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October 27, 2011

Not Just Thanksgiving: 13 Ways to Commemorate November

Filed under: General HR Buzz — Joyce Marsh, HR Consultant, SPHR @ 11:39 am

Walking through the store the other day, I was searching for some last-minute accessories for my daughters’ Halloween costumes.  This year, my girls (ages 10, 7, and 2) are going as Thing 1, Thing 2, and Thing 3.  Of course, by the store’s calendar, I was about three months too late for Halloween:  most retailers have moved on to Christmas, New Year’s, and Valentine’s Day (yes, I really did see Valentine’s Day decorations out in late October!)

Most discussion around our office (at least in HR) as of late has been the upcoming open enrollment period.  For open enrollment, some of you are probably planning wellness fairs or other healthy events for your employees.   So what does procrastination close to Halloween have to do with open enrollment and wellness fairs?  Nothing, really – except to tie it together with the information I am about to share.  If you are looking for some last-minute information and ideas to share with your employees, here is a list of the official health observances for the month of November:

National Family Caregivers Month

Lung Cancer Awareness Month

National Stomach Cancer Awareness Month

American Diabetes Month

Prematurity Awareness Month

National Healthy Skin Month

November also hosts a few related official observance weeks or days, including:

Great American Smokeout

Drowsy Driving Prevention Week

Get Smart About Antibiotics Week

National Survivors of Suicide Day

In addition to official health observances, November is: Native American Heritage Month, National Adoption Month, and National Novel Writing Month (they promise you can write a novel in a month – I better get started).

Do you have any creative ideas to commemorate these observances?  We want to know!

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