Wellness Calendar May 2016

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Mental Health MonthMental Health Month

National Night Shift Worker's DayNight Shift Worker’s Day

Employee Health and Fitness DayEmployee Health & Fitness Day

Flexible Work Arrangements WeekFlexible Work Arrangements Week

Use the awareness events listed below for programming ideas at your workplace. Build them into events such as workshops, displays and health fairs or gather articles and tips for your company newsletter, blog or eposts. Check out the Stress and Wellness Blog for statistics and strategies related to many of the celebrations listed below.

Awareness Months

  • ALS Awareness Month
  • Arthritis Awareness Month
  • Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month   (US)
  • Better Sleep Month   (US)
  • Borderline Personality Awareness Month
  • Brain Tumor Awareness Month   (US)
  • Celiac Disease Awareness Month
  • Clean Air Month   (US)
  • Correct Posture Month  (US)                              * Blog
  • Creative Beginnings Month
  • Cystic Fibrosis Month (CND)
  • Family Wellness Month
  • Fibromyalgia Education And Awareness Month
  • Global Civility Awareness Month
  • Global Health and Fitness Month
  • Golf Month
  • Foot Health Month   (CND)                                    * Blog
  • Healthy Vision Month   (US)
  • Hepatitis Awareness Month    (CND)
  • Huntington’s Disease Awareness Month   (CND)
  • Lupus Awareness Month
  • Lyme Diseases Awareness Month  (US)
  • Medic Alert Awareness Month    (CND)
  • Melanoma/Skin Detection and Prevention Month
  • Mental Health Month   (CND)
  • Motorcycle Safety Month
  • National Arthritis Month and Annual Arthritis Walk  (US)
  • National Barbeque Month
  • National Better Hearing Month
  • National Bike Month   (US)
  • National Digestive Diseases Awareness Month   (US)
  • National Egg Month                                                       * Blog
  • National Foster Care Month
  • National Good Car Keeping Month
  • National Health And Fitness Month                         * Blog
  • National Hepatitis Awareness Month
  • National High Blood Pressure Education Month    (US)
  • National Meditation Month
  • National Mental Health Month
  • National Neurofibromatosis Month   (US)
  • National Osteoporosis Awareness and Prevention Month    (US)
  • National Photo Month
  • National Physical Fitness and Sports Month  (US)
  • National Physiotherapy Month  (CND)
  • National Salad Month
  • National Sight-Saving Month  (US)
  • National Smile Month
  • National Stroke Awareness Month  (US)
  • National Teen Pregnancy Prevention Month   (US)
  • National Trauma Awareness Month   (US)
  • National Water Safety Month
  • Neurofibromatosis Awareness Month
  • Older Americans Month   (US)
  • Personal History Month
  • Revise Your Work Schedule Month
  • Skin Cancer Awareness Month  (US)
  • Speech and Hearing Awareness Month   (CND)
  • Tourette Syndrome Awareness Month
  • Ultraviolet Awareness Month  (US)
  • Vacation Deprivation Month                                            * Blog, Blog
  • Women’s Healthcare Month

Awareness Weeks

  • May 1-7  – National Summer Safety Week  (CND)
  • May 1-5 – Air Quality Awareness Week
  • May 1-7  – National Tourism Week
  • May 1-7   – Spinal Health Week –  (CND)
  • May 1-7  – Flexible Work Arrangements Week               * Blog
  • May 1-7  – North American Occupational Safety and Health Week
  • May 1-7  – Be Kind To Animals Week
  • May 1-7  – National Hug Week
  • May 1-7  – National Family Week
  • May 1-7  – Children’s Mental Health Week (first full week)
  • May 1-7  – National Anxiety and Depression Awareness Week (first full week)
  • May 1-7  – Alcohol and Other Drug-Related Birth Defects Awareness    (US)
  • May 1-7  – Drinking Water Week
  • May 1-7  – Update Your References Week
  • May 1-7  – Teacher Appreciation Week
  • May 1-7  – Emergency Preparedness Week   (CND)
  • May 1-7  – National Hospice Palliative Care Week    (CND)
  • May 1-7  – National TV Turnoff Week – Screen Free Week  (starts Monday)          * Blog
  • May 1-5   – National Small Business Week
  • May 7-13 – Mental Health Week   (CND)                         * BlogBlog
  • May 7-13 – Work At Home Moms Week
  • May 7-13 – Universal Family Week
  • May 8-14  – National Etiquette Week   (starts Monday)
  • May 6-12  – National Nursing Week    (CND)
  • May 13-14 – Multiple Sclerosis Carnation Campaign   (over Mother’s Day weekend) (CND)
  • May 14-20 – National Nursing Home Week  (second week)
  • May 14-20 – Food Allergy Awareness Week      (US)                 * Blog
  • May 14-20 – National Hospital Week
  • May 14-20- National Police Week  (second full week)
  • May 14-20  – National Return To Work Week (second full week)
  • May 14-20  – Salute To Moms 35+ Week
  • May 14-20 – Reading Is Fun Week     (second full week)                       * Blog
  • May 14-20 – National Women’s Health Week (begins on Mother’s Day)   (US)
  • May 14-20 – National Stuttering Awareness Week      (second week)
  • May 14-20 – Canadian Infertility Awareness Week              * Blog
  • May 14-20  – National Dog Bite Prevention Week                                      * Blog
  • May 14-20 – National Road Safety Week     (CND)
  • May 21-27 – Emergency Medical Services Week
  • May 15-21 – National Transportation Week
  • May 15-21 – Bike To Work Week   (starts Monday) (US)
  • May 15-21 – International Coaching Week  (starts Monday)
  • May 22-29 – National Buckle Up Week
  • May 21-27- National Safe Boating Week
  • May 21-27 – Healthy and Safe Swimming Week
  • May 21-27 – National Tire Safety Week
  • May 21-27 – Schizophrenia Awareness WeekWalk Of Hope  (CND) (Victoria Day Weekend)      * Blog
  • May 21-27 – National Running and Fitness Week    (last full week)
  • May 21-27 – Older Americans’ Mental Health Week    (US)
  • May 21-27 – National Backyard Games Week
  • May 23-26 – Aboriginal Awareness Week   (CND)  (four days following Victoria Day)

Awareness Days

  • May 1     – SummerActive  May– June
  • May 1     – Loyalty Day
  • May 1     – Executive Coaching Day
  • May 1     – Melanoma Monday   (first Monday) – Melanoma Screening Quiz – http://pediatrics.about.com/library/quiz/blquiz_melanoma_scng.htm (US)     * Blog
  • May 2    – Childhood Depression Awareness Day  (first Tuesday)    * Blog
  • May 2    – World Asthma Day    (first Tuesday)
  • May 2    – Teacher Appreciation Day    (Tuesday of week)
  • May 2    – Sex Differences In Health Awareness Day   (US) (Tuesday of National Women’s Health Week)
  • May 3     – Lemonade Day                                                           * Blog
  • May 3     – National Anxiety Disorders Screening Day  – (US)
  • May 3     – Garden Meditation Day
  • May 3     – Paranormal Day
  • May 3     – Hug Your Cat Day
  • May 3     – Great American Grump Out (first Wednesday)
  • May 3     – Occupational Safety and Health Professionals Day (Wednesday of NAOSH)
  • May 4     – International Fire Fighters Day
  • May 4     – World Give Day
  • May 4     – National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day (Thursday)
  • May 4     – National Day of Reason (Thursday)
  • May 5     – International Day of the Midwife
  • May 5     – Childhood Stroke Day
  • May 5     – No Pants Day   (first Friday)
  • May 5     – National Meeting Planners Appreciation Day (first Friday)
  • May 5     – Child Care Provider Day    (Friday before Mother’s Day)
  • May 6     – Bladder Cancer Awareness Day   (first Saturday)
  • May 6     – No Homework Day
  • May 6     – International No Diet Day
  • May 6     – No Diet Day
  • May 6     – Nurses Day
  • May 6     – Bike To School Day
  • May 6     – Birthmother’s Day  (Saturday before Mother’s Day)
  • May 6     – National Babysitters Day   (Saturday before Mother’s Day)
  • May 6     – Stay Up All Night  (second Saturday)
  • May 7     – World Laughter Day  (first Sunday)
  • May 7     – Stepmother’s Day (first Sunday)
  • May 7     – Annual Hike for Hospice Palliative Care   (first Sunday) (CND)
  • May 7     – National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day
  • May 7     – National Barrier Awareness Day
  • May 7     – World Naked Gardening Day
  • May 7     – World Laughter Day (Sunday)
  • May 8     – World Red Cross Day
  • May 8     – No Socks Day
  • May 8    – National Women’s Check-up Day  (Monday of week) (US)
  • May 10    – National Nightshift Workers Day     (second Wednesday)                 * Blog
  • May 10    – Receptionists Day    (Second Wednesday)
  • May 10   – Move For Health Day
  • May 10   – Lupus Day
  • May 10    – Donate A Day’s Wages To Charity Day   (second Wednesday)
  • May 11    – Eat What You Want Day
  • May 11    – Fibromyalglia and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Awareness Day
  • May 12    – Limerick Day
  • May 12    – Childhood Stroke Awareness Day
  • May 12  – Canada Health Day    (CND)
  • May 12  – International Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Awareness Day
  • May 12  – International Nursing Day
  • May 14  – World Belly Dance Day (Saturday)
  • May 15  – International Day Of Families
  • May 15  – Neighbour Day   (third Sunday)
  • May 15  – National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day
  • May 17  – World Hypertension Day
  • May 18  – HIV Vaccine Awareness Day  (US)
  • May 18  – Visit Your Relatives Day                                                       * Blog
  • May 18  – National Employee Health and Fitness Day   (third Wednesday) (US)   * Blog
  • May 18   – National Women`s Check-Up Day  (third Wednesday)
  • May 20  – National Endangered Species Day  (third Friday)
  • May 20  – International Virtual Assistants Day  (third Friday)
  • May 20  – National Pizza Party Day  (third Friday)
  • May 20 – World Autoimmune Arthritis Day
  • May 20  – Endangered Species Day
  • May 21  – National Learn To Swim Day  (third Saturday)
  • May 22  – Canadian Immigrants Day
  • May 23  – World Crohn’s and Colitis Day
  • May 25  – National Missing Children’s Day    (US) (CND)
  • May 25  – Geek Pride Day
  • May 25  – National Senior Health and Fitness Day   (last Wednesday) (US)      * Blog
  • May 25  – World MS Day   (last Wednesday)
  • May 27 – Heat Awareness Day  (fourth Friday)
  • May 28 – What You Think Grows Upon You Day                              * Blog
  • May 29 – Learn About Composting Day
  • May 29 – Brother`s Day  (last Sunday)
  • May 31   – World No Tobacco Day                                                            * Blog
  • May 31  – Schizophrenia Walk The World                                             * Blog

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