Guest Author - Tammy Cordani
We take a look at the important health observances taking place during the month of March and the dates they fall on.
American Diabetes Alert Day
The American Diabetes Alert Day takes place every year on the fourth Tuesday in March. One of the goals of the event is to raise awareness and educate the public regarding the effects of the disease. However, the primary goal of American Diabetes Alert Day is to identify the people who are at risk for developing the silent disease and encouraging them to be tested for diabetes. Each year a number of people live with diabetes without realizing they have the disease. For more information on diabetes and the American Diabetes Alert Day visit their official website.
Each year Doctor’s Day is celebrated on the last Tuesday of March. The day allows everyone to acknowledge/celebrate each of their healthcare providers and the care that each professional is providing.
Kick Butts Day
Since 1995, Kick Butts Day has encouraged children to remain “smoke free”. Kick Butts Day was started by the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids and has worked in recent years to raise awareness regarding the use of tobacco products by children as well as combat the sale of tobacco to underage youth. Kick Butts Day usually takes place around the last Wednesday in March (or, in some instances the first Wednesday of April). For more information on the event please visit Kick Butts Day.org.
Read Across America Day
Although Read Across America Day doesn’t fight a particular disease, it does help to combat illiteracy. The event is held each year on the 2nd of March in honor of the birthday of Dr. Seuss, the beloved author of such children’s classics as “Green Eggs and Ham” and “Cat in the Hat”. Read Across America Day encourages people of all ages to get involved either by learning or sharing their love for reading.
World Tuberculosis Day
Tuberculosis is an infectious disease that mainly affects the lungs and is responsible for the death of nearly two million people each year. World Tuberculosis Day is observed on March 24th of each year which is the anniversary of the date that Dr. Robert Koch first discovered the TB bacteria in 1882. The goal of many worldwide health organizations and disease prevention agencies is to completely wipe out tuberculosis within the next ten to fifteen years.
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