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One of the biggest tools we have to fight health conditions is the power of human connection. That’s why awareness months, weeks, and days are so important: They rally us together to spread awareness and show support.

Educational and fund raising events are often held at these times to create a ripple effect of positivity and empowerment for not only those living with health conditions, but their loved ones, too.

Whether you are taking the kids to be vaccinated, talking to students on the devastating health effects of tobacco, organizing a mobile blood collection in your community, or contributing to the online conversation through social media, you can play a part in these worldwide efforts to create a healthier world.

Keep track of the events you’re passionate about — and discover some new ones, too — with this annual calendar of health awareness events.

January

  • Cervical Health Awareness Month.
  • National Birth Defects Prevention Month.
  • National Glaucoma Awareness Month.
  • National Radon Action Month.
  • National Stalking Awareness Month.
  • National Winter Sports Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) Awareness Month.
  • Thyroid Awareness Month.
  • National Folic Acid Awareness Week (Jan. 7–13).
  • National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week (Jan. 22–27).

February.

  • AMD./Low Vision Awareness Month.
  • American Heart Month.
  • International Prenatal Infection Prevention Month.
  • National Children’s Dental Health Month.
  • Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month.
  • African Heritage and Health Week (first week of February).
  • National “Wear Red” Day for women’s heart health (Feb. 1).
  • Give Kids a Smile Day (Feb. 1).
  • World Cancer Day (Feb. 4).
  • Congenital Heart Defect Awareness Week (Feb. 7–14).
  • National Donor Day (Feb. 14).
  • Condom Week (Feb. 14–21).
  • Eating Disorders Awareness and Screening Week (Feb. 25–March 3).

March

  • Multiple Sclerosis Education and Awareness Month.
  • National Bleeding Disorders Awareness Month.
  • National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month.
  • National Endometriosis Awareness Month.
  • National Kidney Month.
  • National Nutrition Month.
  • National Traumatic Brain Injury Awareness Month.
  • Save Your Vision Month.
  • Trisomy Awareness Month.
  • World Kidney Day (March 14).
  • World Sleep Day (March 15).
  • National School Breakfast Week (March 4–8).
  • National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (March 10).
  • Patient Safety Awareness Week (March 10–16).
  • National Sleep Awareness Week (March 3–10).
  • Brain Awareness Week (March 11–17).
  • National Poison Prevention Week (March 17–23).
  • National Native American HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (March 20).
  • World Tuberculosis Day (March 24).
  • American Diabetes Alert Day (March 26).
  • Purple Day for epilepsy awareness (March 26).

April

  • Alcohol Awareness Month.
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) Awareness Month.
  • National Autism Awareness Month.
  • National Child Abuse Prevention Month.
  • National Donate Life Month.
  • National Facial Protection Month.
  • National Minority Health Month.
  • National Sarcoidosis Awareness Month.
  • Occupational Therapy Month.
  • Oral Cancer Awareness Month.
  • Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month.
  • Sexual Assault Awareness Month.
  • STD Awareness Month.
  • Women’s Eye Health and Safety Month.
  • National Public Health Week (April 1–7).
  • National Alcohol Screening Day (April 11).
  • Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network (RAINN) Day (April 5).
  • World Health Day (April 7).
  • National Youth Violence Prevention Week (April 8–12).
  • National Youth HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (April 10).
  • National Infertility Awareness Week (April 21–27).
  • Every Kid Healthy Week (April 22–26).
  • World Meningitis Day (April 24).
  • National Infant Immunization Week (April 26–May 3).

May

  • American Stroke Awareness Month.
  • Arthritis Awareness Month.
  • Better Hearing and Speech Month.
  • Clean Air Month.
  • Cystic Fibrosis Awareness Month.
  • Food Allergy Action Month.
  • Global Employee Health and Fitness Month.
  • Healthy Vision Month.
  • Hepatitis Awareness Month.
  • International Mediterranean Diet Month.
  • Lupus Awareness Month.
  • Melanoma/Skin Cancer Detection and Prevention Month.
  • Mental Health Month.
  • National Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month.
  • National Celiac Disease Awareness Month.
  • National High Blood Pressure Education Month.
  • National Osteoporosis Awareness and Prevention Month.
  • National Physical Fitness and Sports Month.
  • National Teen Pregnancy Prevention Month.
  • Ultraviolet Awareness Month.
  • National Physical Education and Sport Week (May 1–7).
  • World Hand Hygiene Day (May 5).
  • North American Occupational Safety and Health Week (May 5–11).
  • National Stuttering Awareness Week (May 5–11).
  • Cornelia de Lange Syndrome Awareness Day (May 11).
  • National Women’s Health Week (May 12–18).
  • National Alcohol- and Other Drug-Related Birth Defects Awareness Week (May 12–18).
  • HIV Vaccine Awareness Day (May 18).
  • National Asian and Pacific Islander HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (May 19).
  • World Autoimmune Arthritis Day (May 20).
  • Don’t Fry Day (May 24).
  • World Digestive Health Day (May 29).
  • National Senior Health Fitness Day (May 29).

June

  • Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month.
  • Cataract Awareness Month.
  • Hernia Awareness Month.
  • Men’s Health Month.
  • Myasthenia Gravis Awareness Month.
  • National Aphasia Awareness Month.
  • National Congenital Cytomegalovirus Awareness Month.
  • National Safety Month.
  • National Scleroderma Awareness Month.
  • Scoliosis Awareness Month.
  • National Cancer Survivors Day (June 2).
  • World environment day ( June 4 ).
  • Men’s Health Week (June 10–16).
  • World Sickle Cell Day (June 19).
  • World Yoga day ( June 21).
  • Helen Keller Deaf-Blind Awareness Week (June 23–29).
  • PTSD Awareness Day (June 27).

July

  • Cord Blood Awareness Month.
  • International Group B Strep Throat Awareness Month.
  • Juvenile Arthritis Awareness Month.
  • National Cleft and Craniofacial Awareness and Prevention Month.
  • World Hepatitis Day (July 28).

August

  • Children’s Eye Health and Safety Month.
  • Gastroparesis Awareness Month.
  • National Breastfeeding Month.
  • National Immunization Awareness Month.
  • Psoriasis Awareness Month.
  • World Breastfeeding Week (Aug. 1–7).
  • National Health Center Week (Aug. 4–10).

September

  • Blood Cancer Awareness Month.
  • Childhood Cancer Awareness Month.
  • Healthy Aging Month.
  • National Atrial Fibrillation Awareness Month.
  • National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month.
  • National Cholesterol Education Month.
  • National Food Safety Education Month.
  • National ITP Awareness Month.
  • National Pediculosis Prevention Month/Head Lice Prevention Month.
  • National Preparedness Month.
  • National Recovery Month.
  • National Sickle Cell Month.
  • National Yoga Awareness Month.
  • New born Screening Awareness Month.
  • Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month.
  • Pain Awareness Month.
  • Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) Month.
  • Prostate Cancer Awareness Month.
  • Sepsis Awareness Month.
  • Sexual Health Awareness Month.
  • Sports Eye Safety Month.
  • World Alzheimer’s Month.
  • Usher Syndrome Awareness Day (third Saturday).
  • National Suicide Prevention Week (Sept. 8–14).
  • World Suicide Prevention Day (Sept. 10).
  • World Sepsis Day (Sept. 13).
  • National Celiac Disease Awareness Day (Sept. 13).
  • National HIV/AIDS and Aging Awareness Day (Sept. 18).
  • National School Backpack Awareness Day (Sept. 18).
  • Falls Prevention Day (Sept. 23).
  • Malnutrition Awareness Week (Sept. 23–27).
  • National Women’s Health and Fitness Day (Sept. 25).
  • Sport Purple for Platelets Day (Sept. 27).
  • World Rabies Day (Sept. 28).
  • Family Health and Fitness Day (Sept. 28).
  • World Heart Day (Sept. 29).

October

  • Domestic Violence Awareness Month.
  • Eye Injury Prevention Month.
  • Health Literacy Month.
  • Healthy Lung Month.
  • Home Eye Safety Month.
  • National ADHD Awareness Month.
  • National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
  • National Bullying Prevention Month.
  • National Dental Hygiene Month.
  • National Down Syndrome Awareness Month.
  • National Medical Librarians Month.
  • National Physical Therapy Month.
  • Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month.
  • Spina Bifida Awareness Month.
  • Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) Awareness Month.
  • World Cerebral Palsy Day (Oct. 6).
  • Mental Illness Awareness Week (Oct. 6–12).
  • World Mental Health Day (Oct. 10).
  • National Depression Screening Day (Oct. 10).
  • Bone and Joint Health National Action Week (Oct. 12–20).
  • Metastatic Breast Cancer Awareness Day (Oct. 13).
  • International Infection Prevention Week (Oct. 13–19).
  • Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Day (Oct. 15).
  • National Latino AIDS Awareness Day (Oct. 15).
  • World Food Day (Oct. 16).
  • World Pediatric Bone and Joint Day (Oct. 19).
  • Respiratory Care Week (Oct. 20–26).
  • National Health Education Week (Oct. 21–25).
  • National Health care Quality Week (Oct. 20–26).
  • International Stuttering Awareness Day (Oct. 22).
  • World Psoriasis Day (Oct. 29).

November

  • American Diabetes Month.
  • Bladder Health Month.
  • Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) Awareness Month.
  • Diabetic Eye Disease Month.
  • Lung Cancer Awareness Month.
  • National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month.
  • National Epilepsy Awareness Month.
  • National Family Caregivers Month.
  • National Healthy Skin Month.
  • National Hospice Palliative Care Month.
  • National Stomach Cancer Awareness Month.
  • Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month.
  • Prematurity Awareness Month.
  • World Prematurity Day (Nov. 17).
  • Great American Smoke out Day (Nov. 21).
  • International Survivors of Suicide Day (Nov. 23).
  • GERD Awareness Week (Nov. 24–30).
  • National Family Health History Day (Nov. 28).

December

  • World AIDS Day (Dec. 1).
  • National Hand washing Awareness Week (Dec. 1–7).

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Sure, you’ve heard about the bigger awareness campaigns like Breast Cancer Awareness Month and World AIDS Day. But what about lesser-known ones, such as National Family Health History Day, Give Kids a Smile Day, or National Mediterranean Diet Month?

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International Epilepsy Day 11-02- 11-02-
International Childhood Cancer Day 15-02- 15-02-
Colorectal Cancer Awareness Day 01-03- 01-03-
World Hearing Day 03-03- 03-03-
World Kidney Day 14-03- 14-03-
World Oral Health Day 20-03- 20-03-
World Down Syndrome Day 21-03- 21-03-
World Tuberculosis (TB) Day 24-03- 24-03-
World Autism Awareness Day 02-04- 02-04-
World Health Day 07-04- 07-04-
World Immunization Week 24-04- 30-04-
World Malaria day 25-04- 25-04-
World Asthma Day 07-05- 07-05-
World Thalassemia Day 08-05- 08-05-
World Hypertension Day 17-05- 17-05-
World MS Day 30-05- 30-05-
World No Tobacco Day 31-05- 31-05-
World Blood Donor Day 14-06- 14-06-
World Sickle Cell Day 19-06- 19-06-
World Hepatitis Day 28-07- 28-07-
World Breastfeeding Day 01-08- 01-08-
World First Aid Day 14-09- 14-09-
World Alzheimer’s Day 21-09- 21-09-
World Heart Day 29-09- 29-09-
Breast Cancer Awareness Month 01-10- 31-10-
International Day of Older Persons 01-10- 01-10-
World Sight Day 10-10- 10-10-
World Mental Health Day 10-10- 10-10-
World Obesity Day 11-10- 11-10-
World Arthritis Day 12-10- 12-10-
Global Hand washing Day 15-10- 15-10-
International Infection Prevention Day 16-10- 16-10-
World Osteoporosis Day 20-10- 20-10-
Lung Cancer Awareness Month 01-11- 30-11-
World Antibiotic Awareness Week 12-11- 18-11-
World Diabetes Day 14-11- 14-11-
World Prematurity Day 17-11- 17-11-
World COPD Day 20-11- 20-11-
World Children’s Day 20-11- 20-11-
World AIDS Day 01-12- 01-12-
International Day of Persons with Disabilities 03-12- 03-12-

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