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BREAST CANCER AWARENESS MONTH – 1st – 31st October – Every October, people all over the world show their support for everyone affected by breast cancer.

Breast Cancer Now is focused on accelerating research and providing vital support, every way we can, all year round.

In October, they are committed to showing you that no matter who you are, whatever your experience of breast cancer – they are always with you. 

Even without the challenges of the last 18 months, living with breast cancer has never been easy. And as restrictions ease, we know it’s not ‘back to normal’ for everyone.

Their incredible partners have designed limited-edition products to help accelerate research and provide vital support. Check out what they have to offer here. Companies involved in this campaign include Asda, GHD, Cath Kidson, Trinny London, Dorothy Perkins, Elemis, Sofology, Ann Summers, Liv Cycling and Damart so you are sure to find something to buy and sort this worthy cause.


LUPUS AWARENESS MONTH – 1st – 31st October – Lupus Awareness Month takes place during October in the UK every year. It is an important opportunity to raise awareness of the disease amongst the public and medical profession as well as improving the understanding of the impact that lupus can have.

By making people more aware of lupus you can help control its impact. We need your help to raise awareness of lupus, its symptoms and the effects it can have on people’s lives this Lupus Awareness Month.

Take part in this fun virtual challenge and help raise awareness during Lupus Awareness Month! The event takes place in October, and anyone can take part! Walk, run, wheelchair, cycle or skate a total of 31 miles throughout the month by completing 1 mile a day or by taking on three 10.3-mile challenges!

T-shirts are available for FREE for all sponsored participants who will raise in excess of £31. Sign up HERE

BACKCARE AWARENESS WEEK – 3rd – 7th  October – Back Care Awareness Week is an important week in our calendar, it should be in yours too.  We have your backs covered.

Previous campaigns have focused on Working from Home; Studying at Home; Spending More Time at Home; Back Pain in Nursing; Back Pain in Golf. Together we can help avoid preventable back injury.

NATIONAL BONE AND JOINT WEEK – 12th – 20th October – Bone and Joint Action Week is held annually from October 12-20 with activities focused on disorders including arthritis, back pain, trauma, pediatric conditions, and osteoporosis. The themes and their related activities are designed to raise awareness worldwide about prevention, disease management and treatment.

WORLD MENTAL HEALTH DAY – 10th October – The overall objective of World Mental Health Day is to raise awareness of mental health issues around the world and to mobilize efforts in support of mental health.

The Day provides an opportunity for all stakeholders working on mental health issues to talk about their work, and what more needs to be done to make mental health care a reality for people worldwide.

Many aspects of mental health have been challenged, and already before the pandemic in 2019, an estimated one in eight people globally were living with a mental disorder. At the same time, the services, skills and funding available for mental health remain in short supply and fall far below what is needed, especially in low and middle-income countries.

The campaign slogan is Make mental health & well-being for all a global priority #WorldMentalHealthDay

WORLD SPINE DAY – 16th October – The World Spine Day theme for 2022 will be EVERY SPINE COUNTS. Taking place on October 16 each year, World Spine Day highlights the burden of spinal pain and disability around the world. With health professionals, exercise and rehabilitation experts, public health advocates, schoolchildren and patients all taking part, World Spine Day is celebrated on every continent.

The theme emphasizes the diversity of spinal pain and disability as part of the global burden of disease and addresses the need for access to quality essential spinal health services worldwide. With an estimated 540 million people in the world suffering from low back pain at any one time, it remains the leading cause of years lived with disability.

This World Spine Day, we are calling for action to focus on the global burden of spinal disorders while emphasizing #EVERYSPINECOUNTS, highlighting the diverse challenges of living with low back pain in all regions, cultures, backgrounds, and across the life course; prioritizing a condition that is more prevalent than cancer, stroke, heart disease, diabetes and Alzheimer’s Disease combined.

The campaign calls for a greater global commitment to tackling spinal pain and disability by governments, communities, and public health bodies.

World Spine Day also recognizes the lack of access to quality spine care and rehabilitation in under-served communities, which results in chronicity and permanent deformity. For many populations, spinal pain and disability is not just minor inconvenience – it can mean not being able to work and provide food and sustenance.

#EVERYSPINECOUNTS will focus on highlighting ways in which all people can help their spines by staying mobile, avoiding physical inactivity, not overloading their spines, and adopting healthy habits such as weight loss and smoking cessation.

Organized by the World Federation of Chiropractic, World Spine Day has over 800 official organizational supporters worldwide. More information about how to get involved is available at www.worldspineday.org  on Twitter and Facebook.

RESTART & HEART DAY – 16th  October – Restart a Heart Day will take place on 16 October 2022.

The Resuscitation Council UK along with the British Heart Foundation, British Red Cross, St John Ambulance, NHS Ambulance Service and Saving Lives for Scotland work together to help raise awareness of cardiac arrest and teach CPR.

In 2019, an amazing 291,000 people were trained in CPR through Restart a Heart Day. 2022 promises to be even bigger thanks to the introduction of RevivR, our new CPR training tool.

Approximately 30,000 out-of-hospital cardiac arrests happen every year in the UK. Sadly, less than 1 in 10 people survive these cardiac arrests. Performing CPR can more than double the chances of survival in some cases.

We want more people to survive by making sure you know that when someone collapses and stops breathing, it’s important to call 999, perform CPR and use a defibrillator if there’s one available nearby. As around 80% of out-of-hospital cardiac arrests happen in the home, this gives mums, dads, sons, daughters and friends the best chance of surviving.

Learning how to save a life is now easier than ever with RevivR, our free 15-minute CPR training that teaches you exactly what to do when someone has a cardiac arrest. You can complete the RevivR training anywhere you want – all you need is your phone and a cushion.

Not sure why CPR training is important? Find out about cardiac arrestCPR and why we’re building a nation of life savers.

Go to the British Heart Foundation website to see how you can get involved.

WORLD OSTEOPOROSIS DAY – 20th October – World Osteoporosis Day, marked on October 20th each year, is a prime time to put the spotlight on osteoporosis. 

With this year’s tagline of ‘Step up for bone health’, IOF will highlight the importance of a bone-healthy lifestyle as the foundation for strong bones and a mobile, fracture-free future. New posters and related resources and communications will urge the public and patients to ‘step up for bone health’ by ensuring:

• Regular weight-bearing & muscle-strengthening exercise

• A nutritious bone-healthy diet and adequate vitamin D

• No smoking and avoiding excessive alcohol intake

As well, the important role of Fracture Liaison Services and targeted exercise programs and nutrition after a fracture will be reflected in campaign messages and resources. We will reach out healthcare professionals and health authorities, who will be urged to ‘step up’ on behalf of osteoporosis and fracture prevention by ensuring that people at fracture risk have timely access to diagnosis and treatment, including post-fracture care.

BREAST CANCER NOW WEAR IT PINK DAY – 23rd October – Breast Cancer Now’s wear it pink day is one of the biggest fundraising events in the UK. Taking place during Breast Cancer Awareness Month, thousands of amazing people wear it pink in their communities, schools or work places for the UK’s largest breast cancer charity, Breast Cancer Now.

Together, we’ve been wearing it pink for over 20 years. You’ve dressed up, baked, quizzed and pulled off all kinds of incredible sponsored challenges. You’ve had a whole lot of fun and raised over £37 million in the process.

We’re so proud of what we’ve achieved together, but we can’t stop there. People affected by breast cancer need us – and they need you too.

In the last few years, our researchers missed over 230,000 hours in their labs. That’s 230,000 hours where they couldn’t experiment, study breast cancer, and make breakthroughs. Despite these setbacks, we’ve never been more determined to reach our goal – by 2050, everyone diagnosed with breast cancer will live, and be supported to live well.

Be a part of an incredible community and wear it pink. Sign up here

Source: Breast Cancer Now Lupus UK BackCare UK IABHP World Health Organisation World Spine Day British Heart Foundation World Osteoporosis Wear It Pink


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