HealthExpress News Monday July 1, 2013

Health Events - July 2013

Following on from our guide to health events in June , we would like to keep you up to date with the national awareness events 2013 calendar. This time, we will be offering some handy information on health events in July, so that you can show your love by supporting these events up and down the country.

Charities should be rewarded for their energy and dedication to their respective cause. Find out about all the awareness days, weeks and months happening in July:

Sickle Cell Awareness month – 01/07/2013 – 31/07/2013

Led by the Sickle Cell Society, this awareness month will aim to dispel some of the myths associated with sickle cell disorders, whilst also raising awareness across the country through fundraising events, talks and seminars. Though the disorder is not as prevalent in the UK as it is in other regions such as Africa, India and the Middle East, many people in the UK are affected by it, whether directly or indirectly.

If you want to support the sickle cell cause, then you can donate on their official website. Your donations will be spent on providing care and support to those affected by the disorder as well as other support services such as education and regional campaigns.

National Motivation Day – 01/07/2013

The National Motivation Day aims to inspire and motivate people across the country so that they can fulfill their potential, whatever path they choose to take. This day is deliberately placed in the middle of the year, a time where everyone requires an added slice of motivation so that they can achieve their ambitions and reach the targets they set at the start of the year.

Treat this day as an opportunity to demonstrate some motivation. You could try to quit smoking or lose some weight; both are very good areas of development which you can channel your motivation into.

Health Information Week – 01/7/2013 – 05/07/2013

This week aims to improve regional health resources and promote a healthier outlook within communities across the whole of the West Midlands area. This includes Birmingham, Shropshire, Staffordshire, Coventry, Warwickshire, Worcestershire and Herefordshire.

Staff from various organisations will be asked to work together in their local community to develop public resources. This means putting up informative displays, holding health fairs, holding competitions and raffles to encourage participation. These campaigns will concentrate on a number of topics related to health; their main goals being to reduce the number of people who smoke, reduce obesity, improve mental health, improve sexual health and to support sensible drinking.

National Transplant Week 08/07/2013 - 14/07/2013

This week sees the NHS blood and donation raise awareness for organ donation to help save lives and encourage more people to sign up with the NHS Organ Donor Register. This year's theme is 'Pass It On', encouraging people to not just sign up to the NHS Organ Donor Register but to crucially tell their family and friends about their wishes. Organ donation is the gift of an organ to help someone who needs a transplant. According to the NHS Blood and Transplant, 'the generosity of donors and their families enables over 3,000 people in the UK every year to benefit from donated organs.'

With various promotional materials available to download like leaflets, posters, an action pack, screen savers, and more, and details on how to register and become an organ donor, the NHS Blood and Transplant encourage you to promote National Transplant Week. Telling your family, friends and colleagues about the campaign will essentially help to increase awareness of organ donation.

World Hepatitis Day – 28/07/2013

The World Health Organisation (WHO) have partnered up with the World Hepatitis Alliance to celebrate the 6th World Hepatitis Day. The first national awareness day was launched in 2008 in response to the lack of global awareness for all variants of hepatitis. This was mainly due to the lack of political coverage given to this condition compared to other communicable diseases such as malaria, tuberculosis and HIV/AIDs.

World Hepatitis Day 2013 posters are available to download with the added function of using an online customisable tool so that you can create a personalised version of the poster. If you want to get more involved in the global event, then why not try to break a Guinness World Record. You must organise a group to perform the Three Wise Monkey 'See No Evil, Hear No Evil, Speak No Evil' actions within 24 hours on World Hepatitis Day.

If you want more information on current health events or news, we are happy to answer any questions you may have. Drop us a comment on here or visit our twitter page and we will endeavour to get back to you as soon as possible.

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