January 2009 Health Promotions: A lot of planning goes into these annual health awareness campaigns (not to mention the funding that goes towards them.) Information overload tends to cause many of the monthly causes to get lost in the shuffle. Post-holiday apathy likely overshadows the January events even more, so I thought I'd highlight the notable issue of this month.
- Cervical Health Awareness: Get general Information about Cervical Cancer from the National Cancer Institute. Learn more about promoting cervical health from the National Cervical Cancer Coalition.
- Glaucoma Awareness: Glaucoma is the "sneak-thief" of vision because in more than half of all new cases, there were no early warning signs. Learn more about glaucoma from the National Eye Institute. The Glaucoma Research Foundation publishes a free newsletter covering glaucoma issues as well as patient education publications.
- National Birth Defects Prevention: Visit the website of NBDPN for a helpful publications available for download in English or Spanish. The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists also have brochures that shouldn't be overlooked such as: Good Health before Pregnancy: Preconception Care.
- National Blood Donor Month: This time of year blood is in short supply. No wonder January has been recognized as blood donor month since 1970. The American Association of Blood Banks offer a variety of patient education publications online.
- Thyroid Awareness Month: This link takes you to to a list of patient resources covering thyroid health, courtesy of the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists. Download "the neck check" on the site to see how your thyroid measures up.
- National Radon Action Month: Visit the EPA's radon page to learn how you can protect yourself and your family from this odorless gas that can cause cancer.
- Healthy Weight Week, January 18-24: The idea behind healthy weight week is acceptance of our natural weights, avoidance of dieting fads, and adoption of healthy habits. Here's a fun site to visit for Healthy Weight Week Resources.
Happy New Year!