DALLAS, April 5, 2005 – The National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA) has partnered with numerous health care organizations in recognizing National Public Health Week, April 4-10, 2005. This year’s theme is “Empowering Americans to live stronger, longer.” “National Public Health Week is about empowering Americans to live stronger, longer lives,” said NATA President Chuck Kimmel, ATC. “Unfortunately, many older adults often miss opportunities to get the most out of their later years.” According to the American Public Health Association (APHA), only one in three older adults is getting all recommended health screenings. NATA joins APHA in encouraging routine tests on the schedule recommended by a physician. These include screenings for colorectal, breast and prostate cancer, as well as blood pressure, diabetes, glaucoma and osteoporosis. For additional information on National Public Health Week, visit www.nphw.org. NATA’s 23,000 certified athletic trainers (ATC) are advocates for a healthy lifestyle. They are allied health care professionals, skilled in the prevention, assessment, treatment and rehabilitation of injuries and illnesses that occur to athletes and the physically active. In addition to partnering with the American Public Health Association, NATA is also a lead organization with the National Coalition for Promoting Physical Activity, a national organization dedicated to promoting policies and programs that encourage Americans to be physically active.