Category: November Month



    Stomach Cancer Awareness Month in November focuses on the importance of knowing the risk factors, prevention, and early detection.

    In November, when we think of our stomachs, we think of sitting around the table with our family for a hearty meal and giving thanks. That’s why this awareness campaign brings forward a wealth of information so you can have a frank discussion with the people who mean the most to you.

    The average age of diagnosis for stomach cancer is 68. According to the American Cancer Society, in 2020, about 27,600 cases will be diagnosed.

    Risk Factors

    Knowing the risk factors is part of tackling this deadly disease, too.

    • Men are more likely than women to be diagnosed with stomach cancer.
    • Ethnicity plays a role, too. In the United States, Hispanic Americans, African Americans, Native Americans, and Asian/Pacific Islanders are more commonly diagnosed with stomach cancer than non-Hispanic whites.
    • Diets high in smoked, salted, cured, or pickled meats or vegetables have an increased risk of stomach cancer.
    • Tobacco use is known to increase cancer risk, but it also increases the risk of cancers to the upper portion of the stomach.
    • Obesity may increase the risk of stomach cancer.
    • A family history of stomach cancer may be at risk of developing the disease.

    Taking preventative measures, like maintaining a healthy body weight, routinely getting exercise, and eating a diet full of fresh fruits and vegetables, reduces the risk of stomach cancer. Other preventative measures include quitting tobacco use, and limiting or quitting alcohol use may also reduce your risk.

    If you have certain risk factors, speak with your physician about screenings. Early detection means early treatment. The earlier stomach cancer is found, the more likely it can be cured, and the less debilitating it will be, too.

    Support Someone With Stomach Cancer

    The observance is also a time to show support to those who have undergone treatment for stomach cancer. Depending on the extent of the cancer, each person may require different dietary needs during and following treatment. They likely will not be able to eat most of what is served at the traditional Thanksgiving meal. Many find it difficult to understand or comprehend not being able to eat the traditional Thanksgiving meal. If one of your guests will be someone who has been treated for stomach cancer, follow these tips to make them feel comfortable and at ease.

    • Don’t insist they try anything. They know what they can and cannot have.
    • Ask if there is something you can serve that will accommodate their dietary needs. Most likely you won’t have to go out of your way. Your guest will be seeking your company and some small samples of the items they can have.
    • If they decline anything, there is likely a reason why.
    • Don’t comment on their eating habits. Statements like, “You eat like a bird,” “Or you’re wasting away,” won’t help to improve their condition.
    • If you notice something they like, offer to send any leftovers home with them so they can enjoy more of their favorites at home.
    • Do ask what you can do to make them more comfortable. Sometimes a hot or cool beverage may be beneficial.

    These tips apply all year long, not just Thanksgiving! Show your love and support to your friend or family member with stomach cancer.

    HOW TO OBSERVE #StomachCancerAwarenessMonth

    This November, check-in with your family and learn the risk factors, prevention, and early detection of stomach cancer. Support research for a cure. Share family health history. The day also reminds us to be sensitive to those who have gone through treatment for stomach cancer. This time of year may be especially difficult for them, as they may be unable to enjoy the many rich foods the way they once did. Finding ways to include them in the holidays that don’t revolve around food will show them how important they are to the family celebration.

    Wear a periwinkle colored ribbon to show your support for the cause.

    Use #StomachCancerAwarenessMonth on social media to join the conversation.


    In 2010, No Stomach For Cancer launched the first Stomach Cancer Awareness Month campaign. The organization stressed the importance of supporting people dealing with stomach cancer and encouraged awareness about the disease.

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    All across the country, National Career Development Month in November signals a time for students and employees to focus on their future career choices. No matter their age, students in every classroom have an opportunity to explore careers. With every experience, they come closer to discovering a career choice that they will excel at for years to come. And like many of us, it will take several careers to shape the students of today into the professionals of tomorrow. But that doesn’t mean they can’t explore the opportunities the future holds.

    And when it comes to career development, those of us who’ve been working awhile benefit, too! That’s why this month includes students and the entire workforce.

    Throughout the month, schools and businesses will host events that will give everyone hands-on experiences. These inspiring activities connect students with professionals who work and thrive in their careers. They ask questions and see the possibilities for their interests and skills.

    No matter whether you’re just starting out or are at the top of your game, career development is a life-long skill. And that’s why there are several benefits to participating, too.

    • Educators bring vital social and performance skills into the classroom.
    • Students build confidence in their future opportunities.
    • Educators learn about students’ interests.
    • Students develop skills that will last a lifetime.
    • Professionals hone their skills and advance their careers.
    • Over time, employers fill necessary positions.
    • Students explore a variety of careers.

    When students spend time on career development, they’re one step closer to being prepared for their future. Whether they pursue higher education, open their own business or master a skilled trade, career development is a necessary step.

    HOW TO OBSERVE #CareerDevelopmentMonth

    Implement career development programs in your school or business. Encourage students, families, and employees to participate. Invite businesses to join you in developing programs to fill the needs of your community. Try incorporating some of these ideas into your classroom:

    • Invite students to dress up for their dream careers for a day.
    • Host a career fair.
    • Assist students and employees of all ages to develop their resumes.
    • Offer webinars or online question and answer sessions with business leaders.
    • Encourage students to develop a vision board with their goals, people who inspire them, and their skills.
    • Match students to job shadow opportunities, internships, and tours.
    • Employers, set up a mentor program. Encourage employees to both be mentors and get a mentor.
    • Participate in the annual National Career Development Association poetry and art contest.

    Share your events and projects by using #CareerDevelopmentMonth on social media, too.


    Since 1967, the National Career Development Association has promoted National Career Development Month in an effort to improve career development at all stages.

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    Military Family Month dedicates November to military families around the world. The observance recognizes the commitment and dedication these families make to their service members. Their sacrifices make it possible for our military to remain organized and strong.

    While their servicemen and women are actively serving, deployed or training, their families provide a vital foundation at home that allows confidence in the field. Spouses and children are often separated from their service members for long periods of time and over great distances. Communication can be patchy and under stressful conditions. And they frequently move, uprooting children and jobs. But, military families are adaptable.

    During November, the country honors the military families who make the U.S. Armed Forces strong.

    HOW TO OBSERVE #MilitaryFamilyMonth

    Thank a veteran, active duty, reserve or national guard service member or family member for their service by giving back. Ask your military families how you can support them. Many will not ask when they need it. In many cases, through deployments or other circumstances, military families will band together. But even then that may not be enough.

    • Adopt a military family for the holidays.
    • Offer to run errands for military spouses who may have their hands full with their children or even their pets.
    • Volunteer or donate services to military organizations.
    • Read upcoming legislation and learn how it impacts our military, veterans, and their families. Then write and call your legislators.
    • Families, participate in events all month long in your honor. Many organizations will be hosting dinners, webinars, educational opportunities, and more.

    Use #MilitaryFamilyMonth to post on social media.


    The Armed Services YMCA along with the U.S. Government established Military Family Month in 1996 by expanding Military Family Week. Each year, the President declares the month through a signed proclamation.

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  • November Monthly Observations


    Adopt A Senior Pet Month
    Aviation History Month
    Banana Pudding Lovers Month
    Diabetic Eye Disease Month
    Epilepsy Awareness Month
    Family Stories Month
    Gluten-Free Diet Awareness Month
    Historic Bridge Awareness Month
    Lung Cancer Awareness Month
    MADD’s Tie One On For Safety Holiday Campaign (11/16-12/31)
    Military Family Month
    National Adoption Month
    National Alzheimer’s Disease Month
    National Career Development Month
    National COPD Month
    National Diabetes Month

    National Family Caregivers Month
    National Fun with Fondue Month
    National Gratitude Month

    National Home Care & Hospice Month
    National Impotency Month
    National Inspirational Role Models Month
    National Life Writing Month


    National Long-term Care Awareness Month
    National Marrow Awareness Month
    National Medical Science Liaison (MSL) Awareness & Appreciation Month
    National Native American Heritage Month
    National Family Literacy Month
    National Novel Writing Month
    National Peanut Butter Lovers Month
    National Pepper Month
    National Pet Cancer Awareness Month
    National Pomegranate Month
    National PPSI AIDS Awareness Month

    National Raisin Bread Month
    National Roasting Month
    National Scholarship Month
    Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month
    Prematurity Awareness Month
    PTA Healthy Lifestyles Month
    Spinach and Squash Month
    Stomach Cancer Awareness Month
    Sweet Potato Awareness Month (See also February)
    NoSHAVEmber (US – Beard Month or Movember (Australia – Moustache Month )
    Vegan Month
    Worldwide Bereaved Siblings Month



    National Hospice & Palliative Care Month is an annual designation observed in November.


    Use #Hospice&PalliativeCareMonth to post on social media.


    In 1992, the month of November was designated as National Hospice & Palliative Care Month. More info coming!



    Worldwide Bereaved Siblings Month is an annual designation observed in November. During this month, we encourage you to reach out to someone you know who has lost a brother or sister. Losing a sibling causes pain that nobody can even begin to imagine unless it’s something they have gone through themselves. Many say that sibling grief has been overlooked in literature on bereavement. People tend to console the parents, friends, and children (if any) of the person who died before thinking about their siblings. Some studies show this is because when someone passes away, their siblings generally try to take the reigns on funeral planning and making sure everyone else in the family is doing okay.

    Siblings suffer a great deal when they lose one another, especially if they die too young. But, many people who have lost a brother or sister say they have felt “trumped” by the grief of other family members, since the focus is usually on the parents, surviving spouse, and children of the deceased. Surviving siblings often feel guilt, abandonment, loss of innocence, fallout from the family, somatic symptoms, fear, and anxiety when their brother or sister dies.


    Use #BereavedSiblingsMonth to post on social media. This November, reach out to anyone you know that has lost a sibling… Even if it was years ago. Let them know you’re thinking about them and how sorry you are for their loss. Chances are, they will be eternally grateful that you did. Losing a family member, especially a sibling too young, is a pain that will never go away. Time will help to heal, but the scar will always remain.


    In our research, we were unable to find the creator of Worldwide Bereaved Siblings Month.

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  • WORLD VEGAN MONTH | November

    WORLD VEGAN MONTH | November

    Calling all vegans! World Vegan Month is an annual designation observed in November. This month, plant-based eaters from across the globe come together to celebrate their 100% cruelty-free lifestyle. So, what exactly defines a vegan? Veganism is a way of life that excludes all forms of cruelty to animals for food, products, or any other purpose. There are many different ways to embrace the vegan lifestyle, but the underlying “rule” is to eat a plant-based diet. Vegans also so a step further than just avoiding meat; they also avoid fish, dairy, eggs, and honey, as well as products like leather or fur. You might be thinking, “So, what can they eat?” Surprisingly, there are thousands of vegan recipes out there that are delicious, and exceptionally nutritious.

    Another commonly asked question is, “Why would somebody choose to go vegan?” To which there are a handful of answers, according to

    1. To save the animals. Vegans do not appreciate the treatment of animals on farms, nor the killing of the animals as soon as their production rates decrease.
    2. For the environment. Animal agriculture takes a toll on the earth by contaminating aquatic ecosystems, soil, and more.
    3. For their own health. Research shows that consuming animal fats and proteins is linked to heart disease, colon and lung cancer, diabetes, obesity, and other debilitating conditions.


    Use #WorldVeganMonth to post on social media. Going full vegan would be hard for a lot of people, but there are benefits that veganism brings. People from dozens of different ages, professions, and backgrounds have been turning to the vegan side lately, and numbers are on the rise. Here are some reasons (besides the three listed above) to consider going vegan, or even try it out this month, according to Nutriciously.

    1. Going vegan treats/reverses health conditions you may already have. Many experts say a plant-based diet is often more effective than medication, or even medical procedures when it comes to treating diseases.
    2. Sticking to a plant-based lifestyle helps you get slim, and stay that way. Vegans are the only group of people who average a normal and healthy BMI (body mass index) because they do not eat animal products that are calorie-dense.
    3. Animal products usually contain bacteria, antibiotics, hormones, dioxins, and other toxins that can lead to health problems in humans. (This is one reason food poisoning is so common.)
    4. You can try amazing new meals! There are more than 20,000 kinds of edible plants in the world. Believe it or not, prepared with the right spices and side dishes, these plant-based meals are delicious and satisfying.
    5. It’s never been so easy to be vegan. These days, most supermarkets have entire sections devoted to the vegan lifestyle, including meat replacement options and delectable desserts.


    The Vegan Society first began as another branch of the Vegetarian Society in November, 1944. However, in our research, we were unable to find who actually founded World Vegan Month.



    Sweet Potato Awareness Month is an annual designation observed in November. This month, the holidays go into full swing, and what better way to celebrate than with loads of hearty, delicious, and… wait for it… HEALTHY food! That’s right, sweet potatoes fall into all of those categories. They can be used in dozens of recipes, and their natural goodness doesn’t even need added spices to make them taste like they came straight from the heavens. Don’t believe me? Now’s the time to find out for yourself.

    HOW TO OBSERVE Sweet Potato Awareness Month

    Enjoy the following “tried and true” sweet potato recipes.

    Sweet Potato Pie I
    Yummy Sweet Potato Casserole
    Baked Sweet Potato Sticks
    Gourmet Sweet Potato Classic

    Use #SweetPotatoAwarenessMonth to post on social media. The best part about sweet potatoes, also known as yams, is that you can eat them SO many different ways, and they have so many health benefits that they are often referred to as a “superfood.” Here are some of the nutritional facts about this delicious vegetable.

    1. Sweet potatoes are a great source of vitamins C and A. Both nutrients are important for immune system support, and maintaining healthy skin, vision, and organs.
    2. They are FULL of antioxidants, and other nutrients.
    3. Sweet potatoes are anti-inflammatory, which lowers the risk of nearly every chronic disease. These include obesity, type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and cancer.
    4. They help support weight loss, BIG TIME. Take it from someone who has experienced it first hand. I replaced hamburger buns, regular mashed potatoes, toast, pasta, and other processed carbs with sweet potatoes for a month, and lost 12 pounds. They are so filling, it doesn’t even feel like you’re trying to slim down!

    So, whether you’re baking, mashing, or folding… or cutting it into chunks with ground cinnamon sprinkled on top… OR enjoying the classic fall-favorite, sweet potato pie… It won’t be difficult for you to celebrate Sweet Potato Awareness month and enjoy every minute of it! Your body will thank you, too.


    In our research, we were unable to find the source of Sweet Potato Awareness Month.

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    Spinach and Squash Month is an annual designation observed in November. There are about a million reasons to love both spinach and squash, and the beginning of the holiday season is the perfect time to start whipping up some recipes that include these delightful veggies.


    Enjoy this “tried and true” Butternut Squash Soup with Spinach Ravioli recipe.

    Use #Spinach&SquashMonth to post on social media. Here are some reasons you should start incorporating both veggies into your diet not only this month, but all year long!


    • Extremely nutritious and packed with potassium, magnesium, copper, zinc, iron, and maganese
    • High in antioxidants, and vitamins A and C
    • High in vitamin K, which means better bone health
    • May reduce the risk of cancer


    • Boosts immunity with antioxidants, vitamins and minerals
    • Helps manage diabetes because it regulates sugar in the body
    • Squash is anti-inflammatory
    • The seeds are antiparasitic, so they protect us from a wide variety of diseases


    In our research, we were unable to find the creator of Spinach and Squash Month.



    PTA Healthy Lifestyles Month is an annual designation observed in November. If you’re not familiar, PTA stands for Parent Teacher Association; a network of millions of teachers, administrators, families, and students who work for educational success of kids in school, as well as family engagement. The goal of PTA Healthy Lifestyles Month is to promote a healthy lifestyle for students in and out of the classroom. Since children spend more than 1,200 hours per year in school, it’s crucial to make sure they are able to have healthy food and adequate opportunities for physical activity. If they have these two things, they are more likely to excel in school and lead a healthy lifestyle later in life.

    Parents, you may not recognize how much power lies in your hands when it comes to creating positive change in your child’s school. Since you care about your child’s learning environment, take action and get involved in your local PTA!


    Use #PTAHealthyLifestylesMonth to post on social media. Reach out to the PTA at your child’s school and join the group to make a difference. Here are some great ideas you can bring up at your PTA meeting this month.

    1. Invite students to “Bring Your Parent to PTA” in exchange for a ‘homework pass’ on one piece of homework that night. That way, more parents may be inspired to join the organization!
    2. Get talking about health and nutrition at school. It’s important to know what your child is, and isn’t eating every day.
    3. Suggest more activities for kids to move around and stay active. Incorporating learning with movement can be more effective than having students sit at a desk all day.


    In our research, we were unable to find the founded of PTA Healthy Lifestyles Month, but the National Parent Teacher Association has been celebrating it for several years.