Awareness Months 2024

This page will be used for all awareness campaigns, such as heart month in February, kidney and nutrition month in March, hypertension, and stroke awareness month in May, cholesterol month in September, Great American Smokeout in November, etc. Together we can increase awareness and reach our goals of educating and saving lives.

June

Men’s Health Month

June is National Men’s Health Month, a time to remind men of the health issues they face and what they can do to take charge of their health. Men are significantly less likely than women to see a doctor or report symptoms to a health care provider.

Click the Image to View the Men’s Health Awareness Info Guide.

 

July

Heart Healthy Summer
  • Check with your doctor and make sure your vaccines are up-to date
  • Get outside and explore your local parks and recreation. 
  • Extreme heat can be hazardous to your heart health. Learn more here.
  • ASA Heat Stroke vs Stroke infographic

August

Hypertension in Youth
  • Did you know?
    • Hypertension, or high blood pressure, can begin in childhood. When it does, it can result in serious health problems as an adult.
    • Left uncontrolled, high blood pressure in adults increases the risk for heart attack,
    stroke, and kidney disease.
    • The updated guidelines from the American Academy of Pediatrics, as analyzed in a
    recent CDC report, mean that at least one in seven youth, aged 12-19, had blood
    pressure that was higher than normal.
    • There are no symptoms for high blood pressure, which is why it needs to be checked
    regularly. A back-to-school physical is the perfect time to have it checked.
  • High blood pressure can run in a family. That’s because family members share genes, behaviors, lifestyles and environments that can influence their health and their risk for disease.
  • When having your kids’ blood pressure checked, parents should have their blood pressure checked as well. To reduce the risk of high blood pressure, families can engage in heart-healthy behaviors, such as exercising regularly, eating a healthy diet, and choosing low-sodium foods. (https://www.heart.org/-/media/Files/Professional/Million-Hearts/August_2018_Million_Hearts_HTN-in-Youth.pdf)

September

October

Commemorate World Stroke Day

Info coming soon!

 

November

Great American Smokeout

The Great American Smokeout® is an annual event observed on the third Thursday of November, encouraging smokers across the United States to commit to a smoke-free life. This initiative, organized by the American Cancer Society, aims to raise awareness about the health risks associated with smoking and promote resources and support for individuals looking to quit. On this day, millions of Americans take the opportunity to make a pledge towards a tobacco-free lifestyle, participating in various activities, educational programs, and community events. This event serves as a powerful reminder of the importance of quitting smoking for one’s health and well-being, inspiring positive change and fostering a sense of solidarity among those seeking to break free from the grips of tobacco addiction.

Benefits of Quitting

Helping a Person Who Smokes Quit

How to Quit Smoking or Smokeless Tobacco

 

December

Happy and Healthy Holiday

Ensuring a healthy and joyous holiday season involves prioritizing both mental and heart health. The intricate connection between the mind and heart underscores the importance of managing stress, fostering positive emotions, and maintaining a balanced lifestyle during festive times.

  • Engaging in activities that bring joy, practicing mindfulness, and nurturing supportive relationships contribute not only to mental well-being but also to a healthier heart.
  • The American Heart Association offers valuable insights into the correlation between mental and heart health, providing resources and guidance on strategies to enhance overall well-being. By incorporating these practices into the holiday season, individuals can promote a harmonious balance between mental and cardiovascular health, fostering a truly joyful and heart-healthy celebration.

Learn more about the connection between mental health and heart health.

Here are 5 tips to Reduce Holiday Stress

January

Healthy Resolutions for the New Year
  • Get Vaccinated and Encourage Others to Get Vaccinated

  • Know Your Numbers

    • Make a resolution to be a healthier you in 2024. Learn More.
  • Million Hearts® 2027

    • Learn More about this national initiative co-led by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to prevent 1 million heart attacks and strokes in 5 years.
  • Get Moving!

    • Learn more about our Move with the Mayor® (MWTM) campaign

February

American Heart Month

American Heart Month

 

American Heart Month is observed every February with the aim of reaising awareness about heart health and promoting cardiovascular well-being.

During this month, vaarious organizations and healthcare professionals empasize the iportance of adopting heart-healthy lifestyles, including maintaining a balanced diet, engaging in regular physical acitivty, and avoiding tobacco.

The campaign also highlights the significance of understanding and managing risk factors for heart disease, such as high blood pressure, cholesterol, and diabetes.

Through educational initiatives, events, and community outreach, American Heart Month seeks to empower individuals to make informed choices that contribute to a heart-healthy lifestyle and reduce the prevalence of cardiovascular diseases in the United States.

 

Resources

2024 Heart Disease and Stroke Statistics: A Report of US and Global Data From the American Heart Association.

 

2024-Statistics-At-A-Glance-final_2024

 

Social Media Tool Kits

 

Heart Valve Disease Social Media Resources

Heart Valve Disease Awareness Day is less than one month away! We know you’re busy preparing for the day, so we’ve made it easier than ever to post, share, and raise awareness with our new Social Press Kit. With just a few clicks, you can share a pre-written post and graphic to any of your social media channels, including X (formerly Twitter), Instagram, and Facebook.  You can also find all of our resources, such as PSAs, posters, videos, and more, all in one place.

USE HASHTAGS TO AMPLIFY YOUR MESSAGE

Make your social media posts seen! Join in the movement to raise awareness about heart valve disease by using the hashtags #ValveDiseaseDay and #ListentoYourHeart.

February is Heart Month, an opportunity to raise awareness to the fact that heart disease is the leading cause of death for men and women in the United States. Every year, 1 in 4 deaths are caused by heart disease, and it can be prevented.

 

SOCIAL MEDIA RESORCES FROM THE CDC

 

Click Here to Access

2023 Annual Meeting Discussion – Connection Between Mental Health and Cardiovascular Health

  • Common mental health disorders are linked to a higher risk of heart attack and stroke. As a result, experts in cardiac psychiatry – who focus on treating mental health issues in people with existing cardiac diseases – suspect the head-heart connection is bidirectional, with poor mental health potentially worsening heart health and heart health conditions upping chances of mental health issues.
    • Resources
      • Mayor Guerrero on Equitably Improving Mental and Physical Health
      • Conversation on the connection between mental and cardiovascular health
        Ileana L. Piña, MD, MPH
        Professor and Quality Officer, Heart & Vascular Service Line, Thomas Jefferson University
        &
        CAPT Christopher M. Jones, PharmD, DrPH, MPH
        Director of the Center for Substance Abuse Prevention at SAMHSA

March

National Nutrition Month®

National Nutrition Month®

April

National Stress Awareness Month

April is recognized as National Stress Awareness Month to bring attention to the negative impact of stress. Managing stress is an essential component of a healthy lifestyle. Knowing how to manage stress can improve mental and physical well-being as well as minimize exacerbation of health-related issues.

It’s critical to recognize what stress and anxiety look like, take steps to build resilience, and know where to go for help. The Mental Health American (MHA) provides some tips on how to reduce your stress by utilizing a Stress Screener. Also, take some time to visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website and familiarize yourself with strategies for stress management.

NIH also offers several resources that can assist managers and employees in dealing with stress and anxiety, including the Employee Assistance Program (EAP) and the Office of the Ombudsman. While EAP focuses on confidential counseling and enhancing and maintaining the well-being of all employees, the Office of the Ombudsman provides confidential, informal services related to coaching, facilitation, and mediation. Contact information for both services can be found in the above links.

Please see the additional resources available to effectively cope with stress:

Sample Social Media Posts

  • This Stress Awareness Month, join us in embracing the theme #LittleByLittle. It’s a reminder that small, consistent steps towards self-care and stress reduction can lead to remarkable improvements in mental health over time.  #StressAwarenessMonth #SelfCare #Wellbeing
  • Small steps, big impacts! This Stress Awareness Month, let’s embrace the #LittleByLittle approach to self-care and stress reduction. Join us in prioritizing your well-being, one small action at a time!  #StressAwareness #SelfCare #MentalHealth
  • Rome wasn’t built in a day, and neither is a stress-free life! This April, we’re highlighting the power of gradual progress with #LittleByLittle. Each day, take a small step towards reducing stress and enhancing self-care. Remember, even the smallest actions can have a big impact on your mental well-being over time. #StressAwarenessMonth #WellnessJourney
National Minority Health Month

April is National Minority Health Month (NMHM), a time to raise awareness about the importance of improving the health of racial and ethnic minority communities and reducing health disparities. Learn more about NMHM.

Join NIMHD, our partners across NIH, and the HHS Office of Minority Health (OMH) to Be the Source for Better Health as we share resources to improve health outcomes through our cultures, communities, and connections.

About National Minority Health Month

Celebrated every year in April, National Minority Health Month:

  • Builds awareness about the disproportionate burden of premature death and illness in people from racial and ethnic minority groups.
  • Encourages action through health education, early detection and control of disease complications.

The origin of National Minority Health Month was the 1915 establishment of National Negro Health Week by Booker T. Washington. In 2002, National Minority Health Month received support from the U.S. Congress with a concurrent resolution (H. Con. Res. 388) that “a National Minority Health and Health Disparities Month should be established to promote educational efforts on the health problems currently facing minorities and other populations experiencing health disparities.” The resolution encouraged “all health organizations and Americans to conduct appropriate programs and activities to promote healthfulness in minority and other communities experiencing health disparities.”

(National Minority Health Month, n.d.)

Sample Social Media Posts

We are pleased to celebrate National Minority Health Month with @MinorityHealth and promote this year’s theme, Be the Source for Better Health: Improving Health Outcomes Through Our Cultures, Communities, and Connections. Learn more: hhs.gov/national-minority-health-month/ #SourceForBetterHealth

Join us and @MinorityHealth this #NMHM24 and learn how we can Be the #SourceforBetterHealth when we are responsive to diverse cultural health beliefs and practices and consider how SDOH impact the communities we serve: hhs.gov/national-minority-health-month/

This #NMHM24 @MinorityHealth encourages everyone to Be the #SourceForBetterHealth for racial and ethnic minority populations. Read how addressing social determinants of health can help eliminate health disparities: hhs.gov/national-minority-health-month/

RESOURCES

National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities Fact Sheet

 

Public Health Week April 1-7, 2024

Protecting, Connecting and Thriving: We Are All Public Health

Public health is more than just health care. It’s the steps we take to make sure our neighborhoods and environment are free from pollution. It’s making sure our food and water are safe to eat and drink. It’s also the relationships we foster in our communities. We’re all interconnected. When we all come together to support public health, all of us — individuals, families, communities and the public health field — can achieve the goals of public health.

APHA is hosting almost a dozen NPHW events this year. They’re all free, but registration is required. RSVP today.

NPHW 2024 tools to plan and celebrate where you are

  • Use our toolkit to plan local events in your community.
  • Use our fact sheets and shareables to explore different public health topics with your friends, family and community members.
  • Take action on public health with your local elected leaders.

Sample Social Media Posts

NPHW 2024 Theme: “Protecting, Connecting and Thriving: We Are All Public Health”

  • Public health is more than just health care. It includes building communities free from pollution, with safe food and water and strong personal relationships. Join @PublicHealth and [YOUR ORG HANDLE HERE] April 1-7 for #NPHW. Visit www.NPHW.org.
  • Feeling included within our community and having support are imperative to our mental and physical well-being. This #NPHW, join your community in supporting and advocating for public health. You can make a difference. Visit www.NPHW.org.
  • Join @PublicHealth and [YOUR ORG HANDLE HERE] April 1-7 for #NPHW, “Protecting, Connecting and Thriving: We Are All Public Health.” Let’s work together to create safe, interconnected, healthy communities for everyone. Visit www.NPHW.org.

May