Calendar of national health and wellbeing campaigns table for 2020 to 2021 

We have put together this selection of national and international campaigns to help health and wellbeing leads to plan your health and wellbeing strategy and activities for the year ahead.

If you have a national health and wellbeing campaign that NHS staff will benefit from please submit your campaign for review by completing this form.

1 to 31 January 2020
Dry January 
Dry January challenges you to go alcohol free for 31 days and aims to raise awareness of the effects of alcohol.
4 February 2020 World Cancer Day
World cancer day is the ideal opportunity to spread the word and raise awareness of cancer in people’s minds and the world media. This global event takes place every year on 4 February and aims to save millions of preventable deaths each year by encouraging individuals to take action. You may also want to take a look at our additional guidance for employers on supporting employees with long-term health conditions returning to and continuing in work. 
6 February 2020
Time to Talk Day
Time to talk day is a chance for all of us to be more open about mental health – to talk, to listen, to change lives.

2 to 8 March 2020 Eating Disorders Awareness week
Eating Disorders Awareness week is an international awareness event, fighting the myths and misunderstandings that surround eating disorders. Awareness is raised to spotlight the impact eating disorders can have on an individual and highlight what individuals, colleagues and employers can do to support someone’s recovery. 
13 March 2020
No Smoking Day
No smoking day is to encourage and support smokers to quit the habit.
13 March 2020 World Sleep Day
World sleep day  promotes important issues related to sleep, including medicine, education, social aspects and driving. The aim is to lessen the burden of sleep problems on society through better prevention and management of sleep disorders. 
16 to 22 March 2020
Nutrition and Hydration Week
This global movement aims to focus on nutrition and hydration as an important part of quality care, experience and safety improvement in health and social care settings. 
20 March 2020
World Oral Health Day
90% of the world’s population will suffer from oral diseases in their lifetime and many of them can be avoided with increased governmental, health association and society support and funding for prevention, detection and treatment programmes. World Oral Health Day offers the dental and oral health community a platform to take action and help reduce the overall disease burden. 
1 to 30 April 2020
Stress Awareness Month
During Stress Awareness Month, healthcare professionals and health promotion experts across the country will join forces to increase public awareness about the causes and cures for our modern stress epidemic. Take a look at our web pages for more information about stress in the workplace.
6 April 2020
Walk to Work Day
Walk to Work Day encourages people to set the car keys down, set the alarm early, pack a breakfast you can eat on the go, and plot your route. This helps to reduce carbon emissions as well as adding some healthy movement to your day.
7 April 2020 World Health Day
World health day is to highlight a priority area of public health concern in the world.
24 April 2020 On your Feet Britain
On your feet Britain encourages workers across Britain to unite together and participate in a variety of fun and simple activities to #SitLess and #MoveMore at work. The On your feet Britain challenge dares you to convert 'sitting time' to 'standing time' by following some simple changes. 
1 to 31 May 2020
National Walking Month
National Walking Month encourages people to walk more throughout May. Initiatives include, Walk to Work Week and Walk to School Week. 
5 May 2020 Global Hand Hygiene Day Save lives: Clean your hands calls on health facilities to prevent health care-associated sepsis through hand hygiene and infection prevention and control (IPC) action. Sepsis is estimated to affect more than 30 million patients every year worldwide. 
4 to 10 May 2020 Sun Awareness Week With almost half of British people having been sunburnt last year, Sun awareness week highlights the importance of looking after your skin in the sun.
18 to 24 May 2020
Mental Health Awareness Week
Mental Health Awareness Week is all about raising awareness and promoting better mental health. Take a look at our dedicated web page for more information on mental health in the workplace.
8 to 14 June 2020 British Nutritional Foundation (BNF) Healthy Eating Week
BNF Healthy Eating Week celebrates and promotes healthy eating, as well as food provenance, cooking and being active.
8 to 14 June 2020
Carers Week 
Carers Week is an annual campaign to raise awareness of caring by highlighting the challenges that carers face and recognise the contribution they make to families and communities throughout the UK. Look at our web page about supporting carers in the workplace.
10 to 16 June 2020
Men's Health Week 
Led by the Men's Health Forum, the purpose of Men’s Health Week is to raise awareness of preventable health issues and encourage men and boys to seek professional advice for health-related problems. 
15 to 21 June 2020 Cervical Screening Awareness Week Around 3,200 women are diagnosed with cervical cancer in the UK each year.  More than half of cases in the UK  are diagnosed in women aged 45 or under. Cervical screening is the most effective way of preventing cervical cancer across the UK.
8 August 2020 Cycle to Work Day
Cycle to Work Day is the UK’s biggest cycle commuting event. Every year since 2012 we’ve seen thousands of enthusiastic riders hit the streets to celebrate everyday cycling. 
2 to 8 September 2020 Organ Donation Week Encourage people to join the NHS Organ Donor Register and encourage people to share their donation decision. For further information visit the NHS Blood and Transplant website.
9 to 15 September 2020
Know Your Numbers Week
Blood Pressure UK's flagship blood pressure testing and awareness campaign, encourages adults to know their blood pressure numbers and take the necessary action to reach and maintain a healthy blood pressure. This year around 250,000 free checks will be available across the UK.
10 September 2020
World Suicide Prevention Day 
World Suicide Prevention Day promotes worldwide commitment and action to prevent suicides.

13 September 2020


World Sepsis Day 
Sepsis causes approximately six to nine million deaths worldwide every year, most of which are preventable. During World Sepsis Day events are held to raise awareness of sepsis  all over the world. It can range from medical education, to sports activities and fundraising events. 
23 to 29 September 2020
National Eye Health Week 
National Eye Health Week (NEHW) is about healthcare professionals joining forces to encourage more people to have regular sight tests and make lifestyle choices that benefit their vision and general well-being. NEHW raises awareness of how we can improve the UK's eye health, contribute towards a reduction in avoidable blindness and enhance people's everyday lives.
25 September 2020
National Fitness Day
National Fitness Day encourages people all across the country to make 26 September the most active day of the year.
27 September 2020
World's Biggest Coffee Morning
Get involved in a coffee morning to raise funds for Macmillan Cancer Support.
1 to 28 October 2020
Stoptober is a campaign running throughout October which encourages people to stop smoking, and offers support to help achieve a smoke free. 
1 to 31 October 2020
National Cholesterol Month
National Cholesterol Month is devoted to raising funds for Heart UK and raising awareness about the dangers of high cholesterol. 
1 to 31 October 2020 Breast Cancer Awareness Month Breast Cancer Awareness month helps to raise awareness for the disease and to raise funds for research. The campaign also offers information and free resources to help you with your local campaigns. To find out more and how to get involved go to the website.  You may also want to take a look at our additional guidance for employers on supporting employees with long-term health conditions returning to and continuing in work. 
1 to 5 October 2020
National Work Life Week
National Work Life Week aims to get both employers and their employees talking about wellbeing at work and work life balance. It’s an opportunity for employers to show their employees, and potential candidates, how their organisation is striving for a family friendly and flexible working culture.
8 October 2020 National Clean Air Day National Clean Air Day is a chance for the whole country to come together and improve air quality through collective action.
8 to 12 October 2020
Back Care Awareness Week 
The aim of the week-long event, organised by BackCare, is to raise awareness of the problems back pain can cause, as well as prevention and treatments. See our dedicated web page for more information on musculoskeletal disorders.
10 October 2020
World Mental Health Day 
World Mental Health Day raises public awareness about mental health issues. See our web pages dedicated to mental health in the workplace.
14 to 20 October 2020
International Infection Prevention Control Week
Infection prevention control week is about raising awareness for the important role we all play in keeping patients safe from infection. 
18 October 2020
World Menopause Day
World Menopause Day is to raise awareness about the menopause and to pledge support for women who face health issues when approaching, during and beyond the menopause.
1 to 30 November 2020
Movember Men's Health Awareness Month

Each year, Movember is responsible for thousands of mustaches on men’s faces in the UK and around the world. The aim of Movember is to raise vital funds and awareness for men's health, specifically prostate cancer.  You may also want to take a look at our additional guidance for employers on supporting employees with long-term health conditions returning to and continuing in work.  You may also want to take a look at our additional guidance for employers on supporting employees with long-term health conditions

 returning to and continuing in work. 

4 to 8 November 2020
International Stress Awareness Week
International Stress Awareness Day aims to develop greater understanding of stress and offer individuals and organisations access to proven coping strategies and sources of help. See our web pages for more information about stress in the workplace

12 to 16 November 2020

Anti-Bullying Week
This Anti-Bullying Week the theme is "Respect". Take a look at our web pages for more information about tackling bullying, and read our case study to see how London Ambulance Service have tackled bullying and harassment.
11 to 17 November 2020
Alcohol Awareness Week
The aim of Alcohol Awareness Week is to get people to think about alcohol – how it affects us as individuals, families, communities and society as a whole. See our infographic for more information on alcohol awareness.
25 November to 10 December 2020
16 Days of Action Against Domestic Violence
The 16 Days of action against domestic violence campaign is a time to take action to end violence against women and girls around the world.
1 December 2020
World Aids Day 
World AIDS day is an opportunity for people worldwide to unite in the fight against HIV, show their support for people living with HIV and to commemorate people who have died.

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