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 135 health holidays at National Today.

DateHolidayCategoryTagsRegion
National Gluten-Free Day , ,
Give Kids A Smile, ,
National Wear Red Day
National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day,
National Toothache Day
National Donor Day
National Protein day, , ,
National Dentist's Day
National Kick Butts Day
World Down Syndrome Day
World Tuberculosis Day
National Doctors' Day
World Autism Awareness Day
World Health Day
World Malaria Day, ,
​National Drug Take Back Day
National Sunscreen Day,
World No Tobacco Day
World Bicycle Day
Global Running 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
International Patient Safety Day
National HIV/AIDS and Aging Awareness Day
National School Backpack Awareness Day, ,
Get Ready Day
Falls Prevention Awareness Day
National Mesothelioma Awareness Day
Sport Purple for Platelets 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 Mental Health Day
World Obesity Day
Metastatic Breast Cancer Awareness Day
World Hospice and Palliative Care 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
Great American Smokeout
National Rural Health Day
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 Women's Health Week
National Men's Health Month
National Men's Health Week
National Moth Week
National Breastfeeding Month, ,
National Eye Exam Month
National Immunization Awareness Month
National Cholesterol Education Month
National Suicide Prevention Month
Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome Awareness Month
Sexual Health Month
World Alzheimer's Month
National Assisted Living Week
Nephrology Nurses Week,
National Eczema Week
Balance Awareness Week
​National Rehabilitation Awareness Week
​Active Aging 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
Bone and Joint Health National Action Week
Respiratory Care Week, ,
National Health Education 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 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.