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National Headache Awareness Week 2008

by Teri Robert, Lead Expert

The National Headache Foundation (NHF) has designated the first week of June as National Headache Awareness Week (NHAW). This year marks the 15th annual observance of NHAW, and the observance falls on June 1 - 7.

NHF Executive Director Suzanne Simons commented,

”We are very happy to be recognizing the 15th annual National Headache Awareness Week. Our theme this year points out the importance of empowering sufferers to recognize that headache is treatable and they can take steps to take control of their condition.”

In observance of NHAW, the National Headache Foundation (NHF) is announcing a series of events across the country in order to educate the public about types of headache and their impact on daily living, as well as stressing the importance of seeking an accurate diagnosis and appropriate treatments. This year’s National Headache Awareness Week takes place June 1-7, 2008. Nearly 21 million people were reached last year through this successful annual campaign.

Activities taking place across the country this week include headache disorder screenings, educational seminars led by expert physicians, menstrual Migraine awareness events and a 5-part podcast series focusing on women’s headache issues, a radio news release and the launch of a non-profit NHF channel on YOUTUBE.

This year, the NHF is encouraging sufferers to Get a Head S.T.A.R.T on Your Headaches, offering five easy-to-remember strategies for effective headache management and treatment:

  1. Seek diagnosis — Obtaining the correct diagnosis for your headache is the first step toward effective treatment.
  2. Triggers — Identify and track your triggers (e.g., foods, hormonal and weather changes, sleep problems, etc.) by keeping a headache diary and share this information with your healthcare provider.
  3. Advocate — Be an advocate. Be informed. Be a participant in your headache care.
  4. Resources — Utilize all the resources available to you to be an educated patient.
  5. Treatment — Successful treatment may include medications and lifestyle changes. Work with your healthcare provider to find the right plan for you.
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