America is well-known for many organizations claiming a month to promote awareness.
For May, I counted 70 National Months of “fill in blank”, everything from Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month to Young Achievers of Tomorrow Month and there are probably many more.
I can only cover a few, but if there are some I left out (non-commercial May Awareness subject and sites only), or more information to add to a specific one, please add such to the comments and I will publish the on-going discussion threads.
National Mental Health Month http://www.mentalhealthamerica.net/may
There are many ways we stay mentally healthy, understand and emphasize with those who are struggling, and move beyond the stigma and shame to stage of helping and moving forward.
Better Sleep Month http://www.whathealth.com/awareness/event/bettersleepmonth.html
“Sleep-starved Americans are in the midst of a national sleep epidemic, yet consciously choose against getting more rest.”
Correct Posture Month http://www.whathealth.com/awareness/event/correctposturemonth.html
Guilty. I definitely have to enter a guilty plea on this one. Contributing poor posture factors include: “Sedentary activities such as sitting, reading, playing video games, using a computer…”
National Stroke Awareness Month http://www.whathealth.com/awareness/event/stroke.html
Even though I have listed the FAST acronym of things to check if there is a suspected stroke go to the site and learn much more.
F = Face: Does the face droop on one side when the person smiles?
A = Arm: After raising both arms, does one of the arms drift downwards?
S = Speech: After repeating a simple phrase, does the persons speech sound slurred or strange?
T = Time: In the US call 9-1-1 if any of the above are true (in the UK call 999)
High Blood Pressure Month http://www.cdc.gov/bloodpressure/hbp_education_month.htm
This covers everything you need to know about high blood pressure, the risks, the solutions, and just what is considered normal. See above about the risk of stroke.
National May Health Months: http://www.whathealth.com/awareness/may.html
Go to the above National May Health Month site for information on the following:
ALS, Arthritis, Asthma and Allergy, Better Hearing and Speech, Better Sleep, Celiac, Clean Air, Correct Posture, Cystic Fibrosis, Hepatitus, Huntington’s Disease, Lyme Disease, Multiple Sclerosis, Cancer Research, Crohns and Colitis, High Blood Pressure Education, Lupus, Melanoma Skin Cancer, Mental Health, Neurofibromatosis, Osteoporosis, Physiotherapy, Stroke Awareness
On the lighter side it is Personal History Month http://www.your-life-your-story.com/May-Is-Personal-History-Awareness-Month.html
According to their website: “The month of May is set aside by personal historians as the month to generate awareness about the importance of personal history. The Association of Personal Historians (APH) officially recognizes this month and encourages people to do something to preserve their personal and/or family history.”
National May Foods http://hstrial-psvoboda.homestead.com/Mayfoodcalendar.html
Foods not only for the month of May, but day by day celebrations of various foods.
On the National May Food celebrations: Barbecue, Hamburger, Salad, Salsa, Strawberry, Egg, Asparagus, Chocolate Custard, and Beef
From the serious (Action for Brain Injury) to the comedic (Be Nice to Nettles). Also a place where you can start your own national awareness day.
Get Caught Reading Month http://www.daysoftheyear.com/days/get-caught-reading-month/
See also: Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month, Haitian Heritage Month, Jewish-American Heritage Month, Awareness of Medical Orphans Month, Family Wellness Month, Foot Health Month,
Go Fetch! Food Drive for Homeless Animals Month, Heal the Children Month, Meditation Month, National Foster Care Month, National Family Month, National Military Appreciation Month National, National Revise Your Work Schedule Month, Teen Self-Esteem Month…
PLEASE LET ME KNOW IF I HAVE LEFT ANY (non-commercial) AWARENESS MONTHS OUT by using the comment field to continue the discussion or add information to those of importance to you.