HEALTH EQUITY is when everyone has the OPPORTUNITY
to be as healthy (SPIRITUALLY, PHYSICALLY, AND MENTALLY) as possible.
FEBRUARY 2024 OBSERVANCES
American Heart Month
Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States — that’s why the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) celebrates American Heart Month to encourage healthy habits to prevent heart disease. Get involved by using NHLBI’s outreach toolkit with resources for social media, fact sheets, and other materials to promote heart health. And encourage your networks to participate in National Wear Red Day® on February 2 to bring greater attention to heart disease. You can also share Million Hearts®’ “Live to the Beat” campaign toolkit and MyHealthfinder’s heart health resources. Finally, check out Healthy People 2030’s evidence-based resources to guide heart disease prevention efforts in your work.
Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month
Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month is a time to promote safe, healthy relationships between teens. Spread the word about teen dating violence prevention through youth.gov’s resources and share the Office on Women’s Health’s guide on domestic or intimate partner violence. Check out the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Dating Matters®, a comprehensive teen dating violence prevention model. And share our MyHealthfinder resources on recognizing signs of relationship violence and talking to your kids about healthy relationships with parents or guardians. Lastly, use these Healthy People 2030 evidence-based resources to learn about strategies to prevent violence.
National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (2/7)
Every year on February 7, we observe National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day to acknowledge how HIV disproportionately affects Black people. This year’s theme is “Engage, Educate, Empower: Uniting to End HIV/AIDS in Black Communities”. Spark the conversation with your networks on social media with the CDC’s toolkit — and if you’re a health professional, check out CDC’s latest data on HIV among Black and African-American people to use in your prevention efforts. Check out our MyHealthfinder resources to encourage people to get tested for HIV and start a conversation with their doctor about testing. And if you’re interested in interventions to reduce sexually transmitted infections (STI), explore these Healthy People 2030 resources.
National Girls & Women in Sports Day (2/7)
Join the Women’s Sports Foundation in celebrating National Girls & Women’s in Sports Day on February 7. Show support by exploring the amazing work of the President’s Council on Sports, Fitness & Nutrition and learn about the influential women on the Council who are making a difference in their communities. Share our Move Your Way® fact sheets and posters for parents to highlight the role sports can play in helping their kids and teens thrive, and check out this video that highlights the many benefits of participating in youth sports. It’s also a great time to encourage organizations who promote youth sports in their communities to use the National Youth Sports Strategy (NYSS) in their work — and apply to become NYSS Champions!
19 What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? 20 For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s. – 1 Corinthians 6:19-20 (KJV)