National Health Observances

Mark these annual health event dates on your calendar now. Special recognition dates provide a platform for advocates to discuss related legislation, educational campaigns and initiatives.

January

February

  • Wise Health Consumer Month
    American Institute for Preventive Medicine
    30445 Northwestern Highway
    Suite 350
    Farmington Hills, MI 48334
    248-539-1800, ext. 247
  • National Girls and Women in Sports Day
    Wednesday, February 7
    Women’s Sports Foundation
    Eisenhower Park
    East Meadow, NY 11554
    516-542-4700
    wosport@aol.com
    www.womenssportsfoundation.org

March

  • National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month
    Prevent Cancer Foundation, The  American Society of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy, The Foundation for Digestive Health and Nutrition, and National Colorectal Cancer Roundtable
    1600 Duke Street
    Alexandria, VA 22314
    703-836-4412
  • National Nutrition Month
    American Dietetic Association
    216 West Jackson Boulevard
    Suite 800
    Chicago, IL 60606-6995
    312-899-0040
    www.eatright.org

April

  • Cancer Control Month
    American Cancer Society
    1599 Clifton Road NE
    Atlanta, GA 30329-4251
    1-800-ACS-2345
    www.cancer.org
  • Kick Butts Day
    April 5
    Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids
    National Action Network
    1-800-284-KIDS
    www.tobaccofreekids.org
  • YMCA Healthy Kids Day
    April 8
    YMCA of the USA
    101 North Wacker Drive
    Chicago, IL 60606
    312-269-1198
    312-977-9063
    www.ymca.net
  • National Minority Cancer Awareness Week
    April 17-23
    Cancer Information Service
    NCI Office of Cancer Communications
    Building 31, Room 10A16
    9000 Rockville Pike
    Bethesda, MD 20892
    1-800-4 CANCER
    301-496-5583 (local)
    www.nci.nih.gov

May

  • National Melanoma/Skin Cancer Detection and Prevention Month
    American Academy of Dermatology
    P.O. Box 4014
    Schaumberg, IL 60168
    847-330-0230, ext. 343
    www.aad.org
  • National Running and Fitness Week
    May 14-20
    American Running and Fitness Association
    4405 East-West Highway
    Suite 405
    Bethesda, MD 20814
    301-913-9517
    ARFArun@aol.com
    http://www.americanrunning.org
  • National Employee Health and Fitness Day
    National Association of Governor’s Councils on Physical Fitness and Sports
    201 South Capitol, Suite 560
    Indianapolis, IN 46225
    317-237-5630
    gov.council@aol.com
    www.physicalfitness.org
  • National Senior Health and Fitness Day
    May 31
    Mature Market Resource Center
    621 East Park Avenue
    Libertyville, IL 60048
    1-800-828-8225
    seniorprograms@aol.com
    www.fitnessday.com

June

September

  • Gynecologic Cancer Awareness Month
    Gynecological Cancer Foundation
    401 N. Michigan Avenue
    Chicago, IL 60611
    1-800-444-4441
    312-644-6610 (local)
    gcf@sba.com
    www.wcn.org
  • Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month
    National Ovarian Cancer Coalition
    P.O. Box 4472
    Boca Raton, Fl 33429-4472
    1-888-OVARIAN
    www.ovarian.org
  • National 5 A Day Week
    September 10-16
    National Cancer Institute, Better Health Foundation
    6130 Executive Boulevard, EPN 232
    Bethesda, MD 20892-7332
    301-496-8520
    www.nci.nih.gov
  • National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month
    Foundation for Children’s Oncology Group
    440 East Hutington Drive
    Arcadia, CA 91066
    800-458-6223
  • Family Health and Fitness Days USA
    September 23-24
    Health Information Resource Center
    621 East Park Avenue
    Libertyville, IL 60048-2904
    1-800-828-8225
    www.nahdo.org

October

  • National Breast Cancer Awareness Month
    P.O. Box 15437
    Wilmington, DE 19850-5437
    1-877-886-2226
    www.nbcam.org
  • Child Health Day
    October 2
    U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
    Health Resources and Services Adm.
    Maternal and Child Health Bureau
    Parklawn Building, Room 18-20
    5600 Fishers Lane
    Rockville, MD 20857
    301-443-0205
    www.mchb.hrsa.gov
  • Breast Cancer Control Month
    American Cancer Society National Headquarters
    1599 Clifton Road NE
    Atlanta, GA 30329-4251
    1-800-ACS-2345
    www.cancer.org
  • Child Health Month
    American Academy of Pediatrics
    141 Northwest Point Boulevard
    Elk Grove Village, IL 60007
    847-981-7667
    847-981-7134 (message line)
    www.aap.org
  • Family Health Month
    American Academy of Family Physicians
    11400 Tomahawk Creek Parkway
    Leawood, KS 66211
    1-800-274-2237
    www.aafp.org
  • Healthy Lung Month
    American Lung Association
    1740 Broadway
    New York, NY 10019-4374
    1-800-LUNG-USA
    www.lungusa.org

November

  • Lung Cancer Awareness Month
    Alliance for Lung Cancer Advocacy, Support and Education
    P.O. Box 849
    Vancouver, WA 98666
    1-800-298-2436
    www.alcase.org
  • Great American Smokeout
    November 16
    American Cancer Society National Headquarters
    1599 Clifton Road NE
    Atlanta, GA 30329-4251
    1-800-ACS-2345
    www.cancer.org