Orange Nose Day!

3 10 2011

Orange Nose Day is a flat-out fun idea!

One day a year (October 5th), health educators don an orange nose and start talking. And here’s why . . .

Most days of the year, educators get out there and talk the talk, saying the same things repeatedly: wash your hands, get immunized, floss, eat fruits and veggies, and so on.

When we hear these messages often enough, they become white noise.

But, somebody puts on an orange nose and turns to us with the same messages, we start smiling and we’re all ears. That’s the spark that created Orange Nose Day.

If you have a health message to share, visit orangenoseday.org, get an orange nose on your photo, and use that photo on your social media sites come 5 October. Also, join the collaborative by sending in your organization’s logo and become a partner on the website!

(Next year, put it on your calendar to get a real orange foam clown nose—just order it from the website by mid-September.)

The Orange Nose Day collaborative identifies five steps to good health and encourages you to add your own. The day isn’t about any particular message, but about sharing whatever health message you want your patients or public to hear.

There are lots of downloadables, including posters, web banners, and stickers, that are available free of charge on the site.

Hey, there are plenty of reasons to not kid around when we’re talking about health, but occasionally bringing a little levity to the message is a good thing.

Come, join the fun.

By Trish Parnell


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