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 year
Friday 10 January - Houseplant Appreciation Day (was established by The Gardener’s Network, establishing an official opportunity to remind people of the benefits of houseplants. Having plants in your home or office can do a great deal to lift your mood and improve your quality of life. For example, a 2009 study showed that the scent of lavender can effectively lower pulse rates in stressful situations)
Sunday 9 February - Toothache Day (It is so important that we learn how to take care of our teeth and not only get rid of nasty aches but also stop them coming back or turning into something more serious)
Friday 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.)
Wednesday 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)
Monday 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)
Friday 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)
Tuesday 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)
Sunday 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); Stand Up To Cancer Day in US
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.
excess alcohol consumption
too much sitting
Top five ways to better health
The five biggest changes you can make to lead a healthier, happier and longer life are:
be physically active everyday
eating healthy foods
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: