50 Ways to Celebrate National Public Health Week

posted Mar 21, 2012, 8:56 AM by Todd Fox   [ updated Sep 24, 2016, 8:10 AM ]

...NPHW Ideas or Ways to Support another Health Campaign

National Public Health Week is a great way to get your students, employees, coworkers, family members and others involved with better health and safety!  Every organization (regardless of whether it is a school, health organization, food service, corporate office, etc.) can benefit from a hygiene or infection control activity, game or reminder. 
The activity does not have to be complex or expensive.  Just a poster, mass email or something small can have an impact on the health levels.  See the 50+ ideas below that may help you celebrate.  Since we are a hygiene and infection control company, most of the ideas are geared accordingly.

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Don't see ideas that can work for your organization or have questions on the implementation of any of the listed ideas?  We directly consult with businesses on a normal basis and can do the same for your organization. We are offering our consultations at no cost for the two weeks leading up to National Public Health Week (1st week of April each year). Contact us at info@OUTFOXprevention.com for information.

National Public Health Week creates great results and has applicable themes each year. Check out their site for this year's theme (www.NPHW.org) or check out updates on www.OUTFOXprevention.com. Enjoy!

The following is a working list and not comprehensive. Enjoy the ideas! 50 Ways to Celebrate Health Week:


-Create a flyer about good hygiene (hand washing, nutrition, etc.) and post around your city

·         -Have HR/Principal/President send out an email about public health stating the need to focus on health for the week

·         -Volunteer to help clean up at a local shelter

·         -Hold a cleaning competition

·         -Set up a health promotion table in a high traffic area in your organization, local school or park/square

·         -Create a bulletin board that allows people to post hygiene thoughts and quotes
       -Highlight a specific health practice on a large poster and post in a high traffic area

·         -Make or purchase hand washing signs and place them on bathroom mirrors

·         -Use glitter to represent germs in a hand washing demonstration

·         -Buy a Glo Germ system (fluorescent simulation germs and UV black light)

o    -Apply to the hands of students and employees to see how well they wash their hands

o    -Apply powder or gel to door handles or other areas to show how germs spread

o    -Apply simulation germs on two identical areas and see which area can be cleaned best from two teams

·         -Have your vents or air systems cleaned to help eliminate airborne pathogens in your building(s)

·         -Put central hand sanitizer stations throughout the organization

·         -Give each student or employee a personal hand sanitizer

·         -Exhibit for your organization at a health fair already being conducted in your area

·         -Distribute flyers for a local health fair (to students, employee mailboxes, door to door, etc.)

·         -Allow students or employees time off to attend a health fair

·         -Buy fruit and put it in your lunch or break room


                     -Hang a nutrition poster in the lunch or break room

·         -Conduct an oral hygiene lesson with the color packets to show where germs/plaque remain

·         -Depending on numbers, purchase new toothbrushes for organization members

·         -Make or buy a T-shirt with a health message on it to wear during the week and afterward

·         -Post a health message on your organization's Facebook

·         -Post a health message on your personal Facebook

·         -Write a small blog on the importance of health, hygiene, infection control, nutrition, safety or other related topic for your followers

·         -Post a link to a health website or blog on your Twitter (We don’t mind if you use our J Hygiene Blog)

·         -Find a great health article and send it to your email lists with a National Public Health Week message

·         -Avoid unhealthy restaurants and move luncheons to healthier locations for the week

·         -Change menus or vending machine offerings to healthier alternatives

·         -Create a picture board and fill it full of pictures of students or employees doing healthy activities

·         -Pass out sanitizing wipes and have students and employees wipe their desks, pens, computers, phones and other areas down (immediately)

·         -Get a group together to go on a walk for lunch (or do a physical activity as a group for schools)

·         -Conduct a health and safety assessment for your organization

·         -Grade each department or class based on health standards, hygiene standards, etc.

·         -Invite a local professional to talk about relevant topics

o    -Invite a fireman to talk about fire safety and what to do during a fire

o    -Invite an emergency preparedness expert to talk about potential local disasters

o    -invite a nurse or local health professional to talk about illness prevention

o    -Invite a dentist or dental hygienist to talk about oral hygiene

o    -Invite a nutritionist to talk about nutrition, vitamins and other food topics

o    -Invite a health inspector to talk about food safety at home, work or play

·         -Donate, collect or solicit hygiene supplies to give to charities

·         -Organize or join a group that is assembling hygiene or health kits for struggling areas or international populations

·         -Change marquee signs (if you have access at your organization) with witty, funny or applicable messages about health, hygiene and infection control


              -Buy, make or print hygiene posters and post at school, work or at home

·         -Update bathrooms to ensure soap, towels, properly placed garbage cans and so forth are in order for optimal health standards

·         -Reiterate, refine and distribute the organization's sick leave policy so individuals know that it is appropriate to stay home when ill to not spread the associated germs

·         -Collaborate with a local gym for discounts that can become available to students and employees

·         -Plan a sports day/hour or something similar at a local community center to promote health and build team unity

·         Contract with a massage therapist to do chair massages for your students or employees

·         -Is this 50+? Maybe... We're just trying to find something that resonates with you and your organization!


National Public Health Week can be a great opportunity to increase efforts for better hygiene standards in your organization. Since it is nationally recognized, you should be able to garner more support and possibly more resources. However, many of our ideas require little money, but they can be done by almost anyone. If you have ideas to add (new, creative, proven, etc.) please send them! Send them to info@OUTFOXprevention.com. Thanks in advance for your help!

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