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MAY 11, 2018 | NATIONAL PROVIDER APPRECIATION DAY | NATIONAL MILITARY SPOUSE APPRECIATION DAY | NATIONAL EAT WHAT YOU WANT DAY | NATIONAL TWILIGHT ZONE DAY | NATIONAL FOAM ROLLING DAY

NATIONAL PROVIDER APPRECIATION DAY

National Provider Day, also known as National Child Care Provider Day, is annually celebrated on the Friday before Mother’s Day.  It is a special day set aside to recognize child care providers, teachers and other educators of young children everywhere.

Child care providers deserve a big “Thank you” for their dedication, commitment and compassion.

Less than one-third of the children in America have a full-time stay-at-home parent. The child care provider is a partner in raising one’s children. Parents carefully choose their child care provider.  It may be a private home daycare, a daycare center, an in-home provider, or a live-in nanny.  They put their trust in them as they share the child-rearing responsibilities with them.

National Provider Appreciation Day would be a good day to pop some popcorn, get the family together and watch Mary Poppins.

HOW TO OBSERVE

Let your child care provider know how much you appreciate all they do. Use #ProviderAppreciationDay to post on social media.

HISTORY

National Provider Appreciation Day, was started in 1996 by a group of volunteers in New Jersey.  This group saw the need to recognize the tireless efforts of providers who care for children of working parents. Each year since momentum and support have grown, and recognition currently includes individual and government organizations throughout the United States. A proclamation is signed each year by many of the State Governors. For more information on National Provider Appreciation Day visit www.providerappreciationday.com.

National Military Spouse Appreciation Day Friday Before Mother's Day
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NATIONAL MILITARY SPOUSE APPRECIATION DAY

Always the Friday before Mother’s Day, National Military Spouse Appreciation Day is an important day when the citizens of the United States acknowledge the significant contributions, support and sacrifices of the spouses of the Armed Forces along with the tremendous strength and patriotism that they have.

National Military Spouse Appreciation Day is also sometimes known as Military Spouse Day.

Each year, by Presidential Proclamation, National Military Spouse Appreciation Day has been declared, then observed and celebrated across the country on the Friday preceding Mother’s Day.

HOW TO OBSERVE

Use #MilitarySpouseAppreciationDay to post on social media.

HISTORY

May 23, 1984, was declared the first Military Spouse Day with Proclamation 5184, dated April 17, 1984, as President Ronald Reagan recognized the profound importance of spouse commitment to the readiness and well-being of military members.  Caspar Weinberger, US Secretary of Defense, standardized the date by declaring the Friday preceding Mother’s Day as Military Spouse Day.   Each year, the United States President regularly commemorates this day with a formal speech and proclamation.

NATIONAL EAT WHAT YOU WANT DAY

Observed annually on May 11, National Eat What You Want Day is about having one day a year of eating with no regrets.  Whether you love donuts or fast food, today is your day to indulge without feeling guilty.  Chili cheese dogs, greasy hamburgers, french fries, potato chips, cake, cookies, candy and ice cream are just a few of the things you can enjoy today without remorse.  Decadent food is definitely on the menu today.

HOW TO OBSERVE

Celebrate this fantastic food day by eating your favorite foods.  Call a friend and go out for some fun and indulgence.  Use  #EatWhatYouWantDay when sharing on social media.

HISTORY

Created by Thomas and Ruth Roy of wellcat.com, Eat What You Want Day is just a way to enjoy life with friends and family.  Many nutritionists even agree that “taking a short break” from your diet regimen is actually good for you.

NATIONAL TWILIGHT ZONE DAY

Always observed on May 11, National Twilight Zone Day is that mysterious day highlighted with eerie background music and unexplainable occurrences.

The television show The Twilight Zone was created, written and narrated by Rod Serling. It premiered on October 1, 1959. The episodes were wildly popular, stretched the imagination, and captivated viewers. The show aired from 1959-1964.

HOW TO OBSERVE

What’s your favorite episode of The Twilight Zone? Use #NationalTwilightZoneDay to post on social media.

HISTORY

Within our research, we were unable to find the creator of National Twilight Zone Day.

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NATIONAL FOAM ROLLING DAY

National Foam Rolling Day is observed annually on May 11. Foam rolling has been called the poor man’s massage.  You only go to the dentist once a year, but you brush your teeth every day.  We can’t get a massage every day, so foam rolling is the next best thing! Brush your muscles daily with a foam roller.

The first foam roller was patented in the US in the 1920s, so foam rolling is nothing new, but foam rolling has just gained momentum in recent years.

TriggerPoint would like to take this day to educate people on the benefits of foam rolling. Like any other over-the-counter fitness tool, foam rolling doesn’t guarantee medical results, but by introducing mobility into tissue that’s stuck together, tense or overused, you can expect reduced tension, better mobility and less overall stress. TriggerPoint empowers people to reach an optimal level of movement by providing the world’s best therapeutic self-care products and education.

HOW TO OBSERVE

Treat yourself to some foam rolling and relaxing time. Share with your friends on social media using #NationalFoamRollingDay.

HISTORY

National Foam Rolling Day was submitted by TriggerPoint, a division of Implus Corporation and proclaimed by the Registrar of National Day Calendar in June 2015.

 

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