Healthy Canberra: Health Observances In August 2016

Healthy Canberra: What’s On In August 2016

We hope you are all enjoying the winter season!

It’s that time of the month again when we round up the health-related events happening in and around Canberra, encouraging everyone to take part and to spread the word in whichever way you can.

Healthy Canberra August 2016

Here are what’s happening in August 2016:

1–7 August: ADA’s Dental Health Week

Dental Health Week is an annual oral health promotion event of the Australian Dental Association. It aims to educate Australians about the importance of maintaining good oral health in every aspect of our lives. This year, the campaign is focused on women’s oral health. Visit their website to learn more.

1–7 August: World Breastfeeding Week

It’s going to be a busy first week of month as World Breastfeeding Week is also observed from 1st of August until the 7th.

This year’s theme is focused on “how breastfeeding is a key element in getting us to think about how to value our wellbeing from the start of life, how to respect each other and care for the world we share”. Visit their Facebook page to see how you can take part in this worthy observance.

1–7 August: National Healthy Bones Week

Healthy Bones Action Week is an annual event by Dairy Australia, which aims to encourage Australians of all ages to take the three actions to build and maintain healthy bones:

1. Increase daily serves of calcium through milk, cheese or yogurt;
2. Go for a walk or committing to some new form of regular exercise; and
3. Spend time outdoors to get more vitamin D.

This year, Dairy Australia is encourage everyone aged 50 or over to join the free 7-day challenge. Learn more about the challenge here.

1–7 August: Infant Massage Week

Organised by Infant Massage Australia, this observance aims to empower parents and enrich families through the nurturing touch of infant massage. Visit their Facebook page for a wealth of resources.

5 August: Jeans For Genes Day

Jeans For Genes Day is a national event aimed at supporting the work of Children’s Medical Research Institute who “research into genetic defects & childhood diseases in order to give kids around the world a better chance of a healthy, happy future!”

There are a number of ways to get involved. Visit this page to learn how.

13 August: Left Handers Day

Calling all lefties out there! August 13th is your day! August 13th is a “chance to tell your family and friends how proud you are of being left-handed, and also raise awareness of the everyday issues that lefties face as we live in a world designed for right-handers”. Check out this page for more information.

21-27 August: Hearing Awareness Week

How loud is too loud? This noise simulator by Deafness Forum of Australia is a great tool as we observe Hearing Awareness Week from 21st-27th August.