Here Are 7 Ways to Support Good Health for Everyone — Including Yourself

National Public Health Week may not be as unusual as National Button Week or as oddly specific as National Aardvark Week.

But I’d argue that public health is just as important — if not more so —  than collectibles and burrowing animals.

The American Public Health Association must think it’s a pretty important issue to commemorate, too. In honor of National Public Health Week, the association has come up with a few ways for people to get healthy while advocating for a strong public health system.

7 Ways to Commemorate National Public Health Week

Here are a few ideas from the American Public Health Association on how to support National Public Health Week, along with some additional other tips to keep you healthy throughout the year.

  1. Join the Generation Public Health community and take the pledge to help create a healthy America.
  2. Join APHA’s 1 Billion Steps Challenge and help the organization reach 1 billion collective steps in time for next year’s National Public Health Week.
  3. Take a look at APHA’s initiatives to address the nation’s public health concerns and find out how to get involved.
  4. Visit your local public health department for free or low-cost health screenings to detect everything from prostate and cervical cancer to sexually transmitted infections.
  5. Keep your brain in tip-top shape with healthy food and regular exercise.
  6. Learn the art of healthy cooking on a shoestring budget.
  7. If you’re a smoker, consider quitting.

Lisa McGreevy is a staff writer at The Penny Hoarder. She loves telling readers about affordable ways to stay healthy, so look her up on Twitter (@lisah) if you’ve got a tip to share.