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February Observances

February features several national health and military observances that you can consider highlighting on your channels. Download and share any of the graphics and approved social media content shared below.

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Black History Month

 Black History Month

Suggested social media message: This month we celebrate and honor the significant accomplishments of Black people across the Department of Defense. Take a look back at just a few of the many trailblazers who have made great strides in medicine and made contributions to the Military Health System. www.health.mil/Black-History-Month


Patient Appreciation Month

Patient Appreciation Month

Suggested social media message: Caring for service members and their families is an honor we don’t take lightly. Thank you for putting your trust in us to provide you with health care. #PatientAppreciationMonth


Heart Health Month

Heart Health Month

Suggested social media message: Cardiovascular disease is the number one killer in the U.S. of both men and women. Learn more about your risks and where to get care: https://health.mil/HeartHealth #HeartHealthMonth


Eating Disorder Month

Eating Disorder Month

Suggested social media message: Eating disorders affect people of all backgrounds, so they can often be hard to recognize. Educating yourself on the symptoms is the best way to get people the care and treatment they need. #EatingdisorderAwarenessMonth https://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/topics/eating-disordersNational Institute of Mental Health


Age-Related Macular Degeneration Awareness Month

 Age-Related Macular Degeneration Awareness Month

Suggested social media message: #DYK that over 4 million Americans over the age of 40 are visually impaired? February is Age-Related Macular Degeneration Awareness Month, so ask your optometrist how this and other forms of blindness can be prevented.


Eating Disorder Awareness Week (February 20-26)

Eating Disorder Awareness Week

Suggested social media message: *This #EatingDisorderAwarenessWeek, remember there is no need to struggle alone. The road to recovery is long and challenging, but help is available. Educate yourself on the signs of eating disorders to catch bad habits early and stop it before it starts. https://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/publications/eating-disordersNational Institute of Mental Health


Groundhog Day (February 2)

Groundhog Day

Suggested social media message: Punxsutawney Phil is at it again! Whether we get an early spring or six more weeks of winter, have a #HappyGroundhogDay!


Army Nurse Corps Birthday (February 2)

Army Nurse Corps Anniversary

Suggested social media message: Happy anniversary to the Army Nurse Corps! Cheers to 122 years of providing ready, reliable, and innovative nursing care. #Nurses


National Women Physician Day (February 3)

National Women Physicians Day

Suggested social media message: Happy birthday to Dr. Elizabeth Blackwell, the first woman to receive a medical degree in the U.S. in 1849. Today we celebrate her accomplishments and contributions and those of all women in medicine since. #NationalWomanPhysiciansDay 


National Wear Red Day (February 3)

Wear Red Day

Suggested social media message: Today is National Wear Red Day! Show your support for heart disease awareness by wearing red and learning more about heart health here: https://health.mil/HeartHealth #WearRed #HeathHealthMonth


World Cancer Day (February 4)

World Cancer Day

Suggested social media message: President Biden’s Cancer Moonshot aims to cut the death rate from cancer by at least 50% over the next 25 years. Learn how the Military Health System is doing our part (https://www.health.mil/CancerMoonshot) and check out this story of a Marine sharing his experience being diagnosed with B-Cell Leukemia while deployed. https://www.dvidshub.net/video/842418/cancer-moonshot-initiative-marine-with-leukemia-shares-his-storyVideo DVIDS #WorldCancerDay


National Toothache Day (February 9)

National Toothache Day

Suggested social media message: Toothaches are a painful, yet salient reminder to visit your dentist. Instead, take this as your sign to call your dentist before that happens and schedule an appointment for preventive care today. Learn about military dental care here: https://www.health.mil/dental #NationalToothacheDay


National Condom Day (February 14)

National Condom Day

Suggested social media messageGive your valentine chocolates this holiday, NOT an STI! This #NationalCondomDay, remember to be safe and use proper protection to prevent unwanted pregnancy and the spread of STIs. http://www.cdc.gov/condomeeffectivenessgoes to the CDC website


Valentines Day (February 14)

Valentine's Day

Suggested social media message: Whether you’re spending today with a special someone, a friend, or family, we hope you have a Happy Valentine’s Day! 


National Organ Donor Day (February 14)

National Organ Donor Day

Suggested social media message: Organ donors can have up to eight valentines when they elect to become an organ donor and tell their family about their plans. On #NationalDonorDay, think about giving the gift of life as your legacy. Learn how to become an organ donor here: http://www.organdonor.gov/ Organ Donor webpage


Great American Spit Out (February 23)

Great American Spit Out

Suggested social media message: Heads up: Smokeless tobacco like chew and dip cause cancer of the mouth, esophagus, and pancreas! Join thousands of others in the #GreatAmericanSpitOut and QUIT TODAY. http://health.mil/TobaccoFree


National Caregivers Day (February 17)

National Caregiver Day

Suggested social media message: This #NationalCaregiversDay, we recognize the selflessness and generosity shown by all caregivers, especially those in the military community. 
Thank you for ensuring the comfort and dignity of those who need your help. Find resources here: http://warriorcare.dodlive.mil/Caregiver-Resources/Warrior Care webpage


Coast Guard Reserve Birthday (February 19)

Coast Guard Reserve Birthday

Suggested social media message: Happy 82nd birthday to the United States Coast Guard Reserve! To all those who have served or are currently serving in the U.S. Coast Guard Reserve - we salute you.


Presidents Day (February 20)

President's Day

Suggested social media message: This #PresidentsDay, take time to remember and honor those who served our country as commander-in-chief.


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Eating Disorder Awareness Week

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National Organ Donor Day

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World Cancer Day

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National Condom Day

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Great American Spit Out

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National Women Physicians Day

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National Toothache Day

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Valentine's Day

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Army Nurse Corps Anniversary

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Groundhog Day

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