Got an idea for a holiday? Send it to us

Submit Now

Clap 4 Health Month – January 2023

Clap 4 Health Month is observed in January and this initiative is quite an exciting and fulfilling one. We spend a lot more time doing activities that require little to no physical exertion, and this month is all about raising awareness for physical activity and the overall benefits that getting involved in activity, no matter how small it may seem, can be for your health and longevity. Founded by Shape Up Us in 2018, the month-long movement hopes to prevent obesity in children and adults across the United States.

History of Clap 4 Health Month

You’d be forgiven for thinking that the global fitness movement is a recent societal expression of our need to stay healthy and fit, in a response to social media marketing and the desire to “look the part,” but the truth is that physical activity, for the sake of health and fitness, has long been a part of human society. It is only in the last century, however, that the “culture” of fitness centers and workout stations has grabbed headlines and become a rather vocal part of society.

For thousands of years, physical activity as a means to improve one’s health has been a regular practice. While some argue that the need to exercise today is a result of our industrialized world and that previously human beings engaged in physical labor and did not need to exercise, this isn’t an accurate assessment. Archaeological records show that the pre-industrialized western societies enjoyed getting active for the sake of being active, and as far back as 3000 B.C., the Chinese also enjoyed honing their physical strength outside of their work duties.

But, the industrial revolution has softened the need for billions to involve themselves in any form of exercise. Things have become easier for us as a species and most jobs require no physical activity. Over the last few decades, this has given rise to a massive influx in obesity rates across the globe with the USA being home to the highest percentage of obesity rates, where 36.2% of the population falls within the medical definition of obesity.

The rise in numbers can be attributed to the growth in processed foods, unhealthy eating habits, and a lack of physical activity. In 1980, the obesity percentage in the States was 13.4% but rose dramatically from there; in 2008, 34.3% of the population was considered obese.

Although the numbers have remained rather steady since then, there is a global push to lower the percentage of obese individuals within populations as the health risks that come with this physical state can be life-threatening.

Clap 4 Health Month timeline

1948
The Big Mac

Mcdonald's begins to open franchises across America and the rise of the fast-food diner begins to take hold of families across the nation.

1980
The Big Two

Marketing practices relating to the food industry change drastically, and the value of physical activity is diminished within households.

1986
Microwave Dinners

The Campbell Soup Company invents the microwavable dinner tray, cutting meal preparation times to a few minutes.

2013
Presidential Fitness Test

The end of the US government-funded Presidential Fitness Program and Test.

Clap 4 Health Month FAQs

Can I lose weight just by clapping?

Yes, the recommended number of claps per day to make a change is 1,500.

Can I do something besides clapping to support?

Yes, clapping is essentially a gateway exercise to improving your physical fitness and health. If you’re capable of doing more, then definitely do it.

How do you know if you’re obese?

Depending on your nationality, there is a basic equation that considers certain aspects of your physicality. In the U.S. if your BMI is 30.0 or higher, you are considered obese.

How to Observe Clap 4 Health Month

  1. Clap your hands

    This is the goal for this month: to engage in a simple, low-energy activity that makes you feel good about yourself while burning calories. Think of interesting things that you could do while clapping to get yourself moving.

  2. Do something active

    If you’re a little more willing to go beyond clapping, use this month to prioritize physical activity. Get yourself motivated and go out and sweat some calories.

  3. Think of ways you can improve

    Clap 4 Health Month is about clapping, feeling positive, and losing calories. That doesn’t mean that physical activity is your only option. Have a look at how you can make a difference in your physical health, whether that’s through diet or activity.

5 Facts About Diet And Fitness You Should Know

  1. Clapping is good for you

    The action of clapping releases endorphins and makes you feel positive; it's why we clap as a species, and it genuinely makes us feel good to clap with a crowd.

  2. Presidential Intervention

    In 1966 President Kennedy established the Presidential Fitness Test for all ages throughout the U.S.

  3. Eating out is a major trend

    In major metros across the U.S., many families and individuals prefer to eat out rather than cook their food, with some cities averaging five meals out per week.

  4. Gym culture is taking over

    In the mid-80s physical health was commercialized, and since then has become a massive source of economic growth, with the global gym industry worth just under $100 billion.

  5. Your physical health and earning potential

    A 2012 study from the Journal of Labor Research found that individuals who exercised regularly enjoyed a 6-10% higher wage than their less active colleagues.

Why Clap 4 Health Month is Important

  1. It's a worthy cause

    We gladly support any initiative that improves the health and quality of life of any group or individual. It's a great cause, and a great reason to get in shape.

  2. We love an encore

    According to Clap 4 Health, 1,500 claps per day can lower your risk for cardiovascular-related health problems, like hypertension. Isn’t this a perfect reason to clap today?

  3. It’s about fighting an epidemic

    With such high obesity rates in the U.S., and globally too, obesity across the world has led to the problem being labeled an epidemic. It is a high-risk health concern for minors, and when we’re looking to the children to lead the future, we’ve got to do better for them.

Clap 4 Health Month dates

YearDateDay
2023January 1Sunday
2024January 1Monday
2025January 1Wednesday
2026January 1Thursday
2027January 1Friday
Celebration of Life Week
Diet Resolution Week
National Silent Record Week
National Time Consciousness Week
New Year’s Resolutions Week
The World Series of Beer Pong
Apple Gifting Day
Bonza Bottler Day
Commitment Day
Copyright Law Day
Ellis Island Day
Euro Day
Global Family Day
Haiti Independence Day
International Public Domain Day
Mummer's Parade
National Bloody Mary Day
National First-Foot Day
National Hangover Day
National Shepherd Day
New Year's Day
New Year’s Dishonor List Day
Polar Bear Plunge Day
Public Domain Day
Ring a Bell Day
Rose Bowl Game
Solemnity of Mary
Sudan Independence Day
Triumph of the Revolution
Universal Hour of Peace
World Day of Peace
Z Day
Apple and Apricot Month
Artichoke and Asparagus Month
Be Kind To Food Servers Month
Bread Machine Baking Month
California Dried Plum Digestive Month
California Restaurant Month
Celebration Of Life Month
Cervical Health Awareness Month
Children Impacted by Parent's Cancer Month
Clap 4 Health Month
Dry January
Family Fit Lifestyle Month
Financial Wellness Month
Get A Balanced Life Month
Get Ireland Active
Get Organized Month
Ginuary
International Brain Teaser Month
International Change Your Stars Month
International Child-Centered Divorce Month
International Creativity Month
International Quality of Life Month
International Wayfinding Month
International Wealth Mentality Month
Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month
Little Things Mental Health Campaign
Manuary
March of Dimes Birth Defects Prevention Month
National Adopt a Rescued Bird Month
National Bath Safety Month
National Be On-Purpose Month
National Birth Defects Prevention Month
National Black Diamond Month
National Blood Donor Month
National Book Blitz Month
National Braille Literacy Month
National CBD Month
National Clean Up Your Computer Month
National Codependency Awareness Month
National Conscience Month
National Eye Care Month
National Fiber Focus Month
National Glaucoma Awareness Month
National Hobby Month
National Hot Tea Month
National Mail Order Gardening Month
National Meat Month
National Mentoring Month
National Menudo Month
National Oatmeal Month
National Personal Trainer Awareness Month
National Polka Music Month
National Poverty in America Awareness Month
National Radon Action Month
National Skating Month
National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month
National Slow Cooking Month
National Soup Month
National Stalking Awareness Month
National Staying Healthy Month
National Sunday Supper Month
National Thank You Month
National Train Your Dog Month
National Volunteer Blood Donor Month
National Wheat Bread Month
Poverty Awareness Month
Prune Breakfast Month
Receding Gums Awareness Month
Retail Bakers Month
Rising Star Month
Self-Love Month
Shape Up US Month
START Child Health campaign
Teen Driving Awareness Month
Thyroid Awareness Month
Tubers and Dried Fruit Month
Unchain a Dog Month
Veganuary
Walk Your Dog Month

Want to sponsor this holiday?

Holidays Straight to Your Inbox

Every day is a holiday!
Receive fresh holidays directly to your inbox.