UV Safety Month
The skin is the body’s largest organ. It protects against heat, sunlight, injury, and infection. Yet, some of us don’t consider the necessity of protecting our skin. According to the World Health Organization, “the rise in the incidence of skin cancers over the past decades is strongly related to increasingly popular outdoor activities and recreational exposure. Overexposure to sunlight is widely accepted as the underlying cause for harmful effects on the skin, eye and immune system. Experts believe that four out of five cases of skin cancer could be prevented, as UV damage is mostly avoidable.”
Get the UV Index Phone App
Check your UV Index in your area
UV Alert Map
How do I protect myself from UV rays? American Cancer Society
Protecting Your Eyes from Solar Radiation – American Optometric Association
From June 1 to July 4 and a week or two after, the focus is on Fireworks Safety
Juvenile Arthritis Awareness Month
Arthritis is a complex family of musculoskeletal disorders consisting of more than 100 different diseases or conditions that destroy joints, bones, muscles, cartilage and other connective tissues, hampering or halting physical movement. Juvenile arthritis (JA) is an umbrella term used to describe the many autoimmune and inflammatory conditions that can develop in children ages 16 and younger. Visit the Arthritis Association for an informational overview or see the newly dedicated site for valuable JA information and tips.
Eye Injury Prevention Month
Eye injuries of all types occur at a rate of more than 2,000 per day. In particular, an estimated 1,000 eye injuries occur in American workplaces alone. The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) found that almost 70% of the eye injuries studied occur from falling or flying objects, or sparks striking the eye. The best ways to prevent injury to the eye is to always wear the appropriate eye protection. In addition to the proper safety eyewear, early detection and treatment of eye conditions and diseases are essential to maintaining good vision at every stage of life. Learn more about eye safety.
Group B Strep (GBS)
Approximately 1 in 4 pregnant women carry GBS, the leading cause of sepsis and meningitis in newborns according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. GBS can also infect babies during pregnancy and the first few months of life. Not all babies exposed to GBS become infected, but, for those who do, the results can be devastating. Fortunately there are many ways to help protect babies from Group B Strep.
National Cleft & Craniofacial Awareness & Prevention Month
Cleft and craniofacial conditions affect thousands of infants, children, teens and adults in the US each year. Some are born with congenital anomalies like cleft lip and palate, others with more complex, life-threatening craniofacial conditions. Some are burned; others are injured in accidents and animal attacks, or diagnosed with various oral/head/neck and skin diseases. Learn more about these conditions, including treatment options and support networks in your area.
July 28 – Workd Hepatitis Day
Viral hepatitis is inflammation of the liver caused by a virus. There are five different hepatitis viruses, hepatitis A, B, C, D and E. All of these viruses cause short term, or acute infection. However the hepatitis B, C and D viruses can also cause long-term infection, called chronic hepatitis, which can lead to life-threatening complications such as cirrhosis (liver scarring), liver failure, and liver cancer. Viral hepatitis kills 1.5 million people every year. Learn more.
National Blueberry Month
At about 8- calories a cup, these little berries pack a nutritional wallop. Learn more about the benefits of adding blueberries to your diet.
July is Parks & Recreation Month
Learn more about ways to enjoy outdoor activities in our nation’s parks.
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