NEWINGTON - If local health officials had their own holiday, it would be this week.
The Central Connecticut Health District is inviting residents to join in celebrating National Health Week with games, speakers, education and collaboration.
The CCHD kicks off the festivities with a Public Health Game Night today from 6 to 9 p.m.
Your Friendly Neighborhood Tabletop Shop at 741 New Britain Ave. will host a session of Pandemic, a game that pits teams to find a cure for emergent infections threatening regions around the world. CCHD staff, community members, and real public health officials from across the state will work to stop the spread of these pretend diseases in honor of National Communicable Disease Day.
Participants will be eligible for door prizes and successful teams will take home their own Pandemic games. Then on Wednesday, April 4, is a chance to learn about drug abuse and addiction from people who have lived through it. The CCHD will collaborate with Newington’s Department of Human Services and the Newington Youth-Adult Council to host a Prescription Drug Abuse Seminar at Newington High School from 6 to 8 p.m.
On Thursday, April 5, the Capitol Region Council of Governments will embrace environmental health with a Complete Streets Active Transportation Workshop. This will be an open discussion about adapting streets for multi-modal transportation, to accommodate cyclists, pedestrians and transit riders alongside motorists.
The meeting will be held at Newington Town Hall, 131 Cedar St., from 6 to 7:30 p.m. in the auditorium.
The American Public Health Association has facilitated NPHW for over 20 years, educating the public, policy makers, and practitioners about public health strategies, practices and prevention. This year’s campaign is ‘Healthiest Nation 2030: Changing Our Future Together.’
The Newington Town Council recognized National Health Week at its meeting Tuesday night, presenting CCHD volunteers with a proclamation.
“I encourage all our citizens to join me in this celebration, acknowledging the critical role of public health in prevention and in helping individuals and communities to achieve and maintain good health,” Mayor Roy Zartarian read.
Erica Drzewiecki can be reached at 860-801-5097, @schmittnbh or firstname.lastname@example.org.