Tuesday, April 12, 2011

B.A.F.F.L.E.D. Tops

Top 6 Highlights in April

April is important for much more than warm temperatures.  Here's what's happening this month:

Child abuse is one of the worse conditions our society faces.  As cliche as it is, the children are our future, so making sure we give them the best childhood and preparation for adulthood could not be more essential.  The Administration for Children and Families has taken a great lead in fighting this social scar.  Check out their site and see what's going on in your area to help keep our children safe!

Poetry is a free form of expression with a rich history in literature and the arts.  Poetry is not only a fundamental part of self expression, but is the foundation of the art of music.  Started by the Academy of American Poets in 1996, Poetry Appreciation Month encourages the art of poetry through books, readings, festivals, library programs, school productions, book displays, and workshops.  Reach your inner poet and celebrate the artform.  

Jazz is a style of music dating back to the early 1900s.  With influences from African-American culture, swing music, and improvisation, Jazz has grown to one of the most popular music genres.   During the month of April, we are encouraged to celebrate Jazz in American culture through concerts, reading, studying music, and purely enjoying the smooth sounds.  There are 112 ways to celebrate Jazz; check them out!

Like child abuse, sexual assault is a real factor plaguing our society.  The importance of spreading the word about prevention and treatment for sexual assault is eminent, and we all must work together.   The National Sexual Violence Resource Center spearheads the campaign against sexual assault, working to raise public awareness about sexual violence and educate communities and individuals on how to prevent it.

With the tough times we've seen in our economy, financial literacy has never been more important.  Knowing how to save according to your income will ensure you stay within your means and have something for a rainy day.  Take a look at these tips provided by the Federal Trade Commission to keep your finances on track!

Minority health is often the most compromised.  For one reason or another, minorities have specialized health conditions, which need special attention and heightened care.  Although every condition affects all of us, minorities have increases concerns for certain types of cancers, heart disease, and diabetes.  To help improve awareness about the health of all minorities, use the Office of Minority Health as your tool!

*As a bonus...April is National Grilled Cheese Month.  Do with this info what you may :)

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