residents of Cape Girardeau County; and
Whereas, more than half of all cancer deaths could be prevented by making healthy choices like not smoking, staying at a healthy weight, eating right, keeping active, and getting recommended screening tests; and
Whereas, preventing diseases before they start is critical to helping people live longer, healthier lives while managing health-related costs; and
Whereas, some of the greatest achievements of public health include vaccinations, safer work places, safer and healthier foods, control of infectious diseases, fluoridation of drinking water, public health preparedness, and recognition of tobacco use as a health hazard; and
Whereas, immunization rates continue to rise in Missouri, saving lives and millions of dollars in healthcare costs; and Whereas, strong public health systems are critical for sustaining and improving community health; and
Whereas, the Cape Girardeau County Public Health Center is committed to ensuring that families are healthy from the start, and it’s collaborative efforts with individuals, communities, providers, and policy makers will help the County’s next generation be healthier than the one before.
Now, therefore, be it resolved that I, Harry Rediger, Mayor of the City of Cape Girardeau, Missouri, do hereby proclaim April 6th through 12th, 2015 as National Public Health Week.