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Health DepartmentRecognizes National Public Health Week

Numbers on obesity and child abuse are released by the Springfield/Greene County Department of Health. Mike Smith has the story:

The Springfield/Greene County Health Department kicked off National Public Health Week by recognizing several organizations that have worked diligently in the past year to improve public health, and by releasing the annual Community Health Report Card.

The theme for National Public Health Week is "Getting in Shape for the Future; Healthy Eating and Active Living" It's a message Departments of Health across the country want to promote with special emphasis following a CDC study showing approximately two-thirds of all Americans are overweight or obese, and a 300 percent increase since 1980 in the number of overweight children. Mary Ellison is the Public Health Educator with the Springfield/Greene County Health Department, she says

This years Community Health Report Card ahs a special focus on obesity: (Audio: Mary Ellison)

Ellison says the Community Health Report Card also focuses on probable cause child abuse and neglect, and the numbers are not encouraging. Again this year, Greene County leads the state in the number of child abuse and neglect cases investigated: (Audio: Mary Ellison)

The Community Health Report Card is designed to provide citizens, decision makers, and health professionals with timely information on public health trends in our community.

At a special ceremony Monday April 8th, Springfield Mayor Tom Carlson presented to representatives from Wal Mart, the Springfield/Greene County Park Board, the Community Partnership of the Ozarks, and Ozark Greenways, special Awards for their outstanding participation in advancing public health.

Reporting for KSMU, I'm Mike Smith.