Guest Author - Vannie Ryanes
The National Eating Disorders Organization is trying to raise awareness and educate the public about these disorders that can often be fatal. Go to Feb. 22–28 National Eating Disorders Awareness Week below to get more information.
American Heart Month. This month the American Heart Association’s theme is “Go Red For Women.” Cardiovascular disease is the number one killer of women—claiming the lives of nearly 500,000 each year. Visit www.americanheart.org for more information.
National Bird-Feeding Month. In 1994, February was established as the time to spread the word about how difficult it can be for wild birds to survive North American winters. For information on feeding suggestions, go to www.audubon.org.
National Black History Month. This celebration of the contributions and achievements made by African-Americans to our society has been observed in some form since 1926. For a historical overview, visit the Association for the Study of African American Life and History at www.asalh.org. For fast facts and activity ideas, go to www.biography.com/blackhistory .
National Pet Dental Health Month. Gum disease can spread to the vital organs of a cat or dog, causing additional health problems and even death. Veterinarians encourage pet guardians to get educated about the oral health needs of their four-legged companions. For more information, go to www.petdental.com.
International Coaching Week. Feb. 1–7. For the past 11 years, this week has spotlighted the benefits and value of working with a coach to achieve personal or professional goals. Go to www.coachingweek.org or www.coachfederation.org/ICF for more information.
National Eating Disorders Awareness Week. Feb. 22–28. Eating disorders remain underreported and often misunderstood. This week aims to raise awareness and educate the public about these sometimes fatal conditions. For more information, go to www.nationaleatingdisorders.org.
National Wear Red Day. Feb. 6. For all the women you know who have been affected by cardiovascular disease, participate in Wear Red Day. Visit www.goredforwomen.org for information.
Friday the 13th Feb. 13 A superstition that any 13th day that falls on Friday is bad luck. By the way, the fear of Friday the 13th is called paraskavedekatriaphobia. For more information and another of view of Friday the 13th see http://www.udel.edu/PR/UDaily/2007/oct/friday100906.html
Valentine’s Day Feb. 14. Valentine's Day is for lover's and lover's of things romantic. St. Valentine's Day, as we know it today, contains vestiges of both Christian and ancient Roman tradition. http://www.history.com/content/valentine/history-of-valentine-s-day
Presidents Day Feb. 16 According to USA.gov, Presidents' Day is observed the third Monday of February to honor the legacy of all past presidents of the United States. In 1971, President Richard Nixon proclaimed one single federal public holiday, Presidents' Day. Find more U.S. federal holidays at www.usa.gov/citizens/holidays.shtml
Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day. Feb. 19. The National Engineers Week Foundation celebrates its 10th anniversary of this day to encourage more female to engineering. It showcasew engineering as a career path for girls through workshops, tours, online discussions, and other activities. Visit www.eweek.org for more information.