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2014 seems to be racing by, as we find ourselves already in March and looking forward – hopefully - to the start of spring. March is the chosen month for an even greater than usual variety of health campaigns taking place across the country, so many in fact that we have had to be even more selective than usual in picking out a few favourites for our regular rundown.
So read on to find out more about some of the events you can look out for this month, and if you feel we have missed one out please let us know in the comments!
Twitter hashtag: #DaffodilAppeal
This is an annual, month-long fundraising appeal by Marie Curie Cancer Care. This well-known charity aims to ensure that everyone with a terminal illness receives the high quality end of life care they deserve. They do this via their network of nine hospices across the country and a team of 2,00 nurses.
The Great Daffodil Appeal is an easy way for you to support the charity. All you need to do is buy and wear a daffodil this March, and your donation will go to help provide the care that many people need. The daffodils will be available to buy in retail outlets and public buildings across the UK, or you can visit the Marie Curie site and donate online.
Twitter hashtags: #ovariancancer
Also running throughout March Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month. This is a campaign by Ovarian Cancer Action that aims to spread the word about the signs and symptoms of ovarian cancer. This form of cancer is relatively rare, but there are certain factors that can increase a woman’s risk of developing this disease. Additionally, symptoms are often mistaken for something else, so this campaign is particularly focused on ensuring women are aware of what to look out for.
You can help with this campaign by organising a fundraising event, displaying awareness posters or supporting the event via social media. You can find more information about the campaign on Ovarian Cancer Action’s website.
Our final month-long even is Prostate Cancer Awareness Month, organised by
To find out how you can get involved, visit Prostate Cancer UK for fundraising ideas and to find out more about what they do.
Twitter hashtag: #TalkPeriod
Endometriosis UK is behind this weeklong campaign, which urges women to speak out about endometriosis and related conditions. The slogan for this year’s campaign is ‘It’s ok to talk. Period.’ Which emphasises the charity’s aim of encouraging women who are experiencing heavy or painful periods not to suffer in silence, but to speak to a health professional.
To find out more about the campaign, you can visit Endometriosis UK's website. The page also has information on how you can help raise awareness of this condition, for example by downloading and sharing campaign posters via social media or other means. There will also be support groups and other activities taking place over the week.
Twitter hashtag: #SaltAwarenessWeek
Consensus Action on Salt and Health, or CASH, is the organisation behind this event. They are a group of specialists who are concerned about the amount of salt we consume and it’s effects on our health. National Salt Awareness Week is a chance to highlight the potential links between high salt consumption and serious health conditions such as stroke and stomach cancer.
If you’d like to get involved with this campaign, the CASH website has a resources page where you can download leaflets, posters and factsheets related to salt and heath.
Twitter hashtag: #NoSmokingDay
In 2014 No Smoking Day will celebrate 30 years of campaigning, with the first event being held back in 1984 when over one third of people in the UK were smokers. Today, partly due to campaigns such as this, the figure is closer to one sixth.
The mission of this campaign, run by the British Heart Foundation, is to support the 750,000 smokers who try to quit each year and highlight the help that is available to them.
If you are a smoker you can sign up to take part on the No Smoking Day site. If you don’t smoke but would still like to help out, you can also get ideas on how you can raise awareness or fund raise for the campaign.
Twitter hashtags: #WorldKidneyDay
This is an initiative jointly run by two organisations, the International Federation of Kidney Foundations and the International Society of Nephrology. The aim of the campaign is to educate the public about the importance of keeping your kidneys healthy, and to reduce the incidence of kidney disease and related health problems around the world.
To find out more about this event and how you can get involved, visit the World Kidney Day page, where you can download resources.
You can also support the campaign simply by drinking a glass of water, taking a picture and sharing it on Facebook or Twitter.