Category: November Month



    In November, we honor Prematurity Awareness Month. About 15 million babies around the world are born prematurely every year, and around 1 million don’t survive. During this month, organizations and individuals come together to raise awareness about the seriousness of premature birth, and how dangerous it is worldwide.

    Most pregnancies last around 40 weeks, which is considered healthy. If a baby is born before 37 weeks gestation, that baby is premature, which can pose several health risks. And it’s not only the babies that need special care. Oftentimes, the mother needs it as well. When a mother gives birth to a premature baby, a lot of physical and emotional stress comes with it. If their baby has to live at the hospital for the first month or so because of the premature birth, mothers often lose sleep due to late nights at the hospital, suffer from feelings of guilt, anxiety, and depression, and feel like failures. It’s important to take physical and mental health of the mother into consideration, just as much as it is for the baby.

    When is World Prematurity Day?

    This month, speak up to raise awareness about premature birth. The more we talk about issues like this, the faster we will have answers and solutions.

    HOW TO OBSERVE #PrematurityAwarenessMonth

    Use #PrematurityAwarenessMonth to post on social media. Click here for a list of events that the March of Dimes puts on each November, and attend one near you. Here are some other staggering facts about premature birth.

    • Around 11.4% of pregnancies end in early deliveries.
    • About 450,000 babies in the U.S. are born premature every year.
    • 80% of premature births are not expected to be early.
    • Close to 30% are due to preterm rupture of membranes.
    • Medical expenses for premature babies are around $54,000, compared to $4,000 for a healthy, full-term newborn.

    The good news: The rate of premature births in the U.S. is dropping every year. The more we talk and raise awareness, the more this number will drop!


    Prematurity Awareness Month is a part of the March of Dimes Prematurity Awareness Campaign which began in 2003.

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    Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month in November serves as a reminder to take action and help spread the word about the dangers of pancreatic cancer. This is the time of year when most people speak up about this disease as we gather with families for the holidays. And one of the main goals is to raise funds for early diagnosis research. The month also features World Pancreatic Cancer Day on November 18th to push home the importance of screenings, research, improved treatments, and understanding of this deadly disease.

    The unfortunate truth is, pancreatic cancer has the lowest survival rate of all different types of cancer. Only 3-5% of those diagnosed survive for up to five years. Survival rates for most other kinds of cancer have gone up over the last 40 years, but not pancreatic cancer. That’s why it’s so important to play your part. Use your voice and share the facts. Encourage donations for improved treatment and finding a cure. Get involved with organizations that support pancreatic cancer research.

    Since early diagnosis is so important with this kind of cancer, it’s important that we take advantage of Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month, so that eventually, it becomes more talked about all year round. Pancreatic cancer affects both men and women and is the seventh most common cancer death around the world. Let’s do something about it.

    HOW TO OBSERVE #PancreaticCancerAwarenessMonth

    PancOne_Logo_BlackPancONE President and CEO Michelle Capobianco will join National Day Calendar Founder Marlo Anderson during a live event on November 18th at 1 PM CST. Tune in on Facebook or on our other social media platforms as they discuss pancreatic cancer, its impact, and what PancONE is doing to make a difference. They will also be giving away prizes to the first 100 people who donate during the live broadcast!

    Wear purple this month and use #PancreaticCancerAwarenessMonth, #PancreaticCancer, or #PancAware to post on social media. Reach out to someone you know that currently has pancreatic cancer, survived pancreatic cancer, or had a family member or friend pass away from the disease. If you want to get involved online or attend events near you, click here to find out what steps you can take. Remember, World Pancreatic Cancer Day is the third Thursday in November, so that’s a perfect time to proudly sport your purple and post on social media all day to raise awareness. Any little thing helps!


    In our research, we were unable to find the founder of Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month.

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    National Scholarship Month is an annual designation observed in November. Okay, so maybe applying for scholarships isn’t the most exciting way for high schoolers to spend the month before Christmas break, but trust us when we say it’s well worth it. It’s basically free money! This month, seniors (and some juniors, depending on the scholarship) are encouraged to get organized and apply for as many scholarships as possible to help them pay for higher education. If you or your high schooler plans to attend college, here are a few reasons scholarships are essential.

    First, college is expensive. Tuition and student loan debt are higher than they’ve ever been before, and paying out of pocket is difficult for many. If you’re able to get even one or two scholarships, it can be a big help to your bank account.

    The cost of college living is up. If you want to live on campus to get the entire “college experience,” housing, food, and even books and supplies are now far more expensive than they were when your parents went to college.

    Support from the state for college students has decreased by a large amount. Many states are still struggling after the economic slump in 2008, so they have made large cuts to higher education funding. Simply put… You have to pay more just to exist on a college campus.

    Over 70 million people are in deep debt. The average college graduate has around $24,000 in debt by the time they graduate, and those numbers are only on the rise. Don’t let it happen to you! Applying for as many scholarships as possible will likely mean you won’t be apart of statistics like these.


    If you are preparing for college, start filling out scholarship forms. Use #NationalScholarshipMonth to post on social media. Click here for a list of some of the best college scholarships to apply for today, and be sure to search high and low online for any other scholarships that you may qualify for.


    National Scholarship Month was established in 1998 by Scholarship America (formerly, Citizens’ Scholarship Foundation of America). Today, sponsored by National Scholarship Providers Association, National Scholarship Month® is about building an awareness of scholarships.

    Scholarship Opportunities:
    Robin Fuson Law Firm Scholarship

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    National Roasting Month is an annual designation observed in November. As you plan your big holiday meals, making a roast is something that should undoubtedly be near the top of the list. Roasting is a method of cooking that uses dry heat with hot air covering the food from all sides to cook evenly. This type of cooking can enhance flavor and is a healthy alternative to frying food (depending on the seasonings you’re using).


    Some old fan-favorite foods to roast are steak, chicken, turkey, ham, beef, potatoes, and other vegetables. A classic pot roast contains some sort of meat, with potatoes, carrots, and onions roasted with it. All the flavors of meat, veggies, and spices simmering together for several hours makes for a mouth-watering supper for the family.


    Use #NationalRoastingMonth to post on social media. Chances are that at LEAST one of the holiday parties you attend this year will have some sort of roast for everyone to enjoy. If not, be the host or hostess that provides this glorious meal for your guests! All you have to do for a simple, classic roast is:

    1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
    2. Arrange the meat, veggies, and spices of your choise in a 13×9 inch baking dish.
    3. Pour enough water in so your baking dish is around half full, and your food is slightly submerged.
    4. Cover with foil.
    5. Bake for around 2-3 hours until meat and veggies are tender.
    6. Serve with the juice in the pan!


    In our research, we were unable to find the creator of National Roasting Month.



    National Raisin Bread Month is an annual designation observed in November. Alright, here’s the thing. Even if you’re not a big raisin fan, you HAVE to admit that raisin bread is next-level delicious. Pop a slice in the toaster, and spread some butter over the top when it’s done… Viola! You have a masterpiece just waiting to be enjoyed. Most of the time, raisin bread also has cinnamon swirls in the toast (as if we needed something to make it more craveable) so it’s often eaten at breakfast, lunch, and even for dessert. Also, it’s got a nostalgic effect on us. The smell alone brings back Saturday mornings watching cartoons on the couch with some raisin bread and a glass of milk, or time spent at grandma’s enjoying it homemade. But if you try to tell us you’ve outgrown it, we probably won’t believe you.


    Enjoy the following “tried and true” raisin bread recipes.

    Cinnamon Raisin Bread I
    Cinnamon Raisin Swirl Bread
    Raisin Bread French Toast Casserole
    Rum Raisin Bread Pudding with Warm Vanilla Sauce

    Use #NationalRaisinBreadMonth to post on social media. Here are some amazing toppings you can add to your raisin bread (or toast) to spice things up a little bit.

    • Butter & Peanut Butter
    • Cream Cheese (yeah, we went there. It’ll change your life.)
    • Peanut Butter & Bananas
    • Butter & Honey
    • A Fried Egg (sounds weird, but it isn’t. Perfect sweet + salty combo)
    • Thinly Sliced Green Apple with Caramel Sauce

    In our research, we were unable to find the founder of National Raisin Bread Month.



    National Pomegranate Month is an annual designation observed in November. Pomegranates date back to ancient civilizations throughout the Mediterranean, and they are also featured in ancient Egyptian mythology and art. The pomegranate tree is native to Iran and the Himalayas in northern India, and used to be carried by desert caravans because of it’s thirst-quenching abilities. Now, we enjoy pomegranates in a wide variety of dishes and drinks, because it’s so healthy and almost tastes like candy! Research shows they are among the healthiest fruits in the world because of their wide range of beneficial plant compounds that other foods do not contain.


    Enjoy the following “tried and true” pomegranate recipes.

    Herbed Pomegranate Salsa
    Spinach Pomegranate Salad
    Brenda’s Apple and Pomegranate Crisp
    Spiced Pears and Pomegranate

    Whether you’re eating it or drinking it, take an aesthetically pleasing picture (it’s not difficult with such a beautiful fruit) and use #NationalPomegranateMonth to post on social media. Check out this list of some of the incredible health benefits pomegranates have to offer.

    1. They are PACKED with important nutrients. I mean, packed. They contain fiber, protein, vitamins C and K, folate, and potassium.
    2. Pomegranate has anti-inflammatory effects. This means they can mediate diseases and conditions like cancer, heart disease, type 2 diabetes, Alzheimer’s disease, and even obesity.
    3. Studies show they can help fight prostate and breast cancer.
    4. Regular consumption of pomegranate juice has been shown to lower blood pressure levels in as little as two weeks.
    5. If you have joint pain, try some pomegranate seeds or juice. It’s anti-inflammatory effects can even help treat arthritis.
    6. Pomegranates may even help you exercise. Studies show intake of pomegranates increases blood flow which can help you perform better in a workout.

    In our research, we were unable to find the creator of National Pomegranate Month.




    National Pet Cancer Awareness Month is an annual designation observed in November. Cancer is the leading disease-related cause of death for domestic dogs and cats in the U.S., so this month, spread the word to help educate pet owners about how best to protect their furry family members. Cancer in these animals continues to increase over the years, but the good news is, there are advances being made in healthcare when it comes to early detection and treatment. There are several different types of cancers that your cat or dog could be at risk for. These are lymphoma, splenic (spleen) cancer, bone or joint cancer, hepatic (liver) cancer, thoracic (chest) cancer, bladder cancer, anal sac cancer, oral cancer, and brain or spinal cord cancer. We love our pets just like we love our family, so let’s do our best to keep them healthy.


    Use #PetCancerAwarenessMonth, or #PetCancerAwareness to post on social media. If you have a cat or dog at home, consider scheduling them a medical appointment for a checkup, and keep your eyes open for some warning signs that your pet could have cancer. Some of these warning signs are:

    1. Loss of appetite or difficulty eating
    2. Rapid weight loss
    3. Diarrhea and/or vomiting
    4. Loss of interest in playing or exercising
    5. Difficulty with stool or urination, or changes in stool frequency
    6. Abnormal stiffness
    7. Severe lethargy
    8. Unusually strong/foul odors
    9. Blood coming from mouth or rectum
    10. Increased thirst and urination
    11. Respiratory changes
    12. Abnormally firm swelling
    13. Masses along jaw or toothline

    This month, and in the months to follow, keep your eyes open for any of these signs. If you can catch cancer in your dog or cat early enough, you just might be able to save them.


    National Pet Cancer Awareness Month started in 2005 and was created by Nationwide and the Animal Cancer Foundation with a goal in mind to raise money and increase awareness to fight the leading killer of pets.



    National Pepper Month is an annual designation observed in November. There are hundreds of different ways to enjoy these crunchy, appetizing fruits. Yes, you heard me right. Peppers are fruits, not vegetables because of the seeds they contain. Either way, though, they can be enjoyed with both sweet and salty meals and are incredibly healthy for you. Peppers are related to chili peppers (obviously), tomatoes, and breadfruit, all of which are native to Central and South America. They come in a variety of beautiful, vibrant colors like bright red, green, yellow, and orange, and have a crunchy, satisfying texture. So, what’s stopping you?! Add peppers to your daily or weekly diet this month for a healthy, fresh addition. You might just get hooked!


    Take a photo of the most stunning meal involving peppers you make this month, and use #NationalPepperMonth to post on social media. Read the list below to find out some of the greatest health benefits of peppers.

    1. They’re low in calories, so you can eat a whole cup of them and it’ll only add up to about 45 calories. Plus, if you do that, you’ll get more than the recommended amount of vitamin A & C in a day!
    2. They keep your skin youthful and glowing with all the vitamin C they carry.
    3. Eating peppers can reduce bad cholesterol, control diabetes, bring pain relief, and reduce inflammation. This is because of the capsaicin they contain.
    4. They also contain vitamin B6, which promotes a healthy nervous system and helps renew cells.
    5. Lutein and other enzymes bell peppers contain protect the eyes from cataracts and macular degeneration.


    In our research, we were unable to find the creator of National Pepper Month.



    National Peanut Butter Lovers Month is an annual designation observed in November. Excuse me as I get up from my desk and do my happy dance because I’m convinced peanut butter is one of the most heavenly things on the planet. Peanut Butter is so versatile, you can literally incorporate it into any and every meal of the day and not get sick of it. (Well, maybe you would, but I will not. Ever.)

    For breakfast, smother it on some toast, waffles, or pancakes, OR put a spoonful in your smoothie. For lunch, dip veggies like carrots and celery in it… That may sound strange, but believe me, it will actually help you ENJOY eating those kinds of vegetables. If you’re having a lazy dinner, slap together a quick PB & banana sandwich for a sweet and salty meal that will keep you full for the night.

    This one might blow your mind, but my all-time favorite meal is the ‘Lowden’ pizza from Zorbaz, a small pizza chain scattered throughout Minnesota. This pizza is topped with: Pizza sauce, peanut butter, extra cheese, pepperoni, and jalapenos. Just let that sink in for a minute. Again, you might think I’m crazy, but the salty, sweet, spicy combo makes this pizza TO DIE FOR. Try it out sometime if you’re in Minnesota, and thank me later.

    For dessert, drizzle it over anything. LITERALLY anything. Apple slices, cookies, brownies, ice cream, you name it.

    HOW TO OBSERVE #PeanutButterLoversMonth

    Enjoy the following “tried and true” peanut butter recipes.

    Flourless Peanut Butter Cookies
    Creamy Peanut Butter Fudge
    Chewy Peanut Butter Brownies
    Peanut Butter Bars I

    Use #PeanutButterLoversMonth to post on social media. This month, I challenge you to experiment a little bit. Try peanut butter on 5 foods that you normally wouldn’t even think of. Here are a few ideas (besides the peanut butter pizza listed above.)

    • Put it on your hamburger or cheeseburger bun. Much like the pizza, it’s drool-worthy.
    • Mixed into yogurt with different kinds of fruit.
    • Scrambled eggs are delicious with a spoonful of peanut butter on top. It’s that salty and sweet thing everybody loves.
    • Whenever I’m out of salsa, I go-to peanut butter for my chip dip. Phenomenal.
    • Frozen fruits like pears or mangos are great dipped in some PB.
    • Say it with me, “Peanut Butter QUESADILLAS!” Spread peanut butter on a tortilla, fold it in half, pop it in the microwave for 25 seconds, and bam. You’re ready for the couch and your favorite sitcom. Add some bananas if you’re more on the hungry side.


    In our research, we were unable to find the creator of National Peanut Butter Lovers Month.

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    Each year in November, writers set forth the task of completing a novel during National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo). It’s a challenge most writers strive to undertake at least once in their lifetime, even if they never intend to publish it.

    Have you ever thought about writing a book, but couldn’t find the willpower to dive in? Well, here’s your sign to do it now. National Novel Writing Month, also known as NaNoWriMo, is a month designated for writers to take time out of each day to add to their story, so they can start and finish writing a novel in just 30 days. The goal is to take a fun, creative approach to creative writing while giving it a time limit to make sure you finish what you start!

    The challenge also comes with write-ins, resources, and worldwide access to millions of other writers all facing the same struggles you do.


    Try to write your own novel. Use #NovelWritingMonth to post on social media. Get serious about it and register online by clicking here. Otherwise, track your progress on your own (but it’s more fun to do it with other writers). The only rule is, you must start your novel on November 1, and have it finished by 11:59 pm on November 30. If you want to start writing but aren’t quite sure where to begin, here are a few tips for beginners when it comes to writing a novel.

    Get Writing
    1. Organize, organize, organize. Find a little space in your home that you can designate just for writing, organize all the tools you’ll need right there, and make it creative!
    2. How are you going to do the writing? Do you prefer to handwrite everything, or would you rather type? Whichever you choose, make sure you have everything you’ll need to take that route.
    3. Gather your gear. Add a large notepad, a laptop, sticky notes, a variety of pens and pencils, and maybe even a bulletin board to your writing space so you’re prepared and motivated.
    4. Get inspired and brainstorm. Do you have something you’ve been dying to write about, or do you still need to come up with an idea? Put on some good music and let your creative juices flow.
    5. How are you going to promote yourself? Have an idea in mind of how you’re going to publish (if you plan to) and how you are going to get the word about your new novel. Start marketing!
    6. Create your outline. Even if it’s just a basic skeleton, create a basic outline of what you want your story to look like so you have something to refer back to if you ever get writer’s block.
    7. Start writing and hold yourself accountable to work on your novel even if you aren’t always in the mood. Pushing yourself creatively could make for an amazing story, and will help your brain’s health overall!


    Freelance writer Chris Baty started National Novel Writing Month in July of 1999. It was moved to November in 2000.

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