February 6th National Chopsticks Day

For over 5,000 years, chopsticks have been in use. If I were forced to use them I would be very skinny today. “Kuaizi”, as they are called in Chinese (meaning “quick little bamboo fellows”) are practically the only way to eat in most Asian countries. Considering the fork was not used in the UK until 1611 that means chopsticks, at one time, were the only “civilized” way to eat.

How to celebrate – Learn how to use chopsticks. Have Chinese for dinner. Visit any Asian country.

November 14th World Diabetes Day

Since 1991, and earlier, the medical community has been trying to get us to be aware of diabetes, the warning signs and treatments available. This really is a silent killer and we all should know what we have to watch out for particularly for a decease that is very, very treatable. Of course, it would be nice if it didn’t fall right before Thanksgiving but maybe these are the times we need to be even more aware of what we eat and drink anyway.

How to celebrate – Celebrate if you don’t have diabetes! Watch your diet. Support diabetes research.

August 31st National Eat Outside Day

So this could easily have been called picnic day but eating outside is basically the same thing. With summer coming to an end you should consider using one of the last days before colder weather sets in and you no longer want to sit under the shade of an Elm Tree. Of course if you live in Florida as we do, you may want to reconsider this as August is one of the hottest months we have. Still it’s nice to take the family out, or friends, and enjoy a meal in the great outdoors, even if it’s just a PB&J sandwich.

How to celebrate – Have a picnic. Plan a picnic with your family. Make it a picnic party and invite friends!

May 6th International No Diet Day

Most of us have on on some sort of diet at one time or another. Sometimes they work, most of the time they don’t and sometimes they are very, very dangerous. Today was created in 1992 by Mary Evans Young of the British “Diet Breakers” Group to fight Anorexia world wide. Common sense needs to be followed with every diet and while carrying around excess weight is not good for us, neither is crash diets that never work anyway. Be logical, create some cheats and enjoy your life… it doesn’t have to be a never ending battle.

How to celebrate – Workout and exercise. Create a sensible diet if you feel like you need one. Try to eat healthy to start with so you don’t have to go on a diet.

June 17th Eat Your Vegetables Day

It is only appropriate that since yesterday was learning all about fresh vegetables today should be the day we eat those vegetables! We know vegetables are healthier than most of the things we eat and therefore better for us. In fact, the more vegetables we eat at a meal the less of other things we eat and therefore we are eating healthier. Naturally that doesn’t include all the salt, sauces and cheese we add to the vegetables where we pretend we are eating healthier. Many of our tasted are acquired. If our parents didn’t like certain vegetables we won’t like them either. However, as we age our tastes change and we expand those things we eat. So try a few vegetables you never had as a child, who knows… you just might like them.

How to celebrate – Eat your veggies. Prepare more vegetables for your meals. Try vegetables you’ve never tried before.

October 3rd Child Health Day

Like it or not, children watch adults and learn both good, and bad, habits. I think it’s safe to say that we all want to see healthy and happy children but we more often that not live the old adage that says, “do as I say, not as I do”.

Child Health Day was created as directed by a joint resolution by Congress and the President of the United States in 1928. Originally the day was May 1st as declared by President Calvin Coolidge but in 1960 changed to the 1st Monday in October.

The celebration should be among all of us though, not just the children. Yes, it is a great day to make us aware of keeping our children healthy, but we need to show them by doing what we ask them to do. So consider your life as an example. If you smoke, your children are likely to smoke, if you over eat, your children are likely to over eat.  If you do not exercise, your children are likely not to exercise.

Eating really starts the effort to be healthy. Eating correctly gives you more energy to exercise, have an active mind and sleep better. Though you can become obsessed with being healthy it will generally lead to being happier, which in turn makes you healthier.

Believe it or not, working at a job you enjoy also affects the health of your children. If you are always depressed, stressed out, and generally unhappy, your child will copy these emotions in their every day life. So, if you take care of yourself, you are also taking care of your child. Yes, we all want our children to be healthy and happy but do we think about the fact that it all starts with a grown up!

How to celebrate – Teach your child to eat healthy. Play outside with your child instead of sharing a video game. Show your child the positive side of things instead of being negative.