Health Holidays

Health holidays don’t only exist to raise awareness about the hundreds of illnesses and heath issues people live with every day, but also to celebrate the doctors and nurses working tirelessly to find a cure and improve our health. That’s why we celebrate over 137 health based holidays every year, from National Gluten-Free Day on January 13 to National Handwashing Awareness Week during the first week of December.

DateHolidayCategoryTagsRegion
National Gluten-Free Day , ,
Give Kids A Smile, ,
National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day,
National Wear Red Day,
National Toothache Day
National Donor Day
National Protein day, , ,
World Obesity Day,
National Dentist's Day,
National Kick Butts Day,
World Down Syndrome Day, ,
World Tuberculosis Day,
Doctors' Day,
National Walking Day,
World Autism Awareness Day,
World Health Day,
National DNA Day, ,
​National Drug Take Back Day
World Malaria Day, ,
National Sunscreen Day,
World No Tobacco Day, , ,
Global Running Day, ,
World Bicycle Day, , , , , ,
World Blood Donor Day, , ,
National Hydration Day, , , ,
National Stay Out of the Sun Day, ,
World Hepatitis Day, , , ,
World Suicide Prevention Day
National Celiac Disease Awareness Day
Get Ready Day
National School Backpack Awareness Day, ,
International Patient Safety Day
National HIV/AIDS and Aging Awareness Day
Falls Prevention Awareness Day, ,
Sport Purple for Platelets Day
National Mesothelioma Awareness Day, ,
Family Health & Fitness Day USA,
World Heart Day
National Walk and Bike to School Day,
National Child Health Day, ,
National Depression Screening Day,
World Hospice and Palliative Care Day,
World Mental Health Day,
Metastatic Breast Cancer Awareness Day, ,
National Kick Butt Day,
Global Handwashing Day, ,
National Latino AIDS Awareness Day
National Mammography Day
World Pediatric Bone and Joint Day,
World Osteoporosis Day,
National Check Your Meds Day,
International Stuttering Awareness Day, ,
World Psoriasis Day, ,
National Brush Day,
World Diabetes Day, ,
​World Prematurity Day
National Rural Health Day
Great American Smokeout,
National Family Health History Day, ,
World AIDS Day, ,
National Bath Safety Month,
National Blood Donor Month
National Glaucoma Awareness Month ,
Thyroid Awareness Month
Folic Acid Awareness Week
American Heart Month, ,
National Children’s Dental Health Month, ,
Multiple Sclerosis Awareness Month,
National Caffeine Awareness Month, , ,
National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month,
National Kidney Month, ,
Poison Prevention Week, ,
Move More Month,
National Garden Month, , , ,
Stress Awareness Month, ,
Arthritis Awareness Month, ,
Celiac Disease Awareness Month, ,
Food Allergy Action Month, , ,
Melanoma / Skin Cancer Detection & Prevention Month, ,
National Blood Pressure Month, ,
National Lyme Disease Awareness Month,
National Mediterranean Diet Month, , , , ,
National Women's Health Week, ,
National Men's Health Month, , ,
National Men's Health Week, , ,
National Breastfeeding Month, ,
National Eye Exam Month,
National Immunization Awareness Month,
National Cholesterol Education Month, ,
National Peripheral Artery Disease Awareness Month,
National Suicide Prevention Month, , ,
Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome Awareness Month, , ,
Sexual Health Month,
World Alzheimer's Month, , ,
Balance Awareness Week, ,
National Assisted Living Week, , , ,
National Eczema Week, ,
​National Rehabilitation Awareness Week, ,
Nephrology Nurses Week,
AIDS Awareness Month, ,
Blindness Awareness Month,
Breast Cancer Awareness Month, ,
Caffeine Addiction Recovery Month,
Down Syndrome Awareness Month,
Eat Better, Eat Together Month, ,
Emotional Wellness Month, , ,
Fungal Disease Awareness Week, ,
Health Literacy Month, , ,
Healthy Lung Month,
National ADHD Awareness Month,
National Chiropractic Month,
National Critical Illness Awareness Month,
National Dental Hygiene Month, ,
National Depression Education and Awareness Month, ,
National Ergonomics Month,
National Liver Awareness Month,
National Physical Therapy Month,
National Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month, ,
National Protect Your Hearing Month,
National Spina Bifida Awareness Month,
Rett Syndrome Awareness Month, ,
World Menopause Month,
​Active Aging Week, ,
Bone and Joint Health National Action Week,
National Health Education Week,
Respiratory Care Week, ,
Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease Awareness Month, , ,
Diabetic Eye Disease Month, , ,
National Alzheimer's Disease Month,
National Diabetes Month, , ,
National Epilepsy Awareness Month, ,
National Family Caregivers Month, , ,
National Healthy Skin Month, ,
National Home Care and Hospice Month, , ,
National Impotency Month
World Antibiotic Awareness Week, ,
GERD Awareness Week, , ,
National Drunk and Drugged Driving Prevention Month,
National Handwashing Awareness Week,

Where did health holidays come from?

Awareness holidays started popping up around the 1980's to bring attention to newly-discovered maladies. Activists and organizations wanted to draw attention to their causes, so they created days to mobilize volunteers, raise awareness, fundraise, and advocate for a cure.

Just look at World AIDS Day on December 1 — the first ever global health day. HIV and AIDS started ravaging communities in 1981, killing more than 35 million. The disease wasn't even identified until 1984—but once it had a name, there was a desperate need to raise awareness before it spread further. So World AIDS Day was created in 1988 to show solidarity and champion the rights of those living with the disease.

By the 1990s, other activists had started creating holidays to draw attention to their own causes — and today we commemorate over a hundred health holidays every year.

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Is there a health holiday that we haven't listed? Click the "Submit A Holiday" button below and fill us on any day that we've missed. All that we need from you is a bit of the background and history, as well as the significance of the day, and then we'll take care of the rest.