Men’s Health Month is celebrated across the country with screenings, health fairs, media appearances, and other health education and outreach activities.
Despite the tremendous toll stroke takes, the vast majority of Americans do not think of stroke as a major health concern. And one in three Americans is unable to identify all the F.A.S.T. stroke warning signs.
We need to make more people aware that stroke threatens millions of American lives, young and old, male and female, from every background. At the same time, stroke is largely preventable, treatable and beatable.
American Stroke Month is an annual opportunity to get the word out. Each May, the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association recognizes American Stroke Month by rallying the nation around the cause because together we can end stroke.
Join us on Saturday, May 5, 2018 at North Point Park as we gather for our annual Boston O2breathe Walk!
January is National Glaucoma Awareness Month, an important time to spread the word about this sight-stealing disease.
Currently, more than 3 million people in the United States have glaucoma. The National Eye Institute projects this number will reach 4.2 million by 2030, a 58 percent increase.
Glaucoma is called “the sneak thief of sight” since there are no symptoms and once vision is lost, it’s permanent. As much as 40% of vision can be lost without a person noticing.
World AIDS Day is held on the 1st December each year and is an opportunity for people worldwide to unite in the fight against HIV, show their support for people living with HIV and to commemorate people who have died. World AIDS Day was the first ever global health day, held for the first time in 1988.
Over 100,000 people are living with HIV in the UK. Globally there are an estimated 34 million people who have the virus. Despite the virus only being identified in 1984, more than 35 million people have died of HIV or AIDS, making it one of the most destructive pandemics in history.
World AIDS Day is an opportunity to show support to and solidarity with the millions of people living with HIV. Wearing a red ribbon is one simple way to do this. Find out where you can get a red ribbon.
World AIDS Day is also a great opportunity to raise money for NAT (National AIDS Trust) and show your support for people living with HIV. If you feel inspired to hold an event, such as a bake sale, or simply sell red ribbons, visit our fundraising page. If you’d like to see events that others are holding please visit our events page.
November is National COPD Awareness Month
As part of National COPD Awareness Month, the COPD Learn More Breathe Better® campaign encourages Breathe Better Network members and all those interested in raising COPD awareness to host events, lead discussions, and conduct other outreach to help people across the country take the first step toward improving the lives of those with COPD.
While an estimated 24 million Americans suffer from COPD, as many as half remain undiagnosed. But, with early diagnosis and treatment, people with COPD can improve their quality of life and begin to breathe a little easier.
Whether you are a large group or one individual, there is something we all can do to help those who may be affected by COPD. To assist you in your efforts, the COPD Learn More Breathe Better® campaign has developed the 2014 Outreach Toolkit.
Initially formed in 1904 to fight tuberculosis, the American Lung Foundation now combats all types of lung disease. The American Lung Foundation currently focuses on issues related to:
- tobacco control
- environmental health
Join the American Lung Association in their mission to prevent lung disease and promote lung health.
National Immunization Awareness Month (NIAM) is an annual observance held in August to highlight the importance of vaccination for people of all ages. NIAM was established to encourage people of all ages to make sure they are up to date on the vaccines recommended for them. Communities have continued to use the month each year to raise awareness about the important role vaccines play in preventing serious, sometimes deadly, diseases.
Organ procurement organizations, transplant centers, national donation organizations and other organizations sponsor special awareness events and donor recognition ceremonies to promote donation awareness and registration. Prior to 2003, this national observance was a week. In 2003, it was extended to a month and has been observed as National Donate Life Month since then. Every day in April, people across the U.S. make a special effort to celebrate the tremendous generosity of those who have saved lives by becoming organ, eye, tissue, marrow, and blood donors and to encourage more Americans to follow their fine example.
More Information: www.organdonor.gov
March is DVT Awareness Month
The incidence of DVT is reported at 117 cases per 100,000 people. This leads to more than 200,000 cases of DVT in the United States each year. In addition, 50,000 of these cases are complicated by pulmonary embolus. Another staggering statistic is that slightly less than 1% of all patients undergoing general anesthesia will suffer a fatal pulmonary embolus. This number increases to 7% of all patients treated for hip fractures.
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