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Health observances are days, weeks, or months devoted to promoting particular health concerns.  This planning guide developed by the National Health Information Center lists national health observances, along with the sponsoring organizations and information about supporting materials that will be available.

Health professionals, teachers, community groups, employers, and others can use these special times to sponsor health promotion events, stimulate awareness of health risks, or focus on disease prevention.  Individuals can take advantage of the latest health promotion or disease prevention information available about the topic of a health observance to improve their own health or the health of family members as well as volunteer to support locally sponsored events.

2008 National Health Observances

    • Year at a Glance [HTML]. A summary by month and date(s) of listed national health observances.

    • Complete Document  [HTML].  Full listing by month and date(s), including sponsoring organizations and contact information for materials.

    • Complete Document  [PDF - 0.6 MB].  Adobe® Acrobat® PDF version, including Year at a Glance and monthly planning pages. 

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For more information about an event, please contact the sponsoring organization directly.  To submit an update or correction, please contact the National Health Information Center.  The HTML 'Year at a Glance' and 'Complete Document' files are updated as necessary throughout the year.

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. logo USA dot Gov: The U.S. Government’s Official Web Portal
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