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In celebration of National Public Health Week from April 1-7, the City of El Paso’s Department of Public Health (DPH) is hosting a weeklong event aimed at educating the community, recognizing the contributions of public health and highlighting important issues for improving public health nationwide. This year’s theme, “Protecting, Connecting and Thriving: We Are All Public Health,” emphasizes the importance of individual contributions to community and planetary health.

Throughout the week, DPH will be hosting various events in El Paso that aim to engage the community in activities that promote biodiversity, climate change resilience, use of innovative tools in public health and preparedness for emergencies. On Tuesday, they organized walks across the city to promote healthy neighborhoods. They held a Doggie Walk at Joey Barraza and Vino Memorial Park and a Glow Walk at Vista del Valle Park, with activities and raffles.

The schedule for the rest of the week includes a Franklin Mountains Trail Clean up on Wednesday, educational topics for senior citizens at the Fabens Senior Center on Thursday, a Sexual Reproductive Health presentation at the Pride Center on Friday and an Emergency Preparedness Carnival at Armijo Library on Saturday. These events are designed to educate people about different aspects of public health and encourage them to take action towards improving their own health as well as that of their communities.

Interested individuals can visit the DPH website at EPHealth.com to get more information about these events and how to get involved in promoting public health in El Paso. By staying informed and connected through daily stories from the community via email or social media platforms like Facebook or Twitter, everyone can contribute towards making El Paso a healthier place to live in.

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