NATIONAL WOMEN’S CHECKUP DAY
Led by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office on Women’s Health and as part of National Women’s Health Week, May 12, 2014 is National Women’s Checkup Day.
The goal of National Women’s Checkup Day 2014 leaders is to encourage all women to schedule an annual well-woman visit.
Yearly well-woman visits are important and should include discussions of your health habits and family history, setting health goals and scheduling or receiving screenings or necessary exams. Screening would include blood pressure, cholesterol, cervical cancer and others.
For more information, see: http://womenshealth.gov/nwhw/learn/checkup.html
NATIONAL FIBROMYALGIA AWARENESS DAY
The theme for the 2014 National Fibromyalgia Day is,
“C.A.R.E. & Make Fibromyalgia Visible”
Each year on May 12, across the country millions of people celebrate National Fibromyalgia Awareness Day. This day shares the spotlight with other May 12 holidays known as; International Fibomyalgia Awareness Day, Fibromyalgia Awareness Day, International Awareness Day for Chronic Immunological and Neurological Diseases or International Awareness Day for MCS, ME/CFS and FM, which are celebrated globally.
Fibromyalgia, which is affecting more than 12 million Americans, is a musculoskeletal syndrome that may cause some or all of the following:
Widespread pain, tender points, incapacitating fatigue, anxiety, depression, migraines/chronic headaches, irritable bowel syndrome, irritable bladder, insomnia, hypersensitivity to cold/hot, swelling, fibro fog (inability to concentrate/focus), difficulty remembering, numbness, stiffness, decreased energy, noise, light and odor sensitivity and skin sensitivity.
Symptoms may come and go, lasting a few minutes, an hour, a day, a week, a month or a year.
For more information regarding National Fibromyalgia Awareness Day, see:
NATIONAL LIMERICK DAY
Celebrated annually on May 12, it is National Limerick Day. This day celebrates the birthday of English artist, illustrator, author and poet Edward Lear (May 12, 1812 – Jan. 29, 1888). Lear is known mostly for his literary nonsense in poetry prose and limericks.
National Limerick Day also celebrates the limerick poem. Limerick poems were popularized by Edward Lear’s book “Book of Nonsense” in 1846.
A limerick is a very short, humorous, nonsense poem. Within a limerick there are five lines. The first two lines rhyme with the fifth line and the third and fourth line rhyme together.
Two birds on the end of the branch
Watched the farmers wife out on the ranch
In the garden with a smile not a pout
On her knee’s pulling basket-fulls out
The veggies she hoped Mr. farmer would blanch
(written by Jill Magnus)
Today, sit down and write a few limericks of your own.
Happy National Limerick Day.
NATIONAL LIMERICK DAY HISTORY
Within our research, we were unable to find the creator of National Limerick Day, an “unofficial” National holiday.
NATIONAL ODOMETER DAY
National Odometer Day is celebrated each year on May 12. Today is a day to learn a little bit about the odometer.
An odometer is an instrument that indicates the distance traveled by a vehicle. It may be electronic, mechanical or a combination of both.
Odometer comes from the Greek words hodos meaning path or gateway and metron, meaning measure.
In some countries, an odometer is called a mileometer, milometer or tripometer.
Odometers were first developed in the 1600′s for wagons and other horse-drawn vehicles in order to measure distances traveled.
Developed by Arthur P. and Charles H. Warner of Beloit, Wisconsin, the first odometer for automobiles appeared in 1903 and was patented as the Auto-Meter.
Do you know how many miles are on the odometer in your car?
NATIONAL ODOMETER DAY HISTORY
We were unable to find the creator and the origin of National Odometer Day, an “unofficial” national holiday.
NATIONAL NUTTY FUDGE DAY
Each year on May 12, a food holiday is celebrated: It is National Nutty Fudge Day. This is a day to indulge in smooth chocolate fudge filled with crunchy nuts.
A Western confectionery, fudge is usually sweet and rich. It consists of combining sugar, butter and milk, heating it to the correct temperature and then mixing it while it cools to get it to a smooth, creamy consistency. There are many varieties and flavors of fudge, with chocolate being the most popular.
In 1886 a letter was found, written by Emelyn Bettersby Hartridge, a student at Vassar college in Poughkeepsie, New York, referring to fudge that her cousin had made, in Baltimore Maryland, selling it for 40 cents per pound. Hartridge was able to obtain the recipe and in 1888, she made 30 pounds of fudge for the Vassar College Senior Auction.
In the late 19th century, some shops on Mackinac Island, Michigan, began to produce similar products as the Vassar College fudge, and sold it to summer vacationers. Fudge is still produced in some of the original shops there today.
Pecans and walnuts are the two commonly used nuts in fudge.
Following is a “tried and true” Chocolate Nut Fudge recipe:
NATIONAL CHOCOLATE NUT FUDGE HISTORY
Within our research, we were unable to locate the creator of National Chocolate Nut Fudge Day, an “unofficial” national holiday.
Holidays Celebrated Around the World on May 12:
International Awareness Day for Chronic Immunological and Neurological Diseases
also known as International Awareness Day for MCS, ME/CFS and FM
The diseases included in CIND include Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (ME/CFS), Fibromyalgia (FM), Gulf War Syndrome(GWS) and Multiple Chemical Sensitivities (MCS)