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Problem Gambling Awareness Month
Mar
1
to Mar 31

Problem Gambling Awareness Month

Social: #AwarenessPlusAction

Twitter: @NCPGambling

Facebook: @NCPG.org

Website: www.npgaw.org 

PGAM is a grassroots campaign that depends on the participation of NCPG state Affiliate, organizational and individual members, state health agencies, gambling companies, recovery groups and a wide range of healthcare organizations and providers.  2019 is the 15th year for this event. Groups across America hold conferences, air Public Service Announcements, provide counselor trainings, host screening days, run social media campaigns and many other activities to increase public awareness of problem gambling and the availability of prevention, treatment & recovery services.

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National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month
Mar
1
to Mar 31

National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month

Social: #StopCancerB4ItStarts

Twitter: @preventcancer

Facebook: @preventcancer

Website: preventcancer.org/our-work/colorectal-cancer-awareness-month/ 

When we think of March, we think of winter ending, the sun shining and warm weather on its way, but we should also think about National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month. Colorectal cancer remains the second leading cause of cancer deaths. This March, let’s raise awareness for the preventive actions we can take to fight this disease.

Fifteen years ago, the Prevent Cancer Foundation recognized a need to raise awareness and funding for colorectal cancer. Our first step was to lead the charge to pass a resolution designating March as Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month in the U.S. Senate, U.S. House and White House. March 2000 became the first National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month and with 58 other partners, the Prevent Cancer Foundation launched a major public awareness campaign coining the phrase ‘Preventable, Treatable, Beatable.’

What is Colorectal Cancer?

Colorectal cancer is cancer of the colon or the rectum. It develops from polyps, grape-like growths that can form on the colon or rectum lining, that can grow cancerous over time. With timely screenings, colorectal cancer is highly preventable because polyps can be found and removed before they become cancerous.

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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 Child Abuse Prevention Month
Apr
1
to Apr 30

National Child Abuse Prevention Month

Social: #NCAPM2019

Twitter: @ChildWelfareGov

Facebook: @childwelfare

Website: www.childwelfare.gov/topics/preventing/preventionmonth/ 

National Child Abuse Prevention Month recognizes the importance of families and communities working together to prevent child abuse and neglect and promotes the social and emotional well-being of children and families. During the month of April and throughout the year, communities are encouraged to increase awareness and provide education and support to families through resources and strategies to prevent child abuse and neglect. Each year, the White House and many states issue proclamations to raise awareness and to encourage communities to take steps to improve the well-being of children. To learn more about significant moments in child abuse prevention, browse the NCAPM timeline:

https://www.childwelfare.gov/topics/preventing/preventionmonth/about/timeline/

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Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month
Apr
1
to Apr 30

Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month

Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month

Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN) 
1220 L Street NW, Suite 505
Washington, DC 20005 
(800) 656-4673 
(202) 544-1034 
info@rainn.org 
www.rainn.org 
Materials available 
Contact: None designated

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 Distracted Driving Awareness Month
Apr
1
to Apr 30

National Distracted Driving Awareness Month

National Distracted Driving Awareness Month

National Safety Council 
1121 Spring Lake Drive
Itasca, IL 60143 
(800) 621-7619 
(630) 285-1434 Fax 
customerservice@nsc.org 
www.nsc.org/learn/NSC-Initiatives/Pages/distracted-driving-awareness-month.aspx 
Materials available 
Contact: None designated

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 Facial Protection Month
Apr
1
to Apr 30

National Facial Protection Month

National Facial Protection Month

American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons
American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry
American Association of Orthodontists 
9700 West Bryn Mawr Avenue
Rosemont, IL 60018 
(847) 678-6200 
inquiries@aaoms.org 
www.aaoms.org/media/april-is-national-facial-protection-month 
Materials available 
Contact: AAOMS Communications

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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Alcohol Awareness Month
Apr
1
to Apr 30

Alcohol Awareness Month

Alcohol Awareness Month

Facing Addiction with NCADD 
217 Broadway, Suite 712
New York, NY 10007 
(800) NCA-CALL (622-2255) (24-Hour Helpline)
(212) 269-7797 
(212) 269-7510 Fax 
national@ncadd.org 
www.facingaddiction.org 
Materials available 
Contact: None designated

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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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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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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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.
English | Spanish

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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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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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Cervical Health Awareness Month
Jan
1
to Jan 31

Cervical Health Awareness Month

Social: #CervicalHealthMonth, #StopHPVCancer

Twitter: @StopHPVCancer

Facebook: @StopCervicalCancer

Website: www.nccc-online.org/hpvcervical-cancer/cervical-health-awareness-month/

What is Cervical Health Awareness Month?

The United States Congress designated January as Cervical Health Awareness Month. Nearly 13,000 women in the United States are diagnosed with cervical cancer each year, but the disease is preventable with vaccination and appropriate screening (Pap and HPV tests).

During January, NCCC and its many local chapters across the country highlight issues related to cervical cancer, HPV disease and the importance of early detection. While NCCC chapters host events throughout the year, January is a month with a special focus as chapters celebrate Cervical Health Awareness Month and work to spread the word in their communities.

NCCC and the American Sexual Health Association (ASHA) also offer a range of resources to educate the public and healthcare providers about cervical health, from fact sheets to episodes of ASHA’s Sex+Health podcast.

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National Winter Sports TBI Awareness Month
Jan
1
to Jan 31

National Winter Sports TBI Awareness Month

Social: #TBIAwareness

Twitter: @JohnnyOADTBI

Facebook: @johnnyofoundation

Website: www.thejohnnyo.org 

Winter sports are a great way to have fun and stay in shape. Flying down the ski slopes at 25+ miles per hour or shredding the terrain on a snowboard at more than 20 mph is certainly exhilarating, but it can be dangerous, especially if you hit your head when you crash at those speeds. Hitting your head can result in a traumatic brain injury (TBI), which can disrupt brain function.

In 2009, emergency departments in the United States treated 16,948 patients for head injuries sustained during the winter sports of skiing, sledding, snowboarding and snowmobiling, according to the American Association of Neurological Surgeons. As National Winter Sports TBI Awareness Month, January is a great time to learn about traumatic brain injuries associated with winter sports.

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National Birth Defects Prevention Month
Jan
1
to Jan 31

National Birth Defects Prevention Month

Social: #Best4YouBest4Baby

Twitter: @NBDPN

Facebook: @nbdpn

Website: www.nbdpn.org/national_birth_defects_prevent.php

Birth defects are abnormal conditions that happen before or at the time of birth. Some are mild–like an extra finger or toe. Some are very serious–like a heart defect. They can cause physical, mental, or medical problems. Some, like Down syndrome or sickle cell anemia, are caused by genetic factors. Others are caused by certain drugs, medicines or chemicals. But the causes of most birth defects are still a mystery. Researchers are working hard to learn the causes of birth defects so that we can find ways to prevent them.

Not all birth defects can be prevented. But a woman can increase her own chance of having a healthy baby. Many birth defects happen very early in pregnancy, sometimes before a woman even knows she is pregnant. Remember that about half of all pregnancies are unplanned.

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National Breast Cancer Awareness Month
Oct
1
to Oct 31

National Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Social: #BreastCancerAwareness, #AttackingCancer 

Twitter: @AmericanCancer

Facebook: @AmericanCancerSociety

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/americancancersociety/

Website: www.cancer.org/cancer/breast-cancer.html 

There is no sure way to prevent breast cancer. But there are things you can do that might lower your risk. This can be especially helpful for women with certain risk factors for breast cancer, such as having a strong family history or certain gene changes.

American Cancer Society 
250 Williams Street NW
Atlanta, GA 30303 
(800) ACS-2345 (227-2345) 
www.cancer.org/cancer/breast-cancer.html 

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

Children's Eye Health and Safety Month

The American Academy of Ophthalmology emphasizes the importance of healthy vision to academic success during Children’s Eye Health and Safety Month in August.

With back-to-school time around the corner, parents will be scrambling to buy new school supplies and clothes. As they tick off their long list of school to-dos, ophthalmologists are reminding moms and dads not to neglect one of the most important learning tools: their children’s eyes.

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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/

Promoting awareness and prevention of group B strep disease in babies during pregnancy through early infancy.

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.

Fortunately there are many ways to help protect babies from group B strep. The website contains resources for you learn more about GBS and help prevent its devastating effects.

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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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Fireworks Safety Month
Jun
1
to Jul 4

Fireworks Safety Month

Social: #FireworksSafetyMonth, #FireworksSafety

Twitter: @AcademyEyeSmart 

Facebook: @AcademyEyeSmart

YouTube: EyeSmart- American Academy of Ophthalmology

Website: https://www.aao.org/eye-health/tips-prevention/injuries-fireworks-eye-safety

Fireworks may be advertised like toys. You may think you know how to handle them safely. But fireworks injure thousands of Americans every year. Playing with fireworks can blind you or your loved ones. Leave fireworks to the professionals this year.

Thousands of people, many of them children, suffer eye injuries from fireworks each year in the United States. In the most severe cases, fireworks can rupture the globe of the eye, cause chemical and thermal burns, corneal abrasions and retinal detachment — all of which can permanently cause eye damage and affect vision.

According to the most recent fireworks injury report (PDF) from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, fireworks injuries in the in the United States caused nearly 10,500 injuries requiring treatment in emergency rooms. The report also showed that nearly 1,300 eye injuries related to fireworks were treated in U.S. emergency rooms in 2014, more than double the 600 reported in 2012.

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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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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.

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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Men's Health Month
Jun
1
to Jun 30

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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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.

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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.

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