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MARCH 24, 2020 | AMERICAN DIABETES ASSOCIATION ALERT DAY | NATIONAL CHEESESTEAK DAY | NATIONAL CHOCOLATE COVERED RAISIN DAY

AMERICAN DIABETES ASSOCIATION ALERT DAY – Fourth Tuesday in March

AMERICAN DIABETES ASSOCIATION ALERT DAY

American Diabetes Association Alert Day is observed annually on the fourth Tuesday in March. This one-day “wake-up call” informs the American public about the seriousness of diabetes and encourages all to take the diabetes risk test and learn about your family’s history of diabetes.

Diabetes Facts:

  • Diabetes impacts approximately 34.2 million Americans. That’s about 10.5 percent of the U.S. population.
  • Of those living with diabetes, 7.3 million – 1 in 7 adults – don’t know they have it.
  • The risk of developing diabetes increases with age. But there are other factors, too. Ethnic background may increase your risk.
  • An additional 1.5 million Americans are diagnosed with diabetes each year.

There are two types of diabetes. While Type 1 diabetes is not as preventable, it can be managed well with insulin injections. Managing Type 1 diabetes might also require frequent blood sugar monitoring, eating healthy foods, exercising regularly, and maintaining a healthy weight. Education is key to learning how to manage symptoms of Type 1 diabetes. However, type 2 is much more preventable, and some actions can be taken. 

Ways to Prevent Type 2 Diabetes:
  • Eliminate sugar and refined carbs
  • Work out regularly and avoiding a sedentary lifestyle
  • Make water the primary beverage
  • Maintain a healthy weight
  • Quit smoking
  • Eat a high fiber diet
  • Optimize Vitamin D levels
  • Take natural herbs, such as curcumin and berberine, that increase insulin sensitivity

Type 2 diabetes is not preventable for everyone. However, making healthy choices provides the best chance of not getting it. In the United States, 9 out of every 10 cases of diabetes can be avoided if the above lifestyle changes are implemented. Families, schools, workplaces, communities, and healthcare providers can all work together to make healthy choices easy ones.

The observance encourages you to discover if you or loved ones are at risk for type 2 diabetes. Consider taking this fast and easy Diabetes Risk Test

HOW TO OBSERVE #AmericanDiabetesAssociationAlertDay

Learn your risk factors. Speak with your doctor and have your blood sugars tested. Families, we’ve included a downloadable nutrition color page you can print off to use at home when teaching your children about diabetes or nutrition in general.

Use #AmericanDiabetesAssociationAlertDay to post on social media to share the news about the opportunities all have to check and manage their health risks.

AMERICAN DIABETES ASSOCIATION ALERT DAY HISTORY

The American Diabetes Association created Alert Day as part of its awareness programs in 1986.  It has been a part of their growing diabetes education and prevention efforts in the United States ever since.

NATIONAL CHEESESTEAK DAY – March 24

NATIONAL CHEESESTEAK DAY

National Cheesesteak Day on March 24th not only celebrates a fantastic sandwich but it recognizes one of this nation’s greater debates; Who created this deliciousness?

It’s like March Madness for cheesesteak. Pat’s and Geno’s square off at 10 AM followed by Chubby’s and Dalessandro’s at 11 AM. Then Jim’s and Tony Luke’s at Noon. Basketball fans know how brackets go. Someone is gonna get a by.

However, the credit is given to a hot dog vendor from the 1930s, Pat Olivieri. According to Philadelphia’s tourism site, Pat’s King of Steaks sits on its original location and is still going strong. This writer has had a cheesesteak from there and would in a heartbeat go back.

The important thing is this fabulous, juicy sandwich on a hoagie roll. If you’ve never had one, you can really only get an authentic one in Philly. Other places try, so go where you can, but someday, Philadephia is the real deal.

The roll is filled with chipped steak, and you can order it with or without cheese and onions.

HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalCheesesteakDay

Invite your friends and head over to your favorite cheesesteak restaurant. Get it with cheese (it’s cheesesteak day, not steak day) and add the onions, too.  Use #NationalCheesesteakDay to share on social media.

NATIONAL CHEESESTEAK DAY HISTORY

We were unable to identify the founder of National Cheesesteak Day.

NATIONAL CHOCOLATE COVERED RAISIN DAY – March 24

NATIONAL CHOCOLATE COVERED RAISIN DAY

When it comes to a National Day, a chocolate covered raisin or a box of them is worth celebrating. On March 24th, National Chocolate Covered Raisin Day celebrates raisins coated in a shell of either milk chocolate or dark chocolate.

Moviegoers have been snacking on chocolate covered raisins for many, many years. Somehow, popcorn, a box of chocolate covered raisins go together perfectly. It doesn’t matter the kind of movie either. Chocolate covered raisins are also a conventional bulk vending item across the country.

More than 1 million Raisinets are produced per hour.

In some countries, chocolate covered raisins are known as Raisinets. Raisinets produced the first and one of the most popular brands of the product. Currently made by Nestle, they are the third-largest selling candy in United States history.  The Blumenthal Chocolate Company introduced the Raisinets to the United States in 1927, and then in 1984, Nestle acquired the brand. However, a large number of other brands produce chocolate covered raisins for us to enjoy.  

Raisins are an excellent source of calcium, potassium, iron, fiber and vitamin B.  When you combine the raisins with dark chocolate, you have a great tasting, healthy snack.  

HOW TO OBSERVE #ChocolateCoveredRaisinDay

Enjoy your favorite brand of chocolate covered raisins. Or, make your own. We’ve even provided several different recipes using this delicious snack. 

Chocolate Covered Raisin Cookies
Easy Chocolate-Covered Raisins (Crock-Pot)
Deluxe Oatmeal Raisinets Cookies

Use #ChocolateCoveredRaisinDay to post on social media.

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CHOCOLATE COVERED RAISIN DAY HISTORY

National Day Calendar continues to research the origins of this snack food holiday. 

Recipe of the Day

Caramel Popcorn
Prep: 30 minutes
Cook: 1 hour
Total Prep: 1 hour 30 minutes
Serves 8

Ingredients:

8 cups popped popcorn
6 Tablespoons butter
1 1/2 cups light brown sugar
6 Tablespoons light corn syrup
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 heaping teaspoon baking soda
3/4 teaspoon vanilla extract

Instructions:

Preheat oven to 250 degrees F.

Prepare popcorn according to instructions.

Place popcorn in two large, shallow baking dishes or jelly roll pans.

Over medium heat in a medium saucepan, melt butter.

Stir in the brown sugar, corn syrup, and salt.

Stirring constantly bring to a boil.

Allow to boil without stirring for 2 minutes.

Remove from heat and add baking soda and vanilla.

Pour caramel over popcorn and mix until evenly coated.

Place in oven and stir every 15 minutes.

Bake for 1 hour.

Store in an air-tight container.

About National Day Calendar

National Day Calendar® is the authoritative source for fun, unusual and unique National Days! Since our humble beginnings on National Popcorn Day in 2013, we now track nearly 1,500 National Days, National Weeks and National Months. In addition, our research team continues to uncover the origins of existing National Days as well as discover new, exciting days for everyone to celebrate.

There’s a celebration for everyone. While National Road Trip Day satisfies the itch to wander, many pet days let us share our love of animals. National 3-D Day and National Astronaut Day honor the advancement of technology, too. Every food day you can imagine (National Avocado Day, for example), will keep you celebrating, also!

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