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You all are familiar with at least one of these well-known health awareness observances. But did you know the calendar is full of special months, weeks, and days that raise awareness for a variety of important health issues and conditions?
Here we focus more on the awareness of chronic or non-communicable diseases
Awareness months, weeks, and days are important because they allow people with certain health conditions, along with their loved ones, advocacy organizations, and support groups, to rally around GoBliss for a common cause: health. Educational, fundraising, and support events are often held during these times.
Here is a calendar of major GoBliss health awareness months, weeks, and days:
January
National Birth Defects Prevention Month
National Glaucoma Awareness Month
National Radon Action Month
National Winter Sports TBI Awareness Month
Thyroid Awareness Month
3 – 9 National Folic Acid Awareness Week
25 – 31 National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week
 
American Heart Month
1 – 7 African Heritage & Health Week
4 World Cancer Day
5 National Wear Red Day
7 – 14 Congenital Heart Defect Awareness Week
14 National Donor Day
21 – 27 National Eating Disorder Screening Program ®
March
National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month
National Endometriosis Awareness Month
National Kidney Month
National Nutrition Month ®
6 – 13 National Sleep Awareness Week ®
7 – 11 National School Breakfast Week
10 World Kidney Day
14 – 20 Brain Awareness Week
15 – 21 National Poison Prevention Week
22 American Diabetes Alert Day
April
Alcohol Awareness Month
Irritable Bowel Syndrome Awareness Month
National Donate Life Month
National Interprofessional Health Care Month
National Minority Health Month
Occupational Therapy Month
Oral Cancer Awareness Month
Testicular Cancer Awareness Month
7 National Alcohol Screening Day ®
7 World Health Day
25 – 29 Air Quality Awareness Week
 
May
Arthritis Awareness Month
Food Allergy Action Month
Global Employee Health and Fitness Month
Melanoma/Skin Cancer Detection and Prevention Month ®
Mental Health Month
National Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month
National Osteoporosis Awareness and Prevention Month
National Physical Fitness and Sports Month
National Stroke Awareness Month
Ultraviolet Awareness Month
1 – 7 Children’s Mental Health Awareness Week
1 – 7 National Physical Education & Sport Week
1 – 7 North American Occupational Safety and Health Week
4 National Bike to School Day
8 – 14 National Alcohol- and Other Drug-Related Birth Defects Awareness Week
8 – 14 National Women’s Health Week
12 – 16 National Neuropathy Awareness Week
20 World Autoimmune Arthritis Day
23 – 29 Healthy and Safe Swimming Week
25 National Senior Health & Fitness Day ®
27 Don’t Fry Day
31 World No Tobacco Day
June
Alzheimer’s & Brain Awareness Month
Cataract Awareness Month
Men’s Health Month
National Safety Month
5 National Cancer Survivors Day ®
13 – 19 Men’s Health Week
 
July
Cord Blood Awareness Month
Juvenile Arthritis Awareness Month
August
Gastroparesis Awareness Month
National Breastfeeding Month
Psoriasis Awareness Month
1 – 7 World Breastfeeding Week
22 – 26 Contact Lens Health Week
 
September
Childhood Cancer Awareness Month
Fruits & Veggies—More Matters ® Month
Healthy Aging ® Month
National Atrial Fibrillation Awareness Month
National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month
National Food Safety Education Month
National ITP Awareness Month
National Preparedness Month
National Recovery Month
National Sickle Cell Month
National Traumatic Brain Injury Awareness Month
National Yoga Awareness Month
Newborn Screening Awareness Month
Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month
Pain Awareness Month
Prostate Cancer Awareness Month
Sepsis Awareness Month
Sports Eye Safety Month
Whole Grains Month
World Alzheimer’s Month
5 – 11 National Suicide Prevention Week
10 World Suicide Prevention Day
13 National Celiac Disease Awareness Day
18 – 24 National Farm Safety & Health Week
20 Get Ready Day
21 National School Backpack Awareness Day
22 Falls Prevention Awareness Day
24 Family Health & Fitness Day USA ®
26 – 30 Malnutrition Awareness Week™
28 National Women’s Health & Fitness Day
29 World Heart Day
30 Sport Purple for Platelets Day
October
Eye Injury Prevention Month
Health Literacy Month
National Breast Cancer Awareness Month
National Bullying Prevention Month
National Dental Hygiene Month
National Medical Librarians Month
National Physical Therapy Month
Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) Awareness Month
2 – 8 Mental Illness Awareness Week
3 – 7 National Primary Care Week
5 International Walk to School Day
6 National Depression Screening Day ®
12 – 20 Bone and Joint Health Action Week
13 Metastatic Breast Cancer Awareness Day
16 World Food Day
17 – 21 National Health Education Week
23 – 31 Red Ribbon Week
23 – 29 Respiratory Care Week
November
American Diabetes Month
COPD Awareness Month
Diabetic Eye Disease Month
Lung Cancer Awareness Month
National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month
National Healthy Skin Month
National Hospice Palliative Care Month
National Stomach Cancer Awareness Month
17 Great American Smokeout
19 International Survivors of Suicide Day
20 – 26 Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease Awareness Week
24 National Family Health History Day
December
Safe Toys and Gifts Month

 

 

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