A weeklong national observance of public health contributions and improvements culminated locally in a public health fair this weekend.
The 21st annual Picnic in the Park, put on by the Madera County Health Department, included food, entertainment and a variety of agencies distributing information. About 300 people attended the event at Courthouse Park.
National Public Health Week, celebrated during the first week of April, has been observed for 18 years. The American Public Health Association, which organizes the national campaign, declared the national theme as “Public Health is return on investment: Save Lives, Save Money.” According to its Web site, the theme highlights the value of prevention and the importance of well-supported public health systems, both of which can avert disease, save lives and curb health care spending.
The county health department chose the theme, “Empowering a Healthy Community.”...