Each March, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics celebrates National Nutrition Month. This annual event reinforces the importance of developing sound eating and physical activity habits. “Put Your Best Fork Forward” when dining out is the theme for 2017, a reminder that each one of us holds the tool to make healthier food choices. Making small changes during National Nutrition Month® and over time helps improve health now and into the future. Access materials at the National Nutrition Month toolkit, and see Eat Right for excellent tips, recipes and expert information for people of all ages.
Problem Gambling Awareness Month (PGAM) – The National Council on Problem Gambling (NCPG), the non-profit advocate for programs to help problem gamblers and their families, created and sponsors this grassroots campaign. The 2017 PGAM theme is “Have the Conversation” and the goals of this national campaign are to increase public awareness of problem gambling and the availability of prevention, treatment & recovery services. Find FAQs on Problem Gambling as well as a broad array of useful tools and resources.
National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month – Among cancers that affect both men and women, colorectal cancer (cancer of the colon or rectum) is the second leading cause of cancer deaths in the United States. Every year, about 140,000 Americans are diagnosed with colorectal cancer, and more than 50,000 people die from it. The risk of getting colorectal cancer increases with age. More than 90% of cases occur in people who are 50 years old or older. Colorectal cancer screening saves lives, but many people are not being screened according to national guidelines. Learn about screening options and learn more at the CDC’s Screen for Life campaign.
March 28 – American Diabetes Association Alert Day – Take the Type 2 Diabetes Risk Test – it’s free, it only takes 60 seconds and it could save your life. Here are some ways to lower your risk.
Other March observances
1-7 – National Severe Weather Preparedness Week
6 -10 National School Breakfast Week
9 – World Kidney Day
12 – Daylight Savings
13-19 – Brain Awareness Week
19-25 – National Poison Prevention Week
24 – World TB Day