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Policy Corner: Wellness Week — ACSM Partners with the World Bank and PAHO/WHO

ACSM, The World Bank and the Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization will sponsor a policy forum on September 21 titled “ACTIVE CITIES: Transforming Communities for Smart Growth and Health.” The forum will feature top leaders and researchers from across North and South America discussing the Multi-sector Role of Government in Promoting Active Cities as well as best practices and stories from the field. Look for a recap of the forum in next week’s Policy Corner.

Wellness Week, originated in 2010 by the Pan American Health Organization and the World Health Organization, is recognized this week, September 17-23. Activities in numerous countries will emphasize the importance of the built and natural environment and socioeconomic conditions that modify risk factors for NCDs, and will seek to reverse health inequities among vulnerable populations and promote prevention and active living in the Americas. Each day of the week has a different area of emphasis for wellness. View the list here.

ACSM has created an online toolkit with background information about Wellness Week and resources such as a draft news release and letter to the editor. Advocates for wellness as a public health strategy are encouraged to download and use the toolkit. There is also a great deal of information about wellness and Wellness Week on the website of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, which is part of the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services. more

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