Host an NPHW Event

Join the movement to create the Healthiest Nation in One Generation by hosting an NPHW event to bring your family, friends, co-workers and community members together! Whether in local schools, workplaces or community centers, there are many ways to get your community involved in NPHW!

HOST A WORKOUT CLASS

Partner with a local gym or community center to host a workout class to get people moving and learn about NPHW. This can be done at non-profit facilities such as the YMCA, local for-profit gyms or in a rented recreation center or park space.

Tips for success:

  • Choose a fun workout class that gets people moving! Zumba, indoor cycling and kickboxing are exciting, group-based workouts that can help bring your community together.
  • SWAG! Distribute water bottles, sweatbands or T-shirts emblazoned with your organization's logo. Don't forget NPHW brochures and materials!

INVITE SCHOOL SPEAKERS

It's important to engage all members of the community in NPHW, especially students! Host a school assembly and invited local champions of public health to discuss local public health issues, ways to get involved and insights about new advancements.

Tips for success:

  • Invite experts! Whether they are local doctors, community leaders, members of Congress or storytellers of firsthand accounts of public health efforts, it is important to exhibit all the ways public health touches the community.
  • Engage the audience! Distribute prizes such as water bottles, stickers or key chains to people who answer trivia questions. Consider poster contests and art displays for students' work incorporating NPHW and promoting community health.
  • Tap into the media! When inviting local leaders such as elected officials, work with press secretaries, local newspapers and social media to spread the word before and after the event.

GATHER AROUND A COMMUNAL TABLE

Whether with family, friends or co-workers, gathering around a table for a meal is a great way to share ideas about healthy lifestyles and promote NPHW.

Tips for success:

  • Host a potluck meal where everyone brings a dish to promote the sharing of ideas and stories of healthy lifestyles.
  • Partner with a local farmer or restaurant to host a dinner made up of locally sourced foods.
  • Invite health professionals ranging from doctors, to local leaders, policymakers and other members of the community to share best practices and exchange ideas for creating healthy habits in homes and workplaces.

HOST A TABLE AT A FARMERS MARKET

Having a table at your local farmers market or a location with a health-related mission is an opportunity to engage people with information about NPHW and healthy lifestyles. It's a great way to strike up conversations, distribute materials and educate people about NPHW and public health.

Tips for success:

  • Use eye-catching posters and decorative balloons and banners that entice people to visit.
  • SWAG! Hand out free snacks, pens, water bottles and other health-related memorabilia.
  • Use fun activities and trivia to get families and children talking about NPHW. Some quick activities: spin the wheel; darts; or a bean-bag toss. Each landing space can represent a different NPHW topic and give participants a chance to test their knowledge to earn prizes.

OTHER HELPFUL TIPS

  • Tap into social media: Share pictures and tweets with the hashtag #NPHW before and after the event to promote and share its success!
  • Create partnerships: Partner with a local health-oriented organization to sponsor events. Local health-conscious restaurants, exercise facilities and food companies are a great place to start and can provide snacks and samples to promote their products and healthy practices during events.
  • Sign the Healthiest Nation Pledge: Have local leaders, community members and NPHW participants sign the pledge at every event: http://apha.informz.net/apha/pages/GPH_Pledge

PUBLICIZE YOUR NPHW EVENT  

Publicize your NPHW events by completing a calendar event form at www.nphw.org/events/submit-an-event, and check out what else is going on in your community and throughout the nation. 

View this year's NPHW calendar at www.nphw.org/events.

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