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Welcome back to our regular round-up of the various health-related campaigns and occasions taking place during July.
Unusually, this month there are only a select few health campaigns taking place instead of the usual wide-ranging assortment. Luckily the ones that are happening are all the more interesting for occurring during what seems to be an unpopular month!
Read on to find out more about the events we’ve selected for this month’s blog, including what they stand for and how you can get involved.
Formerly National Motivation Day, this event has been rebranded this year as a global campaign. The founder of both campaigns is Mayah Riaz, a businesswoman who conducts motivational talks for businesses and individuals.
The aim of WMD is to mark a halfway point between the New Year’s resolutions made last year and the ones we will make at the end of the current year. This is a time when many people will be flagging in their attempts to make a change in their life, be it quitting smoking, eating more healthily, getting regular exercise or something else.
EMCAM is another event that has been reinvented for 2014, upgrading from a weeklong campaign. The aim of this campaign, and of Cancer Equality, the organisation behind it, is to highlight the needs of black and minority ethnic (BME) communities in relation to cancer services. Research indicates that BME individuals are associated with later cancer diagnoses and poorer survival rates. Cancer Equality campaigns to address this inequality by raising awareness in BME communities of the importance of early detection and treatment.
One in three people will be diagnosed with cancer in their lives, but some cancers are more common among specific groups. For example, black men are three times more likely to develop prostate cancer than white men, and mouth cancer is more common among South Asians. You can find out more about this campaign by visiting Cancer Equality’s website.
The organisation behind this event is Keep Britain Tidy, a charity that campaigns for cleaner streets, parks and beaches across the UK. In their words, ‘quality green spaces are essential to healthy, happy communities.’
The charity will be hosting their own event in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park on 28th July, which will include live music, wildlife tours and more. However there will be events taking place in parks all over the country throughout the month, so you should be able to find something happening near you. For more information and to find out how you can get involved, visit the event page.
World Hepatitis Day is a campaign by the World Hepatitis Alliance, created and approved by the World Health Organisation in 2010.
The focus for this year’s campaign is viral hepatitis. This condition is the world’s 8th biggest killer, claiming 1.5 million lives each year. Despite this, many people do not know much about it, and would probably be shocked to hear these stats.
The World Hepatitis Alliance campaign site has lots of information detailing how you can get involved. For example you can send them a picture which has made you think twice – to fit in with the #thinkhepatitis theme. You can also find what events are going on near you, and join in with raising awareness via social media.