is a couple of weeks old, but here’s something about
February 14th that you may not have known.
According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services,
February 14th has been designated “National Condom Day,” and
is sponsored by the American Social Health Association (ASHA).
The universal theme of Valentine’s Day is romance (or for
some, lust). It’s a day you and your special someone can
play “love connection” after exchanging cards, chocolates,
roses, and of course, hugs and kisses.
In a health-conscious twist, National Condom Day promotes a “safe
connection” between you and your Valentine.
Whether it’s love (or lust), even after the romance is
over, ASHA wants you to practice safe sex by using condoms so
you can have many more pleasurable and fulfilling Valentine’s
Days to come.
The majority of us have heard speeches, time and time again,
that condoms are the only protection against sexually transmitted
diseases and unwanted pregnancies. Here’s some more emphasis:
except for abstinence, condoms are the ONLY product available
that can prevent both sexually transmitted diseases and unwanted
This tip may seem overrated, but it’s one that can’t
be pushed enough; it may save your life or help prevent a situation
that you may not be financially or emotionally prepared for.
Regarding your overall health, did you know that there are
observances for nearly every condition that affects your
well being? The
observance can be for a day, a week, or even a month.
For example, here’s a list of March observances that promote
specific health issues:
American Red Cross Month recognizes the humanitarian services
and accomplishments of the American Red Cross.
National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month educates the public
that colorectal cancer is preventable, treatable, and beatable!
National Kidney Month urges all Americans, especially those at
risk, to get tested for kidney disease.
National Multiple Sclerosis Education and Awareness Month attempts
to raise the public’s awareness of multiple sclerosis to
promote an understanding of the scope of this disease, and to
assist those with MS in making educated decisions about their
National Nutrition Month is designed to focus attention on the
importance of making informed food choices and developing sound
eating and physical activity habits.
Save Your Vision Month reminds Americans of the importance of
regular eye exams with a month’s worth of vision-saving
tips displayed on a calendar.
Workplace Eye Health and Safety Month reminds Americans that
accidents at work are a major cause of preventable blindness.
The Wise Owl® Program promotes eye safety in the workplace.
March 7-13 National Patient Safety Awareness Week is an educational
campaign for improving patient safety at the local level at hospitals
and healthcare organizations across the country.
March 8-12 National School Breakfast Week provides information
appropriate for all ages on the School Breakfast Program and
the importance of a good breakfast.
March 14-20 Pulmonary Rehabilitation Week attempts to reduce
morbidity, mortality, and disability from cardiovascular and
pulmonary diseases through education, prevention, rehabilitation,
research, and aggressive disease management.
March 15-21 Brain Awareness Week is organized by the Dana Alliance
for Brain Initiatives to advance public awareness about the progress,
promise, and benefits of brain research.
March 21-27 National Poison Prevention Week raises awareness
of the dangers of unintentional poisonings, as well as steps
that can be taken to prevent accidental poisonings in the first
March 21-27 National Inhalants and Poisons Awareness Week is
designed to increase understanding about the use and risks of
March 24 World Tuberculosis Day calls for equitable access to
TB services for anyone who has TB, free from discrimination—rich
or poor, man or woman, adult or child, imprisoned of free, and
including other vulnerable groups such as people with HIV or
March 29 - April 4 National Sleep Awareness Week: A major public
awareness campaign sponsored by the National Sleep Foundation
to promote the importance of quality sleep to health, productivity,
and safety. The campaign coincides with the beginning of Daylight
Saving Time, when we turn our clocks forward one hour and therefore
risk losing an hour of sleep. NSF’s annual Sleep in America
poll shows that it is an hour of sleep that most Americans can’t
afford to lose.
March 31 Kick Butts Day:Thousands of kids in every state and
around the world will stand out…speak up…and seize
control in the fight against Big Tobacco.
Designating these periods as
reminders of health problems
the sponsors of the observances
us that if we
are likely candidates for any
disease or health condition,
our bodies all the
If you’re a likely candidate for any disease or health
condition, you should pay close attention to your body and how
Organizations that promote awareness
do it for those who don’t
know a lot about an ailment or health issue, and to remind others
that only you know your body best. For instance, you may be getting
sick if your back aches or your nose is runny. No one tells you
you’re going to be ill; your body sends out indicators
that prompt you to take action or not.
Education is one key to good
health, and prevention is another.
to do we can do
it, whether it’s taking
the right medication, exercising, even eating the right foods.
Each of us has only one body, one life. These special days, weeks,
and months remind us to be healthy and stay healthy by taking
care of ourselves.
For more information on other
2004 national health observances,
Center Web site
Source: 2004 National Health
Observances, National Health
Office of Disease
U.S. Department of Health
and Human Services, Washington,