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Monthly Event Calendar for January


Well, here we are: January 3rd, 2011. The first business day in the first month of the new year.  The holidays are officially over, and unless you work for the government or a bank, your next work-sanctioned day off is probably a while from now. While January may mean a return to business as usual for the average worker, you can still create a memorable campaign by  tying your purchase of Business Promotional Products to one of the causes mentioned below.

Awareness Weeks Observed in January

National Folic Acid Awareness Week

Folic Acid Awareness Week

When? January 2-8

What? The following is taken from from the National Council on Folic Acid (NCFA) website:
Folic acid is a B-vitamin that is necessary for proper cell growth. If taken before and during early pregnancy from a multi-vitamin or fortified foods, folic acid can prevent from 50% up to 70% of some forms of serious birth defects of the brain and spine. Women need folic acid, even if not planning to become pregnant, since 50% of all pregnancies are unplanned.

How? A good product to tie in with National Folic Acid Awareness Week would be something that would remind recipients of foods high in folic acid, such as an Orange Stress Ball or Pineapple Stress Ball.

Activity Professionals Week

Activity Professionals Week

When? January 16-21

What? National Activity Professionals Week honors the dynamic individuals working in nursing homes and other senior care facilities. Activity Professionals, as such people are known within the industry, provide an invaluable service caring for our aged and invalid, and NAP week was created to recognize the contributions of Activity Professionals in all adult communities. You can  visit the National Association of Activity Professionals for more information.

How? This is a week to show your appreciation for activity professionals, and a handsome Executive Gift Set or Personalized Leather Journal is a great way to do that.

Healthy Weight Week

When? January 17-21

What? The following is excerpted from the Healthy Weight Network:
Healthy Weight Week is a time to celebrate healthy living habits that last a lifetime and prevent eating and weight problems, rather than intensifying them, as diets do. Traditionally many Americans begin a diet the first week in January and “blow” it the second week. Healthy Weight Week, the third week, is a time to stop dieting for good and help people normalize their lives. It’s a welcome antidote to the dieting and binging that typically begin the New Year! Healthy Weight Week promotes healthy nondiet lifestyles for children and adults of every size. It helps them move ahead to healthy habits they can live with long term — sound, reasonable habits that allow them to live well and get on with their lives. Eat well, live actively, and feel good about yourself and others.

How? There are a number of ways you can associate a promotional event or campaign with Healthy Weight Week. But one of the best ways is by starting a corporate exercise program to coincide with the start of Healthy Weight Week, and Custom Promotional Pedometers would be a great asset to the program. People with busy schedules often have difficulty finding time to exercise, and pedometers are a good way to suggest the idea to them subtly.

National Nurse Anesthetist Week

When? January 23-29

What? The following information is taken from the American Association of Nurse Anesthesists:
In the majority of cases, anesthesia is administered by a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA). CRNAs work with your surgeon, dentist or podiatrist, and may work with an anesthesiologist. CRNAs are advanced practice nurses with specialized graduate-level education in anesthesiology.

How? Like Activity Professionals Week, this awareness week is a good time to tell your CRNAs thanks for their hard work. If you’re thinking about throwing your CRNAs a party, then make sure you get some Customized Corporate Balloons for the event!

Monthly Awareness Campaigns in January

National Blood Donor Month

National Blood Donor Month

What? The following is taken from the American Red Cross:
Every minute of every day, someone needs blood. That blood can only come from a volunteer donor, a person like you who makes the choice to donate. There is no substitute for your donation. When you make a blood donation, you join a very select group. Currently only 3 out of every 100 people in America donate blood.

You can also visit AABB and America’s Blood Centers for more information about where to go if you are interested in donating blood or scheduling a donation at your office or workplace.

How? The best way to recognize National Blood Donor Month is to do what has been mentioned already and donate blood by either going to a Red Cross donation center or by setting up a donation drive at your office. Beyond that, however, we suggest getting some Custom Logo T-Shirts to use as incentives for your staff to also donate blood.

Birth Defects Prevention Month

What? This information is paraphrased from the National Birth Defects Prevention Network (NBDPN):
One in 33 babies is born with a birth defect, and while many people believe that birth defects only happen to other people, birth defects can and do happen in any family. About 120,000 babies in the U.S. each year have birth defects. All sorts of prevention techniques are available, including the aforementioned daily dose of folic acid.

For more information on Birth Defects Prevention Month, visit also the March of Dimes.

How? In addition to getting a promotional item that highlights products rich in folic acid, think about getting some Promotional Baby Wipes. They provide a great canvas for your message as well as an invaluable use to moms-on-the-go!

Cervical Cancer Screening Month

What? The proceeding data has been taken from the National Cervical Cancer Public Education Campaign:
Cervical cancer was once the number-one cause of death from cancer in women. Thanks to the Pap test, which can screen for this cancer, the number of women in the United States with cervical cancer has decreased dramatically. With the Pap test, doctors can also find changes in the cervix when they are still precancerous. It is the only gynecological cancer, currently, that can be prevented through routine screening.

How? Given the personal nature of cervical cancer, you may want to be careful about what sort of promotional product you get, but think about getting some Logo Note Pads or Imprinted Magnetic Clips to remind recipad.com/babients about getting screened annually.

National Glaucoma Awareness Month

Glaucoma Awareness Month

What? Glaucoma is a group of eye diseases that gradually steal sight without warning. Although the most common forms primarily affect the middle-aged and the elderly, glaucoma can affect people of all ages. In the United States, approximately 120,000 are blind from glaucoma, accounting for 9% to 12% of all cases of blindness. Half of the people affected by glaucoma don’t know they have it. For more information on glaucoma, please see Prevent Blindness America and the Glaucoma Research Foundation.

How? Think about getting something green if you’re creating a promotional event in concord with National Glaucoma Awareness Month, such as an Embossed Awareness Bracelet. Too passé for you? Then up the ante with some Eyeball Stress Balls!

The Bottom Line

As you can see, even though the holidays are over, January provides plenty of chances to create an effective promotional event or campaign. And InkHead offers several items that are ideal for such events.

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