Need ideas for your upcoming employee newsletters? November is a busy month! Check out these dates & events, with links to helpful resources. Be sure to remind your employees about EAP availability 24-7-365 as a free, confidential source of help.
American Diabetes Month – Diabetes is a disease that occurs when your blood glucose, also called blood sugar, is too high. It affects about 37 million Americans, including adults and youth. Diabetes can damage the eyes, kidneys, nerves, and heart, and it is linked to some types of cancer. But there’s also good news: Taking charge of your health may help you prevent diabetes health problems. This year’s theme is Take Charge of Tomorrow: Preventing Diabetes Health Problems. Help build awareness and support people in managing their diabetes care. Find a video and a tip sheet from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) above, and check out the toolkit with a downloadable flyer and social media messaging. Also, November 14 is World Diabetes Day.
National Family Caregivers Month – This is a month dedicated to recognizing, honoring, and raising awareness about family caregivers across the country. This year’s theme is #CaregiversConnect to highlight the importance of connections — as a way to get information about your loved one’s disease or condition, share experiences, get support, or form a closer bond with your loved one. At both links, find resources to raise awareness of family caregiver issues and educate family caregivers about support resources. Mental Health America also provides good resources for caregivers to commemorate this month. Also, see the Challenges of Caregiving in our November newsletter.
Lung Cancer Awareness Month – Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer deaths in the U.S., and about every two minutes, someone in this country learns they have the disease. It is estimated that over 235,000 Americans will be diagnosed with lung cancer this year. The American Lung Association is shining a light on lung cancer to help all those impacted and promote the goal of a world free of lung disease. LUNG FORCE is a nationwide initiative led by the American Lung Association that unites those impacted by lung cancer and their caregivers to stand together against lung cancer. Every day, lung cancer takes the lives of more than 357 of our friends, neighbors and loved ones.
Want to quit smoking or help a loved one stop? See the American Lung Association’s Quit Smoking Resources. (Members of ESI EAP also have access to one-on-one coaching and counseling for smoking cessation)
Other noteworthy October dates:
- Bladder Health Month
- COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) Awareness Month
- National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month
- National Epilepsy Awareness Month
- National Home Care & Hospice Month
- National Native American Heritage Month
- National Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month
- 11/11 – Veterans Day – includes a list of 2023 deals and discounts for vets
- 11/12 – World Pneumonia Day
- 11/16 – Great American Smokeout
- 11/23 – Thanksgiving Day
- 11/23 – National Family Health History Day
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