Health observances are days, weeks, or months devoted to promoting particular health concerns.
 
Health professionals, teachers, community groups, and others can use these special times to sponsor health promotion events, stimulate awareness of health risks, or focus on disease prevention. Materials available from sponsoring organizations range from a single flyer to packets of promotional materials.
 

Information appearing in this document does not represent an endorsement by the Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion or the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, which do not have any role in naming national health observances.

For more information, please contact the sponsoring organization directly.

 
 

1 - 31
American Stroke Month

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

1 - 31
Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month

Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America
1233 20th Street NW, Suite 402
Washington, DC 20036
(800) 7-ASTHMA (727-8462)
(202) 466-7643
(202) 466-8940 Fax
info@aafa.org
www.aafa.org
Materials available
Contact: Angel Waldron

1 - 31
Better Sleep Month

Better Sleep Council
501 Wythe Street
Alexandria, VA 22314
(703) 683-8371
spali@sleepproducts.org
www.bettersleep.org
Materials available
Contact: Nancy L. Shark

1 - 31
Clean Air Month

American Lung Association
61 Broadway, 6th Floor
New York, NY 10006
(800) LUNG-USA (586-4872)
(212) 315-8700
(212) 315-8889 Fax
info@lungusa.org
www.lungusa.org
Materials available
Contact: None designated

 

1 - 31
Hepatitis Awareness Month

Hepatitis Foundation International
504 Blick Drive
Silver Spring, MD 20904-2901
(800) 891-0707
(301) 622-4200
(301) 622-4702 Fax
hfi@comcast.net
www.hepfi.org
Materials available
Contact: Thelma King Thiel

1 - 31
Lyme Disease Awareness Month

Lyme Disease Foundation
P.O. Box 332
Tolland, CT 06084
(800) 886-5963
(860) 870-0070
(860) 870-0080 Fax
info@lyme.org
www.lyme.org
Materials available
Contact: Thomas Forschner
1 - 31
Melanoma/Skin Cancer Detection and Prevention Month

American Academy of Dermatology
930 East Woodfield Road
Schaumburg, IL 60173
(888) 462-DERM (3376)
(847) 330-0230
(847) 330-8907 Fax
mediarelations@aad.org
www.aad.org
Materials available
Contact: Aisha Hasan

1 - 31
Mental Health Month

Mental Health America
P.O. Box 16810
Alexandria, VA 22302-0810
(800) 969-6642
www.nmha.org
Materials available
Contact: Resource Center

1 - 31
Multiple Chemical Sensitivity Awareness Month

International MCS Awareness
P.O. Box 20517
Tallahassee, FL 32316-0517
(850) 878-0674
tourtet@yahoo.com
www.nettally.com/prusty/mcs.htm
Materials available
Contact: Christiane Tourtet

1 - 31
National Bike Month

League of American Bicyclists
1612 K Street NW, Suite 800
Washington, DC 20006
(202) 822-1333
(202) 822-1334 Fax
elizabeth@bikeleague.org
www.bikeleague.org/programs/bikemonth
Materials available
Contact: Elizabeth Preston

1 - 31
National Celiac Disease Awareness Month

American Celiac Disease Alliance
4331 East Baseline Road, Suite B105-216
Gilbert, AZ 85234
(703) 622-3331
info@americanceliac.org
americanceliac.org
Materials available
Contact: Andrea Levario

1 - 31
National High Blood Pressure Education Month

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

1 - 31
National Neurofibromatosis Month

Children''s Tumor Foundation
95 Pine Street, 16th Floor
New York, NY 10005
(800) 323-7938
(212) 747-0004 Fax
info@ctf.org
www.ctf.org
Materials available
Contact: Thomas Malone

1 - 31
National Osteoporosis Awareness and Prevention Month

National Osteoporosis Foundation
1232 22nd Street NW
Washington, DC 20037-1292
(202) 223-2226
(202) 223-1726 Fax
communications@nof.org
www.nof.org
Materials available
Contact: Communications Department

1 - 31
National Physical Fitness and Sports Month

President´s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports
Room 738-H
200 Independence Avenue SW
Washington, DC 20201-0004
(202) 690-9000
(202) 690-5211 Fax
Janice.Meer@hhs.gov
www.fitness.gov
Materials available
Contact: Janice Meer

1 - 31
National Teen Pregnancy Prevention Month

Advocates for Youth
2000 M Street, NW, Suite 750
Washington, DC 20036
(202) 419-3420
(202) 419-1448 Fax
tom@advocatesforyouth.org
www.advocatesforyouth.org
Materials available
Contact: None Designated

1 - 31
Sturge-Weber Awareness Month

The Sturge-Weber Foundation
P.O. Box 418
Mt. Freedom, NJ 07970
(800) 627-5482
(973) 895-4445
(973) 895-4846 Fax
swf@sturge-weber.com
www.sturge-weber.com
Materials available
Contact: Karen L. Ball

1 - 31
Tuberous Sclerosis Awareness Month

Tuberous Sclerosis Alliance
801 Roeder Road, Suite 750
Silver Spring, MD 20910
(800) 225-6872
(301) 562-9890
info@tsalliance.org
www.tsalliance.org
Materials available
Contact: Jaye Isham

1 - 31
Ultraviolet 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
Materials available
Contact: PBA Consumer and Patient Hotline

1 - 7
National Physical Education and Sport Week

National Association for Sport and Physical Education
1900 Association Drive
Reston, VA 20191
(703) 476-3410
(703) 476-8316
naspe@aahperd.org
www.naspeinfo.org
Materials available
Contact: Paula Keyes Kun

2
National Anxiety Disorders Screening Day

Freedom From Fear
308 Seaview Avenue
Staten Island, NY 10305
(718) 351-1717
(888) 442-2022 Free anxiety/depression screening
(718) 980-5022 Fax
help@freedomfromfear.org
www.freedomfromfear.org
Materials available
Contact: Jeanine Christiana

2
National Teen Pregnancy Prevention Day

National Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy
1776 Massachusetts Avenue, Suite 200
Washington, DC 20036
(202) 478-8500
(202) 478-8588 Fax
campaign@teenpregnancy.org
www.teenpregnancy.org/national/
Materials available
Contact: None designated

6 - 12
National Mental Health Counseling Week

American Mental Health Counselors Association
801 North Fairfax Street, Suite 304
Alexandria, VA 22314
(800) 326-2642
vmoore@amhca.org
www.amhca.org
Contact: Dr. W. Mark Hamilton

6 - 12
North American Occupational Safety and Health Week

American Society of Safety Engineers
Canadian Society of Safety Engineering
U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration
ASSE Public Relations Department
1800 East Oakton Street
Des Plaines, IL 60018-2187
(847) 699-2929
(847) 296-3769 Fax
dhurns@asse.org
www.asse.org/naosh
Materials available
Contact: Diane Hurns

6
High Blood Pressure Sunday

International Society on Hypertension in Blacks
100 Auburn Avenue SE, Suite 401
Atlanta, GA 30303
(404) 880-0343
(404) 880-0347 Fax
ishib@ishib.org
www.ishib.org
Materials available
Contact: William "Hal" Chambless

7
Melanoma Monday

American Academy of Dermatology
930 East Woodfield Road
Schaumburg, IL 60173
(888) 462-DERM (3376)
(847) 330-0230
(847) 330-8907 Fax
mediarelations@aad.org
www.aad.org
Materials available
Contact: Aisha Hasan

12
Cornelia de Lange Syndrome Awareness Day

CdLS-USA Foundation
302 West Main Street, #100
Avon, CT 06001
(800) 753-2357
(800) 223-8355
(860) 676-8166
(860) 676-8337 Fax
outreach@cdlsusa.org
www.cdlsusa.org
Materials available
Contact: Marie Malloy

12
Fibromyalgia Awareness Day

National Fibromyalgia Association
2200 North Glassell Street, Suite A
Orange, CA 92865
(714) 921-0150
(714) 921-6920 Fax
nfa@fmaware.org
fmaware.org/may12.htm
Materials available
Contact: Stephanie Barr

13 - 19
Food Allergy Awareness Week

Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Network
11781 Lee Jackson Highway, Suite 160
Fairfax, VA 22033
(800) 929-4040
(703) 691-2713 Fax
jlove@foodallergy.org
www.foodallergy.org
Materials available
Contact: Jennifer Love

13 - 19
National Alcohol- and Other Drug-Related Birth Defects Week

National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, Inc.
22 Cortlandt Street, Suite 801
New York, NY 10007
(800) NCA-CALL (622-2255) (24-hour helpline)
(212) 269-7797
(212) 269-7510 Fax
national@ncadd.org
www.ncadd.org
Materials available
Contact: Director of Communications

13 - 19
National Women''s Health Week

Office on Women''s Health
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
200 Independence Avenue SW, Room 712 E
Washington, DC 20201
(202) 690-7651
(202) 401-4005 Fax
sharon.ricks@hhs.gov
www.womenshealth.gov/whw
Materials available
Contact: Sharon Ricks

14 - 20
National Stuttering Awareness Week

Stuttering Foundation of America
3100 Walnut Grove Road, Suite 603
P.O. Box 11749
Memphis, TN 38111-0749
(800) 992-9392
(901) 452-3931 Fax
info@stutteringhelp.org
www.stutteringhelp.org
Materials available
Contact: Jane Fraser

14 - 18
Bike to Work Week

League of American Bicyclists
1612 K Street NW, Suite 800
Washington, DC 20006
(202) 822-1333
(202) 822-1334 Fax
elizabeth@bikeleague.org
www.bikeleague.org
Materials available
Contact: Elizabeth Preston

14 - 18
National Neuropathy Week

The Neuropathy Association
60 E. 42nd Street, Suite 942
New York, NY 10165
888-PN-FACTS (763-2287)
212-692-0664
212-692-0668 Fax
pguidos@neuropathy.org
www.neuropathy.org
Materials available
Contact: National Headquarters/Local Chapter/Support Group

14
National Women''s Check-up Day

Office on Women''s Health
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
200 Independence Avenue SW, Room 712 E
Washington, DC 20201
(202) 690-7651
(202) 401-4005 Fax
sharon.ricks@hhs.gov
www.womenshealth.gov
Materials available
Contact: Sharon Ricks

15
Sex Differences in Health Awareness Day

Society for Women''s Health Research
1025 Connecticut Avenue NW, Suite 701
Washington, DC 20036
(202) 223-8224
(202) 833-3472 Fax
info@womenshealthresearch.org
www.womenshealthresearch.org
Materials available
Contact: Richard Schmitz

16
National Employee Health and Fitness Day

National Association for Health and Fitness
65 Niagara Square, Room 607
Buffalo, NY 14202
(716) 583-0521
(716) 851-4309 Fax
wellness@city-buffalo.org
www.physicalfitness.org
Materials available
Contact: Philip Haberstro

18
HIV Vaccine Awareness Day

National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, National Institutes of Health
HIV Vaccine Communications Campaign
Vaccine and Prevention Research Program, Division of AIDS
6700-B Rockledge Drive, Room 5143
Bethesda, MD 20892
(301) 435-3726
(301) 402-3684 Fax
spaydar@niaid.nih.gov
www.niaid.nih.gov
Materials available
Contact: Dr. Susan Paydar

20 - 26
National Emergency Medical Services Week

American College of Emergency Physicians
1125 Executive Circle
Irving, TX 75038-2522
(800) 798-1822
dfechner@acep.org
www.acep.org/emsweek
Materials available
Contact: Denise Fechner

20 - 26
Schizophrenia Awareness Week

National Schizophrenia Foundation
403 Seymour Street, Suite 202
Lansing, MI 48933
(517) 485-7168 x106
(517) 485-7180 Fax
hufnagel@nsfoundation.org
www.nsfoundation.org
Materials available
Contact: Eric Hufnagel

20 - 26
Tinnitus Awareness Week - Take Action Today!

American Tinnitus Association
P.O. Box 5
Portland, OR 97207
(800) 634-8978
(503) 248-9985
(503) 248-0024 Fax
tinnitus@ata.org
www.ata.org
Materials available
Contact: Jennifer DuPriest
Lisa K. Freeman

21 - 27
Recreational Water Illness Prevention Week

Water and Environment Activity
Division of Parasitic Diseases
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
4770 Buford Highway NE, MS F-22
Atlanta, GA 30341-3724
(770) 488-7763
(770) 488-7761 Fax
mbeach@cdc.gov
www.cdc.gov/healthyswimming/index.htm
Materials available
Contact: Michael J. Beach, Ph.D.

31
World No Tobacco Day

Pan American Health Organization
WHO Regional Office for the Americas
525 23rd Street NW
Washington, DC 20037-2895
(202) 974-3890
http://www.who.int/tobacco/wntd/en/
Materials available
Contact: None designated