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October 2021 Diversity Days and Health Awareness Topics

Source: https://www.diversitybestpractices.com/2021-diversity-holidays

Source: https://natoinaldaycalendar.com/calendar-at-a-glance for National and International Days

**THERE ARE MANY MORE ON THE WEBSITE** Refer back regularly

Source: https://healthline.com/health/directory-awareness-months but also additional research on Google to verify dates

additional source: awarenessdays.com

also: http://www.whathealth.com/awareness/

October Month:

Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Eye Injury Prevention Month

Global Diversity Awareness Month, a month to celebrate and increase awareness about the diversity of cultures and ethnicities and the positive impact diversity can have on society.

Health Literacy Month

Healthy Lung Month

Home Eye Safety Month

LGBT History Month, a U.S. observance started in 1994 to recognize lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender history and the history of the gay-rights movement.

National ADHA Awareness Month

National Breast Cancer Awareness Month

National Bullying Prevention Month

National Dental Hygiene Month

National Disability Employment Awareness Month. This observance was launched in 1945 when Congress declared the first week in.

National Down Syndrome Awareness Month

“National Employ the Physically Handicapped Week.” In 1998, the week was extended to a month and renamed. The annual event draws attention to employment barriers that still need to be addressed.

National Medical Librarians Month

National Physical Therapy Month

Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month

Spina Bifida Awareness Month

Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) Awareness Month

October Weeks:

Mental Illness Awareness Week: October 3 – 9

Malnutrition Awareness Week: October 4 – 8

Navarati: October 6 - 14

Bone and Joint Health National Action Week: October 12 – 20

International Infection Prevention Week: October 14 – 20

Invisible Disabilities Week: October 17 - 23

National Healthcare Quality Week: October 17- 23

National Health Education Week: October 18 – 22

Respiratory Care Week: October 24 – 30

October Days:

See More: https://nationaldaycalendar.com/october/

October 1:

- Native American Women’s Equal Pay Day

October 2:

October 3:

October 4:

- St. Francis Day

- Blessing of the Animals

October 5:

October 6:

- World Cerebral Palsy Day

October 7:

- National Depression Screening

October 8:

October 9:

October 10:

- World Mental Health Day

October 11:

- National Coming Out Day

October 12:

October 13:

- Metastic Breast Cancer Awareness Day

- National Indigenous People’s Day

October 14:

October 15:

- Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day

- National Latino AIDS Awareness Day

- Dasara, Dussehra, or Vijayadashami

October 16:

- World Food Day

- Milvian Bridge Day

October 17:

October 18:

- Eid Milad un-Nabi

October 19:

- World Pediatric Bone and Joint Day

- Mawlid Al-Nabi

October 20:

- Sikh Holy Day

- International Pronouns Day

October 21:

October 22:

- International Stuttering Awareness Day

October 23:

October 24:

October 25:

October 26:

October 27:

October 28:

October 29:

- World Psoriasis Day

- Latinx Women’s Equal Pay Day

October 30:

October 31:

- All Hallow’s Eve (Halloween)

- Reformation Day

- Samhain

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FIT4MOM Holland is proud to be joining Gold Coast Doulas for their 6th Annual Diaper Drive.

For Immediate release:

Gold Coast Doulas is holding our 6th annual Diaper Drive from September 1st to October 3rd, 2021. Giving back is an important foundation of our business as a Certified B Corporation; clean diapers make a significant impact on the health of new families and our giving focus is on supporting low-income women and children.

One in three babies suffer in dirty diapers and no government programs currently provide them. Food, shelter, and utilities are the only items covered by assistance. Diapers are expensive and many families make tough choices between paying rent and utilities or buying diapers. Research shows that 48% of parents delay changing diapers and 32% report re-using diapers to make supplies last longer. The need has intensified during the pandemic.

The Gold Coast Doulas diaper drive coincides with National Diaper Need Awareness Week, September 27 – October 3. Diaper Need Awareness Week is an initiative of the National Diaper Bank Network (NDBN), created to make a difference in the lives of the nearly 5.2 million babies in the United States aged three or younger who live in poor or low-income families.

Our annual diaper drive benefits Nestlings Diaper Bank of West Michigan and Great Start Parent Coalition of Kent County. Holland-based Nestlings has distributed over 1 million diapers and helped over 18,000 families since 2011. Nestlings Diaper Bank also works with 31 partner agencies to distribute the diapers to the families in need.

Our goal is to collect 10,000 diapers to support families in need in Kent, Ottawa, and Allegan counties to celebrate our 6th anniversary. We collect opened and unopened boxes and packages of new disposable diapers, used cloth diapers and cloth supplies, new cloth diapers, and new boxes or packages of wipes. We need your help to make this happen.

Diaper donations will be accepted from September 1 to October 3 at the following partnered drop-off locations:

* Please wear masks and use social distancing when dropping off diapers!*

In Zeeland:

Howard Miller Library 14 S. Church Street

R. Lucas Scott. Co. 650 Riley St..

In Holland:

FIT4MOM Holland: Donations Accepted at classes

Brann’s 12234 James Street

Harbor Health and Massage 444 Washington Ave.

EcoBuns Baby + Co. 12330 James Street

The Insurance Group 593 Heritage Court

In Grand Rapids:

Rise Wellness Chiropractic PLC 1005 Lake Dr SE

Hopscotch Children’s Store:909 Cherry St SE

Mindful Counseling GR: Three locations

741 Kenmoor Ave SE, Suite B

3351 Claystone St SE Suite G 32

113 Lake Michigan Drive NW

Fit4Mom Grand Rapids: Donations Accepted at classes.

We appreciate your support! You can donate directly to fill Nestling’s Amazon Wish List or through their website via Paypal at: http://nestlings.org/how-to-help/.

Contact us at info@goldcoastdoulas.com with questions. Please note we do not give diapers directly to families. We are collecting donations for Nestlings Diaper Bank who will then distribute.

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2021 Diversity Holidays and National/International Calendar Days

Source: https://www.diversitybestpractices.com/2021-diversity-holidays

Source: https://natoinaldaycalendar.com/calendar-at-a-glance for National and International Days

Source: https://nationaldaycalendar.com/september/

**THERE ARE MANY MORE ON THE WEBSITE** Refer back regularly

Hispanic Heritage Month is observed from September 15 to October 15. This month corresponds with Mexican Independence Day, which is celebrated on September 16, and recognizes the revolution in 1810 that ended Spanish dictatorship.

September 4-11: Paryushana Parva, a Jain festival lasting about eight to ten days that is observed through meditation and fasting. Its main focus is spiritual upliftment, pursuit of salvation and a deeper understanding of the religion.

September 6: Labor Day in the United States. Labor Day honors the contribution that laborers have made to the country and is observed on the first Monday of September.

September 6-8 (sundown to sundown): Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year celebration, marking the creation of the world.

September 10: Ganesh Chaturthi, a Hindu holiday lasting around 10 days, where the elephant-headed Hindu God is praised and given offerings.

September 11: Beheading of St. John the Baptist, a holy day observed by various Christian churches that follow liturgical traditions. The day commemorates the martyrdom by the beheading of St. John the Baptist on the orders of Herod Antipas through the vengeful request of his stepdaughter, Salome, and her mother.

September 11: Ethiopian New Year. Rastafarians celebrate the New Year on this date and believe that Ethiopia is their spiritual home.

September 15-16 (sundown to sundown): Yom Kippur, the holiest day on the Jewish calendar, a day of atonement marked by fasting and ceremonial repentance.

September 18: International Equal Pay Day, celebrated for the first time in September 2020, represents the longstanding efforts towards the achievement of equal pay for work of equal value. It further builds on the United Nations’ commitment to human rights and against all forms of discrimination, including discrimination against women and girls.

September 20-27: Sukkot, a seven-day Jewish festival giving thanks for the fall harvest.

September 22: Ostara Mabon, a celebration of the vernal equinox commemorated by Pagans and Wiccans.

September 24: Native American Day, a Federal holiday observed annually on the fourth Friday in September in the state of California and Nevada and on the second Monday in October in South Dakota and Oklahoma, United States.

September 27: Elevation of the Life Giving Cross (Holy Cross), a day that commemorates the cross used in the Crucifixion of Jesus in some Christian denominations.

September 27: Meskel, religious holiday in the Ethiopian Orthodox and Eritrean Orthodox churches that commemorates the discovery of the True Cross by the Roman Empress, Helena, in the fourth century.

September 27-29 (sundown to sundown): Shemini Atzeret, a Jewish holiday also known as The Eighth (Day) of Assembly, takes place the day after the Sukkot festival, where gratitude for the fall harvest is deeply internalized.

September 28: Teacher’s Day in Taiwan. This day is used to honor teachers’ contributions to their students and to society in general. People often express their gratitude to their teachers by paying them a visit or sending them a card. This date was chosen to commemorate the birth of Confucius, the model master educator in ancient China.

September 28-29 (sundown to sundown): Simchat Torah, a Jewish holiday, marks the end of the weekly readings of the Torah. The holy book is read from chapter one of Genesis to Deuteronomy 34 and then back to chapter one again, in acknowledgement of the words of the Torah being a circle, a never-ending cycle.

September 29: Michaelmas, or the Feast of Michael and All Angels, is a minor Christian festival dedicated to Archangel Michael that is observed in some Western liturgical calendars.

2021 Health Awareness Calendar

Source: https://healthline.com/health/directory-awareness-months but also additional research on Google to verify dates

additional source: awarenessdays.com

also: http://www.whathealth.com/awareness/

September

- Blood Cancer Awareness Month

- Childhood Cancer Awareness Month

- Healthy Aging Month

- National Atrial Fibrillation Awareness Month

- National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month

- National Food Safety Education Month

- National ITP Awareness Month

- National Pediculosis Prevention/Head Lice Prevention Month

- National Preparedness Month

- National Recovery Month

- National Sickle Cell Month

- National Yoga Awareness Month

- Newborn Screening Awareness Month

- Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month

- Pain Awareness Month

- Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) Month

- Prostate Cancer Awareness Month

- Sepsis Awareness Month

o World Sepsis Day (Sept. 13)

- Sexual Health Awareness Month

- World Alzheimer’s Awareness Month

- National Suicide Prevention Week (Sept. 5 – 10)

- National Suicide Prevention Day (Sept. 10)

- National Celiac Disease Awareness Day (Sept. 13)

- National School Backpack Awareness Day (Sept. 15) – 3rd Wed. in Sept. - aota.org

- Usher Syndrome Awareness Day (Sept. 18) – 3rd Sat. in Sept.

- National HIV/AIDS and Aging Awareness Day – (Sept. 18)

- Falls Prevention Awareness Day (Sept. 22)

- Sport Purple for Platelets Day (Sept. 24) – pdsa.org

- Family Health and Fitness Day (Sept. 26)

- World Rabies Day (Sept. 28)

- National Women’s Health and Fitness day (Sept. 29)

- World Heart Day (Sept. 29)

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It's hard to believe that we are striding into the last 3 months of 2021! WOW!

August was a fun month with a complete schedule of weekly playgroups! I'm excited to continue the fun in September!!

I knew that FIT4MOM was the right fit for me because even though my boys are a little older (9 yo and 4 yo) I still experience loneliness in motherhood. And I want to do everything in my power to help other moms feel a little less alone.

1. #PayItForward: School Supply Donation Drive - From now until Tuesday, September 7th we are hosting a School Supply Donation Drive for Hope Pkgs.

When you donate 3 items, you will receive 3 free classes!

2. DIY Bowling at Town Center Holland - Friday, September 3rd - US Bowling League Day. Join us for a DIY Bowling Playgroup after Stroller Strides at the Town Center Holland. Playgroup will start around 10:30am!

3. (Pre) National Day of Service Activities – Friday, September 10th at the Town Center Holland. Join us as we complete some age appropriate activites to honor and remember the September 11 attacks of 2011.

(I KNOW this is an incredibly heavy and difficult day in history. My goal for this playgroup is to remain patriotic and hopeful for the future as we stand united together).

4. Mom's Afternoon Out - Sunday, September 12th. Join us for Yoga with goats and piggies at Fellinlove Farm.

Learn more and share the Facebook Event Here:

https://fb.me/e/1FmwGP22v

Enroll via your FIT4MOM Holland Account here:

https://fit4mom-holland.pike13.com/courses/271369

5. Fall Body Well Session (Back to School; Back to You) Starts - Our Fall Body Well Session will start the week of September 13th. We will meet 2 days a week (once in persona and once virtually) for our Body Boost Classes.

Class days and times:

Mondays - IN PERSON - 6:30pm at Town Center Holland

Thursday - VIRTUALLY - 6:30pm via Zoom.

Enroll via your Pike 13 account here.

Use Code: FALLBODYWELL21 for $60 Off your Fall Body Well (Back to School; Back to You) Session!

6. Field Trip to Cranes in the City - .Friday, September 17th. Join us, after Stroller Strides, for National Apple Dumpling Day as we support small and shop local at Cranes in the City and enjoy some apple desserts together! We plan on meeting around 11:00 - 11:30am.

7. New Member Monday - 3rd Monday of the Month - Monday, September 20th.

Mashup class of all of our stroller workouts: Stroller Strides, Strides 360 and Stroller Barre! It will be a great sampling of everything we offer! It's a FREE class for moms and their little one's in the Holland and Zeeland communities!

Enroll Here:

https://fit4mom-holland.pike13.com/e/155603641

8. Super Hero Day - Friday, September 24th - Join us, after Stroller Strides, for National BRAVE Day, with Super Hero Activities, at the Town Center Holland. Playgroup will start around 10:30am.

Join Our Village Private Facebook Group to learn more!

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Good things come in threes! Donate 3 school supplies to our local school district and receive 3 FREE classes* from FIT4MOM Holland for you, a teacher, or a friend!

Promotion runs from Tuesday, August 24th - Tuesday, September 7th!

What do you say mamas, let's all pay it forward!

*Classes expire October 31st.

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August - Diversity, National & International, and Health Awareness Topics

August 1: Lammas, a festival to mark the annual wheat harvest within some English-speaking countries in the Northern Hemisphere.

August 1: Lughnasadh, a Gaelic festival marking the beginning of the harvest season.

August 1: Fast in Honor of Holy Mother of Jesus, beginning of the 14-day period of preparation for Orthodox Christians leading up to the Dormition of the Virgin Mary.

August 1: International Mahjong Day

August 1: National Girlfriends Day

August 1: National Minority Donor Awareness Day

August 1: Respect for Parents Day

August 1: American Family Day (1st Sunday in August)

August 1: National Sisters Day (1st Sunday in August)

August 1: World Scout Scarf Day

August 1: International Childfree Day

August 1: World Lung Cancer Day

August 1: Yorkshire Day (UK)

August 2: National Coloring Book Day

August 3: National Georgia Day

August 3: National Night Out Day (1st Tuesday in August)

August 4: National Coast Guard Day

August 4: International Clouded Leopard Day

August 5: National Underwear Day

August 5: National Work Like A Dog Day

August 6: Transfiguration of the Lord (Feast of the Transfiguration), celebrated by various Christian denominations, the feast day is dedicated to the transfiguration of Jesus.

August 6: National Fresh Breath Day

August 6: National Wiggle Your Toes Day

August 6: National Water Balloon Day (First Friday in August)

August 6: International Beer Day - First Friday in August

August 7: Purple Heart Day

August 7: National Lighthouse Day

August 7: National Play Outside Day (First Saturday of Every Month)

August 7: National Disc Golf Day (First Saturday in August)

August 8: National Sleep Under The Stars Night

August 8: National Happiness Happens Day

August 8: National Dollar Day

August 8: National Spirit of ‘45 Day - honors the can-do attitude of an entire generation affected by the trials and hardships of World War II.

August 8: World Cat Day/International Cat Day

August 8: International Infinity Day

August 9: National Book Lovers Day

August 9: National Veep Day - recognizes the succession plan of the President of the United States. The day also acknowledges the one president who was neither elected vice president nor president – Gerald Ford.

August 9: International Day of the World’s Indigenous People

August 9: International Coworking Day

August 10: Hijri New Year, the day that marks the beginning of the new Islamic calendar year.

August 10: National Shapewear Day

August 10: National Connecticut Day

August 10: National Lazy Day

August 10: World Lion Day

August 11: Global Kinetic Sand Day

August 11: National Son’s and Daughter Day

August 11: National Presidential Joke Day

August 11: World Calligraphy day - 2nd Wednesday in August

August 12: National Vinyl Record Day

August 12: National Middle Child Day

August 12: International Youth Day

August 12: World Elephant Day

August 13: Black Women’s Equal Pay Day. The aim is to raise awareness about the wider-than-average pay gap between Black women and White men. Black women are paid 62 cents for every dollar paid to white men.

August 13: International Left Handers Day

August 13: National Blame Someone Else Day (First Friday the 13th of the Year)

August 14: National V-J Day (Observed in Europe on August 15)

August 14: National Code Talkers Day

August 14: National Bowling Day (Second Saturday in August)

August 14: National Garage Sale Day (Second Saturday in August)

August 14: World Lizard Day

August 15: Assumption of Blessed Virgin Mary, according to the beliefs of the Catholic Church, Eastern and Oriental Orthodoxy, as well as parts of Anglicanism, the day commemorates the bodily taking up of the Virgin Mary into heaven at the end of her earthly life.

August 15: Dormition of the Theotokos, a Great Feast of the Eastern Orthodox, Oriental Orthodox and Eastern Catholic Churches that commemorates the "falling asleep," or death, of Mary the Theotokos ("Mother of God") and her bodily resurrection before ascending into heaven.

August 15: National Leathercraft Day

August 15: National Relaxation Day

August 15: National Honey Bee Day (Third Saturday in August)

August 16: National Tell A Joke Day

August 16: National Rollercoaster Day

August 16: National Airborne Day

August 17: Marcus Garvey Day, which celebrates the birthday of the Jamaican politician and activist who is revered by Rastafarians. Garvey is credited with starting the Back to Africa movement, which encouraged those of African descent to return to the land of their ancestors during and after slavery in North America.

August 17: National Nonprofit Day

August 17: National Massachusetts Day

August 17: National I LOVE My Feet Day!

August 17: National Thrift Shop Day

August 17: Black Cat Appreciation Day

August 18-19 (sundown to sundown): Ashura, an Islamic holiday commemorating the day Noah left the ark and the day Allah saved Moses from the Egyptians.

August 18: National Mail Order Catalog Day

August 19: International Bow Day

August 19: National Aviation Day

August 19: World Photography Day

August 19: World Humanitarian Day

August 19: International Orangutan day

August 20: National Radio Day

August 20: World Mosquito Day

August 21: National Brazilian Blowout Day

August 21: National Senior Citizens Day

August 21: International Day of Remembrance and Tribute to the Victims of Terrorism

August 21: International Homeless Animals’ Day

August 21: World Honey Bee day (Third Saturday in August)

August 21: International Geocaching Day (Third Saturday in August)

August 22: Obon (Ullambana), a Buddhist festival and Japanese custom for honoring the spirits of ancestors.

August 22: Raksha Bandhan, a Hindu holiday commemorating the loving kinship between a brother and sister. “Raksha” means “protection” in Hindi and symbolizes the longing a sister has to be protected by her brother. During the celebration, a sister ties a string around her brother’s (or brother-figure’s) wrist and asks him to protect her. The brother usually gives the sister a gift and agrees to protect her for life.

August 22: Hungry Ghost Festival, a Chinese holiday where street, market, and temple ceremonies take place to honor dead ancestors and appease other spirits.

August 22: National Surgical Oncologist Day

August 22: National Be An Angel Day

August 22: Never Bean Better Day

August 22: National Tooth Fairy Day

August 22: National Rainbow Baby Day

August 22: International Day Commemorating the Victims Acts of Violence Based on Religious Beliefs

August 23: International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition and the anniversary of the uprising in Santo Domingo (today Haiti and the Dominican Republic) that initiated the abolition of slavery in the Caribbean.

August 23: National Ride The Wind day

August 23: International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition

August 24: National Maryland Day

August 24: International Strange Music Day

August 25: National Park Service Founders Day

August 25: National Kiss and Make Up Day

August 25: National Secondhand Wardrobe Day

August 26: Women’s Equality Day, which commemorates the August 26, 1920, certification of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution that gave women the right to vote. Congresswoman Bella Abzug first introduced a proclamation for Women’s Equality Day in 1971. Since that time, every president has published a proclamation recognizing August 26 as Women’s Equality Day.

August 26: National Dog Day

August 26: National Webmistress Day - National WebMistress Day recognizes women in web development on August 26th.

A WebMistress is a woman who designs, develops, markets and maintains websites. The term has existed since the mid-1990s. In June of 1995, the term officially entered technology’s lexicon. That month, Kat Valentine secured the domain name WebMistress.com. Taking the name a step further, Valentine then began web development under the job title WebMistress. Comparatively, the term WebMaster arrived on the scene as early as 1986, according to various classified ads.

August 27: National Just Because Day

August 28: National Thoughtful Day

August 28: National Power Rangers Day

August 28: National Bow Tie Day

August 28: Rainbow Bridge Remembrance Day

August 29: International Day Against Nuclear Tests

August 29: According to Hoyle Day

August 29-30: Krishna Janmashtami, a Hindu celebration of Lord Vishnu’s most powerful human incarnations, Krishna, the god of love and compassion. Celebrations include praying and fasting.

August 30: National Grief Awareness Day

August 30: National Beach Day

August 30: International Whale Shark Day

August 30: International day of the Victims of Enforced Disappearance

August 31: National South Carolina Day

August 31: National Matchmaker Day

August 31: International Overdose Awareness Day

August Health Awareness Topics:

- Child’s Eye Health and Safety Month

- Gastroparesis Awareness Month

- National Breastfeed Month

o World Breastfeeding Week (Aug. 1 – 6)

- National Immunization Awareness Month

- Psoriasis Action Month

- Summer Sun Safety Month

- World Lung Cancer Day (August 1)

- National Health Center Week (Aug. 9 – 15)

- Contact Lense Health Week (August 19 - 23)

- International Overdose Awareness Day (August 31)

August 2021 National Food Days

August 1: National Raspberry Cream Pie Day

August 2: National Ice Cream Sandwich Day

August 3: National Watermelon Day

August 4: National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day

August 5: National Oyster Day

August 5: National IPA Day (First Thursday in August)

August 6: National Root Beer Float Day

August 6: International Beer Day (First Friday in August)

August 7: National Raspberries N’ Cream Day

August 7: National Jamacian Patty Day

August 7: National Mustard Day

August 7: - Mead Day

August 8: - National CBD Day

August 8: - National Frozen Custard Day

August 8: National Sneak Some Zucchini Into Your Neighbor's Porch Day

August 9: National Rice Pudding Day

August 10: National S’mores Day

August 11: National Raspberry Bombe Day

August 12: National Julienne Fries Day

August 13: National Prosecco Day

August 13: National Filet Mignon Day

August 14: National Creamsicle Day

August 15: National Lemon Meringue Pie Day

August 16: National Rum Day

August 18: National Fajita Day

August 18: National Ice Cream Pie Day

August 18: National Pinot Noir Day

August 19: National Soft Ice Cream Day

August 19: National Potato Day

August 20: National Chocolate Pecan Pie Day

August 21: National Spumoni Day

August 22: National Bao Day

August 22: National Pecan Forte Day

August 23: National Sponge Cake Day

August 23: National Cuban Sandwich Day

August 24: National Peace Pie Day

August 24: National Waffle Day

August 25: National Whiskey Sour Day

August 25: National Banana Split Day

August 26: National Cherry Popsicle Day

August 27: National Pots De Creme Day

August 28: National Red Wine Day

August 28: National Cherry Turnover Day

August 28: International Bacon Day (Last Saturday before Labor Day)

August 29: National Chop Suey Day

August 29: National Lemon Juice Day

August 30: National Toasted Marshmallow Day

August 31: National Diatomaceous Earth Day

August 31: National Trail Mix Day

August 2021 National Weeks:

National Management Training Week - 3rd Full Week of August

National Bayalage Week - Week of August 16

Intimate Apparel Market Week - Quarterly

National Cleanse Your Skin Week - August 1 - 7

Twin Days - First Full Weekend

National Minority Donor Awareness Week - August 1 - 7

Sturgis Motorcyle Rally - Beings Friday before First Full Week

International Clown Week - First Week

Simplify Your LIfe Week - First Week

National Farmers Market Week - First Full Week

National Exercise with Your Child Week - First Full Week

Stop on Red Week - First Full Week

International Assistance Dog Week - Starts First Sunday

Satchmo Summerfest - Weekend of August 4

National Bargain Hunting Week - Second Week

National Health Center Week - Second Week

Kool-Aid Days - Second Week

National Hobo Week - Second Week READ MORE: https://nationaldaycalendar.com/national-hobo-week-august-10-13/

National Resurrect Romance Week - Second Full Week

Elvis Week - Week of August 16

National Aviation Week - Always during the week of Orville Wright’s Birthday August 19

Be Kind to Humankind Week - Last Week

International Bat Nights - Last Full Weekend

Startup Week Across America - Changes Annually

National Composites Week - Last Full Week

Drive Sober or Get Pulled OVer - Two Weeks before and through Labor Day

Ride Sober or Get Pulled Over - Two weeks before and through Labor Day

August National Months

National Dog Month

Black Business Month

Children’s Eye Health and Safety Month

Family Fun Month

Get Ready for Kindergarten Month

Happiness Happens Month

International Peace Month

MedicAlert Awareness Month

Motorsports Awareness Month

National Back to School Month

National Brownies at Brunch Month

National Catfish Month

National Crayon Collection Month

National Eye Exam Month

National Goat Cheese Month

National Golf Month

National Hair Loss Awareness Month

National Immunization Awareness Month

National Panini Month

National Sandwich Month

National Water Quality Month

National Wellness Month

Romance Awareness Month

Spinal Muscular Atrophy Awareness Month

Source:

https://www.healthline.com/health/directory-awareness-months#august

https://nationaldaycalendar.com/august-overview/

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We're finding our groove the second half of 2021 and exciting things are being planned for you and your little ones this month.

I knew that FIT4MOM was the right fit for me because even though my boys are a little older (almost 9 yo and 4 yo) I still experience lonliness in motherhood. And I want to do everything in my power to help other moms feel a little less alone.

1. Blueberry Picking Field Trip - Friday, August 6th at 11:30am at Bowerman Blueberry Farm Market. Enroll via your Pike13 account click here. Our Playgroups are always free and open to the public.

Help spread the word and share the Facebook Event click here.

2. August Mom's Night Out – Join us Downtown Holland for the Street Performers on Thursday, August 12th from 6:30pm – 8:30pm. Our monthly Mom’s Night Out events are always free and open to all mamas in the community.

Enroll via your Pike 13 account here.

Help spread the word and share the Facebook Event click here:

3. Pay It Forward - Back to School Style - Starting Tuesday, August 24th - Tuesday, September 7th we will be hosting a School Supply Drive for the local district(s). When you bring 3 items to donate, you will receive three free classes as a gift - to a friend, teacher, or for yourself.

Those classes can be redeemed in from August 25th – October 31st.

More information to come.

4. Fall Body Well Session Open House and #FlashSale - Our Fall Body Well Session will start the week of September 13th. I am still waiting on the schedule for our oldest son, Brady's, soccer season and as a result I am not 100% sure of the meeting days for our classes.

I am thinking of one evening class +virtual class.

We will have a Body Well Preview class on Thursday, August 26th at 6:30pm at The Town Center Holland. This preview class is free and open to all the mamas in our community.

Check out what all the hype is about!

Enroll via your Pike 13 account here.

We will have a Body Well #FlashSale August 29th - August 31st. You will be the first to know the Coupon Code and details!

5. Additional August Playgroups:

August 13th - Creamsicles

August 27th - Back To School

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Hi mama! Chances are you are reading this at some point in your journey to and through motherhood. Our journey really begins the moment we decide and then also find out that we are going to be a mom. The journey to motherhood is as unique as we are individuals, and I know that we all become moms in a variety of ways. The diversity, equity, and inclusion of #AllTheMoms is at the heart of FIT4MOM and one of my personal core values. However, we have to be honest and acknowledge & accept that there are differences that we need depending on how we became a mom.

Today I am going to talk to the mom who has birthed a child from her body. Again, there are several different ways to “give birth” and no one way is any better than another.

As beautiful as pregnancy and motherhood is, we have to be honest and tell it like it is – bringing a newborn into this world is a traumatic experience for our bodies – no matter how. Our body go through 9 months of growth and change during pregnancy. And then the birth process is a whole different ball game.

The first 6 weeks after childbirth are usually talked about as the fourth trimester – early postpartum. We do not believe that moms need to “bounce back” after pregnancy; in fact, research shows that our bodies may not go back to “normal” for up to two years after birth. What you are going through and how your body is responding to life post pregnancy give you some insight into what you are capable of – mentally, physically, and emotionally. Take this time to truly listen to your body – honor and respect all that you have been through as you prepare a plan to move forward.

When it comes to working out as a postpartum mama, we have good news for you! The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, ACOG, recommends exercise for the new mom, once you are cleared to perform by your doctor – which is typically between 6 – 8 weeks after childbirth.

5 reasons why you should exercise as a new mom:

  • It helps strengthen and increase abdominal strength and stability.
  • It boosts energy levels.
  • It promotes better sleep.
  • It relieves stress.
  • It may be useful in preventing postpartum depression.

I want to let you know, mama, that if you feeling a bit anxious to workout in this new season of life – you are not alone…. And it is totally okay to have #AllTheFeelings. I’ve been there myself – times 2. And after the birth of our youngest I experienced severe PMADs in the form of Postpartum Depression and Anxiety. At the time I didn’t know how beneficial it would be to have a supportive group of moms who were either going through the same thing, or who had already been through it. And that is why I am sharing this with you today… to hopefully help lessen the learning curve for you.

I hope you know that FIT4MOM and all the franchise locations are here for you! FIT4MOM is the nations leading pre-and-postnatal fitness program and community for all ages and stages of motherhood. All of our workouts are designed by moms for moms and lead by FIT4MOM certified instructors. We lead with empathy and compassion to support you where you are at in this moment and lead you to where you want to go.

Returning or starting to working out as a postpartum mom with FIT4MOM will look like:

  • Continued support during the first six weeks following birth, including predictable issues she faces and safe exercises to perform to help with abdominal reconditioning.
  • Assessment of the fitness needs as you progress through the postpartum stages. From your physician’s clearance date through the first year, at minimum, appropriate progressions should be applied, and the guidelines of The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) followed for exercise and critical issues specific to the new mom.
  • Design and implement a practical plan for increasing overall strength and improving joint stability, as well as addressing specific muscle imbalances through a sustainable fitness plan.

Now is a time of great change, and our biggest hope for you is that you have the space and time to enjoy it. Yes, you will experience sleep deprivation and fatigue, yes your schedule will change, and yes what you can do now is going to look different than what you could do before. But that doesn’t mean that you cannot do anything. In fact – motherhood is a great reminder of how strong and amazing you are!

Your return to movement may be slow – that is both okay and expected. Release any judgment that you may be feeling. Focus on the overall health and wellbeing – for both you and your little one. And don’t forget to remember to practice self-compassion. Everything you do counts! Short, simple, small movements – it all counts!

You are going to do fantastic mama. And when you are ready – we are here to welcome you with open arms!

I look forward to meeting you and hearing about your journey to motherhood soon!

With Love,

Kyria’

Owner & Instructor – FIT4MOM Holland

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July 2021 Health Awareness Topics

Source: https://healthline.com/health/directory-awareness-months but also additional research on Google to verify dates

additional source: awarenessdays.com

also: http://www.whathealth.com/awareness/

July

- Minority Mental Health Month – developed by Mental Health America to “shed light on the multitude of mental health experiences within BIPOC communities and others that face dispropriate inequities due to system barriers and historical adversity

- Cord Blood Awareness Month – Parents Guide to Cord Blood Foundation

- Fibroid Awareness Month

- Healthy Vision Month – National Eye Institute

- International Group B Strep (pregnancy) Awareness Month – Group B International

- Juvenile Arthritis Awareness Month – Arthritis National Research Foundation

- National Cleft and Craniofacial Awareness and Prevention Month – Ameriface and cleftAdvocate

- Sarcoma Awareness Month – Sarcoma Foundation of America

- UV Safety Awareness Month – multiple organizations

- Uterine Fibroid Awareness Month in California

- World Hepatitis Day (July 28) – World Hepatitis Alliance

- Bereaved Parents Month

July 2021 Diversity Holidays and National/International Calendar Days

Source: https://www.diversitybestpractices.com/2021-diversity-holidays

Source: https://natoinaldaycalendar.com/calendar-at-a-glance for National and International Days

**THERE ARE MANY MORE ON THE WEBSITE** Refer back regularly

July

July 1: National Wear White Day; Wear white all month long to show your support of women suffering from fibroids.

July 1: Canada Day, or Fête du Canada, is a Canadian federal holiday that celebrates the 1867 enactment of the Constitution Act, which established the three former British colonies of Canada, Nova Scotia and New Brunswick as a united nation called Canada.

July 1: National Postal Worker Day

July 1: National U.S. Postage Stamp Day

July 3: National Compliment Your Mirror Day

July 3: National Hop-A-Park Day

July 4: Independence Day (also known as the Fourth of July), a United States federal holiday that celebrates the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776. The original 13 American colonies declared independence from Britain and established themselves as a new nation known as the United States of America.

July 5: National Hawaii Day

July 5: National Workaholics Day

July 5: National Bikini Day

July 7: National Father Daughter Take a Walk Day

July 8-9 (sundown to sundown): The Martyrdom of the Bab, a day when Bahá’ís observe the anniversary of the Báb’s execution in Tabriz, Iran, in 1850. July 11: St. Benedict Day, the feast day of St. Benedict celebrated by some Christian denominations.

July 9: Collector Car Appreciation Day

July 10: National Kitten Day

July 10: National Clerihew Day

July 11: World Population Day, an observance established in 1989 by the Governing Council of the United Nations Development Programme. The annual event is designed to raise awareness of global population issues.

July 11: National Cheer Up The Lonely Day

July 11: National 7-Eleven Day

July 12: National Simplicity Day

July 12: National Different Colored Eyes Day

July 13; National Delaware Day

July 13: National Cow Appreciation Day

July 14: International Non-Binary People’s Day, aimed at raising awareness and organizing around the issues faced by non-binary people around the world while celebrating their contributions.

July 14: Bastille Day, a French federal holiday that commemorates the Storming of the Bastille, a fortress-prison in Paris that held political prisoners who had displeased the French nobility. The Storming of the Bastille, which took place on July 14, 1789, was regarded as a turning point of the French Revolution. Celebrations are held throughout France.

July 14: National Tape Measure Day

July 14: National Nude Day

July 15: National Give Something Away Day

July 15: National I Love Horses Day

July 15: National Pet Fire Safety Day

July 15: Get to Know Your Customers Day – 3rd Thursday of Every Quarter

July 15: St. Vladimir of the Great Day, feast day for St. Vladimir celebrated by the Eastern Orthodox and Roman Catholic churches.

July 16: National Personal Chef’s Day

July 17: National Lottery Day

July 17: National Tattoo Day

July 17: Wrong Way Corrigan Day

July 17: National Yellow Pig Day

July 17: National Emoji Day

July 17: Toss Away the “Could Haves” and “Should Haves” – 3rd Saturday in July

July 17-18: Tisha B'Av, a fast in commemoration of the destruction of two holy and sacred temples of Judaism destroyed by the Babylonians (in 586 B.C.E) and Romans (in 70 C.E.). At the Tisha B’Av, after select passages from the Torah are read and understood, netilat yadayim, or the washing of the hands, is performed.

July 18-19 (sundown to sundown): Waqf al Arafa, the second day of pilgrimage within the Islamic faith.

July 18: Nelson Mandela International Day, launched on July 18, 2009, in recognition of Nelson Mandela’s birthday via unanimous decision of the U.N. General Assembly. It was inspired by a call Nelson Mandela made a year earlier for the next generation to take on the burden of leadership in addressing the world’s social injustices: “It is in your hands now.” It is more than a celebration of Mandela’s life and legacy; it is a global movement to honor his life’s work and to change the world for the better.

July 19-20 (sundown to sundown): Eid al-Adha, an Islamic festival to commemorate the willingness of Ibrahim (also known as Abraham) to follow Allah's (God's) command to sacrifice his son, Ishmael. Muslims around the world observe this event.

July 20: National Moon Day

July 20: National Pennsylvania Day

July 21: National Be Someone Day

July 22: National Hammock Day

July 22: National Rat Catcher’s Day

July 23: Gorgeous Grandma Day

July 23: The birthday of Haile Selassie I, the former Emperor of Ethiopia whom the Rastafarians consider to be their savior.

July 24: Asalha Puja, or Dharma Day, is a celebration of Buddha’s first teachings.

July 24: Pioneer Day, observed by the Mormons to commemorate the arrival in 1847 of the first Latter Day Saints pioneer in Salt Lake Valley.

July 24: National Thermal Engineer Day

July 24: National Cousins Day

July 24: National Amelia Earhart day

July 24: National Day of the Cowboy

July 25: St. James the Greater Day, feast day for St. James the Greater celebrated by some Christian denominations.

July 25: National Merry-Go-Round Day

July 25: National Threading the Needle Day

July 25: National Hire a Veteran Day

July 25: National Parents Day – 4th Sunday in July

July 26: Disability Independence Day, celebrating the anniversary of the 1990 signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

July 26: National Aunt and Uncle’s Day

July 26: National All or Nothing Day

July 27: National Love is Kind Day

July 27: National New Jersey Day

July 28: Buffalo Soldiers Day – Commemorates the formation of the first regular Army regiments comprising African American soldiers in 1866

July 28: National Waterpark Day

July 29: National Lipstick day

July 29: National Intern Day

July 30: International Day of Friendship, proclaimed in 2011 by the U.N. General Assembly with the idea that friendship between peoples, countries, cultures and individuals can inspire peace efforts and build bridges between communities.

July 30: National Father-In-Law Day

July 30: National Whistleblower Day

July 30: National Talk in an Elevator Day

July 30: National System Administrator Appreciation Day – Last Friday in July

July 30: National Get Gnarly Day – Last Friday in July – opportunity to embrace new ideas and toss out old ways

July 31: National Mutt day

National Food Days – nationalcalendar.com

July 1: National Creative Ice Cream Flavors Day

July 1: National Gingersnap Day

July 2: National Anisette Day

July 3: National Fried Clam Day

July 3: National Eat Your Beans Day

July 3: National Chocolate Wafer Day

July 4: National Barbecued Spareribs Day

July 4: National Caesar Salad Day

July 5: National Apple Turnover Day

July 5: National Graham Cracker Day

July 6: National Hand Roll Day

July 6: National Fried Chicken Day

July 7: National Dive Bar Day

July 7: National Strawberry Sundae Day

July 7: National Macaroni Day

July 8: National Freezer Pop Day

July 8: National Chocolate with Almonds Day

July 9: National Sugar Cookie Day

July 10: National Pina Colada Day

July 11: National Rainier Cherry Day

July 11: National Blueberry Muffin Day

July 11: National Mojito day

July 12: National Pecan Pie Day

July 12: Eat Your Jello Day

July 13: National French Fry Day

July 13: National Beans ‘N’ Franks Day

July 14: National Grand Marnier Day

July 14: National Mac & Cheese Day

July 15: National Tapioca Pudding Day

July 15: National Gummi Worm Day

July 16: National Corn Fritters Day

July 17: National Peach Ice Cream Day

July 17: National Strawberry Rhubarb Wine Day – 3rd Saturday in July

July 18: National Sour Cany Day

July 18: National Caviar Day

July 18: National Ice Cream Day – 3rd Sunday in July

July 19: National Daiquiri Day

July 20: National Fortune Cookie Day

July 20: National Lollipop Day

July 21: National Junk Food Day

July 21: National Hot Dog Day – 3rd Wednesday in July

July 22: National Penuche Fudge Day

July 22: National Refreshment Day – 4th Thursday in July

July 23: National Vanilla Ice Cream Day

July 24: National Tequila Day

July 24: National Drive-Thru Day

July 25: National Hot Fudge Sundae Day

July 25: National Wine and Cheese Day

July 26: National Bagelfest Day

July 26: National Coffee Milkshake Dady

July 27: National Scotch Day

July 27: National Crème Brulee day

July 28: National Milk Chocolate Day

July 29: National Lasagna Day

July 29: National Chicken Wing Day

July 29: National Chili Dog Day

July 30: National Cheesecake Day

July 31: National Avocado Day

July 31: National Raspberry Cake Day

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Beginning Monday, June 14th we will hold classes at Town Center Holland!

Join us for Stroller Strides and Stroller Barre - Monday, Wednesday, Friday - 9:30am; Body Boost - Monday, Wednesday - 6:30pm!

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2021 Diversity Holidays and National/International Calendar Days

Source: https://www.diversitybestpractices.com/2021-diversity-holidays

Source: https://natoinaldaycalendar.com/calendar-at-a-glance for National and International Days

Source: https://www.diversityresources.com/2021-diversity-calendar/

**THERE ARE MANY MORE ON THE WEBSITE** Check back regularly.

June

June is Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Pride Month, established to recognize the impact that gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender individuals have had on the world. LGBT groups celebrate this special time with pride parades, picnics, parties, memorials for those lost to hate crimes and HIV/AIDS, and other group gatherings. The last Sunday in June is Gay Pride Day.

June is Immigrant Heritage Month, established in June 2014, gives people across the United States an opportunity to annually explore their own heritage and celebrate the shared diversity that forms the unique story of America. It celebrates immigrants across the United States and their contributions to their local communities and economy.

June is National Fresh Fuit and Vegetable Month.

June is National Safety Month. Each week throughout National Safety Month in June is an opportunity to make a difference in your home, work, and community.

Identifying risks around the home or improving safety standards at home and in your community protects everyone. Whether we increase first aid and emergency awareness through drills or provide water safety tips for summer recreation, we’re taking steps to provide a safer neighborhood.

June 2: Indian Citizenship Act of 1924

June 3: Corpus Christi, a Catholic holiday celebrating the presence of the body and blood of Christ, in the Eucharist.

June 11: Sacred Heart of Jesus, the Feast of the Most Sacred Heart is a solemnity in the liturgical calendar of the Roman Catholic Church.

June 12: Loving Day – anniversary of the Supreme Court decision, ending bans on interracial marriage.

June 14: Puerto Rican Day Parade – festivities are planned across the country, to celebrate Puerto Rican’s accomplishments and contributions.

June 14: Flag Day in the United States, observed to celebrate the history and symbolism of the American flag.

June 15: St. Vladimir Day, a Roman Catholic feast celebrating St. Vladimir.

June 15: Native American Citizenship Day, commemorating the day in 1924 when the U.S. Congress passed legislation recognizing the citizenship of Native Americans.

June 16: Martyrdom of Guru Arjan Dev, observed by members of the Sikh faith. Guru Arjan Dev was the fifth Sikh guru and the first Sikh martyr.

June 19: Juneteenth, also known as Freedom Day or Emancipation Day. It is observed as a public holiday in 14 U.S. states. This celebration honors the day in 1865 when slaves in Texas and Louisiana finally heard they were free, two months after the end of the Civil War. June 19, therefore, became the day of emancipation for thousands of African-Americans.

June 19: New Church Day, according to Christian belief, on this day the Lord called together the 12 disciples who had followed him on earth, instructed them in the Heavenly Doctrine of the New Jerusalem, and sent them out to teach that “the Lord God Jesus Christ reigns, whose kingdom shall be for ages and ages.” This was the beginning of the New Christian Church.

June 21: National Indigenous Peoples Day or First Nations Day, a day that gives recognition to the indigenous populations affected by colonization in Canada.

June 21: Litha, the summer solstice celebrated by the Wiccans and Pagans. It is the longest day of the year, representing the sun’s “annual retreat.”

June 27: Helen Keller Day (Helen Keller’s Birthday)

June 29: Feast Day of Saints Peter and Paul, a liturgical feast in honor of the martyrdom in Rome for the apostles St. Peter and St. Paul in Eastern Orthodox Christianity.

Last Sunday in June: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender (LGBT) Pride Day in the United States. It celebrates the Stonewall Riots on June 28, 1969.

2021 Health Awareness Calendar

Source: https://healthline.com/health/directory-awareness-months but also additional research on Google to verify dates

additional source: awarenessdays.com

also: http://www.whathealth.com/awareness/

June Health Awareness Topics

- Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month

- Cataract Awareness Month

- Hernia Awareness Month

- Men’s Health Month

o Men’s Health Week (June 14 – 20)

- Myasthenia Gravis Awareness Month

- National Aphasia Awareness Month

- National Congenital Cytomegalovirus Awareness Month

- National Migraine and Headache Awareness Month

o Shades for Migraine (June 21)

- National Safety Month

- National Scleroderma Awareness Month

- Scoliosis Awareness Month

- World Eating Disorders Action Day (June 2)

- National Cancer Survivors Day (June 6)

- World Sickle Cell Day (June 19)

- PTSD Awareness Day (June 27)

- National HIV Testing Day (June 27)

- Helen Keller Deaf-Blind Awareness Week (June 21 – July 3)

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May 2021 Diversity Holidays, Days of Recognition, and Health Awareness Topics

Diversity and Recognition:

May is Asian Pacific American Heritage Month in the United States. The month of May was chosen to commemorate the immigration of the first Japanese to the United States on May 7, 1843, and to mark the anniversary of the completion of the transcontinental railroad on May 10, 1869. The majority of the workers who laid the tracks on the project were Chinese immigrants.

May is Older Americans Month, established in 1963 to honor the legacies and contributions of older Americans and to support them as they enter their next stage of life.

May is Jewish American Heritage Month, which recognizes the diverse contributions of the Jewish people to American culture.

May is Mental Health Awareness Month (or Mental Health Month), which aims to raise awareness and educate the public about mental illnesses and reduce the stigma that surrounds mental illnesses.

May is Maternal Mental Health Month

May is National Foster Care Month, a time to recognize that we can each play a part in enhancing the lives of children and youth in foster care. (https://www.acf.hhs.gov/cb/faq/foster-care-5z

May is National Military Appreciation Month, a special month set aside to ensure the nation was given the chance to publicly show their appreciation for troops past and present.

May is Small Business Month

May 1: Beltane, an ancient Celtic festival celebrated on May Day, signifying the beginning of summer.

May 2: Orthodox Easter (also called Pascha), a later Easter date than observed by many Western churches.

May 2: Bereaved Mother's Day 2021

May 2: National Brothers and Sisters Day

May 3: Saints Philip and James, a Roman Rite feast day for the anniversary of the dedication of the church to Saints Phillip and James in Rome.

May 4: National Teacher's Day

May 4: Foster Care Day 2021

May 5: World Maternal Mental Health Day

May 5: International Day of the Midwife

May 5: Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls Day (MMIWG or MMIWG2ST)

May 5: Cinco de Mayo, a Mexican holiday commemorating the Mexican army’s 1862 victory over France at the Battle of Puebla during the Franco-Mexican War (1861-1867). This day celebrates Mexican culture and heritage, including parades and mariachi music performances.

May 6: National Nurses Day

May 6: National Day of Prayer, a day of observance in the United States when people are asked to “turn to God in prayer and meditation.”

May 7: Military Spouse Appreciation Day 2021

May 8: Birth Mother's Day 2021

May 9: Mother's Day

May 9: Laylat al-Qadr, the holiest night of the year for Muslims, is traditionally celebrated on the 27th day of Ramadan. It is known as the Night of Power and commemorates the night that the Quran was first revealed to the prophet Muhammad.

May 12-13 (sundown to sundown): Eid al-Fitr, the first day of the Islamic month of Shawwal, marking the end of Ramadan. Many Muslims attend communal prayers, listen to a khutuba (sermon), and give Zakat al-Fitr (charity in the form of food) during Eid al-Fitr.

May 13: Ascension of Jesus or Ascension Day, is celebrated as the ascension of Christ from Earth in the presence of God within most of the Christian faith.

May 15: National Armed Forces day

May 15: International Family Day

May 16-18 (sundown to sundown): Shavuot, a Jewish holiday that has double significance. It marks the all-important wheat harvest in Israel and commemorates the anniversary of the day when God gave the Torah to the nation of Israel assembled at Mount Sinai.

May 16 - 20: National Small Business Week

May 17: International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia, a global celebration of sexual-orientation and gender diversities.

May 21: World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development, a day set aside by the United Nations as an opportunity to deepen our understanding of the values of cultural diversity and to learn to live together in harmony.

May 22-23 (sundown to sundown): Declaration of the Báb, the day of declaration of the Báb, the forerunner of Bahá'u'lláh, the founder of the Bahá’í faith.

May 23: Pentecost, the celebration of the giving of the Ten Commandments by God at Mount Sinai.

May 24: National Scavenger Hunt Day

May 25: National Wine Day

May 26: Buddha Day (Vesak or Visakha Puja), a Buddhist festival that marks Gautama Buddha's birth, enlightenment and death. It falls on the day of the full moon in May and it is a gazetted holiday in India.

May 31: Memorial Day in the United States, a federal holiday established to honor military veterans who died in wars fought by American forces.

May 29: Ascension of Bahá'u'lláh, commemorates the ascension of Bahá'u'lláh, the founder of the Bahá’í faith.

May 30: Trinity Sunday, observed in the Western Christian faith as a feast in honor of the Holy Trinity.

May 30: All Saints’ Day, celebrated by many Eastern Christian churches on the first Sunday after Pentecost, in recognition of all known and unknown saints.

Health Awareness Topics:

- American Stroke Awareness Month

- Arthritis Awareness Month

- Better Hearing and Speech Month

- Clean Air Month

- Cystic Fibrosis Awareness Month

- Food Allergy Action Month

o National Food Allergy Awareness Week (May 10 – 16)

- Global Employee Health and Fitness Month

- Healthy Vision Month

- Hepatitis Awareness Month

- International Mediterranean Diet Month

- Lupus Awareness Month

- Melanoma/Skin Cancer Detection and Prevention Month

- Mental Health Month

- National Asian Pacific American Heritage Month – aspics.org

o National Asian and Pacific Islander HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (May 19)

- National Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month

- National Celiac Disease Awareness Month

- National High Blood Pressure Education Month

- National Osteoporosis Awareness and Prevention Month

- National Physical Fitness and Sports Month

o National Physical Education and Sports Week (May 1 – 7)

o National Senior Health & Fitness Day (May 26) – fitnessday.com

- National Teen Pregnancy Prevention Month

- Pre-eclampsia Awareness Month

o World Preeclampsia Day (May 22)

- Ultraviolet Awareness Month

- World Hand Hygiene Day (May 5)

- Cornelia de Lange Syndrome Awareness Day (May 8) – 2nd Saturday in May

- Nurses Appreciation Week (May 6 - 12)

- North American Occupational Safety and Health Week (May 2 – 8)

- National Women’s Health Week (May 9 – 15)

- National Hurricane Preparedness Week (May 9 – 15)

- National Stuttering Awareness Week (May 10 – 15)

- National Neuropathy Awareness Week (May 12 – 16)

- ME/CFS and Fibromyalgia International Awareness Day (May 12)

- National Alcohol and Other Birth Defects Awareness Week (May 13 – 19)

- HIV Vaccine Awareness Day (May 18) – hiv.gov/events/awareness-days/hiv-vaccine-awareness-day (working together to find a safe and effective preventative HIV vaccine)

- World Autoimmune Arthritis Day (May 20)

- Don’t Fry Day (May 28) – cancer.org (raise awareness of sun safety & sunscreen usage)

References:

Diversity Holidays

Source: https://www.diversitybestpractices.com/2021-diversity-holidays

Source: https://natoinaldaycalendar.com/calendar-at-a-glance for National and International Days

**THERE ARE MANY MORE ON THE WEBSITE** Refer back regularly

Health Awareness Topics:

Source: https://healthline.com/health/directory-awareness-months but also additional research on Google to verify dates

Source: awarenessdays.com

Source: http://www.whathealth.com/awareness/

**We recognize that this list may not be all-encompassing. If anything is missing, please send and email to kyriaphenix@fit4mom.com

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Black Maternal Health Week is April 11 - 17.

This post will hold space for links and resources for us all to continue learning.

- 5 Facts Proving Black Maternal Health Week is More Important, From Essence Magazine Online - https://www.essence.com/lifestyle/health-wellness/black-maternal-health-week-statistics/

- Serena Williams reveals more details of her labor - https://www.self.com/story/serena-williams-labor-being-serena

- Dr. Shalon Irving Story on NPR - https://www.npr.org/2017/12/07/568948782/black-mothers-keep-dying-after-giving-birth-shalon-irvings-story-explains-why

I want to take a moment now and share that while researching Kira Johnson, the top 4 related searches on Google asked the question, in one way or another, "will I die during childbirth?" or "Is it normal to worry about dying while giving birth?"

While we are all aware that pregnancy does involve some risk, it is truly heartbreaking that these thoughts are associated with Black women on a much higher level.

- Charles Johnson honors his wife Kira and gives a voice to other women who have died during or from complications of childbirth - https://www.parents.com/pregnancy/giving-birth/stories/my-wifes-legacy-gives-a-voice-to-the-voiceless-charles-johnsons-loss-launched-a-maternal-health-revolution/

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April 11 - 17 of every year is recognized as Black Maternal Health Week founded and led by the Black Mamas Alliance.

This is "a week of awareness, activism, and community building intended to:

- deepen the National conversation about Black maternal health in the U.S.;

- Amplify community driven policy, research, and care solutions;

- Center the voices of Black Mamas, women, families, and stakeholders;

- Provide a national platform for Black-led entities and efforts on maternal health, birth, and reproductive justice and;

- Enhance community organizing on Black maternal health" - Source: blackmamasmatter.org/bmhw/

To start, I want to remind us all that the man known as "the founding father of gynecology" is a man named James M. Sims. And he is rooted in White Supremacy and Racism. There is no other way to put it.

This doctor would operate on enslaved Black women and infants without their consent or anesthesia. His belief was that ensalved Black women didnot experience pain, or at least have the same pain threshold as White women. He would operate as many as 20 times on a single patient.

We know of three patients, but records indicate that there are at least a dozen more.

We need to say their names. Say these names with me: Lucy, Anarcha, and Betsey.

We need to remember Lucy, Anarcha, and Betsey and share these stories. We need to share the horrible history, as hard as it is, because the truth is - society is forgetting. And this forgotten truth is leading to continued racial bias in the medical field.

While I do not have a personal story to tell, I am asking you to please listen to the stories of women who have. These are not made up stories, these are their lived experiences. They are not exaggerated. They are real.

Google search "Dr. Shalon Irving".

Check out @4kira4moms on Facebook and Instagram, in honor of Kira Johnson.

Read the experience of Serena Williams, whose fate did not end up in death like the previous two moms I mentioned.

Again, these are three stories. Three too many, but they are not alone. And every experience is one too many.

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Black women’s history is women’s history. And to teach our kids about women’s history, we need to celebrate the accomplishments of Black women history makers beyond just this month. We encourage you to start today by taking a moment to educate your children on the accomplishments and history made by powerful, Black women across the globe and to continue to teach your children about these important role models all year long.

Here are a few books you can start with:

Shaking Things Up - Fourteen phenomenal women who've changed the world as we know it today and whose stories are an inspiration to us all are featured in this breathtaking picture book (including Ruby Bridges and Molly Williams).

Mae Among the Stars - This gorgeous picture book introduces the world to Mae Jemison, the first African-American woman to travel into space and see the stars she'd been reaching for her whole life.

Little Leaders - highlights 40 black women from different backgrounds who have given our society great gifts and left their mark. Paired with breathtaking illustrations, Harrison highlights notables such as Maya Angelou, Bessie Coleman, Shirley Chisholm, and more.

Sisters and Champions - The True Story of Venus and Serena - This inspirational true story, details the sisters' journey from a barely-there tennis court in Compton, CA, to Olympic gold medals and becoming the #1 ranked women in the sport of tennis.

The Story of Ruby Bridges - In 1960, six-year-old Ruby Bridges and her family moved from Mississippi to New Orleans in search of a better life. When a judge orders Ruby to attend an all-white school, Ruby must face angry mobs of parents who refuse to send their children to school with her. Ruby's story of courage, faith, and hope continues to resonate and inspire us all.