Each month we highlight National Health Observances (NHOs) that align with our mission to improve health across the United States. In August we’re raising awareness about immunization, breastfeeding, and children’s eye health and safety.
Below, we’ve pulled together some resources that you can use to promote these NHOs with your networks and help us advocate for better health!
- National Immunization Awareness Month
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) sponsors National Immunization Awareness Month in August to highlight the importance of vaccination for people of all ages. Use CDC’s educational and promotional resources to encourage people to stay up to date on recommended vaccines during the COVID-19 pandemic. You can also share our MyHealthfinder vaccine resources to help people learn about vaccines they need to stay healthy. And it’s a great time to explore Healthy People 2030 Vaccination objectives to learn about national efforts to increase vaccination rates.
- National Breastfeeding Month
The United States Breastfeeding Committee celebrates National Breastfeeding Month each August. You can share our easy-to-understand MyHealthfinder resource on breastfeeding — along with tips for eating healthy while breastfeeding. And be sure to check out the Healthy People 2030 Infants objectives to learn about national efforts to increase breastfeeding rates.
- Children’s Eye Health and Safety Month
The American Academy of Ophthalmology sponsors Children’s Eye Health and Safety Month in August to highlight the importance of protecting children’s vision. Use these kid-friendly resources from the National Eye Institute (NEI) to help children learn about eye health. You can also share our MyHealthfinder resource to encourage parents to get their kids’ vision checked. Finally, explore the Healthy People 2030 Sensory or Communication objectives to learn about efforts to improve the visual health of all Americans, including children and adolescents.
We hope you’ll use these resources to promote important NHOs on your channels. Together, we can improve health in communities across the United States.