With summer still in full swing and families getting ready for back to school, August is a quieter month on the awareness event calendar than others, but there’s are still some significant campaigns going on. Psoriasis, breastfeeding and immunizations are just a few of the important weeks and months held in August, and there are plenty of fun celebrations to be had as well for cats, dogs and lovers of banana splits.
AUGUST AWARENESS MONTHS
Psoriasis Awareness Month
The National Psoriasis Foundation (NPF) brings us Psoriasis Awareness Month to raise awareness about the disease and empower people with psoriasis to take control of their health. The focus is on providing resources for disease management to live a full, healthy life, and creating a movement to raise awareness through a coalition of Psoriatic Psuperheroes. You can learn more on the NPF website.
Children’s Eye Health and Safety Month
With many across the country focused on getting their kids back to school, it’s a great time to draw attention to children’s eye health and safety. From ensuring you child is having regular eye checkups, to learning about the early symptoms associated with eye conditions, to how to prevent eye injuries in children, this is awareness that everyone can benefit from.
National Immunization Awareness Month
We often think of immunizations as being for children or the elderly, but vaccinations are important for people of all ages. National Immunization Awareness Month (NIAM) is designed to raise awareness about the vital role of vaccines in disease prevention. The Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) offers a ton of resources about recommended vaccines for each life stage on their website.
AUGUST AWARENESS WEEKS
World Breastfeeding Week (Aug. 1–7)
World Breastfeeding Week supports the protection and promotion of breastfeeding worldwide. Coordinated by the World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action (WABA), which is a network of organizations and individuals across the globe, this year’s World Breastfeeding Week slogan is “Empower Parents, Enable Breastfeeding” to be inclusive of all parents. Find out more on their website about how WABA is helping empower parents and how you can get involved.
National Health Center Week (Aug. 4–10)
Health centers care for 28 million patients each year, and this campaign from the National Association of Community Health Centers and the Health Center Advocacy Network is a celebration of the ways our health centers are “Rooted in Communities”. Events will be held across the country, from health fairs to press conferences, free screenings, back-to-school-drives, community breakfasts, patient appreciation events and more. To learn more about the National Health Center Week events or how you can get involved, visit the website.
AUGUST AWARENESS DAYS
August 3: National Mustard Day
August 4: Coast Guard Day
August 5: National Oyster Day
August 6: National Night Out
August 7: International Aged Care Employee Day
August 8: International Cat Day
August 12: International Youth Day
August 13: National Prosecco Day, International Left Handers Awareness Day
August 16: National Airborne Day
August 19: World Humanitarian Day, World Photo Day, National Aviation Day
August 22: National Take Your Cat to The Vet Day
August 25: National Banana Split Day
August 26: National Dog Day
August 27: National Petroleum Day
August 28: National Bow Tie Day
August 30: International Day of the Disappeared, National Toasted Marshmallow Day
August 31: National Bacon Day