NPHW_(2)It’s that time of year again where we celebrate the remarkable role public health plays in improving people’s lives and the health of our communities.

This year’s National Public Health Week is themed “Healthiest Nation 2030” and focuses on growing the movement to create the healthiest nation in one generation. We’re celebrating the power of prevention, advocating for healthy and fair policies, sharing strategies for successful partnerships and championing the role of a strong public health system.

Wondering how you can participate and show your support? See our roundup of some National Public Health Week highlights below.

Kicking off the national observance, APHA is hosting a forum — “Working Across Sectors to Create the Healthiest Nation” — that will be webcast today at 1 p.m. ET. APHA President Tom Quade will moderate a panel with diverse perspectives from a variety of sectors, including health and human services, law enforcement and the business and faith communities.

Looking for something local? Hundreds of activities are planned across the country. From a kickoff walk with the mayor of Nashua, New Hampshire, and a healthy cooking demonstration by St. Louis University to outdoor yoga at Eastern Washington University and an informational display at city hall in Austin, Texas, there are many opportunities going on all week and beyond to engage the public in public health.

Excited to share the news with your tweeps? Our annual National Public Health Week Twitter Chat is set for Wednesday, April 5, at 2 p.m. ET. Join the conversation and follow along using the #NPHWchat hashtag. RSVP and let us know you’ll be joining!

Want to step up your public health game? We’re in the last week of our 1 Billion Steps Challenge. Show your commitment to healthy lives by joining our challenge and walking your way to better health. Help us reach our goal and tell us your story on social media by using the #1BillionSteps hashtag.

Learn more about the week and how you can get involved at www.nphw.org.