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Johnson County celebrates National Public Health Week

The Johnson County Health Department is proud to be a part of National Public Health Week April 1-7, 2019. NPHW is about celebrating the power of prevention, advocating for healthy and fair policies, sharing strategies for successful partnerships and championing the role of a strong public health system.

“Improving the health of our residents is extremely important to us, and Public Health Week is an opportunity to remind everyone of the importance of public health in our communities,” said Johnson County Health Department Director Caroline Hurt. ”We look forward to continuing to work with our local partners to provide people with more opportunities to live and maintain a healthy lifestyle. “

The Johnson County Health Department takes an active role in the health of Johnson County residents through many primary prevention projects and programs to help prevent disease before it happens.

These include:

• Baby & Me Tobacco Free – helping pregnant women and new mothers stop smoking

• TNSTRONG – Youth-led movement advocating for tobacco-free lifestyles

• Community walking/biking trails

• School Walk/Run Clubs

• Women, Infants and Children, or WIC – supplemental nutrition for mothers and young children

“In addition to primary prevention programs and projects, the Johnson County Health Department provides numerous services including well-child exams, immunizations, birth and death certificates, family planning and children’s dental care,” said Caroline Hurt. “We encourage and invite the public to call or come by to learn about the many services we have to offer.”

The Johnson County Health Department is kicking off the annual Walk Across Tennessee in honor of National Public Health Week. This is a team-based walking program in collaboration with the University of Tennessee Extension that encourages local groups of people to walk the equivalent of the distance across the state. Contact the health department between 8:00 am-4:30 pm to join a team or learn more about this program.

National Public Health Week is sponsored by the American Public Health Association. There are daily themes that include Healthy Communities (Monday), Violence Prevention (Tuesday), Rural Health (Wednesday), Technology and Public Health (Thursday), Climate Change (Friday) and Global Health (Saturday and Sunday). Learn more at