What health awareness month is it? Here’s a calendar
Every month, your attention is probably drawn to another cause — or multiple causes — in the form of a health awareness month.
It probably even seems like a never-ending calendar of problems vying for your time and money, awareness and understanding. And that’s pretty much the point.
Why do we have all of these annual awareness months?
According to the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), by supporting “National Health Observances,” health professionals, teachers and community groups can “Educate the public about health risks; Organize successful health promotion events and campaigns; Get new ideas, information, and resources on health topics of interest.”
But for every high-profile awareness month — think autism and breast cancer — there are another ten lesser-known health months trying to gain some recognition. These run the gamut, from National Distracted Driving Awareness Month to National Bullying Prevention Month to National Family Caregivers Month.
Here’s a list of the national observances currently listed by the HHS. We have included only the months — not the week or day observances — because the dates of those often change from year to year.
List of national health months: Awareness, prevention, action & more
January awareness months
Cervical Health Awareness Month
National Birth Defects Prevention Month
National Glaucoma Awareness Month
National Radon Action Month
National Stalking Awareness Month
National Winter Sports TBI [Traumatic Brain Injury] Awareness Month