In celebration of Public Health Week, La Paz County Health Department is hosting the first annual Health and Wellness Expo, April 6th at Western Park. Health and wellness partners from the southwest area will be raffling off prizes, conducting screenings and passing out information on health and wellness services offered in the community. Residents and visitors are encouraged to join in the celebration on April 6th, at the Western Park in Parker, 10am-1pm. “This event is designed to introduce residents and visitors to services they might not know exist in La Paz County,” said Marion Shontz, Director of the La Paz County Health Department.
Every year in the United States, seven out of 10 deaths are due to preventable chronic diseases such as diabetes and heart disease. In fact, chronic diseases account for a whopping 75 percent of national health care spending, yet only 3 percent of our health care dollars go toward prevention. Here in La Paz County, many of our residents are living with a costly and potentially life-threatening chronic illness. Prevention activities, like the health and wellness expo, help people make the connections they need to manage those diseases.
The expo will be a part of the American Public Health Association’s annual celebration of the role of public health and prevention in our communities. Since 1995, communities nationwide have celebrated NPHW each April to draw attention to the need to help protect and improve the nation’s health. For more information on public health efforts in La Paz County, visit lpchd.com or follow us on Facebook at facebook.com/lapazcounty.healthdepartment