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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Men's Health Month
Jun
1
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Men's Health Month

Social: #MensHealthMonth #ShowUsYourBlue #MensHealth

Twitter: @MensHlthNetwork

Facebook: @menshealthnetwork

YouTube: MHNMedia

Website: www.menshealthmonth.org 

JUNE IS MEN’S HEALTH MONTH!

Anchored by a Congressional health education program, Men’s Health Month is celebrated across the country with screenings, health fairs, media appearances, and other health education and outreach activities.

Recognition from the White House provides encouragement to men, boys, and their families around the globe.

Use your company’s liberal dress policy to celebrate Wear Blue Friday, the Friday before Father’s day.

GOAL OF MEN’S HEALTH MONTH

The purpose of Men’s Health Month is to heighten the awareness of preventable health problems and encourage early detection and treatment of disease among men and boys. This month gives health care providers, public policy makers, the media, and individuals an opportunity to encourage men and boys to seek regular medical advice and early treatment for disease and injury. The response has been overwhelming with thousands of awareness activities in the USA and around the globe.

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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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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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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 Osteoporosis Month
May
1
to May 31

National Osteoporosis Month

Social: #NationalOsteoporosis

Twitter: @OsteoporosisNOF

Facebook: @nationalosteoporosisfoundation

Website: https://www.nof.org/national-osteoporosis-month/

May is National Osteoporosis Month! We hope you will join us in celebrating bone health. In honor of our 35th Anniversary, we have created free downloadable resources including a poster and an interactive tool, 35 Ways to Stay Bone Strong. Each box links to a fact, resource or action vetted by the leading authority on bone health, National Osteoporosis Foundation, to empower you to protect your ability to live your best life.

Osteoporosis is common. One in two women and up to one in four men over the age of fifty will break a bone due to osteoporosis. The disease, which is not a normal part of aging, is serious causing broken bones, pain, suffering and life-altering loss of mobility—yet it is treatable and even preventable.

Help us promote National Osteoporosis Month and the importance staying bone strong by sharing these free downloadable resources and information on our website NOF.org.

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Global Employee Health and Fitness Month
May
1
to May 31

Global Employee Health and Fitness Month

Social: #EmployeeHealth

Twitter: @GEHFM

Facebook: @GlobalEmployeeHealthandFitness

Website: www.healthandfitnessmonth.com 

Global Employee Health & Fitness Month (GEHFM) is an international observance of health and fitness in the workplace. The goal of GEHFM is to promote the benefits of a healthy lifestyle to employers and their employees through worksite health promotion activities and environments.

The National Association for Health and Fitness (NAHF) (www.physicalfitness.org) was founded in l979 by the President’s Council on Physical Fitness, Sports and Nutrition and has, as its vision that America shares in the social, economic, health and environmental benefits that come from living an active lifestyle.  Our mission is to improve the quality of life for all individuals by promoting physical fitness, sports and healthy lifestyles.  We also champion environmental and policy support for active living, community involvement, promoting quality physical education; developing workforce health promotion programs and active-aging programs.  With our focus, NAHF “bridges the gap” between federal and local action and unites researcher and community practitioner.  Our award-winning worksite health promotion program “Global Employee Health and Fitness Month”(GEHFM)  has resulted in thousands of employees leading healthier lives!  USA school districts, universities, state and local governments, hospital systems, pharmacies and public health departments have all been participants in the GEHFM initiative. 

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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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Testicular Cancer Awareness Month
Apr
1
to Apr 30

Testicular Cancer Awareness Month

Social: #TesticularCancer

Twitter: @TAMHBlog, @MensHlthNetwork

Facebook: @menshealthnetwork

Website: www.TesticularCancerAwarenessMonth.com 

About Testicular Cancer

Testicular cancer is the most common type of cancer in men ages 15-35 years, but men of all ages can be at risk.

Testicular cancer is of special concern to young men. It’s less common in middle-aged and older men. Caucasian men are about 5 times more likely to develop testicular cancer than African American men. The rate among Hispanic men lies between those of African Americans and Caucasians.

In the U.S., over 8,500 cases are diagnosed each year, and almost 400 males die of testicular cancer. According to the American Cancer Society, the average age of diagnosis is about age 33.

Most testicular cancer awareness organizations recommend that males conduct regular self-exams. Instructions for self-exams can be found here.

You can learn more about testicular cancer at the Men’s Health Resource Center.

You can download free brochures in English and Spanish at the Men’s Health Library.
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Oral Cancer Awareness Month
Apr
1
to Apr 30

Oral Cancer Awareness Month

Social: #OralCancerAwareness, #OralCancer

Twitter: @oralcancerfnd

Facebook: @oralcancer

Website: www.oralcancer.org 

Oral and oropharyngeal cancers are the largest group of those cancers which fall into the head and neck cancer category. Common names for it include such things as mouth cancer, tongue cancer, tonsil cancer, and throat cancer. Approximately 53,000 people in the US will be newly diagnosed with oral cancer in 2019. This includes those cancers that occur in the mouth itself, in the very back of the mouth known as the oropharynx, and on the exterior lip of the mouth. For more than a decade there has been an annual increase in the rate of occurrence of oral and oropharyngeal cancers. This is expected to continue as there is no national screening policy or protocol, and the risk factors for the disease continue to be relatively unchanged.

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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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Alcohol Awareness Month
Apr
1
to Apr 30

Alcohol Awareness Month

Social: #AlcoholAwarenessMonth

Twitter: @FacingAddiction

Facebook: @facingaddiction

Website: www.facingaddiction.org

Founded and sponsored by the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (now Facing Addiction with NCADD), Alcohol Awareness Month was established in 1987 to help reduce the stigma so often associated with alcohol addiction by encouraging communities to reach out to the American public each April with information about alcohol, alcohol addiction, and recovery. Alcohol addiction is a chronic, progressive disease, genetically predisposed and fatal if untreated. However, people can and do recover. In fact, it is estimated that as many as 20 million individuals and family members are living lives in recovery from alcohol use!

Alcohol Awareness Month provides a focused opportunity across America to increase awareness and understanding of alcohol addiction, its causes, effective treatment, and recovery.  It is an opportunity to decrease stigma and misunderstandings in order to dismantle the barriers to treatment and recovery, and thus make seeking help more readily available to those who suffer from this disease.

With this year’s theme — “Help for Today, Hope for Tomorrow” — the month of April will be filled with local, state, and national events aimed at educating people about the treatment and prevention of alcohol addiction, particularly among our youth, and the important role that parents can play in giving kids a better understanding of the impact that alcohol can have on their lives. Local Facing Addiction with NCADD Affiliates as well as schools, colleges, churches, and countless other community organizations will sponsor a host of activities that create awareness and encourage individuals and families to get help for alcohol-related problems. 

An integral part of Alcohol Awareness Month is Alcohol-Free Weekend, April 5-7, 2019, which takes place on the first weekend of April, to raise public awareness about the use of alcohol and how it may be affecting individuals, families, businesses and our communities. During Alcohol-Free Weekend, Facing Addiction with NCADD extends an open invitation to all Americans to engage in three alcohol-free days. Those individuals or families who experience difficulty or discomfort in this 72-hour experiment are urged to contact local Facing Addiction with NCADD Affiliates, Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) and Al-Anon to learn more about alcohol use disorder and its early symptoms.

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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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