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Celebrate National Public Health Week

By Florida Department of Health, Office of Communications

April 06, 2015

April 6, 2015

Contact: Communications Office
(850) 245-4111

~ Free family friendly events encourage Floridians to get healthy ~

TALLAHASSEE—April 6–12 is National Public Health Week 2015. Florida's public health community is rallying around the national goal of showing the world how individuals, families and communities are committed to making the U.S. the Healthiest Nation in One Generation—by 2030.

As part of National Public Health Week, the Florida Department of Health is encouraging all Floridians to make healthier choices and incorporate exercise as part of their daily routines to help combat obesity, reduce risk of disease and improve overall health.

The department is holding multiple free public events across the state encouraging families to practice healthy living.

WHAT:National Public Health Week Events
WHEN:Monday April 6, 2015
7:30 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Thursday, April 11, 2015
7:30 a.m. – 2 p.m.
WHERE:Florida Capitol, third-floor rotunda

Free vitals checks (blood pressure, weight, BMI) will be available at both events. There will also be an interactive, on-screen licensing search portal available for attendees to verify the license and disciplinary history of any healthcare professional or facility license in the state of Florida.

WHAT:Family Health Day
WHEN:Saturday, April 11, 2015
8 a.m. – 3 p.m.
WHERE:Florida Capitol Courtyard

The Family Health Day walk begins at 8 a.m. with State Surgeon General and Secretary of Health Dr. John Armstrong leading walkers from the Capitol Courtyard to the Governor's Mansion and returning to the event. At 9 a.m. Dr. Armstrong will read to children during story time, accompanied by special guest SunnyBell the Cow, who will be distributing free books provided by the Dairy Council of Florida. Family Health Day also includes cooking and fitness demonstrations, dance demonstrations including an appearance by The Safari Man, health and wellness screenings, souvenir photos, door prizes, promotional giveaways, and more.

Check with your local county health department for details on other events happening across the state.

For more information about the Family Health Day event, visit Florida Historic Capitol's website at


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