Upcoming Healthcare Observances

Throughout the year, many non-profit organizations hold awareness events to draw attention to various health conditions that may affect your members. We encourage you to share information about these observance events with your plan participants so they can take proactive measures to educate themselves and their family members about health conditions that may affect their quality of life.


January is National Blood Donor Month.
This observance marks the most difficult time of year to collect enough blood products to meet patients’ needs. During the winter months, inclement weather often results in canceled blood drives, and seasonal illnesses like the flu may cause some donors to become temporarily unable to donate. Blood donation appointments can be made by downloading the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting Red Cross blood, or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) to make an appointment or to receive more information.


February is American Heart Month.
Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States. Fortunately, it can often be prevented when people make healthy choices and manage their health conditions. Communities, health professionals, and families can work together to create opportunities for people to make healthier choices. https://www. cdc.gov/heartdisease/american_heart_month.htm


March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month.
Colorectal cancer is the third most common cancer in the United States and the second leading cause of death from cancers that affect both men and women. Colorectal cancer affects people in all racial and ethnic groups and is most common in people age 50 and older. The good news? If everyone age 50 and older got regular screenings, 6 out of 10 deaths from colorectal cancer could be prevented. Communities, health professionals, and families can work together to encourage people to get screened. Use this month to help spread the word: https://healthfinder.gov/NHO/MarchToolkit.aspx


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