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Monday, April 2, 2012

Nashua’s observance of Public Health Week starts Monday; Get out and get fit!

NASHUA – The city’s third annual observance of National Public Health Week kicks off Monday afternoon at 4, with raffles, giveaways, healthy refreshments and other attractions highlighting a free event at the Nashua YMCA on Stadium Drive.

“A Healthier America Begins Today: Join the Movement” is the theme of this year’s weeklong calendar, which runs through Sunday, April 8, and features a wide variety of events and workshops designed to educate and empower members of the community to take control of their lifestyles and take steps to lead healthier lives, according to Kerran Vigroux, director of the city Division of Public Health & Community Services.

“We are excited for National Public Health Week to start,” Vigroux said. “Our goal is to educate the community to adopt healthy behaviors for themselves, their children and their families.”

More than 17 local agencies and programs are participating this year, including Southern New Hampshire Medical Center, St. Joseph Hospital and United Way of Greater Nashua. Activities include dance classes at the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Nashua, a stress management class at the Holistic Self Care Center and an anti-bullying workshop presented by Miss Gate City, Jessica Avelar.

Health program specialist Corinn Dembkoski said even small lifestyle changes can add up and pay significant dividends down the road. For instance, eating less fatty and unhealthy foods and taking advantage of tobacco cessation services that not only improve one’s health but help cut down on second-hand smoke are two big ways to make a difference.

“We need to recognize that improving … health can be done with small changes to our daily routine,” Dembkoski said. “We can all make a difference in helping people live healthier lives.”

Mayor Donnalee Lozeau will speak at Monday’s kick-off event, after which attendees can take part in a free sample Zumba class or join in a walk through Mine Falls Park.

A full schedule of activities and events planned for this week is listed at or Scroll to “city announcements” and click on “National Public Health Week 2012.”

For more information, contact the Division of Public Health and Community Services at 589-4560.