ST. LOUIS - It's full speed ahead as undergraduate and graduate students in Saint Louis University's School of Public Health kick off National Public Health Week with a 5K run/walk to promote safe and healthy lifestyles. The 5K is one of several SLU events planned for the week of April 2-8 designed to raise awareness about public health issues in the community.
This year's national theme is "Safety is NO Accident" which reminds the community that injuries are preventable. At SLU, students aim to raise awareness about the dangers of texting and driving.
According to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, each year roughly 500,000 people are injured due to texting and driving, and nearly 6,000 people die as a result of distracted driving. Reminding people that injuries are preventable is an important way to promote overall safety in the community.
"Injuries, both unintentional and intentional, are a major threat to the public and often do not receive as much attention as other public health threats," said Katie Radvanyi, MPH candidate and president of the Community Health Association of Students. "Each year, nearly 30 million people in America are hospitalized due to injuries that could have been prevented with simple measures like wearing a seatbelt or wearing a helmet while bike riding."
Undergraduate, master's and Ph.D. students have collaborated together to plan a full week of activities that are open to the entire SLU community. They include:
Public Health Week Highlights
April 2, 9 a.m., Chaifetz Arena
5K Run/Walk - Exercise in a social environment and help raise awareness for injury prevention. Early registration is $15 and can be done online here. Registration on race day is $20.
April 4-8, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m., Busch Student Center
Informational Tables - Public health students will be providing information about texting and driving and encouraging students to sign Oprah's No Phone Zone pledge.
April 5, 12 p.m., Salus Center, Room 1501
Brown Bag Lunch Panel - SLU health professionals will speak on different areas of injury control, including a public health approach to violence prevention and a surgeon's perspective on texting and driving.
April 6, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Salus Center, Ground Floor
Red Cross Blood Drive - Give the gift of life and help the School of Public Health reach its goal to provide 40 units of blood to the American Red Cross. Those interested can register for a slot online here.