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NHM Health Focus: Archives

We have archived these regular Health Focus features so you can access these valuable resources after the health observance day, week or month has passed. Please contact us with comments or suggestions that will help us increase the value of Health Focus to you, as we highlight resources detailing the science behind the health of these important issues.
 

Alphabetical by Topic (last updated)

5-9 A Day (Sep 06)
50 Years of Transplantation(Jul 04)

Alcohol Awareness Month (Apr 07)
Alcohol & Drug Addiction Recovery (Sep 06)
Allied Health Professionals (Nov 04)
Alzheimers Awareness Month (Nov 05)
America on the Move (Sep 06)
Asthma and Allergy Awareness (May 07)

Birth Defects Prevention (Jan 07)
Blood Donor Volunteers (Jan 07)
Blood Pressure Education (May 06)
Brain Health (Mar 07)

Cancer Survivors (Jun 04)
Child Abuse Prevention (Apr 07)
Children's Eye Health & Safety (Aug 06)
Children's Health (Oct 06)
Colorectal Cancer Awareness (Mar 07)

Dental Health (Feb 07)
Dental Hygiene
(Oct 06)
Diabetes (Nov 06)
DNA Day (Apr 06)
Donor Day (Feb 07)
Drunk & Drugged Driving Prevention (Dec 05)

Eye Injury Prevention (Aug 05)

Fireworks Safety (Jun 04)
Food Safety (Sep 06)
Functional Foods (Mar 05)

Great American Smokeout® (Nov 06)

Handwashing (Dec 06)
Headache Awareness (Jun 06)
Health Disparity Resources (Apr'04)
Healthy Lung (Oct 06)
Healthy Skin (Nov 06)
Healthy Vision (May 05)
Healthy Weight (Jan 07)
Hearing Loss (Oct 06)
Heart Health (Feb 07)
HIV Testing (Jun 05)

Immunization Awareness (Aug 06)

Liver Awareness (Oct 05)

Men's Health (Jun 06)
Minority Donation & Transplantation (Aug 06)

Nutrition Month®, (Mar 07)
Nurses (May 04)
National Physical Fitness & Sports (May 07)

Organ Donation (Apr 04)

Public Health Week, (Apr 07)
Public Health Week (Apr 05)
Public Health (Apr 04)

Reliable Health Information (Jul 06)

Safe Toys (Dec 06)
School Nurses (May 07)
Suicide Prevention
(Sep 06)

Take a Loved One for a Checkup! (Sep 06)
Thyroid Awareness (Jan 07)

UV Safety (Jul 06)

Volunteer Blood Donor (Jan 06)

World AIDS Day (Dec 06)

  • Asthma and Allergy Awareness - (May 2007) May is Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month. Related May observances include World Asthma Day on Tuesday, May 2, and Food Allergy Awareness Week, May 13 - 19. (more)
      
  • National Physical Fitness and Sports (May 2007) Kids. Teens. Adults. Seniors. The President's Physical Fitness Challenge encourages all Americans to make being active a part of their everyday lives.(more)
     
  • School Nurses , (May 2007) Please join us as we salute the dedication of nurses who work in schools as well as those who work in hospitals, homes, care centers, doctors' offices, prisons and elsewhere. The 2007 theme is "Healthy Children Learn Better." (more)
     
  • Public Health Week (April 2-8, 2007) asks families, schools, businesses, and communities to work together to create a preparedness plan in the case of a public health emergency, such as a pandemic flu outbreak. (more)|
     
  • Alcohol Awareness Month (April 2007) calls attention to the fact that long term use of alcohol can: "Damage the frontal lobes of the brain, cause an overall reduction in brain size and increase in the size of the ventricles, lead to alcoholism (addiction to alcohol) and result in tolerance to the effects of alcohol and a variety of health problems, and cause a vitamin deficiency." (more)
     
  • Child Abuse Prevention Month (April 2007) is to raise awareness about child abuse and neglect and encourage individuals and communities to support children and families. This year's theme is Promoting Healthy Families in Your Community. (more)
     
  • Nutrition Month (March 2007) sponsored by the American Dietetic Association (ADA), is a time to think about what and how much we eat. Fad diets, fast food, tight schedules, and sedentary life styles abound. As a nation, our weight is increasing and our general health decreasing. (more)
     
  • Brain Health (March 2007) March is Brain Injury Awareness Month. Today, one out of five Americans suffers from a brain-related disease or disorder, ranging from cocaine addiction to learning disabilities, from Alzheimer's disease to spinal cord injuries. Recently, significant advances have been made in brain-related research ..." (more)
     
  • National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month (March 2007) underscores the reality that while colorectal is the third leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the U.S., it is one of the most preventable cancers. ( more)
  • Children's Dental Health (February 2007) celebrated each year in February. For the best possible dental health, children (as well as teens and adults) need a combination of personal and professional tooth care. (more)
     
  • National Donor Day (February 14, 2007) honors those who have donated organs, tissues, marrow and blood to save the lives of others. It also honors the families of donors who have made the decision to allow organs of loved ones to give new life to recipients. (more)
     
  • Heart Health (February 2007) Heart attacks are the leading cause of death for women and men over the age of 40. Events in February focus our attention on how heart disease affects women of all ages... (more)
     
  • Healthy Weight (January 2007) Here’s a frightening (and confusing) thought: As the average weight of people in the United States increases (two pounds per year according to some accounts), increasing numbers of anorexia and bulimia cases are being seen in both men and women. (more).
     
  • National Volunteer Blood Donor (January 2007) Are you in good health, at least 17 years of age and at least 110 pounds? If so you may be able to help save a life. Rules determining who can donate blood help protect the health and safety of both the blood donor and the patient who will receive the tranfusion. Some donor eligibility rules are specified by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for all blood banks in the United States. Other rules vary depending upon the blood bank. To be certain that you are eligible to donate blood, check with your local blood bank for donor requirements. (more).
     
  • Thyroid Awareness (January 2007) One in ten Americans--more than the number of Americans with cancer and diabetes combined--suffer from thyroid disease. Yet half remain undiagnosed (AACE). Thyroid malfunction is linked to a number of other diseases. Most recently, it has been shown that thyroid malfunction can cause dangerously high levels of cholesterol (ATA). (more).
     
  • Birth Defects Prevention Month (January 2007) "Birth defects affect about one in every 33 babies born in the United States each year. They are the leading cause of infant deaths, accounting for more than 20% of all infant deaths. Babies born with birth defects have a greater chance of illness and long term disability than babies without birth defects." Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (more).
     
  • World Aids Day (December 2006) "Established by the World Health Organization in 1988, World AIDS Day serves to focus global attention on the devastating impact of the HIV/AIDS epidemic. Observance of this day provides an opportunity for governments, national AIDS programs, churches, community organizations and individuals to demonstrate the importance of the fight against HIV/AIDS." (more).
     
  • Handwashing (December 2006) Handwashing is a simple habit that can help keep you healthy. While handwashing is not the whole story, we can reduce our chances of contracting and spreading colds, the flu and other infectious diseases if we wash our hands more frequently and keep them away from mouth, nose and eyes between washings. (more).
     
  • Safe Toys (December 2006) As the Holiday gift giving season approaches, so does the challenge of selecting the right gift for each recipient. While we want each gift to be appropriate, appreciated, and above all, safe, this is often not as easy as we would like. (more).
     
  • Healthy Skin (November 2006) Your skin is the first line of defense against invaders from the world of pathogens and disease. While your skin protects you, it is also a good idea for you to protect your skin. Skin can be damaged by the sun's rays (UVA and UVB rays), insects, poor diet, chemicals, and lack of exercise. (more).
     
  • Great American Smokeout® (November 2006) The American Cancer Society (ACS) holds the Great American Smokeout® each November to help smokers quit cigarettes for at least one day, in the hope that they will quit forever. This year's event will be held on November 16, 2006. Since 1977, the Smokeout has challenged Americans to quit smoking and fueled a cultural revolution against tobacco. (more).
     
  • Diabetes (November 2006) Diabetes is the fifth deadliest disease in the U.S. and it has no cure. Diabetes is associated with serious complications and premature death, but people with diabetes can take steps to control the disease, lower the risk of complications; those who don't yet have the disease can take step to prevent it. (more).
     
  • Hearing Loss (October 2006) The onset of hearing loss and deafness may be gradual or sudden. It may occur before birth or at any time during one's life. Helpful materials, including free publications, information for teachers and students, and classroom activities, are available from the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders. (more)
     
  • Healthy Lung Month (October 2006) "Lung disease is the number three killer in America, responsible for one in seven deaths. Lung disease and other breathing problems are the number one killer of babies younger than one year old. Today, more than 35 million Americans are living with chronic lung disease such as asthma, emphysema and chronic bronchitis." (more).
     
  • Child Health (October 2006) Children's health, while recognized in October, is important all year long! Many excellent resources aimed directly at kids, tweens and teens are available from federal agencies, especially the U. S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). (more).
     
  • Dental Hygiene (October 2006) The American Dental Hygienists' Association (ADHA) sponsors National Dental Hygiene Month to increase public awareness of specific dental hygiene related issues and to recognize the contributions of dental hygienists make as they reach out to their communties. This year (2005) the focus of National Dental Hygiene Month (NDHM), is "the relationship between tobacco use and the increased prevalence of heart disease, and how these are linked to oral health." (more).
     
  • National Alcohol and Drug Addiction Recovery Month (September 2006) celebrates the successes of those in recovery, commends their treatment providers, and disseminates the message that recovery from alcohol and drug use disorders in all its forms is possible.
     
  • Eat 5 to 9 a Day (September 2006) From apples, artichokes and asparagus, to watermelon, yams, and zucchini, fruits and vegetables contain nutrients essential to good health. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported that in 2000, the percentage of adults who reported not eating recommended amounts of fruits and vegetables ranged from 63% in Arizona to 84% in Louisiana (CDC) (more).
     
  • Take a Loved One for a Checkup! (September 2006) Each year the third Tuesday in September is celebrated as "Take a Loved One for a Checkup Day." On this day individuals are encouraged to see a health professional or make an appointment to see one in the near future. (more)
     
  • National Suicide Prevention Week (September 4-10, 2006) and World Suicide Prevention Day, (September 10, 2005), are designed to increase awareness of suicide and how it might be prevented. (more)
     
  • America on the Move Foundation (September, 2006) Individuals, organizations, and government agencies are working together to encourage Americans to become more fit. Americans of all ages are gaining about two pounds a year. Between 16 and 33 percent of children and adolescents are obese. (more)
     
  • Food Safety (September 2006) Clean, separate, cook and chill are important guidelines for safe food preparation, but what about safe food storage? Between the time food is first harvested or prepared and the time it arrives at our tables, it must be stored in a way that assures its safety and maintains its quality. (more)
     
  • Children's Eye Health and Safety - (August 2006) Vision problems, whatever their origin, have the potential for affecting the way children learn. "Each year thousands of children suffer from undetected vision problems that can make school and life difficult. In addition, children with crossed eyes and lazy eyes face especially demanding challenges. Children with poor visual skills may struggle to read, have short attentions, perform poorly in sports, develop low self-esteem, and have doors closed to many careers because of poor visual skills." Children's Vision Information Network (more)

  • National Immunization Awareness Month (August 2006) highlights the value of immunizations to individuals and to their communities. Each year vaccines protect millions of adults and children from diseases that often cause discomfort, pain, and, depending on the disease, disability or death. (more)

  • Minority Donation and Transplantation (August 2006) National Minority Donor Awareness events promote healthy living and disease prevention as they underscore the need for people to sign donor cards and have discussions with their families about their wishes to become donors. (more)
     
  • Reliable Health Information - (July 2006) You've just heard about an interesting health matter on the evening news, or from a friend, or from your doctor. You want to use the Internet to learn more but you really haven’t done much online health and medical searching. What do you need to know to begin a successful search? (more)

  • UV Safety Month - (July 2006) While small amounts of UV are essential for the production of Vitamin D, excessive UV may result in acute and chronic health effects on the skin, eye and immune system. (more)

  • Men's Health - (June 2006) Each year, the week up to and including Father's Day is celebrated as National Men's Health Week. The goal of National Men’s Health Week is to raise awareness of the importance of early detection and treatment on a broad range of health issues impacting men at work, home, and leisure. (more)

  • National Headache Awareness Week - (June 2006) The goals of National Headache Awareness Week are to gain recognition of headache pain as a real and legitimate condition, to encourage sufferers to see a physician for proper diagnosis and treatment, and to let sufferers know that there are new treatments available. (more)

  • High Blood Pressure Education - (May 2006) This year's theme for High Blood Pressure Education Month, "Mission Possible: Prevent and Control High Blood Pressure", calls attention to this very serious, but often undiagnosed condition. High blood pressure, also known as hypertension, is a condition that increasingly affects young as well as older people. (more)
     
  • Child Abuse Prevention, (April 2006) sponsored by the American Dietetic Association (ADA), is a time to think about what and how much we eat. Fad diets, fast food, tight schedules, and sedentary life styles abound. As a nation, our weight is increasing and our general health decreasing. (more)
     
  • DNA Day (April 2006) DNA Day was created to commemorates the completion of the Human Genome Project in April 2003, and the discovery of DNA's double helix. Many teaching resources are available to help students understand the science and genomic science can be applied to the understanding, treatment and cure of human health problems. (more)
     
  • National Volunteer Blood Donor Month (January 2006) Are you in good health, at least 17 years of age* and at least 110 pounds? If so you may be able to help save a life. (more).
     
  • Thyroid Awareness (January 2006) One in ten Americans--more than the number of Americans with cancer and diabetes combined--suffer from thyroid disease. Yet half remain undiagnosed (American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists). Thyroid malfunction is linked to a number of other diseases. Most recently, it has been shown that thyroid malfunction can cause dangerously high levels of cholesterol. (more).
     
  • National Birth Defects Prevention Month (January 2006) "Birth defects affect about one in every 33 babies born in the United States each year. They are the leading cause of infant deaths, accounting for more than 20% of all infant deaths. Babies born with birth defects have a greater chance of illness and long term disability than babies without birth defects. " (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) (more).
     
  • Healthy Weight (January 2006) Here's a frightening (and confusing) thought: As the average weight of people in the United States increases (two pounds per year according to some accounts), increasing numbers of anorexia and bulimia cases are being seen in both men and women... (more)

  • World AIDS Day 2005 (December 2005) "Established by the World Health Organization in 1988, World AIDS Day serves to focus global attention on the devastating impact of the HIV/AIDS epidemic. Observance of this day provides an opportunity for governments, national AIDS programs, churches, community organizations and individuals to demonstrate the importance of the fight against HIV/AIDS." (OMHRC) (more).
     
  • National Drunk & Drugged Driving (3D) Prevention Month (December 2005) "Despite the tireless efforts of thousands of advocates, impaired drivers continue to kill someone every 30 minutes, nearly 50 people a day, and almost 18,000 citizens a year. NHTSA and its partners are working together to put a stop to these deadly statistics. " (NHTSA) (more).
     
  • Handwashing (December 2005) Wash your hands, avoid the flu. While this is not the whole story, we all better avoid colds, the flu and other infectious diseases if we wash our hands more frequently and keep them away from mouth, nose and eyes between washing. Yet many people continue to disregard this advice and unnecessarily catch and spread disease. (more).
     
  • Alzheimers Awareness Month (November 2005) "Alzheimer’s (AHLZ-high-merz) disease is a progressive brain disorder that gradually destroys a person’s memory and ability to learn, reason, make judgments, communicate and carry out daily activities. As Alzheimer’s progresses, individuals may also experience changes in personality and behavior, such as anxiety, suspiciousness or agitation, as well as delusions or hallucinations." (more).
     
  • Healthy Lung Month (October 2005) "Lung disease is the number three killer in America, responsible for one in seven deaths. Lung disease and other breathing problems are the number one killer of babies younger than one year old. Today, more than 35 million Americans are living with chronic lung disease such as asthma, emphysema and chronic bronchitis." (more).
     
  • Liver Awareness Month (October 2005) More than 25 million American men, women and children of every race and age group, are affected by some form of liver or biliary disease. National Liver Awareness Month, sponsored by the American Liver Foundation, is designed to call attention to liver health and to raise awareness of the diseases that affect the liver and how many of these might be prevented. (more).
     
  • Dental Hygiene (October 2005) The American Dental Hygienists' Association (ADHA) sponsors National Dental Hygiene Month to increase public awareness of specific dental hygiene related issues and to recognize the contributions of dental hygienists make as they reach out to their communties. This year (2005) the focus of National Dental Hygiene Month (NDHM), is "the relationship between tobacco use and the increased prevalence of heart disease, and how these are linked to oral health." (more).
     
  • Reliable Health Information (July 2005) You've just heard something about an interesting health matter on the evening news, or from a friend, or from your doctor. You want to know more about it and you want to use the Internet for your research. But, you really haven’t done much online health and medical searching. (more)
     
  • UV Safety Month (July 2005) July is UV Safety Month. Hats, sunglasses, sunscreen and protective clothing are all recommended as protection against excessive ultraviolet radiation (UV). But do you know why you need this protection? (more)
     
  • HIV Testing Day (June 2005) According to Health Politics, "A large percentage of U.S. citizens with HIV are unaware of their condition. In fact, out of about 950,000 individuals who are HIV positive, 280,000 – or 30 percent – don’t know it. According to recent statistics, out of those who have been diagnosed with HIV, 1 in 5 already have symptoms of AIDS at the time of diagnosis, reflecting well-advanced damage to their immune systems." (more)

  • Healthy Vision Month (May 2005) This year, the focus of Healthy Vision Month is visual rehabilitation. "Visual rehabilitation" involves training and counseling people with low vision so they can make the most of the eyesight they have. (more)

  • National High Blood Pressure Education Month (May 2005) calls attention to this very serious, but often undiagnosed condition. High blood pressure, also known as hypertension, is increasingly a condition that affects young as well as older people. (more)
     
  • National Physical Fitness & Sports Month (May 2005) A proven way to stay focused and improve physical fitness is to record your daily physical activity and fitness progress. (more)

  • National Public Health Week (April 4-10, 2005) This year's theme is Empowering Americans to Live Stronger, Longer! This focus alerts us to the many ways we can prevent health problems by practicing healthy living, protect ourselves from disease and injury, and plan to live our lives in a fashion that promotes a higher quality of life. more

  • Functional Foods. March 24, 2005 the Institute of Food Technologists has announced the release of a new report saying that researchers have identified food components that may improve memory, reduce arthritis, and provide other benefits heretofore limited to drugs. more

  • World AIDS Campaign (December 2004) focuses on the many issues affecting women and girls at risk for HIV and AIDS and culminates with World AIDS Day, December 1. (more)

  • Allied Health Professions (November 2004) Emergency Medical Technicians, Physical and Occupational Therapists are among the more familiar of the many allied health professionals involved in our recovery from injury and disease... (more)

  • Children's Health Month (October 2004) Children's health, while recognized in October, is important all year long! Many excellent resources aimed directly at kids, tweens and teens are available from federal agencies, ... (more)

  • Hearing Loss (September 2004) The onset of hearing loss and deafness may be gradual or sudden. It may occur before birth or at any time during one's life... (more)
     
  • Transplantation (July 2004) This year, the 50th anniversary of transplantation will be celebrated at the 2004 US Transplant Games, presented by the National Kidney Foundation... (more)
     
  • Fireworks Safety (June 2004) The National Center for Injury Prevention and Control (NCIPC) reports that in "2001, 9,500 people were treated in U.S. emergency departments for ... (more)
     
  • Cancer Survivors (June 2004) There are many readily available resources to help Cancer Survivors meet the many challenges they face. Among the most comprehensive are those posted by ... (more)
     
  • School Nurses (May 2004) We honor the Nursing profession and provide a special salute to School Nurses. Please join us as we salute the dedication of nurses who work in schools as well as those who work in hospitals, homes, care centers, doctors' offices, prisons and elsewhere. (more)
     
  • Organ Donation (April 2004) Decision: Donation -- A School Program that Gives the Gift of Life from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services .includes print , video, CD-Rom, and Web-based materials that teachers can integrate into existing curriculum and training programs. It is designed for that ... (more)
     
  • Public Health Week (April 2004) Each year the American Public Health Association (APHA) joins with local and national public health groups to celebrate the first week in April as National Public Health Week. The theme for 2004 is eliminating health disparities and the goal is ... (more).
     
  • Health Disparity Resources (April 2004) Health disparities are differences that occur by gender, race and ethnicity, education level, income level, disability, geographic location and/or sexual orientation. Some health disparities are unavoidable, such as health problems that are related to a person’s genetic ... (more)
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