County health departments define role
April marks the time when health departments across the state celebrate Public Health Month by disseminating information about the role of Public Health in their communities.
“Many of the activities the health department does on a daily basis often go unnoticed. Most people don’t realize that Public Health infuses itself into many aspects of our day-to-day life by way of our State’s General Statutes,” said Macon County Health Director Jim Bruckner.
In each county, Public Health is:
• Identifying and working to reduce the greatest health risks;
• Detecting, investigating and preventing the spread of communicable diseases, like whooping cough, measles, and tuberculosis;
• Inspecting restaurants and other institutions that provide food or lodging to ensure food is safe to eat and facilities are clean and sanitary;
• Helping families plan for and have the healthiest pregnancies possible, so that all our children are born healthy;
• Helping residents learn how to improve and protect their health and the health of their families.
Macon County Public Health will be celebrating Public Health Month with a variety of activities. The health department’s Healthy Carolinians coalition will sponsor a new community- wide walking program called “Leading the Way to Wellness.” This walking program will feature local elected officials as leaders of fitness walks that will be happening on a regular basis throughout our community.
In Franklin, a kick-off event will be held Saturday, April 26, at 8:30 a.m. at Franklin Town Hall. The event will feature a registration for the upcoming walks, free pedometers, a group walk in downtown Franklin, and the chance for door prizes. After the event, residents are invited to join their town and county leaders for group fitness walks throughout the Franklin area during the coming weeks. In Franklin, Commissioner Kevin Corbin and County Manager Derek Roland will lead walks on the Greenway. Mayor Bob Scott and Alderman Barbara McRae will lead walks in downtown Franklin, and Aldermen Patti Abel and Joyce Handley will lead walks at the community building.
Also during April, Macon County Public Health will be recognizing its 5th Annual Public Health Hero. This award is presented every year to a community volunteer who has made an exceptional contribution to promoting public health during the year. The ceremony will take place at the April 29 Board of Health meeting. Bruckner encourages and invites interested county residents to attend this and all meetings of the Macon County Board of Health to learn more about public health policy in Macon County.
Macon County Public Health staff have been working with and serving the public health needs of Macon residents for years; providing clinical, laboratory, environmental, dental, and health education programs that are critical to the well-being of the community. To learn more about Macon County Public Health’s services visit us a www.maconnc.org or like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/MaconPublicHealth.