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Health Calendar in different countries

Health Calendar in different countries for 2019-2020 year
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

December 2019

Sunday 22 December - World Orgasm Day (date for 2019. Celebrate the day of the winter solstice)

January 2020

Saturday 4 January - World Braille Day (UN 1 November 2018 A/C.3/73/L.5/Rev.1); World Braille Day
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)
Wednesday 29 January - Bell Let's Talk Day in Canada (Date for 2019); Seeing Eye Guide Dog Birthday (1929)

February 2020

Monday 3 February - National Women Physicians Day in US (is celebrated annually on the birthday of Elizabeth Blackwell, the first female clinician in the United States)
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)
Monday 10 February - International Epilepsy Day (every year on the second Monday of February people join together to celebrate IED)
Wednesday 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
Wednesday 26 February - National Wear Red Day (United Kingdom, until 2016)

March 2020

Sunday 1 March - Nutrition Month in Canada; Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month in Great Britain (when a woman is diagnosed at the earliest stage, her chance of surviving ovarian cancer for five years or more doubles from just 46 per cent to more than 90 per cent); National Procrastination Week in the UK (the goal is to leave unnecessary tasks at a later time, provide mental and emotional relief, help reduce stress and anxiety)
Tuesday 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)
Thursday 12 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); Global Brain Awareness Week (March 12 to 18)
Wednesday 25 March - International Procrastination Day (or World Procrastination Day)
Thursday 26 March - Purple Day (Cassidy Megan created the idea of Purple Day in 2008, motivated by her own struggles with epilepsy)

April 2020

Wednesday 1 April - Irritable Bowel Syndrome Awareness Month in Canada (also Rosacea Awareness Month and Be a Donor Month)
Monday 13 April - FND Awareness Day in Canada (Functional Neurological Disorder [FND]/Conversion Disorder [CD])

May 2020

Friday 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)
Tuesday 5 May - World Hand Hygiene Day; World Pulmonary Hypertension Day; International Handwashing Day (since 2009, when the WHO Patient Safety Program launched a new initiative called Save Lives: Wash Hands); International Day of the Midwife (International Midwives Day); World Asthma Day
Monday 11 May - World Melanoma Day (is recognized on the second Monday of May around the world to highlight the growing prevalence of malignant melanoma)
Tuesday 12 May - International Awareness Day for Chronic Immunological and Neurological Diseases; World Fibromyalgia Awareness Day (Fibromyalgia is a complex of disorders and causes bone and muscle pain. This is a chronic disease that affects approximately 2-5% of the world's population); International Nurses Day
Thursday 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); International Day of Action for Women's Health
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.)

June 2020

Monday 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); Brain Injury Awareness Month in Canada
Tuesday 2 June - The day of healthy eating and refusal of excess eating in Russia; World Heart Rhythm Week; Day of patients with myasthenia gravis in Argentina (Myasthenia gravis is a neurological disorder characterized by pathologically rapid fatigue of striated muscles)
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)
Saturday 6 June - National Huntington's Disease Awareness Day (United States); National Health and Fitness Day in Canada (the first Saturday in June); World Day of Verneuil's disease (or World Day for Hidradenitis Suppurativa)
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)
Thursday 11 June - Canadian Men's Health Week (June 11 to 17); National Career Nurse Assistants' Day in US (It has always been observed the first day of National Nursing Assistants Week)
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)
Sunday 21 June - International Slowness Day (Clémence Boucher, a Montreal community worker, got together with some friends in 2001 and picked June 21 — the longest day of the year — to kick off her movement.); International Day of Yoga
Wednesday 24 June - Drug Awareness Week in South Africa (the South African National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence - SANCA)
Tuesday 30 June - International Scoliosis Awareness Day (SAUK launched #ISAD in 2013 to unite people across the world to create positive public awareness of scoliosis, promote education, and bring together those affected by the condition)

July 2020

Friday 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

August 2020

Saturday 22 August - World Brain Day (was launched by the World Federation of Neurology on 22 July 2014 and is dedicated to a different neurological disease or topic every year)
Sunday 23 August - Health Unit Coordinators Day in USA (Health Unit Coordinator Week - August 23-29)
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)

September 2020

Tuesday 1 September - World Alzheimer's Month; Acne Awareness Month in Canada (also Craniofacial Awareness Month and Prostate Cancer Awareness Month)
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
Saturday 19 September - Surgeon Day (Celebrated on the third Saturday of September); World Marrow Donor Day (is celebrated globally on the third Saturday of September)
Tuesday 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
Monday 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
Wednesday 30 September - Mud Pack Day (The use of mud for therapeutic and beauty purposes can be traced back to the 16th century during the Renaissance)

October 2020

Monday 5 October - International Doctor’s Day (on the first monday of October)
Sunday 11 October - World Obesity Day (The first World Obesity Day took place in 2015)
Tuesday 13 October - Paramedics' Day in Poland; No Bra Day (on which women are encouraged to forgo wearing a bra as a means to encourage breast cancer awareness); Metastatic Breast Cancer Awareness Day in Ohio
Saturday 17 October - World Trauma Day; International ShakeOut Day (Drop, Cover and Hold On! If nothing else, remember to take those three steps if and when an earthquake strikes); World Day for Organ Donation and Transplantation; International Day for the Eradication of Poverty
Sunday 18 October - World Menopause Day (doctors call for women to take action at menopause, to prevent health problems in later life); Internation Lead Poisoning Prevention Week
Tuesday 20 October - National Down Syndrome Day in South Africa; 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. It has been observed the third Tuesday in October since 1991); Information Overload Day; International Pediatrics Day (The Day of Pediatrics or Día Internacional de Pediatría was instituted in 1973, during the World Congress of Pediatrics held in Argentina, in commemoration of the founding of Argentine Pediatric Society); World Osteoporosis Day

November 2020

Sunday 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); National Medical Science Liaison Awareness and Appreciation Day in USA
Saturday 7 November - Health Day in Turkmenistan (Date for 2020. Celebrated on the first Saturday in November)
Thursday 26 November - Anti Obesity Day (International observance)

December 2020

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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