Every year, the United States Department of Health and Human Services, along with Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion publishes a list of health observances, listing days, weeks, or months dedicated to a specific health issue. During these days, there is the opportunity to discuss these spicific health issues in greater detail, and on Your Health First, we will be a constant source of disease information and expert guests on the program to explain specific conditions or diseases in greater detail. The link for the 2008 National Health Observance is listed here, or the  list and for the first three months of the year and their web links are listed below.
 
If you see a specific condition of particular interest you believe warrents greater discussion, feel free to e-mail Dr. Galati at jgalati@yourhealthfirst.com and we will try and present more details in information on these conditions. Feel free to share this links with family, friends, and co-workers.
 
January
1 - 31
Cervical Health Awareness Month

National Cervical Cancer Coalition (NCCC)
6520 Platt Avenue, #693
West Hills, CA 91307
(818) 909-3849
(818) 780-8199 Fax
rbiety@nccc-online.org
www.nccc-online.org/awareness.html  External Links Disclaimer Logo
Materials available
Contact: Rachel Biety

1 - 31
National Birth Defects Prevention Month

March of Dimes
1275 Mamaroneck Avenue
White Plains, NY 10605
(914) 997-4488
(914) 997-4763 Fax
askus@marchofdimes.com
www.marchofdimes.com/professionals/14332_1206.asp  External Links Disclaimer Logo
Materials available
Contact: Pregnancy and Newborn Health Education Center

1 - 31
National Glaucoma Awareness Month

Prevent Blindness America
211 West Wacker Drive, Suite 1700
Chicago, IL 60606
(800) 331-2020
(847) 843-8458 Fax
info@preventblindness.org
preventblindness.org/news/observe.html  External Links Disclaimer Logo
Materials available
Contact: PBA Consumer and Patient Hotline

1 - 31
National Radon Action Month

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Office of Radiation and Indoor Air
1310 L Street NW, 4th Floor
Indoor Environments Division
Washington, DC 20005
(202) 343-9370
(202) 343-2394 Fax
www.epa.gov/radon/rnactionmonth.html
Materials available
Contact: None designated

1 - 31
Thyroid Awareness Month

American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists
245 Riverside Avenue, Suite 200
Jacksonville, FL 32202
(904) 353-7878 Ext. 147
(904) 353-8185 Fax
gwillis@aace.com
www.thyroidawareness.com  External Links Disclaimer Logo
Materials available
Contact: Greg Willis

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February
1 - 29
International Prenatal Infection Prevention Month

Group B Strep International
61 Carver Road
West Wareham, MA 02576
(508) 273-7247
info@gbs-intl.org
www.groupbstrepinternational.org  External Links Disclaimer Logo
Materials available
Contact: John MacDonald

1 - 28
AMD/Low Vision Awareness Month

Prevent Blindness America
211 West Wacker Drive, Suite 1700
Chicago, IL 60606
(800) 331-2020
(847) 843-8458 Fax
info@preventblindness.org
www.preventblindness.org  External Links Disclaimer Logo
Materials available
Contact: PBA Consumer and Patient Hotline

1 - 28
American Heart Month

American Heart Association
7272 Greenville Avenue
Dallas, TX 75231
(800) 242-8721
inquires@heart.org
www.americanheart.org  External Links Disclaimer Logo
Materials available
Contact: Program departments or local chapters

1 - 28
National Children’s Dental Health Month

American Dental Association
211 East Chicago Avenue
Chicago, IL 60611
(312) 440-2500
publicinfo@ada.org
www.ada.org/goto/ncdhm  External Links Disclaimer Logo
Materials available
Contact: Department of Public Information

1 - 28
National Wise Health Consumer Month

American Institute for Preventive Medicine
30445 Northwestern Highway, Suite 350
Farmington Hills, MI 48334
(248) 539-1800 x230
(248) 539-1808 Fax
dhirsch@healthylife.com
www.healthylife.com  External Links Disclaimer Logo
Materials available
Contact: Denise Hirsch

1
Give Kids A Smile Day

American Dental Association
211 East Chicago Avenue
Chicago, IL 60611
(312) 440-2500
gkas@ada.org
www.ada.org/prof/events/featured/gkas  External Links Disclaimer Logo
Materials available
Contact: Council on Access, Prev. & Inter-professional

3 - 9
National Burn Awareness Week

Shriners International Headquarters
P.O. Box 31356
Tampa, FL 33631
(813) 281-0300
(813) 281-8496 Fax
shrinerspr@shrinenet.org
www.burnawarenessweek.org  External Links Disclaimer Logo
Materials available
Contact: Public Relations

3
National Wear Red Day 2008

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute Health Information Center
Attention: The Heart Truth
P.O. Box 30105
Bethesda, MD 20824-0105
(301) 592-8573
(240) 629-3255 TTY
(301) 592-8563 Fax
nhlbiinfo@nhlbi.nih.gov
www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/hearttruth
Materials available
Contact: Information Specialist

7 - 14
Congenital Heart Defect Awareness Week

Congenital Heart Information Network
600 North 3rd Street, First Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19123
(215) 627-4034
(215) 627-4306 Fax
mb@tchin.org
tchin.org/aware  External Links Disclaimer Logo
Materials available
Contact: Mona Barmash

10 - 16
Children of Alcoholics Week

National Association for Children of Alcoholics
11426 Rockville Pike, Suite 301
Rockville, MD 20852
(888) 554-2627
(301) 468-0987 Fax
nacoa@nacoa.org
www.nacoa.org  External Links Disclaimer Logo
Materials available
Contact: Gail Jordan

11 - 15
National Condom Week

American Social Health Association
P.O. Box 13827
Research Triangle Park, NC 27709-3827
(919) 361-8400
(919) 361-8425 Fax
danbow@ashastd.org
www.ashastd.org  External Links Disclaimer Logo
Materials available
Contact: ASHA Media Relations Office

14
National Donor Day

Division of Transplantation, Healthcare Systems Bureau
Health Resources and Services Administration
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Parklawn Building, Room 12C-05
5600 Fishers Lane
Rockville, MD 20857
(301) 443-7577
(301) 594-6095 Fax
ask@hrsa.gov
www.organdonor.gov
Materials available
Contact: Division of Transplantation Staff

24 - March 1
National Eating Disorders Awareness Week

National Eating Disorders Association
603 Stewart Street, Suite 803
Seattle, WA 98101
(800) 931-2239 Information and Referral Helpline
(206) 382-3587 Business Phone
(206) 829-8501 Fax
info@nationaleatingdisorders.org
www.nationaleatingdisorders.org  External Links Disclaimer Logo
Materials available
Contact: Tonia Brown

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March
1 - 31
National Brain Injury Awareness Month

Brain Injury Association of America
8201 Greensboro Drive, Suite 611
McLean, VA 22102
(703) 761-0750
(703) 761-0755 Fax
info@biausa.org
www.biausa.org  External Links Disclaimer Logo
Materials available
Contact: Communications Coordinator

1 - 31
National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month

Cancer Research and Prevention Foundation
1600 Duke Street, Suite 500
Alexandria, VA 22314
(800) 227-2732
(877) 35-COLON (352-6566) Materials Ordering
(703) 886-4413 Fax
jasmine@preventcancer.org
www.preventcancer.org/colorectal  External Links Disclaimer Logo
Materials available
Contact: Jasmine Greenamyer

1 - 31
National Endometriosis Awareness Month

Endometriosis Research Center
World Headquarters
630 Ibis Drive
Delray Beach, FL 34444
(800) 239-7280
(561) 274-7442
(561) 274-0931 Fax
www.endocenter.org  External Links Disclaimer Logo
Materials available
Contact: None designated

1 - 31
National Multiple Sclerosis Education and Awareness Month

Multiple Sclerosis Foundation
6350 North Andrews Avenue
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33309
(800) 225-6495 Ext. 121
(954) 938-8708 Fax
annette@msfocus.org
www.msfocus.org  External Links Disclaimer Logo
Materials available
Contact: Annette Woods

1 - 31
National Nutrition Month®

American Dietetic Association
120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2000
Chicago, IL 60606-6995
(800) 877-1600 x4771
(312) 899-0040
(312) 899-4739 Fax
nnm@eatright.org
www.eatright.org  External Links Disclaimer Logo
Materials available
Contact: Knowledge Center

1 - 31
Save Your Vision Month

American Optometric Association
243 North Lindbergh Boulevard, First Floor
St. Louis, MO 63141
(314) 991-4100
(314) 991-4101 Fax
jmmahoney@aoa.org
www.aoa.org  External Links Disclaimer Logo
Materials available
Contact: Julie Mahoney

1 - 31
Workplace Eye Health and Safety Month

Prevent Blindness America
211 West Wacker Drive, Suite 1700
Chicago, IL 60606
(800) 331-2020
(847) 843-8458 Fax
info@preventblindness.org
www.preventblindness.org  External Links Disclaimer Logo
Materials available
Contact: PBA Consumer and Patient Hotline

2 - 8
National Patient Safety Awareness Week

National Patient Safety Foundation
132 MASS MoCA Way
North Adams, MA 01247
(413) 663-8900
(413) 663-8905 Fax
info@npsf.org
www.npsf.org  External Links Disclaimer Logo
Materials available
Contact: None designated

3 - 9
National Sleep Awareness Week®

National Sleep Foundation
1522 K Street NW, Suite 500
Washington, DC 20005
(202) 347-3471
(202) 347-3472 Fax
nsf@sleepfoundation.org
www.sleepfoundation.org  External Links Disclaimer Logo
Materials available
Contact: Lisa Tumminello

3 - 7
National School Breakfast Week

School Nutrition Association
700 South Washington Street, Suite 300
Alexandria, VA 22314-4287
(800) 877-8822
(703) 739-3900
(703) 739-3915 Fax
servicecenter@schoolnutrition.org
www.schoolnutrition.org  External Links Disclaimer Logo
Materials available
Contact: Laura Maynard

9 - 16
National Problem Gambling Awareness Week

National Council on Problem Gambling
216 G Street NE, Suite 200
Washington, DC 20002
(202) 547-9204
(202) 547-9206 Fax
ncpg@ncpgambling.org
www.npgaw.org  External Links Disclaimer Logo
Materials available
Contact: Keith Whyte

10 - 17
Multiple Sclerosis Awareness Week

National Multiple Sclerosis Society
733 Third Avenue
New York, NY 10017
(800) 344-4867
(212) 986-3240
MSAwarenessweek@nmss.org
www.nationalmssociety.org  External Links Disclaimer Logo
Materials available
Contact: Annie Hammel

10 - 16
Brain Awareness Week

Dana Alliance for Brain Initiatives
745 Fifth Avenue, Suite 900
New York, NY 10151
(212) 223-4040
(212) 593-7623 Fax
bawinfo@dana.org
www.dana.org/brainweek  External Links Disclaimer Logo
Materials available
Contact: Kathleen Roina

13
World Kidney Day

National Kidney Foundation
30 East 33rd Street
New York, NY 10016
(800) 622-9010
(212) 889-2210
(212) 889-2310 Fax
info@kidney.org
www.kidney.org/news/wkd/index.cfm  External Links Disclaimer Logo
Materials available
Contact: Ellie Schlam

16 - 22
National Inhalants and Poisons Awareness Week

National Inhalant Prevention Coalition
322-A Thompson Street
Chattanooga, TN 37405
(800) 269-4237
(423) 265-4889 Fax
nipc@io.com
www.inhalants.org  External Links Disclaimer Logo
Materials available
Contact: Harvey Weiss

16 - 22
National Poison Prevention Week

National Poison Prevention Week Council
P.O. Box 1543
Washington, DC 20013
(301) 504-7058
(301) 504-0862 Fax
kdulic@cpsc.gov
www.poisonprevention.org  External Links Disclaimer Logo
Materials available
Contact: Kim Dulic

25
American Diabetes Alert Day

American Diabetes Association
1701 North Beauregard Street
Alexandria, VA 22311
(800) DIABETES (342-2383)
(703) 549-1500
(703) 549-6995 Fax
askada@diabetes.org
www.diabetes.org/communityprograms-and-localevents/americandiabetesalert.jsp  External Links Disclaimer Logo
Materials available
Contact: Local Chapters or National Office

30 - April 5
Root Canal Awareness Week

American Association of Endodontists
211 East Chicago Avenue, Suite 1100
Chicago, IL 60601
(800) 872-3636
(312) 266-7255
(312) 266-9867 Fax
info@aae.org
www.aae.org  External Links Disclaimer Logo
Materials available
Contact: Dan Aske