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National Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month
May
1
to May 31

National Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month

Social: #MoreThanAsthma #Asthma

Twitter: @AAFANational

Facebook: @AAFANational

Website: https://www.aafa.org/asthma-and-allergy-awareness-month/

Since 1984, the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) has declared May to be “National Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month.” It’s a peak season for people with asthma and allergies, and a perfect time to educate patients, family, friends, co-workers and others about these diseases.

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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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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 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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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 
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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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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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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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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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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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STI Awareness Month
Apr
1
to Apr 30

STI Awareness Month

Social: #PleasureIsHealthy, #ISpeakSexHealth

Twitter: @InfoASHA

Facebook: American Sexual Health Association

Website: www.ASHAsexualhealth.org 

March is Sexual Pleasure Month

It’s on! March is Sexual Pleasure Month and the focus is #PleasureIsHealthy! Pleasure has many benefits: sex helps you sleep better, reduces stress and increases happiness. Sex and orgasm actually release chemicals that our bodies love.

We can experience the benefits of pleasure with or without a partner, too, so here’s a plug for masturbation as a normal, natural, healthy practice!  There’s no one “right way” to have sex and we hope you’ll use some of our resources this month and beyond to explore the many approaches to pleasure and satisfaction we believe you so richly deserve. Enjoy!   

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Sports Eye Safety Awareness Month
Apr
1
to Apr 30

Sports Eye Safety Awareness Month

Social: #SportEyeSafety

Twitter: @aao_ophth

Facebook: @AmericanAcademyofOphthalmology

Website: aao.org/eyesmart 

More than 25,000 people seek treatment for sports-related eye injuries each year. The good news is that almost all of these injuries can be prevented. Whatever your game, whatever your age, you need to protect your eyes!

Take the following steps to avoid sports eye injuries:

  • Wear proper safety goggles (lensed polycarbonate protectors) for racquet sports or basketball. In order to be assured that your eyes are protected, it is important that any eye guard or sports protective eyewear are labeled as ASTM F803 approved. This eyewear is performance tested to give you the highest levels of protection.

  • Use batting helmets with polycarbonate face shields for youth baseball.

  • Use helmets and face shields approved by the U.S. Amateur Hockey Association when playing hockey.

  • Know that regular glasses don't provide enough protection

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Sexual Assault Awareness Month of Action
Apr
1
to Apr 30

Sexual Assault Awareness Month of Action

Social: #SAAM

Twitter: @nsvrc

Facebook: @nsvrc

Website: www.nsvrc.org/saam 

Sexual Assault Awareness Month is a campaign to raise public awareness about sexual violence and educate communities on how to prevent it. The campaign theme, I Ask, champions the message that asking for consent is a healthy, normal, and necessary part of everyday interactions.  

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National Facial Protection Month
Apr
1
to Apr 30

National Facial Protection Month

Social: #FacialProtection

Twitter: @aaoms

Facebook: @aaoms.org

Website: www.aaoms.org/media/april-is-national-facial-protection-month 

This month we're spreading the word to remind both children and adults: as you suit up for outdoor activities this spring, don't forget to protect your face and head. Spring often brings a flood of patients suffering with head, mouth and facial injuries resulting from sports-related accidents to doctors' offices and emergency rooms. Many oral and facial injuries can be easily prevented with the use of sports safety equipment like helmets and mouth guards.

National Facial Protection Month is sponsored by the Academy for Sports DentistryAmerican Academy of Pediatric DentistryAmerican Academy of PediatricsAmerican Dental AssociationAmerican Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons and the American Association of Orthodontists. Together we encourage children and adults to enjoy the pleasures of the season by using common sense and taking the necessary precautions to prevent sports injuries.

For more information about the prevention and treatment of facial injury, visit MyOMS.org.

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National Donate Life Month
Apr
1
to Apr 30

National Donate Life Month

Social: #DonateLife, #organdonor

Twitter: @HRSAgov

Facebook: @organdonor.gov

Website: www.organdonor.gov 

Every day, lives are saved and improved by the gift of life, sight and health. Even though 145 million people in the U.S. have registered as donors, we all need to sign up.

Signing up on your state registry means that someday you could save lives as a donor—by leaving behind the gift of life. When you register, most states let you choose what organs and tissues you want to donate, and you can update your status at any time.

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Women’s Eye Health and Safety Month
Apr
1
to Apr 30

Women’s Eye Health and Safety Month

Social: #WomensEyeHealth

Twitter: @PBA_savingsight

Facebook: @preventblindness

Website: www.preventblindness.org/womens-eye-health-and-safety-awareness-month 

The Future of Vision: Forecasting the Prevalence and Costs of Vision Problems, women make up the majority of the 4.4 million Americans age 40 and older who are visually impaired or blind.  More women than men have age-related macular degeneration, cataracts, and glaucoma. These numbers will only continue to increase in the years to come. 

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National Cheerleader Safety Month
Mar
1
to Mar 31

National Cheerleader Safety Month

Social: #CheerleaderSafetyMonth

Twitter: @CheerSafe

Website: www.cheersafe.org/about/national-cheerleading-safety-month 

March is National Cheerleading Safety Month. It is an opportunity each year to spread the word about cheerleading safety and make sure your cheer program follows recognized progressions and safety rules.

Throughout the month, CheerSafe.org provides important tools, trainings and updates to give athletes, coaches and parents the latest information about cheerleading safety. We work with our partners – including USA Cheer and the American Association of Cheerleading Coaches and Administrators – to publicize National Cheerleading Safety Month.

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National Radon Action Month
Jan
1
to Jan 31

National Radon Action Month

Social: #NationalRadonActionMonth

Twitter: @EPA

Facebook: @EPA

Website: www.epa.gov/radon/national-radon-action-month-information 

You can’t see, smell or taste radon, but it could be present at a dangerous level in your home. Radon is the leading cause of lung cancer deaths among nonsmokers in America and claims the lives of about 21,000 Americans each year. In fact, the EPA and the U.S. Surgeon General urge all Americans to protect their health by testing their homes, schools and other buildings for radon.

Exposure to radon is a preventable health risk and testing radon levels in your home can help prevent unnecessary exposure. If a high radon level is detected in your home, you can take steps to fix the problem to protect yourself and your family.

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National Immunization Awareness Month
Aug
1
to Aug 31

National Immunization Awareness Month

Social: #NIAM#NationalImmunizationAwarenessMonth

Twitter: @NPHIC, @CDC

Facebook: @CDC

Website: https://www.nphic.org/niamhttps://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. NIAM was established to encourage people of all ages to make sure they are up to date on the vaccines recommended for them. Communities have continued to use the month each year to raise awareness about the important role vaccines play in preventing serious, sometimes deadly, diseases.

Suggested themes for August 2018:   

  • July/August Back to School: Ready for school? Make sure those vaccine records are up to date!

  • August 5-11 Pregnant Women: Protect yourself and pass protection on to your baby.

  • August 12-18 Babies and Young Children: A healthy start begins with on-time vaccinations.

  • August 19-25 Preteens & Teens: Ensure a healthy future with vaccines.

  • August 26-31 Adults: Vaccines are not just for kids.

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National Safety Month
Jun
1
to Jun 30

National Safety Month

Social: #NationalSafetyMonth#No1GetsHurt#SafetyMonth

Twitter: @NSCsafety 

Facebook: @NatlSafetyCouncil

YouTube: NatlSafetyCouncil

Website: https://www.nsc.org/work-safety/get-involved/national-safety-month

Join NSC and thousands of organizations nationwide as we work to ensure No One Gets Hurt.

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:

  • Week 1: Emergency Preparedness

  • Week 2: Wellness

  • Week 3: Falls

  • Week 4: Driving

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