FABULOUS FEBRUARY AWARENESS
Fabulous February sparks awareness initiatives for many important health and social issues. It is the month for Love, Black History, Heart Disease, Cancer and Teen Dating Violence Awareness, to name a few. Holidays this month include Valentines Day and President’s Day.
AWARENESS WEEKS this month bring us Burn Awareness Week (2/2-2/8); Random Acts of Kindness Week (2/17-2/21) and National Eating Disorders Awareness Week (2/24-3/1).
AWARENESS DAYS include National Girls and Women in Sports Day (2/1); World Cancer Day (2/4); Give Kids A Smile Day (2/7) and Love Your Pet Day (2/20).
This year’s TEEN DATING VIOLENCE awareness month theme is Outrage into Action. A call for change as the campaign celebrates the 10th year of #TDVAM and say Enough is Enough! Break the Cycle is leading efforts with organizations and individuals far and wide to ensure that everyone has the tools to create healthy relationships.
Each February advocates join forces to raise awareness about teen dating violence (TDV) and put a spotlight on ways to help diffuse and prevent it from happening. According to the National Resource Center on Domestic Violence, approximately 1.5 million high school students nationwide experience physical abuse from a dating partner. Statistics state that 3 in 4 parents have never talked to their children about domestic violence. There are many resources available to provide information and support to victims and help others to decrease the prevalence of TDV.
Break the Cycle and the Love Is Not Abuse Campaign have been hosting It’s Time To Talk Day for the past 10 years. This awareness campaign aims to create conversations about healthy relationships and prevent teen dating violence and abuse. The 2020 NO MORE campaign developed a toolkit titled “How to Start a Conversation: Talking About Dating and Healthy Relationships Step-by-Step”.
BLACK HISTORY MONTH — this year’s theme focuses on African Americans and The Vote. It addresses the ongoing struggle on the part of both black men and back women for the right to vote. The 2020 theme celebrates the centennial of the Nineteenth Amendment and the culmination of the women’s suffrage movement. The year also marks the sesquicentennial of the Fifteenth Amendment (1870) and the right of black men to the ballot after the Civil War.
The founders of Black History Month are ASALH: The Association for the Study of African American Life and History; established in 1915 by Dr. Carter G. Woodson.
HEART HEALTH MONTH — This year’s theme focuses on how people can control high blood pressure and protect their heart. Uncontrolled high blood pressure, or hypertension, is dangerous and far too common. One of three adults in the United States has the condition. High blood pressure usually has no signs or symptoms, but it does have consequences. Join the Division for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention (DHDSP) throughout February in encouraging people with high blood pressure on their journey to control. Slogan: We’ve got this!
Lastly, February is the month of Love. VALENTINE’S DAY is annually February 14th. With our country in a state of change, this year’s holiday carries new meaning. We all need to share the love and laughter. — We are Socially Sparked®! – Tweet us @sosparkednews
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