How to Celebrate National Public Health Week

It’s almost National Public Health Week, Copper Crew! You know what that means! …Wait, you don’t? Well, that’s alright. That’s what this article is all about! 

As a health-conscious brand, we here at Copper Compression believe that National Public Health Week is overlooked and underappreciated. Why not love a week devoted to the health of ourselves, our loved ones, and our community? 

It’s time to take this annual event to the next level this year by truly celebrating our health. If you’re not sure how to do that, no worries! We’re going to get into all of that (and more), and show you the best ways to celebrate this amazing week! 

Without further ado, let’s get started with the basics: What does this week even mean?

What is National Public Health Week?

We’re so glad you asked! Here’s a little history lesson:
Officially established in 1995, National Public Health Week was started by the American Public Health Association (APHA). Their goal was to devote a week to raising awareness about important public health issues and to encourage individuals and communities to take action to improve the health of everyone.

National Public Health Week runs from April 3rd - 9th this year, and while we should be vigilant about health all year, this week is designed to keep it at the forefront of public consciousness.
Celebrating National Public Health Week is a great way to learn more about public health and take steps to improve your own health and the health of those around you. It’s a win/win!

How Can You Celebrate National Health Week?

Alright, we’re sure you’ve got it down - National Health Week is all about, well, health. But that doesn’t just mean for ourselves, it means for our family, friends, community, and environment! This is a week of action, education, and aid.
Here’s how you can celebrate it the right way: 

Educate Yourself

The first step in celebrating National Public Health Week is to educate yourself about important public health issues. How do you do this? Well, you can start by visiting the official National Public Health Week website, which provides a wealth of information about various public health topics.
You can also read articles, watch videos, or, if you don’t have time for any of that, you can listen to a podcast about health and wellbeing. Some of the subjects you may want to explore include healthy eating, physical activity, mental health, infectious diseases (spooky!), and environmental health. Dealer’s choice!

Get Involved in Your Community

Another great way to celebrate National Public Health Week is to get involved in your community. We promise this isn’t as intimidating as it sounds! No, it doesn’t mean you have to run for mayor and start changing policies from the ground up - you can do this by participating in local events and activities that promote public health. For example, try to find an opportunity to join a local fitness group, participate in a community gardening project, or volunteer at a local hospital or health clinic. These activities not only help to improve your own health, but they also contribute to the health of your community as a whole.
See? Not so bad! 

Make Healthy Choices

Can’t escape a health week without some physical care, now can we? Making healthy choices is an important part (dare we say the most important part) of celebrating National Public Health Week. This includes eating a healthy diet, exercising regularly, and avoiding risky behaviors like smoking and excessive drinking. By making these choices, you can improve your own health and set a positive example for others in your community.

Not sure where to start? Begin your week with some easy yoga videos on Youtube, and maybe cut sugar out of your diet for 7 days. You will be shocked at how much better you feel, and we really mean that. If you can do that, you can do anything! Probably! 

If you’re a little too busy or overwhelmed for these suggestions, that’s okay! Maybe your body needs a bit of a break, in which case we here at Copper Compression can swoop in and save you from some soreness.
For the ultimate self-care day, we recommend some recovery wearables that will get your muscles back in shape to get moving again - the knee sleeve for sore or injured knees, the elbow sleeve for sore arm tendons, and the posture corrector for proper spinal alignment are great choices for someone trying to rest, recover, and refresh for National Public Health Week! 

Spread the Word

One of the best ways to celebrate National Public Health Week is to spread the word about public health issues. Tell everyone you know that this is the time to make some serious life changes, even if they’re minor!
You can do this by sharing information with your friends and family members, posting on social media, or organizing a public event or presentation. By raising awareness about important public health issues, you can help to promote positive changes in your community. 

Advocate for Public Health Policies

This may seem boring, but advocating for public health is actually quite an interesting endevour. If you’re not sure where to start, you can try contacting your elected officials to express your support for policies that promote public health, such as funding for public health programs or regulations to protect the environment. By advocating for these policies, you can help to create positive change at the local, state, and national levels. It may not mean much coming from just one person, but the more people make their voice heard, the better! 

Support Public Health Organizations

There are thousands of people working in healthcare that keep us healthy and happy - and we don’t even think about it! Places like the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the World Health Organization (WHO), and local health departments all could use some serious support (especially in the current climate). By donating to these organizations or volunteering your time, you can help to support their important work. Yay! 

Take Care of Your Mental Health

SELF! CARE! Don’t neglect it!
This includes taking time to relax and de-stress, seeking support from friends and family members, and seeking professional help if needed. By taking care of your mental health, you can improve your overall well-being and set a positive example for others in your community. Even if that community is your cat or dog. We don’t judge! 

Final Thoughts

By educating yourself, getting involved in your community, making healthy choices, spreading the word, advocating for public health policies, taking care of your mental health, and supporting public health organizations, you can celebrate National Public Health Week and make a positive impact on the health of those around you! We’re pros at health, so don’t forget to check out our website and blog for more health advice, deal delights, and more.