National Health Information Center
2008 National Heath Observances




Cervical Health Awareness Month

Glaucoma Awareness Month

National Birth Defects Prevention Month

National Radon Action Month

Thyroid Awareness Month


International Prenatal Infection Prevention Month

AMD/Low Vision Awareness Month

American Heart Month

National Children’s Dental Health Month

National Wise Health Consumer Month

1 Give Kids A Smile Day

1 National Wear Red Day 2008

3 - 9 National Burn Awareness Week

7 - 14 Congenital Heart Defect Awareness Week

10 - 16 Children of Alcoholics Week

11 - 15 National Condom Week

14 National Donor Day

24 - March 1 National Eating Disorders Awareness Week


Mental Retardation Awareness Month

National Brain Injury Awareness Month

National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month

National Endometriosis Awareness Month

National Multiple Sclerosis Education and Awareness Month

National Nutrition Month®

Save Your Vision Month

Workplace Eye Health and Safety Month

2 - 8 National Patient Safety Awareness Week

3 - 9 National Sleep Awareness Week®

3 - 7 National School Breakfast Week

9 - 16 National Problem Gambling Awareness Week

10 - 17 Multiple Sclerosis Awareness Week

10 - 16 Brain Awareness Week

13 World Kidney Day

16 - 22 National Inhalants and Poisons Awareness Week

16 - 22 National Poison Prevention Week

24 World Tuberculosis Day 2008

25 American Diabetes Alert Day

30 - April 5 Root Canal Awareness Week


Alcohol Awareness Month

Cancer Control Month

Counseling Awareness Month

Irritable Bowel Syndrome Awareness Month

National Autism Awareness Month

National Donate Life Month

National Minority Health Awareness Month

National Sarcoidosis Awareness Month

Occupational Therapy Month

Sports Eye Safety Month

STD Awareness Month

Women’s Eye Health and Safety Month

3 Sexual Assault Awareness Month Day of Action

7 - 13 National Public Health Week

7 World Health Day

19 - 26 National Infant Immunization Week

26 - May 4 National SAFE KIDS Week

26 - 27 2008 March for Babies

26 World Tai Chi & Qigong Day


American Stroke Month

Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month

Better Sleep Month

Clean Air Month

Healthy Vision Month - Refractive Errors

Hepatitis Awareness Month

Lupus Awareness Month

Lyme Disease Awareness Month

Melanoma/Skin Cancer Detection and Prevention Month

Mental Health Month

Multiple Chemical Sensitivity Month

National Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis Awareness Month

National Arthritis Month

National Cancer Research Month

National Celiac Disease Awareness Month

National High Blood Pressure Education Month

National Neurofibromatosis Month

National Physical Fitness and Sports Month

National Teen Pregnancy Prevention Month

Tuberous Sclerosis Awareness Month

Ultraviolet Awareness Month

1 - 7 National Physical Education and Sport Week

4 - 10 Children's Mental Health Awareness Week

4 - 10 North American Occupational Safety and Health Week

7 National Anxiety Disorders Screening Day

10 Cornelia de Lange Syndrome Awareness Day

11 - 17 Food Allergy Awareness Week

11 - 17 National Alcohol- and Other Drug-Related Birth Defects Week

11 - 17 National Women's Health Week

12 - 18 National Stuttering Awareness Week

12 - 16 National Neuropathy Week

12 Fibromyalgia Awareness Day

12 National Women's Check-up Day

13 Sex Differences in Health Awareness Day

18 - 24 National Emergency Medical Services Week

19 - 25 Recreational Water Illness Prevention Week

19 Phelan-McDermid Syndrome Day

21 National Employee Health and Fitness Day

31 World No Tobacco Day


1 - July 4 Fireworks Safety Month

Home Safety Month

Myasthenia Gravis Awareness Month

National Aphasia Awareness Month

National Scleroderma Awareness Month

National Scoliosis Awareness Month

Vision Research Month

1 - 7 National Headache Awareness Week

1 National Cancer Survivors Day

8 - 14 Sun Safety Week

9 - 15 National Men's Health Week

21 National ASK Day

22 - 28 Helen Keller Deaf - Blind Awareness Week


Hemochromatosis Awareness Month

International Group B Strep Awareness Month

Juvenile Arthritis Awareness Month

UV Safety Month

21 - 27 Phelan-McDermid Syndrome Week


Cataract Awareness Month

Children's Eye Health and Safety Month

National Immunization Awareness Month

Psoriasis Awareness Month

1 National Minority Donor Awareness Day


America On the Move's Steptember Campaign

Childhood Cancer Month

Craniofacial Acceptance Month

Fruit and Veggies - More Matters Month

Healthy Aging® Month

National Alcohol and Drug Addiction Recovery Month

National Cholesterol Education Month

National Cholestrol Awareness Month

National Infant Mortality Awareness Month

National Pediculosis Prevention Month/ Head Lice Prevention Month

National Yoga Month

Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month

Prostate Cancer Awareness Month

Reye's Syndrome Awareness Month

Sports and Home Eye Safety Month

Whole Grains Month

7 - 13 National Suicide Prevention Week

13 National Celiac Disease Awareness Day

15 - 23 Reye's Syndrome Awareness Week

16 Get Ready Day

21 - 27 National Farm Safety & Health Week

21 - 27 National Rehabilitation Awareness Celebration

21 World Alzheimer's Day

28 - October 4 Hearing Aid Awareness Week

28 World Heart Day


"Talk About Prescriptions" Month

Eye Injury Prevention Month

Halloween Safety Month

Healthy Lung Month

Let's Talk Month

National Breast Cancer Awareness Month

National Celiac Disease Awareness Month

National Chiropractic Month

National Dental Hygiene Month

National Disability Employment Awareness Month

National Domestic Violence Awareness Month

National Down Syndrome Awareness Month

National Medical Librarians Month

National Physical Therapy Month

National Spina Bifida Awareness Month

Sudden Infant Death Syndrome Awareness Month

4 Sarcoidosis Awareness Day

5 - 11 Fire Prevention Week

6 - 10 Drive Safely Work Week

6 - 10 Get Smart About Antibiotics Week

6 National Child Health Day

8 Stop America's Violence Everywhere Today

10 World Mental Health Day

12 - 20 Bone and Joint Decade National Action Week

13 - 17 National School Lunch Week

13 Metastatic Breast Cancer Awareness Day

16 World Food Day

17 National Mammography Day

19 - 25 Respiratory Care Week

20 - 26 Interstitial Cystitis Awareness Week

20 - 26 National Drug-Free Work Week

20 - 24 National Health Education Week

20 World Osteoporosis Day

22 International Stuttering Awareness Day

22 Lung Health Day

31 Interstitial Cystitis Awareness Day


American Diabetes Month

Diabetic Eye Disease Month

Jaw Joints - TMJ Awareness Month

Lung Cancer Awareness Month

National Alzheimer's Disease Awareness Month

National Family Caregivers Month

National Healthy Skin Month

National Hospice Palliative Care Month

Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month

Prematurity Awareness Month

Pulmonary Hypertension Awareness Month

18 Prematurity Awareness Day

20 Great American Smokeout

22 National Survivors of Suicide Day

25 - December 1 Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease Awareness Week


Safe Toys and Gifts Month

1 - 7 National Aplastic Anemia and MDS Awareness Week

7 - 13 National Handwashing Awareness Week

1 World AIDS Day

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