Monthly Health Observances

Posted 10/01/2013 | By HealthCorps

October 1-31 Breast Cancer Awareness Month (National) National Breast Cancer Awareness Month is committed to increasing awareness of breast cancer issues, including early detection and encouraging women to take charge of their own breast health by practicing regular breast self-exams, scheduling annual mammograms, adhering to prescribed treatment, and knowing the facts about recurrence. For more information, contact: nbcamquestions@yahoo.com | www.nbcam.org

October 1-31 Chiropractic Health Month (National) Each October during National Chiropractic Health Month, the American Chiropractic Association (ACA), along with doctors of chiropractic nationwide, will educate consumers about chiropractic and its relationship to the preservation of good health. Planned activities will highlight doctors of chiropractic as effective healthcare providers who are important members of a patient’s healthcare team. For more information, contact: Communications Department | ACA | 703.276.8800 | communications@acatoday.org | www.acatoday.org

October 1-31 Dental Hygiene Month (National) National Dental Hygiene Month focuses on increasing public awareness of the oral health / total health connection and recognizes the unique position dental hygienists play in providing quality preventive care for their patients. For more information, contact: Communications Division | American Dental Hygienists’ Association | 312.440.8900 | media@adha.net | www.adha.org

October 1-31 Eye Injury Prevention Month Annually, 2.5 million Americans suffer eye injuries, and more than 52 percent of all injuries take place at home. Accidental eye injury is the leading cause of visual impairment, and 90 percent of marked on the frame or lens. For more information, contact: Communications Division | American Academy of Ophthalmology | 415.447.0258 | eyemd@aao.org | www.geteyesmart.org

October 1-31 Pharmacists Month (American) American Pharmacists Month is a time to recognize pharmacists for the vital contributions they make to healthcare in the United States through improved medication use and advanced patient care. It serves to promote pharmacists as the medication experts and an integral part of the healthcare team. It also aims to educate the public, policy makers, and other healthcare professionals about the key role pharmacists play in the reduction of overall healthcare costs and the safe and effective management of medications. For more information, contact: American Pharmacists Association | aphm@aphanet.org | www.pharmacist.com

October 6-12 Fire Prevention Week Each October since 1922, the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) has sponsored a fire prevention campaign to raise awareness about the importance of fire safety and fire safety education. It is the longest running public health and safety observance on record. Fire Prevention Week is actively supported by fire departments across the country. For more information, contact: Public Education | NFPA | 617.770.3000 | alebeau@nfpa.org | www.firepreventionweek.org

October 11 Depression Screening Day (National) National Depression Screening Day is the nation’s oldest, voluntary, community-based screening program for depression and related mood and anxiety disorders. The event gives people access to a validated screening questionnaire and provides referral information for treatment. For more information, contact: Angela Devereaux | Screening for Mental Health, Inc. | 781.239.0071 | adevereaux@mentalhealthscreening.org | www.mentalhealthscreening.org

October 12 Arthritis Day (World) World Arthritis Day, established in 1996, is observed each year on October 12. Coordinated in the US by the Arthritis Foundation, the event joins together people with rheumatic and musculoskeletal diseases from around the world to raise awareness and reduce the impact of arthritis. For more information, contact: Public Relations | Arthritis Foundation | 404.965.7595 | help@arthritis.org | www.arthritis.org

October 18 Mammography Day (National) Celebrated on the third Friday in October during National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, National Mammography Day encourages women across America to receive or sign up for a mammogram screening. For more information, contact: AstraZeneca | info@astrazeneca.com | www.astrazeneca-us.com

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