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November 2012 |  [Top]

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American Diabetes Month

Recent estimates project that as many as one in three American adults will have diabetes in 2050, and an additional 79 million Americans are at high risk for developing type 2 diabetes. The American Diabetes Association estimates that the total national cost of diagnosed diabetes in the United States is $174 billion. Further published studies suggest that when additional costs for gestational diabetes, prediabetes and undiagnosed diabetes are included, the total diabetes-related costs in the U.S. could exceed $218 billion.
Phone: (800) DIABETES (342-2383)
Email:
[email protected]
Website:
www.diabetes.org/in-my-community/programs/american-diabetes-month/ 

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COPD Awareness Month
Up to 24 million Americans show impaired lung function, which is common among those with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), the third leading cause of death in the United States. It�s a staggering number, made more so by the fact that only about half of them have been diagnosed. More than 12 million Americans have been diagnosed with COPD, while an estimated 12 million more have it, but have not been diagnosed. Phone: (800) 548-8252 Email: [email protected]
Website: www.lung.org/about-us/our-impact/top-sto ries/november-is-copd-awareness-1.html

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Diabetic Eye Disease Month
Prevent Blindness America 211 West Wacker Drive, Suite 1700 Chicago, IL 60606 Phone: (800) 331-2020 Email: [email protected] Website: www.preventblindness.org/2013-prevent-bl indness-america-eye-health-and-safety-ob servance-calendar
 

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Lung Cancer Awareness Month
November is officially Lung Cancer Awareness Month. This all started as Lung Cancer Awareness Day way back in 1995. As the lung cancer community and the lung cancer movement grew, the awareness activities increased and grew into Lung Cancer Awareness Month. Phone: (202) 463-2080 Email: [email protected]
Website: www.lungcanceralliance.org/get-involved/ help-raise-awareness/lung-cancer-awarene ss-month.html

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National Stomach Cancer Awareness Month
�Stomach cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death worldwide,� said Karen Chelcun Schreiber, president of the board of directors of No Stomach For Cancer, Inc., a nonprofit organization that was founded by the Chelcun family after suffering several losses from stomach cancer. The family discovered that they had a rare genetic trait that predisposed them to a deadly type of the disease. Phone: (608) 335-0241 Email: [email protected]
Website: www.nostomachforcancer.org/november-is-s tomach-cancer-awareness-month-in-the-us
 

November 15 | Great American Smokeout
American Cancer Society 250 Williams Street NW Atlanta, GA 30303 (800) ACS-2345 (227-2345) www.cancer.org


October 2012 |  [Top]
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World Food Day
On October 16, World Food Day, join the global movement to end hunger. Be a part of the solution and take action in your community and around the world. We can end hunger. It will take all of us!
Contact: www.worldfooddayusa.org
National Breast Cancer Awareness Month
The National Breast Cancer Awareness Month (NBCAM) is a collaboration of national public service organizations, professional medical associations, and government agencies working together to promote breast cancer awareness, share information on the disease, and provide greater access to services.
Contact:
[email protected]
www.nbcam.org
 

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Walk to School Day
Organized by the Partnership for a Walkable America, Walk to School Day in the USA began in 1997 as a one-day event aimed at building awareness for the need for walkable communities.
www.walkbiketoschool.org/

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World Food Day
On October 16, World Food Day, join the global movement to end hunger. Be a part of the solution and take action in your community and around the world. We can end hunger. It will take all of us!
Contact: www.worldfooddayusa.org

July 2012 |  [Top]

Cord Blood Awareness Month
Parent's Guide to Cord Blood Foundation
23110 Georgia Avenue
Brookeville, MD 20833
(301) 774-4915
[email protected]
www.parentsguidecordblood.org  
Materials available
Contact: Dr. Frances Verter

 

Juvenile Arthritis Awareness Month
Arthritis Foundation
P.O. Box 7669
Atlanta, GA 30357-0669
(800) 283-7800
(404) 872-0457 Fax
[email protected]
www.arthritis.org/ja-alliance-main.php  
Materials available
Contact: Carol Galbreath

 

UV Safety Month
Prevent Blindness America
211 West Wacker Drive, Suite 1700
Chicago, IL 60606
(800) 331-2020
(312) 363-6001
(312) 363-6052 Fax
[email protected]
www.preventblindness.org  
Materials available
Contact: None designated

 


June 2012 |  [Top]

Cataract Awareness Month
Prevent Blindness America
211 West Wacker Drive, Suite 1700
Chicago, IL 60606
(800) 331-2020
(312) 363-6001
(312) 363-6052 Fax
[email protected]
www.eyecareamerica.org/eyecare/news/Cata
ract-Awareness-Month-2009.cfm
  

 

National Cancer Survivors Day
National Cancer Survivors Day Foundation
P.O. Box 682285
Franklin, TN 37068
(615) 794-3006
(615) 794-0179 Fax
[email protected]
www.ncsdf.org/Pages/AboutNCSD.html   

 

Men's Health Week
Men’s Health Network
P.O. Box 75972
Washington, DC 20013
(202) 543-6461 x101
(202) 543-2727 Fax
[email protected]
www.menshealthmonth.org/   

 


May 2012 |  [Top]

Arthritis Awareness Month
Arthritis affects 50 million Americans and is expected to increase significantly as the population ages. Each year in May, Arthritis Awareness Month focuses national attention on the burden of arthritis and the tools and resources for better managing arthritis symptoms.

Website: http://www.arthritis.org/ or http://www.cdc.gov/arthritis/

 

Healthy Vision Month
Millions of people living in the United States have undetected vision problems, eye diseases, and conditions. HVM is designed to elevate vision as a health priority for the Nation by promoting the importance of early detection and treatment, as well as the use of proper eye safety practices, in preventing vision loss and blindness.
Website: http://www.nei.nih.gov/hvm/ or

http://www.cdc.gov/visionhealth/healthyvisionmonth/

 

 

Melanoma/Skin Cancer Detection and Prevention Month
Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States. In the United States in 2007,* 58,094 people were diagnosed with melanomas of the skin, and 8,461 people died from it. † CDC leads national efforts to reduce skin cancer through education. When in the sun, seek shade, cover up, get a hat, wear sunglasses, and use sunscreen.
Website: http://www.melanomamonday.org/ or

http://www.cdc.gov/cancer/skin/

 

Mental Health Month
Mental health problems affect one in five young people. Recognizing the signs of mental illness is important. Feelings of sadness, anxiety, worry, or sleep problems are not uncommon. However, when these feelings get very intense, last for long periods of time, or begin to interfere with school, friendships and other relationships, it may be a sign of a mental illness.
Website: http://www.nmha.org/go/may or

http://www.nami.org/

 

National Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month
Asthma is one of the most common lifelong chronic diseases. There are almost 26 million Americans living with asthma. The disease affects the lungs, causing repeated episodes of wheezing, breathlessness, chest tightness, and coughing. Although asthma cannot be cured, it is possible to manage asthma successfully to reduce and prevent asthma attacks, also called episodes.

Website: http://www.acaai.org/allergist/Pages/default.aspx or http://www.cdc.gov/Features/AsthmaAwareness/

 

American Stroke Month/National High Blood Pressure Education Month
About 1 in 3 adults in the United States has HBP. The condition itself usually has no symptoms. "Blood pressure" is the force of blood pushing against the walls of the arteries as the heart pumps blood. If this pressure rises and stays high over time, it can damage the body in many ways. HBP is a risk factor for stroke.
Every 40 seconds, someone in the United States has a stroke. In 2008 alone, more than 133,000 Americans died from stroke—or one person every four minutes— making it the fourth leading cause of death in the United States.

Website: http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/ or http://www.cdc.gov/Features/HighBloodPressure/

 

National Physical Fitness and Sports Month
National Physical Fitness and Sports Month is a great time to promote the benefits of physical activity. Getting active increases your chances of living longer and can help you: control your blood pressure, blood sugar, and weight, raise your "good" cholesterol, prevent heart disease, colorectal cancer, and type 2 diabetes.
Website: http://www.fitness.gov/npfsm/ or

http://www.health.gov/paguidelines/default.aspx

 

May 13-19 National Women's Health Week
National Women’s Health Week is a weeklong health observance coordinated by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. It brings together communities, businesses, government, health organizations, and other groups in an effort to promote women’s health. The theme for 2012 is “It’s Your Time.” National Women’s Health Week empowers women to make their health a top priority.

Website: http://www.womenshealth.gov/

 

May 31,2012 World No Tobacco Day
The World Health Organization (WHO) selects "tobacco industry interference" as the theme of 2012 World No Tobacco Day, which will take place on Thursday, May 31, 2012. The campaign will focus on the need to expose and counter the tobacco industry's brazen and increasingly aggressive attempts to undermine the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (WHO FCTC) because of the serious danger they pose to public health.
Tobacco use is one of the leading preventable causes of death. The global tobacco epidemic kills nearly 6 million people each year, of which more than 600,000 are people exposed to second-hand smoke. Unless we act, it will kill up to 8 million people by 2030, of which more than 80% will live in low- and middle-income countries.
Website: http://www.who.int/tobacco/wntd/en/ or

http://whyquit.com/world_no_tobacco_day.html


April 2012 |  [Top]

National Public Health Week (April 2-8)
Since 1995, communities across the country have celebrated National Public Health Week (NPHW) each April by highlighting public health achievements and raising awareness of issues important to improving the public's health. This year, APHA will continue its broad vision to make America the healthiest nation in one generation by addressing the importance of prevention and wellness through the theme "A Healthier America Begins Today: Join the Movement"
Website: http://www.nphw.org/

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Alcohol Awareness Month
A nationwide campaign intended to raise awareness of the health and social problems that excessive alcohol consumption can cause for individuals, their families, and their communities. Excessive drinking is a dangerous behavior for both men and women.
Help-line: (800)-622-2255 (24 hour)
www.ncadd.org and www.cdc.gov/Features/AlcoholAwareness/

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National Distracted Driving Awareness Month
Distracted driving is any activity that could divert a person's attention away from the primary task of driving. All distractions endanger driver, passenger, and bystander safety. These types of distractions include:

  • Texting
  • Using a cell phone or smartphone
  • Eating and drinking
  • Talking to passengers
  • Grooming
  • Reading, including maps
  • Using a navigation system
  • Watching a video
  • Adjusting a radio, CD player, or MP3 player

Website: http://www.distraction.gov/ or http://www.focusdriven.org/

 

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Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month
Get involved in the fight against sexual violence during April � Sexual Assault Awareness & Prevention Month! Every 2 minutes someone in the U.S. is sexually assaulted, but you have the power to make a difference. By working together we can highlight sexual violence as a major issue in our communities and reinforce the need for prevention efforts.
Help-line: 1-800-656-4673
Website: www.rainn.org and http://www.nsvrc.org/

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March 2012 |  [Top]

National Nutrition Month
The theme for March 2012 is "Get Your Plate in Shape." National Nutrition Month® is a nutrition education and information campaign created annually in March by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. The campaign focuses attention on the importance of making informed food choices and developing sound eating and physical activity habits. The key messages are featured in the "Get Your Plate in Shape" Nutrition Tip Sheet. The collection appears on the Nutrition Education Resources page.

Eat Right- Get your plate in shape
National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month
Colorectal cancer is the second leading cancer killer in the United States. Colorectal cancer is cancer of the colon or rectum. It’s as common in women as it is in men. This year, over 143,360 people will be diagnosed with colorectal cancer and an estimated 51,690 will die of the disease. With certain types of screening, this cancer can be prevented by removing polyps (grape-like growths on the wall of the intestine) before they become cancerous. Several screening tests detect colorectal cancer early, when it can be more easily and successfully treated.
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National School Breakfast Week – March 5th – 9th, 2012
“School Breakfast—Go for Gold” will highlight how eating a healthy balanced breakfast at school helps students shine. The campaign will help students learn about the importance of eating healthy and being active. “School Breakfast - Go for Gold” also aligns with USDA’s HealthierUS School Challenge and the First Lady's Let's Move Goals.
National School Breakfast Week 2012 - Go for Gold

American Diabetes Alert Day – March 27th, 2012
Diabetes is a disease in which blood glucose levels are above normal. Most of the food we eat is turned into glucose, or sugar, for our bodies to use for energy. The pancreas, an organ that lies near the stomach, makes a hormone called insulin to help glucose get into the cells of our bodies. When you have diabetes, your body either doesn't make enough insulin or can't use its own insulin as well as it should. This causes sugar to build up in your blood. There are 25.8 million children and adults in the United States with diabetes.

American Diabetes Association Alert Day® is a one-day "wake-up call” asking the American public to take the Diabetes Risk Test to find out if they are at risk for developing type 2 diabetes. Held on the fourth Tuesday of every March, the next Alert Day will be held on March 26, 2013.
The Diabetes Risk Test asks users to answer simple questions about weight, age, family history and other potential risk factors for prediabetes or type 2 diabetes. Preventative tips are provided for everyone who takes the test, including encouraging those at high risk to talk with their health care provider.
Although Alert Day is a one-day event, the Diabetes Risk Test is available year-round.

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February 2012 |  [Top]
American Heart Month

Heart Disease is the Number One Cause of Death. About every 25 seconds, an American will have a coronary event. Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States and is a major cause of disability. The most common heart disease in the United States is coronary heart disease, which often appears as a heart attack. In 2010, an estimated 785,000 Americans had a new coronary attack, and about 470,000 had a recurrent attack. About every 25 seconds, an American will have a coronary event, and about one every minute will die from one.

The chance of developing coronary heart disease can be reduced by taking steps to prevent and control factors that put people at greater risk. Additionally, knowing the signs and symptoms of heart attack are crucial to the most positive outcomes after having a heart attack. People who have survived a heart attack can also work to reduce their risk of another heart attack or a stroke in the future.

 

National Wear Red Day: February 3

Each year on the first Friday in February, thousands of hospitals, small businesses, multinational corporations, news broadcasters, schools, individuals and even landmarks �Go Red� to help raise crucial awareness and significant funds tin the fight against heart disease in women. For more information on how you can get involved, visit National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute Health Information Center.

 

 

 


   

 

 

 

 


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