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.

March

National Nutrition Month

April

National Minority Health Month

April is National Minority Health Month, and this year the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of Minority Health (OMH) and its partners are highlighting the important role individuals and organizations can play in helping to reduce health disparities and improve the health of racial and ethnic minority and American Indian/Alaska Native communities.

The theme for this year’s National Minority Health Month is Give Your Community a Boost! The theme focuses on the continued importance of COVID-19 vaccination, including boosters, as one of the strongest tools we can use to protect communities from COVID-19, which has disproportionately affected communities of color. CDC data show that some racial and ethnic minority groups — particularly Black or African American, Hispanic or Latino, and American Indian or Alaska Native people are at increased risk of getting sick, having more severe illness, and dying from COVID-19. Give Your Community a Boost! also supports the many other efforts happening in communities across the country to advance health equity.

GET INVOLVED

OMH invites you to #BoostYourCommunity by using, sharing, and attending these National Minority Health Month (NMHM) resources and events with your organization, communities, and network! Visit the National Minority Health Month Events page to view a list of upcoming events.

https://www.minorityhealth.hhs.gov/nmhm

May

Mental Health Awareness Month

Mental Health Awareness Month has been observed in the U.S. since 1949. Every year during the month of May, NAMI joins the national movement to raise awareness about mental health. Together, we fight stigma, provide support, educate the public and advocate for policies that support the millions of people in the U.S. affected by mental illness. Read below to learn more about how you can get involved.

This year, NAMI is celebrating Mental Health Awareness Month with the More Than Enough campaign!

It’s an opportunity for all of us to come together and remember the inherent value we each hold — no matter our diagnosis, appearance, socioeconomic status, background or ability. We want every person out there to know that if all you did was wake up today, that’s more than enough. No matter what, you are inherently worthy of more than enough life, love and healing. Showing up, just as you are, for yourself and the people around you is more than enough.

Join The #MoreThanEnough Campaign

Throughout the month, we invite you to share with us on social media why you are more than enough by tagging us (@NAMICommunicate) and using our hashtag #MoreThanEnough. Feel free to also bookmark this webpage, as we’ll be adding more resources and ways to get involved as the month gets closer.

Share On Social Media

To help get you get started, feel free to use the sample posts

No matter what my depression tells me, I am worthy of love, I am worthy of acceptance, I am worthy of fulfillment. I Am #MoreThanEnough. @NAMICommunicate

I live with schizophrenia. I am not a burden. I Am #MoreThanEnough. @NAMICommunicate

REMINDER: Your worth is not measured by your productivity. You deserve love and healing just as you are. You are #MoreThanEnough. @NAMICommunicate: nami.org/mhm

If all you did was wake up today, you are still #MoreThanEnough! Learn more with @NAMICommunicate nami.org/mhm

If someone you love is going through a hard time, you don’t need to have all the answers. Just being there is #MoreThanEnough. Learn more with @NAMICommunicate at nami.org/mhm

Mental health affects ALL of us. Help us get the word out and start the conversation today! Visit: nami.org/mhm #MoreThanEnough @NAMICommunicate

@NAMICommunicate connected me to resources and a community that helped empower me to know that I am #MoreThanEnough — that’s why I created this fundraiser. To donate or learn more, visit [YOUR LINK HERE]

I walk to fight stigma, to raise awareness, to advocate for people living with mental health conditions, and to honor my loved ones. Join me at @NAMICommunicate’s United Day of Hope to ensure any person struggling knows, they are NOT ALONE, and they are #MoreThanEnough: https://www.namiwalks.org/

National High Blood Pressure Education Month

Publications & Fact Sheets

Thumbnail image for the Small Steps to Take Control fact sheetUse these resources to learn more about high blood pressure, track your numbers, self-care, and more.

Social Media Resources

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Videos

A young Hispanic woman watching a video on her smartphone.Share these videos on how to prevent & lower high blood pressure, the proper way to self-measure it, and how NHLBI researchers are working to improve patients’ lives.

National Stroke Awareness Month

Strokes can happen to anyone, at any age. Having a stroke puts you at higher risk for a second one. This stroke month let’s come together to defeat stroke by acting F.A.S.T. Your health is in your hands.

Watch the F.A.S.T. PSA Video

F.A.S.T. info sheet

F.A.S.T. is how we come together to end stroke®

Learn the stroke warning signs: F.A.S.T.

  • Face Drooping
  • Arm Weakness
  • Speech Difficulty
  • Time to call 911

Every 40 seconds, someone in the U.S. has a stroke.

It could happen on your street, in your workplace, at a store where you shop — anywhere. Your readiness to spot the stroke warning signs and call 911 could save a life or make the difference between a full recovery and long-term disability. That’s why it’s so important to learn the stroke warning signs and urge everyone you know to do the same.

The faster stroke is treated, the more likely the patient is to recover.

In fact, stroke patients who are treated with the clot-busting drug IV r-tPA Alteplase within 90 minutes of their first symptoms were almost three times more likely to recover with little or no disability.
In some cases, a procedure to remove the clot causing the stroke is also recommended. Nintey-one percent of stroke patients who were treated with a stent retriever within 150 minutes of first symptoms recovered with little or no disability.

The thing to remember is that stroke is largely treatable. It’s a matter of getting the right treatment, right away.

World Hypertension Awareness Month

On May 17th, we celebrate World Hypertension Day, a day dedicated to highlighting the importance of monitoring blood pressure and bringing global awareness to the 1 billion people living with high blood pressure worldwide. High blood pressure, also known as hypertension, is defined as a systolic blood pressure consistently above 140 mm Hg and/or diastolic blood pressure consistently above 90 mm Hg. Hypertension is the #1 risk factor for heart disease, stroke, renal complications, and premature death. Usually, high blood pressure alone does not cause any symptoms. Fortunately, hypertension can be prevented and managed, by checking your blood pressure regularly, and through treatment.

Since 2016, CDC and global partners have worked together to create innovative strategies to prevent and control hypertension, and improve people’s overall heart health in countries across the world. Get tested, know your numbers, and live longer.

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.

Men’s Health Month: 5 Things To Know Read Article 

Take Charge of Your Health! Learn More

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.

 

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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

 

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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