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January starts with Dry January and after the year that we have been through it could not be more appropriate to take stock and read how this campaign changed peoples lives. At the same time, we have Love Your Liver Month, another campaign devoted to liver awareness.

1.DRY JANUARY – 1st-31st January – About Dry January It started in 2013 with 4,000 people. It’s come a long way since then, with over 100,000 signing up and 4 million taking part in 2020.

In 2011 Emily Robinson signs up for her first half marathon. It’s due to take place in February. She doesn’t like running much so to make the training easier, she decides to give up booze in January. She loses weight, sleeps better and feels like she has more energy to do the run. But something else happens…

Everyone wants to talk to her about what it’s like to give up drinking for a bit.

In January 2012, Emily joins Alcohol Change UK. She’s decided to give up drinking again this January. Now that she works for Alcohol Change UK, even more, people want to talk to her about giving up drinking for a month. This sparks off lots of different conversations about the benefits of having a break from drinking – especially after Christmas.

That got us thinking. If we got more people having a break from booze in January, could we have more people thinking about their drinking? And would they drink less after their month off because actually, they enjoyed the break so much?

The idea for the Dry January campaign was born. And so it goes on

2. LOVE YOUR LIVER MONTH – 1ST – 31ST January – at the same time as Dry January we have another campaign Love Your Liver Month which is a national awareness campaign devoted to liver health awareness and giving people the key steps needed to keep their liver healthy.

They write that 9 in 10 liver disease cases can be prevented. As part of their national campaign they offer a free online screener, arrange national roadshows and work with healthcare professionals.

You only have one liver, it’s important to know how to look after it.

Your liver is the largest organ inside your body and does hundreds of essential jobs.

  • Fighting infection and disease
  • Destroying poisons and drugs (including alcohol)
  • Cleaning the blood
  • Controlling the amount of cholesterol
  • Processing food once it has been digested

It works hard and can take a lot of abuse, but it is like an elastic band – it can only stretch so far before it breaks.

3. INTERNATIONAL PAGET’S AWARENESS DAY – 11th January – The 11th January is International Paget’s Awareness Day and for 2022, we will be focusing on Paget’s disease around the globe. International Paget’s Awareness Day 2021 focused on the important topic of treatment, its history and the research changing how Paget’s disease may be managed in the future.  


Cervical Cancer Prevention Week 2022 will take place from 17-23 January 2022!

This year we want to talk about more than cervical screening (smear tests), because cervical cancer prevention doesn’t stop there. 

220,000 women and people with a cervix every year are told they have cervical cell changes after their screening, and many more are given an HPV diagnosis. This can mean more tests and treatments, and for some, it can be incredibly hard.

Everyone’s experience is different, but we want everyone to have the information and support they need. So we want you to join us and share tips, facts, and most importantly help others know they aren’t alone. They ask you to get involved by…

  • Use social media to talk about cervical screening: shout about why it’s so important and share your tips to make it easier
  • Share your experience of colposcopy or getting unexpected cervical screening results: what do you wish you had known and what would you say to someone feeling anxious about theirs? 
  • Share our tips, information and signpost to our support services 
  • Get your workplace involved and display posters or even take on a fundraising challenge

Join in and use #CervicalCancerPreventionWeek so others can find you! 

5. NATIONAL BLOOD DONOR MONTH – 1ST-31st January – A bit about National Blood Donor Month – The month of January is usually a period of critical blood shortages. People stop donating blood during the holidays and when they get sick during cold and flu season. Blood drives also get snowed out during the winter months.

More than 50 years ago — on December 31, 1969 — the president of the United States signed a proclamation designating January as National Blood Donor Month (NBDM). The new monthly observance was meant to honour voluntary blood donors and to encourage more people to give blood at a time when more blood is needed.

Throughout the decades, AABB marked NBDM with a series of activities that highlight the importance of blood donation. Follow AABB on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to participate in our NBDM activities.

6. GOOD CARE MONTH 1st– 31st January – Good Care Month is all about inspiring the public to choose a career in care and promoting your organisation and vacancies.

Whether you are Domiciliary, Residential, Day Service, Supported Living service or any other type of care provider, everyone can get involved in Good Care Month…

We want to see videos from those who work in care, people who receive care and support, and managers or recruiters.

Simply share your video snippets with HCPA and we will link them to your organisation and vacancies to help promote careers in care.

Need some help? Click here for our handy video guide on what you can include in your video snippets, how to film and send them to HCPA. It’s really easy and can all be done on a smart phone!

7. BLUE MONDAY – 17th January – January’s third Monday, “Blue Monday”, is thought to be the most depressing day of the year, due to a combination of bad weather, long nights and the lingering aftermath of the festive glut.

The idea of Blue Monday was first conceived by Dr. Cliff Arnall in 2005 and it was published as part of a press release by Sky Travel.

The life coach and psychologist created a formula to determine the ‘saddest’ day of the year, and landed on today, because of the bad weather, dark nights, post-Christmas debt and failed New Year’s resolutions.

Despite originally being coined as a marketing tool to get people to book holidays, the term has moved into common parlance.

Many argue Blue Monday does not exist and instead of booking a holiday because you’re supposed to be feeling sad, donate to charity instead, said The Metro.

8. NATIONAL HUG DAY – 21st January – According to National TodayNational Hugging Day was created in 1986 by Kevin Zaborney. His friend was the granddaughter of the proprietors of Chase’s Calendar of Events. Zaborney chose January 21 because it was the time between the winter holiday season and the new year’s birthdays, which he noticed was a time people tend to feel low in spirits. He also felt that Americans were often too embarrassed to show affection in public and hoped National Hugging Day would change that, though he never actually thought it would catch on.

The word “hug” is believed to come from the word “hugga” meaning “to comfort” in the Old Norse language, first appearing approximately 450 years ago. However, the history of hugging itself is a bit more uncertain. What is known is that it is only very recently (within the past 50 years) that we have seen a full acceptance of hugging in public, separating it from other distinguished displays of affection such as kissing. The widespread adoption of hugging over the recent years has been debated to be due to two primary reasons: the reduced formality of dress code and manners between relationships, along with the changing behaviors of political figures in pursuit of a more relatable, warm-hearted perception to the public. 

Nowadays, we don’t even think about the fact that hugging in public was considered indecent PDA. We hug to greet friends and family, to say goodbye, or to congratulate someone. To console someone or to show support. We hug before sports and performance teams begin their match, and to show a general sign of affection between intimate relationships. There are also Free Hugs charity fundraisers! 

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