100 World Thrombosis Day Activity Ideas for October 13

July 24, 2017

Awareness is an important tool in combatting conditions and diseases by encouraging medical advances and educating the public.

As a World Thrombosis Day partner and advocate, creativity and capacity are crucial to engaging the public on or around World Thrombosis Day. Events to raise awareness can be held in a multitude of venues. To get started, view the list of ideas below. Pick a date and time and reserve a location. Set goals for the event and if you need a sponsor, research local organizations and companies with a vested interest. Gather friends and family to help with planning and promote!

The fact is that 1 in 4 people will die of conditions related to thrombosis, a largely preventable condition. Together, we can build awareness to help save lives! Will you join us?

Community / Work Place Activities

  • Runs/Walks/Bike Rides to spur awareness
  • Organize an official dog walk
  • Community flash mob / dance
  • Health fair – Participate or Host
  • Community center display
  • Awareness-building sporting event
  • Town / neighborhood cookout / music event
  • Break a Guinness Book of World Records Statistic
  • Candle lighting
  • Walk to work day
  • Office-wide activity (Get up and move every 37 minutes)
  • Local celebrity engagement – Ask for participation
  • Light a building or monument in red or blue
  • Dress a community statute in red or blue
  • Work with your local town or hang a banner or flags
  • Fly a WTD flag at your company, home or partner location
  • Policy briefings; discussions about funding with government representatives
  • Meet with public officials and share information with their staffers
  • Partner with other community organizations to raise awareness; use an existing event or create your own
  • Office olympics activities
  • Information table at your company, local clinic or hospital
  • Organize a fundraiser at a local restaurant
  • Conferences / meetings / business gatherings
  • Send out a mailing; a personal letter or a postcard with more information
  • Leave educational resources at the post office or in grocery stores / markets
  • Ask local cafes and restaurants to place table tents on their tables; post posters
  • Ask your local school or child care center to make information available to families
  • Work with a senior center to hold an educational event or leave information
  • Giveaways / prizes / friendly competitions to raise awareness
  • Golf tournament; information at fairs or seasonal markets
  • Hot air balloon activity; airplane with banner
  • Bus banners;
  • Set up information at airports, train or bus stations
  • Work with a local taxi company to share important resources with riders
  • Community giveaways, information at gas stations, rest areas or travel stops
  • Give information out at video gaming conferences / meetings
  • Partner with your local video gaming store to share resources with every customer
  • Plan a live thrombosis experience – creating a public blood clot to illustrate its impact
  • Face painting, hair dyeing (red or blue)
  • Share a story or testimonial with the global campaign at wtd@isth.org
  • Office activity outside, i.e. Walk the Block to Prevent Clots activity for businesses in cities or towns
  • Athletic activities, i.e. dodgeball, football, tennis or other
  • Join the global WTD campaign for an activity in NYC, USA, or Brussels, Belgium

Media Outreach

  • Hold media briefings with local reporters and journalists, don’t forget to mention WTD
  • Press conference
  • Public affairs / community radio opportunities
  • Video / Public Service Announcements
  • Media alerts / media invites to community activities
  • Video news release (VNR)
  • Submit an article, op-ed or column to your local newspaper or online news site / blog
  • Distribute a press releases or media alert to local journalists
  • Drop press kits off at media offices
  • Share your story or testimonal with a reporter for coverage (be sure to share it with the global campaign)
  • Invite media to your event – be sure to explain why it’s important for the public and use key messages and campaign resources
  • Utilize social media to communicate with journalists and share links / resources

Health Care / Hospital Activities

  • Free clinics
  • Patient education seminars / workshops
  • Staff education seminars / workshops
  • Health Fairs for the community
  • Prizes, games for staff to learn more
  • Free giveaways throughout the day
  • Celebrate with healthy WTD goodies in each department
  • Staff an educational table in the waiting room or registration area
  • Flash mob with dictors and staff; take video and play it in the hospital
  • Place Information in elevators, escalators or bathrooms
  • Use banners, posters and other signage to build awareness
  • Wear pins, bracelets, T-shirts or other WTD branded items
  • Doctor / patient briefings to discuss thrombosis
  • Survey patients about their understanding of blood clots
  • Invite an expert to give a presentation to staff or the public
  • Use annuncements in the hospital to share important messages
  • Use Hospital TV to share important awareness messages
  • Media activity / event

Online / Social Media

  • Join WTD on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Pinterest, YouTube, and Instagram
  • Use relevant hashtags: #WTDay17 #WorldThrombosisDay #KnowThrombosis #ThinkVTE #ThinkAfib #KeepLifeFlowing #StopDeadlyClots #JoinWTDay17
  • Feature WTD content on your website, blog or other social media site
  • Include WTD content in your eNewsletter or eCommunicaion
  • Twitter Chat – Participate in the global Twitter Chat on Oct. 13 or plan your own
  • Connect with other WTD partners on social media
  • Blog / Be a guest blogger / contribute – ask other bloggers to participate
  • Post videos and share with YouTube
  • Film a video and post – share with the WTD campaign to elevate
  • Plan a Facebook LIVE event / activity
  • Video / photograph competition; digital games
  • Use photographs; screen captures of educational resources
  • Post Survivor or Clot Doc Selfies – Share with WTD campaign
  • Post content and pictures in a Facebook Group / educate family, friends and colleagues online
  • Include WTD banners and other graphics on social media pages
  • Change your profile picture to a WTD Picture on/Around WTD
  • Virtual reality experience pertaining to blood clots
  • Ask other organizations / individuals to join the WTD campaign as a partner online
  • Contest, giveaways, use of apps

Do you have an interesting activity to submit for inclusion on this list? Let us know at wtd@isth.org.

Happy Planning!

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