Each month, we feature select National Health Observances (NHOs) that align with our priorities for improving health across the nation. In September, we’re raising awareness about healthy aging, childhood obesity, substance use recovery, sickle cell, and HIV/AIDS.
We’ve pulled together some resources to help you spread the word about these NHOs with your audiences. We hope you’ll join the conversation!
- Healthy Aging Month
Every September, we recognize Healthy Aging Month to promote ways people can stay healthy as they age. Explore our efforts to promote health for older adults, bookmark the Healthy People 2030 Healthy Aging Custom List, share our Move Your Way® materials, or check out the Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans Midcourse Report — it’s all about strategies to help older adults stay active.
- National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recognizes National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month as a time to raise awareness about preventing childhood obesity. Take a look at CDC’s tips to help families support healthy routines for kids and teens. You can also use our MyHealthfinder resources for parents on helping kids stay at a healthy weight and making healthy snack choices. And to help families get more active, check out our Move Your Way® materials for parents.
- National Recovery Month
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) sponsors National Recovery Month to raise awareness about mental health and addiction recovery. Share our MyHealthfinder resources on substance use and misuse — and be sure to check out Healthy People 2030’s evidence-based resources related to drug and alcohol use.
- National Sickle Cell Awareness Month
National Sickle Cell Awareness Month is a time to raise awareness and support people living with sickle cell disease. Help your community learn about sickle cell disease by sharing these resources from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI). You can also encourage new and expecting parents to learn about screening their newborn baby for sickle cell. And be sure to view our Healthy People 2030 objectives on improving health for people who have blood disorders.
- National HIV/AIDS and Aging Awareness Day (9/18)
On September 18, we observe HIV/AIDS and Aging Awareness Day to raise awareness of HIV and encourage older adults to get tested. Share CDC’s Let’s Stop HIV Together campaign and social media toolkit to help promote HIV testing, prevention, and treatment. MyHealthfinder also has information for consumers about getting tested for HIV and actionable questions for the doctor about HIV testing. Finally, share these evidence-based resources on sexually transmitted infections from Healthy People 2030.
- National Gay Men’s HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (9/27)
National Gay Men’s HIV/AIDS Awareness Day on September 27 is a time to raise awareness about the impact of HIV on gay and bisexual men. Get involved by sharing CDC’s social media toolkit and HIV information to encourage men to get tested — and share our MyHealthfinder resources to help people get tested for HIV and talk with their doctor about testing.
We hope you’ll join us in promoting these important NHOs with your networks to help improve health across the nation!