Since 1995, the first week in April has been declared National Public Health Week, sponsored by the American Public Health Association. This national campaign was developed to help recognize the contributions of public health and highlight issues that are important to improving the public’s health.

Chronic diseases such as heart disease, cancer and diabetes are responsible for millions of premature deaths every year. Americans miss 2.5 billion days of work because of these illnesses, and all of that lost productivity adds up to more than $1 trillion.

Improving health is all about catching and preventing these illnesses and incidents before they develop. National Public Health Weeks’ theme, A Healthier America Begins Today: Join the Movement, is intended to encourage Americans and their communities to take preventive measures to help improve their lives. Springer Publishing publishes various public health related titles. To view our 2012 Textbook Brochure, click here: http://www.springerpub.com/content/downloads/Public_Health_WEB_Spring_2012.pdf.