April 22 through April 28, 2012: Public Health Week

WHEREAS, the Michigan Constitution, Article IV, Section 51 states, "The public health and general welfare of the people of the state are hereby declared to be matters of primary public concern;" and,


WHEREAS, public health plays a key role in creating a healthier Michigan and impacts all areas of our lives; Michigan's public health system is composed of a spectrum of public and private professionals, organizations and government agencies committed to health and wellness efforts that engage every Michigander to increase healthy choices; and,


WHEREAS, reduction and elimination of tobacco, alcohol abuse and use of illicit drugs can be facilitated through early identification of drug and alcohol disorders as well as screening and treating minors; and,


WHEREAS, prevention of many communicable diseases is facilitated by hand washing and proper food preparation, along with immunizations, screening and public education; and,


WHEREAS, mental and emotional well-being are promoted through violence-free homes and schools, positive parenting and communities where economic success is fostered for the unemployed and persons with disabilities; and,


WHEREAS, during this week, we raise awareness of the importance of public health and recognize the many contributions of state and local governments, community-based agencies and partnerships, universities and health associations that make the health and well-being of the people of Michigan a priority each and every day;


NOW, THEREFORE, I, Rick Snyder, governor of Michigan, do hereby proclaim Sunday, April 22 through Saturday, April 28, 2012 as Public Health Week in Michigan.