February Awareness Month is right around the corner. So, if you are a political activist, community organizer, fundraiser chair, teacher, or parent, you should consider getting involved with some of the most important events of the year. February is jam packed with awareness events which tackle problems having to do with health, responsibility, and safety. By choosing to get involved with one or more of these events, you are putting your energy into something that is going to make a difference for both other individuals and society as a whole. Let’s examine some of the most popular February awareness events which are about to commence, so you can have a better idea of which cause is right for you.
1. American Heart Month
Everyone is familiar with the American Heart Association. The reputable organization is responsible for sponsoring American Heart Month every year. The main idea behind this particular awareness event is to educate as many people as possible about the risks associated with cardiovascular diseases. This is done in the hopes that this new found awareness will translate into people taking better care of their hearts through the practice of a healthy diet and exercise.For those that don’t know, heart disease is the number one cause of death for Americans. Steps can be taken to prevent heart disease, or it will ultimately lead to heart attack, stroke, or cardiac arrest. So what can you do about it? It starts with treating your body with respect. That means maintaining a healthy diet and participating in regular physical activity. You must also be aware of the levels of stress in your life, and know how to manage them. If you are a smoker, you MUST quit in order to prevent the chances of developing heart disease. By participating in American Heart Month, you can teach others about the factors associated with heart disease. You will help more people than you know.
2. National Eating Disorder Awareness Week
If there is one thing that Americans have a problem with, it’s food. It’s difficult to focus on eating healthy when everywhere you turn, there is a fast food drive-thru window or an advertisement for a midnight snack. The overemphasis of food in this country has resulted in many Americans developing an eating disorder. An eating disorder may either manifest itself as overeating (resulting in obesity), or anorexia and bulimia (leading to becoming dangerously underweight). If only an event could be created to teach people how to practice healthy dieting, it could result in the saving of lives. This is exactly what National Eating Disorder Awareness Week is.
From February 20-26, you can get involved in National Eating Disorder Awareness Week by helping teach people about the ways in which eating disorders can be prevented. People of all ages can benefit from these helpful tips and moral support, though young students are a particularly important demographic to make an impact on because of the fact that they are still developing their self-image. By teaching people about proper dieting and instilling positive reinforcement in their minds, you can help people in your community can a better handle on controlling what they eat or don’t eat.
3. Electrical Safety Awareness Month
This particular February awareness event is less about health, and more about safety. Having electricity in your home and office is one of the greatest tools to make your life more efficient and convenient. However, the danger of electricity can sometimes be underestimated, thus resulting in injuries and deaths. During Electrical Safety Awareness Month, you can take part in teaching children and families in your community about how to properly use electricity.There are plenty of tips that you can use to make people more aware of electrical hazards in their household. For instance, you always want to make sure that your electrical outlets are covered with plastic plugs when not in use. This will prevent a small child from crawling near the outlet and getting shocked. You always want to keep appliances away from water, and never leave them unattended. These ideas are just a few of the many ways that you can help people stay safe during Electrical Safety Awareness Month.