October is a wonderful month in Cache Valley. The trees turn from deep green into the beautiful, fall shades of red, orange, yellow and gold. Pumpkins decorate doorsteps and thoughts begin to drift to the quickly approaching holiday season.
October is also a great month to focus on our health and well being, especially as we continue to to battle against the ongoing pandemic from COVID-19. Throughout this month, there are many nationally recognized health days to help us reflect on our individual and family health.
For this first week of October, let us focus on two aspects of health: children's health and mental health.
National Child Health Day: Monday, October 5th
National Child Health Day is a United States Federal Observance Day that happens every first Monday in October. On this day, the current president releases a proclamation to call on all to recognize and support the efforts in improving and promoting children's health.
Take some time on this day to focus on your child's health. Here are a few tips to help you out:
1. Physical Fitness: Encourage active play several times a day
2. Health Eating: Make a healthy snack for your child and let them be involved in the process . Click here for recipe ideas!
3. Limit Screen Time: Click here to see recommendations from professionals
Mental Illness Awareness Week, October 4-10
Mental illness is one of the most overlooked health issues in our nation, even though 1 in 5 adults will experience some type of mental illness this year. Due to the stigmas and prejudices surrounding mental illness, many individuals do not seek treatment. Mental health is an important part of achieving overall health and wellness. The goals of Mental Illness Awareness Week are to promote awareness and education and limit stigmas and prejudices.
Please see below for more information on the events that are happening this week, ways to get involved and links to resources to learn more about mental illness and where to seek health.
October 6, 2020: National Day of Prayer for Mental Illness Recovery and Understanding
October 8, 2020: National Depression Screening Day
October 9, 2020: Aggies Thrive Event. Wear purple to show your support!
October 10, 2020: World Mental Health Day and NAMI WALKS
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