Each month, we highlight National Health Observances (NHOs) that align with our mission to improve health across the United States. In October, we’re raising awareness about health literacy, breast cancer, the benefits of youth sports, and HIV/AIDS in Latinx communities.
We’ve gathered some resources below that you can use to join the conversation and spread the word about these NHOs with your networks.
- Health Literacy Month
Every October, we celebrate Health Literacy Month to highlight the important role health literacy plays in improving health for people in the United States. Start by exploring Healthy People 2030’s Health Literacy literature summary to find definitions of health literacy and browse related objectives and evidence-based resources. Our health literacy resources for health professionals highlight ways you can incorporate health literacy strategies in your work — like by using the research-based guidelines in Health Literacy Online to develop web content based on health literacy best practices. Finally, check out the MyHealthfinder tool to connect people with easy-to-understand information about preventive health services.
- National Breast Cancer Awareness Month
Finding breast cancer early is key to successful treatment. That’s why every October, we come together to raise awareness about the disease and to encourage people to get tested. Check out our MyHealthfinder resources to learn about getting tested for breast cancer and starting the conversation with a doctor — and link your audiences to this FAQ on mammograms from the Office on Women’s Health (OWH).
- National Youth Sports Week (October 2-7)
During the week of October 2–7, we observe National Youth Sports Week to celebrate the positive impact of sports on young people’s physical and mental health. Explore the National Youth Sports Strategy (NYSS) and related resources, like the Move Your Way® materials to help parents get their kids active. And if your organization works to promote youth sports, consider becoming an NYSS Champion!
- National Latinx AIDS Awareness Day
October 15 marks National Latinx AIDS Awareness Day. It’s an opportunity to shine a light on the disproportionate impact of HIV and AIDS on Hispanic/Latinx communities — and to address HIV stigma. Share CDC’s social media posts and graphics to help promote HIV testing, prevention, and treatment. And be sure to check out our MyHealthfinder resource on getting tested for HIV and helpful questions for the doctor about testing.
We hope you’ll help us share these important NHOs with your networks! Together, we can take steps toward a healthier nation.