Guest Author - Vannie Ryanes
As always there are several health issues we should be aware of, we must pay more attention to eating disorders and understand that they can affect anyone. National Eating Disorders Awareness Week starts February 21, learn more about it.
American Heart Month. Heart disease is a leading cause of death in the United States, but it doesn’t have to be. American Heart Month seeks to increase public knowledge of cardiovascular diseases, raise funds for research, and prevent heart disease by encouraging heart-healthy habits. For more information, visit www.cdc.gov/features/heartmonth/
Black History Month . Established by Dr. Carter G. Woodson in 1926 as Negro History Week to celebrate and honor the achievements and contributions of African-Americans. For more information, visit www.history.com/content/blackhistory
Library Lovers’ Month . Celebrate the value of school, public, and private libraries, and work to ensure that libraries of all kinds continue to thrive and serve. For more information visit www.folusa.org/sharing/library-celebrations.php and www.bellaonline.com/articles/art17060.asp
Low Vision Awareness Month . Low vision can interfere with the ability to perform all kinds of common daily activities. Fortunately, many low vision aids available today can help people make the most of their remaining vision so they can still enjoy a satisfying, independent life. For more information, visit www.preventblindness.org/
National School Counseling Week, Feb. 1-5 . Focusing public attention on the important contribution of school counselors, this week highlights the impact these professionals can have in helping students succeed in school and in their future careers. For more information, visit http://www.schoolcounselor.org/content.asp?pl=325&sl=127&contentid=271
International Flirting Week, Feb. 8-14. Flirting is not only a great way to connect with people and make new friends (and romantic partners), it’s also a fun way to get romance back into your relationship. I had never heard of this week before and was unable to find any background on it, however, I do love the idea of it, especially since it is runs into Valentines Day. So go ahead and flirt. See Valentines Day information below.
National Engineers Week, Feb. 14-20. A celebration intended to honor the engineers of today and to cultivate future generations of engineering talent. For more information, visit www.eweek.org
National Eating Disorders Awareness Week, Feb. 21-27 . Eating disorders are serious, life-threatening illnesses. The aim of NED Awareness Week is to prevent eating disorders, reduce the stigma surrounding them, increase awareness of body image issues, and improve access to treatment. For more information, visit http://www.nedic.ca/
National Freedom Day, Feb 1 . Commemorates the signing of the resolution proposing the 13th Amendment to the Constitution, outlawing slavery. For more information, visit http://www.americaslibrary.gov/es/pa/es_pa_free_1.html
Groundhog Day, Feb. 2 . If the groundhog sees his shadow, we’ll have six more weeks of winter. For more information, visit http://www.groundhog.org/
Weatherman’s Day, Feb. 5 . The birthday of John Jeffries (1744), one of the nation’s first weather observers, this day celebrates all the meteorologists. For more information, visit http://www.crh.noaa.gov/lsx/?n=wxmanday
White Shirt Day, Feb. 11 . The anniversary of the UAW-GM agreement ending a 44-day sit-down strike against General Motors in 1937. “Blue-collar” workers wear a white shirt on this day to honor their victory. For more information, visit http://www.uaw.org/solidarity/09/0209/feature06.php
Valentine’s Day, Feb 14 . Celebrate love in your life. Valentine’s Day is more than cute cards. Learn more about its patron saint. Find out who St. Valentine was. For more information, visit http://www.history.com/content/valentine/history-of-valentine-s-day
Susan B. Anthony Day, Feb. 15 . One of the first women’s rights advocates and leaders, Susan B. Anthony was born in 1820 in Adams, Mass. For more information, visit http://www.susanbanthonyhouse.org
Presidents’ Day, Feb. 15 . Observation of the birthdays of Abraham Lincoln (Feb. 12) and George Washington (Feb. 22).