April National Health Observances

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April is host to some great health observances. Stress is a growing problem among Americans, so Stress Awareness Month is a good reason to review how you can de-stress.

Additionally, irritable bowel syndrome, autism, and foot health are all highlighted this month. 

Learn about April’s national health observances so you can get important reminders, and interesting facts, and make small changes for your health this month!

Stress Awareness Month

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Stress is a prominent health concern for Americans, with a 2022 study finding Gen Z reports higher than usual stress levels when compared to other age demographics in the same study. The American Institute of Stress estimates that 55% of Americans are stressed during the day.

Since 1992, Stress Awareness Month has highlighted the impact stress has on our lives, and how we can work to manage our stress. Stress affects more than just our mind, with the health impact extending to your stomach, heart, blood pressure, and more.

Use these tips to learn to manage your stress this month.

Irritable Bowel Syndrome Awareness Month

Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) Awareness Month has been recognized each April since 1997. IBS is estimated to affect about 15% of the United States population. Women are diagnosed twice as often as men.

This month is critical for highlighting IBS and encouraging those who may be affected to seek a medical diagnosis. Of the 15% of the US population believed to be living with IBS, a significant portion are not diagnosed. If you have bowel issues, speak to your provider.

Autism Awareness Month

April highlights Autism via numerous campaigns, including Autism Speaks’ “World Autism Month, Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee’s Autism Awareness Month, and Autism Society’s “Autism Acceptance Month.” An estimated 1 in 36 children in the US have autism.

The awareness campaigns all have similar goals to raise awareness and share stories of those living with autism.

Foot Health Awareness Month 

Research estimates that 1 in 5 Americans experience a foot problem each year. Foot Health Awareness Month serves to remind you to establish a habit of regularly checking your feet. Are there any cracks, peeling, or other injuries you did not notice?

This also might be a great month to buy a new pair of shoes. A good-fitting and comfortable pair of shoes from a reputable brand can greatly improve your mobility and overall joint health.