Friday, February 24, 2006

National Eating Disorders Awareness Week: February 26th - March 4th

National Eating Disorders Awareness WeekNational Eating Disorders Awareness WeekThe National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA) is dedicated to expanding public understanding of eating disorders and promoting access to quality treatment for those affected along with support for their families through education, advocacy and research.

NEDA presented Paula Abdul with its highest honor, the "Profiles in Living Award”. Abdul stated, "I have received awards, but nothing like this. This is the true achievement in my life because I wouldn't have a life if I didn't get through this." Abdul, a celebrity judge on television's top-rated American Idol and an award-winning singer, dancer, choreographer and designer, is an Ambassador for NEDA and was an early outspoken celebrity to share her own battle with an eating disorder.

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Friday, February 17, 2006

National Porphyria Week: February 19th - 25th

National Porphyria WeekNational Porphyria WeekThe American Porphyria Foundation is dedicated to improving the health and well-being of individuals and families affected by porphyria. Their mission is to:

  • Enhance public awareness about porphyria
  • Develop educational programs and distributing educational material for patients and physicians
  • Support research to improve treatment and ultimately lead to a cure

    The APF also serves as an advocate on your behalf to other public, private, and government agencies interested in funding research and educational programs.

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  • Wednesday, February 15, 2006

    National Women's Heart Day: February 17th

    Sister To SisterSister To SisterDid you know that women's heart disease is the number one killer of women in the United States? One out of every three women will die of heart disease. That's the bad news but the good news is that women's heart disease is often preventable. Sister to Sister, a national grassroots nonprofit organization, exists solely to bring free heart disease screenings and "heart-healthy" prevention information and support to all women in order to prevent heart disease, the number one killer of women today.

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    Monday, February 13, 2006

    National Organ Donor Day: February 14th

    Organ DonorOrgan DonorOver 90,000 people are waiting for the gift of life. Each day, about 74 people receive an organ transplant. However, 17 people die each day waiting for transplants that can't take place because of the shortage of donated organs. The official U.S. Government web site for organ and tissue donation and transplantation,, is maintained by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), Healthcare Systems Bureau (HSB), Division of Transplantation, an agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human. The Division also administers grant programs and conducts public and professional education initiatives to increase awareness of the critical need for organ and tissue donors.

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    National Condom Day: February 14th

    The American Social Health Association is recognized by the public, patients, providers and policy makers for developing and delivering accurate, medically reliable information about STDs. Public and college health clinics across the US order ASHA educational pamphlets and books to give to clients and students. Community-based organizations depend on ASHA, too, to help communicate about risk, transmission, prevention, testing and treatment.

    ASHA is a trusted, non-governmental resource that has advocated on behalf of patients to help improve public health outcomes since 1914. You can be assured that the information you find on this Web site is based upon well-researched and documented medical facts and follows approved treatment guidelines as recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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    Congenital Heart Defect Awareness Day: February 14th

    Congenital Heart Defect Awareness DayCongenital Heart Defect Awareness DayThe Congenital Heart Information Network (C.H.I.N.) is an international organization that provides reliable information, support services and resources to families of children with congenital heart defects and acquired heart disease, adults with congenital heart defects, and the professionals who work with them.

    Congenital Heart Disease is considered to be the most common birth defect, and is a leading cause of birth defect related deaths worldwide.

    Read more at the... Congenital Heart Information Network

    Friday, February 10, 2006

    National Cardiac Rehabilitation Week: February 12th - 18th

    AACVPRAACVPRThe mission statement of the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation is: To reduce morbidity, mortality, and disability from cardiovascular and pulmonary diseases through education, prevention, rehabilitation, research, and aggressive disease management.

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    Duchenne Muscular Distrophy Awareness Week: February 12th - 18th

    Duchenne MD Awareness WeekDuchenne MD Awareness WeekThe Muscular Dystrophy Association is a voluntary health agency— a dedicated partnership between scientists and concerned citizens aimed at conquering neuromuscular diseases that affect more than a million Americans. MDA combats neuromuscular diseases through programs of worldwide research, comprehensive medical and community services, and far-reaching professional and public health education.

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    National Child Passenger Safety Awareness Week: February 12th - 18th

    NHTSANHTSAThe National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is dedicated to achieving the highest standards of excellence in motor vehicle and highway safety. The agency strives to exceed the expectations of its customers through its core values of Integrity, Service and Leadership.

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    National Children of Alcoholics Week: February 12th - 18th

    National Children of Alcoholics Week

    An estimated one in four U.S. children are exposed to a family alcohol problem, and countless others are affected by familial drug abuse. These young people are at increased risk of a range of problems, including physical illness, emotional disturbances, behavior problems, lower educational performance, and susceptibility to alcoholism or other addiction later in life.This is why the National Association for Children of Alcoholics (NACoA) and its affiliates promote Children of Alcoholics Week.

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    Friday, February 03, 2006

    National Burn Awareness Week: February 5th - 11th

    The American Burn Association is dedicated to improving the lives of everyone affected by burn injury.

    Burn AssociationBurn Association
    Members efforts and resources help to promote and support burn-related research, education, care, rehabilitation, and prevention. The ABA has more than 3,500 members in the United States, Canada, Europe, Asia, and Latin America. Members include physicians, nurses, occupational and physical therapists, researchers, social workers, firefighters, and hospitals with burn centers. Their multidisciplinary membership enhances ability to work toward common goals with other organizations on educational/prevention programs.

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    Wednesday, February 01, 2006

    Give Kids A Smile Day: February 3rd

    Give Kids A SmileGive Kids A SmileThe American Dental Association created Give Kids A Smile to build support for public and private solutions that will help underserved children get regular oral health care. Held each February, Give Kids A Smile provides free oral health education, screening and treatment services to children from low-income families across the country.

    Carly PattersonCarly Patterson
    Olympic gold medalist Carly Patterson turns 17 on Feb. 4, but she won't be celebrating in the usual fashion. Instead, Carly will share her birthday with several hundred children in New York City at an event to raise national awareness about the importance of access to dental care for underserved children.

    Read more about... Give Kids a Smile