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Military Health System Communications Toolkit Topic and Resources for Communicators - Monthly Topics November 2021

Warrior Care - A Virtual Show of Strength

The Department of Defense, Military Services, and collaborating organizations mark Warrior Care Month in November by highlighting the strength and resilience – physically, mentally, and spiritually – of our wounded, ill, and injured service members and their families and caregivers. The effort is aimed at raising awareness of the recovery coordination resources and programs available today and inspiring year-round discussions regarding today’s warrior care priorities.

Caregiver Month

There are more than 40 million caregivers across the country who sacrifice to improve the quality of life for their loved ones. National Family Caregivers Month is dedicated to celebrating the family caregivers across the country including parents with special needs children, families and friends of wounded soldiers, and others who care for loved ones with chronic conditions and disabilities.

American Diabetes Month

Diabetes is a chronic disease that affects how the body processes insulin and converts food into energy. As many as 10% of Americans live with some type of diabetes, which can be a disqualifying condition to serve in the military. Preventing the onsite of type 2 diabetes (the most commonly diagnosed type amongst adults) helps maintain readiness and the long term health of service members.

November Monthly Observances

November features several national health and military observances that you can consider highlighting on your channels. The observances in bold have graphics and content available on the November Social Media and Content page.

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Bladder Health 1

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Bladder health - a wee bit of advice

Suggested social media content: “November is bladder health month. Here’s a wee bit of advice for bladder health: Don’t smoke! Tobacco use contributes to bladder cancer. Learn more about your #bladder health at: https://medlineplus.gov/bladderdiseases.html”

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Antibiotic Awareness

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10/27/2021
Fight Antibiotic Resistance - only use antibiotics as prescribed

Suggested social media content: “The rise of antibiotic resistant is a growing public health challenge. Learn how #MHS researchers with the #DOD Global Emerging Infections Surveillance Program are contributing to whole-of-government efforts to respond to the threat of antibiotic resistance. https://www.health.mil/News/Articles/2020/10/19/GEIS-Program-collaborates-to-combat-antibiotic-resistance”

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National Diabetes Heart Connection Day

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10/27/2021
National Diabetes Heart Connection Day - Diabetes and Your Heart

Suggested social media content: "DYK…? Diabetes and heart disease often go hand in hand. High blood sugar can damage blood vessels and the nerves that control your heart! Simple lifestyle changes can lower your risk of both. Learn more at: https://www.cdc.gov/diabetes/library/features/diabetes-and-heart.html #AmericanDiabetesMonth"

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National Alzheimer's Awareness Month

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10/27/2021
National Alzheimer's Awareness Month - Fight Alzheimer's Disease

Suggested social media content: “More than 5.8 million Americans live with Alzheimer’s Disease, and millions more are caring for a loved one with the disease. November is National Alzheimer's Awareness Month and National Family Caregivers Month. Below are #CDC resources on caring for people living with #alzheimers: https://www.cdc.gov/aging/caregiving/alzheimer.html #WorldAlzMonth”

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Marine Corp Birthday

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10/27/2021
Happy 246th Birthday to the U.S. Marine Corps!

Suggested social media content: "Happy birthday to the U.S. Marine Corps! Oorah! #Marines #USMC"

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Family Health History

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10/27/2021
National Family Health History Day - Be health literate, know your family health history!

Suggested social media content: "Knowing your family health history helps you and your doctor judge your risks of many health conditions, like cancer or diabetes. Talk to your relatives and share the information with your doc! #healthhistory https://www.cdc.gov/genomics/famhistory/"

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Great American Smokeout

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10/27/2021
Great American Smokeout - Be a quitter. It's never too late!

Suggested social media content: "Great American Smokeout - Be a quitter. It's never too late!"

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Diabetes Serving

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10/27/2021
Diabetes Risk Factor - Serving with Diabetes - American Diabetes Month

Suggested social media content: "Rates of #diabetes in the military have decreased in recent years, but thousands of service members still serve after being diagnosed. Type 2 diabetes is the most common form of the disease, which can be managed with diet, exercise, and medication. The Air Force Center for Excellence in Medical Multimedia has resources service members can use to learn about how to manage diabetes, and lower their risk: https://www.cemm.af.mil/Programs/Diabetes/Type-2-Diabetes/ #AmericanDiabetesMonth"

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Diabetes Genetics

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10/27/2021
Diabetes Risk Factor - Genetics American Diabetes Month

Suggested social media content: "A family history of #diabetes places you at a much higher risk of any type of diabetes. Know your family history, share it with your health provider, and take action to lower other risk factors of diabetes. https://www.cdc.gov/diabetes/basics/risk-factors.html #AmericanDiabetesMonth"

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Diabetes Diet

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10/27/2021
Diabetes Risk Factor - Diet/Obesity -  American Diabetes Month

Suggested social media content: "One of the biggest risk factors for type 2 #diabetes is weight. If you are overweight or obese, losing even a small amount of weight can decrease your diabetes risk. Learn how to #PreventDiabetes from the #CDC at https://www.cdc.gov/diabetes/prevent-type-2/index.html #AmericanDiabetesMonth”

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Diabetes Awareness

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10/27/2021
American Diabetes Month

Suggested social media content: "As many as 10% of Americans live with some type of #diabetes, a chronic disease that affects how the body processes insulin and converts food into energy. November is American Diabetes Month, to educate yourself on the risks, symptoms, and ways to prevent diabetes: https://www.cdc.gov/diabetes/index.html #AmericanDiabetesMonth"

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Daylight Savings Time 2021

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10/27/2021
Daylight Saving Time Ending 2 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 7

Suggested social media content: “Don’t forget to #FallBack on Sunday!”

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Women Warriors Podcast

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10/27/2021
Podcast Launch - Wise health for women warriors

Suggested social media content: “There is a new resource available for women warriors! The #DHA Connected Health Branch has published a new podcast called “Wise Health for Women Warriors” to provide support on women’s health topics like intimate partner violence, postpartum depression, and female readiness, just to name a few. Head to iTunes (https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/wise-health-for-women-warriors/id1586178460) or where ever you get your podcast to listen."

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Warrior Care 6

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10/27/2021
Warrior Care Month - National Resource Directory

Suggested social media content: "The National Resource Directory provides access to services and resources at the national, state, and local levels to support recovery, rehabilitation, and community reintegration, including adaptive sports, education, and employment opportunities. https://nrd.gov/ #WarriorCareMonth #VirtualShowofStrength"

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Warrior Care 5

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Warrior Care Month - Military Adaptive Sports

Suggested social media content: "Shout out to the Wounded Warriors taking charge of their recovery and pushing their limits by participating in adaptive sports. https://www.militaryonesource.mil/health-wellness/wounded-warriors/the-road-ahead/the-power-of-adaptive-sports/ #WarriorCareMonth #MilitaryAdaptiveSports #MASP #VirtualShowofStrength"

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