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Maybe it is because the weather is getting warmer and we’re all feeling happier thanks to longer days and more sunshine, but whatever the reason, May seems to be THE awareness event month of year! There are so many awareness month, week and day events occurring during May that there are almost too many to list here; and indeed, this article does not list them all. It does attempt to cover off the most important ones, however, like Lupus Awareness Month, Women’s Health Week and World No Tobacco Day. And of course, we didn’t forget the fun ones. It’s not every month you get to celebrate Star Wars, lost socks and mint juleps in the same month!

MAY Awareness MONTHS

Arthritis Month

Asthma & Allergy Awareness Month

https://www.aafa.org/asthma-and-allergy-awareness-month/

Better Hearing & Speech Month

https://www.asha.org/bhsm/

Celiac Disease Awareness Month

https://celiac.org/about-the-foundation/featured-news/2018/05/may-celiac-disease-awareness-month-raises-more-than-awareness/

Clean Air Month

https://www.lung.org/about-us/media/editorial-calendar.html

Cystic Fibrosis Awareness Month

https://www.cff.org/News/News-Archive/2015/May-Is-National-Cystic-Fibrosis-Awareness-Month/

Global Employee Health and Fitness Month

https://www.gehfm.org/

Healthy Vision Month

https://nei.nih.gov/hvm/about_hvm

Hepatitis Awareness Month

https://www.aasld.org/hepatitis-awareness-month

High Blood Pressure Education Month

https://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health-topics/education-and-awareness/HBP-education-month

Lupus Awareness Month

https://www.lupus.org/raise-awareness-of-lupus

Melanoma/Skin Cancer Detection and Prevention Month

https://www.skincancer.org/get-involved/skin-cancer-awareness-month

Mental Health Month

http://www.mentalhealthamerica.net/may

Osteoporosis Awareness and Prevention Month

Physical Fitness and Sports Month

https://www.active.com/fitness/articles/national-physical-fitness-and-sports-month

Teen Pregnancy Prevention Month

Ultraviolet Awareness Month

https://www.preventblindness.org/protect-eyes-uv-rays

MAY AWARENESS WEEKS

May 1 – 7: National Physical Education and Sport Week

https://www.shapeamerica.org/events/pesportweek/National-PE-and-Sport-Week.aspx

May 5 – 11: North American Occupational Safety and Health Week

http://www.naosh.org/english/

May 5 – 11 National Stuttering Awareness Week

May 12 – 18: National Women’s Health Week

https://www.womenshealth.gov/nwhw

May 12 – 18: National Alcohol and Other Drug-Related Birth Defects Awareness Week

https://www.ncadd.org/index.php/about-ncadd/events-awards/alcohol-drug-related-birth-defects-awareness-week

May 13 – May 19: National Public Gardens Week

https://www.publicgardens.org/programs/national-public-gardens-week/about-national-public-gardens-week

MAY Awareness Days & Holidays

May 1: Loyalty Day, Law Day, Lei Day (in Hawaii)

May 4: International Star Wars Day

May 5: Cinco de Mayo, World Hand Hygiene Day

May 7: National Teacher Day, World Asthma Day

May 8: World Ovarian Cancer Day, Amyloidosis Day

May 9: International Lost Sock Day

May 10: World Lupus Day

May 11: International Astronomy Day, World Fairtrade Day, Eat What You Want Day, Cornelia de Lange Syndrome Awareness Day

May 12: Mother’s Day, International Nurses Day, World Fibromyalgia Awareness Day

May 15: International Day of Families, World Meditation Day, Peace Officers Memorial Day

May 17: World Hypertension Day

May 18: HIV Vaccine Awareness Day, International Museums Day

May 19: Hepatitis Testing Day, National Asian and Pacific Islander HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, World Autoimmune Arthritis Day

May 21: World Day for Cultural Diversity

May 22: National Maritime Day

May 23: World Turtle Day

May 24: Don’t Fry Day

May 25: International Missing Children’s Day

May 26: Memorial Day

May 28: World Hunger Day

May 29: International Day of UN Peacekeepers, National Senior Health Fitness Day

May 30: World MS Day, National Mint Julep Day

May 31: World No Tobacco Day