Healthy Vision Month

May is Healthy Vision Month, a national eye health observance established by the National Eye Institute (NEI) in May 2003. From the moment you wake up until you go to bed at night, your eyes are working to bring you the world. In fact, they deliver 80% of the information you take in every day — about your loved ones, your job, and all the things you love to see and do! That’s why it’s so important to keep them healthy and safe.

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Foot Health Awareness Month

In honor of April being Foot Health Awareness month, the American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA) and Illinois Podiatric Medical Association (IPMA) are seeking to educate the public about the impact podiatrists can have on individuals’ day-to-day health. Did you know that by age 50, the average American will have walked approximately 75,000 miles in their lifetime? That is the equivalent of walking around the world three times. Because of that, it is important that you take care of your feet. The best way to do that is to routinely see a podiatrist.

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STD Awareness Month

April is STD Awareness Month, an annual observance to raise public awareness about the impact of STDs on the lives of Americans and the importance of preventing, testing for, and treating STDs. It is an opportunity to normalize routine STD testing and conversations about sexual health. If you’re sexually active, particularly with multiple partners, you’ve probably heard the following advice many times: Use protection and get tested. This is important because a person can have a sexually transmitted disease without knowing it.

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Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month

March is colon cancer awareness month! Colorectal cancer is the third most common cancer in the United States and the second leading cause of death from cancer. Colorectal cancer affects people in all racial and ethnic groups and is most often found in people age 50 and older. If everyone age 50 and older were screened regularly, 6 out of 10 deaths from colorectal cancer could be prevented. Communities, health professionals, and families can work together to encourage people to get screened.

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National Kidney Month

National Kidney Month is celebrated yearly during the entire month of March. Its purpose is one of information and education, to ensure that people are aware of the importance of learning about this disease that causes so much physical and moral harm. National Kidney Month is a great occasion to get involved and get educated on the basics of this disease. Everyone can do something to make a change in this world be it just one person, a family, a group of people or a community, an organization or a business.

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Children’s Dental Health Awareness

The February 2018 National Children’s Dental Health Month is brought to you by the ADA (American Dental Association) and meant to raise awareness about the importance of oral health. This month-long national health observance brings together thousands of dedicated dental professionals, healthcare providers, and educators to promote the benefits of good oral health to children, their caregivers, teachers and many others.

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Congenital Heart Defect Awareness Week

The primary purpose of Congenital Heart Defect Awareness day is to raise awareness of congenital heart defect (CHD) which is actually the most common birth defect. It affects approximately 1% of new-borns with more than 40,000 babies born with heart defects in the United States each year. Every day, a little over 10,800 babies in the US are born and 411 of them have some type of birth defect. Out of the 411 with birth defects, 87 will be born with a congenital heart defect. This number is more than cerebral palsy (27), Down syndrome (12), sickle cell disease (27) and oral/facial clefts (11). This is according to the March of Dimes.

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World Leprosy Day

World Leprosy Day is annually observed around the world on the last Sunday of January. The day was initiated in 1954 by French philanthropist and writer, Raoul Follereau, as a way to raise global awareness of this deadly ancient disease and call attention to the fact that it can be prevented, treated and cured. Doctors and other medical professionals spend time talking to the public about how to recognize the symptoms of leprosy. Seminars are held around the world to address the problems faced by leprosy patients and to find ways to reduce the social stigma faced by them.

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National Blood Donor Month

Each January we celebrate you, our dedicated blood and platelet donors, during National Blood Donor Month. We couldn’t carry out our lifesaving mission without you. As we begin the New Year, the Red Cross encourages individuals to resolve to roll up a sleeve to give this month and throughout 2018. Blood donors bring hope and promise to hospital patients who may need blood for their very life. Donors are people like you who play a vital role in modern health care by helping ensure hospitals have blood for patients.

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Older Driver Safety Awareness

Driving helps older adults—persons 65 and older—stay mobile and independent. However, as we age, declines in vision and cognition (ability to reason and remember), and physical changes may affect driving. Certain medical problems such as heart disease, dementia, sleep disorders, and limited hearing and vision place older adults at an increased risk of car crashes. Additionally, medicines, both prescription and over the counter, such as those used for sleep, mood, pain, and/or allergies among others may affect driving safety.

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