Category: September Month



    Sourdough September celebrates the world’s oldest leavened bread, giving everyone a chance to enjoy this delicious delight the entire month.


    The entire month of September provides opportunity for bread baker’s across the world to share their talent of making sourdough bread. Initially starting as a campaign, this month long bread holiday has turned into a food celebration.

    What is sourdough bread? Unlike dry yeast breads, sourdough bread begins from a “starter” that contains a live culture of yeast. Interestingly, a sourdough starter can be a saved piece of sourdough bread from a previous or old piece of bread. The “sour” part of the dough is created by adding water and flour every week to the old piece of bread until it becomes fermented. Basically, a process naturally occurs between the yeast and “good” bacteria causes the mixture to sour and prompts growth. That growth eventually becomes a loaf of bread.

    Can you make a sourdough starter from scratch? Making a sourdough starter is super easy. You want to make wild yeast, which is 1/2 cup of flour and 1/2 cup of water mixed into a paste. Over a period of about seven days, you’re going to remove, add, feed, and mix your wild yeast. You can visit any baking website on the Internet for a standard recipe. However, you might want to ask a family member if they have a recipe before you search the world wide web.

    Did You Know?

    • It is believed sourdough originated in Ancient Egyptian times around 1500 BC.
    • It appears the French bakers receive credit for bringing sourdough bread to San Francisco during the California Gold Rush in 1848.
    • San Francisco bakers are using the same sourdough culture used during the Gold Rush. In fact, to this day bakers refer to it to as the “Mother dough.”
    • Louise Boudin risked her life to save the original “Mother dough” during the Great San Francisco Earthquake of 1906.
    • You should bake sourdough bread in glass because the metal in baking sheets causes the dough to corrode.

    Is sourdough bread healthier than other breads? Yes! Sourdough bread is considered to be the least processed bread because of so few ingredients. It’s also easier to digest because the bread acts as a prebiotic, meaning the bread fiber helps to process the good bacteria found in intestines. Good bacteria helps us maintain a healthy digestive system. Furthermore, sourdough bread has been known reduce the rate starches are digested in the intestines. lowering the glycemic index.

    Not Just a Bread

    There are other uses for your sourdough recipes besides standard bread. In fact, sourdough can be used for several other things, such as:

    • Crackers
    • English muffins
    • Pancakes
    • Biscuits
    • Pizza crust
    • Pretzels
    • Rolls
    • Pie Crust


    • Share your sourdough recipe with family.
    • Bake real sourdough bread and deliver it to friends.
    • Buy 100% genuine sourdough bread from a local bakery.
    • Host a sourdough baking party, complete with condiments to go with your fresh sourdough bread.
    • Create several sourdough starters, add baking instructions and give them away to neighbors.
    • Attend a sourdough baking class.
    • Enter a local bread baking contest with your sourdough recipe.
    • Raise money for the charity Sustain.
    • Tag and share your sourdough celebration on social media using #SourdoughSeptember.


    In 2012, the Real Bread Campaign came up with an idea to get people to try, buy, or make their own sourdough. This food month began as a campaign to promote the benefits of real sourdough bread. Though the Real Bread Campaign celebrates food throughout the year, this month long food holiday shines the light on the baker’s who put time and effort into providing a genuine sourdough product.

    Each year the Real Bread Campaign encourages people to celebrate through sharing. In fact, they encourage bakers and bread lovers to add their sourdough event to their Real Bread Calendar. Their website provides several tips and ideas on how you can celebrate #SourdoughSeptember in your area.

    In 2022, follower Chris Young from Sustain reached out to National Day Calendar to request this trending holiday be added to our calendar. After researching it’s origins, we were convinced that this month long celebration was an excellent fix. Thank you Chris Young! If you would like more information about Sustain, you can email them at:



    Every September, Alopecia Areata Awareness Month focuses on an autoimmune disease that causes hair loss.

    The severity of alopecia areata ranges from small patches of hair loss to near-complete hair loss. More than 6.8 million people in the United States have or are diagnosed with Alopecia according to the National Alopecia Areata Foundation. It impacts people of all ages and both men and women. While more research is needed to determine the cause of alopecia, those who have it face self-awareness and image concerns.

    There is also no cure for alopecia. However, research reveals that even when alopecia is in its active state, the hair follicles are still alive. Research also suggests that a combination of internal and external factors contribute to alopecia including genetics and stress.

    Treatment options are available. And in the meantime, many people with alopecia embrace their condition in creative and stylistic ways. They may choose to wear wigs or remove their remaining hair altogether.

    The month raises awareness of the condition and supports additional research into alopecia.

    HOW TO OBSERVE #AlopeciaAreataAwarenessMonth

    • Support research into the causes and treatment of alopecia.
    • Share your alopecia story.
    • Support a friend with alopecia.
    • Host a fundraiser or alopecia walk.
    • Donate to a charity that supports people with alopecia.
    • Wear blue to show your support.
    • Speak with your hairdresser for advice on creative styling.
    • Donate your hair in support of wigs and hairpieces for those with alopecia.
    • Use #AlopeciaAwarenessDay to share your story or share your support on social media.


    In 1986, President Ronald Reagan proclaimed National Alopecia Awareness Week. Since then, the observance has expanded into an entire month and is sponsored by the National Alopecia Areata Foundation.




    National Spinal Cord Injury Month (National SCI Awareness Month) in September honors the courage of those with spinal cord injuries and their families. The observance also aims to educate the general public regarding SCI and improve the support for those with SCI.

    Those with SCI face obstacles most people rarely think about. Depending on the severity of the injury, someone with SCI may require:

    • A wheelchair adaptive home.
    • Outside support and assistance.
    • Around-the-clock medical care.
    • An adaptive vehicle, wheelchair lift, or ramps.
    • Businesses that accommodate their mobility equipment.

    The causes of SCI are often caused by accidents such as motor vehicle accidents, falls, and sports and recreational injuries. Other causes of SCI include acts of violence or surgical complications.

    An SCI is either complete or incomplete. A complete SCI results in complete paralysis below the injury and is usually permanent. Alternatively, some function remains on one or both sides with an incomplete SCI and there is potential for improvement.

    While an SCI is a life-altering diagnosis, rehabilitation, adaptive equipment, treatments and accessibility are improving all the time. Organizations around the country help those with SCI to access mobility equipment such as accessible vehicles, scooters, lifts, and wheelchairs. They also offer support through volunteers, social networking and more. Find the organization for you at Ability Center.

    HOW TO OBSERVE #SCIAwarenessMonth

    All through September, SCI Awareness Month offers opportunities to get involved.

    • Donate – Donations support research, support organizations, and improved accessibility. Join or organize a fundraiser to show your support.
    • Advocate – Support of those with SCI includes advocating on their behalf.
    • Share – Take to social media and share information regarding fundraisers, volunteer organizations, resources, or even your own story.
    • Support – Spend time with loved ones with SCI. Listen and learn from their experiences and support their goals.

    Post your events and stories on social media using #SCIAwarenessMonth.


    In 2013, the United States Senate passed the first resolution in support of National Spinal Cord Injury Awareness Month.




    September focuses on the challenges associated with pain and chronic pain during National Pain Awareness Month.

    Pain can be temporary, or it can be crippling. Nearly everyone experiences some kind of physical pain in their lifetime – headaches, back pain, joint pain, a bruise, or broken bone. However, chronic pain persists over long periods of time with little relief. The National Institutes of Health list chronic pain as a chronic disease.

    Chronic Pain

    A variety of conditions may cause chronic pain. For example, arthritis, fibromyalgia, traumatic injury, migraine, cancer, and other diseases like diabetes may cause long-term physical pain. Sometimes, the cause is unknown.

    Those who live with chronic pain often face difficult choices. Their jobs and relationships often suffer due to the constant pain. The stigma associated with chronic pain suffers is another burden they carry. Unrelieved, chronic pain can lead to job loss, depression, and isolation, as well as other medical conditions.

    Pain Awareness Month speaks to medical professionals, family, and friends of the chronic pain suffer, and the suffers themselves. Due to the wide variety of pain and its causes, chronic pain can be difficult to treat. Therapies and treatments vary depending on the cause of the pain – and not all treatments work for all people. It’s frustrating for anyone with chronic pain, especially when those around them don’t understand.

    Those with chronic pain often hear these painful comments when they miss work, a social event or even complain about their pain:

    • You don’t look sick.
    • Take some aspirin.
    • If you lose weight, exercise, get some fresh air, you’d feel better.
    • You’re just depressed.
    • It can’t be that bad.
    • You just want the good drugs.

    Pain Awareness Month sets out to dispel the myths, stigma, and misunderstanding surrounding chronic pain. The entire month of September presents opportunities for the medical community, friends, family, and chronic suffers to share their experiences, educate and inform the public.

    HOW TO OBSERVE #PainAwarenessMonth

    During September, learn more about the different kinds of pain and treatments available. You can also:

    • Support research into pain treatments.
    • Listen to and believe a person with chronic pain.
    • Continue to invite a friend with chronic pain. Chronic pain comes with good days and bad days. You might catch them on a good day.
    • Understand when a friend declines. Chronic pain has no schedule.
    • Be an advocate. Share your concerns compassionately with your friend and let them know you’d like to help.
    • Learn about their limitations. Then accommodate them.
    • Attend webinars and events about pain management.
    • Talk to your physician about pain management.
    • Share your experiences with pain.

    Use #PainAwarenessMonth to join the conversation on social media.


    In 2002, the American Chronic Pain Association (ACPA) and the Partners for Understanding Pain established Pain Awareness Month. Its mission is to raise awareness and educate the public regarding the issues surrounding pain and pain management. The organizations also strive to remove the burden of the stigma associated with those with chronic pain.




    September is dedicated to raising awareness about prostate health and cancer. All month long, Prostate Health Month (also known as National Prostate Cancer Awareness Month) strives to bring education, information, support, and awareness to the second-leading cancer among men.

    Like most health concerns, a healthy lifestyle is the first step toward prevention. Prostate health is no different. Fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and lean proteins, controlled portions, and regular exercise all contribute to improving and maintaining prostate health.

    Another important part of prostate health includes knowing health risks and family history. Both help in the early detection of prostate cancer. Maintaining routine exams is another important part of the process. The prostate-specific antigen (PSA) test screens for prostate cancer. A digital rectal exam is also part of the screening process.

    While most prostate cancers are slow-growing, not all are. Early detections will increase the success of treatment.

    HOW TO OBSERVE #ProstateHealthMonth

    Talk to your loved ones about regular check-ups and prostate health. Some of the topics to discuss include:

    • Family history – Learn it and share it with those who will benefit from it.
    • Routine reminders – Schedule a routine physical with your primary care physician.
    • Support research – Research provides the tools doctors need. It includes prevention, screening methods, treatments, and cures.
    • Share survivor stories – If you’re a survivor of prostate cancer, share your experience. Hearing your story may lead someone to their doctor and save a life.
    • Visit the Centers For Disease Control to learn more.

    Use #ProstateHealthMonth to promote greater awareness on social mida.


    In 2001, President George W. Bush proclaimed National Prostate Cancer Awareness month to be observed in September.




    Each September, Gynecologic Cancer Awareness Month focuses on sharing information about symptoms, treatment, risk factors, prevention, clinical trials, and survivors’ stories.

    Every six minutes, a woman receives a diagnosis of gynecological cancer. It may come in the form of several cancers under this category:

    • Ovarian cancer
    • Endometrial cancer
    • Vulvar cancer
    • Vaginal cancer
    • Cervical cancer

    Different symptoms point toward a particular type of cancer. However, some of the symptoms overlap. Symptoms of gynecologic cancers include:

    • Spotting between cycles or bleeding unrelated to a period
    • Weight loss
    • Extreme fatigue
    • Pain and discomfort in the pelvic area
    • Frequent urination
    • Heavy or long periods
    • Itching or pain on the external genitals
    • Postmenopausal bleeding
    • Irregular cycles
    • Skin changes of the external genitals
    • Painful intercourse/bleeding after intercourse
    • Unusual smelly discharge
    • A mass or ulcer on the genitalia

    If you’re experiencing any of the above symptoms, contact your doctor for an appointment. Many cancers are preventable. Regular check-ups, vaccines, healthy diets and exercise, and knowing family history can either prevent cancer or help to catch it early.

    The observance also supports advancement in screening methods. While regular pap smears can detect cervical cancer, there are no screening tools for any of the other gynecological cancers.

    HOW TO OBSERVE #GynecologicCancerAwarenessMonth

    Talk to your loved ones about regular check-ups and gynecologic care. Some of the topics to discuss include:

    • Family history – Learn it and share it with those who will benefit from it.
    • Routine reminders – Schedule a routine physical with your GYN.
    • Support research – Research provides the tools doctors need. It includes prevention, screening methods, treatments, and cures.
    • Share survivor stories – If you’re a survivor of gynecologic cancer, share your experience. Hearing your story may lead someone to their doctor and save a life.
    • Visit the Foundation for Women’s Cancer to more ways to participate.

    Take to social media to join the conversation by using #GynecologicalCancerAwarenessMonth or #GCAM.


    Since 2011, the Foundation for Women’s Cancer has promoted Gynecologic Cancer Awareness Month to support the increased understanding of symptoms, treatment, and prevention.


  • WHOLE GRAINS MONTH – September


    Throughout September, Whole Grains Month promotes the benefits and flavors of whole grains in a healthy diet.

    Whole grains include the entire seed of a plant. A grain seed is composed of three parts.

    • Bran – The outer shell of a seed or kernel is hard and contains important minerals, antioxidants, and fiber.
    • Endosperm – The next layer of a seed or kernel (or the middle layer) contains most of the carbohydrates found in grains.
    • Germ – The center layer provides vitamins, minerals, and necessary protein.

    Whole grains are a vital part of a healthy diet. Not only do whole grains help reduce heart disease and diabetes, but it also helps improve bowel health. Maintaining a regular bowel movement is at the top of everyone’s list! (Yes, we went there.)

    Adding whole grains to your meals is easier than many people think it is. These whole grains can be added to every meal with ease.

    A few kinds of whole grains to start incorporating in your diet include:

    • Oats or oatmeal
    • Brown or wild rice
    • Popcorn
    • Whole rye, barley, corn
    • Quinoa
    • Buckwheat
    • Bulgar

    Whole Grain Month also promotes recipes and shopping tips all month long.

    HOW TO OBSERVE #WholeGrainMonth

    Add whole grains to your meals throughout September! Try these delicious ways to incorporate whole grains:

    • Add granola to your yogurt.
    • Switch to 100% whole grain bread – this includes 100% whole wheat breads.
    • Replace refined pasta with whole-grain versions.
    • Replace refined pasta with whole grain rice.
    • Add quinoa to your smoothie.
    • Enjoy a bowl of air-popped popcorn.
    • Switch to whole-grain tortillas.
    • Add whole grains to your baking. Replace a portion of a recipe that calls for all-purpose flour with a whole-grain version.

    After a month of adding whole grains to your diet, check-in with your body and see how you feel. Use #WholeGrainsMonth to share your favorite ways to cook with whole grains.


    The Whole Grains Council has been promoting Whole Grain Month since 2006. Their mission is to share the importance of whole grains and how to incorporate them into a healthy diet.




    National Neonatal Intensive Care Awareness Month seeks to increase awareness of the challenges faced in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). The day also offers a way help expand resources to NICUs across the country.

    When a baby is born prematurely or is sick upon delivery, they most likely need to spend time in the NICU. In the NICU, trained nurses provide around-the-clock care to premature or sick babies. Doctors who work with these babies are called neonatologists. Up to 15 percent of all babies born in the United States will require care in the NICU. Their average length of stay is just over 13 days. Babies born very prematurely, some weighing only ounces upon birth, can expect to stay in the NICU for several weeks.

    The first NICUs in the United States came into existence in 1922. However, it wasn’t until many years later the care for these tiny and sickly babies greatly improved. Beginning in the 1950s, doctors began to realize that heat, humidity, and a steady supply of oxygen could improve a premature baby’s survival rates.

    The survival rates continued to improve further when studies showed the importance of parent involvement. NICU nurses began encouraging parents to take a more active role in caring for their babies in the NICU.

    This included having the parents change their baby’s diaper, feed them, and bathe them. Another way parents take an active role is through skin-to-skin contact with their baby. Skin-to-skin contact is called Kangaroo Care and is known to stabilize a baby’s heart rate, improve their oxygen saturation levels, and improve sleep.

    HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalNICAMonth

    If you know parents who have a baby in the NICU, offer them a word of encouragement. Show your support in other ways, too. Get involved in a fundraiser for your local NICU or take a NICU nurse out for lunch. This is also a great month to donate blankets, preemie clothes, and booties to a NICU. If your baby was premature, share your experiences. Use #NationalNeonatalIntensiveAwarenessMonth to share on social media.


    Project Sweet Peas established National Neonatal Intensive Care Awareness Month in 2014. Volunteers with personal experience with the NICU comprise Project Sweet Peas and provide support for families of premature and sick babies.




    During September, National Blood Cancer Awareness Month sheds light on the cancers that affect the blood and lymphatic systems.

    The observance focuses its attention on all blood cancers, including leukemia, lymphoma, multiple myeloma, and myelodysplastic syndromes. By raising awareness, the goal is to inform the public about the causes of blood cancers, how to identify the symptoms, available treatments, and progress made through research.

    Blood cancers affect white blood cells or in some cases, red blood cells, or platelets. While no effective screening exists, knowing the symptoms and risk factors help to understand when to see a doctor.

    Symptoms include:
    • lymph node swelling
    • fatigue that persists
    • night sweats
    • fever
    • difficulty catching breath
    • unexplained weight loss
    Risk Factors:
    • family history
    • genetic disorders
    • smoking
    • exposure to radiation or chemotherapy
    • people with HIV, those taking immune-suppressing drugs
    • people with Epstein-Barr

    Leukemia survival rate quadrupled since 1960. However, in the United States, 14,000 people are diagnosed with blood cancers every month. Depending on the type of cancer, the survival rate varies. Hodgkin’s lymphoma, for example, has a much higher survival rate and is diagnosed less often. Conversely, non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma will be diagnosed more often and will have a lower expectation of survival.

    Even though survival rates continue to improve, someone in the United States dies from a blood cancer every 9 minutes. In the United States, nearly 10% of the people who die from cancer, die from blood cancer.

    HOW TO OBSERVE #BloodCancerAwarenessMonth

    Learn more about blood cancers. When it comes to risk factors, know yours. Check your family history and get it added to your medical record. Participate in a fundraiser for research. Whether it’s a race or a memorial, the time spent with others focused on a common cause will show those going through treatment that you care. Watch a Ted Talk about a survivor of a blood cancer. Find out how far research has come, and how far it has to go.

    Use #BloodCancerAwarenessMonth to share your story.


    Congress designated September as National Blood Cancer Awareness Month in 2010. Since then, organizations continue to promote advancements, support, and discoveries.




    National Sickle Cell Awareness Month in September shines a spotlight on a condition afflicting millions of people worldwide.

    The annual observance provides an opportunity to increase public knowledge and an understanding of sickle cell disease and traits. Also, the month addresses the challenges experienced by patients, their families, and caregivers. The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates sickle-cell disease affects nearly 100 million people worldwide, and over 300 000 children are born every year with the condition.

    Sickle cell disease can occur in all races but is most common in African-Americans and Hispanics.

    Sickle cell disease (SCD) is a group of blood disorders typically inherited from a person’s parents. The most common type is known as sickle cell anemia (SCA). It results in an abnormality in the oxygen-carrying protein hemoglobin found in red blood cells

    HOW TO OBSERVE #Sickle Cell Awareness Month

    Learn more from the Sickle Cell Disease Association of America website.

    Donate money to combat the disease. Use #SickleCellAwarenessMonth to share and follow on social media.


    In 1975, the National Association for Sickle Cell Disease, Inc. created a series of awareness campaigns. In 1976, they launched a national awareness month in September amid growing concerns about the amount of misinformation available about sickle cell. The foundation aimed to dispel myths and provide educations about sickle cell. Along with its co-founder, Dr. Charles F. Whitten, who pioneered advancements in understanding the condition and improving treatment, the organization made great strides in bringing information to the general public. Together, they also increased opportunities for research and more accessible screening methods.

    Since then, the organization continues to pursue research, treatments, and a cure under the name Sickle Cell Disease Association of America.

    Then in 1983, the Congressional Black Caucus of the House of Representatives passed a resolution. It asked President Ronald Reagan to proclaim September National Sickle Cell Anemia Awareness Month. The President signed Proclamation 5102 in September of 1983.