What’s Happening This Month
June 5-National Cancer Survivors Day
There are nearly 14.5 million people living with and beyond cancer in the U.S. today, and more than 32 million cancer survivors worldwide. On Sunday, June 5, 2016, communities around the world will gather to recognize these cancer survivors as part of the 29th annual National Cancer Survivors Day®.
June 14-World Blood Donor Day
June 19-World Sickle Cell Day
June 27-National HIV Testing Day
Tip #1: Take the test. Take control.
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National Aphasia Awareness Month
Stroke is the No. 5 cause of death and the leading cause of disability in the U.S. A stroke can have various communication effects, one of which is aphasia. Stroke is the most common cause of aphasia, which is a language disorder that affects the ability to communicate.
June is National Aphasia Awareness Month, which is a national campaign to increase public education around the language disorder and to recognize the numerous people who are living with or caring for people with aphasia. The American Heart Association/American Stroke Association is increasing aphasia awareness by sharing communication tips, the effects of having aphasia, assistive devices for those with aphasia and more.
National Scleroderma Awareness Month
What is Scleroderma?
Scleroderma, or systemic sclerosis, is a chronic connective tissue disease generally classified as one of the autoimmune rheumatic diseases. The word “scleroderma” comes from two Greek words: “sclero” meaning hard, and “derma” meaning skin. Hardening of the skin is one of the most visible manifestations of the disease.
National Safety Month
Injuries are a leading cause of disability for people of all ages – and they are the leading cause of death for Americans ages 1 to 44. But there are many things people can do to stay safe and prevent injuries.
May 1-7 National Physical Education and Sports Week
This year’s theme for National Physical Education and Sport Week, which takes place May 1-7 and kicks off National Physical Fitness and Sports Month, will be “Healthy and Active! Empowering All Children through Effective Health and Physical Education.”
May 4 Project Aces (All Children Exercise Simultaneously)
Project ACES was created by physical education teacher Len Saunders in 1989 as a method of motivating children to exercise. ACES takes place on the first Wednesday in May as part of National Physical Fitness and Sports Month along with National Physical Education Week. It has been labeled as “the world’s largest exercise class” by the media. Since 1989, millions of children from all over the world exercise together to promote proper health and fitness habits. With the obesity epidemic facing the youth of the world, children’s fitness plays a major role in fighting heart disease. Project ACES hopes to address these issues with its big event in May, as well as schools that participate in daily Project ACES Clubs throughout the year.
May 6-12 National Nurses Week
National Nurses Week begins each year on May 6 and ends on May 12, Florence Nightingale’s birthday. These permanent dates enhance planning and position National Nurses Week as an established recognition event. As of 1998, May 8 was designated as National Student Nurses Day, to be celebrated annually. And as of 2003, National School Nurse Day is celebrated on the Wednesday within National Nurses Week each year.
May 8-14 Be Kind to Animals Week
Ways to celebrate:
Adopt a pet from a shelter or rescue
Every year, an estimated 3.7 million animals must be euthanized at our nation’s shelters because they could not be adopted into loving homes. Help animals find a second chance at happiness by adopting your next pet from your local shelter or rescue group. American Humane Association has tips to find the animal companion that’s right for you and develop a bond that will last a lifetime.
Take care of your pet
Pets are like children who never grow up. They need you to help keep them healthy and safe throughout their lives. Keep your animal’s vaccinations up-to-date. Make sure he’s wearing proper identification. Take your pet to the veterinarian regularly. Know what it takes to be a responsible pet owner.
All animals deserve to be treated humanely — family pets and animals in the wild. Create an inviting space in your yard and garden for butterflies, hummingbirds and other creatures. If wildlife comes too close to home, look for ways to coexist with animals or to protect your property humanely.
Report animal abuse
Animal cruelty and abuse is not only tragic for animals, but also an indicator that other forms of abuse such as domestic violence could be happening. If you see something that looks suspicious — a dog chained in your neighbor’s yard that looks underfed, a child putting a cat in a box and kicking it around the yard — don’t hesitate. Let someone know.
May 8 World Red Cross/Red Crescent Day
One in 25 people receive help from the global Red Cross network every single year. One in 500 people in the world is a volunteer for the cause. Today—World Red Cross Red Crescent Day—we’re celebrating all the men, women, and children who have a Red Cross story to tell.
The Red Cross network transcends borders. Guided by its seven fundamental principles—humanity, impartiality, neutrality, independence, voluntary service, unity and universality—Red Cross volunteers are inspired to help at every turn. They fly halfway around the world during international disasters, drive to nearby communities when tornadoes strike, and walk right down the street to teach swimming lessons. The network is so abundant, many people are touched by the Red Cross without even realizing it.
May 8-14 National Nursing Home Week
Women’s Health Week
Women’s Health Week begins on Mother’s Day each year to raise awareness of women’s health everywhere.
Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month
Each year, the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) declares May to be “National Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month.” It’s a peak season for asthma and allergy sufferers, and a perfect time to educate your patients, family, friends, co-workers and others about these diseases.
There is no cure for asthma and allergies, and many deaths are preventable with proper treatment and care. Ten people a day die from asthma. Asthma affects 24 million Americans. And 6.3 million children under the age of 18 suffer from asthma. More than 50 million Americans have all types of allergies – pollen, skin, latex and more. The rate of allergies is climbing. Please join us in raising awareness for these common diseases.
Better Sleep Month
Americans are in the midst of what the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has called a national sleep epidemic, and society is feeling the impact. In fact, nearly 8 in 10 Americans admit they would feel better and more prepared for the day if they had an extra hour of sleep.
Luckily, solutions are not out of reach. The sleep tips below are the Better Sleep Council’s trusted solutions to help avoid the damaging effects of sleep deprivation and general grogginess after a poor night’s sleep. In short, these tips on how to sleep better can make Monday mornings – and every other morning – a lot easier to handle.
- Make sleep a priority. Keep a consistent sleep and wake schedule – even on the weekends. If necessary, try adding sleep to your to-do list. And don’t be late.
- Maintain a relaxing sleep routine. Create a bedtime routine that relaxes you. Experts recommend reading a book, listening to soothing music or soaking in a hot bath.
- Create a sleep sanctuary. Your bedroom should be a haven of comfort. Create a room that is dark, quiet, comfortable and cool for the best sleep possible. Consider a bedroom makeover.
- Evaluate your sleep system. Your mattress and pillow should provide full comfort and support. Your bed and your body will naturally change over time, so if your mattress is seven years old (or older), it may be time for a new one. Pillows should generally be replaced every year.
- Keep work materials out. The bedroom should be used for sleep and sex only. Keep stressors, such as work, outside the bedroom.
- Banish technology. Television, smartphones, tablets, laptops and computers should be kept out of the bedroom. Intense backlighting of electronics triggers stimulating chemicals in the brain that tell your body it’s time to be awake.
- Exercise early. Complete your workouts at least two hours before bedtime to ensure quality sleep. Even a brisk walk can increase blood flow and improve your sleep.
- Assess your space. Did you know that for couples who sleep on a “double”, each person only has as much sleeping space as a baby’s crib? Whether you sleep with a partner or alone, your mattress should allow enough space for you to be able to move freely and easily.
- Replace caffeine with water after lunch. Caffeine can remain in your system longer than you might realize. Stay hydrated with water instead of having coffee, tea or soda in the afternoon.
- Drink alcohol earlier in the day. If you need to indulge, a glass of wine soon after work can calm your nerves and help worries melt away, while still giving your body ample time to digest the alcohol before bed.
- Take 20- to 30-minute naps. Short naps can be restorative without disrupting your sleep. Experts say even a 10-minute nap can improve alertness for 2.5 hours when you’re sleep deprived and for up to 4 hours when you are well rested.
- Eat light in the evening. Finish eating at least two to three hours before bedtime.
- Keep a worry journal. Distance yourself from things that cause stress and anxiety. Writing down the things that are bothering you can give you perspective and help you relax. Just don’t keep your journal in your bedroom.
- Set a snooze button quota. Only hit the snooze button once per day, and set it for the latest setting possible in order to still wake up on time. You will feel more refreshed if your sleep isn’t disrupted multiple times.
- Buy an alarm clock. And keep your phone in the other room. Smartphones in particular can represent a source of stress during the day, and proximity to the bed can disrupt sleep – even if it doesn’t make noise or is set to vibrate.
– See more at: http://bettersleep.org/better-sleep/how-to-sleep-better/sleep-tips/#sthash.N0CQvjro.dpuf
Correct Posture Month
Why is good posture important?
Good posture helps us stand, walk, sit, and lie in positions that place the least strain on supporting muscles and ligaments during movement and weight-bearing activities. Correct posture:
- Helps us keep bones and joints in correct alignment so that our muscles are used correctly, decreasing the abnormal wearing of joint surfaces that could result in degenerative arthritis and joint pain.
- Reduces the stress on the ligaments holding the spinal joints together, minimizing the likelihood of injury.
- Allows muscles to work more efficiently, allowing the body to use less energy and, therefore, preventing muscle fatigue.
- Helps prevent muscle strain, overuse disorders, and even back and muscular pain.
To maintain proper posture, you need to have adequate muscle flexibility and strength, normal joint motion in the spine and other body regions, as well as efficient postural muscles that are balanced on both sides of the spine. In addition, you must recognize your postural habits at home and in the workplace and work to correct them, if necessary.
Employee Health & Fitness Month
What is Global Employee Health & Fitness Month and How Does it Work?
Global Employee Health & Fitness Month (GEHFM) is an international and national observance of health and fitness in the workplace, created by two non-profit organizations, the National Association for Health & Fitness. 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. Formerly National Employee Health & Fitness Day, Global Employee Health & Fitness Month has been extended to a month-long initiative in an effort to generate sustainability for a healthy lifestyle and initiate healthy activities on an ongoing basis.
Employers everywhere are invited to participate in GEHFM. Throughout GEHFM employers will challenge their employees to create Healthy Moments, form Healthy Groups, and develop a Culminating Project. Participants will be able to log these activities on the GEHFM website throughout the month, allowing employers and employees to track, share, and promote their individual and group activities.
Healthy Vision Month
Celebrate National Healthy Vision Month by encouraging friends and family to make eye health a priority
Autism Awareness Month
Nearly a quarter century ago, the Autism Society launched a nationwide effort to promote autism awareness, inclusion and self-determination for all, and assure that each person with ASD is provided the opportunity to achieve the highest possible quality of life. This year we want to go beyond simply promoting autism awareness to encouraging friends and collaborators to become partners in movement toward acceptance and appreciation.
Let’s embrace a new perspective. For over 50 years we have worked in communities (both large and small) to ensure our actions, through our services and programming, supported all individuals living with autism. Let’s expand this work to focus on the rest of us – ensuring acceptance and inclusion in schools and communities that results in true appreciation of the unique aspects of all people. We want to get one step closer to a society where those with ASDs are truly valued for their unique talents and gifts.
Join us in celebration for 2016 National Autism Awareness Month! National Autism Awareness Month represents an excellent opportunity to promote autism awareness, autism acceptance and to draw attention to the tens of thousands facing an autism diagnosis each year.
For more info, visit: Autism Society
Alcohol Awareness Month
Adolescents use alcohol more frequently than they do all other illicit drugs combined, according to the 2014 National Survey on Drug Use and Health. The study found the following rates of alcohol use among adolescents: In 2014 about 8.7 million persons aged 12 to 20 reported drinking alcohol in the past month. Approximately 5.3 million were binge drinkers, and 1.3 million were heavy drinkers. Also in the same year, there were 679,000 youths aged 12 to 17 who needed treatment for an alcohol use problem.
Drinking too much can harm your health. Excessive alcohol use led to approximately 88,000 deaths and 2.5 million years of potential life lost (YPLL) each year in the United States from 2006 – 2010, shortening the lives of those who died by an average of 30 years.1,2 Further, excessive drinking was responsible for 1 in 10 deaths among working-age adults aged 20-64 years. The economic costs of excessive alcohol consumption in 2010 were estimated at $249 billion, or $2.05 a drink (CDC)
For info about DUI Foundation, visit: DUI Foundation
Counseling Awareness Month
For more info, visit: counseling.org
Cesarean Awareness Month
This month is sponsored by International Cesarean Awareness Network which is a non=profit organization designated “to improve maternal-child health by preventing unnecessary cesareans through education, providing support for cesarean recovery, and promoting Vaginal Birth After Cesarean (VBAC).”
Cesarean section is a surgery that saves babies and mothers lives in special circumstances, however, the United States, along with many other countries, have rates that far exceed what has been determined as the ideal maximum rate. Currently, the U.S. cesarean rate is over 30%.
For more info, visit: Mothers Circle
National Donate Life Month
Sign up to be an organ donor at organdonor.gov
IBS Awareness Month
IBS, or irritable bowel syndrome, is a long-term disorder in which abdominal pain or discomfort is associated with a change in bowel habit (diarrhea, constipation, or alternating episodes of both). Other symptoms may also be present.
Although there is currently no cure for IBS, there are ways to improve symptoms and feel better. Whether mild, moderate, or severe, all IBS treatment should begin with education about the nature of the disorder. If you have signs of IBS, get an accurate diagnosis, work with your doctor, and be proactive in your own health maintenance.
IBS Awareness Month takes place each year during the month of April. During this time, we work to focus attention on important health messages about IBS diagnosis, treatment, and quality of life issues.
IFFGD designated April as IBS Awareness Month in 1997. IBS Awareness Month is listed on the U.S. National Health Observances calendar. Health observances are days, weeks, or months devoted to promoting particular health concerns. Health professionals, teachers, community groups, and others can use these special times to sponsor health promotion events and stimulate awareness of health issues.
For more info, visit: Digestive Health Alliance
Primary Immunodeficiency Awareness Month
Primary immunodeficiency diseases (PI) are a group of more than 250 rare, chronic disorders in which part of the body’s immune system is missing or functions improperly. While not contagious, these diseases are caused by hereditary or genetic defects, and, although some disorders present at birth or in early childhood, the disorders can affect anyone, regardless of age or gender. Some affect a single part of the immune system; others may affect one or more components of the system.
And while the diseases may differ, they all share one common feature: each results from a defect in one of the functions of the body’s normal immune system. Because one of the most important functions of the normal immune system is to protect us against infection, patients with PI commonly have an increased susceptibility to infection.
The infections may be in the skin, the sinuses, the throat, the ears, the lungs, the brain or spinal cord, or in the urinary or intestinal tracts, and the increased vulnerability to infection may include repeated infections, infections that won’t clear up or unusually severe infections. People with PI live their entire lives more susceptible to infections–enduring recurrent health problems and often developing serious and debilitating illnesses. Fortunately, with proper medical care, many patients live full and independent lives.
For more info, visit: Immune Deficiency Foundation
Oral Cancer Awareness Month
Close to 48,250 Americans will be diagnosed with oral or pharyngeal cancer this year.
Oral cancers are part of a group of cancers commonly referred to as head and neck cancers, and of all head and neck cancers they comprise about 85% of that category. Brain cancer is a cancer category unto itself, and is not included in the head and neck cancer group.
Historically the death rate associated with this cancer is particularly high not because it is hard to discover or diagnose, but due to the cancer being routinely discovered late in its development. Today, (2016) that statement is still true, as there is not a comprehensive program in the US to opportunistically screen for the disease, and without that; late stage discovery is more common. Another obstacle to early discovery (and resulting better outcomes) is the advent of a virus, HPV16, contributing more to the incidence rate of oral cancers, particularly in the posterior part of the mouth (the oropharynx, the tonsils, the base of tongue areas) which many times does not produce visible lesions or discolorations that have historically been the early warning signs of the disease process.
For more info, visit: Oral Cancer Foundation
Sexual Assault Awareness Month
Prevention is Possible!
What is sexual violence?
Sexual violence is any type of unwanted sexual contact. This can include words and actions of a sexual nature against a person’s will and without their consent. Consent is voluntary, mutual, and can be withdrawn at any time. Reasons someone might not consent include fear, age, illness, disability, and/or influence of alcohol or other drugs. A person may use force, threats, manipulation, or coercion to commit sexual violence. Anyone can experience sexual violence, including children, teens, adults, and elders. Those who sexually abuse can be acquaintances, family members, trusted individuals, or strangers.
• Nearly 1 in 5 women in the United States have experienced rape or attempted rape some time in their lives (Black et al., 2011).
• In the United States, 1 in 71 men have experienced rape or attempted rape (Black et al., 2011).
• An estimated 32.3% of multiracial women, 27.5% of American Indian/Alaska Native women, 21.2% of non-Hispanic black women, 20.5% of non-Hispanic white women, and 13.6% of Hispanic women were raped during their lifetimes (Black et al., 2011).
• Nearly 1 in 2 women and 1 in 5 men have experienced sexual violence victimization other than rape at some point in their lifetime (Black et al., 2011).
Victims often know the person who sexually assaulted them. People who sexually abuse usually target someone they know — a friend, classmate, neighbor, coworker, or relative.
Visit nsvrc.org for more info
National Minority Health & Health Disparities Month
During National Minority Health Month, led by the Office of Minority Health at the U. S. Department of Health and Human Services, health and health equity partners and stakeholders are encouraged to work across public and private sectors to collaborate on initiatives to reduce disparities, advance equity, and strengthen the health and well-being of all Americans.
Dissimilarities in the health status and well-being of communities, also known as health disparities, affect all Americans. Activities throughout April will highlight and help raise awareness of the unparalleled efforts underway across health, education, justice, housing, transportation and employment, among sectors, to address the environmental, social and economic conditions known as social determinants of health. These conditions affect daily living in the places that people, live, work, learn, and play and have significant impact on the health outcomes of individuals and their communities, and the prosperity of our nation.
Through collaborations with partners, the HHS Office of Minority Health is forging a new era in health equity. This new era will focus on strengthening measures that will increase equity in policies and programs across health and non-health sectors to reverse and repair the devastating impact of high dropout rates, unsafe neighborhoods, deteriorating homes, lack of affordable transportation, pollution, low wage jobs, and fewer healthy, affordable food options in far too many communities across the country.
Healthier communities mean lower health care costs, which translate into a stronger economy and a more productive, competitive America. By drawing attention to the factors that help minority populations achieve wellness, we are also building a stronger foundation for our nation’s increasingly diverse populations to prosper for generations to come.
Stress Awareness Month
“The key to minimizing unhelpful stress is to first become aware of it. We can not change what we can not see. If you talk to someone who is stressed, you can hear their voice rise, see their muscles tighten, and witness their shallow breathing. But they don’t see it. Like a bull in the ring, they can only see red; they only see the trigger of their stress and not what it is doing to them.”
-Melissa Heisler, Author of From Type A to Type Me: How to Stop “Doing” Life and Start Living It, Speaker, Stress Reduction Expert
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National Humor Month
National Humor Month was conceived as a means to heighten public awareness of the therapeutic value of humor. Laughter and joy – the benchmarks of humor – lead to improved well-being, boosted morale, increased communication skills, and an enriched quality of life.
It’s no coincidence that the month begins with April Fool’s Day, a day which has sanctioned frivolity and amusement for hundreds of years.
Humor as a tool to lift ailing spirits is an established notion supported by scientific research. The curative power of laughter and its ability to relieve debilitating stress and burnout may indeed be one of the great medical discoveries of our times.
Association for Applied and Therapeutic Humor
National Child Abuse Prevention Awareness Month
National Child Abuse Hotline
Every year more than 3.6 million referrals are made to child protection agencies involving more than 6.6 million children (a referral can include multiple children).
The United States has one of the worst records among industrialized nations – losing on average between four and seven children every day to child abuse and neglect.
Yearly, referrals to state child protective services involve 6.6 million children, and around 3.2 million of those children are subject to an investigated report.
For more info, visit: Child Welfare or Child Help
Prevalence as reported by participants in landmark CDC/Kaiser Permanente Adverse Childhood Experiences study 1
Brain Injury Awareness Month
According to the Brain Injury Association of America, each year an estimated 2.4 million children and adults in the United States sustain a traumatic brain injury (TBI), and another 795,000 individuals sustain an acquired brain injury (ABI) from nontraumatic causes. TBIs can affect the functionality of the brain—affecting thinking, reasoning, and memory. Whether the victim is an adult, a child, or an infant, TBIs can have a major impact on individuals and their families.
To raise awareness of traumatic brain injury, the Brain Injury Association of America recognizes National Brain Injury Awareness Month every March. The NCTSN offers the following resources on traumatic brain injury for families, medical professionals, and military families.
For more info, visit Brainline.org or NCTSN
National Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month
In 1987 President Ronald Reagan proclaimed March “Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month.” The deinstitutionalization movement of the seventies and early eighties had laid the foundation for significant social change, and the presidential proclamation called upon Americans to provide the “encouragement and (Robert B. Fleming, CELA: for more info, visit Special Needs Alliance)
Proclamation 5613 — National Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month, 1987
February 26, 1987
By the President of the United States of America
Nearly four million Americans have grown up with severe physical or mental impairments that have slowed their learning, limited their mobility, inhibited their expression, and rendered them dependent on others for care and assistance.
For many of these people with developmental disabilities there is now the prospect of a brighter future and greater opportunity. Americans are becoming increasingly aware that such disabilities need not keep individuals from realizing their full potential in school, at work or at home, as members of their families and of their communities.
New opportunities have been created through the efforts of those with developmental disabilities and their family members, along with professionals and officials at all levels of government. Working together, they have brought about significant changes in the public perception of young people and adults with developmental disabilities, opening new doors to independent and productive lives.
One important new milestone is the fruitful partnership between government and the private sector in finding productive employment for people with developmental disabilities, people who might otherwise have been destined to a lifetime of dependency. In the past 2 years, the Administration’s Employment Initiative has resulted in finding job opportunities for more than 87,000 people with developmental disabilities.
The Congress, by Public Law 99 – 483, has designated the month of March 1987 as “National Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month” and authorized and requested the President to issue a proclamation in observance of this event.
Now, Therefore, I, Ronald Reagan, President of the United States of America, do hereby proclaim the month of March 1987 as National Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month. I invite all individuals, agencies, and organizations concerned with the problem of developmental disabilities to observe this month with appropriate observances and activities directed toward increasing public awareness of the needs and the potential of Americans with developmental disabilities. I urge all Americans to join me in according to our fellow citizens with such disabilities both encouragement and the opportunities they need to lead productive lives and to achieve their full potential.
In Witness Whereof, I have hereunto set my hand this twenty-sixth day of February, in the year of our Lord nineteen hundred and eighty-seven, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and eleventh.
What You Can Do
Spread the word to your friends and family!
- Developmental disability is a natural part of the human experience and affects about 45 million Americans and their families.
- All people with developmental disabilities can be productive, contributing members of their communities!
- Many people with developmental disabilities rely on publicly funded services and supports in order to fully participate in community life.
- During times of economic decline, essential services and supports for people with developmental disabilities are often threatened.
- The power of people with disabilities is strongest when their voices are united with each other and their friends, families and other allies.
- Policy makers can only make good public policy when they hear from the people directly affected by their decisions!
National Kidney Month
Focus on the Kidneys During National Kidney Month in March
March is National Kidney Month and the NKF is urging all Americans to give their kidneys a second thought and a well-deserved checkup.
Kidneys filter 200 liters of blood a day, help regulate blood pressure and direct red blood cell production. But they are also prone to disease; 1 in 3 Americans is at risk for kidney disease due to diabetes, high blood pressure or a family history of kidney failure. There are more than 26 million Americans who already have kidney disease, and most don’t know it because there are often no symptoms until the disease has progressed.
1 in 3 American adults is at risk for kidney disease. What puts you at risk for kidney disease? Major risk factors include diabetes, high blood pressure, a family history of kidney failure and being age 60 or older.
Kidney disease often has no symptoms, and it can go undetected until very advanced. But a simple urine test can tell you if you have kidney disease. Remember, it’s important to get tested because early detection and treatment can slow or prevent the progression of kidney disease.
2 Simple Tests To Check For Kidney Disease
You could help save your kidneys with a simple urine test. Ask your doctor about Albumin Creatinine Ratio (ACR) which estimates the amount of a type of protein, albumin, that is in your urine.
The Glomerular Filtration Rate (GFR) tells how well your kidneys are working to remove wastes from your blood. It is the best way to check kidney function. Over 90 is good, 60-89 should be monitored, less than 60 for 3 months indicates kidney disease.
National Nutrition Month
National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month
Colorectal Cancer Tests SAVE LIVES
Colorectal cancer (CRC) is the second leading cancer killer of men and women in the US, following lung cancer. The US Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommends three CRC screening tests that are effective at saving lives: colonoscopy, stool tests (guaiac fecal occult blood test-FOBT or fecal immunochemical test-FIT), and sigmoidoscopy (now seldom done).
Testing saves lives, but only if people get tested. Studies show that people who are able to pick the test they prefer are more likely to actually get the test done. Increasing the use of all recommended colorectal cancer tests can save more lives and is cost-effective.
-About 90% of people live 5 or more years when their colorectal cancer is found early through testing
-About 1 in 3 adults (23 million) between 50 and 75 years old are not getting tested as recommended
For more info, visit CDC.gov
National Endometriosis Awareness Month
Endometriosis is a problem affecting a woman’s uterus – the place where a baby grows when she’s pregnant. Endometriosis is when the kind of tissue that normally lines the uterus grows somewhere else. It can grow on the ovaries, behind the uterus or on the bowels or bladder. Rarely, it grows in other parts of the body.
The primary symptoms of endometriosis are pain and infertility.
- Among women with pelvic pain, endometriosis may occur in about 75%.1,2
- Among women with fertility problems, endometriosis may occur in as many as 50%.1
Other common symptoms of endometriosis include:
- Painful, even debilitating, menstrual cramps, which may get worse over time
- Pain during or after sex
- Pain in the intestine or lower abdomen
- Painful bowel movements or painful urination during menstrual periods
- Heavy menstrual periods
- Premenstrual spotting or bleeding between periods
For more info, visit U.S National Library of Medicine
March 10: National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day
HIV remains a significant health issue for women and girls, who comprised 23% (280,200) of the 1.2 million people living with HIV in the United States in 2011. In 2013, one out of five (9,278) of the estimated 47,165 new diagnoses of HIV infection were among women and girls over age 13. The majority of these diagnoses (87%) were attributed to heterosexual contact. While these numbers are still too high, the latest available data about HIV among women and girls show some encouraging trends. The rate of HIV diagnoses among adult and adolescent women decreased from 8.3 per 100,000 in 2009 to 6.9 per 100,000 in 2013, due in part to a 21% reduction in the number of HIV infections among African American women from 2008 through 2010.
Visit CDC.gov for more info
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What is TruFit?
A FREE 8-week wellness & physical activity challenge for Truman students, faculty, & staff sponsored by the President’s Wellness Committee and the Student Recreation Center.
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February 23-March 1
National Eating Disorders Awareness Week
The National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA) is the leading 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization in the US advocating on behalf of and supporting individuals and families affected by eating disorders. Reaching millions every year, NEDA campaigns for prevention, improved access to quality treatment, and increased research funding to better understand and treat eating disorders. NEDA works with partners and volunteers to develop programs and tools to help everyone who seeks assistance.
Eating disorders — such as anorexia, bulimia, and binge eating disorder – include extreme emotions, attitudes, and behaviors surrounding weight and food issues. Eating disorders are serious emotional and physical problems that can have life-threatening consequences for females and males.
Visit NEDA and find our how you can feed hope
Age-related Macular Degeneration (AMD)/Low Vision Awareness Month
“AMD diminishes central vision, which we use for everything from reading a computer screen to recognizing the faces of our loved ones,” said Hugh R. Parry, president and CEO of Prevent Blindness. “We rely on our vision for so many things we do on a daily basis. It is imperative to not take that for granted and do everything we can today to help save sight.”
Prevent Blindness America is among the nation’s oldest voluntary health organizations, having been ﬁrst established in 1908. Today, 101 years later, with the aging of our population and the many advances that allow for longer and healthier lives, its mission of preventing blindness and preserving sight remains as important and urgent as ever.
Visit Prevent Blindness America for more info Prevent Blindness
American Heart Month
Visit NERMC for FREE HEART HEALTH EVENTS AT YOUR LOCAL NORTHEAST REGIONAL HEALTH & FITNESS CENTER
National Cancer Prevention Month
Everyone knows someone who has either had cancer or been affected by cancer. Visit American Institute for Cancer Research or American Cancer Society for more info
National Children’s Dental Health Month
Help support healthy smiles from a young age and learn more info at American Dental Association
Wise Health Consumer Month
Become a wise(r) consumer and learn more today at American Institute for Preventative Medicine
National Girls & Women in Sports Day
We believe that sports are a birthright and we use our powerful voice to advocate for equality in sports for every girl and woman. We speak out for safe, equal playing fields for school-aged and elite athletes around the world and promote female leadership in all areas of sports.”
—Deborah Slaner Larkin, WSF CEO
Advocate today and learn more info at Women’s Sports Foundation
World Cancer Day
Every year on February 4th, the American Cancer Society joins other organizations and people around the world to unite in the global fight against cancer. The Union for International Cancer Control (UICC) organizes World Cancer Day, which is marked by events to raise awareness at an individual, community, and governmental level to implement what we already know about cancer prevention, early detection, and treatment.
Visit World Cancer Day for more info
National Wear Red Day
The Heart Truth–A National Awareness Campaign for Women About Heart Disease
National Wear Red Day For Women is a massive national public awareness day the first Friday each February, urging women, people from all walks of life, businesses, towns, schools, the media, buildings and landmarks to “go red” and “glow red” to bring attention to the leading killers of women – heart disease and stroke. On February 5, help us turn America RED and SAVE WOMEN’S LIVES from heart disease and stroke by wearing something red … a red dress, tie, jacket, scarf, hat, blouse or shirt. Go Red For Women and show your commitment to reducing risk, improving health, and saving women’s lives. 13th Annual National Wear Red Day
Learn Your Risk. Take Control. The Heart Truth
Know your symptoms, signs and risks at Women Heart at Work
Go Red for Women
National Cardiac Rehabilitation Week AACVPR
Random Acts of Kindness Week
Show your kindness! (not that you don’t already every day)
Visit Random Acts of Kindness Foundation and find out how you can make 2016 the KINDEST year yet.
American Sexual Health Association
World Thinking Day
World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts
National Certified Nurse Anesthetists Week
CRNAs are highly educated, advanced practice registered nurses who deliver the same safe, high-quality anesthesia care as other anesthesia professionals. Find more info at Future of Anesthesia Care Today.
Did you know CRNAs rank #3 in the top 100 best jobs? Visit AANA Online for more info.
Cervical Health Awareness Month
National Cervical Cancer Coalition (NCCC) wants to spread knowledge of issues related to and dealing with cervical cancer, HPP, and the importance of early screenings.
National Cervical Cancer Coalition
Podcast: Cervical Cancer Screening
Podcast: All About HPV with Ina Park, MD
Podcast: HPV FAQs
National Birth Defects Prevention Month
Each year in the United States, more than 120,000 babies are born with a birth defect. They are the leading cause of infant deaths. There are thousands of different birth defects, affecting the structure or function of every part of the human body. The March of Dimes provides grants to researchers, with the goal of understanding the causes of birth defects and developing new ways to prevent and treat them. Currently, about 70 percent of the causes of birth defects are unknown.
March of Dimes
Zika & Pregnancy (Center for Disease Control & Prevention)
National Blood Donor Month
Find a blood drive near you and save some precious lives! Every 8 minutes the Red Cross responds to an emergency…the need for donations are continuous!
American Association of Blood Banks
American Red Cross
American Red Cross Central & Northern MO
431 E. McCarty, Jefferson City, MO, 65101
National Glaucoma Awareness Month
Glaucoma is a complicated disease in which damage to the optic nerve leads to progressive, irreversible vision loss. Glaucoma is the second leading cause of blindness. Everyone is at risk for this disease, not just the elderly. Educate yourself and friends today about this misunderstood disease at The Glaucoma Research Foundation