April is Autism Awareness and Acceptance Month
Over 40 years ago, the Autism Society launched an ongoing nationwide effort to promote autism awareness and assure that all affected by autism are able to achieve the highest quality of life possible.
According to recent studies, the prevalence of autism in the United States has risen from 1 in 125 children in 2010 to 1 in 54 in 2020.
Autism, or autism spectrum disorder (ASD), refers to a broad range of conditions characterized by challenges with social s...
Time to chill and cope with your stress
April is Stress Awareness Month and It has been recognized every April since 1992. Nevertheless, after a year of living with COVID-19 and all its fear and uncertainty, this year it is very important to our mental health. Living a healthy lifestyle means learning to cope with our stress.
Each of us experience stress in a number of different ways. Therefore, there is no single definition for stress which would apply to everyone.
The most common definition of stress is a...
Developmental Disabilities Awareness
March is Developmental Disability Awareness Month.
In 1987, President Ronald Reagan recognized Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month to “increase public awareness of the needs and the potential of Americans who face developmental disabilities and to provide the opportunities they need in order to live productive lives and to achieve their full potential”.
It is estimated that in the United States about 17% or 1 in 6 children from the...
National Nutrition Month
National Nutrition Month is an annual nutrition education campaign celebrated each year during the month of March. It focuses on the importance of making informed food choices and developing sound eating and physical activity habits.
Created in March 1973, National Nutrition Month was embraced as a way to deliver nutrition education messages to the public. In 1980, in response to growing public interest in nutrition, the week-long celebration expanded to become a month-long obse...
March is Poison Prevention Awareness Month
Children Act Fast, So Do Poisons
It only takes seconds for children to get a hold of something poisonous. Two of the characteristics that we usually nurture and encourage in our kids – intelligence and curiosity – can be disastrous when it comes to keeping them safe.
Did you know that someone calls a U.S. poison control center about every 12 seconds? Every year poison control centers help over a million parents and caregivers when kids get...
Multiple Sclerosis Awareness
Multiple Sclerosis Awareness Week is March 7 – 14. The prevalence of Multiple Sclerosis (MS) in the United States has long been thought to be about 400,000 people, but recent research puts the number of Americans living with MS closer to 1 million.
Multiple sclerosis is a disease of the central nervous system that can cause symptoms throughout the body. In MS, the immune system attacks the myelin sheath that normally protects nerve fibers in the brain, spinal cord, and opt...