6 Reasons why October is Health Awareness Month
Did you know there is a Down Syndrome Awareness Month? What about Breast Cancer Awareness Month? How about a Respiratory Care week? Mental Health Awareness Day? Well, there’s one thing they have in common: They all happen in October!
October is considered the Health Awareness Month due to the variety of weeks and days full of special events to promote healthier lifestyles and information about different health conditions. There are many ways to get involved and support these programs, so through this article, we want to share a list with you containing 6 reasons why October is the Health Awareness Month and how you can be part of it:
1. Cancer Awareness
October is the Worldwide Breast Cancer Awareness Month, which is an annual campaign held to inform the public about this disease. You can check the National Breast Cancer Foundation, a U.S. based institution, to get more information about how you can participate in certain events within your community, donate or share educational content on social media. The color pink is used as the official color of the campaign and you can raise awareness by also wearing pink shirts or clothing with messages about the event.
During this month survivors, along with other people, work to increase the reach of educational material, allowing more people to engage in programs that lead to early detection and reduce the risk of advanced breast cancer. It is a great opportunity to learn more about the disease and be conscious and helpful to those who might be affected or exposed.
2. Down Syndrome Awareness
The National Down Syndrome Awareness Month is also held in October. During the month, people with Down syndrome and their families celebrate their abilities and accomplishments and it is also an opportunity to spread awareness through certain events, where you can be informed about ways to promote inclusion and acceptance of people with this condition. You can visit the National Down Syndrome Society website and read more about it; there are volunteering opportunities, marathons, a shop and much more to get you involved.
3. Liver Awareness
Liver Awareness Month happens in October as well. A complete month dedicated to the importance of liver care and the fundamental role that this organ of the body plays within us. You can also learn about different forms of liver disease and get involved in activities and programs to increase knowledge and consciousness. The campaigns teach the most important things we need to avoid in order to protect our liver, such as reducing alcohol, sugar and pain relievers consumption, along with preventing obesity. If you want to know more about you can take a look at the American Liver Foundation website.
4. Domestic Violence Awareness
Another important occasion in October would be the Domestic Violence Awareness Month which was created as a way to connect and join people and organizations working together to aid victims. Domestic violence happens in most communities and affects many individuals of all genders and ages. These activities have been created to teach people about how they can take action to promote protection, equality, and respect to everybody and to stop domestic violence before it even happens. There are various ways to support, for example, by wearing purple clothing (which is the color assigned to the awareness campaign) or donating to the cause. If you want to get more information about how you can help, you can go to the National Resource Center on Domestic Violence
5. Dental Hygiene Awareness
National Dental Hygiene Month takes place in October as well, and it celebrates the work dental hygienists do and helps people understand the importance of good oral health. This year, the events are focusing on teaching four main routines: brushing your teeth twice a day with a soft brush, cleaning between your teeth once a day to remove plaque, rinsing to eliminate bacteria and chewing sugarless gum for 20 minutes following meals to prevent tooth decay. The campaign should motivate dental specialists to talk to their patients and community about oral health, by hosting special events, webinars or talks. If you want to know more about it, you can go to the American Dental Association page.
6. National Respiratory Week
Last, but not least, the annual event of the National Respiratory Week is held in October as well. It is an event that recognizes respiratory care professionals and raises awareness for lung health around the world. It is a great opportunity for specialists to educate the community about lung health by organizing engaging events or talks. For more information on this event, you go to the website of the American Association for Respiratory Care.
Finally, there are many other health events that will take place this month as the Eye Injury Prevention Month, the Health Literacy Month, the National Physical Therapy Month, the Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) Awareness Month, along with the Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month, and as you can see there are many ways you can get involved in these activities to learn and promote a better and healthier lifestyle, supporting great causes through your help.
We can definitely say that October is a great month to raise awareness and encourage everybody to enjoy the benefits of staying healthy.
At The Global Edge social responsibility is one of our core values. Corporate social responsibility includes an organizations’ initiatives to assess and take responsibility for the company’s effects on environmental and social well being. A large part of this is to ensure that all employees have a healthy working environment. To focus on this during Health Awareness Month, our headquarters will have weekly challenges and initiatives to promote Healthy Body, Healthy Mind during October!
These challenges are a part of a voluntary program designed to improve employee health and well-being. Each employee will be given an activity tracker where you will record the number of minutes you exercise each day. At the end of each week, the 3 people with the highest times will be given points to be added into the weekly roulette. Stay tuned for our October recap for our weekly winners!
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