National Public Health Week

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ST. LOUIS, MO

(KTVI)-- It's national public health week in St. Louis, free services will be offered from 10am to 1pm all week. Various organizations will be on hand at the Abrams Building lobby each day giving demonstrations and information on issues ranging from healthy living and eating to mental well-being and disaster preparedness. It’s the 17th year of the event.

"We find it’s a good mix of not only community members and people not really knowing about the different public health concerns and issues," said Melissa Ramel of St. Louis Public Health.

Rodney Watts, with Smoke Free St. Louis Kids, was on hand to give out information how to stop smoking. He says his program is the only free smoking cessation program in the city. He says more than 100 people successfully completed the program since it started in 2011. They also help with services for those with asthma.

"We teach them about patterns through triggers so they know why they smoke," said Watts. "Absolutely free to the public we also provide daycare assistance and bus transportation for those who can't afford to come on their own."

So far over 50 people have stopped by to check out the booths and the city is hoping those numbers will grow. The event will last until April 6th.