January is coming to an end. However, it’s not too late to observe these special January designations.
Poverty in America Awareness Month
Today, about 44 million Americans – one in six children, about 18 percent of all American children – are living below the poverty line. These families are making hard choices between food, health care, heat, and rent. To bring attention to this national crisis, the Catholic Campaign for Human Development has designated January as Poverty in America Awareness Month.
Bath Safety Month
Bath Safety Month is a good time to examine your bathroom and determine how to make it safer for children, grandchildren, adults, and yourself. The Home Safety Council offers tips such as mats, grab bars, and other safety measures for making bathrooms safer for peoples of all ages.
Cervical Health Awareness Month
About 11,000 American women will learn they have cervical cancer this year, and nearly 4,000 will die from an advanced form of the disease. The purpose of Cervical Health Awareness Month is to educate women about the importance of the Pap test as a screening tool for cervical cancer and about vaccines that are available to protect against the human papillomavirus.
Clean Up Your Computer Month
January is a good time to clean out your old computer files and use an air can to dust the vent of your computer, to name just a couple of the many items that can be done to clean up your computer.
National Soup Month
With the cold weather still chilling the bones, January is a good time to celebrate soup by enjoying its many varieties.
National Self-Defense Awareness Month
You can begin the year by reviewing your personal safety. Assessing the risks in your neighborhood and taking classes in self-defense are options to consider.
National Thyroid Awareness Month
As many as 59 million Americans have thyroid problems. The majority of these are undiagnosed and untreated, because patients and their health care providers may be unaware of the risk factors and the signs and symptoms of a thyroid condition.
National Volunteer Blood Donor Month
The purpose of National Volunteer Blood Donor Month is to remind Americans of the importance of donating blood. The holidays and recent severe weather across the nation have added to the already low blood reserves.
National Glaucoma Month
Glaucoma damages the eye's optic nerve. It’s a leading cause of blindness in the United States. It usually happens when the fluid pressure inside the eyes slowly rises, damaging the optic nerve. Often there are no symptoms at first, but a comprehensive eye exam can detect glaucoma.
So enjoy a cup of soup while you clean up your computer. Then think about how long it’s been since you’ve had a medical checkup or had your eyes checked.