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April declared Public Health Month

Posted on Tuesday, April 3, 2012 at 11:50 pm

Front row, from left: Audrain County Commissioners Roger Young, Steve Hobbs, and Tom Groves. Back row: Kevin Lowrance, Diane Baker, Linda Spurling, Brandi Crow, Kay Knipp, Carol Stuart, Kerry Patton, Susie Deimeke, and Emily Stotler.

Audrain County’s Commissioners recently signed an official proclamation for April to recognize it as Public Health Month.
This month, the Audrain City-County Health Unit (ACCHU) is encouraging all Americans to  work together to make small changes to their lives to help prevent chronic diseases and communicable  diseases to create a healthier America. In April 2012, ACCHU recognizes National Public Health Month,  as an opportunity to empower our families, friends, neighbors and, perhaps most importantly, ourselves to  live healthier lives.
Join the ACCHU in working to make Audrain County a healthier place to live, work  and raise a family. Take a moment and make just one positive change that will help you live a  healthier life. These seemingly small actions can have a big impact when they’re spread throughout an  entire family, community and nation.
This year, ACCHU is focusing on healthy living by promoting drug safety and drug disposal by hosting a Drug Take Back, in conjunction with the Mexico Public Safety, Audrain County Sheriff’s Office and the Vandalia Police Department,.  Bring your outdated and unused medications to the Health Unit or the Vandalia Police Station on April 28 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Personal hygiene items will be collected for the Audrain County Crisis Intervention Services agency all month.  Please drop items by the Health Unit.
Increasing awareness on how to live longer lives is the first step in helping us create a healthier  nation — but there is more you can do beyond taking these actions. Raise awareness of the importance of  taking preventive measures within your community during National Public Health Month. Our  community will be healthier and happier as a result.