Health Observances by Month

Cervical Cancer Awareness
The United States Congress designated January as Cervical Health Awareness Month. January highlights issues related to cervical cancer, HPV disease and the importance of early detection. Not one single woman ever needs to die from cervical cancer. We have the tools we need to prevent this disease so let’s use them. Get involved. Visit the American Cancer Society

National Children’s Dental Month  
This month-long national health observance brings together thousands of dedicated dental professionals, healthcare providers, and educators to promote the benefits of good oral health to children, their caregivers, teachers and many others.

National School-Based Health Care Awareness Month 
Every February, the school-based health care community celebrates National School-Based Health Care Awareness Month—an opportunity to recognize our success and raise awareness about how school-based health centers (SBHCs) are effecting change across the country. 

Heart Health Month
Heart disease is the number one cause of death for both men and women in the United States. Heart disease can often be prevented when people make healthy choices and manage their health conditions. Communities, health professionals, and families can work together to create opportunities for people to make healthier choices.

Wear Red Day on February 5th (the day nationally-recognized to wear red and promote heart health!). Let’s unite to prevent heart disease and stroke. Heart disease and stroke kill 1 in 3 women, yet it’s 80% preventable. Help us raise awareness to end this killer of women. Make a change on National Wear Red Day and all year long!  


National Nutrition Month National Nutrition Month® is a nutrition education and information campaign created annually in March by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. The campaign focuses attention on the importance of making informed food choices and developing sound eating and physical activity habits.

National Poison Prevention WeekMarch 20-26 - Since 1962, the President of the United States has proclaimed the third week of March as National Poison Prevention Week to raise awareness about the dangers of poisonings and how to prevent them.

Colorectal Cancer Month Since March 2000 the colon cancer community where thousands of patients, survivors, caregivers and advocates throughout the country join together to spread colon cancer awareness by wearing blue, holding fundraising and education events, talking to friends and family about screening and so much more.

World TB Day March 24 - World TB Day is held each year on March 24th and aims to build public awareness for tuberculosis. A disease which despite being curable, remains a destructive epidemic in much of the world.

Groundwater Awareness Week March 7-13 - Groundwater Awareness Week spotlights one of the world’s most important resources; groundwater. Whether you’re on a public water system or a private well, whether you are a health care official, policymaker, regulator, an environmentalist or a groundwater professional, you can get involved in protecting this vital resource.



National Infant Immunization Week - April 16-23 - National Infant Immunization Week (NIIW) is an annual observance to promote the benefits of immunizations and to improve the health of children two years old or younger.

STD Awareness Month  is here, along with the alarming news that sexually-transmitted diseases (STDs) are on the rise. Recent CDC data for three nationally-reported STDs—chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis—show staggering numbers, with cases of all three diseases increasing for the first time since 2006.

National Public Health WeekApril 4-10During the first full week of April each year, APHA brings together communities across the United States to observe National Public Health Week as a time to recognize the contributions of public health and highlight issues that are important to improving our nation.

Alcohol Awareness Month  Alcohol Awareness Month provides a focused opportunity across America to increase awareness and understanding of alcoholism, 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.




Healthy Vision Month  Celebrate with National Eye Institute (NEI) by encouraging friends and family to make eye health a priority. Your eyes are your windows to the world. Learn how to keep them healthy and safe.

Children’s Mental Health Month  The Caring for Every Child's Mental Health Campaign seeks to raise awareness about the importance of children's mental health.

National Teen Pregnancy & Prevention Month Join the Family & Youth Services Bureau's Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention Program in teaching teens about healthy life skills, development, and communication helps to prepare them for adulthood and equips them with the information needed to make responsible decisions and avoid teen pregnancy.

Skin Cancer Awareness Month May is Skin Cancer Awareness Month, and The Skin Cancer Foundation would like to take this opportunity to recommend how to prevent skin cancer.

National Physical Fitness & Sports Month  Regular physical activity is good for everyone’s health and people of all ages and body types can be physically active. National Physical Fitness and Sports Month is a great time to spread the word about the benefits of getting active.

National Stroke Awareness Month  May is American Stroke Month. While stroke threatens millions of lives, it is largely preventable, treatable and beatable. Together, we can end stroke.

SAMSHA National Prevention WeekMay 15-21 National Prevention Week is an annual health observance dedicated to increasing public awareness of, and action around, mental and/or substance use disorders.

Mental Health Month Since 1949, Mental Health America and 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.

Health & Safe Swimming WeekMay 23-29  Each year, Healthy and Safe Swimming Week focuses on simple steps swimmers and pool operators can take to help ensure a healthy and safe swimming experience for everyone.

Animal Disaster Preparedness DayMay 14 Make sure your family (including pets) is ready for disaster by putting together a disaster-preparedness kit.

Hurricane Preparedness WeekMay 15-21 Hurricane Preparedness Week is your time to prepare for a potential snowstorm or hurricane. Learn how with daily tips and related links. Share these with your friends and family to ensure that they're prepared.


Men's Health WeekJune 15-21 The purpose of Men’s Health Week is to heighten the awareness of preventable health problems and encourage early detection and treatment of disease among men and boys.

National Safety Month - National Safety Month focuses on reducing leading causes of injury and death at work, on the roads and in our homes and communities.   

Parents Central - - Heatstroke is one of the leading causes of death among children. Unfortunately, even great parents can forget a child in the back seat. Other risk factors include caregivers who aren't used to driving kids or whose routine suddenly changes. Whether you're a parent, caregiver or bystander of a child left in a car, it's vitally important to understand children are more vulnerable to heatstroke than adults.

National Breastfeeding Month - The United States Breastfeeding Committee proclaimed August as National Breastfeeding Month, in furtherance of USBC’s role to advance breastfeeding on our Nation’s agenda through collaboration, leadership, and advocacy, so that all U.S. families will have the opportunity to breastfeed.

Children’s Eye Health & Safety Month - Prevent Blindness has declared August as Children’s Eye Health and Safety Awareness month to inspire parents to make their child’s vision health a priority.

National Immunization Awareness Month - 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.

Fruits & Veggies - More Matters Month The month of September is used to raise awareness about the importance of getting enough fruits and vegetables.

National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month - National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month provides an opportunity for learning about ways to prevent and address child obesity which has become a major public health problem.

National Recovery Month - Every September, SAMHSA sponsors National Recovery Month to increase awareness and understanding of mental and substance use issues and celebrate the people who recover.

World Rabies Day September 28 - World Rabies Day, launched in 2007, aims to raise awareness about the public health impact of human and animal rabies.

National Food Safety Education Month - National Food Safety Month was created in 1994 to heighten the awareness about the importance of food safety education. Each year a new theme and free training activities and posters are created for the restaurant and foodservice industry to help reinforce proper food safety practices and procedures.

National Preparedness Month - National Preparedness Month encourages Americans to take steps to prepare for emergencies in their homes, businesses, schools, and communities.

SIDS Awareness Month - Learn more about infant deaths from SIDS and other causes, and take action to reduce the risk. Start by always placing babies on their backs to sleep.

Breast Cancer Awareness Month  is an annual campaign to increase awareness of the disease. While most people are aware of breast cancer, many forget to take the steps to have a plan to detect the disease in its early stages and encourage others to do the same.

Health Literacy Month is a time for organizations and individuals to promote the importance of understandable health information.

Great Shake-Out – October 20 10:20 a.m. Everyone, everywhere, should know how to protect themselves during earthquakes. Even if earthquakes are rare where you live, they may happen where you or your family travel. Great ShakeOut Earthquake Drills are an annual opportunity for people in homes, schools, and organizations to practice what to do during earthquakes, and to improve preparedness.

Lung/Tobacco Awareness Month or visit November is officially Lung Cancer Awareness Month. This all started as Lung Cancer Awareness Day way back in 1995. As the lung cancer community and the lung cancer movement grew, the awareness activities increased and grew into Lung Cancer Awareness Month.

Great American Smoke-Out – November 17 - Get ready to lose the habit, and become victorious over tobacco. Every November, we set aside the third Thursday to encourage smokers to go the distance, and to finally give up smoking.

National Diabetes Month - American Diabetes Month takes place each November and is a time to come together as a community to Stop Diabetes®! 

World AIDS DayDecember 1 - World AIDS Day is held on the 1st December each year and is an opportunity for people worldwide to unite in the fight against HIV, show their support for people living with HIV and to commemorate people who have died. World AIDS Day was the first ever global health day, held for the first time in 1988.

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