Health Observances and Holidays
OctoberAutumn Games and Health Tips for Kids and Parents
DHHS. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
"October is Children's Health Month, and it's full of opportunities to teach your kids safe and healthy habits. This web site includes tips for parents and activity sheets for kids to teach them how to stay safe and healthy in the fall and all year long."
Celebrate Health Literacy Month in October
USDA. NAL. SNAP-Ed Connection.
Health Literacy Month was founded in 1999 by Helen Osborne, President of Health Literacy Consulting. The goal of the campaign is to emphasize the importance of making health information understandable to the people who need it most.
National Apple Month
U.S. Apple Association.
National Apple Month is the only national, generic apple promotion conducted in the United States. For more apple resources, see our apples page.
National School Lunch Week
School Nutrition Association.
Celebrated the second week in October, National School Lunch Week promotes the importance of school nutrition programs. This celebration also gives the nation's students a chance to vote for their favorite lunch entrees online.
Podcast: Halloween Food Safety Tips
USDA. Food Safety and Inspection Service.
Learn tips for keeping food safe at your Halloween party. script
Vegetarian Awareness Month and World Vegetarian Day
North American Vegetarian Society.
Every year on October 1st, World Vegetarian Day kicks off a month of parties, potluck, presentations, and food tasting displays. For more resources on vegetarianism, see our Hot Topics A-Z page on Vegetarian Nutrition.
World Food Day
U.S. National Committee for World Food Day.
World Food Day, October 16th, is a worldwide event designed to increase awareness, understanding and informed, year-around action to alleviate hunger. For more resources on hunger, see our Hot Topics A-Z page on Food Insecurity and Hunger.
Did you know? October is also...
- National Cookie Month
- National Cranberry Month
- National Dessert Month
- National Pasta Month
- National Pizza Month
- National Popcorn Month
- National Pork Month
- National Seafood Month