National Health observances (NHOs) are special days, weeks, and months dedicated to raising awareness about important health topics. By highlighting these health observances, organizations can offer their employees an easy and simple way to learn more about their health and well-being. Additionally, companies can reinforce and strengthen the impact of their wellness initiatives by aligning the elements of their wellness programs with the topics and themes being observed each month.

Check out Wellable’s 2021 health observances calendar below for a complete list of the health topics to be covered this year.

January February March April May June
July August September October November December

 

Health Awareness And Observances

 

January:

Cervical Health Awareness Month – National Cervical Cancer Coalition

National Blood Donor Month – American Red Cross

Thyroid Awareness Month - American Association of Clinical Endocrinology

New Years Resolutions

 

February:

American Heart Month - National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute

National Cancer Prevention Month - American Institute for Cancer Research

Feb 4 – World Cancer Day - Union for International Cancer Control

Feb 5 – National Wear Red Day (for women’s heart health) - American Heart Association

Feb 14 – National Donor Day - Donate Life America

Feb 22 – 28 – National Eating Disorders Week - National Eating Disorders Association

 

March:

Nutrition Month - Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics

March 11 – World Kidney Day - International Society of Nephrology

March 14 – 20 – National Sleep Awareness Week - National Sleep Foundation

March 19 – World Sleep Day - World Sleep Society

March 15 – 21 – Brain Awareness Week - Dana Foundation

March 22 – 28 – National Drugs and Alcohol Facts Week - National Institute on Drug Abuse

March 26 – American Diabetes Alert Day - National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases

 

April:

Women’s Eye Health & Safety Month - Prevent Blindness

Alcohol Awareness Month - National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence

Stress Awareness Month - Health Resource Network

Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) Awareness Month - International Foundation for Gastrointestinal Disorders

April 1-7 – National Public Health Week - American Public Health Association

April 7 – World Health Day - World Health Organization (WHO)

April 22 – Earth Day

April 24-30 – World Immunization Week - CDC

 

May:

Mental Health Awareness Month - Mental Health America

Employee Health & Fitness Month - National Association for Health and Fitness

May 5 – World Hand Hygiene Day - WHO

May 9-15 – National Women’s Health Week - Office on Women’s Health

May 27 – National Senior Health & Fitness Day

May 31 – World No Tobacco Day - WHO

 

June:

Men’s Health Month

PTSD Awareness Month - U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

June 12 – Family Health and Fitness Day - National Recreation and Park Association

June 14 – World Blood Donor Day - WHO

June 19 – World Sickle Cell Day - Sickle Cell Disease Association of America

 

July:

UV Safety Month - American Academy of Ophthalmology (the CDC has a more comprehensive article on Sun Safety)

Healthy Vision Month - National Eye Institute

 

August:

Immunization Awareness Month - CDC

Summer Sun Safety Month - American Cancer Society

Aug 1 – World Lung Cancer Day - American Lung Association

 

September:

Healthy Aging Month - Healthy Aging Magazine

National Cholesterol Education Month - American College of Cardiology

National Recovery Month - Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

 

October:

Breast Cancer Awareness Month - National Breast Cancer Foundation

Health Literacy Month - Institute for Healthcare Advancement

Dental Hygiene Month - American Dental Hygienists’ Association

 

November:

American Diabetes Month - American Diabetes Association

 

December:

National Safe Toys and Gifts Month - Child & Family Services

Dec 1 - World AIDS Day - National AIDS Trust

Dec 1-7 - National Handwashing Awareness Week - Henry the Hand Foundation

Dec 6-12 - National Influenza Vaccination Week - CDC

 

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