October Observances

Happy International Day of Older Persons!

October is way overboard with the observances this year. In case you were wondering…


Alzheimer’s Association Memory Walk
Dates vary depending location.
American Heart Walk
Dates vary depending on your location.
American Heart Association

Auto Battery Safety Month
Prevent Blindness in America

Eat Better, Eat Together Month
Washington State University

Children’s Health Month
Office of Children’s Health Protection
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Domestic Violence Awareness Month
National Resource Center for Domestic Violence

Health Literacy Month
Health Literacy Consulting

Healthy Babies Month
March of Dimes/Birth Defects Foundation

Healthy Lung Month
American Lung Association

National Breast Cancer Awareness Month

National Chiropractic Month
American Chiropractic Association

National Crime Prevention Month
National Crime Prevention Council

National Dental Hygiene Month
American Dental Hygienists Association

National Depression and Mental Health Screening Month
Screening for Mental Health, Inc.

National Disability Employment Awareness Month
U.S. Dept. of Labor

National Family Sexuality Education Month
Planned Parenthood Federation of America

National Liver Awareness Month
American Liver Foundation

National Physical Therapy Month
American Physical Therapy Association

National Spina Bifida Month
Spina Bifida Association of America

National Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) Awareness Month
SIDS Alliance

National UNICEF Month: Trick–or–Treat for UNICEF.
National Office of the US Fund for UNICEF

National Work and Family Month
Alliance for Work–Life Progress

Talk About Prescriptions Month
National Council on Patient Information and Education

Vegetarian Awareness Month
North American Vegetarian Society

October 1
International Day of Older Persons

Child Health Day
U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services

World Habitat Day
UN Habitat

October 9
International Walk–to–School Day
National Center for Safe Routes to School

October 6 – 12
(first full week in October)
National Mental Illness Awareness Week
American Psychiatric Association

NAMI – National Alliance on Mental Illness

October 7 – 13
(Week including October 9 – Chicago Fire)
National Fire Prevention Week
National Fire Protection Association

October 10
World Mental Health Day
World Federation for Mental Health

Put the Brakes on Fatalities Day

October 13 – 19
(second full week)
National School Lunch Week
School Nutrition Association

October 17
International Day for the Eradication of Poverty
United Nations

October 20
World Osteoporosis Day
International Osteoporosis Foundation

October 20 – 26
(third full week in October)
International Infection Prevention Week
Association for Professionals in Infection Control and
Epidemiology, Inc.

National Health Education Week
Society for Public Health Education

National Healthcare Quality Week
National Association for Healthcare Quality

Make Your Mark Week
Generation On Kids Care Clubs

National Consultant & Senior Care Pharmacists Week
American Society of Consultant Pharmacists

National Respiratory Care Week
American Association for Respiratory Care

October 23 – 31
National Red Ribbon Celebration/
National Plant the Promise Week
(Campaign to keep kids off drugs)
October 24
Food Day
Center for Science in the Public Interest

Take Back Your Time Day
The Simplicity Forum

October 26
(fourth Sat in Oct)
Make a Difference Day

October 30
Lung Health Day
American Association for Respiratory Care