Mark Your Calendar: Planning Your 2021 Prevention Projects Made Easy

As we dive into 2021, we look forward to seeing the many projects our Youth Action Teams will complete this year! Below, we have provided a timeline of prevention-related cause awareness months, weeks and days to help you plan timely and relevant projects and events. These days are important because they provide dedicated opportunities to spread awareness and show support for causes we care about. Planning projects and events around these dates encourage others who are invested in these causes to participate.

Please know that this is not a comprehensive list but should be viewed as a starting point. These dates are based on when they occurred in previous years and will be updated if changes are made as the year progresses.

January 

  • National Birth Defects Prevention Month

February

  • American Heart Month
  • National Cancer Prevention Month
  • Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month
  • World Cancer Day (Feb. 4)
  • Random Acts of Kindness Week (Feb. 14-20)
  • Random Acts of Kindness Day (Feb. 17)

March

  • National Nutrition Month
  • Patient Safety Awareness Week (March 14-20)
  • National Sleep Awareness Week (March 14-20)
  • World Sleep Day (March 19)
  • Brain Awareness Week (March 15-21)
  • National Poison Prevention Week (March 21-27)
  • National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week (March 22-28)

Spring Season

  • Prom (Varies)
  • Spring Break (Varies)

April

  • Alcohol Awareness Month
  • National Minority Health Month
  • Oral Cancer Awareness Month
  • Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month
  • National Public Health Week (April 5-11)
  • World Health Day (April 7)
  • National Alcohol Screening Day (April 8)
  • Global Youth Service Days (April 23-25)
  • DEA Take Back Day (April 24)

May 

  • Mental Health Month
  • Women’s Health Month
  • National Teen Pregnancy Prevention Month
  • National Physical Fitness and Sports Month
  • Children’s Mental Health Awareness Week (May 2-8)
  • National Prevention Week (May 9-15)
  • National Women’s Health Week (May 9-15)
  • National Alcohol- and Other Drug-Related Birth Defects Awareness Week (May 13-19)
  • World No Tobacco Day (May 31)

Summer Season

  • Summer Break (Varies)

June

  • Men’s Health Month
  • National Safety Month
  • Men’s Health Week (June 14-20)

July

  • National Park and Recreation Month
  • BIPOC Mental Health Awareness Month

August

  • Back-to-School Time (Varies)
  • World Lung Cancer Day (Aug. 1)
  • National Night Out (Aug. 3)
  • National Nonprofit Day (Aug. 17)
  • International Overdose Awareness Day (Aug. 31)

Fall Season

  • Homecoming (Varies)

September

  • Healthy Aging Month
  • National Recovery Month
  • Pain Awareness Month
  • Baby Safety Month
  • National Suicide Prevention Week (Sept. 5-11)
  • World Suicide Prevention Day (Sept. 10)
  • Family Health and Fitness Day (Sept. 25)
  • World Heart Day (Sept. 29)

October

  • Health Literacy Month
  • Healthy Lung Month
  • National Bullying Prevention Month
  • Mental Illness Awareness Week (Oct. 3-9)
  • National Depression Screening Day (Oct. 7)
  • World Mental Health Day (Oct. 10)
  • Lights on Afterschool (Oct. 28)
  • National Health Education Week (Oct. 18-22)
  • Red Ribbon Week (Oct. 23-31)
  • DEA Take Back Day (TBD)

Winter Season 

  • Winter Break & Holiday Celebrations (Varies)

November

  • Lung Cancer Awareness Month
  • American Diabetes Month
  • Prematurity Awareness Month
  • World Kindness Day (Nov. 13)
  • World Prematurity Day (Nov. 17)
  • Great American Smokeout (Nov. 18)
  • International Survivors of Suicide Loss Day (Nov. 20)
  • Giving Tuesday (Nov. 30)

December

  • National Impaired Driving Prevention Month

 

If you have suggestions of additional dates to add to this list, please let us know by emailing Michael at michael@guideinc.org.

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