February might be the shortest month of the year, but there’s a lot going on with awareness campaigns like Heart Month and African American History Month, and loads of awareness days for many important causes. There are several holidays this month too, including Chinese New Year and President’s Day, along with some extra-fun events like National Margarita Day!
February Awareness Months
American Heart Month
With 1 in 4 deaths caused by heart disease, every month should be heart month, which is an awareness campaign dedicated to spreading the word on how to live a heart healthy life. Heart disease can often be prevented with lifestyle choices like eating a healthy diet, exercising regularly, staying at a healthy weight and managing stress. It’s also important to manage existing health conditions like high blood pressure. Heart disease does not need to be the leading cause of death for adults in our country. Help raise awareness in February by talking to friends and family, sharing heart healthy tips on social media or doing something proactive within your community like starting a walking club.
African American History Month
Conceived in 1925 to raise awareness of African American’s contributions to society, African American History Month (also known as Black History Month) has grown to become a nationwide celebration of the contributions of African Americans to our history and culture. Originally launched as a week-long event by Carter G. Woodson and the organization he founded, the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History (ASNLH), the event is today a month-long awareness campaign recognizing the importance of black history in our country’s story. Today called the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH), the association continues to promote the study of history during African American History Month and throughout the year.
Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month
A startling one in three American teenagers experiences abuse in a relationship before they become adults. This includes physical, sexual or emotional abuse. Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month is a national effort to empower young people to build healthy relationships and put an end to dating abuse.
National Cancer Prevention Month
Much like heart disease, many cancers are also preventable through healthy lifestyle choices. Research shows that over 40% of all cancers and almost 50% of all deaths from cancer are due to preventable causes. National Cancer Prevention Month is committed to raising awareness of how Americans can dramatically reduce their risk of certain cancers through choosing a healthier lifestyle. This includes steps such as exercising regularly, maintaining a healthy weight, avoiding excessive sun exposure and quitting smoking.
February Awareness Weeks
African Heritage and Health Week
February 1 – 7
Congenital Heart Defect Awareness Week
February 7 – 14
National FFA Week
February 16 – 23
Eating Disorders Awareness and Screening Week
February 25 – March 3
February Awareness Days & Holidays
- Feb 1: National Freedom Day; National Wear Red Day
- Feb 2: World Wetlands Day; Groundhog Day
- Feb 3: National Carrot Cake Day
- Feb 4: World Cancer Day
- Feb 5: Chinese New Year
- Feb 6: International Day of Zero Tolerance to Female Genital Mutilation
- Feb 7: National Send a Card to a Friend Day
- Feb 8: National Boy Scouts Day
- Feb 14: Valentine’s Day
- Feb 17: Random Acts of Kindness Day
- Feb 18: Presidents Day
- Feb 20: World Day of Social Justice; National Love Your Pet Day
- Feb 22: National Margarita Day
- Feb 28: Rare Disease Day