Guest Author - Vannie Ryanes
Women have heart attacks too. This is American Heart Month. We tend to forget that women have heart attacks too. Cardiovascular disease does not fall under the umbrella of "for men only".
American Heart Month. Feb. 1–29. A month to focus on women and cardiovascular disease. Each year cardiovascular disease claims the lives of nearly 500,000 women. For more information, browse www.americanheart.org.
Library Lovers’ Month. Feb. 1–29. To celebrate libraries of all types (school, public and private). To recognize the value of libraries and to work to ensure the nation’s libraries will continue to serve. For more information, browse www.librarysupport.net/library.lovers.
National Black History Month. Feb. 1–29. To recognize the achievements and contributions of African Americans. For more information, browse http://www.history.com/minisites/blackhistory and www.asalh.org.
National Cherry Month. Feb. 1–29. To celebrate the colorful red tart cherry. For more information, browse www.choosecherries.com.
National Children’s Dental Health Month. Feb. 1–29. To increase dental awareness and stress the importance of regular checkups for children. For more information, browse www.ada.org.
National Nestbox Week. Feb. 14–21. To teach about cavity nesting birds and to encourage the public to put up nest boxes. For more information, browse http://www.bto.org/nnbw/index.htm
National Wear Red Day. Feb. 1. A day designated by the American Heart Association to focus on women and cardiovascular disease. Annually the first Friday in February. For more information, browse www.goredforwomen.org.
Groundhog Day. Feb. 2. Old belief that if the sun shines on Candlemas, or if the groundhog sees his shadow when he emerges on this day, six weeks of winter will ensue. For more information browse http://www.groundhog.org/
Valentine’s Day. Feb. 14. An old legend has it that birds choose their mates on this day. An occasion for exchanging gifts of an affectionate nature.
Presidents Day. Feb. 18. Observes the birthdays of George Washington (Feb. 22) and Abraham Lincoln (Feb. 12). Generally many workplaces close for these combined birthdays.
Leap Year Day. Feb. 29. A day that is added to our calendar to keep more in accord with the seasons. A day is added every four years, except in century years. For more information browse http://www.timeanddate.com/date/leapyear.html