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HEALTH AWARENESS DAYS/WEEK AND FOR THE MONTH OF JULY…

July seems to be the quietest month for health awareness with a quarter of what is happening this June but every bit helps so here are some awareness days/week for the month of July.

SARCOMA AWARENESS MONTH – 1st July – 31st July – Every year thousands of people are diagnosed with sarcomas, a type of cancer that forms in the connective tissues of the body including fat, blood vessels, nerves, etc. Sarcomas are a rare form of cancer, but no less deadly for their rarity. Research continues on what causes sarcoma and why certain people develop it, and Sarcoma Awareness Month was created to help raise awareness of this disease and all the people it effects.

Celebrating Sarcoma Awareness Month starts with education. With these forms of cancers being so rare most people don’t know a lot about them, so spend some time researching sarcomas in all their forms. Then move on to studying how one would recognize the symptoms of a sarcoma so you’ll know to check with a doctor if any of these signs pop up.

From that point forward it’s time to start looking to help those in your community who are already facing this disease by connecting with non-profits in your area. Working with these organizations will help spread information, raise awareness, and generate funds for research and other related charities. Get out there and do your part to help relieve the suffering of those who are facing a sarcoma diagnosis, Sarcoma Awareness Month is your perfect opportunity to do so, and then carry it through the rest of the year.

SAMARITANS AWARENESS MONTH – 1st July -31st July Talk to Us Month throughout July A Samaritans-led event that encourages communities to become better listeners during July. Samaritans are here to listen 24/7 for anyone that needs us. But we’re also encouraging people to become better listeners. Why not get involved on social media on 24 July and pledge to become a better listener?

Becoming a better listener can help you support loved ones who may be struggling to cope. It can also help improve your relationships with family, friends, and colleagues. You could help your loved ones open up about how they’re feeling by making some small changes to the way you listen. Why not try pledging one of the following things:

  • I pledge to listen without being distracted
  • I pledge to listen without interrupting
  • I pledge to check in with my loved ones more often and ask them how they really are

Or, you can make up your own pledges.

Listen without being distracted

Try things like making eye contact, putting your phone away and focusing completely on the other person. If you’re talking to someone on the phone, try doing it in a quiet place.

Listen without interrupting

Try and remember that pauses are fine, you don’t need to jump in and fill a silence. Resist putting your own interpretation on what the other person is saying, and repeat back what they say so it shows you’re listening.

Check in on loved ones

Why not try adding reminders to your calendar or phone, to check in with loved ones once or twice a week. Don’t give up, sometimes it can take a few tries to get someone to open up about how they’re feeling.

GLAD TO CARE WEEK – 5th July – 11th July – #GladtoCare Awareness Week is a celebration of resilient care workers, following what has undeniably been a trying period for the industry. The aim is to show appreciation for the extraordinary contributions that carers make to the lives of recipients of care and reassure families currently looking for care, in turn resulting in improving occupancy for care providers.

Person Centred Software launched its #GladtoCare campaign in 2018. It was designed to boost the profile of carers, who work extremely hard with very little public recognition. The campaign’s aim was to show carers that they are appreciated and to raise their morale. For 2020 Person Centred Software wanted to create a #GladtoCare awareness week dedicated to celebrating those who work in the care sector, following an incredibly trying period for the industry – and invite other care providers to get involved.

This year our aim with #GladtoCare Awareness Week is to continue to shine a light on all of the incredible work that’s been done, and continues to be done, within the social care industry, and to provide the public with support on how best to choose a care home for their loved one.

Thank You Day Sunday 4th July – Sunday 4th July is the day before the NHS’s birthday so it’s a perfect moment for the country’s biggest-ever thank you party. A chance to get together in the sunshine (we hope), with our neighbours, communities and families, to mark what has happened, celebrate the spirit that got us through and says thank you. It doesn’t matter how we do it, just get together and say thank you in our own way.

The past couple of years has been testing for all of us.
 
But with The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee this summer there’s never been a better excuse for a great big party, to say thank you to everyone who has helped us through.
 
That’s why Sunday 5th June is this year’s Thank You Day.
 
We’re getting together as friends, families, neighbours and communities, to raise a glass to The Queen for 70 years of outstanding service, and say a great big thank you to each other as well.
 
Let’s do it in style. Make sure everyone is included, get the school band to play, invite the next street over.
 
Let’s make this the biggest thank you party ever!

Before normal life takes over again, we want to pause and say thank you to everyone who helped. From neighbours who kept the noise down or dropped off the shopping, mum and dad for putting up with us under the same roof, delivery drivers and supermarket security guards who kept us fed, local shopkeepers who stayed open, care workers, doctors, nurses, volunteers, and everyone who obeyed the rules, we couldn’t have done it without each other. 

Starting from just 13 individuals proposing a Thank You Day, the idea is now supported by hundreds of organisations across the country, ranging from the Scouts and Guides to Rotary and the Royal Voluntary Service, NHS, The Mirror and the Sun, the Football Association and the Church of England. 

It’s got the backing of celebrities, religious leaders and sports stars, local councils and schools, businesses and communities throughout the UK. 

The aim is for as many people as possible to be involved, however they would like, so everyone who deserves it gets a thank you – and the whole of the UK gets together. 

There isn’t a strict plan for the day (the idea is to say thank you however you want!) but people are already organising lots of activities which we can all join in with and support.

International Day of Friendship Day 30 July – An annual event, this day promotes the role that friendship plays in creating a culture of peace.

Our world faces many challenges, crises and forces of division — such as poverty, violence, and human rights abuses — among many others — that undermine peace, security, development and social harmony among the world’s peoples.

To confront those crises and challenges, their root causes must be addressed by promoting and defending a shared spirit of human solidarity that takes many forms — the simplest of which is friendship.

Through friendship — by accumulating bonds of camaraderie and developing strong ties of trust — we can contribute to the fundamental shifts that are urgently needed to achieve lasting stability, weave a safety net that will protect us all, and generate passion for a better world where all are united for the greater good.

The International Day of Friendship was proclaimed in 2011 by the UN General Assembly with the idea that friendship between peoples, countries, cultures and individuals can inspire peace efforts and build bridges between communities.

The resolution places emphasis on involving young people, as future leaders, in community activities that include different cultures and promote international understanding and respect for diversity.

To mark the International Day of Friendship the UN encourages governments, international organizations and civil society groups to hold events, activities and initiatives that contribute to the efforts of the international community towards promoting a dialogue among civilizations, solidarity, mutual understanding and reconciliation.

The International Day of Friendship is an initiative that follows on the proposal made by UNESCO defining the Culture of Peace as a set of values, attitudes and behaviours that reject violence and endeavour to prevent conflicts by addressing their root causes with a view to solving problems. It was then adopted by the UN General Assembly in 1997.

Source: Spirit of the holidays, Samaritans, Glad to Care, Thank You Day International Day of Friendship

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24 REASONS TO READ THROUGH BACK PAIN BLOGS POSTS FOR MAY…

I wrote quite a few posts in May on awareness days and particularly Fibromyalgia. I hope you have enjoyed the posts in May and continue following my blog.

1. 24 REASONS TO READ THROUGH BACK PAIN BLOGS POSTS FOR APRIL…

2. HOW TO MANAGE YOUR ANXIETY IN AN ANXIOUS WORLD…

3. DO YOU SHARE YOUR BLOG WITH MENTAL HEALTH TREATMENT PROVIDERS?…

4. MAY IS SKIN CANCER/MELANOMA AWARENESS MONTH…

5. 11 WAYS TO HELP YOU FEEL HAPPY AND MORE ENERGETIC…

6. THE LOWER BACK PAIN SECRET: SACROILIAC JOINT INSTABILITY...

7. THE BEST TIPS FOR NEWLY DIAGNOSED FIBRO SUFFERERS FROM OTHER SUFFERERS…

8. IT’S SLEEP SUNDAY – LET’S TALK ABOUT THE BEST HERBAL TEAS TO HELP YOU SLEEP…

9. CELEBRATE WORLD MEDITATION DAY on MAY 21st…

10. 10 THINGS THAT MAKE ME FEEL HAPPY. WHAT ARE YOURS?…

11. THE HEALTH BENEFITS OF KNITTING AND CROCHETING…

12. FIBROMYALGIA AWARENESS MONTH AND WORLD FIBROMYALGIA DAY MAY 12th #SupportFibro…

13. SPINAL CORD INJURY AWARENESS DAY – FRIDAY 13th MAY…

14. WHAT ARE THE DIFFERENT BENEFITS OF EMPATHY?…

15. HOW TENS MACHINES WORK AND MY CHOICE OF 3 OF THE BEST TENS MACHINES FOR PAIN…

16. I HAVE ARTHRITIS AND I HAVE TO LIVE WITH IT-NOT!!…

17. 8 HEALTH BENEFITS OF FLOWERS…

18. JUNE HEALTH AWARENESS MONTH/DAYS/WEEKS…

19. IS CBD SUITABLE FOR FIBROMYALGIA PAIN?…

20. IT’S SLEEP SUNDAY – LET’S TALK ABOUT 10 NATURAL REMEDIES TO HELP WITH FATIGUE…

21. 16 REASONS TO TAKE UP THE POWER OF THE PEN AND WRITE…

22. 6 WAYS TO CONFRONT CHRONIC PAIN…

23. 6 WAYS TO HEAL YOURSELF WITH COMPLEMENTARY THERAPIES YOU CAN DO AT HOME…

24. DO YOU KNOW HOW TO RELAX?..

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JUNE HEALTH AWARENESS MONTH/DAYS/WEEKS…

June is full of awareness days for health this year which is listed below.

MEN’S HEALTH MONTH & MEN’S HEALTH WEEK JUNE 13th – 19th – June – Anchored by a Congressional health education program, Men’s Health Month is celebrated across the country with screenings, health fairs, media appearances, and other health education and outreach activities.

The centrepiece of Men’s Health Month is National Men’s Health Week, a special awareness period passed by Congress and signed into law by President Bill Clinton on May 31, 1994, now recognized internationally. This year, National Men’s Health Week starts on June 15 and ends on Fathers’ Day, June 21.

SCOLIOSIS AWARENESS DAY – 1st  June – Scoliosis is when the spine curves to the side. The spine can also twist at the same time. This twisting can pull the ribcage out of position. It is important that a person with scoliosis sees a scoliosis specialist. 

Scoliosis is not a disease. It just means that in an often otherwise healthy person the spine is curved or twisted. It is not infectious or contagious. It does not develop because of anything a person did or did not do. Although many people have not heard of scoliosis it is not rare. 3 to 4 children per 1000 need specialist supervision.

By running events, meet-ups, or getting involved in local community groups, you can also help to raise awareness of scoliosis while raising money for SAUK. You can find out more about organising your own event through SAUK fundraising pages.

SCOLIOSIS AWARENESS MONTH – 1st June – 30th June – National Scoliosis Awareness Month takes place yearly in June with the goal of highlighting the growing need for education, early detection and awareness to the public about scoliosis and its prevalence within the community. The campaign also unites scoliosis patients, families, physicians, clinicians, institutions and related businesses in collaborative partnerships of local activities, events and grassroots networking throughout the month.

NATIONAL CARERS WEEK – 7th -13th June – Carers Week is an annual campaign to raise awareness of caring, highlight the challenges unpaid carers face and recognise the contribution they make to families and communities throughout the UK. It also helps people who don’t think of themselves as having caring responsibilities to identify as carers and access much-needed support.

The COVID-19 pandemic had a monumental impact on unpaid carers’ lives – not only because of the increased amount of care that many provided but because of the far-reaching effect that providing this level of care has had on unpaid carers. Many people also took on new caring responsibilities for their relatives and friends who are disabled, ill or older and who need support.

WORLD BLOOD DONOR DAY – 14th June – World Blood Donor Day is an extremely important awareness day. Countries all over the world take part in this campaign to stress the importance of safe blood donation, and why healthy people should absolutely donate blood. Following the overwhelming success of World Health Day 2000, which was devoted to the theme “Blood Saves Lives. Safe Blood Starts with Me”, the World Health Organization declared the 14th of June as World Blood Donor Day. The flagship event was organized in 2004 in Johannesburg, South Africa. The day is dedicated to “thanking and celebrating voluntary non-remunerated blood donors”. The day, the 14th of June also commemorates the birth of Karl Landsteiner, who was awarded the Nobel Prize for his seminal discovery of the ABO blood. The day which also thanks millions of blood-donor worldwide is aimed primarily to ensure the easy availability of safe blood for transfusion worldwide.

DIABETES AWARENESS WEEK – 10th -17th June – #DiabetesWeek – Your blood sugar won’t always be in range. Figuring out food labels and menus might have you tearing your hair out. And you might have treated that 3am hypo with a few too many jelly babies. (And biscuits. Oh, and that sandwich…) But you’re doing it, every single day. Living with diabetes, juggling the ups and downs. And that’s worth celebrating.

So, this Diabetes Week, let’s celebrate you, the millions of people going through the same things, and everyone who’s there to support you along the way. Invite your friends, family, neighbours and pets to join us for the first-ever Big Diabetes Week Dog Walk! However and wherever you walk is completely up to you – you can walk to raise awareness, raise money, or just for fun. Sign up here.

BIKE WEEK 6TH – 12TH JUNE – Your health, your climate, your pocket and your community are all better by bike. Take part in Bike Week from 6-12 June 2022. This year Bike Week is all about you and your local community, we want to encourage as many people as possible to get out there and enjoy their community by bike. We want you to dream big and imagine how your community could be improved if everyone in it used their bikes more, together we can make a better world by bike. 

These last few years have seen a lot of change, many people took up cycling or rediscovered it, dusting off that old bike sitting in the shed to get out there again. Some for exercise, some for commuting to work, to go to the shops or even just to be able to see friends and family. The bike can give everyone freedom, freedom to choose how to travel and how to live their lives better and healthier. 

So this Bike Week from 6-12 June let’s really celebrate cycling, it’s our chance to all come together and tell the UK that cycling is the answer, the answer to many questions – how can I help myself, my community, my county and my planet. 

International Day of Yoga – 21st June 2022 – “Yoga for Unity and Well-being” is an initiative of leading Yoga Institutions and schools who have come together to present the best that Yoga has to offer, with a message of unity and harmony. This program is being organized under the auspices of the Ministry of AYUSH, Govt of India and in collaboration with United Nations Information Centre and partners.

International Yoga Day is observed on June 21 to spread awareness among the masses about the importance of Yoga and its effects on human health.

United Nations Organization (UNO) designated International Yoga Day in 2014 on public demand that occurred on a large scale. International Yoga Day celebrations occur in India, USA, Canada, Europe, the Middle East, China, Australia, and some other countries of South Asia including Pakistan.

“Yoga for Well Being”
International Yoga Day 2022 theme is “Yoga for well-being”. All the world is passing through COVID-19 pandemic and almost every country has imposed a lockdown in a certain form. In this situation, it is hard or impossible for people to remain mentally and physically fit and healthy. People are suffering from anxiety and depression even if the lockdown is getting softer in some parts of the world. Despite that the lockdown gets lighter, the World Health Organization (WHO) reports revealing that Corona Virus won’t spare the world for many years. In this situation, it is risky to go outside and take part in group activities. Social distancing and a strong body immune system are the only available cures that we should embrace. The International Day of Yoga theme focuses on telling people to stay motivated at home and adopt a healthy lifestyle by doing exercise and yoga. People are getting fatter and desperate at home because they feel like caged animals. Exercise helps us to stay optimistic and yoga helps us to explore new ideas to spend time and earn money without going outside. Thus venue of this Yoga Day is our home. Let’s appreciate the theme 2022 of International Yoga Day and practice yoga at home until this curse of COVID-19 leaves us.

Source: Men’s Health Month, Scoliosis Association, SRS, Carers Week, Blood UK, Diabetes UK, Cycling UK, International Day of Yoga