NHM Health Focus: March 2004
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Health Focus: March 2004

March 1-31 American Red Cross Month
March 15-21 Brain Awareness Week
March 15-20 Excellence in Science, Technology, and Mathematics Education Week
March 16 Intel ScienceTalent Search winner announced
March 24 24 Straight-America’s Day of Recovery
March 31 9th Annual Kick-Butts Day

American Red Cross Month
On February 20, the American Red Cross launched a nationwide campaign to help Americans prepare for emerging threats and disasters before they happen. The Together We Prepare campaign encourages individuals and families to take five proactive steps toward safety. Every year families of military members send emergency messages to their enlisted loved ones, millions of Americans are trained in lifesaving first aid and CPR courses, many of patients receive blood, and the victims of more than 67,000 disasters are given financial assistance . These are just a few of the humanitarian accomplishments celebrated during March, the official American Red Cross month.

  Brain Awareness Week, March 15-21, is an international effort organized by the Dana Alliance for Brain Initiatives to advance public awareness about the progress, promise, and benefits of brain research. The Dana Alliance is joined in the campaign by partners in the United States and around the world, including medical and research organizations; patient advocacy groups; the National Institutes of Health, and other government agencies; service groups; hospitals and universities; K-12 schools; and professional organizations.
Excellence in Science, Technology, and Mathematics Education Week (ESTME). Is March 15-20. The ESTME Website Gallery includes links to award-winning science websites grouped by heading including Human Body, Life Sciences, Human Mind and Culture, and more. Under the Science Collections heading you will find cybertours of museum exhibits, interactive activities, and the science behind the headlines. The ESTME website also includes a link to the National Science Digital Library (NSDL) where you can “Ask A Scientist or Engineer
Intel ScienceTalent Search winner is announced March 16.
Often considered the "junior Nobel Prize," the Intel STS challenges young scientists to look beyond the classroom and begin harnessing their true passion for science, often leading to ground-breaking, post-graduate level research. Past finalists in America's oldest and most prestigious high school science scholarship competition hold more than 100 of the world's most coveted science and math honors, including five Nobel Prizes. Meet the first place winner of the 2003 Intel Science Talent Search at Young Scientist Searches for Clues
24 Straight-America’s Day of Recovery, March 24, is a unique 24-hour nationwide campaign to celebrate recovery from alcohol and drug addictions. The Recovery Network and the National Partnership for Recovery and Prevention hope annual observance of the designated day continues in its quest to raise awareness about the issues, resources and solutions associated with addictions. The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University (CASA) provides resources to explore the harms of substance abuse and the benefits of being free of alcohol, drug and tobacco addictions.
March 31, 2004 will be the ninth annual Kick Butts Day; the Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids' annual celebration of youth leadership and activism. This Kick Butts Day (KBD) thousands of kids in every state and around the world will STAND OUT…SPEAK UP… and SEIZE CONTROL in the fight against Big Tobacco. The Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids hopes you will get involved and continue to use the KBD Activity Guide and web site as a year-round resource. The American Legacy Foundation has more facts and information about smoking cessation and prevention.