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National Public Health Week

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Five Days to Health

April 6-12 is National Public Health Week. This year VA challenges you to take the Five Days to Health challenge. Each day brings a new focus to help build a healthier you, one step at a time. Here is the challenge:

  • Monday: Get Vaccinated
    Make sure you are up-to-date on your immunizations. Talk to your provider to learn which vaccinations you may need, including hepatitis A and B, pneumococcal, MMR, and shingles.
  • Tuesday: Quit Smoking
    Make a plan to quit smoking for good—quitting will help you live a longer, healthier life, with more time to spend with family and friends. VA has resources to help you quit:
  • Wednesday: Get Tested for HIV & Hepatitis C
    Know your status. Talk to your provider or make an appointment today, and say yes to the test.
  • Thursday: Develop Healthy Habits
    Washing your hands, eating balanced meals, and exercising regularly help to prevent infections and protect your health long term. Today, start small. Try taking the stairs instead of the elevator or walk around the block after lunch. Over time, turn these actions into habits for your health.
  • Friday: Enroll in Health Care
    VA encourages all Veterans to access health care benefits. But first, you need to enroll. Find out if you’re eligible and enroll today.

Share Your Story

Throughout the week, tell us what you are doing to stay healthy by sharing your experiences on Facebook and Twitter. Be sure to use the hashtag #NationalPublicHealthWeek and tag VHA Facebook and Twitter profiles in your posts.

Be Informed

A key part of taking charge of your health care is being informed, so you can actively participate when making decisions about your health. VA has resources to help you become, and stay, an informed health care consumer.

National Public Health Week is sponsored by the American Public Health Association.