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 28 health holidays at National Today.

Feb. 3National Wear Red DayHealthU.S.
Feb. 4World Cancer DayCause, HealthWorld
Mar. 6National Dentist's DayCareer, HealthU.S.
Mar. 21National Kick Butts DayHealthU.S.
Mar. 21World Down Syndrome DayHealthWorld
Mar. 24World Tuberculosis DayHealthWorld
Mar. 30National Doctors' DayCareer, HealthU.S.
Apr. 4National Walking DayActivities, HealthU.S.
Apr. 7World Health DayHealthWorld
Apr. 25World Malaria DayHealthWorld
May 31World No Tobacco DayHealthWorld
Jun. 14World Blood Donor DayHealthWorld
Jun. 23National Hydration DayHealthWorld
Jul. 3National Stay Out of the Sun DayHealthU.S.
Jul. 28World Hepatitis DayHealthWorld
Oct. 10World Mental Health DayCause, HealthWorld
Oct. 13National No Bra DayCause, HealthU.S.
Oct. 15Global Handwashing DayCause, HealthWorld
Oct. 20World Osteoporosis DayHealthWorld
Nov. 14World Diabetes DayCause, HealthWorld
Dec. 1World AIDS DayHealthWorld
FebruaryAmerican Heart MonthHealthU.S.
FebruaryNational Children’s Dental Health MonthHealthU.S.
MarchNational Colorectal Cancer Awareness MonthHealthU.S.
MarchNational Kidney MonthHealthU.S.
AprilNational Garden MonthActivities, Environmental, HealthU.S.
JuneNational Men's Health MonthHealthU.S.
JuneNational Men's Health 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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