Each month, we feature select National Health Observances (NHOs) that align with our priorities for improving health nationwide. To help you spread the word, we’ve gathered resources that you can use to promote these NHOs with your networks and communities. This month, we’re raising awareness about physical fitness and sports, healthy aging, women’s health, mental health, stroke, healthy vision, and hepatitis.
Use the resources below to join the conversation and advocate for better health!
- National Physical Fitness & Sports Month
Each May ODPHP supports National Physical Fitness & Sports Month — an opportunity to raise awareness about the benefits of physical activity! Encourage people to get active using our Move Your Way® campaign materials and Activity Planner to build personalized weekly activity plans. And share our MyHealthfinder resources on physical activity. Take a look at the Healthy People 2030 Physical Activity objectives to learn about national efforts to improve quality of life through physical activity.
- Older Americans Month
The Administration for Community Living sponsors Older Americans Month in May to focus national attention on older Americans. This year’s theme is Age My Way, an opportunity for us all to explore the many ways older adults can remain in and involved with their communities. Join the conversation by using ACLS’s sharable materials. And share our easy-to-understand MyHealthfinder resource to encourage adults to protect their health as they grow older. If you’re interested in national efforts to improve health for older adults, check out the Healthy People 2030 Older Adults objectives.
- National Women’s Health Week
The Office on Women’s Health (OWH) is sponsoring National Women’s Health Week on May 8 to 14 to encourage women and girls to make their health a priority. Use OWH’s social media and promotional tools to spread the word with your social networks. And share our MyHealthfinder resource on well-woman visits to encourage women to stay on top of their preventive health care. Lastly, review Healthy People 2030 objectives aimed at promoting women's health.
- Mental Health Awareness Month
During May, ODPHP observes Mental Health Awareness Month to raise awareness about mental illness. Get involved by sharing our MyHealthfinder resources to help people learn about Mental Health and Relationships. Don’t forget to explore Healthy People 2030’s Mental Health and Mental Disorders objectives to learn about efforts to improve mental health.
- National Stroke Awareness Month
The National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) sponsors National Stroke Awareness Month in May to help people learn about risk factors for stroke. Use this Stroke Communications Kit from The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) to help educate the public about the basics of stroke. Check out the Healthy People 2030 Heart Disease and Stroke objectives to learn about national targets for improving heart health. Also, be sure to share our MyHealthfinder resource on how to reduce the risk of stroke.
- Healthy Vision Month
The National Eye Institute (NEI) sponsors Healthy Vision Month each May. Use NEI’s Healthy Vision Month Social Media Library to spread the word about healthy vision and encourage your audiences to learn how to protect their eye health. You can also share our MyHealthfinder resource on protecting kids’ vision with parents in your community. And don’t forget to track on the Healthy People 2030 objectives related to sensory or communication disorders.
- Hepatitis Awareness Month
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) sponsors Hepatitis Awareness Month in May to raise awareness about viral hepatitis and hepatitis testing. Join the conversation by using CDC’s promotional resources. You can also share our consumer-friendly MyHealthfinder resources to help people learn about steps to prevent hepatitis B and screening for hepatitis C. Finally, check out Healthy People 2030 objectives aimed at reducing rates of infectious diseases.
We hope you’ll use these resources to help spread the word about these important NHOs!