2011 Health & Wellness Observances
Special days, weeks, or months that are used to raise important health topics
National Nutrition Month®
The theme for March 2011 is “Eat Right with Color.”
National Nutrition Month® is a nutrition education and information campaign created annually in March by the American Dietetic Association. The campaign focuses attention on the importance of making informed food choices and developing sound eating and physical activity habits.
Registered Dietitian Day, also celebrated in March, increases awareness of registered dietitians as the indispensable providers of food and nutrition services and recognizes RDs for their commitment to helping people enjoy healthy lives.
For more information about the National Nutrition Month®, click here.
American Diabetes Association Alert Day - March 22, 2011
Approximately 24 million adults and children in the United States have diabetes. These numbers are even worse within the Hispanic community who is at an elevated risk of being diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. According to the American Diabetes Association (ADA), one of every five Americans suffers pre-diabetes while 5.7 million do not know they have this chronic disease. Every fourth Tuesday of March, the ADA celebrates Alert Day to promote the Diabetes Risk Test for early detection of type 2 diabetes.
For more information about the American Diabetes Association’s Alert Day, click here.
April is National Minority Health Month
Since 2001, the Office of Minority Health and the National Minority Health Foundation have named April as National Minority Health Month. During this time, the organization focuses on raising awareness about health disparities among minority ethnic groups. Their main objective is to eliminate health disparities and improve the health status of the Minority populations. This year’s theme is eating disorders. For more information, click here.
National Public Health Week 2011
National Public Health Week will be celebrated April 4-10 this year. The theme for this year will be "Safety is No Accident". The American Public Health Association along with its 50,000 members and hundreds of partnering organizations will inform policy makers, professionals, and the public about the importance of public health. During this week, focus will be on promoting good safety habits to avoid injuries at work, home, school and outdoors.
World Health Day
April 7 is World Health Day. This year's theme will focus on antimicrobial resistance, also known as drug resistance. WHO will be calling on governments and communities to create awareness about the imporance of preventing the spread of highly-resistant microorganisms.
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