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February

Social Media Graphic Black History Month with images of black service members within the letters of “Black History Month.”

Black History Month, also known as African American History Month, celebrated in February, recognizes the accomplishments of Black Americans, and their enormous contributions to our nation. Black Americans have a long distinguished history of serving in the U.S. Armed Forces, defending their Nation with loyalty, honor and patriotism in every war since the American Revolution.

Messages for Communicators

  • Through American history, generations of Black Americans have struggled with adversity to achieve the full benefits of citizenship in American society.
  • The U.S. military has played a significant role in the civil rights movement in America, notably in the integration of the Armed Forces following World War II in 1948.
  • Black Americans’ contributions to military medicine are many and ongoing.
  • Black Americans have an increased risk of heart disease.
    • They are at least 40% more likely to experience some form of cardiovascular disease and are 20% more likely to die from heart disease than non-Hispanic white Americans.
    • Hypertension is the most common cause of further heart disease amongst African Americans, which is often affected by lifestyle factors like diet and exercise.
    • Diabetes, frequently connected to heart disease, also occurs with higher frequency amongst African Americans.

Graphics

Social Media Graphic on Wear Red Day with mannequins with red clothing to dress them.


Social Media Graphic on Wear Red Day with mannequins with red clothing to dress them.


Social Media Graphic on National Caregivers Day, with two service members holding hands


Social Media Graphic on National Children’s Dental Health Month, with a smiling little girl. National Children‘s Dental Health Month Bring a smile to your child’s face – Get them started on a lifetime of healthy teeth.


Social Media Graphic on National Women’s Physician Day with female physicians from the Army, Navy and Air Force.


Social Media Graphic on Presidents Day showing the Lincoln Memorial.


Social Media Graphic on Valentine’s Day and heart health with a service member covering his face with a scribbly heart.  4 Ways to Jeep your heart healthy this Valentine’s Day: Go for a walk or hike, Cook a healthy dinner. Volunteer. Watch your sweets.


Social Media Graphic on National Eating Disorders Awareness Week with a fork and tape measure on lime green background.  National Eating Disorders Awareness Week February 23- March 3


Social Media Graphic for Patient Appreciation Week showing an Army doctor and patient.  Patient Appreciation week: Thank you to every service member, retiree, family member and every other patient in the MHS. You are why we do what we do.


Social Media Graphic for Patient Appreciation Week showing an Air Force doctor and patient.  Patient Appreciation week: Thank you to every service member, retiree, family member and every other patient in the MHS. You are why we do what we do.


Social Media Graphic for Patient Appreciation Week showing a Navy doctor and patient.  Patient Appreciation week: Thank you to every service member, retiree, family member and every other patient in the MHS. You are why we do what we do.


Social Media Graphic for Groundhog Day showing a ground hog peeking out of its burrow.  Happy Groundhog Day!

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