August 31st National Trail Mix Day

Cereal, nuts, m&ms, raisins, dried fruit, pretzels, dried vegetables… in fact nearly anything you can think of can be included in your own personal trail mix! The idea behind trail mix is pretty obvious, to provide you with energy as you walk along the great trails of the world. We need to replace some of the calories we burn when we do extended exercise. Since the idea of being on the trail is longer than say even a football game, we need something to sustain us and it has to be easy to carry, easy to eat and quick reacting. It helps if it tastes good too! And to be honest, you don’t have to be on a trail to eat… though that’s good for you too! (Though it might be tough to eat your trail mix through a mask.)

How to celebrate – Buy some trail mix. Make your own trail mix. Go for a walk.

August 29th More Herbs, Less Salt Day

Finally an actual day we can use from the good people at Wellcat.com… More Herbs, Less Salt Day. Most of us add salt, and then more salt, to bring out the flavor of our food. That is not very good for us in so many ways. If we could, and would, learn to use other herbs and spices to bring out that flavor we would all be healthier. I think we learned salt because it was used to keep meat eatable when stored for later use. The meat was very salty but preserved so we learned, as people, to eat that and found anything not served with salt lacking. That was okay for the 1700’s but not so much today. Learn to use other spices and herbs to perk up your food and make eating a healthier choice for you.

how to celebrate – Learn what herbs help spice things up! Plant an herb garden. Use less salt in your diet.

June 17th Eat Your Vegetables Day

It is only appropriate that since yesterday was learning all about fresh vegetables today should be the day we eat those vegetables! We know vegetables are healthier than most of the things we eat and therefore better for us. In fact, the more vegetables we eat at a meal the less of other things we eat and therefore we are eating healthier. Naturally that doesn’t include all the salt, sauces and cheese we add to the vegetables where we pretend we are eating healthier. Many of our tasted are acquired. If our parents didn’t like certain vegetables we won’t like them either. However, as we age our tastes change and we expand those things we eat. So try a few vegetables you never had as a child, who knows… you just might like them.

How to celebrate – Eat your veggies. Prepare more vegetables for your meals. Try vegetables you’ve never tried before.

May 15th National Bike To Work Day

The League of Wheelmen began in 1880. The idea back then was to have an organization that fought the prejudices against those who rode bikes. Over the years it has become the League of American Bicyclists who promote using bikes to help with the environment, health and to slow down life a little so people can enjoy it. There is a Bike Month, Week and today (Bike To Work Day). It always falls on the 3rd Friday of May when, hopefully, the weather is better. Riding your bike to work has it’s challenges but it is worth it, provided work isn’t a 100 miles away.

How to celebrate – Ride your bike to work. If you don’t have a bike, get one! Plan your route to work so it’s safe and you get to enjoy things you might not normally see.

May 12th International Nurse’s Day

I think recent events prove to us all just how much we depend on, and cherish, our health providers. Now I already know there was a nurse’s day this month, in fact there are lot of them throughout the year, but why not? They deserve our respect and thanks for all they do. Remember, they do not often see us at our best and generally do things to us we would rather not have done… but guess what, they would rather not have to do them either! They have been putting their lives on the line for us, risking themselves and their families. The date was selected since it is Florence Nightingale’s birthday, one of the first nurses to serve the world, not just her own backyard.

How to celebrate – Thank any nurse you may know for all they have done. Take a nurse to lunch, if you are allowed to. Help provide for their needs just as they have for yours.

May 6th National Nurses Day

With all the recent concerns we have learned just how valuable our nurses are. We throw around the term hero, using it pretty loosely anymore, but the nursing profession is truly filled with heroes that save lives. The day was created in 1953 by Dorothy Sutherland, an employee of the U.S. Department of Health, Education, and Welfare in the United States. And though it did not become a national holiday, it has been celebrated ever since then. There are several nurse days, weeks, and celebrations during the year, both National and International, and our health care providers deserve every one of them.

How to celebrate – Thank any nurses you know for their work. Take a nurse to lunch. Give to charities that support nurses.

January 9th National Take The Stairs Day

We all know we should take the stairs instead of the elevators or escalators when we need to reach floors beyond the ground level. It’s much healthier for us and can actually make us happier. (That sort of figures since the healthier we are generally the happier we are.)

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There are all sorts of stairs in the world, even some that lead to nowhere! (The Winchester House in California for example) A person weighing 160 pounds burns 30 calories in 3 minutes when climbing stairs. That doesn’t seem like a lot but every calorie  counts when we are putting in on, and taking it off. So when yo decide to eat that 300 calorie doughnut think that you need to climb the stairs for 100 minutes to take if off!

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There are also some stairs a little more difficult to climb than others. I think it also depends on how fast you go up the stairs as well. If you only go one stair a minute I seriously doubt whether that counts.

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Today was first celebrated on January 6th, 2010. For whatever reason it was then moved to the second Wednesday in January. Oh, and no one claims having created today… go figure. I can envision a day in the future where we have express stairs for those who go quickly and regular stairs for those who may move slower. I will be in the slower lane probably being passed by little old ladies using walkers.

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Well, for what ever reason you want to celebrate today is is a day to take the stairs and get a little workout. As I said earlier, it make you healthier and that will make you happier.

How to celebrate – Take the stairs where ever you are today. If there are no stairs, build some. If you can’t find, or build, stairs find a really big hill.

May 31st National Save Your Hearing Day

What!?! It’s National Save Your Hearing Day? Why yes it is… and it’s my son’s birthday! (No relation to each other but I thought I’d mention it.)

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There’s nothing funny about losing your hearing. Particularly in a world of so much mass communication and audio entertainment. You need to safeguard the gift you have been given. I should know, I spent much of my youth as a musician playing rock and roll and I know my hearing range is limited because of it. In case you wondered, The Who are the loudest band in the world.

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As we age many of our body parts begin to fail, one of the first to go is our hearing. So many people think the elderly are losing their minds when they don’t respond, or respond incorrectly. Hearing aides help but often pick up too much making everything a loud roar. The person seems detached and they are. They tend to be left alone with their thoughts, sometimes not always in their own best interests.

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Hearing, just like smell, touch and sight, is a gift. Abusing it is just plain stupid if you can avoid it. Those cars that pass you on the highway with their radios up so loud that you can clearly hear the music with their windows close, your windows closed and your radio on are simply idiots. They are damaging their hearing on purpose and for very little benefit.

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So take care of the gift you have been given. If you don’t know it now, you will later.

How to celebrate – Get a hearing check. Play music at normal volumes. (This will vary with the person but if your ears are ringing, it’s too loud. Someday that song that you loved to hear playing it so loud will be the first thing you miss when you can’t hear at all) Speak up when you talk, particularly if you are around someone you know is hard of hearing.

March 13th National Jewel Day

If you like rocks, or crystals, then this is your day! However, if you give, or receive, a jewel you may want to know what it stands for. (It’s like everything else in life, if we give something we have to have some secret meaning behind it.) The first on the list is…

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… the diamond.  The giving, or receiving, of diamonds expresses everlasting love. Guess that’s why we use it for marriage and engagements. Does that mean the bigger the diamond the more you love someone!?! No, it just means the richer you are.

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Topaz stands for strength or intellect. Hence the smarter you are or stronger you are the more you need to wear topaz.

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If you like emeralds you’d better watch out. Wearing them, or giving them, means you are fertile. It also means rebirth and love. It may also mean you are in Oz.

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The sapphire stands for purity and wisdom.

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And the ruby Means love, health and wisdom. (My personal favorite!)

So before you give, or accept a rock, stone, crystal or whatever… you really should know what it stands for. You may be telling someone something you didn’t really mean, or maybe it was just because you liked the color. Pretty.

How to celebrate – Check out all the jewels and see what they mean. Buy someone a jewel expressing yourself without saying a word. Start your own rock collection.

October 3rd Child Health Day

Like it or not, children watch adults and learn both good, and bad, habits. I think it’s safe to say that we all want to see healthy and happy children but we more often that not live the old adage that says, “do as I say, not as I do”.

Child Health Day was created as directed by a joint resolution by Congress and the President of the United States in 1928. Originally the day was May 1st as declared by President Calvin Coolidge but in 1960 changed to the 1st Monday in October.

The celebration should be among all of us though, not just the children. Yes, it is a great day to make us aware of keeping our children healthy, but we need to show them by doing what we ask them to do. So consider your life as an example. If you smoke, your children are likely to smoke, if you over eat, your children are likely to over eat.  If you do not exercise, your children are likely not to exercise.

Eating really starts the effort to be healthy. Eating correctly gives you more energy to exercise, have an active mind and sleep better. Though you can become obsessed with being healthy it will generally lead to being happier, which in turn makes you healthier.

Believe it or not, working at a job you enjoy also affects the health of your children. If you are always depressed, stressed out, and generally unhappy, your child will copy these emotions in their every day life. So, if you take care of yourself, you are also taking care of your child. Yes, we all want our children to be healthy and happy but do we think about the fact that it all starts with a grown up!

How to celebrate – Teach your child to eat healthy. Play outside with your child instead of sharing a video game. Show your child the positive side of things instead of being negative.