Multiple Sclerosis Education and Awareness Month
March is MS Education and Awareness Month. Its main goal is to promote the scope of this disease and to assist those with MS in making educated decisions about their healthcare. Everyone is invited to participate in this awareness month which is designated by the color orange.
National Endometriosis Awareness Month
In 1993, the Endometriosis Association began this awareness month to enhance education and fundraising surrounding the disorder. Endometriosis is an inflammatory condition where endometrial tissue of the uterus grows outside the uterus. The month is designated by a yellow ribbon.
Irritable Bowel Syndrome Awareness Month
IBS is a disorder where the gut and brain “over-communicate.” This overcommunication causes symptoms like abdominal pain, bloating, constipation, and diarrhea. This month raises awareness that is common — about 5 to 10 percent of the world experience it.
Medicaid Awareness Month
April raises awareness for Medicaid — a lifeline for millions of Americans (especially children) who otherwise wouldn’t have healthcare. This month helps to highlight the importance that this program plays in the lives of adults, children, and people with disabilities.
National Autism Awareness Month
The Autism Society launched National Autism Awareness Month to promote awareness about autism and promote inclusion and self-determination for all individuals. This month is celebrated with presidential/congressional declarations, online events and activities, partner opportunities, and local events.
National Asthma & Allergy Awareness Month
May has been National Asthma & Allergy Month since 1984. This month is the peak season for all those that suffer from symptoms; as a result, it’s the ideal time to educate patients, families, friends, coworkers, and all other members of the public about these diseases.
National Celiac Disease Awareness Month
Celiac disease is a serious genetic autoimmune issue. Every May, this awareness month helps to increase the public’s knowledge of what it means to be gluten-free. The month also raises funds for critical celiac disease research.
National Stroke Awareness Month
This awareness month is a critical time for the community to learn about the symptoms of a stroke — sudden confusion, trouble speaking, loss of balance, etc. Knowing these symptoms and getting help immediately can be life-saving!
Alzheimer’s & Brain Awareness Month
Did you know that more than 55 million people are living with Alzheimer’s or another form of dementia globally? June helps to raise awareness for these diseases and invites conversation about the brain. Wear purple in support of dementia awareness and donate to further research!
PTSD Awareness Month
There are 8 million people in the U.S. struggling with PTSD — most often these individuals are veterans or civilian survivors of sexual assault, serious accidents, natural disasters, etc. Unfortunately, many don’t get the help they need even with PTSD treatments available. This month helps to raise awareness for this condition and encourage those suffering from it to reach out to get the help they need.
Scoliosis Awareness Month
This awareness month aims to highlight the need for public education so that scoliosis can be detected early and treated as soon as possible. During June, Scoliosis Awareness Month runs events, holds meet-ups in the community, and gets involved in local groups to promote further understanding of the condition.
Cord Blood Awareness Month
This awareness month is held to raise awareness of the importance of cord blood. Cord blood is the blood and tissue from the placenta and umbilical cord when a baby is born. Cord blood can be used to cure various diseases. However, cord blood is only collected 5 to 10 percent of the time. Increased awareness of its importance can help promote its preservation.
Group B Strep Awareness Month
Group Strep B is the leading cause of sepsis and meningitis in newborns. Raising awareness for GBS can ensure that both mothers and babies receive the proper healthcare during birth to promote healthy outcomes.
Juvenile Arthritis Awareness Month
Did you know that arthritis can impact children as well as older people? Juvenile Arthritis Awareness Month seeks to highlight information about the condition and share resources that can help both individuals suffering from it as well as their loved ones.
National Immunization Awareness Month
This month seeks to highlight the importance of vaccinating people of all ages. Reach out to your healthcare provider if you have any hesitancy about vaccination.
National Breastfeeding Month
There’s long been a debate about breastfeeding versus formula feeding, but the science behind breastfeeding cannot be denied. The World Health Organization recommends breastfeeding whenever possible, and it estimates that universal breastfeeding could save about 820,000 lives each year. This awareness month is dedicated to the promotion and advocacy of the practice.
National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month
Childhood obesity has been deemed one of the most serious health challenges of the 21st century. When a child suffers from obesity, they’re at risk for other health issues later in life. This month is dedicated to raising awareness for childhood obesity and helping those working with children to make simple changes — i.e., encouraging families to offer fruit as snacks or advocating for healthier school lunches.
Polycystic Ovary Syndrome Month
September raises awareness for PCOS, which is the leading cause of infertility in females. Because this is one of the most underdiagnosed diseases in the world, raising awareness can ensure that women receive the proper medical care. This month is designated by the color teal.
National Breast Cancer Awareness Month
Of all the awareness months on this list, Breast Cancer Awareness Month is one you may have celebrated previously. This annual campaign is well-publicized, and it’s helped raise awareness about the impacts of breast cancer since 1985. Each year, the theme for this awareness month changes. In 2022, the theme is “Breast Cancer Doesn’t Discriminate.”
National Down Syndrome Awareness Month
October first became Down Syndrome Awareness Month in the 1980s. It’s used as a time to raise awareness for the syndrome and to celebrate their abilities and accomplishments. The takeaway of this month is that people with Down Syndrome are just like everyone else!
Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) Awareness Month
SIDS awareness month seeks to educate parents and caregivers about how they can create a safe sleep environment. Abiding by safe sleep principles can drastically reduce sudden infant death syndrome, which approximately 3,500 infants die from each year in the U.S.