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The May Health Calendar of major health awareness days is here!

Here are some ideas for health and wellness this month.

Remember, you can print out the entire year in a fresh look that you can put at your desk here (2MB) and in a linked version (that’s more for keeping on your desktop or laptop) here.

  • All May
    Mindful in May
    A meditation challenge aimed at transforming lives in just 10 minutes a day.
  • All May
    65 Roses (cystic fibrosis)
    65 Roses is Cystic Fibrosis’ national fundraising initiative. It raises awareness and essential funds to extend and improve the quality of life for people with cystic fibrosis.
  • All May
    Crohn’s and Colitis Awareness Month
    An annual campaign held each year in Australia to raise awareness about the impact of living with Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis.
  • All May
    Macula Month
    Macula Month is raising awareness of all macular diseases. “Are you at risk of macular disease?” is the question Australians are being asked this May.
  • All May
    Thyroid Awareness Month
    Held each May to raise awareness throughout Australia about the importance of good thyroid health.
  • All May
    Eczema Awareness Month
    Aims to raise awarenss about eczema.
  • 28 April – 5 May
    National Heart Week
    Heart Week is an opportunity for health professionals and the Australian public to start a conversation about heart health and the steps needed to reduce the risk of heart disease.
  • 1 May
    Kiss Goodbye to MS
    Fundraising for research into MS.
  • 5 May
    World Hand Hygiene Day
    Each year the SAVE LIVES: Clean Your Hands campaign aims to progress the goal of maintaining a global profile on the importance of hand hygiene.
  • 6 May
    International No Diet Day
    International No Diet Day is an annual celebration of body acceptance.
  • 7 May
    World Asthma Day
    Aims to improve asthma awareness and care around the world.
  • 8 May
    World Ovarian Cancer Day
    Aims to create a community where those living with ovarian cancer, survivors and their families and friends can unite, share their experiences and help educate the public about this deadly disease.
  • 8 May
    World Red Cross Day
    World Red Cross and Red Crescent Day is an annual celebration of the principles of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement.
  • 8-14 May
    UN Global Road Safety Week
    The theme of the 5th UN Global Road Safety Week is ‘Leadership for road safety’.
  • 10 May
    World Lupus Day
    Aims to educate and inform about the global health problem that is lupus.
  • 12 May
    International Awareness Day for Chronic Immunological and Neurological Diseases (CIND)
    Raising awareness about diseases such as Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (ME), Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS), Fibromyalgia (FM), Gulf War Syndrome (GWS) and Multiple Chemical Sensitivity (MCS).
  • 13-20 May
    Coeliac Awareness Week
    It’s aim is to increase public awareness of the disease and to improve the rates of testing and diagnosis by medical professionals.
  • 15 May
    International Day of Families
    Observed on the 15th of May every year. It reflects the importance the international community attaches to families.
  • 17 May
    World Hypertension Day
    Aims to promote public awareness of hypertension and to encourage citizens of all countries to prevent and control this silent killer, the modern epidemic. The theme is ‘Know Your Numbers’.
  • 19 May
    World IBD Day (Crohns and colitis)
    This May, Australia has joined more than 40 countries across the globe in a unified effort to raise awareness of Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis, inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD’s) that affect over 75,000 Australians and more than 5 million worldwide.
  • 19-26 May
    Schizophrenia Awareness Week
    Schizophrenia Awareness Week (SAW) commenced in 1986. It coincides with the week of World Schizophrenia Awareness Day (24 May).
  • 20-26 May
    National Volunteer Week
    The annual celebration to acknowledge the generous contribution of our nation’s volunteers.
  • 23 May
    Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea (cancer)
    Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea is Cancer Council Australia’s most popular fundraising event and the largest, most successful event of its kind in Australia.
  • 24 May
    World Schizophrenia Awareness Day
    Promoting awareness and early recognition of the condition.
  • 25 May
    World Thyroid Day
    Is dedicated to thyroid patients and to all who are committed to the study and treatment of thyroid diseases worldwide.;
  • 26 May – 1 June
    Food Allergy Awareness Week
    Food Allergy Week aims to raise awareness of food allergy including potentially fatal food allergies.
  • 29 May
    Wear White at Work Day (suicide & mental illness)
    Show support for mental illness sufferers and families of suicide victims.
  • 30 May
    World MS Day
    World MS Day is officially marked on 30 May every year. The theme this year is ‘My Invisible MS’, aiming to raise awareness of the invisible symptoms of MS and the unseen impact of MS on quality of life.
  • 31 May
    World No Tobacco Day
    Intended to encourage a 24-hour period of abstinence from all forms of tobacco consumption around the globe.

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