Health is the topic next week

WEST CHESTER The Chester County Health Department is recognizing next week as National Public Health Week by hosting health-themed events throughout the county.

Communities across the country are rallying to make the United States "the healthiest nation in one generation - by 2030," which is the theme of this year's National Public Health Week. The American Public Health Association developed the national campaign to educate people about improving the health of communities.

Partnering with the county's library and Department of Drug and Alcohol Services, the county's health department is hosting two screenings of The Anonymous People, a documentary about addiction. Screenings will start at 6 p.m. Monday and Tuesday at the Henrietta Hankin Library.

The health department, working with the Chester County Library, will also participate in Books to Action, a health literacy initiative. Residents are being encouraged to read Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life by Barbara Kingsolver. Opportunities to garden and attend food demonstrations will be available throughout the spring and summer. Events are listed on the library's calendar.

The health department also plans to help Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts earn health-related badges and educate middle school students in the West Chester Area School District about health and safety. - Michaelle Bond