National Birth Defects Prevention Month
The mission of the National Birth Defects Prevention Network is to establish and maintain a national network of state and population-based programs for birth defects surveillance and research to assess the impact of birth defects upon children, families, and health care; to identify factors that can be used to develop primary prevention strategies; and to assist families and their providers in secondary disabilities prevention.
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Cataract Awareness Month
Since its founding in 1896, the American Academy of Ophthalmology has been an institution dedicated to the advancement of ophthalmic education. Established in 1980, the Foundation of the American Academy of Ophthalmology raises financial support and implements programs that advance ophthalmic education resulting in the best possible eye care for the public.
Funds raised by the Academy Foundation are used to:
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Cervical Cancer Awareness Month
The National Cervical Cancer Coalition (NCCC) founded in 1997 is a grassroots nonprofit organization dedicated to serving women with, or at risk for, cervical cancer and HPV disease. Over 4,000 members have joined the NCCC; Members include women and family members/caregivers/friends, women's groups, cytotechnologists, pathologists, clinicians, laboratories, technology companies, cancer researchers, hospitals, organizations providing cervical cancer screening programs, and other related associations.
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National Glaucoma Awareness Month
We seek out new approaches to glaucoma research, and we follow the funding through to results. Our continuing commitment has led to important and promising insights. Glaucoma is a group of diseases that can steal sight without warning or symptoms. Three million Americans have it. Only half know.
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National Volunteer Blood Donor Month
January is National Volunteer Blood Donor Month (NVBDM). To increase awareness of blood donation the nations leading blood donation organizations, America's Blood Centers, AABB, and the American Red Cross, have joined together to promote NVBDM. First-time and regular donors are encouraged to make a difference to their communities by scheduling an appointment to give blood this January. Remember, just one pint of blood can help save up to three lives.
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Thyroid Awareness Month
Founded in 1923, the American Thyroid Association is a professional society of 900 U.S. and international physicians and scientists who specialize in the research and treatment of thyroid diseases. The Association is dedicated to promoting scientific and public understanding of the biology of the thyroid gland and its disorders, so as to improve methods for prevention, diagnosis, and management. The Association fosters excellence in research, patient care, and education of patients, the public, and the medical and scientific communities. The Association also guides public policy about the prevention and management of thyroid diseases.
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National Folic Acid Awareness Week
The National Council on Folic Acid (NCFA) is a partnership of over 80 national organizations and associations, state folic acid councils and government agencies whose mission is to improve health by promoting the benefits and consumption of folic acid. NCFA is managed by the National Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies Coalition (www.hmhb.org) through a cooperative agreement with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. NCFA was created in 1998 in response to that need.
Founding members of NCFA:
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National Personal Self-Defense Awareness Month
The American Women's Self Defense Association (AWSDA) is an international, non-profit, educational organization, made up of women and men who are dedicated to ending violence against women by providing training programs for instructors and services for women, designed to increase their awareness of self defense and rape prevention.
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Healthy Weight Awareness
Healthy Weight Week celebrates a healthy nondiet lifestyle for everyone. It helps people move ahead to health-promoting habits they can live with the rest of their lives Ð sound habits that prevent eating and weight problems instead of intensifying them. Healthy Weight Week is a time to stop dieting and get on with living our lives in healthy ways, feeling good about ourselves and others.
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National Poverty in America Awareness Month
One in six American children still lives below the poverty line. The Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CDHD) invests in community-based solutions. They know no religious boundaries. They support projects that break the poverty cycle for good.
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Martin Luther King Day of Service
In 1994 Congress passed the King Holiday and Service Act, designating the King Holiday as a national day of volunteer service. Instead of a day off from work or school, Congress asked Americans of all backgrounds and ages to celebrate Dr. King's legacy by turning community concerns into citizen action. The King Day of Service brings together people who might not ordinarily meet, breaks down barriers that have divided us in the past, leads to better understanding and ongoing relationships, and is an opportunity to recruit new volunteers for your ongoing work.
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Family Fit Lifestyle Month
Visit the Health and Human Services campaign for a healthier lifestyle. The United States Department of Health and Human Services provides the public with information and services regarding general health, diseases, treatments, and more.
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Financial Wellness Month
MyMoney.gov is the U.S. government's website dedicated to teaching all Americans the basics about financial education. Whether you are planning to buy a home, balancing your checkbook, or investing in your 401k, the resources on MyMoney.gov can help you do it better. Throughout the site, you will find important information from 20 federal agencies government wide.
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National Mentoring Month
National Mentoring Month (NMM) highlights mentoring and the positive impact it can have on young lives. Spearheaded by the Harvard Mentoring Project, MENTOR and the Corporation for National and Community Service, the first-ever NMM was held in January 2002. This month-long outreach campaign focuses national attention on the need for mentors, as well as how each of us- individuals, businesses, government agencies, schools, faith communities and nonprofits can work together to increase the number of mentors and assure brighter futures for our young people.
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National Cut Your Energy Costs Day
The Alliance to Save Energy is a 501(c)3 that promotes energy efficiency worldwide to achieve a healthier economy, a cleaner environment, and greater energy security.
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