PUBLIC HEALTH

Has the town you live in a free swimming pool?
Can you step out after school and have a couple of hours
on a well kept tennis court?
Is there a good golf course reasonably near,
with convenient trolley service?
Are there plenty of playgrounds,
so that children are off the streets?
If none of these things are to be found,
wouldn’t you like to have them?

It is the business of the state to see
that all public buildings have a certain amount
of light and air to the cubic foot.
It is the business of the state to see that only
a certain number of hours a day
should constitute a day’s work.
It is the business of the state
to see that food and water
can be brought into the community.
It is the business of the state to prevent
spitting in public places;
to prevent the use of common
drinking utensils, towels, etc.;
to insist on the isolation
of contagious diseases.

The state should offer free clinics
where citizens can find out
what is the matter with them.

Do you see what a wonderful power
an intelligent woman can be in the community she lives in?
Women are naturally interested in all that happens to children.
For instance, if the desks in the public schools
are not of the right height and shape,
the children are bound to suffer in their health and hygiene.

Remember that Public Health is simply good housekeeping.

 

Found in the Girl Scout Handbook, 1931

 

 

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