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The Delaware General Health District (DGHD) kicked off Public Health Week Monday with official recognition by the Delaware County commissioners.

The commissioners unanimously approved a resolution proclaiming it Public Health Week in Delaware County.

“We certainly do want the public to know how important their health is to us, as well as to their families,” DGHD Commissioner Shelia Hiddleson said.

The DGHD provides a range of services to county residents, including immunizations. In 2013, the organization provided 1,842 child immunizations, 519 adult immunizations and 2,268 flu shots.

The organizations also teaches county citizens about food safety and provides routine food inspections.

Each year nationally, food-borne contaminants are responsible for 5,000 deaths, 325,000 hospitalizations, $44 billion in medical costs and lost productivity each year.

The organization has also led the charge to reduce obesity and reduce tobacco use in the county.

The DGHD last month received accreditation, making it just the fourth public health district in Ohio to do so and just the 31st across the country.

“We’re pretty proud of being in that top group of people,” Hiddleson said.

Delaware County was also recently ranked first in the state when it comes to health behaviors.

“We’re very lucky and very fortunate to have such a quality organization in our county,” Commissioner Gary Merrell said.

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