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FEATURED: Breast Cancer Awareness Month

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, which is an annual campaign to increase awareness of the disease. While most people are aware of breast cancer, many forget to take the steps to have a plan to detect the disease in its early stages and encourage others to do the same.

SECONDARY: Domestic Violence Awareness Month

The Domestic Violence Awareness Project of the National Resource Center on Domestic Violence seeks to foster healthy families and communities by encouraging all of us to be part of the equation Awareness + Action = Social Change.

FEATURED:  Winter Trails
Winter Trails is a month long celebration with events lasting from one day to all month long, where you can try snowshoeing and/or cross country skiing. More than 100 events and demos are happening during January at many locations around the country. Discover the great fitness and social benefits of these easy to learn winter sports!

SECONDARY: Cervical Cancer Awareness
Cervical Health Awareness Month is a chance to raise awareness about how women can protect themselves from HPV (human papillomavirus) and cervical cancer. HPV is a very common infection that spreads through sexual activity. It’s also a major cause of cervical cancer.

National Blood Donor Month
National Winter Sports Traumatic Brain Injury Awareness Month
Martin Luther King Day of Service (Jan 18)

Youth Employment Skills (YES)

Air Force Medical Services

Operation Live Well

USAF Living Fit

FEATURED: American Heart Month
Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death in the United States; one in every three deaths is from heart disease and stroke, equal to 2,200 deaths per day. Protect yourself and your loved ones from heart disease and stroke by understanding the risks and taking steps to eat healthy, control your blood pressure and cholesterol, stay physically active and refrain from smoking.

Million Heart Challenge
National Girls and Women in Sports Day
Wise Consumer Health Month

National Wear Red Day

Random Acts of Kindness Week
World Cancer Day
National Donor Day

FEATURED: Brain Injury Awareness
Brain Injury Awareness Month is an annual effort to focus on the progress and benefits of brain research.

SECONDARY: National Nutrition Month
National Nutrition Month® is a nutrition education and information campaign that takes place each March and is sponsored by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. The campaign focuses attention on the importance of making informed food choices and developing sound eating and physical activity habits. The theme for 2016 is "Savor the Flavor of Eating Right," which encourages you to take time to enjoy food traditions and appreciate the pleasures, great flavors and social experiences food can add to our lives.

American Red Cross Month
National Kidney
Kick Butts Day (March 16)

Flood Safety Awareness Week
National Sleep Awareness Week (March 6-12)
American Diabetes Alert Day (March 22)

National Athletic Training Month

Eat Right

USDA My Plate

Healthy Nutrition for Kids

FEATURED: Month of the Military Child
This awareness month was established to underscore the important role children play in the Armed Forces community. There are approximately 2 million military children, ranging in ages from newborn to 18 years old; 1.3 million military children are school-aged. Care of military children sustains our fighting force, and strengthens the health, security, and safety of our nation's families and communities.

SECONDARY: Sexual Assault Awareness Month
The goal of SAAM is to raise public awareness about sexual violence and to educate communities on how to prevent it. Sexual violence is a major public health, human rights and social justice issue. Find out what you can do to help end it.

Operation Mega Phone

Alcohol Awareness Month
World Health Day (April 7)

National Public Health Week (April 4-10)

National Parks Week (April 16-24)

FEATURED: National Mental Health Month
The 2016 Mental Health Month campaign carries the theme B4Stage4 to focus on how people can address their mental health early, rather than at "Stage 4" when symptoms are more severe, and recovery a longer process.

SECONDARY: National Women’s Health Week (May 8-14)
National Women's Health Week begins on Mother's Day each year. It is a reminder to women to take care of themselves, and to make their health a priority. The initiative is sponsored by the Office on Women's Health, which provides national leadership and coordination to improve the health of women and girls through policy, education and model programs.

SECONDARY: Military Spouse Appreciation Day (May 6)

A day to honor military spouses with appropriate ceremonies and activities.  Recognizes the important role our military families play in keeping our Armed Forces strong and our country safe.

FEATURED: National Physical Fitness and Sports Month
Regular physical activity is good for everyone’s health, and people of all ages and body types can be physically active. Communities, health professionals, and families can work together to create opportunities for everyone to get more physical activity.

FEATURED: Armed Forces America Kids Run  (May 21)

Each year in May, as part of Armed Forces Day activities, military dependents in the U.S., Bahrain, Greece, Puerto Rico, Germany, Japan, Iceland, England, and Italy participate in the world’s largest children’s running event. The Military Youth Challenge’s objective is to inspire the behavior of military youth to adopt a lifestyle of fitness, proper nutrition and good health.

FEATURED: USAF Youth Camping Programs

Seven states offer 27 Military Teen Adventure camps and you can register now. Camps are for military youth between the ages of 14-18 years old and are funded by the Department of Defense between the Office Military Community and Family Policy and the USDA's NIFA through a grant to Purdue University.

National Water Safety Month

Arthritis Awareness Month
National Bike Month

Global Employee Health and Fitness Month

National High Blood Pressure Education Month

International Mediterranean Diet Month

Food Allergy Awareness Week (April 25-May 1)

National Senior Health & Fitness Day (May 25)
Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month
Better Hearing and Speech Month
Healthy Vision Month

FEATURED: Men’s Health Month/Men’s Health Week (June 13-19)
Anchored by a Congressional health education program, Men’s Health Month is celebrated across the country with screenings, health fairs, media appearances, and other health education and outreach activities.

FEATURED: Olympic Day (June 23
More than a sports event, Olympic Day is an opportunity for the world to get active, learn about Olympic values and discover new sports. Based on the three pillars--move, learn and discover--National Olympic Committees are organizing sports, cultural and educational activities throughout the world.

National PTSD Awareness Day (June 27)
ATV Safety Awareness

National Great Outdoors Month

National Safety Month

National Children’s Day (June 12)

National Lightning Safety Awareness Week (June 19-25)

FEATURED: UV Safety Month
Protecting your skin today may help prevent skin cancer later in life. Most skin cancer appears after age 50, but skin damage from the sun can start during childhood. Taking steps to prevent skin cancer may also help prevent wrinkles, spots and blotches on the skin and other damage to skin and eyes.

Fireworks Safety Month
International Group B Strep Awareness Month

Juvenile Arthritis Awareness Month

National Cleft & Craniofacial Awareness & Prevention Month
National Cord Blood Awareness Month

World Hepatitis Day (July 28)

FEATURED: National Immunization Awareness Month
While immunizations have significantly reduced the incidence of many serious infectious diseases, vaccination rates for some diseases are not meeting national public health goals. And we need to remind people that immunizations aren’t just for children–they are needed throughout our lifetime. Each August, National Immunization Awareness month helps to highlight the importance of immunizations.

SECONDARY: Healthy School Year: Preparing for the new school year
The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and its member pediatricians dedicate their efforts and resources to the health, safety and well-being of infants, children, adolescents and young adults. Read their guidelines for helping your child be prepared for the start of a new school year.

Children's Eye Health and Safety Month

National Breastfeeding Month

National Health Center Week (August 7-13)

Psoriasis Awareness Month

FEATURED: National Suicide Prevention Week (Sept. 5-11)
Throughout the week, organizations around the country hold activities and events to create awareness of suicide warning signs, recent treatment advances for mental illness and resources for support and crisis services.

SECONDARY: Healthy Aging Month
Healthy Aging® Month is an annual observance designed to focus national attention on the positive aspects of growing older. The mission of Healthy Aging® Month is to encourage local level Healthy Aging® events that promote taking personal responsibility for one’s health… be it physically, socially, mentally or financially.

FEATURED: Family Health & Fitness Day USA
The 20th annual Family Health & Fitness Day USA is a national health and fitness event for families, set for Saturday, September 24. The event's purpose is to promote family involvement in physical activity, one of the goals of the U.S. Surgeon General's Report on Physical Activity and Health.

National Prostate Cancer Awareness Month
National Childhood Obesity Month
Boys & Girls Clubs Day for Kids

Childhood Cancer Awareness Month

National Food Safety Education Month

National Traumatic Brain Injury Awareness Month

Fruit & Veggie Month

National Cholesterol Education Month

Whole Grains Month

National Women’s Health & Fitness Day (Sept. 28)
Family Health & Fitness Day USA (Sept. 24)

World Heart Day (Sept. 29)

Active Aging Week (Sept. 25–Oct. 1)

Worldwide Day of Play (Sept. 24)

FEATURED: National Breast Cancer Awareness Month
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, which is an annual campaign to increase awareness of the disease. While most people are aware of breast cancer, many forget to take the steps to have a plan to detect the disease in its early stages and encourage others to do the same.

FEATURED: Domestic Violence Awareness Month
The Domestic Violence Awareness Project of the National Resource Center on Domestic Violence seeks to foster healthy families and communities by encouraging all of us to be part of the equation Awareness + Action = Social Change.

FEATURED: Ovarian Cancer Awareness
Through national programs and local Chapter initiatives, the National Ovarian Cancer Coalition's goal is to make more people aware of the early symptoms of ovarian cancer. In addition, the NOCC provides information to assist the newly diagnosed patient, to provide hope to survivors, and to support caregivers.

FEATURED: Health Literacy Month

Helen Osborne M.Ed., OTR/L founded Health Literacy Month in 1999. This annual event occurs because of the hard work and commitment of thousands of health literacy advocates worldwide. Look for wellness programs for patients and the public in your area, as well as how-to workshops for professionals and educational activities for students at all levels.

FEATURED: National Bullying Prevention Month

The End of Bullying Begins with Me: that’s the message during PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Month in October. It’s a time when communities can unite nationwide to raise awareness of bullying prevention through events, activities, outreach, and education. Resources from PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center make it easy to take action.

Lights On After School (Oct. 20)

Bone and Joint Health National Awareness Week (Oct. 12-20)

4-H National Youth Science Day

Mental Illness Awareness Week (Oct. 2-8)

Children’s Health Month

Child Health Day  (Oct. 3)
Walk to School Day (Oct. 5)
National Depression Screening Day (Oct. 6)
National Dental Hygiene Month

Lung Health Day (Oct. 27)

National Health Education Week (Oct. 17-21)

National Physical Therapy Month

World Food Day (Oct. 16)

FEATURED: Great American Smokeout (Nov. 17)
The American Cancer Society Great American Smokeout event is your chance to triumph over addiction. Every November, the third Thursday is when we encourage smokers to go the distance, and to finally give up smoking. By quitting — even for one day — you will be taking an important step toward a healthier life — one that can lead to reducing your cancer risk.

FEATURED: Lung Cancer Awareness Month
Lung Cancer Awareness Month features events that help people and communities increase awareness of lung cancer. These events provide hope, inspiration and support for all of those touched by lung cancer.

FEATURED: Military Family Appreciation Month

Community leaders, businesses, and military bases and posts are teaming up to recognize military families through special events such as open houses, fun runs, family fun nights, and community dinners; discounts at MWR facilities, local business and sporting events; and special recognitions during community activities throughout the month of November.

American Diabetes Month
National Healthy Skin Month
Great American Smokeout (Nov. 17)

National Alzheimer's Disease Awareness Month

National Family Health History Day  (Nov. 24)

FEATURED: National Influenza Vaccination Week (Dec. 4 – 12)
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) established National Influenza Vaccination Week (NIVW) in 2005 to highlight the importance of continuing flu vaccination through the holiday season and beyond. The CDC recommends a yearly flu vaccine for everyone 6 months of age and older as the first and most important step in protecting against influenza disease.

FEATURED: World AIDS Day (Dec. 1)
Every year World AIDS Day events take place across the country to raise awareness and show support for people living with HIV.

National Hand Washing Awareness Week (Dec. 4-10)
International Volunteer Day  (Dec. 5)

Safe Toys and Gifts Month

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