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Childhood Cancer Awareness Month
Sep
1
to Sep 30

Childhood Cancer Awareness Month

Social: #ChildhoodCancer #CCAM #GoGold

Twitter: @accorg

Facebook: @americanchildhoodcancer

Website: https://www.acco.org/childhood-cancer-awareness-month/

HOW CAN YOU HELP RAISE AWARENESS THIS SEPTEMBER?

Families, caregivers, charities and research groups across the United States observe September as Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. In the U.S., 15,780 children under the age of 21 are diagnosed with cancer every year; approximately 1/4 of them will not survive the disease. A diagnosis turns the lives of the entire family upside down. The objective of Childhood Cancer Awareness Month is to put a spotlight on the types of cancer that largely affect children, survivorship issues, and – importantly – to help raise funds for research and family support.

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Fruits & Veggies—More Matters ® Month
Sep
1
to Sep 30

Fruits & Veggies—More Matters ® Month

Social: #FruitsAndVeggies

Twitter: @APA_Planning

Facebook: @AmericanPlanningAssociation

Website: http://plan4health.us/september-is-fruits-veggies-more-matters-month/

September is Fruits & Veggies—More Matters® Month

Fruits & Veggies—More Matters® Month highlights the benefits of eating a healthy, balanced diet that includes lots of fruits and vegetables. Encouraging your community members to eat more fruits and veggies—and doing your part to make them easier to access—can make a difference when it comes to the health of your community.

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Healthy Aging ® Month
Sep
1
to Sep 30

Healthy Aging ® Month

Social: #HealthyAgingMonth

Twitter: @healthyagingnet

Facebook: @HealthyAgingMagazine

Website: https://healthyaging.net/healthy-aging-month/celebrate-september-is-healthy-aging-month-reinvent-yourself/

Why September is Healthy Aging Month?

According to Worthington, “We saw a need to draw attention to the myths of aging, to shout out ‘Hey, it’s not too late to take control of your health, it’s never too late to get started on something new.’ Why not think about the positive aspects of aging instead of the stereotypes and the negative aspects?”

September is a perfect time to celebrate Healthy Aging Month since it is time when many people think about getting started on new tasks after the summer. Drawing on the “back to school” urge embedded in everyone from childhood, the observance month’s activities are designed to encourage people to rejuvenate and get going on positive measures that can impact the areas of physical, social, financial and mental wellness.

September is Healthy Aging® Month was first introduced when the baby boomers were about to turn 50. “At that time, no one wanted to talk about growing older,” Worthington says. “You know, it was that same ‘60’s attitude – ‘Don’t trust anyone over 30; hell no we won’t go.’ Today as the boomers turn 60 and 65, it’s a different story,” Worthington explains.

“We recognized early on that careful attention to the combination of physical, social, mental and financial fitness was powerful in the pursuit of a positive lifestyle and have built our Healthy Aging®programs around that concept for the public and private sector through this annual observance as well as TV specials, videos, books, printed material, our website and blogs.

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National Atrial Fibrillation Awareness Month
Sep
1
to Sep 30

National Atrial Fibrillation Awareness Month

Social: #StopAfib19 #Afib #GetInRhythm

Twitter: @stopafib

Facebook: @StopAfib

Website: https://www.stopafib.org/

What Is Atrial Fibrillation?

Atrial fibrillation, often referred to as "afib", is an irregular heartbeat, a rapid heartbeat, or a quivering of the upper chambers of the heart, called the atria. Atrial fibrillation is due to a malfunction in the heart's electrical system, and is the most common heart irregularity, or cardiac arrhythmia. For more detail about how the heart works and what happens to the heart when it is in atrial fibrillation, see About the Heart.

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National ITP Awareness Month
Sep
1
to Sep 30

National ITP Awareness Month

Social: #BEATITP

Twitter: @PDSA_ITP

Website: https://www.pdsa.org/contribute/raise-awareness-for-itp/itp-awareness-month.html

September is ITP Awareness Month

In 2010, The Platelet Disorder Support Association announced the designation of the month of September as National ITP Awareness Month. PDSA requested this designation as part of our ongoing commitment to increase public understanding of ITP and other platelet disorders and to connect patients and caregivers with life-altering resources and support.

PDSA was founded to ensure patients would no longer travel the ITP journey feeling confused, lost, frightened and alone.  To ensure that this rare diagnosis wasn’t accompanied by limited or no information and resources and to encourage research and better treatment options for patient-centered outcomes.  While PDSA has always worked to encourage this progress, prior to 2010, there was no awareness month or color dedicated to understanding ITP and other platelet disorders.

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National Pediculosis Prevention Month/Head Lice Prevention Month
Sep
1
to Sep 30

National Pediculosis Prevention Month/Head Lice Prevention Month

Social: #Lice

Twitter: @TheLiceMeister

Website: https://www.headlice.org/comb/

September is National Head Lice Prevention Month!

 Annual reminder to parents about the importance of routine screening and sending their children to school free of lice and nits.

The organization has launched mobile-friendly redesigns of HeadLice.org and LiceMeister.com in conjunction with its annual educational campaign to help families prevent, manage and treat children with head lice, safely and effectively. The campaign emphasizes the importance of routine screening, early detection and the most important public health measure of sending children to school without lice and nits (eggs).

Parents can find more educational resources at https://www.HeadLice.Org and videos to help them with combing at https://www.LiceMeister.com, including a tutorial on How Mary protected her kids from lice and risky chemicals: https://bit.ly/2Z04tt9.

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National Preparedness Month
Sep
1
to Sep 30

National Preparedness Month

Social: #BeReady #PreparedNotScared

Twitter: @Readygov

Facebook: @readygov

Website: https://www.ready.gov/september

National Preparedness Month, is recognized each September to promote family and community disaster and emergency planning now and throughout the year. The 2019 theme is "Prepared, Not Scared."

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National Recovery Month
Sep
1
to Sep 30

National Recovery Month

Social: #NationalRecoveryMonth

Twitter: @samhsagov

Facebook: @samhsa

Website: https://www.recoverymonth.gov/

Every September, SAMHSA sponsors Recovery Month to increase awareness and understanding of mental and substance use disorders and celebrate the people who recover. The 2019 theme is Join the Voices for Recovery: Together We Are Stronger.

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National Sickle Cell Month
Sep
1
to Sep 30

National Sickle Cell Month

Social: #SickleCellAwarenessMonth #NationalSickleCellMonth

Twitter: @nih_nhlbi

Facebook: @NHLBI

Website: https://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health-topics/sickle-cell-disease

Sickle Cell Disease

Also known as Sickle Cell Anemia, Hemoglobin S or SS disease, Sickling disorder due to hemoglobin S

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Sickle cell disease is a group of inherited red blood cell disorders. People who have sickle cell disease have an abnormal protein in their red blood cells. In the United States, most people who have sickle cell disease are of African ancestry, but the condition is also common in people with a Hispanic background. Because the disease runs in families, couples planning to have children can have genetic testing.

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National Traumatic Brain Injury Awareness Month
Sep
1
to Sep 30

National Traumatic Brain Injury Awareness Month

Social: #TBI #BrainInjury

Twitter: @JohnnyOADTBI

Facebook: @johnnyofoundation

Website: http://www.thejohnnyo.org/

Brain injury is unpredictable in its consequences. Brain injury affects who we are and the way we think, act, and feel. It can change everything about us in a matter of seconds. The most important things to remember are:

  • A person with a brain injury is a person first.

  • No two brain injuries are exactly the same.

  • The effects of a brain injury are complex and vary greatly from person to person.

  • The effects of a brain injury depend on such factors as cause, location, and severity.

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National Food Safety Education Month
Sep
1
to Sep 30

National Food Safety Education Month

Social: #FoodSafety #FoodPoisoning

Twitter: @Fight_BAC

Facebook: @FightBAC

Website: http://www.fightbac.org/food-safety-education/food-safety-education-month/

Peak family dining season is upon us! September is National Food Safety Education Month and National Family Meals Month — and the holiday season is right around the corner. To set the table for terrific meals at home, the Partnership for Food Safety Education offers health and food safety educators a bounty of new consumer outreach tools:

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National Yoga Awareness Month
Sep
1
to Sep 30

National Yoga Awareness Month

Social: #NationalYogaAwarenessMonth

Facebook: @YogaMonth

Website: http://www.yogahealthfoundation.org/yoga_month

September is official National Yoga Month (a national observance designated by the Department of Health & Human Services) designed to educate about the health benefits of yoga and to inspire a healthy lifestyle. 

Ways To Get Involved In National Yoga Month September 2019:  

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Newborn Screening Awareness Month
Sep
1
to Sep 30

Newborn Screening Awareness Month

Social: #2019NBS #newbornscreening

Facebook: Save Babies Through Screening Foundation

Website: http://www.savebabies.org

The Purpose of Newborn Screening

There are a number of potentially devastating diseases that can be present in a newborn but hidden at the time of birth. These diseases, if undetected by newborn screening, have the potential to cause medical problems as the baby grows, and severely alter a life that could have otherwise been normal. One example of such an illness is phenylketonuria (PKU).

PKU is a condition in which the body is unable to break down a building block of protein (an amino acid) known as phenylalanine (Phe) because a specific enzyme is lacking or present in levels too low to be effective. When this amino acid builds up in the system it can cause problems with the central nervous system, brain damage, and mental retardation.

On the other hand, when the PKU is discovered through newborn screening, a child can be treated using a low protein diet and special medical foods designed to deal limit the amount of Phe consumed. In most cases this allows the baby to grow up normally, enjoying a life free of mental retardation and central nervous system issues.

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Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month
Sep
1
to Sep 30

Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month

Social: #OvarianCancer

Twitter: @NOCC_National

Facebook: @noccnational

Website: http://www.ovarian.org/

What is Ovarian Cancer?

Ovarian cancer is a disease in which, depending on the type and stage of the disease, malignant (cancerous) cells are found inside, near, or on the outer layer of the ovaries. An ovary is one of two small, almond-shaped organs located on each side of the uterus that store eggs, or germ cells, and produce female hormones estrogen and progesterone.

What is the general outlook for women diagnosed with ovarian cancer?

In women ages 35-74, ovarian cancer is the fifth leading cause of cancer-related deaths. An estimated one woman in 78 will develop ovarian cancer during her lifetime. The American Cancer Society estimates that there will be over 22,280 new cases of ovarian cancer diagnosed this year and that more than 14,240 women will die from ovarian cancer this year.

When one is diagnosed and treated in the earliest stages, the five-year survival rate is over 90 percent. Due to ovarian cancer's non-specific symptoms and lack of early detection tests, about 20 percent of all cases are found early, meaning in stage I or II. If caught in stage III or higher, the survival rate can be as low as 28 percent. Due to the nature of the disease, each woman diagnosed with ovarian cancer has a different profile and it is impossible to provide a general prognosis.

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Pain Awareness Month
Sep
1
to Sep 30

Pain Awareness Month

Social: #PainAwarenessMonth #ChronicPain

Twitter: @TheACPA

Facebook: @TheAmericanChronicPainAssociation

Website: https://www.theacpa.org/pain-awareness/september-is-pain-awareness-month/

The month of September has been declared Pain Awareness Month. Pain Awareness Month is a time when various organizations work to raise public awareness of issues in the area of pain and pain management.

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Prostate Cancer Awareness Month
Sep
1
to Sep 30

Prostate Cancer Awareness Month

Social: #PCAM19 #EndProstateCancer #ProstateCancer

Twitter: @ZEROCancer

Facebook: @ZeroCancer

Website: https://zerocancer.org/

Prostate cancer is a cancer that starts in the prostate. The prostate is a small, walnut-shaped gland in the male reproductive system. Prostate cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in men after skin cancer. When diagnosed at an early stage, it can usually be treated successfully. In fact, almost 100 percent of men diagnosed with prostate cancer today will be alive in five years. Testing for prostate cancer is a personal decision best discussed between you and your doctor.

In many cases, prostate cancer stays confined to the prostate and is so slow-growing that it may never pose a serious threat to your overall health. However, some cases of prostate cancer are aggressive and may quickly spread to other organs or bones. Your treatment decisions will depend largely on what kind of prostate cancer you have and how aggressive it is. You can determine this by knowing the stage and grade of your cancer.

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Sepsis Awareness Month
Sep
1
to Sep 30

Sepsis Awareness Month

Social: #SAM2019 #SepsisAwarenessMonth

Twitter: @SepsisAlliance

Facebook: @sepsisalliance

Website: https://www.sepsis.org/get-involved/sepsis-awareness-month/

This September, will you join us?

In 2011, Sepsis Alliance designated September as Sepsis Awareness Month. Every September since, we’ve invited individuals,  healthcare professionals in every area of medicine, and organizations big and small to help save lives by raising awareness of the leading cause of deaths in U.S. hospitals – SEPSIS.

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Whole Grains Month
Sep
1
to Sep 30

Whole Grains Month

Social: #WholeGrainsMonth

Twitter: @OldwaysPT

Facebook: @OldwaysPT

Website: https://oldwayspt.org

Here at the Whole Grains Council, we adore whole grains all year round, and September’s month-long celebration of whole grains is the just the excuse we need to dial things up and have some fun. During Whole Grains Month there’s nothing we love more than watching folks fall head-over-heels for the unrivaled taste and overall goodness of whole grains.

This year, we’re taking grain enthusiasts on a culinary excursion, exploring the traditions, flavors, and ingredients of four beloved regions of the world. For the month of September, we’re inviting you, your friends, and family to sign up and receive special daily emails full of new recipes, whole grain cooking tips, and culinary inspiration gathered from the traditions of the Mediterranean, Asia, Latin America and the African diaspora. Join us as we embark on Whole Grains: the World Tour

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Sexual Health Awareness Month
Sep
1
to Sep 30

Sexual Health Awareness Month

Social: #SexualHealth #STD #STI

Twitter: @InfoASHA

Facebook: American Sexual Health Association

Website: http://www.ashasexualhealth.org/

Who We Are

ASHA was founded in 1914 in New York City, formed out of early 20th century social reform movements focused on fighting sexually transmitted infections (known then as venereal disease, or VD) and prostitution. Now, more than 100 years after its creation, ASHA remains America’s nonprofit authority for sexual health information.

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World Alzheimer's Month
Sep
1
to Sep 30

World Alzheimer's Month

Social: #LetsTalkAboutDementia #WorldAlzMonth

Twitter: @AlzDisInt

Facebook: @alzheimersdiseaseinternational

Website: https://www.alz.co.uk/world-alzheimers-month

September is World Alzheimer's Month

World Alzheimer's Month is the international campaign every September to raise awareness and challenge the stigma that surrounds dementia. September 2019 will mark the 8th World Alzheimer's Month. The campaign was launched in 2012: World Alzheimer's Day is on 21 September each year.

2 out of every 3 people globally believe there is little or no understanding of dementia in their countries.The impact of World Alzheimer's Month is growing, but the stigmatisation and misinformation that surrounds dementia remains a global problem, that requires global action.

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National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month
Sep
1
to Sep 30

National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month

Social: #COAM #ChildhoodObesity

Twitter: @CDCgov

Facebook: @CDC

Website: https://www.cdc.gov/features/childhoodobesity/index.html

September is National Childhood Obesity Month

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Learn ways to promote healthy growth in children and prevent obesity.

About 1 in 5 (19%) children in the United States has obesity. Certain groups of children are more affected than others. National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month provides a chance for all of us to learn more about this serious health condition. While there is no simple solution, there are many ways communities can support children with their journey to good health.

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Safe Toys and Celebrations Month
Dec
1
to Dec 31

Safe Toys and Celebrations Month

American Academy of Ophthalmology 
P.O. Box 7424
San Francisco, CA 94120-7424 
(415) 561-8534 
media@aao.org 
aao.org/eyesmart 
Materials available 
Contact: Beatrice Shelton

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Source: 2019 National Health Observances, National Health Information Center, Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Washington, DC.

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Children's Eye Health and Safety Month
Aug
1
to Aug 31

Children's Eye Health and Safety Month

Social: #CEHSM

Twitter: @AcademyEyeSmart

Facebook: @AcademyEyeSmart

Website: aao.org/eyesmart 

As children spend more time tethered to screens, there is increasing concern about potential harm to their visual development. Ophthalmologists – physicians who specialize in medical and surgical eye care – are seeing a marked increase in children with dry eye and eye strain from too much screen time. But does digital eyestrain cause lasting damage? Should your child use reading glasses or computer glasses? As you send your kids back to school this month for more time with screens and books, the American Academy of Ophthalmology are arming parents with the facts, so they can make informed choices about their children’s eye health.

It’s a fact that there is a world-wide epidemic of myopia, also known as nearsightedness. Since 1971, the incidence of nearsightedness in the US nearly doubled, to 42 percent. In Asia, up to 90 percent of teenagers and adults are nearsighted. Clearly, something is going on. But scientists can’t agree on exactly what.

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Psoriasis Awareness Month
Aug
1
to Aug 31

Psoriasis Awareness Month

Social: #Psoriasis

Twitter: @NPF

Facebook: @National.Psoriasis.Foundation

Website: www.psoriasis.org 

Psoriasis is an immune-mediated disease that causes raised, red, scaly patches to appear on the skin.

Psoriasis typically affects the outside of the elbows, knees or scalp, though it can appear on any location. Some people report that psoriasis is itchy, burns and stings. Psoriasis is associated with other serious health conditions, such as diabetes, heart disease and depression.

If you develop a rash that doesn't go away with an over-the-counter medication, you should consider contacting your doctor.

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National Immunization Awareness Month
Aug
1
to Aug 31

National Immunization Awareness Month

Social: #NIAM

Twitter: @CDCgov

Facebook: @CDC

Website: www.cdc.gov/vaccines/events/niam.html 

National Immunization Awareness Month (NIAM) is an annual observance held in August to highlight the importance of vaccination for people of all ages. Communities across the country use the month each year to raise awareness about the important role vaccines play in preventing serious, sometimes deadly, diseases across the lifespan.

CDC develops immunization materials our partners can use in outreach and education efforts during NIAM and throughout the year. You can find CDC promotional and educational resources for every audience, from pregnant women to young children to adolescents to adults, on CDC’s website for immunization partners.

Check with your state or local health department to see if they have additional immunization resources you can use during NIAM or plans to celebrate the month.

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National Breastfeeding Month
Aug
1
to Aug 31

National Breastfeeding Month

Social: #Breastfeeding

Twitter: @USbreastfeeding

Facebook: @usbreastfeeding

Website: www.usbreastfeeding.org 

The United States Breastfeeding Committee (USBC) is an independent nonprofit coalition of more than 50 nationally influential professional, educational, and governmental organizations that share a common mission to drive collaborative efforts for policy and practices that create a landscape of breastfeeding support across the United States. Join our work to make a difference for our nation's families:

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Digestive Tract Paralysis Awareness Month
Aug
1
to Aug 31

Digestive Tract Paralysis Awareness Month

Social: #Gastroparesis

Twitter: @4GPACT

Facebook: @GPACT

Website: www.gastroparesisawarenessmonth.org  

 Digestive Tract Paralysis Awareness Month was founded by G-PACT in August 2010 in order to raise awareness of DTP in a short amount of time. Although we do it year round, we spend this month providing a lot of opportunities and events for people to get involved in to help us spread the word.

Digestive Tract Paralysis Awareness Month started out as Gastroparesis Awareness Week from August 23 - August 29, 2009. That week encompassed the date of our founding, August 23, 2001. By the next year we received comments that a week wasn't long enough and decided to dedicate the entire month to it. Although we increase activity all month long, we still maintain Awareness Week as the biggest week of the year for awareness and provide additional events and ways for people to advocate and get involved.  

By 2010, we had added Chronic Intestinal Pseudo-Obstruction to our list of covered conditions so we changed the name to Digestive Tract Paralysis Awareness Month to be more inclusive of a variety of conditions. In 2012, we added colonic inertia, and have plans to add more in the future. August will cover any paralytic condition of the GI tract we add as a focus in the future too. 

Over the years we have done a variety of things to raise awareness and educate the public. We have added events, changed some things, and always try to make it unique every year. We are very active all year with research, advocacy, awareness, and support, so be sure to follow us all year for many opportunities to get involved besides just August! 

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Gastroparesis Awareness Month
Aug
1
to Aug 31

Gastroparesis Awareness Month

Social: #Gastroparesis

Twitter: @IFFGD

Facebook: @IFFGD

Website: aboutgastroparesis.org 

Gastroparesis is also called delayed gastric emptying. The term “gastric” refers to the stomach.

Normally, the stomach empties its contents in a controlled manner into the small intestines. In gastroparesis, the muscle contractions (motility) that move food along the digestive tract do not work properly and the stomach empties too slowly.

Gastroparesis is characterized by the presence of certain long-term symptoms together with delayed stomach emptying in the absence of any observable obstruction or blockage. The delayed stomach emptying is confirmed by a test.

IFFGD was founded in 1991 by one person struggling with the challenges imposed by a chronic GI disorder. Many others, from all walks of life, have joined with us.

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Juvenile Arthritis Awareness Month
Jul
1
to Jul 31

Juvenile Arthritis Awareness Month

Social: #StrongerThanJA#KidsGetArthritisToo#Arthritis

Twitter: @ArthritisFdn

Facebook: @Arthritis.org

YouTube: Arthritis Foundation

Website: https://www.arthritis.org/about-arthritis/types/juvenile-arthritis/

July is Juvenile Arthritis Awareness Month, a month dedicated to increase awareness over early signs and symptoms of juvenile arthritis and to ease the focus of resources for this battle. The campaign was initiated by the Arthritis Foundation and targets a condition that currently affects 300 000 children nationwide, making it one of the most common childhood diseases in the US.

The word “arthritis” means joint inflammation in Latin, but juvenile arthritis can include eyes, skin and gastrointestinal tract as affected areas. The disorder has a large variety in forms and researchers and doctors alike are working to better understand what the key differences are and how different approaches can help.

Three classifications of juvenile arthritis exist: juvenile rheumatoid arthritis (JRA), juvenile chronic arthritis (JCA), and juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA), of which, juvenile rheumatoid arthritis is the most common. The classification is made based on symptoms, number of joints involved and the presence of antibodies in the blood

At this moment there is no cure for juvenile arthritis. The custom approach to the disorder is to control pain levels, reduce inflammation and maintain mobility, while in more extreme cases surgery is the only possible solution to prevent further joint damage. Many treatment plans are based on proper medication, therapeutically physical activities and healthy eating. Probably the most important component of any plan is the way in which all measures are included in a child’s daily schedule in order to affect the quality of life as little as possible.

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International Group B Strep Awareness Month
Jul
1
to Jul 31

International Group B Strep Awareness Month

Social: #starttheGBSconversation#GBS#groupbstrep

Twitter: @GroupBStrep

Facebook: @GroupBStrepInternational

YouTube: Group B Strep International

Website: https://www.groupbstrepinternational.org/

JOIN OUR #STARTTHEGBSCONVERSATION CAMPAIGN FOR WAYS TO SHARE WHAT YOU KNOW ABOUT GBS!

Approximately 1 in 4 pregnant women carry GBS, the leading cause of sepsis and meningitis in newborns according to the U.S Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). GBS can also infect babies during pregnancy and the first few months of life.

Not all babies exposed to GBS become infected, but, for those who do, the results can be devastating. GBS can cause babies to be miscarried, stillborn, born prematurely, become very sick, have lifelong handicaps, or die. Even babies born to mother who test negative can become infected by group B strep.

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UV Safety Month
Jul
1
to Jul 31

UV Safety Month

Social: #UVSafetyMonth

Twitter: @AcademyEyeSmart

Facebook: @AcademyEyeSmart

Website: aao.org/eyesmart 

Studies show that long-term exposure to bright sunlight may increase the risk of cataracts and growths on the eye, including cancer. UV rays reflected off sand and water can cause eyes to sunburn, potentially resulting in temporary blindness in just a few hours. In support of UV Safety Month this July, the American Academy of Ophthalmology reminds the public of the importance of shielding eyes from the sun's harmful rays with 100% UV-blocking sunglasses and broad-brimmed hats.

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Cord Blood Awareness Month
Jul
1
to Jul 31

Cord Blood Awareness Month

Social: #CordBlood#CordBloodSavesLives#CordBloodAwarenessMonth

Twitter: @ParentCordBlood

Facebook: @Parents.Guide.Cord.Blood

Website: https://parentsguidecordblood.org/

July is National Cord Blood Awareness Month! Celebrate by spreading the word about cord blood. Cord blood is the term used for the blood collected from the umbilical cord and placenta (after birth) when a healthy baby is born.

Cord blood banking means preserving the newborn stem cells found in the blood of the umbilical cord and the placenta. After a baby is born, and even after delayed cord clamping, there is blood remaining in the umbilical cord and placenta that holds valuable newborn stem cells. Parents have a choice between donating cord blood to a public bank for free, or paying to store it for their family in a private bank. Cord blood banking includes the whole process from collection through storage of newborn stem cells for future medical purposes. To learn more about cord blood banking, visit Parent's Guide to Cord Blood Foundation at https://parentsguidecordblood.org/en

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National Cleft & Craniofacial Awareness & Prevention Month
Jul
1
to Jul 31

National Cleft & Craniofacial Awareness & Prevention Month

Social: #NCCAPM

Twitter: @AmeriFace

Facebook: @NCCAPM

Website: http://www.nccapm.org/http://www.ameriface.org/

Established by AmeriFace and cleftAdvocate

Cleft and craniofacial conditions affect thousands of infants, children, teens and adults in the United States each year.  Some are born with congenital anomalies like cleft lip and palate, others with more complex, life-threatening craniofacial conditions.  Some are burned; others are injured in accidents and animal attacks, or diagnosed with various oral/head/neck and skin diseases.  To learn more about these conditions, including treatment options and support networks in your area, contact these participating NCCAPM organizations.

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Cataract Awareness Month
Jun
1
to Jun 30

Cataract Awareness Month

Social: #CataractAwarenessMonth

Twitter: @PBA_savingsight

Facebook: @preventblindness

YouTube: Prevent Blindness

Website: www.preventblindness.org/cataract 

Prevent Blindness and the National Eye Institute have declared June as Cataract Awareness Month. According to the Prevent Blindness Vision Problems in the U.S. report, more than 22.3 million Americans have cataracts. Learn more about signs, symptoms, and treatment.

Prevent Blindness' guide to cataracts will help you learn about: 

  1. how cataracts develop

  2. how cataracts are treated with surgery

  3. what kind of costs to expect, and

  4. how long it will take you to recover from surgery

The information will help you be more educated and involved in your eye doctor’s treatment through diagnosis, surgery and recovery.

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National Congenital Cytomegalovirus Awareness Month
Jun
1
to Jun 30

National Congenital Cytomegalovirus Awareness Month

Social: #KnowAboutCMV #StopCMV #CMV #CMVawareness #Cytomegalovirus

Twitter: @NationalCMV

Facebook: @nationalcmv

YouTube: National CMV Foundation

Website: www.nationalcmv.org 

Congenital Cytomegalovirus, or CMV, is the most common viral infection, and the leading non-genetic cause of hearing loss, that infants are born with in the United States. Every pregnant woman is at risk of acquiring CMV. And only 9% of women know about it.

5 simple tips to help prevent CMV:

  1. Do not share food, utensils, drinks or straws

  2. Do not put a pacifier in your mouth

  3. Avoid contact with saliva when kissing a child

  4. Do not share a toothbrush

  5. Wash your hands

CMV is common, serious, and preventable. There are simple and effective prevention measures you and your loved ones can take to mitigate the risk of CMV transmission during pregnancy. If you are pregnant or planning to become pregnant, talk with your doctor about CMV.

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Alzheimer's & Brain Awareness Month
Jun
1
to Jun 30

Alzheimer's & Brain Awareness Month

Social: #ENDALZ #EndAlzheimers #GoPurple #TheLongestDay

Twitter: @alzassociation

Facebook: @actionalz

YouTube: actionalz

Website: https://www.alz.org/abam/ 

PURPLE is the official color of the Alzheimer's movement. 

Worldwide, 50 million people are living with Alzheimer's and other dementias. Join the Alzheimer's Association in going purple and raising awareness this June. The more people know about Alzheimer's, the more action we inspire.

On June 21, 2018, the longest day of the year and summer solstice, thousands of people will join together to show their love for those affected by Alzheimer's disease. You can be one of them. 

Learn more: The Longest Day

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National Scleroderma Awareness Month
Jun
1
to Jun 30

National Scleroderma Awareness Month

Social: #SclerodermaAwarenessMonth #HardWord #SpeakUp #scleroderma

Twitter: @scleroderma

Facebook: @SclerodermaUS

YouTube: sclerodermaus

Website: Scleroderma Awareness Month

“Sclero” means “hard” and “derma” means “skin”. But hardening skin is just one of many symptoms scleroderma sufferers experience. Stiff joints, digestive issues, lung scarring,  kidney failure—all can result. And sometimes be fatal. Scleroderma is an autoimmune disease with no known cause and no cure.  Research is vital, but because so few people are aware of the disease, our researchers don’t always get the resources they need. Learn more about scleroderma. Help us get the word out.

The Scleroderma Foundation has been fighting to spread awareness and help educate the public about this devastating disease for more than 15 years. Please join the fight and stand alongside us for June's Scleroderma Awareness Month. Help us put an end to "sclero-what?"   

Scleroderma affects thousands of people, but there are billions who know nothing about it. Take our pledge to tell one person about this autoimmune disease that has no known cause or cure.  

Visit HardWord.org to take the pledge today!

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Myasthenia Gravis Awareness Month
Jun
1
to Jun 30

Myasthenia Gravis Awareness Month

Social:  #MGFA#MG#myastheniagravis

Twitter: @MyastheniaOrg@MG_Walk

Facebook: @MyastheniaGravisFoundation

YouTube: Myasthenia Gravis Foundation of America Inc. 

Website: www.myasthenia.orghttp://www.mgwalk.org/

Myasthenia gravis (pronounced My-as-theen-ee-a Grav-us) comes from the Greek and Latin words meaning "grave muscular weakness." The most common form of MG is a chronic autoimmune neuromuscular disorder that is characterized by fluctuating weakness of the voluntary muscle groups.

There is no known cure for MG, but there are effective treatments that allow many-but not all-people with MG to lead full lives. Although the treatments will not cure MG, patients may have significant improvement in their muscle strength.

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National Safety Month
Jun
1
to Jun 30

National Safety Month

Social: #NationalSafetyMonth

Twitter: @NSCsafety

Facebook: @NatlSafetyCouncil

Website: www.nsc.org/act/events/Pages/national-safety-month.aspx 

Join NSC and thousands of organizations nationwide in celebrating National Safety Month.

Observed annually in June, National Safety Month focuses on reducing leading causes of injury and death at work, on the road and in our homes and communities. We provide downloadable resources highlighting a different safety topic for each week in June. Topics for 2019 are Hazard Recognition, Slips, Trips and Falls, Fatigue and Impairment.

Share the Safety Message in June

Use a little bit of creativity to engage workers, families and communities in safety this June. These ideas should help get you started:

  • Distribute the downloadable NSM materials*

  • Create newsletters or blog posts

  • Hold a safety trivia contest with weekly prizes

  • Make an activity out of identifying hazards where you work and live

  • Throw a safety fair, lunch 'n learn or celebratory luncheon

  • Encourage others to take the SafeAtWork pledge at nsc.org/workpledge

  • Share posts on your social media channels using #NSM

  • Provide safety training — watch for special NSM discounts or free opportunities

  • Show you care about safety by making a donation to NSC

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National Aphasia Awareness Month
Jun
1
to Jun 30

National Aphasia Awareness Month

Social: #TalkAboutAphasia#AphasiaAwareness 

Twitter: @NatAphasiaAssoc 

Facebook: @NatlAphasiaAssoc

YouTube: NationalAphasiaAssoc

Website: www.aphasia.org 

Aphasia is an impairment of language, affecting the production or comprehension of speech and the ability to read or write. Aphasia is always due to injury to the brain-most commonly from a stroke, particularly in older individuals. But brain injuries resulting in aphasia may also arise from head trauma, from brain tumors, or from infections.

Aphasia can be so severe as to make communication with the patient almost impossible, or it can be very mild. It may affect mainly a single aspect of language use, such as the ability to retrieve the names of objects, or the ability to put words together into sentences, or the ability to read. More commonly, however, multiple aspects of communication are impaired, while some channels remain accessible for a limited exchange of information.

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Mental Health Month
May
1
to May 31

Mental Health Month

Social: #MentalHealthMonth #B4Stage4 #4Mind4Body #MHAM

Twitter: @MentalHealthAm

Facebook: @mentalhealthamerica

Website: www.mentalhealthamerica.net/may 

This year marks MHA's 70th year celebrating Mental Health Month!

Since 1949, Mental Health America and our affiliates across the country have led the observance of May is Mental Health Month by reaching millions of people through the media, local events and screenings. We welcome other organizations to join us in spreading the word that mental health is something everyone should care about by using the May is Mental Health Month toolkit materials and conducting awareness activities.

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Global Youth Traffic Safety Month
May
1
to May 31

Global Youth Traffic Safety Month

Social: #GYTSM

Twitter: @NOYSnews

Facebook: @NationalOrganizationsforYouthSafety

Website: noys.org

The National Organizations for Youth Safety builds partnerships that save lives, prevent injuries, and promote safe and healthy lifestyles among all youth while encouraging youth empowerment and leadership.

In May, National Organizations for Youth Safety (NOYS) members, partners, and youth leaders from around the country observe Global Youth Traffic Safety Month (GYTSM). The annual campaign uses each week of May to highlight organizations, resources and youth who champion road safety in an effort to raise awareness and inspire individual action that can change the statistics.

Traffic crashes remain the #1 killer of teens – and summer is still the deadliest season for U.S. youth on the roads. With a very special Thunderclap on May 26, 2018 GYTSM supporters honored Gillian Sabet and Clayton Moore, two extraordinary youth who tragically lost their lives in car crashes on this day in 2005 and 2008 by pledging to be a champion of traffic safety as a driver, passenger and pedestrian.

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Hepatitis Awareness Month
May
1
to May 31

Hepatitis Awareness Month

Social: #HepAware19 #HepTestingDay

Twitter: @cdchep

Facebook: @CDC

Website: www.cdc.gov/hepatitis/hepawarenessabcs.htm 

May is Hepatitis Awareness Month. Hepatitis A, hepatitis B, and hepatitis C are three types of viral hepatitis. While each can produce similar symptoms, each hepatitis virus affects the liver differently, has different routes of transmission, and has different populations that are commonly affected.

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International Mediterranean Diet Month
May
1
to May 31

International Mediterranean Diet Month

Social: #MedMonth

Twitter: @OldwaysPT

Facebook: @OldwaysPT

Website: oldwayspt.org/programs/mediterranean-foods-alliance/international-mediterranean-diet-month 

Each May, we shine an extra spotlight on the fabulous flavors and accessible and affordable foods of the Mediterranean Diet.

This month-long promotional campaign, created in 2009 by the Oldways Mediterranean Foods Alliance, generates awareness of the delicious foods and wide-ranging health benefits associated with the Mediterranean Diet and its vibrant lifestyle through special media outreach and interviews, supermarket samplings, discounts for health professionals and social networking with the hashtag #MedMonth.

People Listen When We All Share The Same Message During May

The Mediterranean Diet is a lifestyle approach to easy, healthy eating. It reflects a way of eating that is traditional in the countries that surround the Mediterranean, but you don’t need to travel any father than to your local supermarket to discover its delicious flavors and fresh foods. Scientific evidence shows that it can help with weight loss, reduce risk of heart disease and high blood pressure, fight certain cancers, and more. Embracing the Med Diet is all about making some simple but profound changes in the way you eat today, tomorrow, and for the rest of your life. As we like to say: Make Each Day Mediterranean!

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National Physical Fitness and Sports Month
May
1
to May 31

National Physical Fitness and Sports Month

Social: #MoveInMay

Twitter: @FitnessGov

Website: www.hhs.gov/fitness/be-active/npfsm2017/index.html 

May is National Physical Fitness & Sports Month! The President’s Council on Sports, Fitness & Nutrition is excited to encourage everyone to go play and #MoveInMay.

There are countless ways to get moving and we are asking our partners to help us inspire all Americans to be active. Below are links to additional information, resources, and social media content that you can use to inspire people to get active.

Help us celebrate the month by using the information below to spread the word about National Physical Fitness & Sports Month, National Physical Education & Sport Week, National Bike to School Day, National Women's Health Week, and Senior Health & Fitness Day!

Also, stay tuned during May and beyond for information about the development of the National Youth Sports Strategy and the ongoing National Youth Sports Initiative.

Additional information:

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Skin Cancer Prevention Month ®
May
1
to May 31

Skin Cancer Prevention Month ®

Social: #SkinCancerAwarenessMonth #PracticeSafeSun #SkinCancer

Twitter: @AADskin

Facebook: @AADskin

Website: www.aad.org/public/spot-skin-cancer/programs/skin-cancer-awareness-month 

UV exposure is the most preventable risk factor for skin cancer. During Skin Cancer Awareness Month, the American Academy of Dermatology is asking "Do You Use Protection?" and is encouraging you to practice safe sun every time you are outdoors. Seek shade, wear protective clothing, and use a broad-spectrum, water-resistant sunscreen with SPF 30+ to reduce your risk.

They use protection. Do you?

Everyone needs to use protection. No matter your age, gender or race, the AAD’s new video, “Do You Use Protection?” reminds you about the importance of protecting your skin anytime you’re outdoors.

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Preeclampsia Awareness Month
May
1
to May 31

Preeclampsia Awareness Month

Social: #PreeclampsiaAwarenessMonth #Preeclampsia

Twitter: @preeclampsia

Facebook: @PreeclampsiaFoundation

Website: www.preeclampsia.org 

Preeclampsia is a disorder that occurs only during pregnancy and the postpartum period and affects both the mother and the unborn baby. Affecting at least 5-8% of all pregnancies, it is a rapidly progressive condition characterized by high blood pressure and usually the presence of protein in the urine. Swelling, sudden weight gain, headaches and changes in vision are important symptoms; however, some women with rapidly advancing disease report few symptoms. 

Typically, preeclampsia occurs after 20 weeks gestation (in the late 2nd or 3rd trimesters or middle to late pregnancy) and up to six weeks postpartum (after delivery), though in rare cases it can occur earlier than 20 weeks. Proper prenatal care is essential to diagnose and manage preeclampsia. Pregnancy Induced Hypertension (PIH) and toxemia are outdated terms for preeclampsia. HELLP syndrome and eclampsia (seizures) are other variants of preeclampsia. 

Treatments include medications to prevent seizures (magnesium sulfate) and to lower blood pressure (antihypertensives). Ultimately, delivering the baby is the most effective treatment, although some mothers will get worse before they get better and an even smaller number will develop preeclampsia for the first time after delivery.

Globally, preeclampsia and other hypertensive disorders of pregnancy are a leading cause of maternal and infant illness and death. By conservative estimates, these disorders are responsible for 76,000 maternal and 500,000 infant deaths each year.

Preeclampsia Foundation 
3840 West Eau Gallie Blvd.
Suite 104
Melbourne, FL 32934 
(800) 665-9341 
(321) 421-6957 
info@preeclampsia.org 
www.preeclampsia.org 
Materials available 
Contact: None designated

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Source: 2019 National Health Observances, National Health Information Center, Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Washington, DC.

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National Stroke Awareness Month
May
1
to May 31

National Stroke Awareness Month

Social: #BrainforLife

Twitter: @NINDSnews

Facebook: @NINDSBrainForLife

Website: www.ninds.nih.gov/News-Events/Events-Proceedings/Events/Stroke-Awareness-Month 

#Stroke is a leading cause of death & can happen to anyone. Control your risk factors to improve your brain health.

In observance of National Stroke Awareness Month, NINDS, Million Hearts, American Academy of Neurology (AAN), and the American Stroke Association are co-hosting a Twitter chat to discuss stroke risk factors, the importance of keeping your brain healthy, and the latest stroke research.

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Arthritis Awareness Month
May
1
to May 31

Arthritis Awareness Month

Social: #ArthritisAwarenessMonth #LetsGripArthritis

Twitter: @ArthritisFdn

Facebook: @Arthritis.org

Website: www.arthritis.org 

“I don’t know many people with arthritis.”

 “It’s a disease that affects older people.”

 “Anyone can live with a little joint pain.”

 “Are you sure what you’re experiencing isn’t just in your head?”

From coast to coast, this is what we hear about arthritis every day. Although more Americans are living with arthritis than those with breast cancer, diabetes, Alzheimer’s and autism combined, most people know very little about this debilitating disease. In fact, only 7% of Americans realize it’s the No. 1 cause of long-term disability in the United States.

 To celebrate Arthritis Awareness Month during May, our Let’s Get a Grip on Arthritis campaignis back to debunk myths and reveal truths about the disease. With the help of four Arthritis Warriors and Presenting Partner CVS Health®, we’ll rally everyday Americans and corporate America to bring arthritis out of the shadows to spark lasting change.

The truth is 1 in every 4 people you know is living with arthritis. That means for millions of kids and adults, routine activities like unbuttoning a shirt, opening a jar or getting in and out of the car are a challenge — sometimes physically impossible.

But together, we can change that.

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Food Allergy Action Month
May
1
to May 31

Food Allergy Action Month

Social: #ContainsCourage #FoodAllergy #FARE

Twitter: @FoodAllergy

Facebook: @FoodAllergyFARE

Website: https://www.foodallergy.org/life-with-food-allergies

Food allergy is a serious and potentially life-threatening medical condition affecting 32 million Americans. One in every 13 children has a food allergy—that’s about 2 in every U.S. classroom. And every 3 minutes, a food allergy reaction sends someone to the emergency room.

Food allergy is among the diseases considered to be part of the Atopic March. Also known as the Allergic March, this term refers to the progression of allergic diseases in a person’s life: eczema, food allergy, allergic rhinitis and asthma. Not everyone will follow this progression, or experience every condition.

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National Teen Pregnancy Prevention Month
May
1
to May 31

National Teen Pregnancy Prevention Month

Social: #NTPPM

Twitter: @TeenHealthGov

Website: www.hhs.gov/ash/oah/news/national-teen-pregnancy-prevention-month.html 

Every May, the nation turns its attention to teen pregnancy prevention for a full month. National Teen Pregnancy Prevention Month (NTPPM) highlights the historic declines in the rates of teen births in the United States. Significant declines have occurred in all 50 states and among all racial/ethnic groups, yet disparities continue.

Want to get involved? You and your organization can make a difference, whether you have two minutes, two hours, or two days to devote to supporting NTPPM. Below are resources, tools, and ideas to fit any budget or amount of time.

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