The following are health promotions for April that offer themes for your workplace wellness programs. Most of the linked sites offer tool-kits with posters, articles, and interactive features that can be shared with your employees.
We kick off the month with National Public Health Week , April 1-7. This year’s theme is “Public Health is ROI: Save Lives, Save Money.” The 2013 NPHW theme was developed to highlight the value of prevention and the importance of public health systems in preventing disease, saving lives and curbing health care spending. For employers, there are resources devoted to creating a healthy workplace.
April 7, 2013 is World Health Day.
The theme for 2013 is high blood pressure, also known as hypertension. One in three adults worldwide has high blood pressure. The proportion increases with age, from 1 in 10 people in their 20s and 30s to 5 in 10 people in their 50s. High blood pressure is a contributing factor to heart attacks, strokes and kidney failure.Left uncontrolled, high blood pressure can cause blindness, irregularities of the heartbeat and heart failure. The risk of developing high blood pressure can be reduced by: reducing salt intake; eating a balanced diet; avoiding harmful use of alcohol; taking regular physical activity; maintaining a healthy body weight; and avoiding tobacco use.
April Alcohol Awareness Month, sponsored by the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence. This years theme is “Help for Today. Hope For Tomorrow.” The goal is to increase public awareness and understanding aimed at reducing the stigma that too often prevents individuals and families from seeking help. The site provides a variety of resources and tools, In addition, Healthfinder.gov offers an National Alcohol Screening Day – Screening for Mental Health offers alcohol screening programs for the military, colleges and universities, community-based organizations and businesses. Take an online screening or find locations for screenings in your state.
Irritable Bowel Syndrome Awareness Month – IBS affects between 25 and 45 million people in the United States (10 to 15% of the population). About 2 in 3 IBS sufferers are female. About 1 in 3 IBS sufferers are male. IBS affects people of all ages, even children.
National Autism Awareness Month – Autism is a complex developmental disability that typically appears during the first three years of life and affects a person’s ability to communicate and interact with others. Autism is defined by a certain set of behaviors and is a “spectrum disorder” that affects individuals differently and to varying degrees. The prevalence of autism had risen to 1 in every 88 births in the United States and almost 1 in 54 boys.
National Child Abuse Prevention Month – Prevention is the best hope for reducing child abuse and neglect and improving the lives of children and families. Strengthening families and preventing child abuse requires a shared commitment of individuals and organizations in every community. The Child Welfare Information Gateway offers tools, tip sheets, videos and more.
Other observances in April:
Minority Health Awareness
National Distracted Driving Awareness Month
National Donate Life Month
Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month
STI Awareness Month
April 20 – 27 National Infant Immunization 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.