2019 Featured Events
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.
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.
#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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Tobacco and lung health
Every year, on 31 May, the World Health Organization (WHO) and global partners celebrate World No Tobacco Day (WNTD). The annual campaign is an opportunity to raise awareness on the harmful and deadly effects of tobacco use and second-hand smoke exposure, and to discourage the use of tobacco in any form.
The focus of World No Tobacco Day 2019 is on "tobacco and lung health." The campaign will increase awareness on:
the negative impact that tobacco has on people’s lung health, from cancer to chronic respiratory disease,
the fundamental role lungs play for the health and well-being of all people.
The campaign also serves as a call to action, advocating for effective policies to reduce tobacco consumption and engaging stakeholders across multiple sectors in the fight for tobacco control.
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
National Cancer Survivors Day® is a CELEBRATION for those who have survived, an INSPIRATION for those recently diagnosed, a gathering of SUPPORT for families, and an OUTREACH to the community.
National Cancer Survivors Day® is an annual, treasured Celebration of Life that is held in hundreds of communities nationwide, and around the world, on the first Sunday in June. It is a CELEBRATION for those who have survived, an INSPIRATION for those recently diagnosed, a gathering of SUPPORT for families, and an OUTREACH to the community. On National Cancer Survivors Day®, thousands gather across the globe to honor cancer survivors and to show the world that life after a cancer diagnosis can be fruitful, rewarding, and even inspiring.
It is a day for everyone, whether you're a cancer survivor, a family member, friend, or medical professional. This day provides an opportunity for all people living with a history of cancer – including America’s more than 15.5 million cancer survivors – to connect with each other, celebrate milestones, and recognize those who have supported them along the way. It is also a day to draw attention to the ongoing challenges of cancer survivorship in order to promote more resources, research, and survivor-friendly legislation to improve cancer survivors’ quality of life.
Anyone can host an NCSD event. Get started with our 7 simple steps to organizing a National Cancer Survivors Day® event in your community.
When is National Cancer Survivors Day®? National Cancer Survivors Day® is observed each year on the first Sunday in June.
Family Health & Fitness Day will be held on June 8, 2019. Celebrated the second Saturday in June each year, this special day promotes the importance of parks and recreation in keeping communities healthy. Agencies everywhere are encouraged to participate by inviting families to get active at their local park or recreation center, or by hosting an event, such as a health fair or family fun run. Members of the healthcare community are encouraged to participate, as well, even as sponsors.
Join our webinar on Thursday, March 28th at 2 p.m. ET. Learn about the many ways your agency can participate in Family Health & Fitness Day.
Share your Family Health & Fitness Day ideas, events and photos with us online using the hashtag #NRPAFamilyFitDay.
Each year, MHA's Annual Conference brings together affiliates, consumers, providers, family members and advocates from across the country to talk about important and emerging mental health issues. MHA's 2019 Annual Conference Dueling Diagnoses: Mental Health and Chronic Conditions in Children and Adults will focus on understanding underlying factors that lead to both physical and mental health concerns in children and adults; recognizing and distinguishing the symptoms and characteristics of the mental health conditions that may be present in people with physical, intellectual, and cognitive conditions and limitations; and developing and identifying strategies that can be used by individuals, advocates, and providers across conditions to work on behalf of the whole person and move everyone along pathways to recovery, as we define those.
YouTube: What is Sickle Cell Anemia?
Sickle cell disease (SCD) is an inherited, lifelong blood disorder that causes individuals to produce abnormal hemoglobin, causing their red blood cells to become rigid and sickle-shaped. These sickled cells have a shortened lifespan, resulting in a constant shortage of red blood cells. When these sickled cells travel through the blood, they often get stuck in the smaller blood vessels, blocking other oxygen-rich red blood cells from freely flowing throughout the body. This leads to complications ranging in severity, including severe pain, acute chest syndrome (a condition that lowers the level of oxygen in the blood), stroke, organ damage, and even premature death.
Globally, it is estimated that 300,000 infants are born annually with sickle cell disease. The majority of these births occur in low-resource countries, especially in sub-Saharan Africa where the World Health Organization estimates 70 percent of the world’s population of children with SCD live. The majority of children suffer from chronic pain and numerous infections; ultimately, many die before their fifth birthday.
In the United States, nearly 100,000 individuals have SCD. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that SCD affects 1 out of every 365 black or African-American births, and 1 out of every 16,300 Hispanic-American births.
National HIV Testing Day (NHTD) was first observed on June 27, 1995. NHTD is a day to encourage people to get tested for HIV, know their status, and get linked to care and treatment.
Theme: “Improving the Nation’s Health through Public and Private Partnerships”
NACCHO Annual is the premier public health conference that offers an opportunity for local health department staff, partners, funders, and individuals invested in local public health to share the latest research, ideas, strategies and innovations.
Each year, over 1,100 professionals from across the nation convene to gain insights from leading public health experts and engage in dialogue to address the issues that affect their communities.
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.
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!
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:
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.
World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action (WABA) is a global network of organisations and individuals who believe breastfeeding is the right of all children and mothers and who dedicate themselves to protect, promote and support this right.
Annually, WABA coordinates and organises the World Breastfeeding Week (WBW) between Aug 1-7. Since 2016, we have aligned our WBW campaign to United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). We call this the WBW-SDGs Campaign.
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.
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.
America’s Health Centers: Rooted in Communities
National Health Center Week (August 4th-10th) is an annual celebration with the goal of raising awareness about the mission and accomplishments of America’s health centers over the past five decades.
Health centers serve 28 million patients – a number that continues to grow along with the demand for affordable primary care. In addition to their long history as health care homes to millions, health centers produce innovative solutions to the most pressing health care issues in their communities and reach beyond the walls of conventional medicine to address the social determinants of health affecting special patient populations. Each year we celebrate the work and services health centers provide to special populations within their community on designated days during the week.
This year, the National Association of Community Health Centers and the Health Center Advocacy Network invites you to celebrate the ways that health centers are “Rooted in Communities.”
CDC, in close collaboration with partners, has organized Contact Lens Health Week as a strategy to increase public awareness and promote healthy contact lens wear and care. August 19-23, 2019 marks the sixth annual Contact Lens Health Week. Increased awareness about the importance of proper contact lens hygiene can encourage contact lens wearers to adopt healthy habits that can reduce their chances of getting an eye infection.
The State of the Map US Organizing Committee is delighted to present talks on the past, present, and future of OpenStreetMap from the community that builds it! Dive deep on the intersection of open mapping and cities, community mapping around the world, routing and transportation, and more.
We are hosting 2 and a half days of talks and workshops on September 6th, 7th, and 8th. If you want to be sure not to miss a thing, make sure arrive on Thursday and head out on Sunday evening. Be ready for a mapping packed event!
Does this sound so exciting you want to do more than just attend? We can always use some help organizing. Please send us an email at email@example.com to help out!
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APPLICATION DEADLINE: MAY 3, 2019
APPLICATION STATUS NOTIFICATION: JUNE 1, 2019
The eighth annual Geo for Good User Summit is coming up in September!
In 2019, Google Earth Outreach is unifying the Earth Engine User Summit and Earth Outreach’s Geo for Good User Summit for their first ever combined Geo for Good Summit. This Summit will bring together the Earth Engine and Earth Outreach communities to one larger event where scientists, nonprofits and changemakers can learn from each other and potentially collaborate on projects for positive impact for our planet and its inhabitants.
Application Process: To ensure an effective hands-on experience, there will be a limited number of seats. Interested candidates will be asked to apply to attend the workshop.
Cost: Attendance is free, pending approval through Google’s application process.