June is National Great Outdoors Month – a perfect time to get out into nature and participate in your favorite sport – hiking, biking, swimming, boating, fishing, softball, tennis or camping, to offer a few suggestions. Find your ideal outdoor setting or nearest national park for your 150 minutes of recommended exercise a week — and that is only a minimum, you’re free to do more! Here are highlights of the month:

And while you’re out, bring lots of fruits and veggies to snack on in commemoration of fruit & vegetable month. Find Pick Your Own Farms or local farmer’s markets, roadside stands, or farm stands. The Centers for Disease Control suggests you get 5 fruits and vegetables a day, but why limit yourself in the season while availability is fresh and local?

June is also National Safety Month. The National Safety Council has designated four themes, one for each week of the month:

  • Week 1: Stand Up to Falls
  • Week 2: Recharge to Be In Charge (Focusing on Fatigue)
  • Week 3: Prepare for Active Shooters
  • Week 4: Don’t Just Sit There (Focusing on Ergonomics)

Sign up at the link above to get posters, tip sheets and more tools for each of the weeks. You can also take and share this quick. interactive National Safety Checkup to learn your own risks.

OSHA and National Safety Council also cosponsor Safe+Sound Week fro June 12-18 “A nationwide event to raise awareness and understanding of the value of safety and health programs that include management leadership, worker participation, and a systematic approach to finding and fixing hazards in workplaces.” More resources are available at OSHA.

Other June health & wellness observances

Fireworks Safety Month

Men’s Health Awareness Month

Alzheimer’s & Brain Awareness Month

Daily / Weekly Events

June 4 – National Cancer Survivors Day

June 4-10 – National Rip Current Preparedness Week

June 12-18 – Men’s Health Week

June 17 – Eat Your Vegetables Day

June 18 – 24 – National Lightning Safety Awareness Week

June 19 – World Sickle Cell Day

June 27 – National HIV Testing Day

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