Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Top 10 April Awareness Month

April is just about to end.  Where did that month go?

National Autism Month Autism now affects 1 in 68 children and 1 in 42 boys. Read the facts and Learn the signs at Autism Speaks.

National Child Abuse Prevention Month The Division of Violence Prevention at CDC works to better understand the problem of child maltreatment and to prevent it before it begins. We all wish our kids came with manuals so we can look up exactly what to do when things go wrong, maybe Google it but this is not always the place to find answers. The CDC does have Tip Sheets you can read over to start with, don't be afraid to ask for help if you are struggling. Perfect Parents do not exist, just ask your kids. If they roll their eyes you know you did a good job.

National Lawn and Gardening Month and a big congratulations to all those that are on schedule.  Your garden beds are all cleared of debris that accumulated over the winter months and you have made the assessments of just exactly what toil in the soil awaits you on these upcoming sunny and warm weekends. I have made eye contact with a few trouble spots.

National Inventor's Month  Okay best invention EVER. What would you pick and who do you want to thank for that? Al Gore, Google, Grapes?  It is an interesting thought to ponder.  What invention just makes your day? 

Scottish American Month How many great Scots can you name? At least twenty three presidents of the United States have some Scottish or Scotch-Irish ancestry, although the extent of this varies. John Paul Jones, Alexander Hamilton, nineteen of the fifty-six delegates who signed the Declaration of Independence came from Scotland or Ulster. The first men on the moon, Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin, were also of Scottish descent.


Sexual Assault Awareness Month 1 in 5 women and 1 in 59 men have been raped in their lifetime. 

STD Awareness Month be informed and be protected. Get tested!

Stress Awareness Month Not everyone can easily identify that they are stressed. Some people cope well with the big stuff and sweat the small stuff and some folks can just step right over the little things and get to the big ones. What are some of the big ones? Death of a loved one, loss of job, financial trouble, emotional stress, job stress, social stress, health related worries, marital problems, divorce, teenager issues, bullying, college acceptance, homework completion, learning disabilities just to name a few.  We live in a stressful world sometimes self created and other times a pure product of our environment. Learn to step back and look at the big picture, much easier said than done. Start with counting to 10 if you feel things spiraling out of control, then take a walk. You can take a stress test at medicinenet.com.  I would not recommend taking it if you are stressed however, I just scored 5 out of 9 which makes me a failure at 56%.  Luckily I wasn't feeling stressed at the time and I can take the evaluation. They do offer some stress management techniques, start there.

National Celery Month Celery, onions, and bell peppers are the "holy trinity" of Louisiana Creole and Cajun cuisine. Chopped onions, carrots, and celery are the base for many French cuisines. The saute of onions and celery create the first aroma of Thanksgiving dinner as I prep the stuffing. Celery is used as a positive influence in many weight loss plans.  Looking for something crunchy and healthy? Peanut butter and celery is a good combo, as well as cream cheese, a ranch dip, just about any dip gets along well with celery. It is a great addition to any salad including chicken salad and cole slaw. Celery does not like all people, it can cause an allergic reaction to some but not to me.  I think I will snack on some now.  This list made me hungry. Good Stuff.

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