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NMSU celebrates National Public Health Week April 4-10

New Mexico State University’s Department of Public Health Sciences will begin the celebration of National Public Health Week, Monday, April 4, with two on-campus activities. The weeklong event is set for April 4-10.

From 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., undergraduate public health students in the Community Health Education class will host an information table to promote this year’s national theme of Healthiest Nation 2030 at Corbett Center Student Union. Students will have campus maps with the water bottle filling stations listed to encourage the NMSU community to fill up their bottles and drink less sugary drinks.

“It is significant to start the conversation for health with our campus community—students, staff and faculty,” said Cindy Kratzke, public health sciences associate professor. “We also build a healthier county with our partners. It’s all about collaboration. We invite the awardees to campus to build that bridge between students, campus and communities. The students are our future health leaders in our county.”

At 2 p.m. the Public Health Heroes Award celebration will recognize two outstanding local Public Health Heroes, Travis Leyva, New Mexico Department of Health, and La Clinica de Familia–Healthy Start, at the Health and Social Services Building Room 320. U.S. Sen. Tom Udall also will be honored as a co-sponsor of the 2016 National Public Health Week resolution. The students selected the honorees, and Joe Tomaka, interim department head, will present the awards.

For more information on National Public Health Week visit www.nphw.org or contact the NMSU Department of Public Health Sciences at 575-646-4300.