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Health and Wellness Observances

Health observances and other special events help raise awareness and offer opportunities to learn more about key issues in substance use prevention and recovery, as well as mental health and wellness.  Explore the information below and spread the word about the observances. If you'd like us to share your training or event on this web page or through our Prevention Listserv, Contact Us.


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JANUARY

National Birth Defects Awareness Month
Every 4 ½ minutes, a baby is born with a birth defect in the United States. That means nearly 120,000 babies are affected by birth defects each year. Smoking, drinking alcohol, or taking certain “street” drugs during pregnancy increase the chances of having a baby with a birth defect. 

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National Stalking Awareness Month
January is National Stalking Awareness Month (NSAM). Though millions of men and women are stalked every year in the United States, the crime of stalking is often misunderstood, minimized and/or ignored.
Stalking is a pattern of behavior directed at a specific person that causes fear. Many stalking victims experience being followed, approached and/or threatened – including through technology. Stalking is a terrifying and psychologically harmful crime in its own right as well as a predictor of potentially lethal violence: 1 in 5 stalkers use weapons to threaten or harm victims, and stalking increased the risk of intimate partner homicide by three times.

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National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month
Human trafficking is a crime in which force, fraud or coercion is used to compel a person to perform labor, services or commercial sex. It affects all populations: adults, children, men, women, foreign nationals and U.S. citizens, and all economic classes.

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No Name-Calling Week - January 18-22
GLSEN’s No Name-Calling Week, (NNCW) is a week organized by K-12 educators and students to end name-calling and bullying in schools. This week shares tools and resources for disrupting anti-LGBTQ+ harassment and bias-based bullying, and invites LGBTQ+ students to assert what they want to be called. As an educator, you can organize a NNCW program at your school to ensure that LGBTQ+ students across the country are #SafeToBe themselves in school and in our country.

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Visit www.glsen.org/no-name-calling-week for resources and upcoming events.


FEBRUARY

National Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month
Dating violence is more common than people think, especially among teens and young adults: one in three teens in the US will experience physical, sexual, or emotional abuse from someone they’re in a relationship with before they become adults, and nearly half (43%) of college women report experiencing violent or abusive dating behaviors.

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American Heart Month
Each February, the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) marks American Heart Month by raising awareness about heart health and urging Americans to reduce their risk for developing heart disease.
Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women in the United States.
Certain behaviors, such as excessive alcohol use and smoking contribute to cardiovascular disease. Quitting smoking, avoiding excessive drinking, and managing stress can help improve heart health.

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National Eating Disorders Awareness Week - February 22-28 
The goal of National Eating Disorders Awareness Week (#NEDAwareness) is to shine the spotlight on eating disorders by educating the public, spreading a message of hope, and putting lifesaving resources into the hands of those in need. NEDA invites Every Body to Have a Seat at the Table. In a field where marginalized communities continue to be underrepresented, NEDA welcomes conversations on raising awareness, challenging systemic biases and sharing stories from all backgrounds and experiences.

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MARCH

Problem Gambling Awareness Month (PGAM)
PGAM is a grassroots campaign that depends on the participation of NCPG state Affiliate, organizational and individual members, state health agencies, gambling companies, recovery groups and a wide range of healthcare organizations and providers. Groups across America hold conferences, air Public Service Announcements, provide counselor trainings, host health screening days, run social media campaigns and many other activities to increase public awareness of problem gambling and the availability of prevention, treatment and recovery services.

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National Nutrition Month®
During National Nutrition Month®, health and nutrition professionals share their knowledge and tips with patients, clients, family, friends and the community to increase awareness about the importance of good nutrition.

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National Alcohol and Drug Facts Week - March 22 - 28
NDAFW, an annual health observance week, connects teens with resources to SHATTER THE MYTHS® about drugs and alcohol.

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