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Health Observances, 2016

Below is a selected list of national health observances, holidays, and other special times of year and links to additional information. Use it to help promote a healthy lifestyle for you, your family, and your community.

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Cervical Health Awareness Month
National Stalking Awareness Month
National Birth Defects Prevention Month
National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month

January 1

New Year's Day

January 10-16

National Folic Acid Awareness Week
  • Pregnancy and Reproductive Health: Women's Health Topics A-Z
  • Folic Acid


International Prenatal Infection Prevention Month
National Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month

February 2

National Girls and Women in Sports Day

February 5

National Wear Red Day, American Heart Month

February 14

Valentine's Day

February 21-27

National Eating Disorders Awareness Week


National Endometriosis Awareness Month
Women's History Month
Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month

March 10

National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day


Prom Season
Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month
Women's Eye Health and Safety Month

April 24-30

National Infertility Awareness Week

April 27

Administrative Professionals Day


American Stroke Month
Lupus Awareness Month
  • Arthritis: Women's Health Topics A-Z
  • Lupus
National Arthritis Awareness Month
  • Arthritis: Women's Health Topics A-Z
  • Arthritis
National Osteoporosis Awareness and Prevention Month
National Teen Pregnancy Prevention Month
  • Pregnancy and Reproductive Health: Women's Health Topics A-Z
  • Teen Pregnancy
Preeclampsia Awareness Month

May 8

Mother's Day

May 9

National Women's Check-Up Day

May 12

Fibromyalgia Awareness Day
National Women's Check-Up Day

May 8-14

National Women's Health Week

May 31

World No Tobacco Day


National Scleroderma Awareness Month
National Congenital Cytomegalovirus Awareness Month


International Group B Strep Awareness Month


National Breastfeeding Month
National Immunization Awareness Month

August 1

National Girlfriends Day

August 1-7

World Breastfeeding Week
  • Pregnancy and Reproductive Health: Women's Health Topics A-Z
  • Breastfeeding


Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month
National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month
Fruits & Veggies – More Matters Month

September 24

National Women's Health and Fitness Day™


National Breast Cancer Awareness Month
National Domestic Violence Awareness Month

October 11

Day of the Girl

October 21

National Mammography Day


December 1

World AIDS Day