Free Health Observances Calendars and Toolkits

healthfinder-logoNational Health Observances (NHOs) are a great time to educate residents and staff about health issues and healthy choices. The only problem is, finding out what is being celebrated when in time to do something about it!

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services makes it easy at They have a calendar of monthly observances and lots of health information, toolkits, and health news. Don’t miss the Older Adult Health page, it will be especially useful for finding health-related articles for your newsletter or next exercise class.

Another excellent resource is the Health Observances and Recognition Days Calendar published annually by Eastern Virginia Medical School. You’ll have to do a Google search each year to find it, but it is very comprehensive, so absolutely worth a little extra effort to locate.

According to our sources, this month is:

  • National Immunization Awareness Month
  • Cataract Awareness Month
  • Psoriasis Awareness Month
  • Relay For Life
  • And more!

There are also week-long and single day observances listed.

What are you doing this month to teach your community more about health issues? Tell us in the comment section below.

About Cindy Heilman

Cindy is the founder and owner of Kind Dining®, which she began in 2006. She’s traveled across the country and Canada working with and training senior living communities that want to create an exceptional dining experience for their residents and staff. In addition, she certifies select professionals in her Kind Dining® philosophy and provides tools, now in an eLearning format, that make learning stick and help people put insights into action. As a result of her work, clients often share their staff has a new sense of purpose, get along better and keep their focus and energy on what matters most. In fact, she wrote a book, Hospitality for Boomers on how to attract residents and keep good team members. In her free time, she enjoys walking Oregon trails and cheering on her favorite soccer teams, the Portland Thorns and Timbers.

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