Health Awareness Days 2017

Health Awareness Days in January

Dry January

01-31 Jan 2017 (UK)

Dry January participants often report losing weight, sleeping better, more energy, clearer skin plus huge savings. That’s not a bad return just for cutting out the booze for 31 days.

National Obesity Awareness Week

11-17 Jan 2017 (UK)

Join us in a national New Year’s resolution to help improve the nation’s health. Whether it’s cooking more healthily, avoiding snacks, or being a little more physically active, join in National Obesity Awareness week.

Cervical Cancer Prevention Week

24-30 Jan 2017 (Europe)

Organised cervical cancer screening programmes can prevent up to 80% of cervical cancers. On Cervical Cancer Prevention Week, from 24 to 30 January, we look at symptoms, statistics and facts about the disease.

Health Awareness Days in February

National Heart Month

01-01 Mar 2017 (UK)

Every February we celebrate Heart Month. For this year's Heart Month we encouraged everyone to make small changes towards a healthier lifestyle.

World Cancer Day

04-04 Feb 2017 (World)

A truly global event taking place every year on 4 February, World Cancer Day unites the world’s population in the fight against cancer. It aims to save millions of preventable deaths each year.

OCD Week of Action

15-19 Feb 2017 (UK)

Finding the right support and building up a support network for OCD sufferrers can make a massive difference; it can give you the tools and the strength to fight back and make you feel that you are not facing OCD on your own.

Eating Disorders Awareness Week

27-05 Mar 2017 (World)

Eating Disorders Awareness Week is an international awareness event, fighting the myths and misunderstandings that surround eating disorders. In 2016 we will be putting the spotlight on the impact eating disorders.

Rare Disease Day

28-28 Feb 2017 (World)

On and around this day hundreds of patient organisations from countries and regions all over the world will hold awareness-raising activities based on the slogan Join us in making the voice of rare diseases heard.

Health Awareness Days in March

National Bed Month

01-31 Mar 2017 (UK)

With 31 days dedicated to highlighting improved sleep, National Bed Month in March is the ideal time to get it right between the sheets. And, obvious though it might be, the best place to start when working towards a better night’s sleep is your bed.

Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month

01-31 Mar 2017 (UK)

Ovarian cancer is the biggest gynaecological killer of UK women, with UK survival rates amongst the worst in Europe. Three quarters of women are diagnosed once the cancer has already spread, making treatment more difficult.

Prostate Cancer Awareness Month

01-31 Mar 2017 (UK)

Organised by Prostate Cancer UK, this special month aims to raise awareness of prostate cancer, as well as raise money so the charity can provide even better support to both sufferers and their families. Prostate cancer is the most common cancer in men and it is thought that here in the UK around 36,000 are diagnosed with this terrible disease each year.

No Smoking Day

08-08 Mar 2017 (UK)

No Smoking Day is our yearly big push to get smokers who want to quit started on the path to being ‘Proud Quitters'. Around 10 million people in the UK still smoke, while around 100,000 die every year from smoking-related causes. No Smoking Day is one of the most cost-effective health interventions of its kind, but its success depends on you.

Nutrition & Hydration Week

13-19 Mar 2017 (UK)

Our mission is to create a global movement that will reinforce and focus, energy, activity and engagement on nutrition and hydration as an important part of quality care, experience and safety improvement in health and social care settings.

Brain Awareness Week

13-19 Mar 2017 (UK)

Brain Awareness Week (BAW) is the global campaign to increase public awareness of the progress and benefits of brain research. Every March, BAW unites the efforts of partner organizations worldwide in a celebration of the brain for people of all ages.

National Salt Awareness Week

20-26 Mar 2017 (UK)

The UK is still well away from the maximum daily salt limit of 6g. It is much harder to eat less salt when eating out in restaurants and ordering takeaway, so for this years Salt Awareness Week we asked all companies to think with their hearts and add less salt!

Health Awareness Days in April

Bowel Cancer Awareness Month

01-30 Apr 2017 (UK)

Screening can save lives but at the moment in some areas of the UK only a third of those who receive a test complete it. Thousands of people are missing out on the chance to detect bowel cancer early when it is easier to treat. Screening will help stop people dying from bowel cancer. We can all raise awareness of bowel cancer screening this Bowel Cancer Awareness Month.

World Health Day

07-07 Apr 2017 (World)

World Health Day 2016: Action needed to halt rise in diabetes. The number of people living with diabetes has nearly quadrupled since 1980 to 422 million adults, with most living in developing countries. WHO is marking World Health Day, 7 April, by calling for action on diabetes. In its first “Global report on diabetes”, WHO highlights the need to step up prevention and treatment of the disease.

Allergy Awareness Week

24-30 Apr 2017 (UK)

Allergy UK runs a series of annual awareness weeks to draw attention to the plight of the allergy sufferer. These weeks highlight the issues faced by those with allergies, and are designed to get people talking about allergy at key times throughout the year.

Health Awareness Days in May

National Walking Month

01-31 May 2017 (UK)

May is National Walking Month. National Walking Month is a campaign to promote the benefits of walking and to get everyone walking, no matter what your level of fitness is. Walking is simple and free and one of the easiest ways to be more active, lose weight and become healthier.

World Asthma Day

02-02 May 2017 (World)

World Asthma Day is an annual event organized by the Global Initiative for Asthma with a goal to improve asthma awareness and care around the world. The event will call attention to the health issue, asthma sufferers deal with the problem year round.

Sun Awareness Week

08-14 May 2017 (UK)

Sun Awareness Week will be taking place from 9-16 May 2016 - time to get out your shades and your sun protection lotions and get ready for a summer of safe fun in the sun. The week aims to raise awareness of skin cancer and exposure to the sun.

Mental Health Awareness Week

08-14 May 2017 (UK)

Mental Health Awareness Week 2016 takes place from 16-22 May, with the theme of relationships. Good relationships help us live longer and happier lives with fewer physical and mental health problems.

World No Tobacco Day

31-31 May 2017 (World)

World No Tobacco Day (WNTD) is observed around the world every year on May 31. It is intended to encourage a 24-hour period of abstinence from all forms of tobacco consumption around the globe.

Health Awareness Days in June

Men's Health Week

12-18 Jun 2017 (UK)

Men's Health Week takes place from 13-19 June 2016. We all know men are the first to complain when it comes to ‘man flu,’ but when it comes to more serious health problems, men are often too shy or embarrassed to come forward and speak to a GP.

World Blood Donor Day

14-14 Jun 2017 (World)

Every year on 14 June, countries around the world celebrate World Blood Donor Day (WBDD). The event, established in 2004, serves to raise awareness of the need for safe blood and blood products, and to thank blood donors for their voluntary, life-saving gifts of blood.

Health Awareness Days in September

National Blood Cancer Awareness Month

01-30 Sep 2017 (World)

Due in large part to the Lymphoma Research Foundation's (LRF) Advocacy Program, September was designated as National Blood Cancer Awareness Month in 2010 by the United States Congress. Since then, LRF has been a leader in raising public awareness about lymphoma and Blood Cancer Awareness Month.

World Suicide Prevention Day

10-10 Sep 2017 (World)

The World Health Organization estimates that over 800,000 people die by suicide each year – that’s one person every 40 seconds. Up to 25 times as many again make a suicide attempt. The tragic ripple effect means that there are many, many more people who have been bereaved by suicide or have been close to someone who has tried to take his or her own life.

Know Your Numbers Week

18-21 Sep 2017 (UK)

Know Your Numbers Week, has nothing to do with counting or maths but a whole lot to do with your health. Organised by the Blood Pressure UK, Know Your Numbers Week is designed to educate you and I about the health complications associated with high blood pressure. It's also about encouraging us to monitor our blood pressure - in short, to get to know our numbers!

National Eye Health Week

21-27 Sep 2017 (UK)

The seventh annual National Eye Health Week (NEHW) will take place 21 – 27 September 2017. Once again, eye care charities, organisations and health professionals from across the UK are joining together to promote the importance of eye health and the need for regular sight tests for all. Vision really matters.

Health Awareness Days in October

Back Care Awareness Week

02-08 Oct 2017 (UK)

Back Care Awareness Week aims to put the spotlight on the prevention of neck and back pain in the workplace. Back pain is more important than you might think, especially when it starts to become a problem for people at work. It’s one of the most common causes of sickness absence and 80 per cent of the population will suffer with back pain at some point in their lives.

World Mental Health Day

10-10 Oct 2017 (World)

World Mental Health Day, hosted by the World Federation of Mental Health, is on 10 October each year. To help mark the occasion, we're raising awareness of what can be done to ensure that people with mental health problems can live with dignity.

Health Awareness Days in November

National Stress Awareness Day

01-01 Nov 2017 (UK)

The National Stress Awareness Day, is held to celebrate helping people to beat stress. The theme this year is is the – ” Seven Ages of Stress”

Movember Men's Health Awareness Month

01-30 Nov 2017 (UK)

The Movember Foundation is a global charity committed to men living happier, healthier, longer lives. Since 2003, millions have joined the men’s health movement, raising £402 million and funding over 1,000 projects focusing on prostate cancer, testicular cancer, poor mental health and physical inactivity.

World Diabetes Day

14-14 Nov 2017 (World)

World Diabetes Day is a year-long campaign to reflect the realities of dealing with a chronic condition. The theme of WDD 2016 will be 'Eyes on diabetes'