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Health Promotion in Your Community Using NHOs

You have an opportunity to help to create a community of health at your library, school, or organization by promoting National Health Observances (NHOs). Even better news for you is that the National Library of Medicine (NLM), National Institutes of Health (NIH), and the Middle Atlantic Region (MAR) are here to help.

As you know NHOs are special days, weeks or months that are devoted to increasing awareness about health and wellness issues. NHOs are generally sponsored by federal government agencies, professional associations or not for profit agencies. Conveniently, health observances remain the same from year to year and provide an opportunity to increase public awareness, and educate the general public about specific health concerns.

The NLM and MAR have some resources that you can use right away to promote NHOs to members of your community. MedlinePlus the premiere health and wellness resource produced by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), NLM will often promote NHO’s on the main page. NHOs are not just about advertising the observance, but also about educating communities about the effects of the various health conditions being featured.

You now have a toolkit of resources that you can use at your institution to help improve awareness and promote health issues in your community. Use the links below to begin using the freely available and reliable resources today.

MedlinePlus produced by the National Library of Medicine has health topic pages that you can use to find information on National Health Observance wellness topics.

NIH MedlinePlus magazine (online)
View the current NIH MedlinePlus magazine online and locate past issues.

NIH MedlinePlus magazine (bulk subscriptions)
Libraries and organizations can order NIH MedlinePlus magazines in bulk to distribute to members of their community, at no cost quarterly.

NIH MedlinePlus magazine (individual subscriptions)
Individuals can order the NIH MedlinePlus magazines to be sent to their home at no cost, quarterly.

NIH News in Health
A monthly newsletter from the National Institutes of Health, part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Reprint the articles and illustrations in your own publication. The material is not copyrighted. Please acknowledge NIH News in Health as the source and send them a copy (nihnewsinhealth@od.nih.gov).

National Health Observances (HealthFinder.gov)
National Health Observances (NHOs) are special days, weeks, or months dedicated to raising awareness about important health topics. Locate information from HeatlhFinder.gov

Tips to Promoting a National Health Observance (HealthFinder.gov)
Use the tips in this guide to plan a successful health promotion event.

HealthFinder.gov NHO web badges
Copy and paste the code to add national health observance badges to your website, blog, or social networking profile from HealthFinder.gov