If February didn’t pack enough awareness events into its 28 days for you, March should certainly make up for it! There is a lot going on this month with at least eight awareness month campaigns taking place, several awareness weeks, and more than half of the month filled with awareness days or holidays. Check out the details below to find out more about the campaigns or events that interest you.
MARCH Awareness Months
Multiple Sclerosis Education & Awareness Month
Since 2003, the Multiple Sclerosis Foundation and affiliated groups have dedicated the month of March to national multiple sclerosis awareness and education. With close to one million people in the United States suffering from this often progressive and debilitating disease, more public awareness is vital. National MS Education and Awareness Month seeks to not only promote awareness and understanding of multiple sclerosis, but also to help people that have been diagnosed with MS through education about their healthcare options.
National Bleeding Disorders Awareness Month
Bleeding Disorders Awareness Month is designed to promote public awareness of this group of conditions that result in abnormal blood clotting. Although bleeding disorders are rare, they still affect millions of people worldwide. Most people know little about these conditions, and while hemophilia is perhaps the most widely known, there are many others.
Symptoms such as bruising, spontaneous bleeding and joint pain are common in patients with bleeding disorders. Take the time this month to learn more about bleeding disorders and support the Hemophilia Federation of America.
National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month
Colorectal cancer is the fourth most common type of diagnosed cancer in the United States. It’s also the second biggest cause of cancer death, with only lung cancer causing more deaths each year.
But with appropriate screening, these numbers could be reduced, which is why raising awareness about colorectal cancer is so important. Regular screening from age 50 is the best way to prevent colon cancer, although lifestyle changes like maintaining a healthy weight and eating a nutritious diet are also key for prevention.
The Colorectal Cancer Alliance’s 2019 “Don’t Assume” campaign is dedicated to dispelling myths and raising more awareness about colorectal cancer through information and support.
Endometriosis Awareness Month
March Endometriosis Month is dedicated to increasing awareness about this often painful and debilitating condition. Endometriosis affects 176 million women worldwide, and its impact on the quality of life of sufferers can be significant. Currently, diagnosis of endometriosis can take over seven years on average, which is why raising awareness of the symptoms of endometriosis is so important. It is also the leading cause of infertility in women, so early diagnosis and treatment is vital. If you’re a woman, take the time to learn more about endometriosis this March, and for men, talk to the women in your life about it.
National Kidney Month
Your kidneys filter 200 liters of blood a day! Give some attention to these hardworking organs during March with National Kidney Month. Whether it’s learning more about kidney disease prevention, getting a checkup or spreading the word about the risks of kidney disease, there are many ways you can get involved.
According to the National Kidney Foundation, 1 in 3 Americans is at risk for kidney disease, with the main factors including family history, high blood pressure and diabetes. This March, learn more about the prevention and treatment of kidney disease, talk with family and friends about it, and perhaps most importantly, make sure you know your own personal risk.
National Nutrition Month
Brought to you by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, this annual nutrition education campaign promotes the importance of creating healthy eating and exercise habits. Beginning in 1973 as “National Nutrition Week”, the campaign has grown to a month-long event celebrating the benefits of informed food choices with a wide range of health messages. The academy makes it easy to get involved with a National Nutrition Month® Celebration Toolkit that you can use to help spread the word about the importance of eating right.
National Traumatic Brain Injury Awareness Month
A brain injury is sustained every nine seconds in the United States. These injuries result in 137 deaths every day, and over 5 million Americans live with a traumatic brain injury (TBI) related disability. The Brain Injury Association of America works hard to provide a platform for education around brain injuries and the needs of TBI patients through the Change Your Mind campaign. #ChangeYourMind is the theme for the Brain Injury Awareness month from 2018 to 2020, with the goal of de-stigmatizing brain injury, helping TBI survivors, and promoting the support available for patients and their families.
Trisomy Awareness Month
In this important awareness campaign, the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) joins with other organizations to raise awareness about trisomy conditions. While Down syndrome is the most widely known condition, occurring in about 1 in 700 births each year, there are other forms such as Edward syndrome and Patau syndrome.
Trisomy is when a person has 47 cells in their chromosome instead of the regular 46. Having an extra chromosome can cause intellectual, developmental and physical disabilities, in addition to other health issues. Support for trisomy patients and their families is crucial, as is promoting awareness of trisomy conditions.
MARCH AWARENESS WEEKS
National Sleep Awareness Week
March 3 – 10
World Glaucoma Week
March 10 – 16
Brain Awareness Week
March 11 – 17
National Poison Prevention Week
March 17 – 23
MARCH Awareness Days & Holidays
March 1: Employee Appreciation Day; Self Injury Awareness Day
March 2: Read Across America Day
March 8: International Women’s Day
March 10: National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day
March 13: K9 Veterans Day
March 14: National Potato Chip Day; World Kidney Day
March 15: World Sleep Day
March 17: St. Patrick’s Day
March 18: Global Recycling Day
March 20: National Native American HIV/AIDS Awareness Day
March 21: World Down syndrome Day
March 22: World Water Day
March 24: World TB Day
March 26: Purple Day for Epilepsy Awareness
March 29: Vietnam War