American Heart Month – Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women in the United States. Who’s at risk for heart disease? A. Woman age 55 or older and men age 45 or older. Learn the warning signs of heart attack, stroke or cardiac arrest, call 9-1-1 right away. To improve your heart health:
- Get Screened
- Watch Your WeightEat Healthy
- Quit Smoking
- Be Active
Heart disease is the No. 1 killer of women — more deadly than all cancers combined. For more than ten years, the American Heart Association has also designated February as Go Red for Women / Heart Month.
Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month – it is estimated that 1 in 10 teens will be hurt intentionally by someone they are dating. While this type of abuse cuts across lines of age and gender, young women are disproportionately affected by both dating violence and sexual assault. In 2010, the Justice Department and the Senate designated the entire month of February as National Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month, and it has continued through the present. To learn more about this issue, see Teen Dating Violence: A Closer Look at Adolescent Romantic Relationships, a 2008 report from the National Institute of Justice.
Dating violence is a pattern of abusive behaviors used to exert power and control over a dating partner. TeenDVmonth.org, hosted by Break the Cycle, is the online hub for all national activities and promotion of Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month in February, as well as the home of Break the Cycle and loveisrespect’s annual public awareness campaign for TDVAM. The website offers resources for youth, adults and communities that want to plan awareness-raising activities in February.
February 14 National Donor Day – Each day, an average of 79 people receive organ transplants. However, an average of 18 people die each day waiting for transplants that can’t take place because of the shortage of donated organs. As of today, 121,121 people are waiting for an organ – that’s enough to fill a large football stadium. By becoming a donor, you may save up to 8 lives. Here are some helpful resources:
Why become a Donor
State Organ and Tissue Donor Registries
Workplace Partnership Materials
Other Health and Wellness issues in February include:
National Children’s Dental Health Month
National Cancer Prevention Month
February 2-8 Burn Awareness Week
February 1–7 African Heritage & Health Week
ESI EAP offers 24-7 access to counselors and a wide variety of support resources for employees and family members who are facing difficult health challenges. We also offer wellness benefits and health risk assessments, including discounts for weight loss programs, exercise and nutrition programs, and stop smoking programs. If you want to learn more about how ESI can provide more employee EAP benefits and more employer services, call us at 800-535-4841.