National Health observances (NHOs) are special days, weeks, and months dedicated to raising awareness about important health topics. By highlighting these health observances, organizations can offer their employees an easy and simple way to learn more about their health and well-being. Additionally, companies can reinforce and strengthen the impact of their wellness initiatives by aligning the elements of their wellness programs with the topics and themes being observed each month.

Check out Wellable’s 2023 health observances calendar below for a complete list of the health topics to be covered this year.

January February March April May June
July August September October November December

Health Awareness And Observances



Cervical Health Awareness Month - National Cervical Cancer Coalition

National Blood Donor Month - American Red Cross

Thyroid Awareness Month - American Association of Clinical Endocrinology

National Glaucoma Awareness Month - Glaucoma Research Foundation

Jan 3 – International Mind-Body Wellness Day

Jan 22 – Celebration of Life Day

Jan 24 – National Compliment Day

Jan 27 – National Fun at Work Day



American Heart Month - National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute

National Cancer Prevention Month - American Institute for Cancer Research

Feb 4 – World Cancer Day - Union for International Cancer Control

Feb 3 – National Wear Red Day (for women’s heart health) - American Heart Association

Feb 14 – National Donor Day - Donate Life America

Feb 27 - March 5 – National Eating Disorders Week - National Eating Disorders Association



National Nutrition Month - Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics

National Kidney Month - National Kidney Foundation

March 3 – Employee Appreciation Day

March 4 – World Obesity Day

March 9 – World Kidney Day - International Society of Nephrology

March 12-18 – National Sleep Awareness Week - National Sleep Foundation

March 17 – World Sleep Day - World Sleep Society

March 13-19 – Brain Awareness Week - Dana Foundation

March 20 – International Day of Happiness - Action For Happiness

March 20-26 – National Drugs and Alcohol Facts Week - National Institute on Drug Abuse

March 28 – American Diabetes Alert Day - National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases



Women’s Eye Health & Safety Month - Prevent Blindness

Alcohol Awareness Month - National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence

Stress Awareness Month - Health Resource Network

Financial Literacy Month - Jump$tart Coalition

National Occupational Therapy Month - American Occupational Therapy Association

Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) Awareness Month - International Foundation for Gastrointestinal Disorders

National Minority Health Month – U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Minority Health

April 3-9 – National Public Health Week - American Public Health Association

April 7 – World Health Day - World Health Organization (WHO)

April 22 – Earth Day

April 24-30 – World Immunization Week - CDC

April 28 – World Day for Safety and Health at Work - United Nations



Mental Health Awareness Month - Mental Health America

Employee Health & Fitness Month - National Association for Health and Fitness

Healthy Vision Month - National Eye Institute

National Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month – Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America

May 5 – World Hand Hygiene Day - WHO

May 14-20 – National Women’s Health Week - Office on Women’s Health

May 31 – National Senior Health & Fitness Day

May 31 – World No Tobacco Day - WHO



Men’s Health Month

PTSD Awareness Month - U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

June 10 – Family Health and Fitness Day - National Recreation and Park Association

June 14 – World Blood Donor Day - WHO

June 19 – World Sickle Cell Day - Sickle Cell Disease Association of America



UV Safety Month - American Academy of Ophthalmology (The CDC has a more comprehensive article on Sun Safety)



Immunization Awareness Month - CDC

Summer Sun Safety Month - American Cancer Society

Aug 1 – World Lung Cancer Day - American Lung Association



Healthy Aging Month - Healthy Aging Magazine

National Cholesterol Education Month - American College of Cardiology

National Recovery Month - Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

Food Safety Education Month - CDC



Breast Cancer Awareness Month - National Breast Cancer Foundation

Health Literacy Month - Institute for Healthcare Advancement

Dental Hygiene Month - American Dental Hygienists’ Association



American Diabetes Month - American Diabetes Association

Lung Cancer Awareness Month – Lung Cancer Foundation of America



National Safe Toys and Gifts Month - Child & Family Services

Dec 1 - World AIDS Day - National AIDS Trust

Dec 1-7 - National Handwashing Awareness Week - Henry the Hand Foundation

Dec 6-12 - National Influenza Vaccination Week - CDC


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