From April 3-9 this year,
West Hills Hospital joins other medical centers and healthcare organizations around the country
in celebrating National Public Health Week. This year, the public awareness
campaign is continuing its theme of working toward making America the
“Healthiest Nation” by 2030. If it’s been a while since
you’ve been to the hospital, consider making an appointment for
a check-up with your family physician. Your doctor can help you understand
your current health status and work toward improving it.
Vaccinating all children
Vaccines are an inextricable part of a strong public health system. Pediatricians
agree that vaccinating children is one of the safest and most effective
ways to save lives, prevent the discomfort of serious illnesses and build
As part of National Public Health Week, the Centers for Disease Control
and Prevention has put the
spotlight on the Vaccines for Children Program. This nationwide program provides no-cost vaccines for eligible children.
Improving access to healthy food
National Public Health Week recognizes the importance of improving access
to nutritious foods for all families. It highlights the necessity of building
a robust food system that gives families access to affordable, nutritious
foods that are free from unsafe contaminants. Organizations that recognize
National Public Health Week have called for:
- Eliminating food deserts
- Improving school nutrition policies
- Developing stronger nutrition policies
Stamping out cigarettes
Cigarettes are widely recognized as one of the most serious threats to
public health. Smoking cigarettes doesn’t only harm the smoker.
Tobacco smoke harms everyone near the smoker, and it’s thought that
tobacco residue left on surfaces can cause health problems long after
the cigarette has been extinguished.
If you smoke and you’re ready to quit, your family physician can
give you the support and resources you need. You can also ask your loved
ones for their support while you work toward a healthier you.
West Hills Hospital is an award-winning, state-of-the-art hospital with
a firm commitment to uncompromising
patient care and safety. We continually strive for healthcare excellence in all that
we do, and we learn directly from our patients about how we can serve
the West Hills community better. Call a registered nurse at (818) 676-4321
or explore our website for information about our hospital services, including
Cancer Care, Grossman Burn Center and maternity healthcare.