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September is Sports Eye Safety Month

This month – keep your eyes safe from sports injury, support those affected by blood cancer, learn about food-borne pathogens, and more!

This Month’s Observances

Sports Eye Safety Awareness Month

Prevent Blindness America has named September Sports Eye Safety Awareness month to educate the public on necessary steps to help keep our eyes healthy and injury-free.

Every 13 minutes, emergency rooms across the US treat a sports-related eye injury, with more than 25,000 people seeking treatment for sports-related injuries. Forty-three percent of these injuries are to children aged 14 and younger.

Ninety percent of sports-related eye injuries can be prevented by wearing proper eye protection. However, only 15% of children and 33% of adults reported they consistently do so.

PBA advises athletes to never wear regular glasses while playing any form of sports because they may shatter on impact. Eye protection must be cushioned along the brow and bridge of the nose to prevent the cutting of skin. Anyone participating in sports needs to opt for protective eyewear that provides UV protection. 

Blood Cancer Awareness Month

The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society observes September as Blood Cancer Awareness Month to educate and increase awareness on the different blood cancers and treatments available.

Blood Cancer is the third leading cause of cancer deaths in the US, with 1.3 million people living with or in remission from Leukemia, Lymphoma, and Myeloma. Fundraising and donation drives continue to increase community awareness, while bringing forth new and improved treatments and transplants. Globally, a form of blood cancer is diagnosed every 3 minutes. 

Most common blood cancers:

  • Leukemia: Cancer of the bone marrow and blood. 
  • Lymphoma: Starts in cells that are part of the body’s immune system. 
  • Myeloma: Cancer of plasma cells, a type of white blood cell.
  • Myelodysplastic Syndromes (MDS): A group of diseases of the blood and bone marrow. 
  • Myeloproliferative Neoplasms (MPNS): Types of cancers that begin with abnormal change in stem cell in bone marrow. 

Preventative methods: Avoid smoking, radiation, chemicals, pesticides, and benzene.  Maintain a healthy weight and diet..

Treatments consist of chemotherapy, radiation and stem cell treatments.

Food Safety Education Month

September has been named Food Safety Education Month to educate the community and reduce the risk of foodborne pathogens in your home, school, and at work. These are usually infectious or toxic in nature and are caused by bacteria, viruses, parasites, or chemical substances entering the body through contaminated food or water.

Symptoms of foodborne illnesses can range anywhere from minor illnesses, such as vomiting, to debilitating infections like Meningitis.

Each year an estimated 1 in 6 American’s (48 million) get sick, 128,000 are hospitalized, and 3,000 die from eating contaminated food. Children under the age of 5, adults over the age of 65, women who are pregnant or nursing, and those with weakened immune systems are at a much higher risk of contracting foodborne illness than others. 

5 most common causes of foodborne illness:

  1. Improper hot/cold temperatures of potentially hazardous foods.
  2. Improper cooking temperature of food.
  3. Dirty or contaminated utensils and equipment.
  4. Poor health/hygiene.
  5. Food provided from unsafe sources. 

Preventative methods: Wash hands and surfaces often.  Don’t cross contaminate food and cook food to proper temperatures.  Refrigerate perishable items within 2 hours of being cooked.

Pain Awareness Month

Pain Awareness Month started in 2001 by the American Chronic Pain Association (ACPA). This is a time where many organizations come together to raise awareness for people in chronic pain, pain management, and to educate citizens about treatment options.

The U.S. Pain Foundation Pain Awareness Pledge unites pain warriors, healthcare professionals, and lawmakers. Signing this pledge allows the nation to see that chronic pain is a disease and it needs to be addressed. In 2015, the Pain Awareness Pledge was signed by 895 individuals! Lets all spread the word of Pain Awareness and be the voice of those who cannot speak.

World Alzheimer’s Month

World Alzheimer’s Month is the international campaign every September to raise awareness and challenge the stigma that surrounds dementia (World Alzheimer’s Month). September 2019 will be the 8th year of recognizing September as World Alzheimer’s Month. This allows individuals with dementia, medical professionals, and researchers to unite and provides a great opportunity for Alzheimer associations to gain recognition for the hard work they do.

How can you participate in World Alzheimer’s Month? There are many ways that we can participate. For one, organize a group or event page to raise money for a friend or loved one that has dementia, or just a simple donation to ADI can make a big difference.

Dementia Facts:

  1. There is one new case of dementia every three seconds.
  2. Dementia does not have a cure.
  3. The worldwide estimated cost for Dementia is $818 billion.
  4. There are currently 46 million people worldwide with Dementia. The number of people affected is set to rise to over 131 million by 2050.

Daily Observances: 

World Heart Day – September 29th, 2019

Sunday, September 29th is globally observed as World Heart Day by the World Heart Federation to raise awareness and encourage individuals to take action in reducing heart disease, improving our quality of life and setting good examples for those around us.

Today, cardiovascular disease is the world’s #1 killer, with 17.9 million deaths per year. This equals one third of all deaths on the planet each year, and half of all non-communicable disease related deaths. Around 85% of these deaths are due to heart disease or stroke.

The World Heart Federation is asking for worldwide participation this year by becoming a Heart Hero to a loved one. This is a promise to eat healthier, become more active, and saying no to smoking. 

How can you get involved? This year, Go Red for Women, a movement that started in Columbia over 15 years ago, focuses on preventing heart disease and stroke in women by promoting healthy lifestyles and raising funds to support research. An annual luncheon will be held on Friday, September 27th in honor of World Heart Day 2019. 

Grandparents Day

The last Sunday after Labor Day is reserved for Grandparents Day each year. Grandparents Day has three major purposes; honoring your grandparents, giving grandparents the opportunity to show their love for their grandchildren, and encouraging children to respect their elders.

Grandparents Day was started by Marian Lucille Herndon McQuade from West Virginia. She made it well-known that families should celebrate gatherings as often as possible, and that Grandparents Day should be celebrated as a family day. Mrs. McQuade created a campaign to launch Grandparents Day in 1970.

Many years later, President Jimmy Carter proclaimed Grandparents Day to be the first Sunday after Labor Day in 1979. To this day each year the president issues a proclamation to keep this tradition going. 

Fun Facts about September

More people are born in the month of September than any other month. 

September is National Hispanic Heritage Month

The moon is the fullest of the year in September. When looking at it, it looks very large and gives a lot of light throughout the entire night. Many believe no other lunar spectacle is as awesome as the harvest moon.

Although summer is considered over by the time September rolls around, it is still one of the warmest months of the year in the Southern United States. Northern states have warm September days, but the nights get much cooler. This is harvest time for crops, and in Switzerland, September is called Harvest Month. 

September 19th is National Talk Like a Pirate Day. 

What do you love about September? How will you be getting involved in September’s observances?

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