Published April 2023
This May, Promote Healthy Behavior and Outcomes for Adolescents
National Adolescent Health Month™ (NAHM™) is a health observance hosted by the HHS Office of Population Affairs’ (OPA) each year in May. Since 2022, this annual observance has emphasized the importance of building on young people’s strengths and potential, encouraging meaningful youth engagement in adolescent health activities, and highlighting key topics in adolescent health.
Adolescent health involves many aspects of health and well-being, including sexual and reproductive health, mental health, community support, and the role of caring adults.
The NAHM 2023 weekly themes are:
OPA recognizes that investing in adolescent health and well-being will generate a “triple benefit” for society: health for young people today, a healthy adult life, and better health for the next generation.
During NAHM and all year long, we must connect youth to services and opportunities that build on their strengths and potential. OPA has resources for youth-serving professionals, healthcare providers, and parents and other caring adults that support young people.
Join Admiral Rachel L. Levine in celebrating NAHM
HHS Assistant Secretary for Health Admiral Rachel L. Levine invites everyone to celebrate NAHM. ADM Levine says, “It is […] essential that we collectively recognize the crucial role of caring adults—parents and professionals—that provide the environments and supports that help young people grow and thrive in a healthy way.”
How to Participate in National Adolescent Health Month
OPA has ideas for ways you can participate in NAHM this year. To name a few: you can post about NAHM on your social channels (see below), direct your web visitors to OPA’s NAHM webpage, and encourage the young people in your community to celebrate!
Share messages about National Adolescent Health Month
Please join us in celebrating NAHM by sharing our social media and newsletter messages during May. Don't forget to tag OPA on Twitter (@HHSPopAffairs) and use the NAHM hashtags in your posts: #NationalAdolescentHealthMonth and #HealthyYouthNAHM.
- May is #NationalAdolescentHealthMonth! All month, @HHSPopAffairs will focus on the importance of building on young people’s strengths and potential, highlight key topics in #AdolescentHealth, and more. https://bit.ly/3L47Hlx #HealthyYouthNAHM
- Everyone can play a part in promoting healthy behavior and outcomes for adolescents. Learn more about #NationalAdolescentHealthMonth from @HHSPopAffairs. https://bit.ly/3L47Hlx #HealthyYouthNAHM
May is National Adolescent Health Month™ (NAHM™). Join the HHS Office of Population Affairs (OPA) in celebrating young people’s strengths and potential, encouraging youth engagement, and highlighting topics in adolescent health. Explore OPA’s website to learn more. https://bit.ly/3L47Hlx
May is National Adolescent Health Month™
Join the HHS Office of Population Affairs (OPA) this May to celebrate National Adolescent Health Month™ (NAHM™). This month, OPA will be sharing information and resources to help you celebrate NAHM with your organizations and the young people you serve. Learn more and support adolescent health.
Sample NAHM Graphics:
National Adolescent Health Month™, NAHM™, and the NAHM logo are trademarks of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Use of these marks without prior approval by HHS is strictly prohibited.