Category: March 01

  • WORLD MUSIC THERAPY DAY – March 1

    WORLD MUSIC THERAPY DAY

    Every year on March 1st, World Music Therapy Day shines a light on music therapists worldwide. The day also showcases how music provides a way to make life better and more fulfilling.

    Many people refer to music as a universal language. Music therapy is rooted in the healing effect it has on human beings. Music therapy has proven to be an effective way to address physical, cognitive, social, and emotional needs of children, seniors, and people with disabilities. People with cerebral palsy, autism, learning disabilities, and many other types of disabilities see benefits of receiving music therapy.

    Music therapy often includes singing, listening to music, creating music, moving to music, and using instruments.

    Research proves that music therapy is effective for:

    • Promoting movement
    • Providing ways to communicate
    • Providing ways to express feelings

    Music therapists provide this type of therapy. Music therapists need a bachelor’s degree in music therapy from an accredited school in the United States. They must also have 1,200 hours of clinical training. According to the American Music Therapy Association (AMTA), there are 8,000 music therapists in the United States. Other countries also have music therapy associations around the world, including Argentina, England, France, Austria, Canada, Switzerland, India, Japan, and Spain.

    Since music is portable, music therapists provide their services in a variety of environments. They go to schools, hospitals, nursing homes, and even a client’s home. The success of music therapy allows some schools to implement music therapy in their special education programs. Music helps children in special education develop rhythm and motor skills as well as increase memorization skills. It also promotes children to behave appropriately and offers a distraction from discomfort and anxiety.

    HOW TO OBSERVE #WorldMusicTherapyDay

    Therapists, students, patients, and others are encouraged to share their love of music therapy with others.

    There are also many ways for everyone to participate in World Music Therapy Day.

    • If you know a music therapist, thank them for their essential work.
    • If you or a family member has benefited from music therapy, share your story on social media.
    • Write and record a song and post it online.
    • Gather with a group and experience the joy of singing together.
    • Learn more about music therapy and how it can benefit seniors or those with special needs.

    Spread awareness for this day on social media with #WorldMusicTherapyDay or #WMTD

    WORLD MUSIC THERAPY DAY HISTORY

    The World Federation of Music Therapy (WFMT) launched World Music Therapy Day in 2016. WFMT was founded in 1985 during the 5th World Congress of Music Therapy in Italy.

     

  • ZERO DISCRIMINATION DAY – March 1

    ZERO DISCRIMINATION DAY

    Every year on March 1st, Zero Discrimination Day celebrates the right of everyone to live their life with dignity, including living a full and productive life. The day also highlights inclusion, compassion, and becoming a movement for change to end all forms of discrimination.

    When someone is treated differently based on their age, race, religion, social status, or gender it’s called discrimination. Sadly, people with sickness and disabilities are also discriminated against. Even in the advanced civilization in which we live, discrimination is still a huge issue. This is largely due to the fact that it is human nature to categorize people.

    In most cases, discrimination is a learned behavior. Discrimination also occurs when there is a lack of understanding. Another reason people discriminate is that they are insecure about themselves. Discriminating against another human being allows them to feel more powerful. Pride is another primary reason that humans discriminate against one another.

    If someone has been discriminated against, they are encouraged to find a support system and maybe seek professional help. In many instances, discrimination is illegal. For instance, in this country, it is against the law to deny housing because of someone’s disability.

    If the law has been broken, the person who is discriminated against should contact the authorities. This is why it’s important for countries to have laws in place to protect against discrimination. Many countries, including the United States, have many laws that do this. In developing countries, discrimination laws are not as common.

    HOW TO OBSERVE #ZeroDiscriminationDay

    Many countries host events that highlight the need for discrimination laws. Schools, universities, businesses, and other organizations take part in the day, too. To participate:

    • Learn about the different types of discrimination.
    • Research countries that don’t have strong discrimination laws and how it affects its citizens.
    • Think about a time you have been discriminated against and write about it or discuss it with others.
    • Read books in which characters were discriminated against including To Kill a Mockingbird, The Book Thief, and Don’t Call Me Inspirational: A Disabled Feminist Talks Back.
    • Learn about famous people who have fought against discrimination including William Wilberforce, Desmond Tutu, Susan B. Anthony, George Orwell, and Helen Keller.
    • Talk to your children or young people about how wrong it is to discriminate.

    Share this day on social media with #ZeroDiscrimination.

    ZERO DISCRIMINATION DAY HISTORY

    The first Zero Discrimination Campaign was held on World AIDS Day in December of 2013. The following year, Michel Sidibé, the executive director of the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV and AIDS (UNAIDS), launched the first Zero

    Discrimination Day. Since then, it has been held on March 1st every year.  Past themes for the day have included:

    2020: Zero Discrimination Against Women and Girls
    2019: Act to Change Laws
    2018: What If
    2017: Make Some Noise
    2016: Stand Out
    2015: Open Up, Reach Out
    2014: Join the Transformation

     

  • SELF-INJURY AWARENESS DAY – March 1

    SELF INJURY AWARENESS DAY

    Self-Injury Awareness Day on March 1st each year focuses on increasing education and support on a misunderstood problem.

    When someone causes deliberate self-injury or harm, the action is an indication of emotional distress. According to research from the Journal of American Board of Family Medicine, approximately 4% of Americans self-harm, with a majority of those being college students. The day aims to help friends and family recognize the signs and help those in emotional distress find help. Help and support can be found, though.

    Self-injury occurs in many forms, including cutting, scratching, punching, and ingestion of chemicals. Those who self-harm do so for a variety of reasons. Some of them include coping with fear, stress, anxiety, or inducing positive feelings.

    People who self-injure may try to hide their injuries. Their clothing may not fit the season. Other signs may include:

    • unexplained cuts, burns, or bruises
    • inability to handle emotions
    • avoiding relationships
    • problems with relationships
    • issues at work, home, or school
    • poor self-esteem

    Resources and support are available to help understand and treat self-injury. Seeking a professional consultation is an essential first step.

    HOW TO OBSERVE #SelfInjuryAwarenessDay

    • Learn more about self-injury and find help if you need it.
    • Organizations around the country will be hosting events with speakers and seminars designed to start a dialogue and provide helpful information.
    • Understand that no one has to suffer alone, and there is help.
    • Attend an event or organize an event near you.
    • Wear orange to show your support.
    • Help remove the stigma associated with this and other mental health concerns.
    • Open a dialogue by starting the conversation.
    • Find resources and support by visiting the Center for Discovery or www.personalizedcause.com.
    • Use #SelfInjuryAwarenessDay to share your story on social media.

    SELF INJURY AWARENESS DAY HISTORY

    Several organizations promote Self-Injury Awareness Day each year to raise awareness about self-injury and how to provide support.

    Self Injury FAQ

    Q. Is self-harm a mental health disorder?
    A. No. But it is often the symptom of concerns.

    Q. Is someone who self-harms just trying to get attention?
    A. No. When someone self harms they are seeking relief from stress or other anxiety. They usually hide their injuries due to shame.

    Q. Are there treatments for those who self-harm?
    A. Yes. Treatments usually combine therapy and medication.

    March 1st Celebrated (and Not So Celebrated) History

    1872

    The United States Congress establishes Yellowstone National Park as the world’s first national park.

    1921

    The U.S. Patent Office issues patent no. 1,370,316 to Harry Houdini for a diving suit.

    1955

    Sun Records releases its first single “Drivin’ Slow” by saxophonist Johnny London.

    1984

    Cyndi Lauper appears on Johnny Carson’s Tonight Show making her U.S. television debut. She performs “Girls Just Want to Have Fun.”

    March 1st Celebrated (and Not So Celebrated) Birthdays

    Frederic Chopin – 1810

    The Polish composer of the Romantic era wrote his first piano composition at the age of 7.

    Ralph Waldo Ellison – 1914

    In 1953, the American author won the National Book Award for his novel the Invisible Man. Some of his other books include Juneteenth, Flying Home and Trading Twelves.

    Harry Caray – 1919

    “It might…it could …it is! A home run!” The colorful major league sports announcer started his career with the St. Louis Cardinals in 1945. He’s known for starting the tradition of singing “Take Me Out to the Ball Game” at Chicago White Sox games when he began announcing there. He ended his 53-year career with the Chicago Cubs, the rivals of the team where his fantastic career started.

    Harry Belafonte – 1927

    The “King of Calypso” took an interest in theater and music following the navy. Stardom found Belafonte following his 1953 performance in Carmen Jones. His 1956 album Calypso featured hits such as “Jamaica Farewell” and “Banana Boat (Day-O).” The latter was also featured in the 1988 film, Beetlejuice.

    Ron Howard – 1954

    Though he guest-starred on several shows, he was introduced to television audiences as Opie on the Andie Griffith Show in 1960. The actor would go on to direct and produce award-winning films including 2002’s A Beautiful Mind and 2017’s The Beatles: Eight Days a Week.

    Yolanda Griffith – 1970

    For 16 years, the professional basketball played center in the American Basketball League and Women’s National Basketball Association. In 2014, she was elected to the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame.

    Notable Mentions

    Blanche Kelso Bruce – 1841
    Donald Slayton – 1924
    Archer JP Martin – 1924
    Roger Daltrey – 1944

  • NATIONAL MINNESOTA DAY – March 1

    NATIONAL MINNESOTA DAY

    On March 1st, the Land of 10,000 Lakes is recognized on National Minnesota Day.

    Minnesota joined the union on May 11, 1858, making it the 32nd state in the United States, and it shares its northern border with Canada. Angle Township on the north edge of Lake of the Woods makes Minnesota the northernmost state of the continental forty-eight. Also known as the Gopher State, it extends along the northern shore of Lake Superior.

    Dakota Sioux and Ojibwa, Menominee, and other tribes populated the area when the first Europeans began to explore and later settle the area. Fur trading in the densely wooded territory led to French treaties in the late 17th century.

    The Mississippi River divides a portion of the state; its source is Lake Itasca. This natural boundary also divided the region when the Treaty of Paris determined United States’ western border after the Revolutionary War. Minnesota would not become whole until 1836 when it became part of the Wisconsin Territory, 33 years following the Louisiana Purchase.

    The state capital of St. Paul, once called Pig’s Eye Landing, was founded in 1838 along the Mississippi River and was named the territorial capital in 1849.

    Just upriver from St. Paul, Minneapolis formed from Ft. Snelling, built in 1819. Today, the metropolis spans both sides of the river for nearly 60 square miles. Downtown Minneapolis includes the world’s most extensive uninterrupted network of indoor pedestrian pathways. The skyway system boasts eight miles connecting restaurants, shopping, businesses, hotels, and apartment complexes.

    Head north along Lake Superior into the Arrowhead Region where the air stays cooler longer and the lake effect will have real meaning. Duluth and points north with an industrial history benefit from mild summers, access to clear summer nights, Aurora Borealis, and unspoiled views.

    HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalMinnesotaDay

    • Tour museums around the state.
    • Explore one or many of the 10,000 lakes.
    • Discover great eats like these 7 Delicious Juicy Lucys Burgers in Minnesota.
    • Retrace the footsteps of historical figures.
    • Share your Minnesota experiences.
    • Celebrate the history, people, and places of Minnesota.
    • Use #NationalMinnesotaDay to share on social media.

    For a complete list of Minnesota State and National Parks & Historic Sites visit www.dnr.state.mn.us/state_parks and www.nps.gov. Check out a few of the featured sites around the state below.

    Lake Bemidji State Park – Bemidji

    Cascade River State Park – Lutsen

    Saint Croix State Park – Hinckley

    Split Rock Lighthouse State Park – Two Harbors

    Great River Bluffs State Park – Winona

    Lake Maria State Park – Monticello

    Fort Ridgely State Park – Fairfax

    Old Mill State Park – Argyle

    Voyageurs National Park

    Pipestone National Monument

    Marshall W Alworth Planetarium – Duluth

    National Eagle Center – Wabasha

    The Works Museum – Bloomington

    Wildlife Science Center – Stacy

    Mille Lacs Indian Museum and Trading Post – Onamia

    Niagara Cave – Harmony

    Jolly Green Giant Statue – Blue Earth

    Spam Museum – Austin

    Paul Bunyan & Babe – Bemidji

    Interesting Facts

    Born with the name Hakadah to a full blood Sioux father and raised in the tribe’s homeland, Charles Eastman experienced the life of a warrior, hunter and nomad, until he was 15 years old. His father Jacob (Tawakanhdeota) Eastman would set him on a path toward white customs, educations, and religion. Charles Eastman would become a physician, author, and lobbyist for Native Americans across the country.

    Best known as the founders of the Mayo Clinic, William and Charles Mayo were exposed to the medical field at a young age through their experiences with their physician father. Both became surgeons with expertise in many methods and procedures.

    The prolific satirical author and playwright, Sinclair Lewis earned both a Pulitzer and Nobel Prize, the first awarded to an American for literature. Lewis declined the Pulitzer for Arrowsmith on the grounds his works took a more saccharine view of the middle class than the wholesome outlook the award seem to call for.
    A one-time railroad station agent, Richard W. Sears started his own mailorder watch company in 1886. By 1893, Sears, Roebuck and Co. was established.

    Fred Quimby produced the MGM Tom & Jerry cartoons made by William Hana and Joseph Barbera.
    The author of This Side of Paradise, The Beautiful and the Damned and The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald rose quickly in literary circles. He would struggle to survive the Great Depression and his wife’s Zelda’s condition.

    Artist and author, Wanda Gag is best known for her children’s book Millions of Cats. Her illustrations, lithographs and woodcuts earned her recognition by The American Institute of Graphic Art.
    From July 18, 2009 to April 14, 2011, Walter Breuning was recognized as the oldest living man. He lived to be 114 years old.

    More Facts

    While working for 3M, Richard Gurley Drew invented masking and cellophane tape. He created the tape from cellulose and originally called it cellulose tape. His career started at the 3M company in 1920 in St. Paul, Minnesota, where he developed a masking tape for the automotive industry in 1925.

    Robert Mondavi dedicated his career to creating wines that competed with the best in the world. He built his business in the Northern California Napa Valley where vineyards flourish today.

    Toni Stone became the first woman to play professional baseball when she was signed to the Negro American League’s Indianapolis Clowns in 1953. For the Clowns, she played second base and maintained a respectable .243 batting average. In 1991, Stone was inducted into the Women’s Sports Hall of Fame.

    Born Frances Ethel Gumm, Judy Garland sang, danced and performed from a young age. Her exceptional voice, endearing personality and perfect comedic talent made her an immediate success in the hearts of America. Best known for her roles in the Wizard of Oz, Meet Me in St. Louis and Ziegfeld Follies, Garland will always be remembered for her rendition of Somewhere Over the Rainbow.

    Nostolgic Facts

    The cartoonist who created Peanuts, Charles Schulz also brought us the full cast of characters. From Charlie Brown and Snoopy, Woodstock to Sally and Schroeder, Lucy, Peppermint Patty, Marci and Pig-Pen there is someone in the gang we identify with, and Schulz brought them to life.

    Known for his record-breaking 61 home runs in 1961 while playing for the New York Yankees, Roger Maris’s record would stand for 37 years. The final two years of his career would be with the St. Louis Cardinals where he would end his career on a high note, winning his seventh World Series. In 1998, St. Louis Cardinal Mark McGwire and Chicago Cub Sammy Sosa would both surpass Maris’ record.

    An injury early in his NFL career didn’t keep John Madden from realizing his dreams in the professional world of football. Madden would persevere and be named as head coach for the Oakland Raiders, demanding respect and chalking up wins. After coaching, he continued his love of the sport through broadcasting.
    Since the early 1960s, Bob Dylan’s unique style of folk music has gained the respect and influenced artists across genres. The eleven-time Grammy-winning artist earned the Nobel Prize in Literature in 2016.
    Ann Bancroft earned the title of the first woman to reach the North and South poles. She’s continued to explore, break records, educate and inspire through her expeditions.

    With hits like “When Doves Cry” and “1999,” Prince earned a pop music and R&B reputation that was undeniable. Both as an artist and entertainer, the seven-time Grammy winner delivered stellar performances time after time.

  • NATIONAL DADGUM THAT’S GOOD DAY – March 1

    NATIONAL DADGUM THAT’S GOOD DAY

    On March 1st, National Dadgum That’s Good Day ushers in a season of satisfying seasonings, cooking and overall good times spent with family. “Dadgum, That’s Good!”™ is much more than just a Southern phrase and the title of John McLemore’s best-selling cookbook series. It’s the summation of a life’s work in creating delicious food with his world-class Masterbuilt cooking products. 

    John’s signature dishes and cooking style leave a lasting impression wherever he goes – especially in the South, where people love to proclaim, “DADGUM That’s Good!” The McLemores show their love for others by sharing great meals – and stories – around the table. He’s appeared on national television and dedicates his life to making the cooking process accessible and simple for everyone.

    Whether it’s a delicious meal, time with your loved ones, or the perfect combination of both, today is a day to celebrate all things “DADGUM good!”

    For more info, go to Masterbuilt.com

    HOW TO OBSERVE #DadgumThatsGoodDay

    • Talk about flavors and spice. Challenge your friends and family to make their signature dishes and bring them together for the ultimate taste-off. 
    • Explore your family’s recipes. Who had the love of cooking? Celebrate that person by making their signature dish. 
    • Take a poll. What makes your friends’ mouths water? Who does the cooking? What one item would make them cook more? What is their go-to seasoning?
    • Gather your family and friends for some Dadgum good food. Share your recipes and stories.
    • Celebrate National #DadgumThatsGoodDay with John McLemore and Team Masterbuilt by getting together with your friends and family to fellowship and enjoy some #DADGUMgood food. 

    NATIONAL DADGUM THAT’S GOOD DAY HISTORY

    Masterbuilt of Columbus, GA, founded National Dadgum That’s Good Day in 2015 to celebrate an appreciation for good food and company, too. 

    In April of 2015, the Registrar at National Day Calendar proclaimed the day to be observed on March 1st, annually. 

    Dadgum That’s Good FAQ

    Q. What does dadgum mean?
    A. The word dadgum is used for emphasis. In the case of the phrase “dadgum that’s good,” the word dadgum stresses just how good something is.

    Q. Can anyone celebrate National Dadgum That’s Good Day?
    A. Yes. Anyone can enjoy good food with lots of flavor, unique recipes, and signature dishes.

  • NATIONAL HORSE PROTECTION DAY – March 1

    NATIONAL HORSE PROTECTION DAY

    National Horse Protection Day on March 1st highlights the plight of horses in America and beyond. The day aims to help thousands of unwanted horses in this country to find forever homes.  

    The horse holds a legendary mystique in American culture. In North America, the legendary horse is embedded in our culture and runs deep into the roots of our history. As the country grew, our indebtedness to the horse grew, too. While few people see the horse as much more than a recreational animal today, they still serve on working ranches. As a therapy animal, horses relieve the symptoms of PTSD, anxiety, and other disorders. Long past their age as a plow horse or part of the cavalry, they continue connecting to humans, and we continue to rely on them. 

    However, many go unwanted, abused, or neglected despite their legendary status. National Horse Protection Day is about addressing those issues. Around the country, several organizations support horse rescue, rehabilitation, and adoption. Their programs offer shelter and veterinary care for horses that have been neglected or abused. Many of them provide a sanctuary where the horses live out the remainder of their lives. Once rehabilitated, many of the horses become available for adoption.  

    All of these services require funds, volunteers, and education for the general public. Food, medical supplies, shelter, and training all take time and money. Depending on the condition of the horse, costs add up. 

    HOW TO OBSERVE #HorseProtectionDay

    • Learn more about horse adoption.
    • Volunteer at a horse rescue near you.
    • Donate your time, services, or money to the cause.
    • Share this story to help prevent abuse and neglect of horses and find homes for those in need by using #HorseProtectionDay to post on social media.

    NATIONAL HORSE PROTECTION DAY HISTORY

    Pet Lifestyle Expert and Animal Behaviorist/Advocate, Colleen Page created Horse Protection Day in 2005.

    Horse Protection FAQ

    Q. Can anyone adopt a horse?
    A. Anyone considering horse adoption needs to consider the requirements necessary and understand the commitment to horse care. Adopting any animal requires a few basics: time, space, and funds. With horse adoptions, these basic needs are much larger. Horses require a significant investment of time, space, and money compared with other domesticated animals.

    Q. Is there a horse rescue near me?
    A. Every state in the contiguous U.S. has at least one horse rescue.

  • NATIONAL FRUIT COMPOTE DAY – March 1

    NATIONAL FRUIT COMPOTE DAY

    Each year on March 1st, National Fruit Compote Day presents a celebration filled with sweet berries, citrus, and stone fruits to delight the senses.

    The word compote is French for “mixture.”

    A compote is a dessert originating in 17th century France. The French believed that fruit cooked in sugar syrup balanced the humidity’s effects on the body and led them to invent compotes. Recipes called for whole or pieces of mixed fruit in sugar syrup. The whole fruits are cooked in water with added sugar and spices. Add complimentary spices to the mixture depending on the kinds of fruit you choose.

    • vanilla
    • lemon peel
    • orange peel
    • cinnamon sticks
    • cinnamon powder
    • cloves
    • ground almonds
    • grated coconut
    • candied fruit or raisins

    You may serve fruit compote either warm or cold. The French initially served fruit compotes in the afternoon as a snack with sour cream and biscuits. During the Renaissance, people began serving compotes chilled at the end of dinner.

    Because of its simplicity, inexpensive ingredients, and no dairy products, the compote became a staple of Jewish households throughout Europe and was considered part of Jewish cuisine. 

    Fruit compote is often topped with whipped cream, cinnamon, or vanilla sugar. It is also sometimes prepared using dried fruits soaked in water with added alcohol. Kirsch, rum, or Frontignan are a few examples.

    HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalFruitCompoteDay

    • Make a fruit compote to enjoy with biscuits, oatmeal, or yogurt.
    • Invite friends over for a delicious treat and serve it with fruit compote
    • Share your recipes with others.
    • Use #NationalFruitCompoteDay to post on social media.

    NATIONAL FRUIT COMPOTE DAY HISTORY

    National Day Calendar continues to research the origins of the fruity celebration. 

    Fruit Compote FAQ

    Q. Can I make fruit compote with any kind of fruit?
    A. Strictly speaking, no. Avocados are a fruit, but I wouldn’t use them to make a compote. In a general sense of a sweet product from a shrub, vine, or tree, then yes, any fruit can be made into a fruit compote.

    Q. What can I use fruit compote on?
    A. Serve it over ice cream or other desserts. Use it as a spread on toast. Stir it into baked goods before baking.

  • NATIONAL PIG DAY – March 1

    NATIONAL PIG DAY

    National Pig Day, observed annually on March 1st, recognizes the domesticated pig. This holiday includes events and celebrations at zoos, schools, nursing homes, and sporting events around the United States. Pig parties, pig parades, and gatherings with pig collectibles are some of the other commemorated National Pig Day events.

    Pigs are clever and intelligent animals. However, most people are not aware of their high level of intelligence. Some are household pets that can be trained and taught tricks.

    In Dublin in 1772, a trained swine called the Learned Pig told time, counted, and other such tricks to entertain crowds in the streets. 

    There was a famous, if fictitious, Learned Pig in London in the late 1700s, which seemed to gain his learnedness from his mother. She ate an entire volume of Sir Robert Filmer’s manuscripts and “Saobeverel’s Sermons” before delivering him into the world. He was born with an intelligence that seemed obvious just by looking. When one day he feasted upon the garden of the great Milton himself, he began waxing poetic.

    Pigs have been popular storybook characters for generations. From A.A. Milne’s Piglet to E.B. White’s Wilbur, pigs have an endearing and flavorful quality about them that makes us love them.

    There are hundreds of different breeds, most of which descend from the Eurasian Wild Boar. The female is called a gilt or sow and can produce 10 piglets in a single litter. They also provide bacon, ham, baby back ribs, spare ribs, sirloin, pork belly, and oh, so many more delectable barbecue items it would be a shame not to honor the swine on this day of all days.

    HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalPigDay

    Cuddle up with one, read about one, or eat one. Use #NationalPigDay to post on social media.

    NATIONAL PIG DAY HISTORY

    In 1972 two sisters, Ellen Stanley and Mary Lynne Rave, founded National Pig Day. Ellen taught in Lubbock, Texas, and Mary lived in Beaufort, North Carolina. According to Mary Lynne Rave, the purpose of National Pig Day is “to accord the pig its rightful, though generally unrecognized, place as one of man’s most intellectual and domesticated animals.”

    Pig FAQ

    Q. What is another word for a pig?
    A. Swine and hog are both used to describe the animal known as a pig. Swine is typically used in farming, breeding, and science.

    Q. Are pigs used for human transplant procedures?
    A. Yes. For decades, pig heart valves have been used to replace heart valves in humans. Most recently, a genetically modified pig heart was transplanted into patient David Bennett who was left with no other options for survival. The transplant began on January 7, 2022, at the University of Maryland Medical Center and was performed by cardiothoracic surgeon Bartley Griffith. The experimental procedure has been deemed a success as Bennett continues to improve. The process is called xenotransplantation.

  • NATIONAL PEANUT BUTTER LOVER’S DAY – March 1

    NATIONAL PEANUT BUTTER LOVER’S DAY

    March 1st was made for National Peanut Butter Lover’s Day. Ah, peanut butter. One day is not enough to recognize peanut butter. The goober has been paired, blended, and added with many tasty results!

    The creamy, nutty goodness known as peanut butter is so amazingly delicious that when we pair it with creamy and dreamy chocolate, we almost have bacon.

    We digress. Another great love is peanut butter ice cream. Blended smooth with a few chopped nuts and a drizzle of peanut butter syrup is a peanut butter lover’s dream come true.

    The slang term for peanut butter in World War II was “monkey butter.”

    A monkey visited the lab at Kellogg’s one day and dipped his banana in a jar of peanut butter, and he’s been ape over the combination ever since. Actually, banana slices with peanut butter sandwiched between them and dipped in chocolate make a terrific snack.

    Peanut butter and bananas were a combination even fit for a king. Elvis Presley loved a peanut butter and banana sandwich or two.

    Then peanut butter got its passport and traveled the world. It paired up with some shrimp and got a little saucy. The result is a Thai peanut butter shrimp that is so yummy it had to be true love.

    Things heated up a little when peanut butter jumped into the stew pot to sweat it out with a spring chick seasoned with some cayenne. African Chicken Peanut Stew tastes better than ever.

    One of the best times peanut butter has ever had is with marshmallows. Fudge enjoys a satisfying dessert status to be envied.

    Fun Peanut Butter Facts:

    • It takes about 540 peanuts to make a 12-ounce jar of peanut butter.
    • C.H. Sumner first sold peanut butter in the United States at the Universal Exposition in St. Louis.  He sold $705.11 of the “new treat” at his concession stand.
    • Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup was introduced to America in 1928.
    • The oldest operating manufacturer and seller of peanut butter has been selling peanut butter since 1898.
    • Mr. Ed TV’s used peanut butter as a secret ingredient to get a horse talking.
    • Americans spend almost $800 million a year on peanut butter.
    • January 24th is National Peanut Butter Day.

    HOW TO OBSERVE #PeanutButterLoversDay

    • Fall in love with some peanut butter or a new peanut butter combination.  
    • Try peanut butter and apples.  
    • Or maybe fried peaches and peanut butter.
    • Try one of the recipes above.
    • Or how about peanut butter and bacon.  
    • Share your favorite peanut butter combos.
    • Use #PeanutButterLoversDay to post on social media.

    NATIONAL PEANUT BUTTER LOVER’S DAY HISTORY

    National Peanut Butter Lover’s Day first made its appearance in 1990 commemorating the anniversary of when peanut butter made its commercial debut in the United States. Promoted by both the Adult Peanut Butter Lovers Fan Club and the National Peanut Board, the day found full cover peanut butter spreads in newspapers across the country. An un-named doctor was given credit for first providing peanut butter to his patients. In March of 1890, he began providing the spread to those patients who had difficulty chewing. More than 100 years later, we continue to celebrate the benefits of peanut butter, and its history, too.

    Peanut Butter FAQ

    Q. Do elephants like peanut butter?
    A. Elephants don’t really eat peanuts despite what caricatures you’ve seen or stories you’ve heard. So, they wouldn’t eat peanut butter either.

    Q. Who invented the peanut butter cup?
    A. Harry Burnett Reese, the founder of the H.B. Reese Candy Company, invented the peanut butter cup in 1928.

    Q. Are cities named after the peanut?
    A. Yes! Pennsylvania is home to Upper Peanut, Peanut, and Lower Peanut. Three other states also include towns named Peanut including California, Tennessee, and West Virginia. But that’s not all. The peanut is also called a goober. Visit Goobertown, Arkansas, or Goober Hill, Texas.

  • MELANOMA MONDAY – First Monday in May

    MELANOMA MONDAY

    Melanoma Monday on the first Monday in May is an awareness campaign during National Melanoma Month.  The American Academy of Dermatology has set aside this day to raise awareness about skin cancer.

    Melanoma is a type of skin cancer, and it is the deadliest of skin cancers. The observance focuses on skin health, sun safety, tanning prevention, and skin cancer screenings. By providing resources and information, it’s hoped to reduce the number of melanoma diagnosed.

    While melanoma and other skin cancers aren’t 100% preventable, there are ways to reduce your risk.

    • Wear sunscreen to protect yourself from harmful UV rays. Reapply sunscreen throughout the day, too.
    • Other types of sun protection include wearing a broad-brimmed hat, long sleeves, and pants. And don’t forget the back of your neck.
    • Find shade. Trees, umbrellas, and awnings provide excellent sun protection on warm sunny days.
    • Don’t let the clouds fool you. UV rays still reach the Earth and your skin on a cloudy day!
    • Avoid tanning beds. The UV light in tanning beds puts you at risk for melanoma, too.
    • Regularly check your skin for abnormal moles. If you notice changes, see your dermatologist to have it checked.

    HOW TO OBSERVE #MelanomaMonday

    All are asked to join the American Academy of Dermatology in wearing orange and encouraging others to wear orange for skin cancer awareness. Learn more about melanoma, skin screenings, and use #MelanomaMonday to post on social media.

    MELANOMA MONDAY HISTORY

    The American Academy of Dermatology founded National Melanoma Monday to raise awareness surrounding this deadly cancer. Since at least 1984, they have been promoting prevention resources ahead of the summer months to improve prevention and increase screening.  For more information on prevention and screening visit www.melanomaknowmore.com.