Category: August Month



    All during the month of August, National Dog Month celebrates our loveable canine pals smack in the middle of the dog days of summer. Dogs are the #1 most commonly owned pets on the planet, and with good reason. Did you know that scientific studies prove our pawsome companions make us happier, less stressed, and more optimistic? The list of benefits to spending time with a dog goes on and on, but it all proves one thing––that a month-long celebration of our furry best friends has been a long time coming.

    Whether your dog burrows under the blankets with you at night, plays in the sprinkler, or alerts you to a health need, we know they are constantly improving our lives and making them more fun. Not only that, but the companionship and affection we share with them make their lives better, too. Dog lovers know
    a life without dogs is a life missing something special, and that’s a fact worth celebrating.

    HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalDogMonth

    This is the easy part. Celebrate with your best pal. Take an extra-long walk. Play fetch or spare an extra Milk-Bone treat. Get your dog the toy he’s been wanting or visit the dog park. Speaking of visits, make your next veterinarian appointment to ensure your pet stays healthy and strong. Donate to your local shelter or to a larger dog nonprofit. You can also volunteer your services. Not only will the dogs appreciate the support, but so will their future human companions. However you celebrate, be sure to use #NationalDogMonth to post on social media.


    Milk-Bone brand (The J.M. Smucker Company) founded National Dog Month in 2020 to recognize all the ways dogs make our lives better.

    The Registrar at National Day proclaimed National Dog Month to be observed each year in August.




    Throughout August, National Hair Loss Awareness Month gets to the root of an issue affecting both men and women. Hair loss affects approximately 56 million adults. While men are afflicted more than women, children are not immune.

    When our hair looks good, we feel confident. Thinning hair is difficult to style, and the process of covering the thin spots causes frustration. We feel self-conscience. While it may seem vain, it’s not. Sometimes hair loss points to a medical condition or is the side effect of treatment. Looking our best is just one part of a bigger picture.

    While many myths surround hair loss, it’s important to know there is help. In many cases, genetics plays a significant role, and often, hair loss is a normal part of aging. Other causes include:

    • Stress
    • Disease
    • Medical Treatments
    • Medications
    • Diet
    • Styling practices
    • Trauma

    Depending on the cause, there may be treatments. Even if there isn’t a medical solution, a cosmetic one may be available instead. Throughout the month, clinics and spas will offer informational sessions and discounts. They will review the causes and treatment options.

    Other options include prosthetics. Along with demonstrations and styling tips, these professionals will help you find the best fit and learn to wear a prosthetic for the most natural look. Styling and care products help to keep prosthetics looking natural longer.


    Don’t give up on fuller hair. Seek a solution that works for you. If you think medical reasons cause your hair loss, speak with your physician. Ask what options are available for you. Find an event near you. Use #HairLossAwarenessMonth to share on social media.


    We were unable to identify the creators of National Hair Loss Awareness Month.




    All during August, National Wellness Month focuses on self-care, managing stress and promoting healthy routines. Create wholesome habits in your lifestyle all month long and see how much better you feel!

    Research has shown self-care helps manage stress and promotes happiness. Whether you challenge yourself to a new yoga pose or try a different spa treatment, make a small change and impact your health in positive ways.

    There are numerous ways to make those small changes, too.

    • Increase your water intake.
    • Add more fruits and veggies to your meals.
    • Monitor your sleep and make adjustments for better sleep habits
    • Join a yoga, walking, or aerobics class.
    • Learn to meditate.

    These small steps can lead to many more healthy habits in your lifestyle.

    HOW TO OBSERVE #WellnessMonth #Wellfie

    Wellness Month , I choose WellnessProclaim “I choose wellness” with a photo and post on social media.

    Every August, let’s amplify the message of healthy living, celebrate those providing amazing self-care solutions, and inspire others to create new healthy habits.

    Visit for a calendar of daily challenges for small ways you can choose to be well each day. Because we believe that small, daily acts of self-care lead to a lifetime of wellness.

    For more ways to add wellness to your daily life follow National Wellness Month:
    #wellnessmonth #wellfie #ichoosewellness

    Twitter: @wellness_month



    Live Love Spa founded National Wellness Month in 2018 to foster community, connection, and commerce in the Wellness industry. The initiative inspires consumers to focus on wellness and provides a platform for wellness companies to highlight their services and benefits.

    The Registrar at National Day Calendar proclaimed the month to be observed annually in August.  




    Not all medical bracelets are created equal and that’s why August has been designated as MedicAlert Awareness Month.

    Are you a diabetic? Are you allergic to penicillin? Do you require certain life-saving medication in an emergency? Do you wish to invoke a Do Not Resuscitate (DNR) order under certain situations? MedicAlert can tell the doctors caring for you what they need to know. A medical ID can save precious time in diagnosing the reason for the emergency. It can also clue doctors in on any allergies the wearer has before administering medication or first aid. In an emergency, you may be unable to speak for yourself. A MedicAlert bracelet speaks for you – and may well make the difference in saving your life.

    The MedicAlert Foundation has been around for over sixty years. In 1953, 14-year-old Linda Collins of Turlock, California cut her finger badly and had to go to the hospital. During a sking test at the hospital (standard procedure), Linda went into anaphylactic shock and nearly died. Motivated by her brush with death, Linda thought up the concept of the silver bracelet, with the medical symbol on one side, special medical instructions on the other. Linda and her father, a doctor, sent the design to a jeweler in San Francisco who designed the first MedicAlert bracelet.

    In the next decade, MedicAlert grew to national prominence in the medical field. In the seventies, MedicAlert launched its computer database, which it vastly updated and expanded in the nineties. Today, the MedicAlert website provides useful information and resources for wearers of MedicAlert bracelets, their families, and the medical community. MedicAlert has affiliates in nine countries: the U.S., Canada, Great Britain, New Zealand, Australia, Ireland, Malaysia, South Africa, and Zimbabwe.

    MedicAlert also works in conjunction with the Alzheimer’s Association, has a national “emergency response service” for individuals with Alzheimer’s or dementia, at risk of becoming lost. If you’re interested in getting a Medic Alert bracelet for yourself or a family member, contact the Medic Alert Foundation at

    Learn more about the MedicAlert bracelet. Use #MedicAmertBracelet in social media correspondence.

    MedicAlert Awareness Month was declared by the MedicAlert Foundation, to promote the life-saving qualities of the MedicAlert bracelet.




    Children’s Eye Health and Safety Month is a timely reminder to prepare our children for the classroom and athletics.

    Good vision and eye protection go a long way to success in school. Not only that but protecting those blue, brown, green and hazel eyes on and off the court should be a priority, too.

    During Children’s eye health and safety month, parents be sure to schedule a routine eye exam. Have them fitted with the correct prescription lenses and depending on their required needs.

    Make sure students wear the required protective gear for their classes and athletic activities, too. Schools provide all the proper gear in chemistry, automotive and other courses and educators are trained to show students how to use them. Encourage your students to follow the teacher’s instructions for their own safety and others.


    Schedule an eye exam for your student and have a talk about eye safety.  Get ready for the new school year and you’ll have a successful and healthy one, too! #ChildrensEyeAndSafetyMonth


    Within our research, we have not identified the founder of Children’s Eye Health and Safety Month.




    No one should ever need an excuse to eat a brownie in the morning, but if you do, August is National Brownies At Brunch Month!

    We’re not sure where the original brownie came from, but we like to celebrate brownies a few times a year at National Day Calendar. One legend has it that Bertha Palmer, a Chicago socialite, who in 1893 asked a pastry chef to prepare an appropriate dessert for ladies attending the World’s Columbian Exposition. Specifically, she wanted something like a cake that was small enough to include in boxed lunches. The result was the “Palmer House Brownie.” By 1907, the brownie was well-established, appearing in Lowney’s Cookbook as the “Bangor Brownie.” Maine food educator Mildred Brown Schrumpf claimed that the brownie was invented by Bangor housewives. The largest brownie ever made was cooked up in 2001 at the Hudson Valley Chocolate Festival in Suffern, New York. It weighed 3,000 lbs.

    Brownies are surprisingly low in calories. Although loaded with sugar, brownies also can be prepared as low-sugar brownies. The experts recommend you cut back the sugar intake by 25 – 50% without seriously compromising the texture. Brownies are rich in carbs. Carbs provide energy. If you’re active, a helping of carbs first thing in the morning can be an excellent thing. Brownies are also relatively low in saturated fat, associated with the bad kind of cholesterol. However, brownies don’t offer much in the way of protein, though eggs are part of the mix. If you want to increase protein in your brownies, you can mix in some nuts, protein powder or peanut butter into your batter. Walnuts are the most popular protein added to brownies.

    Enjoy them in moderation, for brunch, or any time of day.


    Enjoy a brownie, or its light-colored cousin the Blondie! Use #NationalBrowniesAtBrunchMonth in social media correspondence.


    Our research has been unable to determine the origin of National Brownies At Brunch Month.




    August is National Black Business Month, and we recognize the Black-owned businesses across the country.

    Black business owners account for about 10 percent of U.S. businesses and about 30 percent of all minority-owned businesses. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, that amounts to approximately two million companies owned by African Americans. Nearly 40 percent of black-owned businesses are in health care and social assistance, repair and maintenance, and personal and laundry services. Other categories include advertising firms, auto dealerships, consulting services, restaurants, barbershops, beauty salons, and more.

    Among cities, New York has the most black-owned businesses in the U.S. followed by Atlanta. The highest ratio of black-owned businesses is in Washington, DC where 28% of all businesses are black-owned. The growth of black-owned franchise businesses has been explosive. In 2012 over 30% of franchise businesses were black-owned, up from about 20% five years previous.


    Support and encourage African American-owned businesses in your community. Learn more about business opportunities for the African American community. Use #NationalBlackBusinessMonth in social media correspondence. Discover more on the Black Business Month website.


    Historian John William Templeton and engineer Frederick E. Jordan Sr founded National Black Business Month in August 2004 to “drive the policy agenda affecting the 2.6 million African-American businesses.“




    Spinal Muscular Atrophy Awareness Month takes steps to find a cure a genetic disease affecting 1 in 11,000 births.

    SMA (spinal muscular atrophy) damages motor nerve cells in the spinal cord. Those who suffer from SMA lose the ability to walk, eat and breathe without medical intervention.

    Spinal Muscular Atrophy Awareness Month strives to raise awareness of the condition caused by the deficiency of a motor neuron protein called SMN and other rare forms of Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA) that stem from chromosome mutations. Spinal Muscular Atrophy Awareness Month seeks to educate the public and generate support for those with SMA. Through research, a cure can be found.

    Spinal Muscular Atrophy is a motor neuron disease characterized by the “wasting away” of nerve cells, called motor neurons, in the spinal cord. Spinal muscular atrophy is the leading genetic cause of death in babies under the age of two. It affects families of all ethnic backgrounds, often with no prior history of the disease. In the U.S. one person in every six- to ten-thousand develops the disease, and one in fifty is a carrier. All levels of SMA require varying degrees of treatment, involving some combination of medication, technology, and therapy. The good news is that many children and adults with SMA lead full, productive lives, with the proper treatment and physical therapy.

    The goal of SMA Awareness is to show our support through local and national events, raise awareness, educate the general population, create funding for more research and help find a cure. Through this month-long awareness campaign and more like it annually, it is hoped to honor all those whose lives have been affected by SMA and bring about future change.


    Visit to learn more about Spinal Muscular Atrophy. Get involved by volunteering or making a donation. Light a candle for those who have passed away from SMA and honor those who are fighting the disease. Use #CureSMA to share on social media.


    Spinal Muscular Atrophy Awareness Month was founded to create support and advocacy for those who battle the disease and to seek a cure.




    National Immunization Month is in August. It’s also the beginning of back-to-school preparations and a good time to make sure your children are properly vaccinated before they head back to school.

    There is no one preventive health measure more important than immunization. As the World Health Organization notes, the international medical community has endorsed the use of vaccines and immunization to prevent and control a number of infectious diseases, as well as chronic diseases caused by “infectious agents.” Vaccinating your child can avoid suffering and death associated with afflictions like diarrhea, measles, pneumonia, polio and whooping cough. The American Academy of Pediatrics says vaccines are 99% effective. Every vaccine goes through a series of tests before being approved to ensure safety. Vaccines are necessary to prevent the spread of infectious diseases. Some diseases that many had thought eradicated have reappeared, as polio did in Venezuela in 2018. Vaccines are studied intensively by the FDA, the CDC and many other organizations that vigilantly in keep watch over existing vaccines for possible complications.

    Herd immunity is when a certain percent of immunized people in a community reaches a level where everyone (including those who are too young or too sick to be immunized) get some degree of protection. It’s important that as many people as possible get immunized. It’s very risky to the health of other children to rely on herd immunity to protect your non-immunized child. By forgetting or opting to skip booster vaccinations, you are undercutting the effectiveness of herd immunity for both your own family and the community at large.


    Check with your doctor about the vaccination needs for your family. Find out how to spread the word about the importance of vaccination and immunization in your community. Use #NationalImmunizationAwarenessMonth in social media correspondence.


    The Centers for Disease Control says National Immunization Month was founded by the National Public Health Information Coalition “to highlight the importance of vaccination for people of all ages.”




    August is National Motorsports Awareness Month. The observance is a time to promote the enjoyment of motorsports in America and to educate participants about safety. Each year, 40,000 families suffer the tragedy of death or serious injury to their children from ATV accidents in the United States. As a result, motorsports safety courses are available for motorcyclists, ATV riders and all types of professional and amateur racers to help reduce the number of injuries enthusiasts endure.

    “Motorsports Awareness Month was originally conceived to promote taking a friend to motorsports activities to spread the word of the excitement to be found in drag races, motocross or NASCAR. Now we see that it is also about raising the awareness of the need for adequate and common sense safety standards that will help to keep young adults and children safe.” -Beverly Beuermann-King, Wellness Specialist

    In the month of May, National Day Calendar celebrates National Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month, which brings awareness to recognizing motorcycles on the road. The entire month of October celebrates National Motorcycle Ride Day. In preparation for either day, we suggest proper training ahead of time to enjoy riding all summer long.

    Some motorsport equipment is not designed for paved roads, such as ATVs. It’s best to stay off all roads to prevent accidents to yourself and others. Never allow children under the ages of 16 to ride adult ATVs. Ninety percent of all ATV injuries involve children. While riding motorcycles, remember, the more visible you can make yourself, the safer you will be. Also, learn how to share the road.

    Wear a helmet and other appropriate protective gear. Take the safety course and get the proper hands-on training. Don’t skimp on safety gear either. When deciding how much to spend on a helmet or other protective gear, ask yourself how much your body is worth. That should give the right answer. While it should be a no-brainer, you should never mix riding with alcohol. Get the proper training via a certified safety course. The course offered by your local chapter of ABATE (American Bikers Aimed Toward Education) is especially recommended.


    Enjoy the thrill of professional motorsports, and learn from the pros, who take safety seriously. Learn how to ride safely. Take refresher safety courses. Ride within your skill limits. Equip yourself with proper helmets and other safety gear. Don’t mix riding with drugs/alcohol (we can’t emphasize this one enough). And pledge to be a lifelong learner! Find out about the motorsports and ATV safety courses in your community.

    Use #MotorsportsAwarenessMonth in social media correspondence.

    At this time, we are unable to determine the origin of Motorsports Awareness Month.