Guest Author - Vannie Ryanes
It is fresh fruit and vegetable month, there is no better time for fresh fruit and veggies than during the summer months. Buy whole fruit, cut them into small pieces and put in the fridge for snacking. Do the same with celery, carrots, radishes, etc.
Adopt-A-Cat Month. Sponsored by American Humane which reminds us that having a pet can help reduce blood pressure and prevent heart disease, among other benefits. For more information go to http://www.americanhumane.org
Gay and Lesbian Pride Month. Designated by President Bill Clinton on June 2, 2000 to recognize ďthe joys and sorrows that the gay and lesbian movement has witnessed and the work that remains to be done.Ē For more information go to http://www.nwhp.org/news/gayandlesbian_month.php
National Safety Month. Each June, the National Safety Council encourages businesses to get involved and participate in National Safety Month. Each week has a separate theme; themes this year include prescription drug overdose prevention, teen driving safety, and preventing overexertion at home and at work. For more information go to http://www.nsc.org/nsc_events/Nat_Safe_Month/Pages/home.aspx
Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Month. Fruits and veggies are essential to good health, reducing your risk of heart disease, high blood pressure, Type 2 diabetes, and certain forms of cancer. Generally low in calories and high in fiber, fruits and vegetables can help you control your weight. For more information go to http://healthymeals.nal.usda.gov/nal_display/index.php?info_center=14&tax_level=2&tax_subject=258&topic_id=1228
National Aphasia Awareness Month. Aphasia is an acquired communication disorder that impairs a personís ability to speak and understand others. People with aphasia have difficulty speaking, understanding other people, reading, and writing. For more information go to the National Aphasia Association Web site, www.aphasia.org
National Fishing and Boating Week. June 5-13. A celebration of fishing and boating coordinated by the Recreational Boating and Fishing Foundation. This event coincides with most statesí free fishing days, which let people fish without a license.
National Headache Awareness Week. June 6-12. More than 29.5 million Americans suffer from migraines, with women being affected three times more often than men. Go to the National Headache Foundation Web site for information on treatment and research.
Menís Health Week, June 14-20. ďRecognizing and preventing menís health problems is not just a manís issue. Because of its impact on wives, mothers, daughters, and sisters, menís health is truly a family issue.Ē (Rep. Bill Richardson, 1994)
National Running Day, June 2. Whether itís five minutes, a half-hour, or longer, running is an easy and accessible form of exercise. For more information go to www.runningday.org.
National Trails Day, June 5. The first Saturday of every June. This year, the American Hiking Societyís theme for National Trails Day is ďFind Your Happy PlaceĒ at your local park, swimming hole, or national historic site.
World Blood Donor Day, June 14. Hosted this year by Barcelona, Spain, to express gratitude to those who donate their blood in order to save lives.
Flag Day, June 14. This day commemorates the adoption the Stars and Stripes as the national flag by the Continental Congress in 1777.
Juneteenth, June 19. Commemorating the announcement of the abolition of slavery in Texas in 1865, this day celebrates African-American freedom and emphasizes education and achievement.
Fatherís Day, June 20. Show Dad how much you appreciate everything heís done for you.
Summer Solstice, June 21. First day of summer. Enjoy!