Health Events - September 2013
We've had a break since our last events post, but now we're back with our regular guide to the health events you can look forward to in September.
We'll be showing our support for these campaigns over the next few weeks, so make sure you keep an eye on our blog and social channels for more information on how you can help these hardworking organisations raise awareness about the causes that matter.
Here's what you need to know about each upcoming event –
Blue September - 01/09/2013 - 30/09/2013
A campaign by the Urology Foundation to raise awareness of various cancers found in men, namely prostate, lung, skin, bowel and testicular cancer. According to the campaign's website, 42% of men die before the age of 75, and one of the objectives behind Blue September is to encourage men to visit their GPs if they have concerns about their health.
You can get involved simply by downloading a poster from the website to display wherever you like, or if you're feeling more enthusiastic you can organise your own fundraising 'Blue Event' in your workplace or community. For example you could hold a 'Blue Friday' at work where all employees wear blue clothing, decorate the office in shades of blue and even bake blue-themed cakes and biscuits.
Sexual Health Week - 16/09/2013 - 22/09/2013
Sexual Health Week is led by the Family Planning Association, a sexual health charity whose goal to provide information, advice and support on sexual health, sex and relationships to everyone in the UK.
Their focus this year is on protecting and promoting sexual health services across the country. The campaign is called 'XES – We Can't Go Backwards'. You can help their cause by taking a look at the 'support us' page, where you can donate and also find out more about getting involved through volunteering or fundraising. They have listed a few fundraising ideas to inspire you, such as cycling events or doing a skydive.
Know Your Numbers! (National Blood Pressure Testing Awareness Week)- 16/09/2013 - 23/09/2013
Running over the same dates as Sexual Health Week, the aim of the Know Your Numbers! campaign is to encourage adults to get their blood pressure checked and, if necessary, take action to lower it.
During the week Blood Pressure UK will have over 1000 stations set up across the country where you can get your BP checked. You can find your nearest location here -
You can also get involved by fundraising or even setting up your own pressure station at your workplace, check out the information page for advice on how to go about this.
World Contraception Day - 26/09/2013
World Contraception Day is supported by various international organisations and societies with an interest in sexual and reproductive health. Their mission is to improve awareness of contraception and enable young people to make informed decisions.
You can find out more about the campaign on their website, which features useful information about contraception and sexual health. You can also 'join in the contraception conversation' on their Facebook, Twitter and YouTube accounts.
World Heart Day - 29/09/2013
A campaign led by the World Heart Federation with the aim of raising awareness that heart disease and stroke are the world's leading cause of death and encouraging discussion around tackling these conditions.
This year's theme is prevention and control of cardiovascular disease, with a focus on women and children, because 'healthy children lead to healthy adults.'
You can find out more about this year's activities around the world here and also submit your own planned events to the site.
HealthExpress will be supporting these campaigns across our blog and social media channels this month. To stay up-to-date with the latest health news and events, why not like our Facebook page or follow us on Twitter? We always welcome your views on our posts, and if you have any questions about our service or products please don't hesitate to get in touch.
Written by Nicola Beckett.