Health Holidays

We should be giving thanks for our good health and helping others who aren’t as fortunate every day. That’s why we love celebrating 81 health holidays at National Today.

Date

Holiday

Category

Region

Feb. 3

National Wear Red DayHealthU.S.

Feb. 4

World Cancer DayCause, HealthWorld

Mar. 19

National Let’s Laugh DayFamily, Fun, HealthU.S.

Mar. 21

National Kick Butts DayHealthU.S.

Mar. 21

World Down Syndrome DayHealthWorld

Mar. 24

World Tuberculosis DayHealthWorld

Apr. 4

National Walking DayFun, HealthU.S.

Apr. 7

World Health DayHealthWorld

Apr. 25

World Malaria DayHealthWorld

May 31

World No Tobacco DayHealthWorld

Jun. 3

World Bicycle DayHealthWorld

Jun. 7

Global Running DayHealthU.S.

Jun. 14

World Blood Donor DayHealthWorld

Jun. 23

National Hydration DayHealthWorld

Jul. 3

National Stay Out of the Sun DayHealthU.S.

Jul. 28

World Hepatitis DayHealthWorld

Aug. 6

Terry Fox DayCause, Fun, HealthCanada, World

Sep. 10

World Suicide Prevention DayHealthWorld

Sep. 13

National Celiac Disease Awareness DayHealthU.S.

Sep. 14

International Stuttering Awareness DayHealthU.S.

Sep. 18

Get Ready DayHealthU.S.

Sep. 18

National HIV/AIDS and Aging Awareness DayHealthU.S.

Sep. 22

Falls Prevention Awareness DayHealthU.S.

Sep. 26

National School Backpack Awareness DayHealthU.S.

Sep. 28

Sport Purple for Platelets DayHealthU.S.

Sep. 29

Family Health & Fitness Day USAHealthU.S.

Sep. 29

World Heart DayHealthWorld

Oct. 10

World Mental Health DayCause, HealthWorld

Oct. 11

National Depression Screening DayHealthU.S.

Oct. 13

National No Bra DayCause, HealthU.S.

Oct. 13

World Hospice and Palliative Care DayHealthU.S.

Oct. 15

Global Handwashing DayCause, HealthWorld

Oct. 20

World Osteoporosis DayHealthWorld

Oct. 21

National Check Your Meds DayHealthU.S.

Oct. 29

World Psoriasis DayHealthU.S.

Nov. 14

World Diabetes DayCause, HealthWorld

Dec. 1

World AIDS DayHealthWorld

January

National Bath Safety MonthHealthU.S.

January

National Blood Donor MonthHealthU.S.

February

American Heart MonthHealthU.S.

February

National Children’s Dental Health MonthHealthU.S.

March

Multiple Sclerosis Awareness MonthHealthU.S.

March

National Caffeine Awareness MonthHealthU.S.

March

National Colorectal Cancer Awareness MonthHealthU.S.

March

National Kidney MonthHealthU.S.

March

Poison Prevention WeekHealthU.S.

April

National Garden MonthEnvironmental, Fun, HealthU.S.

April

Stress Awareness MonthHealthU.S.

May

Celiac Disease Awareness MonthHealthU.S.

May

National Blood Pressure MonthHealthU.S.

May

National Lyme Disease Awareness MonthHealthU.S.

June

National Men's Health MonthHealthU.S.

June

National Men's Health WeekHealthU.S.

August

National Eye Exam MonthHealthU.S.

August

National Immunization Awareness MonthHealthU.S.

September

National Cholesterol Education MonthHealth

September

National Suicide Prevention MonthHealthU.S.

September

Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome Awareness MonthHealthU.S.

September

Sexual Health MonthHealthWorld

September

World Alzheimer's MonthHealthWorld

September

National Assisted Living WeekHealthU.S.

September

Nephrology Nurses WeekCareer, HealthU.S.

September

​National Rehabilitation Awareness WeekHealth

September

Balance Awareness WeekHealth

September

National Eczema WeekHealthWorld

September

​Active Aging WeekHealth

October

AIDS Awareness MonthHealthU.S.

October

Caffeine Addiction Recovery MonthHealthU.S.

October

Down Syndrome Awareness MonthHealthU.S.

October

Eat Better, Eat Together MonthHealthU.S.

October

Emotional Wellness MonthHealthU.S.

October

Fungal Disease Awareness WeekHealth

October

Health Literacy MonthHealthU.S.

October

National Chiropractic MonthHealthU.S.

October

National Critical Illness Awareness MonthHealthU.S.

October

National Ergonomics MonthHealthU.S.

October

National Liver Awareness MonthHealthU.S.

October

National Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness MonthHealthU.S.

October

National Spina Bifida Awareness MonthHealthU.S.

October

Rett Syndrome Awareness MonthHealthU.S.

December

National Handwashing Awareness WeekHealthU.S.

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 started to create days to mobilize volunteers, raise awareness, fundraise, and advocate for a cure.

Just look at World AIDS Day (Dec. 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 dozens of health holidays.

Submit your favorite health holidays

We'd love to hear from you at our holiday submission page if we're missing an important health holiday you commemorate every year. Before you submit, gather a bit of information about the holiday. Is it commemorated widely? Does it have a track record of coverage? If so, we'd love to add it to our calendar.

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