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Health Observances


The ADA's major national health observance is National Children's Dental Health Month, which takes place each February. The observance began as a one-day event in Cleveland, Ohio, on February 3, 1941. During that year, February 3 - 7 was designated as Children's Dental Health Week in Akron, Ohio.

The ADA held the first national observance of Children's Dental Health Day on Feb. 8, 1949. The single day observance became a weeklong event in 1955. And in 1981, the program was extended to a month-long celebration known today as National Children's Dental Health Month.

Since 1941, the observance has grown from a two-city event into a nationwide program. NCDHM messages reach millions of people in communities across the country and at numerous armed service bases around the world. Local observances often include poster, coloring and essay contests, health fairs, free dental screenings, museum exhibits, classroom presentations and dental office tours.

Looking for other national health observances and materials? The National Health Information Center (a service of the Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion provides an annual guide,"National Health Observances," to aid health care providers, teachers and others who wish to highlight health care issues in their offices and classrooms

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