National Health Education Week is celebrated annually to promote health education and awareness. This year, EVALIA has provided profilers for you to determine your risk of various conditions. Check out this post to read more about them, and find out some other small ways to stay healthy.
October is here and along with it there's a hint of Fall in the air. As we get back to routine, our days get busier and busier. After-school activities, long commutes, homework, and household chores dictate the course of our nights. So when and how do we squeeze in family dinners? If the answer is never or rarely, you need to make an effort to change that. And October is just the time for that change.
October is Eat Better, Eat Together month. It is a time for families to come together and have quality time during dinner. A number of research studies have suggested that eating dinners as a family has many advantages:
Did you know that the iconic smiley face was created in 1963 by Harvey Ball, an artist from Worcester, Massachusetts. This image went on to become a symbol for good will and happiness, and universally it is recognized by all irrespective of our politics and religion. But the over-commercialization of the smiley face left Ball worried as he felt the symbol was losing its value and purpose. This concern compelled Ball to create World Smile Day.
World Smile Day has just one purpose - all of us need to devote one day to making people around us smile through our acts of kindness. This day was first celebrated in 1999 and since then has been observed every year on the first Friday in October.
There are two startling facts about breast cancer - it is reportedly the second most common type of cancer women are diagnosed with and 1 in 8 women who are born in this country will get breast cancer at some point in their lives. However, it has been found that an early diagnosis is the best way to beat this disease.
17.3 million. This is the number of people who died globally in the year 2005 due to heart disease and stroke. This number represents 30 percent of global deaths. And this number is expected to hit 23 million by the year 2030. In order to bring about awareness about this disease which is the biggest cause of deaths worldwide, the World Heart Federation created World Heart Day in 2000. Ever since, September 29th is recognized as World Heart Day. One of the main aims of this day is to promote preventative measures that can reduce the risk of cardiovascular diseases.
September 27th marks the 18th annual Family Health & Fitness Day. This day is the nation's largest family event where thousands of families across the country participate. The primary goal of this day is to get families involved in fitness related activities, encouraging them to exercise to maintain a healthy lifestyle. FHFD also gives families an opportunity to try out the various fitness programs offered by the local community.
Today is the 13th annual National Women’s Health & Fitness Day. An estimated 80,000 to 100,000 women of all ages are expected to participate in fitness related activities all over the country on this day. It has been reported that more than 1,000 groups across the country will host women’s health and fitness events at senior centers, hospitals, health clubs, park and recreation districts, local health and service organizations, schools, retirement communities, houses of worship, and other community locations.
The words lazy and mom are seldom seen next to each other. In fact, 'lazy mom' can be considered to be an oxymoron because there is no such thing as a lazy mom. The truth is most mothers can't afford to be lazy. From sunrise until the kids hit the bed moms are up and about. Endless cleaning, washing, picking, folding, cooking, working fills her day and often times night. So it comes as a shock, then a relief and then sheer joy that there is such a day called Lazy Mom's Day celebrated the first Friday in September.
When was the last time you took a course or tried to learn something new? If you can’t remember then it is time to do so. The first week of September is Self-University week, which has been sponsored by Autodidactic Press since 1989. The goal of this week is to remind people that getting an education is not just a phase in your life. It should be a lifelong process. It should be something you pursue to better yourself. It is a responsibility you need to shoulder to shape a better tomorrow.
August 22nd is Be an Angel Day. On this day people can become angels by engaging in random acts of kindness. The objective is for people to do something nice or be kind or help someone who needs it. It can be an emotional or a physical or a financial help. It doesn’t have to be a grand act. It can be anything you do to reach out to someone else and serve them in any way possible. For often times when we serve others there is a domino effect. The person you serve will be inspired to serve others and the process continues.
Serendipity. While most of us would be happy just reading about this term and then moving on, Madeleine Kay went on to create a Serendipity Day, which is celebrated on August 18th. Kay defines serendipity as “the willingness to live your life as though everything is a miracle….with the belief at any moment, something wonderful is about to happen.” The purpose of the day is to give people an opportunity to live serendipitously, to be open to the endless possibilities and embrace them.
What do you want from life? Fame. Fortune. Finding the purpose of your life. Your list could be endless, but, the bottom line is we all want to just be happy. And on August 8th you can join the happiness bandwagon as it is Happiness Happens Day. The Secret Society of Happy People founded this day in 1999 with the sole purpose of encouraging people to think about what makes them happy and celebrate that feeling.