Health Holidays

Discover interesting holidays that remind us to take care of our health and those of others.

National Wear Red Day – February 3

Despite all the attention we pay to cancer rates, heart disease is still the #1 killer of women. On National Wear Red Day, held every year on the first Friday in February (Feb. 3 in 2017), women all over the country will be wearing red to help raise awareness of women’s heart health. The American Heart Association hopes by asking women (and men) to wear such a noticeable and, some would say, powerful color on this day, they can bring attention to a disease which claims the lives of almost 500,000 women each year.

World Cancer Day – February 4

Sooner or later, it seems, cancer has an impact on us all. That's why World Cancer Day on February 4th is an important day to raise awareness about prevention, detection, and treatment. Started by the Union for International Cancer Control in 2008, World Cancer Day activities seek to significantly reduce illness and death caused by cancer by 2020.

National Kick Butts Day – March 15

Get ready to kick some butts this March 15! We’re not talking about beating people up — we want you to kick those cigarette butts to the curb. National Kick Butts Day is a day of anti-smoking activism. Teachers, kids, youth leaders, and health advocates all participate! They come together and organize events that raise awareness of the problem of tobacco use in their communities, encourage kids to stay tobacco-free, and try to get anti-tobacco legislation passed. The day is organized by The Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, and it was first held in 1996. Get ready to kick some butts and take some names!

World Health Day – April 7

World Health Day is held on Apr. 7 every year to commemorate the founding of the World Health Organization (WHO), and is an opportunity to focus worldwide attention to a subject of major importance to global health. each year. In 2017, the global theme is 'Depression: Let's Talk,' raising awareness about how mental health issues affect us all.

National Men’s Health Month – June

June is National Men’s Health Month! This month is all about encouraging the men in your life (including you, men out there!) to take care of their bodies by eating right, exercising, and working to prevent disease. The official symbol for the month is a blue ribbon and the purpose of Men’s Health Month is to heighten the awareness of preventable health problems and encourage early detection and treatment of diseases including cancer, heart disease, and depression.

National Men’s Health Week – June 12-18

National Men’s Health Week is June 12-18, the week leading up to Father’s Day, because what better way to celebrate dad than to encourage him to take care of his health? The week is all about healthy bodies, hard exercise, good diet, and regular visits to the doctor. It’s part of National Men’s Health Month, a month-long recognition of men’s health with activities and events to remind men to take care of their bodies. So whether you are a man or just love them, take some time this week to celebrate the male form and keeping it in tip-top shape!
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