Tuesday, March 13, 2012

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

Top 5 Highlights of March~

March may be almost 1/2 over, but there are some pretty important things happening during the month.

As you already know, March is "Music in Our Schools Month".  Here's a few other things you should know about, too.

1.  Women's History Month
Women's History Month was born out of International Women's Day in 1911.  Since then, the recognition has flourished and the appreciation hasn't stopped.  By 1987 Congress lengthened what had become a week long celebration, to the entire month of March. This ignited projects like the National Women's History Project and the later opening of the National Museum of Women's History in Washington D.C.  Women's History Month provides awareness about the achievements of womankind and the progress the gender has made. 

For more info, click here.

2. Kidney Month
Many unfortunate physical ailments have a month to focus on the daily attention we all need to give our health.  Kidneys are no different.  The National Kidney Foundation has been working hard to spread the word about kidney health and warning signs for chronic kidney disease.  The kidneys are a critical part of optimal health, and require just as much attention as other major organs.

We will have more on Kidney Month later this week....stay tuned.

3. National Nutrition Month
This is a great pair to Kidney Month.  Not only can you learn more about your kidney health, but overall nutrition for a long life.  The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics has a bundle of tips and tricks for nutritional living.  Sponsoring the 2012 Get Your Plate In Shape campaign, they are leading the charge on eating right, and promoting exercise for a healthy life.  

The Academy is encouraging you to:
-Make 1/2 your plate fruit and veggies
-Switch to fat-free or low-fat milk
-Make at least 1/2 your grains whole
-Vary your protein choices.  Eat seafood twice a week and include more beans in your diet.

These are just a start to optimal health.  Here's more!

4. National Craft Month
We love creativity here, so we must acknowledge National Craft Month.  This month highlights the artistic talents of those able to do amazing things with needle and thread, paint, metals, and a plethora of other tools.  

If you have a craft you've been putting to the side, here's the time to bring it back to life!  Check out these resources to get you started.

5. Red Cross Month
The American Red Cross takes the month of March to remind everyone about the importance of helping others.  Because of natural disasters and occurrences we can't always control, the Red Cross is on hand to assist people in their time of need.  President Franklin Roosevelt designated March as Red Cross Month in 1943, as a response to the needs resulting from World War II.  The tradition of helping our communities has lived on ever since. 

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