Help spread the word about National Physical Fitness & Sports Month, Hepatitis Awareness Month, National Stroke Awareness Month, and National Women's Health Week in May.
Each month, we feature select National Health Observances (NHOs) that highlight issues affecting health across the nation. The NHOs in our May roundup help raise awareness about physical activity, hepatitis, stroke, and women’s health.
To make it easy for you to join the conversation, we’ve provided links to resources you can use to promote these NHOs. Help spread the word and advocate for better health in your community!
National Physical Fitness & Sports Month
The President’s Council on Sports, Fitness & Nutrition encourages everyone to #MoveInMay during National Physical Fitness & Sports Month! Spread the word about the benefits of physical activity using our Move Your Way campaignActivity Planner. You can also encourage people to get active using our MyHealthfinder resource, and check out national physical activity data in the Healthy People 2020 Physical Activity topic area.
- Hepatitis Awareness Month
Each May, the Division of Viral Hepatitis at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) raises awareness about hepatitis and encourages people at risk to get tested. Get involved using CDC’s resources for Hepatitis Awareness Month and Hepatitis Testing Day. You can also check out national objectives related to hepatitis in the Healthy People 2020 Immunization and Infectious Diseases topic area. And be sure to share MyHealthfinder’s easy-to-understand materials about hepatitis B and hepatitis C.
- National Stroke Awareness Month
The National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) uses the month of May to raise awareness about risk factors for stroke and ways to improve brain health. Healthy People 2020’s Heart Disease and Stroke topic area has data and resources for health professionals — and MyHealthfinder’s stroke resource has information to help people lower their risk. You can also spread the word about stroke prevention with CDC's Stroke Communications Kit.
- National Women’s Health Week
This year, the Office on Women’s Health (OWH) will celebrate National Women’s Health Week from May 10 to May 16. Learn about key women’s health issues by browsing objectives in the Healthy People 2020 Maternal, Infant, and Child Health topic area. You can also encourage women to get preventive health care each year with our user-friendly MyHealthfinder resource. And be sure to check the health.gov blog often — we’ll be sharing some special posts for Women’s Health Week!
We hope you’ll use these resources to promote important NHOs on your channels and with your networks. Together, we can take steps to improve the nation’s health.