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September Healthcare Recognition Days - 2017
Month-long Observances

Healthy Aging Month
Healthy Aging Month is an annual observance month designed to focus national attention on the positive aspects of aging. The main objective is to encourage local-level Healthy Aging events that promote taking personal responsibility for one’s health…physically, socially, mentally and financially.

Healthy Aginghttp://www.healthyaging.net

National Cholesterol Education Month
The month of September is dedicated to educating Americans on the danger of high cholesterol and to encourage cholesterol screenings to guard against heart disease, heart attack and stroke.

Centers for Disease Control and Preventionhttp://www.cdc.gov

Week-long Observances

September 3-9 National Migraine Awareness Week
The Migraine Trust created this week to bring awareness of how headaches and migraines impacts people and their family, social lives and ability to work.

The Migraine Trust - www.migrainetrust.org

September 10-16 National Assisted Living Week
National Assisted Living Week, which traditionally starts on Grandparents Day, provides an opportunity for residents, families, staff, volunteers and the surrounding community to come together and show residents how much we care for them.

National Center for Assisted Livinghttp://www.ahcancal.org

September 10-16 National Nephrology Nurses Week
This week was established to honor the dedicated nephrology nurses who care for patients with kidney disease. ANNA has designated the second full week in September each year as Nephrology Nurses Week.

American Nephrology Nurses Associationhttp://www.annanurse.org

September 10-16 Vascular Nurses Week
This event recognizes professionals practicing vascular nursing at the bedside in acute care settings, operating rooms and clinics, as well as functioning as staff nurses, advanced practice nurses, educators and researchers.

Society for Vascular Nursing - www.svnnet.org

September 17-23 National Rehabilitation Awareness Week
Taking place the third full week in September, this event applauds the efforts of rehab professionals and focuses the nation’s attention on the powers and possibilities of rehabilitation.

National Rehabilitation Awareness Foundationhttp://www.rehabweek.com

September 17-23 National Surgical Technologist Week
Each year, National Surgical Technologist Week is an opportunity to promote the profession and educate the community about the vital role that surgical technologists play in the OR.

Association of Surgical Technologistshttp://www.ast.org

September 24-30 Nurses in Professional Development Week
This week advances the specialty practice of nursing staff development for the enhancement of high-quality healthcare outcomes.

Association for Nursing Professional Developmenthttp://www.anpd.org

September -TBA- National Environmental Services & Housekeeping Week
This event recognizes environmental services teams as essential personnel in the execution of infection control cleaning protocols, patient safety goals and customer satisfaction.

Association for the Healthcare Environment – http://www.ahe.org

Recognition Days

September 15 National Neonatal Nurses Day
National Neonatal Nurses Day is celebrated every September 15. The day was established in 2000 by the National Association of Neonatal Nurses (NANN). On this day, members of the neonatal community honor nurse colleagues and show their pride in being a neonatal nurse.

National Association of Neonatal Nurseshttp://www.nann.org

September 27 Women’s Health & Fitness Day
Women’s Health & Fitness Day is the nation’s largest annual health promotion event for women of all ages. The event is held on the last Wednesday in September.

Health Information Resource Center – http://www.fitnessday.com

September 30 Family Health & Fitness Day USA
Held during the last Saturday in September, Family Health & Fitness Day USA is the largest family health event of its kind. The event’s purpose is to promote family involvement in physical activity, one of the goals of the U.S. Surgeon General’s Report on Physical Activity and Health.

Health Information Resource Centerhttp://www.fitnessday.com