` Special Days to Remember `

February

3: National Patient Recognition Day. The day reminds health care providers to reflect on their stewardship and dedication to patient care and satisfaction.

Contact: John O’Malley, President, Strategic Visions Inc., 337 Turnberry Road, Birmingham, AL 35244. Telephone/fax: (205) 995-8495. E-mail: jomalley@mindspring.com. World Wide Web address: www.cncinc.com/visions.

1-28: Wise Health Consumer Month. This recognition places emphasis on reducing consumer demand for medical services and preventing unnecessary physician and hospital emergency room visits.

Contact: American Institute for Preventive Medicine, 30445 Northwestern Highway, Suite 350, Farmington Hills, MI 48334. Telephone: (248) 539-1800, ext. 247. Fax: (248) 539-1808. E-mail: AIPM@healthy.net. World Wide Web address: www. aipm.healthy.net.

1-28: American Heart Month. This year’s focus, women and compliance issues, grew out of a recognition that in recent years more women than men have died from cardiovascular disease, and it is the leading cause of death among women in the United States.

Contact: Cathy Yarbrough, News Media Relations, American Heart Association, 7272 Green ville Ave., Dallas, TX 75231. Telephone: (800) AHA-USA1 or (214) 373-6300. Fax: (214) 369-3685. World Wide Web address: www. americanheart.org.

7-13: National Cardiac Rehabilitation Week. This week is designed to promote the role of prevention in the treatment of heart disease.

Contact: Sheila Kirschbaum, American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation (AACVPR), 7611 Elmwood Ave., Suite 202, Middleton, WI 53562. Telephone: (608) 831-6989. Fax: (608) 831-5122. E-mail: aacvpr@ tmahq.com. World Wide Web address: www. aacvpr.org.

March

1-31: National Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Awareness Month.

Contact: National Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Fibromyalgia Association, P.O. Box 18426, Kansas City, MO 64133. Telephone: (816) 931-4777.

1-31: National Kidney Month. Programs are coordinated nationally and at the local level.

Contact your local National Kidney Founda tion affiliate or Ellie Schlam, National Kidney Foundation Inc., 30 E. 33rd St., New York, NY 10016. Telephone: (800) 622-9010.

1-31: National Nutrition Month. Sponsored by the American Dietetic Association’s National Center for Nutrition and Dietetics, this campaign will reinforce nutrition as a key component of health. Promotional materials — such as posters, bookmarks, buttons, table tents, tray mats, aprons, sports bottles, and ready-to-use announcements — are available.

Contact: American Dietetic Association, 216 W. Jackson Blvd., Chicago, IL 60606-6995. Telephone: (312) 899-0040, ext. 4750. Fax: (312) 899-4739. E-mail: nnm@eatright.org.

1-31: National Social Work Month.

Contact: National Association of Social Wor kers Inc., 750 First St. NE, Suite 700, Washington, DC 20002-4241. Telephone: (800) 638-8799. Fax: (202) 336-8310. World Wide Web address: www. socialworkers.org.

24: American Diabetes Association: Sound the Alert. This day marks an annual public awareness campaign to reach the 5.4 million people with undiagnosed diabetes. Contact: American Diabetes Association, National Center, 1660 Duke St., Alexandria, VA 22314. Telephone: (800) 342-2383. Fax: (703) 549-6995.

This calendar listing is provided courtesy of the Society for Healthcare Strategy and Market Development of the American Hospital Association (AHA).

The organization, located at One N. Franklin, 31st Floor, Chicago, IL 60606, sells a 73-page "Health Observations & Recognition Days” 1999 calendar (Catalog No. HD-166858) for $15 for AHA members and $20 for nonmembers. Call (800) 242-2626 for more information.