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Health Calendar in different countries

Health Calendar in different countries for 2019-2020 years
Health issues are probably the ones that unite people all over the world. There is a great number of health conditions that have an impact on people’s lives. Some of them the public is quite aware of while some others are rare and only known to healthcare professionals and those who suffer from them. Awareness months, weeks, and special days, are created to raise awareness about important health topics. These events are annual campaigns to draw attention to various health conditions and to influence real change in disease prevention and access to testing, treatment and care. They also help raise funds for research. The events always aim to encourage people to support affected individuals, to increase understanding and acceptance and give an opportunity for everyone to get involved by helping raise awareness in their place of work, local community, or at least on social media. Health awarness days are also about healthcare professionals joining forces to encourage more people to have regular health checks and screening tests and make lifestyle choices that benefit their health and general well-being. Healthy living is important for everyone and should be seen as the highest priority since it can help people lead a healthier, happier and longer life. Below is a list of awareness campaigns that provides details, dates and locations of major World health events, in the current year. Use this Health Calendar to know which events are coming up, and also to help yourself take steps towards better health and feeling great.

Health Holidays and Awarness days in different countries for 2019-2020 years

January 2019

Wednesday 30 January - Bell Let's Talk Day in Canada (Date for 2019); World Leprosy Day

February 2019

Friday 1 February - Psychology Month in in Canada; Eating Disorder Awareness Week in Canada; American Heart Month
Monday 11 February - International Epilepsy Day (every year on the second Monday of February people join together to celebrate IED); World Day of the Sick
Tuesday 12 February - Condom Week (this week long event got it’s start at the University of California, Berkley in the 1970’s); Pregnancy Awareness Week in South Africa
Saturday 16 February - Healthy Lifestyle Awareness Day in South Africa
Tuesday 26 February - National Wear Red Day (United Kingdom, until 2016)
Wednesday 27 February - Anosmia Awareness Day (International observance); Doctors' Day in Vietnam

March 2019

Friday 1 March - Nutrition Month in Canada
Sunday 3 March - World Hearing Day (is held each year to raise awareness on how to prevent deafness and hearing loss and promote ear and hearing care across the world)
Monday 4 March - World Salt Awareness Week
Wednesday 6 March - World Lymphedema Day; National Dentist Day
Monday 11 March - World Glaucoma Week (March 11 to 17)
Tuesday 12 March - Global Brain Awareness Week (March 12 to 18)
Thursday 14 March - World Kidney Day (is a global health awareness campaign focusing on the importance of the kidneys and reducing the frequency and impact of kidney disease and its associated health problems worldwide)
Tuesday 26 March - Purple Day (Cassidy Megan created the idea of Purple Day in 2008, motivated by her own struggles with epilepsy)

April 2019

Monday 1 April - Irritable Bowel Syndrome Awareness Month in Canada (also Rosacea Awareness Month and Be a Donor Month)
Sunday 7 April - National Dental Hygienists Week in Canada (April 7 to 13); World Health Day
Monday 8 April - World Tai Chi and Qigong Day
Saturday 13 April - FND Awareness Day in Canada (Functional Neurological Disorder [FND]/Conversion Disorder [CD])
Wednesday 24 April - African Vaccination Week

May 2019

Wednesday 1 May - Vision Health Month in Canada (also Ankylosing Spondylitis; Awareness Month; Bladder Cancer Awareness Month; Brain Tumour Awareness Month; Celiac Awareness Month; Hemochromatosis Awareness Month; Hypertension Awareness Month; National Physiotherapy Month)
Sunday 5 May - World Hand Hygiene Day; World Pulmonary Hypertension Day; International Day of the Midwife (International Midwives Day)
Tuesday 7 May - National Child and Youth Mental Health Day in Canada; Mental Health Week in Canada (May 7 to 13); National Nursing Week in Canada (May 7 to 13); World Asthma Day
Friday 10 May - Global Move for Health Day; World Lupus Day
Sunday 12 May - International Awareness Day for Chronic Immunological and Neurological Diseases; International Nurses Day
Monday 13 May - World Melanoma Day (is recognized on the second Monday of May around the world to highlight the growing prevalence of malignant melanoma)
Saturday 18 May - World AIDS Vaccine Day; National Speech Pathologist Day in USA
Monday 20 May - Children’s Hospice Week
Tuesday 28 May - International Day of Women's Health; Menstrual Hygiene Day (It was initiated by the German-based NGO WASH United in 2014 and aims to benefit women and girls worldwide. Menstrual Hygiene Day has received the support of over 270 global partners who are committed to making MHM a priority worldwide.); Sun Awareness Week in Canada (May 28 - June 3)
Wednesday 29 May - World Digestive Health Day (On the 29th of May 1958, the last day of the First World Congress of Gastroenterology which took place in Washington, an assembly of distinguished gastroenterologists announced the foundation of the World Gastroenterology Organisation was born.); World Multiple Sclerosis Day (World MS Day)

June 2019

Saturday 1 June - World Milk Day (is a day established by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations to recognise the importance of milk as a global food. It has been observed on June 1 each year since 2001); National Health and Fitness Day in Canada (the first Saturday in June); Brain Injury Awareness Month in Canada
Sunday 2 June - The day of healthy eating and refusal of excess eating in Russia; International Cancer Survivors Day (Date for 2019)
Monday 3 June - World Clubfoot Day (an initiative of the Ponseti International Association to commemorate the birthday of Ignacio Ponseti (1914-2009), the pioneer of the Ponseti technique for clubfoot)
Tuesday 4 June - World Heart Rhythm Week
Thursday 6 June - National Huntington's Disease Awareness Day (United States)
Saturday 8 June - World Brain Tumor Day (day is observed on 8th of June every year since 2000. This day first observed by German Brain Tumour Association (Deutsche Hirntumorhilfe e.V.). This is a non-profit organisation which raises public awareness and educates people about brain tumour)
Tuesday 11 June - Canadian Men's Health Week (June 11 to 17)
Wednesday 19 June - World Sickle Cell Day (International); World Sauntering Day (The holiday was created in 1979 by W.T. Rabe in response to the growing popularity of jogging. It is believed to have begun at the Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island in Michigan, USA. The Grand Hotel has the world's longest porch at 660 feet. The idea behind the day was to encourage people to slow down and appreciate the world around them)
Monday 24 June - Drug Awareness Week in South Africa
Tuesday 25 June - World Vitiligo Day

July 2019

Tuesday 2 July - Corporate Wellness Week in South Africa
Friday 5 July - National Injury Prevention Day in Canada
Wednesday 17 July - International Firgun Day (In 2014, Made in JLM, an Israeli non-profit community group, set out to create "International Firgun Day", a holiday celebrated yearly on July 17, where people share compliments or express genuine pride in the accomplishment of others on social media); Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia Week in Ohio
Sunday 21 July - Day of Healthcare and Medical Industry of Turkmenistan
Wednesday 24 July - International Self-Care Day

August 2019

Tuesday 20 August - World Mosquito Day
Sunday 25 August - Speech Pathology Week in Australia (2019, 25-31 August. Speech Pathology Week seeks to promote the speech pathology profession and the work done by speech pathologists with the more than 1.1 million Australians who have a communication or swallowing disorder that impacts on their daily life)
Saturday 31 August - African Traditional Medicine Day; International Overdose Awareness Day

September 2019

Sunday 1 September - World Alzheimer's Month; Acne Awareness Month in Canada (also Craniofacial Awareness Month and Prostate Cancer Awareness Month)
Wednesday 4 September - National Polycystic Kidney Disease Awareness Day in Canada
Saturday 7 September - World Duchenne Awareness Day
Sunday 8 September - World Physical Therapy Day
Monday 9 September - International Foetal Alcohol Syndrome Day
Tuesday 10 September - International Gynaecological Health Day; World Suicide Prevention Day
Friday 13 September - National Celiac Awareness Day (The United States Senate has once again designated September 13th as "National Celiac Awareness Day." According to the resolution, the Senate "recognizes that all people of the United States should become more informed and aware of celiac disease" and encourages all Americans to participate in activities that celebrate this day. Celiac disease affects an estimated 3 million Americans, 85% of whom remain undiagnosed or misdiagnosed)
Saturday 14 September - National Attention Deficit Hyperactivy Disorder Day in South Africa; World First Aid Day
Sunday 15 September - Sanitary and epidemiologic service worker Day in Russia; Terry Fox Run in Canada; World Lymphoma Awareness Day
Wednesday 18 September - World Water Monitoring Day
Saturday 21 September - World Alzheimer's Day; Surgeon Day
Sunday 22 September - World CML Day (Since 2008, patient organizations around the world have initiated events and projects on "CML Awareness Day" on September 22 to raise awareness of the needs of patients living with Chronic Myeloid Leukemia); Bladder Cancer Awareness Walk in Canada
Tuesday 24 September - World Retina Week
Wednesday 25 September - World Pharmacist Day
Thursday 26 September - World Environmental Health Day; World Contraception Day
Saturday 28 September - International Safe Abortion Day (The day was first celebrated as a day of action for decriminalization of abortion in Latin America and the Caribbean in 1990 by the Campaña 28 Septiembre); World Rabies Day

October 2019

Tuesday 1 October - Occupational Therapy Month and Rett Syndrome Awareness Month in Canada; Mental Illness Awareness Week and Human papilloma virus Prevention Week in Canada (October 1 to 7); International Day of Older Persons; World Vegetarian Day and International Vegetarian Week
Monday 7 October - International Trigeminal Neuralgia Awareness Day
Monday 14 October - National Case Manager Week in South Africa
Tuesday 15 October - School Health Week and National Obesity Week in South Africa; Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day; Global Handwashing Day; Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day in Ohio; White Cane Safety Day (White Cane Day)
Wednesday 16 October - World Spine Day; Pharmacy Technician Day (PTDay was first endorsed by Pharmacy Technician Educators Association, American Association of Pharmacy Technicians, Inc. – AAPT and Pharmacy Technician Certification Board in 2015); Dravet Syndrome Awareness Day in Ohio; World Anesthesia Day; World Food Day
Friday 18 October - World Menopause Day (doctors call for women to take action at menopause, to prevent health problems in later life)
Saturday 19 October - National Psoriatic Arthritis Day in Canada; Day of Struggle Against Breast Cancer
Sunday 20 October - National Down Syndrome Day in South Africa; Internation Lead Poisoning Prevention Week; World Osteoporosis Day
Monday 21 October - Global Iodine Deficiency Disorder Prevention Day or World Iodine Deficiency Day; Respiratory Therapists Week in Canada (October 21 to 27)
Tuesday 22 October - Fechner Day (International observance); International Stuttering Awareness Day
Thursday 24 October - World Polio Day
Monday 28 October - World Stroke Week
Wednesday 30 October - International Orthopaedic Nurses Day; Africa Food and Nutrition Security Day

November 2019

Friday 1 November - International Lennox-Gastaut Syndrome Awareness Day; Movember in Canada (also Lung Cancer Awareness Month; Osteoporosis Month; Fall Prevention Month; National Domestic Violence Awareness Month)
Saturday 2 November - Health Day in Turkmenistan (Date for 2019. Celebrated on the first Saturday in November)
Monday 4 November - National Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation Week in South Africa; Medical Radiation Technologist Week in Canada (November 4 to 11)
Tuesday 5 November - National Malaria Week in South Africa
Wednesday 6 November - National Malaria Day in South Africa
Friday 8 November - International Day of Radiology (World Radiography Day)
Tuesday 12 November - World Antibiotic Awareness Week; Digital Health Week in Canada (November 12 to 18; Also National Kinesiology Week); World Pneumonia Day
Saturday 16 November - International day of fight against anorexia
Sunday 17 November - World Prematurity Day
Wednesday 20 November - National Child Day in Canada; World COPD Day
Tuesday 26 November - Anti Obesity Day (International observance)
Saturday 30 November - Cities for Life Day (International); Stomach Cancer Awareness Day in Canada

December 2019

Monday 9 December - World Patient Safety Day
Thursday 12 December - Universal Health Coverage Day

January 2020

Wednesday 1 January - Global Family Day; Polar Bear Swim Day or Polar Plunge Day (Canada and United States); Fibromyalgia Awareness Month in Ohio; Ohio Braille Literacy Week
Saturday 4 January - World Braille Day (UN 1 November 2018 A/C.3/73/L.5/Rev.1); World Braille Day

Is your health at risk?

A good way to start thinking about how healthy you are is to look at the things you do that can affect your health.
Below is a list of ‘risk factors’ that can increase your risk of getting a chronic disease like diabetes or heart disease, and other health problems.
  • smoking
  • unhealthy eating
  • being overweight
  • excess alcohol consumption
  • being inactive
  • too much sitting
  • taking drugs.
Top five ways to better health
The five biggest changes you can make to lead a healthier, happier and longer life are:
  • quit smoking
  • be physically active everyday
  • eating healthy foods
  • limit alcohol
  • get enough sleep
Healthy living means making healthy choices as part of every day life. No matter what age, you can take steps now towards better health and feeling great. Even small changes can make a big difference to how you feel.

Recommended health checks
It’s a good idea to see your doctor for a regular health check even if you are currently feeling fit and healthy. It can help find health problems at an early stage before they develop into more serious chronic conditions. Regular health checks and screening tests are even more important, if you have a family history of a certain disease or other risk factors.
Here are some general recommended regular health tests that can help you to stay healthy:
  • blood pressure
  • cholesterol levels
  • blood glucose
  • skin check
Women’s health screening checks:
  • Bowel screening
  • Breast screening
  • Pap smear
  • bone density scan
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