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October, Month of Causes

Updated on October 24, 2012
Walkers for Breast Cancer
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For the health activist, October is by far the busiest month of the year, chock full of walk-a-thons and other health-related awareness campaigns. By now, after 20 years of the American Cancer Society Making Strides for Breast Cancer campaign, everyone knows that October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. But did you know that October is also Domestic Violence Awareness Month, National Bullying Prevention Month, and National Down Syndrome Awareness Month, to name a few of the biggies? And did you know that there are even more worthy causes that raise awareness in October besides these relatively better-known ones?

White Cane Day
White Cane Day | Source

Other Worthy Causes

The official calendar of National Health Observances in the United States lists many more worthy health causes. For those who believe the eyes have it and are dedicated to seeing to it that everyone's eyes are protected, October is also Eye Injury Prevention and Home Eye Safety Month; October 15th was White Cane Day, to raise awareness of the importance of the white cane in the life of the blind. It is also Sudden Infant Death Syndrome Awareness Month. And October celebrates Health Literacy and the people who help us with that by guarding the repositories of health-field related knowledge, medical librarians.

National Fire Prevention Week
National Fire Prevention Week | Source

All In a Week's Work

October 2012 kicked off with Drive Safely to Work Week, October 1-5. National Fire Prevention Week followed October 7-13, along with Bone and Joint Health National Awareness Week from the 12th to the 20th. The week of October 14-20 is fairly busy with ADHD Awareness Week, International Infection Prevention Week, and National Health Education Week activities cramming the third week in October. The month is rounded out by Respiratory Care Week (October 21-27) and the National Family Partnership's Red Ribbon Week (October 23-31), the theme of which this year is "The Best Me Is Drug Free."

A Day (or Two) for All

There is also a day or two throughout the month dedicated to yet other causes; the second Wednesday of October is Stop America's Violence Everywhere (SAVE) Day. October 15th was White Cane Safety Day and National Latino AIDS Awareness Day (September 15 through October 15 is National Hispanic Heritage Month) while the 16th honored World Food Day. Monday, October 22nd, will highlight stuttering with International Stuttering Awareness Day and the month's health activism comes to a close on October 29th with World Psoriasis Day.

so, if you're looking for a health cause to champion and volunteer for, October is a great month to explore and donate your energy, resources, and time! (But, word of advice if you're looking to place a new cause on the national calendar, October is probably the worst month to do it in, since it's already pretty crowded!)

© 2012 Everymom/Language Development Company

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