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Date:4/3/2008

Theme for Public Health Week in Los Angeles Focuses on the Impact of the

Environment on Public Health

LOS ANGELES, April 3, 2008 /PRNewswire/ - The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health kicked off National Public Health Week today with a press conference held outside the Kenneth Hahn Hall of Administration. The theme for LA County this year is "Healthy People: Healthy Planet - Climate Change in LA". It focuses on the impact of climate change on health and how to make positive changes that benefit the environment and the individual.

"Los Angeles County has witnessed firsthand the connection between climate change and public health," said Jonathan E. Fielding, MD, MPH, Director of Public Health and Health Officer. "This was most recently seen by the fires last fall. People with respiratory illnesses, such as asthma, were at greater risk of health problems related to the smoke and ash in the air. Public Health responded by issuing air quality alerts that warned sensitive individuals to stay inside to protect their health."

Climate change may cause extreme weather events and changes in rainfall that increase the risk of infectious diseases, food and water-borne illnesses, and respiratory illnesses related to air pollution. Children, the elderly, the poor, and those with chronic health conditions are considered the most susceptible to the negative health impacts of climate change.

"Responding to climate change can be as simple as using the three R's -- reduce, reuse and recycle," said Dr. Fielding. "Reduce your use of fuel and power by taking public transportation or walking to save money on gas and save the environment from harmful emissions, and use less electricity. Reuse materials that can be reused, such as paper products and plastic bags. And recycle as much as you can, including newspapers, bottles, and cans."

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