Health observances in May



calendarOnce again, I bring you a list of health observances for the month of May.

May is…

American Stroke Month
American Heart Association
www.americanheart.org/presenter.jhtml?identifier=3026377

Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month
Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America
Better Hearing and Speech Month
American Speech-Language-Hearing Association
www.asha.org/bhsm/

Better Sleep Month
Better Sleep Council
www.bettersleep.org/

Clean Air Month
American Lung Association
www.lungusa.org/

Healthy Vision Month
National Eye Institute
National Institutes of Health

www.healthyvision2010.nei.nih.gov/hvm/
Theme: Uncorrected Refractive Errors

Hepatitis Awareness Month
Hepatitis Foundation International
www.hepatitisfoundation.org/

Lupus Awareness Month
Lupus Foundation of America, Inc.
www.lupus.org

Lyme Disease Awareness Month
Lyme Disease Foundation
www.lyme.org

Melanoma/Skin Cancer Detection and Prevention Month
American Academy of Dermatology
www.aad.org

Mental Health Month
Mental Health America
www.mentalhealthamerica.net/go/may

National Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis Awareness Month
Les Turner Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis Foundation
www.lesturnerals.org

National Arthritis Awareness Month
Arthritis Foundation
www.arthritis.org

National Bike Month
League of American Bicyclists
www.bikeleague.org/programs/bikemonth

National Cancer Research Month
American Association for Cancer Research
www.aacr.org/home/public–media/public-policy–legislative-affairs/national-cancer-research-month.aspx

National Celiac Disease Awareness Month
American Celiac Disease Alliance
americanceliac.org

National High Blood Pressure Education Month
National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute Health Information Center
www.nhlbi.nih.gov

National Neurofibromatosis Month
Children’s Tumor Foundation
www.ctf.org

National Osteoporosis Awareness and Prevention Month
National Osteoporosis Foundation
www.nof.org/awareness2/annual.htm

National Physical Fitness and Sports Month
President´s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports
www.fitness.gov

National Teen Pregnancy Prevention Month
Advocates for Youth
www.advocatesforyouth.org/publications/ntppm.htm

National Toxic Encephalopathy and Chemical Injury Awareness Month
National Toxic Encephalopathy Foundation
www.NTEF-USA.Org

Older Americans Month
U.S. Administration on Aging
www.aoa.gov

Sturge-Weber Awareness Month
The Sturge-Weber Foundation
www.sturge-weber.org

Tuberous Sclerosis Awareness Month

Tuberous Sclerosis Alliance
www.tsalliance.org

Ultraviolet Awareness Month
Prevent Blindness America
www.preventblindness.org

 

Week-long observances

3 to 9 May
North American Occupational Safety and Health Week
American Society of Safety Engineers
www.asse.org/newsroom/naosh09

6 to 12 May
National Mental Health Counseling Week
American Mental Health Counselors Association
www.amhca.org

10 to 16 May
Food Allergy Awareness Week
Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Network
www.foodallergy.org/FAAW/index.html

10 to 16 May
National Alcohol- and Other Drug-Related Birth Defects Week
National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, Inc.
www.ncadd.org

10 to 16 May
National Women’s Health Week
Office on Women’s Health
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

www.womenshealth.gov/whw

11 to 17 May
National Stuttering Awareness Week
Stuttering Foundation of America

www.stutteringhelp.org

11 to 15 May
National Neuropathy Week
The Neuropathy Association
www.neuropathy.org

18 to 24 May
Recreational Water Illness Prevention Week
Water and Environment Activity
Parasitic Diseases Branch
Division of Parasitic Diseases
National Center for Zoonotic, Vector-Borne, and Enteric Diseases
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
www.cdc.gov/healthyswimming/rwi_prevention_week.htm

24 to 30 May
Older American’s Mental Health Week
Older Women’s League
www.owl-national.org/Welcome.html

 

One-day observances

4 May
Melanoma Monday
American Academy of Dermatology
www.aad.org

4 May
Asthma Educator’s Day
www.asthmaeducators.org

5 May
World Asthma Day
www.ginasthma.com/WADIndex.asp

9 May
Cornelia de Lange Syndrome Awareness Day
CdLS-USA Foundation
www.cdlsusa.org

11 May
National Women’s Check-up Day
Office on Women’s Health
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
www.womenshealth.gov/whw/about/checkupday.cfm

12 May
Sex Differences in Health Awareness Day
Society for Women’s Health Research
www.womenshealthresearch.org

18 May
HIV Vaccine Awareness Day
National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, National Institutes of Health
HIV Vaccine Communications Campaign
Vaccine and Prevention Research Program, Division of AIDS
www.niaid.nih.gov/news/events/HVAD

19 May
Phelan-McDermid Syndrome Day
Greenwood Genetic Center
www.22q13.org

20 May
National Employee Health and Fitness Day
National Association for Health and Fitness
physicalfitness.org/nehf.html

31 May

World No Tobacco Day
Pan American Health Organization
WHO Regional Office for the Americas
www.who.int/tobacco/wntd/en/

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