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Health Calendar in different countries

Health Calendar in different countries for 2019-2020 year
Health issues are probably the ones that unite people all over the world. There is a great number of health conditions that have an impact on peopleís lives. Some of them the public is quite aware of while some others are rare and only known to healthcare professionals and those who suffer from them. Awareness months, weeks, and special days, are created to raise awareness about important health topics. These events are annual campaigns to draw attention to various health conditions and to influence real change in disease prevention and access to testing, treatment and care. They also help raise funds for research. The events always aim to encourage people to support affected individuals, to increase understanding and acceptance and give an opportunity for everyone to get involved by helping raise awareness in their place of work, local community, or at least on social media. Health awarness days are also about healthcare professionals joining forces to encourage more people to have regular health checks and screening tests and make lifestyle choices that benefit their health and general well-being. Healthy living is important for everyone and should be seen as the highest priority since it can help people lead a healthier, happier and longer life. Below is a list of awareness campaigns that provides details, dates and locations of major World health events, in the current year. Use this Health Calendar to know which events are coming up, and also to help yourself take steps towards better health and feeling great.

Health Holidays and Awarness days in different countries for 2019-2020 year

August 2019

Friday 23 August - Health Unit Coordinators Day in USA (Health Unit Coordinator Week - August 23-29)
Sunday 25 August - Speech Pathology Week in Australia (2019, 25-31 August. Speech Pathology Week seeks to promote the speech pathology profession and the work done by speech pathologists with the more than 1.1 million Australians who have a communication or swallowing disorder that impacts on their daily life)

September 2019

Sunday 1 September - World Alzheimer's Month; Acne Awareness Month in Canada (also Craniofacial Awareness Month and Prostate Cancer Awareness Month)
Friday 13 September - National Celiac Awareness Day (The United States Senate has once again designated September 13th as "National Celiac Awareness Day." According to the resolution, the Senate "recognizes that all people of the United States should become more informed and aware of celiac disease" and encourages all Americans to participate in activities that celebrate this day. Celiac disease affects an estimated 3 million Americans, 85% of whom remain undiagnosed or misdiagnosed); Stand Up To Cancer Day in US
Saturday 21 September - World Alzheimer's Day; Surgeon Day; World Marrow Donor Day (is celebrated globally on the third Saturday of September)
Sunday 22 September - World CML Day (Since 2008, patient organizations around the world have initiated events and projects on "CML Awareness Day" on September 22 to raise awareness of the needs of patients living with Chronic Myeloid Leukemia); Bladder Cancer Awareness Walk in Canada
Tuesday 24 September - World Retina Week
Wednesday 25 September - World Pharmacist Day
Thursday 26 September - World Environmental Health Day; World Contraception Day
Saturday 28 September - International Safe Abortion Day (The day was first celebrated as a day of action for decriminalization of abortion in Latin America and the Caribbean in 1990 by the Campaña 28 Septiembre); World Rabies Day
Monday 30 September - Mud Pack Day (The use of mud for therapeutic and beauty purposes can be traced back to the 16th century during the Renaissance)

October 2019

Tuesday 1 October - Occupational Therapy Month and Rett Syndrome Awareness Month in Canada; Mental Illness Awareness Week and Human papilloma virus Prevention Week in Canada (October 1 to 7); International Day of Older Persons; World Vegetarian Day and International Vegetarian Week
Wednesday 2 October - World No Alcohol Day
Thursday 3 October - Virus Appreciation Day
Monday 7 October - International Trigeminal Neuralgia Awareness Day
Wednesday 9 October - Emergency Nurses Day (the second Wednesday in October)
Friday 11 October - World Obesity Day (The first World Obesity Day took place in 2015)
Sunday 13 October - Paramedics' Day in Poland; No Bra Day (on which women are encouraged to forgo wearing a bra as a means to encourage breast cancer awareness); Metastatic Breast Cancer Awareness Day in Ohio
Monday 14 October - National Case Manager Week in South Africa
Tuesday 15 October - School Health Week and National Obesity Week in South Africa; Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day; Pharmacy Technician Day (PTDay was first endorsed by Pharmacy Technician Educators Association, American Association of Pharmacy Technicians, Inc. Ė AAPT and Pharmacy Technician Certification Board in 2015. It has been observed the third Tuesday in October since 1991); Global Handwashing Day; Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day in Ohio; White Cane Safety Day (White Cane Day)
Thursday 17 October - World Trauma Day; International ShakeOut Day (Drop, Cover and Hold On! If nothing else, remember to take those three steps if and when an earthquake strikes); International Day for the Eradication of Poverty
Friday 18 October - World Menopause Day (doctors call for women to take action at menopause, to prevent health problems in later life)
Saturday 19 October - National Psoriatic Arthritis Day in Canada; Day of Struggle Against Breast Cancer
Sunday 20 October - National Down Syndrome Day in South Africa; Internation Lead Poisoning Prevention Week; Information Overload Day; World Osteoporosis Day
Monday 21 October - Global Iodine Deficiency Disorder Prevention Day or World Iodine Deficiency Day; Respiratory Therapists Week in Canada (October 21 to 27)
Tuesday 22 October - Fechner Day (International observance); International Stuttering Awareness Day
Thursday 24 October - World Polio Day
Monday 28 October - World Stroke Week
Wednesday 30 October - International Orthopaedic Nurses Day; Africa Food and Nutrition Security Day
Thursday 31 October - Increase Your Psychic Powers Day

November 2019

Friday 1 November - International Lennox-Gastaut Syndrome Awareness Day; Movember in Canada (also Lung Cancer Awareness Month; Osteoporosis Month; Fall Prevention Month; National Domestic Violence Awareness Month); National Medical Science Liaison Awareness and Appreciation Day in USA
Saturday 2 November - Health Day in Turkmenistan (Date for 2019. Celebrated on the first Saturday in November)
Monday 4 November - National Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation Week in South Africa; Medical Radiation Technologist Week in Canada (November 4 to 11)
Tuesday 5 November - National Malaria Week in South Africa
Wednesday 6 November - National Malaria Day in South Africa
Friday 8 November - International Day of Radiology (World Radiography Day)
Tuesday 12 November - World Antibiotic Awareness Week; Digital Health Week in Canada (November 12 to 18; Also National Kinesiology Week); World Pneumonia Day
Thursday 14 November - Operating Room Nurse Day; World Diabetes Day
Saturday 16 November - International day of fight against anorexia
Sunday 17 November - World Prematurity Day
Wednesday 20 November - National Child Day in Canada; World COPD Day
Tuesday 26 November - Anti Obesity Day (International observance)
Saturday 30 November - Cities for Life Day (International); Stomach Cancer Awareness Day in Canada

December 2019

Monday 9 December - World Patient Safety Day
Thursday 12 December - Universal Health Coverage Day

January 2020

Saturday 4 January - World Braille Day (UN 1 November 2018 A/C.3/73/L.5/Rev.1); World Braille Day
Friday 10 January - Houseplant Appreciation Day (was established by The Gardenerís Network, establishing an official opportunity to remind people of the benefits of houseplants. Having plants in your home or office can do a great deal to lift your mood and improve your quality of life. For example, a 2009 study showed that the scent of lavender can effectively lower pulse rates in stressful situations)
Wednesday 29 January - Bell Let's Talk Day in Canada (Date for 2019); Seeing Eye Guide Dog Birthday (1929)

February 2020

Saturday 1 February - Psychology Month in in Canada; Eating Disorder Awareness Week in Canada; American Heart Month
Monday 3 February - National Women Physicians Day in US (is celebrated annually on the birthday of Elizabeth Blackwell, the first female clinician in the United States)
Sunday 9 February - Toothache Day (It is so important that we learn how to take care of our teeth and not only get rid of nasty aches but also stop them coming back or turning into something more serious)
Monday 10 February - International Epilepsy Day (every year on the second Monday of February people join together to celebrate IED)
Wednesday 12 February - Condom Week (this week long event got itís start at the University of California, Berkley in the 1970ís); Pregnancy Awareness Week in South Africa
Friday 14 February - European Epilepsy Day; Epilepsy Day in Poland (It was launched on 14th 2009 in the form of an event in Warsaw); Donor Day or Organ Donor Day
Sunday 16 February - Healthy Lifestyle Awareness Day in South Africa
Wednesday 26 February - National Wear Red Day (United Kingdom, until 2016)
Thursday 27 February - Anosmia Awareness Day (International observance); Doctors' Day in Vietnam
Friday 28 February - Pink Shirt Day in Canada; Tooth Fairy Day

March 2020

Sunday 1 March - Nutrition Month in Canada; Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month in Great Britain (when a woman is diagnosed at the earliest stage, her chance of surviving ovarian cancer for five years or more doubles from just 46 per cent to more than 90 per cent)
Tuesday 3 March - World Hearing Day (is held each year to raise awareness on how to prevent deafness and hearing loss and promote ear and hearing care across the world)
Friday 6 March - World Lymphedema Day; National Dentist Day
Wednesday 11 March - World Glaucoma Week (March 11 to 17)
Thursday 12 March - World Kidney Day (is a global health awareness campaign focusing on the importance of the kidneys and reducing the frequency and impact of kidney disease and its associated health problems worldwide); Global Brain Awareness Week (March 12 to 18)
Friday 13 March - Registered Dietitian Nutritionist Day
Thursday 26 March - Purple Day (Cassidy Megan created the idea of Purple Day in 2008, motivated by her own struggles with epilepsy)

April 2020

Wednesday 1 April - Irritable Bowel Syndrome Awareness Month in Canada (also Rosacea Awareness Month and Be a Donor Month)
Tuesday 7 April - National Dental Hygienists Week in Canada (April 7 to 13); World Health Day
Wednesday 8 April - World Tai Chi and Qigong Day
Monday 13 April - FND Awareness Day in Canada (Functional Neurological Disorder [FND]/Conversion Disorder [CD])
Thursday 16 April - Stress Awareness Day; World Voice Day
Saturday 18 April - Coma Patients' Day in Poland; Kiribati Health Day
Friday 24 April - African Vaccination Week
Monday 27 April - Sense Of Smell Day

May 2020

Friday 1 May - Vision Health Month in Canada (also Ankylosing Spondylitis; Awareness Month; Bladder Cancer Awareness Month; Brain Tumour Awareness Month; Celiac Awareness Month; Hemochromatosis Awareness Month; Hypertension Awareness Month; National Physiotherapy Month)
Saturday 2 May - Baby Day
Tuesday 5 May - World Hand Hygiene Day; World Pulmonary Hypertension Day; International Day of the Midwife (International Midwives Day); World Asthma Day
Thursday 7 May - National Child and Youth Mental Health Day in Canada; Mental Health Week in Canada (May 7 to 13); National Nursing Week in Canada (May 7 to 13)
Sunday 10 May - Global Move for Health Day; World Lupus Day
Monday 11 May - World Melanoma Day (is recognized on the second Monday of May around the world to highlight the growing prevalence of malignant melanoma)
Tuesday 12 May - International Awareness Day for Chronic Immunological and Neurological Diseases; International Nurses Day
Monday 18 May - World AIDS Vaccine Day; National Speech Pathologist Day in USA
Monday 25 May - Childrenís Hospice Week
Thursday 28 May - International Day of Women's Health; Menstrual Hygiene Day (It was initiated by the German-based NGO WASH United in 2014 and aims to benefit women and girls worldwide. Menstrual Hygiene Day has received the support of over 270 global partners who are committed to making MHM a priority worldwide.); Sun Awareness Week in Canada (May 28 - June 3)
Friday 29 May - World Digestive Health Day (On the 29th of May 1958, the last day of the First World Congress of Gastroenterology which took place in Washington, an assembly of distinguished gastroenterologists announced the foundation of the World Gastroenterology Organisation was born.)

June 2020

Monday 1 June - World Milk Day (is a day established by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations to recognise the importance of milk as a global food. It has been observed on June 1 each year since 2001); Brain Injury Awareness Month in Canada
Tuesday 2 June - The day of healthy eating and refusal of excess eating in Russia; World Heart Rhythm Week
Wednesday 3 June - World Clubfoot Day (an initiative of the Ponseti International Association to commemorate the birthday of Ignacio Ponseti (1914-2009), the pioneer of the Ponseti technique for clubfoot)
Thursday 4 June - World Caries Day
Saturday 6 June - National Huntington's Disease Awareness Day (United States); National Health and Fitness Day in Canada (the first Saturday in June)
Sunday 7 June - International Cancer Survivors Day (Date for 2020)
Monday 8 June - World Brain Tumor Day (day is observed on 8th of June every year since 2000. This day first observed by German Brain Tumour Association (Deutsche Hirntumorhilfe e.V.). This is a non-profit organisation which raises public awareness and educates people about brain tumour)
Thursday 11 June - Canadian Men's Health Week (June 11 to 17); National Career Nurse Assistants' Day in US (It has always been observed the first day of National Nursing Assistants Week)
Friday 19 June - World Sickle Cell Day (International); World Sauntering Day (The holiday was created in 1979 by W.T. Rabe in response to the growing popularity of jogging. It is believed to have begun at the Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island in Michigan, USA. The Grand Hotel has the world's longest porch at 660 feet. The idea behind the day was to encourage people to slow down and appreciate the world around them)
Sunday 21 June - International Slowness Day (Clémence Boucher, a Montreal community worker, got together with some friends in 2001 and picked June 21 ó the longest day of the year ó to kick off her movement.); International Day of Yoga
Wednesday 24 June - Drug Awareness Week in South Africa (the South African National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence - SANCA)
Thursday 25 June - World Vitiligo Day
Tuesday 30 June - International Scoliosis Awareness Day (SAUK launched #ISAD in 2013 to unite people across the world to create positive public awareness of scoliosis, promote education, and bring together those affected by the condition)

July 2020

Thursday 2 July - Corporate Wellness Week in South Africa
Sunday 5 July - National Injury Prevention Day in Canada
Friday 17 July - International Firgun Day (In 2014, Made in JLM, an Israeli non-profit community group, set out to create "International Firgun Day", a holiday celebrated yearly on July 17, where people share compliments or express genuine pride in the accomplishment of others on social media); Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia Week in Ohio

August 2020

Saturday 22 August - World Brain Day (was launched by the World Federation of Neurology on 22 July 2014 and is dedicated to a different neurological disease or topic every year)

Is your health at risk?

A good way to start thinking about how healthy you are is to look at the things you do that can affect your health.
Below is a list of Ďrisk factorsí that can increase your risk of getting a chronic disease like diabetes or heart disease, and other health problems.
  • smoking
  • unhealthy eating
  • being overweight
  • excess alcohol consumption
  • being inactive
  • too much sitting
  • taking drugs.
Top five ways to better health
The five biggest changes you can make to lead a healthier, happier and longer life are:
  • quit smoking
  • be physically active everyday
  • eating healthy foods
  • limit alcohol
  • get enough sleep
Healthy living means making healthy choices as part of every day life. No matter what age, you can take steps now towards better health and feeling great. Even small changes can make a big difference to how you feel.

Recommended health checks
Itís a good idea to see your doctor for a regular health check even if you are currently feeling fit and healthy. It can help find health problems at an early stage before they develop into more serious chronic conditions. Regular health checks and screening tests are even more important, if you have a family history of a certain disease or other risk factors.
Here are some general recommended regular health tests that can help you to stay healthy:
  • blood pressure
  • cholesterol levels
  • blood glucose
  • skin check
Womenís health screening checks:
  • Bowel screening
  • Breast screening
  • Pap smear
  • bone density scan
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