APHA and its partners kick off National Public Health Week today, an annual health observance dedicated to celebrating the extraordinary contributions of public health. This year’s theme — “Public Health is ROI: Save Lives, Save Money” — highlights the important return on investments made in public health that prevent disease, save lives and curb health care costs.

“Public health is vital to our well-being, from the food we eat to the air we breathe, from our own personal health to the effectiveness of our nation’s health system,” said Georges Benjamin, MD, executive director of APHA. “National Public Health Week is an exciting opportunity for us to join hundreds of our partners in communities across the country to underscore the value of public health, its positive impact on our lives and the importance of advocating for strong public health systems.”

Each day of NPHW highlights a different role public health plays in our everyday lives:

Monday, April 1: Ensuring a Safe, Healthy Home for Your Family: From groceries to smoke detectors to air filters, public health impacts our safety and well-being at home.

Tuesday, April 2: Providing a Safe Environment for Children at School: From cafeteria choices to emergency preparedness plans, public health keeps kids healthy and safe at school so they can focus on their education.

Wednesday, April 3: Creating a Healthy Workplace: From smoke-free workplace laws to reminders to wash our hands, we can thank public health for a job well done.

Thursday, April 4: Protecting You While You’re on the Move: From policies that promote child safety seat standards to sidewalks and bike paths that connect us to more places, public health moves with us throughout the day.

Friday, April 5: Empowering a Healthy Community: From immunizations to playgrounds to maternal health programs, public health makes every community a healthier, safer place to be.

Also, don’t forget to join APHA’s third annual NPHW Twitter Chat that will take place on Wednesday, April 3 at 2 p.m. EDT. This hour-long chat will cover topics such as workplace wellness, chronic disease prevention, public health research and more. Please include #NPHWchat in your tweets or follow @NPHW for more information.