Guest Author - Vannie Ryanes
August is definately a become aware and get healthly, stay healthy month. But this is also the month Elvis Presley fans celebrate Elvis week.
Cataract Awareness Month. Aug. 1-31. Cataract is the leading cause of blindness in the world. There are close to 20.5 million Americans age 40 and older with cataracts. More than half of all Americans will have cataracts by age 80. For more information, go to http://www.preventblindness.org.
National Immunization Awareness Month. Aug. 1-31. Each year in the United States, tens of thousands of people die because of vaccine-preventable diseases or their complications and even more experience pain, suffering and disability. To call attention to the importance of infant, child, adolescent and adult immunization. For more information, go to http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/events/niam/default.htm
World Breastfeeding Week. Aug. 1-7. Breastfeeding advocates, health-care professionals and social-service agencies focus attention on the importance and benefits of breastfeeding. For more information, go to http://worldbreastfeedingweek.org/
Elvis Week. Aug. 9 to 17. Each year Elvis fans from around the world visit Memphis. Thousands of Elvis fans and worshippers visit EP's home Graceland year round, but this week is sacred to fans. For more information, go to http://www.elvis.com/elvisology/bio/elvis_overview.asp
National Minority Donor Awareness Day Aug. 1. National MOTTEP is the National Minority Organ and Tissue Transplant Education Program. Among other things, it has been designed to eEducate minority communities on facts about organ and tissue transplantation and empower minority communities to develop transplant education programs which allow them to become involved in addressing the shortage of donors. For more information go to http://www.nationalmottep.org/
National Night Out. Aug. 5. The 25th Annual National Night Out, a unique safety and community event sponsored by the National Association of Town Watch (NATW).To heighten crime prevention awareness and to promote police-community partnerships. For more information, go to http://www.nationalnightout.org/nno/about.html