Category: April Month

  • NATIONAL PICKLEBALL MONTH | APRIL

    NATIONAL PICKLEBALL MONTH | APRIL

    Celebrating National Pickleball Month now includes over 4.8 million participants nationwide (February 2023) and the sport is growing fast. In fact, in just the past two years alone there has been a 39.3% growth rate.

    #NationalPickleballMonth

    This growth is spurred along in popularity found in players of all ages. The physical activity required isn’t demanding like playing noseguard for a Division I college football team. As a result, young children to seniors enjoy playing Pickleball together as a family activity.

    If you have never played or witnessed a game of Pickleball, think Wiffle ball meets Ping Pong meets Tennis. But don’t let that description be confusing to you. The ball used is similar to a Wiffle ball while the racket used is similar to a short tennis racket only solid like a ping pong paddle rather than webbed. Play happens on a court similar to that of a tennis court.

    HOW TO OBSERVE NATIONAL PICKLEBALL MONTH

    First off, you should have a few pieces of equipment.

    No matter the equipment you choose the idea is to have fun and get more family and friends involved. When you do, use #NationalPickleballMonth when sharing photos and videos online. We desire to see everyone enjoying themselves.

    NATIONAL PICKLEBALL MONTH HISTORY

    As the story is shared Pickleball in its earliest days began in 1965 in Bainbridge, WA. Imagine three fathers looking for ways to occupy their bored kids. Viola! a mishmash of creative thought developed into a game to entertain their entire families.

    Today people everywhere are catching the spirit of the game. Will you be next?

  • LIMB LOSS AND LIMB DIFFERENCE AWARENESS MONTH | April

    LIMB LOSS AND LIMB DIFFERENCE AWARENESS MONTH | April

    Every Day in the United States, someone loses a limb. Did you know that more than half of amputations are caused by vascular disease? That’s one of the reasons April is Limb Loss and Limb Difference Awareness Month.

    According to the Amputee Coalition, 2.1 million people live with limb loss in the United States and more than half of the amputations that occur each year are preventable. Limb loss is a traumatic and life-long condition. It also comes with increased healthcare costs.

    However, the observance is about more than statistics. It’s also a celebration of the victories amputees experience. The month is an opportunity to share stories of amputees, their strengths, and their overwhelming ability to overcome obstacles.

    HOW TO OBSERVE #LLAM #LLLDAM #WeTHRIVE #NoAmputeeAlone

    • Share your experiences as an amputee. You may inspire another to victory.
    • Host an event showing support and increasing awareness of limb loss and limb differences.
    • Support those with limb loss by improving accessibility.
    • Attend an adaptive wellness, fitness, or athletic program.
    • Follow the Amputee Coalition on social media.
    • Share your favorite resources.
    • Be an advocate or offer peer support.
    • Write to your Congressional leaders in support of improved healthcare measures.
    • Follow the conversation by using #LLAM, #LLLDAM, #WeTHRIVE, and #NoAmputeeAlone.

    LIMB LOSS AND LIMB DIFFERENCE AWARENESS MONTH

    The Amputee Coalition founded Limb Loss and Limb Difference Awareness Month in 2010 giving the limb loss and limb difference community a platform and a voice. Throughout the month and all year long, the organization supports those with limb loss through numerous activities, resources, advocacy, and action.

  • NATIONAL AFTERNOON TEA MONTH – April

    NATIONAL AFTERNOON TEA MONTH

    Afternoon tea once was a meal that filled a gap and infused itself into daily routines and social rituals. National Afternoon Tea Month in April celebrates the history, food, and culture surrounding this nostalgic pastime.

    Afternoon tea is a nearly 200-year-old tradition that began in the United Kingdom. In the 1830s, only the upper class enjoyed afternoon tea due mainly to the price of tea leaves. The upper class also enjoyed more leisure time than the working class, allowing them to enjoy a social moment over tea and biscuits. What began as a light snack turned into a meal with rituals and traditions carried over from high society.

    During the 19th century, the day’s last meal was often served between 8 and 9 pm, creating a long gap between meals. The afternoon tea offered a light, casual meal to help tide people over until supper. But the afternoon tea was more than a way to stave off hunger for a few hours. It was a time to dust off the day’s troubles and enjoy the company of loved ones. Over time, the meal became more than a necessity; it became a social occasion and part of the culture. The meal filtered into public places like restaurants and tea gardens, developing into a social event.

    The Meal

    Afternoon tea consists of light, small portions—crustless finger sandwiches, scones, small cakes and pastries, and of course, tea. Various spreads, such as clotted cream, lemon curd, jams, and jellies, are also served. Usually, English Breakfast tea and Earl Grey are served, but other teas find their way to the serving tray, too. Teas such as Lapsang Souchong, lavender, mint, Darjeeling, and chamomile bring a variety of flavors to the table.

    Reviving a Fading Tradition

    As our routines changed, we began to eat the supper meal earlier and earlier. Busy lifestyles, travel, and two-income households have all but eliminated the afternoon tea. However, afternoon tea parties are still hosted around the world. They serve as casual occasions to celebrate friends and family and inspire us to interact and commune with each other.

    National Afternoon Tea Month is a chance to reignite interest in the ritual and give tools for planning the perfect Afternoon Tea Parties at home. Today, teahouses, tea gardens, tearooms, bed and breakfasts, and other locations also offer afternoon tea and an opportunity to revive a culture that has been slowly fading away.

    HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalAfternoonTeaMonth

    Celebrate National Afternoon Tea Month by organizing an afternoon tea in your home. You can also attend afternoon teas at local restaurants, teahouses, and many other locations. Explore a variety of menus and bring the tradition of afternoon tea into your life. Learn everything you need to know about hosting afternoon tea by visiting Tea Tea and Company.

    Use #NationalAfternoonTeaDay when you share your experiences on social media or visit the website afternoonteamonth.com for more ways to celebrate.

    NATIONAL AFTERNOON TEA MONTH HISTORY

    Tea Tea and Company founded National Afternoon Tea Month to celebrate the culture surrounding tea and as a way to inspire a rival of the afternoon tea traditions. Tea Tea and Company specializes in tea, tea parties, tea education, and custom blends. In addition, they offer experienced guidance on choosing, drinking, and serving tea.

    The Registrar at National Day Calendar proclaimed National Afternoon Tea Month in 2022 to be observed annually in April.

     

  • ESOPHAGEAL CANCER AWARENESS MONTH – April

    ESOPHAGEAL CANCER AWARENESS MONTH

    Across the United States, esophageal cancer is a growing concern. That’s why April is designated Esophageal Cancer Awareness Month.

    The esophagus is the tube that runs from the throat to the stomach. It consists of muscle and tissues that allow swallowing of food and liquids.

    According to the American Cancer Society, esophageal cancer is the seventh leading cancer killer among men. And while deaths due to esophageal cancer are down, the numbers of people being diagnosed are increasing. Survival rates are increasing, too, though they are still comparatively low. Men are more likely than women to be diagnosed with esophageal cancer,

    As with many cancers, early detection improves survival rates. Some of the symptoms of esophageal cancer include:

    • Unexplained weight loss
    • Difficulty swallowing
    • Pressure, burning or pain in the chest
    • Increased heartburn or indigestion
    • Cough
    • Hoarse voice

    There are several risk factors to keep in mind, too.

    • Gastroesophageal reflux
    • Obesity
    • Alcohol use
    • Bile reflux
    • Barrett’s esophagus
    • Achalasia
    • Tobacco use
    • Low fiber diet
    • Sedentary lifestyle

    Several of the risk factors are in our control, though others are not. Speak with your doctor about changing those factors you can control and how to address the ones you can’t. If you’re experiencing symptoms, don’t wait. Schedule an appointment with your doctor today.

    HOW TO OBSERVE #EsophagealCancerAwarenessMonth

    • Learn more about esophageal cancers.
    • Host a fundraiser in support of research and treatments.
    • Know your risk factors and speak with your doctor.
    • Make lifestyle changes to reduce your risk.
    • Support someone living with esophageal cancer.
    • Wear a periwinkle ribbon to help raise awareness.
    • Use #EsophagealCancerAwarenessMonth on social media.

    ESOPHAGEAL CANCER AWARENESS MONTH

    Esophageal Cancer Awareness Month was founded to bring increased understanding about the risks and treatments available for this deadly cancer. The organization’s founder, Mindy Mintz Mordecai, lost her husband John to esophageal cancer in 2008.

     

  • NATIONAL BRUNCH MONTH – April

    NATIONAL BRUNCH MONTH

    When you wake up late for breakfast but it’s too soon for lunch, the remaining option is brunch. Every day in April celebrates National Brunch Month – the food, the history, and the people we celebrate it with!

    Brunch, both the word and the meal, have a long, interesting history. Originating in England in the 19th century as a light afternoon meal following extended church services, brunch eventually transitioned into a lavish multi-course meal. It wasn’t until the 1930s in Chicago that brunch began an integration into the United States.

    Two of the earliest printed mentions of the word brunch point toward Oxford, England. In July of 1895, Margaret B. Wright writes about several terms used in Oxford, England for various meals. In her article titled “Lunch at Oxford” published in The Independent out of New York Wright says, “…when a man makes lunch his first meal of the day it becomes ‘brunch’…”

    Many also reference an article in the obscure Hunter’s Weekly dated November 1895. In a lighthearted article, Guy Beringer describes brunch as a meal for late-night carousers, those returning from church, and hunters combining the words breakfast and lunch. In his article, he suggests the meal should be light and the occasion sociable.

    Bunch combines dishes from breakfast and heavier dishes from lunch. While the brunch menu changes over time and from place to place, the social part of a brunch remains the same. Friends and family gather casually to enjoy conversation, good food, and beverages. Brunch is also a good excuse to nurse a hangover with the hair of the dog. Cocktails and spritzers combined with fruit or vegetable juices come to mind.

    National Brunch Month also celebrates the foods, beverages, and places we go for at that meal between breakfast and lunch. Many restaurants and pubs offer brunch to their patrons. These buffets offer something for everyone, including signature dishes, cocktails, and traditional brunch fare. You can expect eggs, fresh-baked breads, waffles, fruit, salads, and much more. And don’t forget the beverages. Coffee, juice, tea, champagne, mimosas, and Bloody Mary’s all make the list.

    Though brunch doesn’t require a special occasion, it does include the element of friends and family. And what’s better than that? Celebrate all April long with National Brunch Month!

    HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalBrunchMonth

    Wrap up your weekends with friends and family (and of course, the perfect cure for the night before) with a dose of brunch. Whether you visit your favorite restaurant or pub (like Ebb & Flow), linger on the patio, or host brunch in your home, the meal will be delicious and the company enjoyable. Share your favorite brunch celebration by using #NationalBrunchMonth on social media.

    Ebb and Flow logo

    National Brunch Month History

    Ebb & Flow founded National Brunch Month to celebrate all the ways brunch brings us together.

    The Registrar at National Day Calendar proclaimed National Brunch Month to be annually observed in April.

     

  • NATIONAL TAR SYNDROME AWARENESS MONTH – April

    NATIONAL TAR SYNDROME AWARENESS MONTH

    In April, National TAR Syndrome Awareness Month focuses on improving the support of those with this rare congenital disorder.

    TAR syndrome is described by two conditions: Thrombocytopenia and Absent Radius (TAR). On its own, anyone at any age can be diagnosed with thrombocytopenia, and it impacts a larger percentage of the population. However, thrombocytopenia with absent radius is rare, affecting 1 in 200,000 people. The radius bone is one of two bones in the forearm. The second bone, the ulna, may also be affected. TAR syndrome may cause short stature, impact the hand, upper arms, legs, and hip sockets, too. A noted difference between TAR syndrome and others impacting the radius is that those with TAR syndrome are born with thumbs, while with other syndromes, they are not.

    Thrombocytopenia is a blood disorder where a low blood platelet count results in clotting issues. Symptoms include:

    • Bruising easily
    • Frequent nose bleeds
    • Bleeding gums
    • Minor cuts that clot slowly
    • Internal bleeding

    The internal bleeding caused by low platelet counts can also impact the brain and other internal organs. Thrombocytopenia is usually present at birth, and for the first few years of life, treating thrombocytopenia is the primary concern for someone with TAR syndrome. Low platelet counts can lead to organ damage and death. However, given enough time, their platelet levels improve as they grow, and their risk of internal injury decreases.

    Awareness and Support

    During childhood, many children see a pediatrician familiar with their condition. However, as they grow into adulthood, children with TAR syndrome transition to general medicine, family practice, or internal medicine doctors. Since TAR syndrome is so rare, their new doctor is often unfamiliar with the condition, and it can be difficult for the patient to feel their concerns are being addressed. That’s another reason why raising awareness is so important. The more the medical community is educated about TAR syndrome, the more support those living with it will receive.

    While these issues may seem to create limitations for someone with TAR syndrome, many live active and productive lives. They pursue their ambitions just like anyone else. From sports to careers, it’s important on National TAR Syndrome Awareness Day to recognize that those who live with TAR syndrome are not the condition.

    The day also recognizes those who support and encourage those with TAR syndrome. Their families and friends are a vital part of their lives. They are the people who believe in them and see them for who they really are.

    HOW TO OBSERVE #TARSyndromeAwarenessMonth

    During National Tar Syndrome Awareness Month, learn more about this rare condition. Visit the public Facebook page TAR Syndrome Awareness. There, you can learn about the syndrome, meet those who live with it, and show your support. Ask questions and be a part of the awareness campaign.

    If you are impacted by TAR syndrome, share your story. Let people know that you are not your syndrome despite the obstacles it might place in your path. You can also give a shout-out to all those people who make a difference in your life.

    Another way to show your support is by donating. The TAR Syndrome Association has set up three ways you can give:

    • Cash apa using tag $tarsyndromeawareness
    • GoFundMe
    • Sponsoring the TAR Syndrome Awareness Walk on April 2nd, 2022.

    You can also support proclamations in your state and at the federal level. When you participate in the day, be sure to use #TARSyndromeAwarenessMonth and share it on social media.

    NATIONAL TAR SYNDROME AWARENESS MONTH

    TAR Syndrome Jylan RossJylan Ross and the Uniquely Me Foundation/TAR Syndrome Association launched National TAR Syndrome Awareness Month in 2021 to educate the public about this rare condition and improve support for those living with TAR. Ross was born with TAR syndrome, and he strives to bring more understanding of the condition while also encouraging and inspiring others who live with it. He knows he doesn’t campaign for more research, awareness, and support alone. His family, including his parents Brenda Ross and Robi Berry, his grandparents Beverly Ross and Geraldine Berry, and friends such as Ehmad Adams, Chevi Price, Lasha Haddix, Christal Sharp, CharKala Stigall, Nicole Coats, Markeisha Brown, Nikkisha Brown, Mae Burgess, and Lakeesha Turpin among many others, believe in Ross’s drive. They followed in the footsteps of Morgan Robinson, the first person to sign a petition for TAR Syndrome Awareness Month, and have encouraged Ross to pursue this mission.

    Ross hopes that by bringing awareness to TARS syndrome, people will look at the condition in a different light – that they will see its similarities and differences and support more research and education on the condition.

    Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear proclaimed the first TAR Syndrome Awareness Month in 2020. Soon after, several other states issued proclamations.

    In 2022, National Day Calendar proclaimed National TAR Syndrome Awareness Month to be observed annually in April.

     

  • SARCOIDOSIS AWARENESS MONTH – April

    SARCOIDOSIS AWARENESS MONTH

    Sarcoidosis Awareness Month annually raises awareness about a non-contagious immune system disease. While most commonly found in the lungs, sarcoidosis is an inflammatory disease that can affect any part of the body, inside or out.  

    When it attacks the skin, it typically looks like a scaly rash or red bumps. Often, people don’t realize they have it and blame it on allergies or a simple reaction to something with which they came into contact. Sarcoidosis can affect muscles, bones, kidneys, eyes, liver, the heart, or any other part of the body.  When it affects the eyes, the usual symptoms are sore eyes. When internal organs or muscles are affected it can cause swelling and pain. In the lungs, it can cause a dry cough, shortness of breath, and mild chest pain.

    Symptoms for this disease depend upon which part of the body is affected. In many cases, those with sarcoidosis will have the following symptoms:

    • Fatigue
    • Night sweats
    • Coughing
    • Weight loss
    • Fever
    • Swollen lymph nodes

    Anyone can get Sarcoidosis, but it typically attacks people between the ages of 20 and 40.  In about half of the cases, Sarcoidosis goes away without treatment.  In more severe cases, for which there is no cure, the symptoms may last for years and cause organ damage. While scientists don’t fully understand Sarcoidosis yet, research continues to be done on it in the hopes of finding the cause and a cure.

    HOW TO OBSERVE #SarcoidosisAwarenessMonth

    Learn more about sarcoidosis and support research to cure this devastating disease. You can also wear purple to help spread awareness of the disease. Patients with sarcoidosis are encouraged to share their stories. To do your part, take a selfie of yourself in your favorite purple t-shirt and share it on social media with #SarcoidosisAwarenessMonth.

    SARCOIDOSIS AWARENESS MONTH HISTORY

    In April 2008, the Foundation for Sarcoidosis Research declared Sarcoidosis Awareness Month. Eleven years later, the organization launched World Sarcoidosis Awareness Day in conjunction with the April observance. They hosted the first World Sarcoidosis Awareness Day on April 13th, 2019.

     

  • NATIONAL FINANCIAL LITERACY MONTH – April

    NATIONAL FINANCIAL LITERACY MONTH

    April is National Financial Literacy Month. It’s an excellent opportunity to review and upgrade your financial smarts.

    Whether you’re just starting or have been earning your way for quite some time, it’s never too late to learn about saving and improving your financial outlook. Developing a budget and building financial knowledge is the foundation for a brighter future.

    National Financial Literacy Month places the importance of learning about finances and the tools to learn about them right in the classroom, too. No matter their age, putting the know-how and resources at our children’s fingertips will give them the power to make smart decisions now and in the future.

    HOW TO OBSERVE #FinancialLiteracyMonth

    • Encourage your school and students to participate in a financial literacy course.
    • Take time to teach your children more about fiscal responsibility.
    • Seek tools and resources to help you guide them through the pitfalls.
    • Visit www.jumpstart.org for more information and use #FinancialLiteracyMonth to share on social media.
    • Visit the National Day Calendar Classroom for more ways to Celebrate Every Day!

    NATIONAL FINANCIAL LITERACY MONTH HISTORY

    The National Endowment for Financial Education launched Youth Financial Literacy Day in 2000. Since then, the event has evolved into a month-long observance supported by Jump$tart Coalition called National Finacial Literacy Month. While no U.S. president has signed a declaration officially proclaiming the month, the House and Senate have fully supported National Financial Literacy Month through joint resolutions. The U.S. Department of Education also promotes the observance.

     

  • NATIONAL ALCOHOL AWARENESS MONTH – APRIL

    NATIONAL ALCOHOL AWARENESS MONTH

    April is National Alcohol Awareness Month in America and provides an opportunity to increase awareness of alcohol addiction in an intense 30-day focus. The observance aims to bring an understanding of alcohol’s causes and the effective treatments available. The observance is also an opportunity for people to share their experiences with alcoholism, recover, and offer support to others seeking recovery. 

    Additionally, the month-long campaign promotes an “Alcohol-Free Weekend,” held annually. In 2019, this event happens April 5-7 and encourages individuals and families to remain free of use for 72 hours while seeking help if desired.

    HOW TO OBSERVE #AlcoholAwarenessMonth

    • Practice limiting their consumption by keeping track of the quantity consumed.
    • Become informed about how alcohol impacts the body in the short and long term.
    • Encourage parents to discuss alcohol abuse with children, and talk to your own children too.
    • Healthcare workers can make a concerted effort during the month of April to talk about options with their patients.
    • Be sure to use the hashtag #AlcoholAwarenessMonth on social media while sharing and increasing awareness

    NATIONAL ALCOHOL AWARENESS MONTH HISTORY

    Alcohol Awareness Month was established in 1987 by the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence. The idea was then and now to help communities reach out to the public and provide answers to end the stigma associated with alcohol abuse. For more information, please visit: https://www.ncadd.org/

  • PARKINSON’S AWARENESS MONTH – April

    PARKINSON’S AWARENESS MONTH

    National Parkinson’s Awareness Month in April encourages us to participate in one or more events near you supporting further research bringing us closer to a cure.

    Parkinson’s is a neurodegenerative disorder. Over time, this slowly progressing condition causes tremors, gait and balance issues, limb stiffness or rigidity, and a slow muscle movement. While each person responds differently to the disease, complications often become serious.

    According to the Parkinson’s Foundation, approximately 60,000 Americans are diagnosed with the disease each year. While young adults are rarely diagnosed with Parkinson’s, the risks increase with age. Beyond age, other risk factors include:

    • If a close relative has been diagnosed with Parkinson’s, your risk increases.
    • Men are more likely than women to be diagnosed with Parkinson’s.
    • Herbicides and pesticides may pose a slight risk for Parkinson’s.

    There is no cure, and more research is needed. Awareness, treatments, and education go a long way to supporting those affected by the disease, but they are not a cure.

    HOW TO OBSERVE #ParkinsonsAwarenessMonth

    • Learn more about Parkinson’s, its symptoms, and what is being done to find a cure.
    • Support those with Parkinson’s. Be there for friends and family.
    • Donate to organizations funding research and support for those with Parkinson’s.
    • Host a fundraiser or awareness event.
    • Participate in local events.
    • Visit parkinson.org to learn more about Parkinson’s and get involved.
    • Use #Parkinson’sAwarenessMonth to share on social media.

    PARKINSON’S AWARENESS MONTH HISTORY

    Parkinson’s Awareness Month has been observed since 1983.