Sponsored by the League of American Bicyclists, National Bike Month is an opportunity to celebrate the unique power of the bicycle and the many reasons we ride. Whether you bike to work or school; to save money or time; to preserve your health or the environment; to explore your community or get to your destination, get involved in Bike Month in your city or state — and help get more people in your community out riding too!
The League of American Bicyclists posted: "This winter, we were inspired by the Chasing Mailboxes blog, which challenged bicyclists to complete at least seven different errands by bike: the Errandonnee! That great idea got us thinking about National Bike Month — and all the different ways we enjoy biking in our daily lives. So we created a Bike Month Bingo card to challenge YOU to pedal somewhere new or use your bike in a different way."
Download the Bingo card and stick it on your fridge or wall — and check the boxes as you ride. Once you're done, share a picture of you with your completed card on the League's Twitter feed (@Bikeleague) and you could win a prize!
Autism disorders (ASDs) affects nearly one percent of the children and one percent of adults in the United States. The estimated cost annually is $60 billion dollars.
In order to highlight the growing need for concern and awareness about autism, the Autism Society has been celebrating National Autism Awareness Month since the 1970s. The United States recognizes April as a special opportunity for everyone to educate the public about autism and issues within the autism community.
Autism is a complex developmental disability that typically appears during the first three years of life and affects a person’s ability to communicate and interact with others. Autism is defined by a certain set of behaviors and is a "spectrum disorder" that affects individuals differently and to varying degrees. There is no known single cause of autism, but increased awareness and funding can help families today.
Asperger's Disorder was first described in the 1940s by Viennese pediatrician Hans Asperger who observed autistic-like behaviors and difficulties with social and communication skills in boys who had normal intelligence and language development. Many professionals felt Asperger's Disorder was simply a milder form of autism and used the term "high-functioning autism" to describe these individuals. Professor Uta Frith, with the Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience of University College London and author of Autism and Asperger Syndrome, describes individuals with Asperger's Disorder as "having a dash of Autism." Asperger's Disorder was added to the American Psychiatric Association's DSM-IV in 1994 as a separate disorder from autism. However, there are still many professionals who consider Asperger's Disorder a less severe form of autism.
Read More articles about Autism from the Huffington Post.
National Nutrition Month is a nutrition education and information campaign created annually in March by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. The campaign focuses attention on the
importance of making informed food choices and developing sound eating and physical activity habits. Registered Dietitian Day, also celebrated in March, increases awareness of registered
dietitians as the indispensable providers of food and nutrition services and recognizes RDs for their commitment to helping people enjoy healthy lives.
The 2013 National Nutrition Month theme is "Eat Right, Your Way, Every Day." Each March, the Academy encourages Americans to return to the basics of healthy eating through National Nutrition Month. This year's theme emphasizes the advantages of developing a healthful eating plan that incorporates individual food choices and preferences. This year marks the 40th anniversary of National Nutrition Month.
"There can be a misperception that eating healthfully means giving up your favorite foods," said registered dietitian and Academy President Ethan A. Bergman. "Our 'Eat Right, Your Way, Every Day' National Nutrition Month theme encourages consumers to include the foods they love as part of a healthful eating plan that is tailored for their lifestyles, traditions, health needs and, of course, tastes."
Calling all wild bird lovers! The Wild Bird Centers of America (WBCA),
corporate supporter of the National Bird-Feeding Society (NBFS),
helps to promote National Bird-Feeding Month each February. The theme for 2013 is "Bringing Song and Color to Your Backyard".
More information about National Bird-Feeding Month can be found on the society's Facebook page.
Throughout the month of February, WBCA franchisees and dealers highlight the joys of bird feeding by providing tips and techniques to create a successful bird feeding and watching experience for their wild bird feeding and watching customers.
"While many of the Top Ten feeder birds can be found year round, others may only visit during spring and fall migration or during the breeding or wintering season," comments George Petrides, Sr., Managing Director of the NBFS and Founder of WBCA. The CEO of WBCA, George Petrides, Jr., adds "By providing the best bird seeds and blends and feeders, bird baths, bird houses and making your yard safe for birds, you can enjoy America's "most wanted" backyard birds almost anywhere in North America."
The Top Ten Backyard Birds east of the Rocky Mountains are the American Goldfinch, Chickadee (Black-capped and Carolina), Dark-eyed Junco, Downy Woodpecker, House Finch, Northern Cardinal, Rose-breasted Grosbeak, Ruby-throated Hummingbird, Tufted Titmouse and White-breasted Nuthatch.
The Top Ten Backyard Birds west of the Rocky Mountains are the American Goldfinch, Black-headed Grosbeak, Chickadee (Black-capped and Mountain), Chipping Sparrow, Dark-eyed Junco, Downy Woodpecker, House Finch, Pine Siskin, Rufous Hummingbird and White-breasted Nuthatch.
All of these beautiful wild birds can be viewed at WBCA's on-line Backyard Birds Field Guides. With the exception of hummingbirds, which feed on nectar, these Top Ten wild birds eat bird seed and many eat suet too.
Whether you live in a rural, suburban or urban environment, there are always wild birds that can be attracted to your yard", states Petrides, Jr.. "Having the right combination of food and feeders is the key to a successful bird feeding experience".
People who diet the first week of January binge the second and are ready for better living by the third week.
Healthy Weight Week is this week.
The 20th annual Healthy Weight Week is a time to celebrate healthy diet-free living habits that last a lifetime and prevent eating and weight problems. Our bodies cannot be shaped at will. But we can all be accepting, healthy and happy at our natural weights.
In addition, January 22, Tuesday is Rid the World of Fad Diets & Gimmicks Day, 24th annual; and January 24, Thursday is Women's Healthy Weight Day, 20th annual.
One of the most intriguing and potentially successful outlooks on "diet" and "fitness" could be a new trend on the rise called "Healthy Living At Every Size". Health At Every Size (also known as Health At Any Size) is a health-centered paradigm that focuses on total health and well-being, not weight. It promotes active living, eating well without dieting, and a nurturing environment that includes respect and acceptance for people of all sizes. Read More by Clicking Here...
The CDC writes: "Epilepsy, which affects approximately 2 million persons in the United States, is characterized by recurrent, unprovoked seizures. Although epilepsy can occur at any age, the condition is more likely to begin among children aged less than 2 years and adults aged older than 65 years. Delayed recognition of seizures and subsequent inadequate treatment increases the risk for additional seizures, disability, decreased health-related quality of life, and, in rare instances, death. Analysis of Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System data from 19 states indicated that approximately 1% of adults have active epilepsy, and many might not be receiving the best available medical care. As do many persons who live with other chronic disorders, those with epilepsy often face challenges related to medication schedules, management of symptoms, disability, lifestyle limitations, emotional stress, and stigma."
It's time to Get Seizure Smart! So read more by clicking here...
The National Breast Cancer Awareness Month (NBCAM) is a collaboration of national public service organizations, professional medical associations, and government agencies working together to promote breast cancer awareness, share information on the disease, and provide greater access to services.
Since its inception more than 25 years ago, NBCAM has been at the forefront of promoting awareness of breast cancer issues and has evolved along with the national dialogue on breast cancer. NBCAM recognizes that, although many great strides have been made in breast cancer awareness and treatment, there remains much to be accomplished. Today, we remain dedicated to educating and empowering women to take charge of their own breast health.
Although October is designated as National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, NBCAM is dedicated to raising awareness and educating individuals about breast cancer throughout the year. We encourage you to regularly visit these sites to learn more about breast cancer, breast health, and the latest research developments.
Click HERE to find out more information from participating NBCAM websites...
When is it too late to start "healthy aging"? According to Healthy Aging, a national health initiative, it's never too late. September is National Healthy Aging Month, so why not start or improve your healthy lifestyle now? There are a number of things you can do to improve your physical, mental and even social health as you age.
Save your eyes,
Get regular exercise,
Eat healthy foods,
Keep your memory active,
Stay socially active...
READ ON for more details about these quick tips!
August is typically recognized as National Immunization Awareness Month (NIAM). This awareness month highlights the need for improving national immunization coverage levels and encourages all people to protect their health by being immunized against infectious diseases.
While CDC does not sponsor this month, CDC does support and encourage the efforts of state and local health departments and other immunization partners to celebrate NIAM and use this month to promote back to school immunizations, remind college students to catch up immunizations before they move into dormitories, and remind everyone that the influenza season is only a few months away. It’s a great reminder to our nation that people of all ages require timely immunization to protect their health.
If you're over 65, vaccines can go a long way toward protecting you against complications that could land you in the hospital. Older people are far more likely than younger adults to suffer flu symptoms so severe they end up with pneumonia and can even die as a result.
Nonetheless, it seems many older Americans just aren't aware how important some vaccines can be. Federal health officials recommend at least three immunizations for those over 65: shingles, flu and pneumonia. Shingles and pneumonia are one-time shots. Flu vaccines are recommended yearly.
A new report finds that more than 30 percent of older adults weren't immunized against pneumonia in 2008. And only about one-third were immunized against the flu. The findings were released by the Trust for America's Health, the Infectious Diseases Society of America, and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.
The report suggests several key reasons why adult vaccination rates remain low. For starters, most older adults do not live in institutionalized settings and may have limited access to doctors and health care settings. They may not have adequate information about the value of vaccines. Preventive care can be limited and people may be underinsured and out-of-pocket costs may be prohibitive.
Researchers say there should be a national strategy to increase the rate of adult vaccinations, including requiring full coverage for all vaccines recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and increasing funding for public education about the importance of such vaccines.
Every year, the report says, millions of American adults go without routine and recommended vaccinations which leads to an estimated 40,000 to 50,000 preventable deaths, thousands of preventable illnesses and $10 billion in preventable health care costs.
You may also want to check with your state or local health department or immunization coalition to see if they have additional immunization resources you can use during NIAM or plans to celebrate the month.
Think back to September 11th, the Tsunami, and Hurricane Katrina; you can never predict when a disaster will hit. That is why July marks the recognition of Bioterrorism/Disaster Education and Awareness Month. The purpose of this month is clear: to raise awareness for emergency preparedness in case a disaster were to hit. There are many different types of disasters, from natural disasters to bioterrorism, but whatever the emergency, it's important to educate yourself to be prepared. The American Red Cross has compiled a guide to educate people on the different types of disasters and how to prepare for them. Utilize resources both online and off in order to educate and protect yourself and those you love in case of an emergency.
Throughout the month of July, take some time to sit down and discuss emergency procedures with your family and friends, and purchase first aid kits and stock up on other preparatory items in case of a potential disaster. In the business world, some companies often provide these items and kits as giveaways during the month of July in order to raise awareness for this critically important month. However you choose to observe it, make safety and preparedness a top priority this month to prepare yourself and loved ones in case a disaster strikes.
There are three simple steps the Red Cross encourages to conquer this conundrum: Get a Kit, Make a Plan and Be Informed. READ ON to learn more...
June is a special time to celebrate America’s Great Outdoors. Presidential recognition of Great Outdoors Week was begun in 1998 by then-President Clinton and has continued ever since. Since 2004, Presidential proclamation of Great Outdoors Month has come annually, celebrating a variety of important events and actions that occur during the month. Great Outdoors Month highlights the benefits of active fun outdoors and our magnificent shared resources of forests, parks, refuges, and other public lands and waters. Media attention to the proclamation triggers actions by millions of households and prompts public discussion of important issues linked to outdoor recreation, including volunteerism, health, and outdoor ethics.
Additionally, the majority of governors issue proclamations declaring June as Great Outdoors Month in their states, and many take further actions ranging from Governor’s Outdoor Conferences to hosting campouts for local kids on their state capitol grounds.
Read the State of Illinois' proclamation of Great Outdoors Month 2012
Great Outdoors Month is an excellent time to, well, get outdoors! Below is a list of the national events encouraging people to hike, fish, boat, camp, and get outdoors! Click on the day to be linked to the website.
National Trails Day, American Hiking Society: June 2
National Fishing and Boating Week, Take Me Fishing: June 2 - 10
National Get Outdoors Day, ARC & USDA Forest Service: June 9
Welcome to the Water on National Marina Day, Association of Marina Industries: June 9
Great American Backyard Campout, National Wildlife Federation: June 23
June 9 is also a fee free day at all National Parks, National Forests, National Wildlife Refuges, and BLM Lands.
Fibromyalgia (pronounced fy-bro-my-AL-ja) is a common and complex chronic pain disorder that affects people physically, mentally and socially. Fibromyalgia is a central nervous system illness and is also referred to as a syndrome rather than a disease. Unlike a disease, which is a medical condition with a specific cause or causes and recognizable signs and symptoms, a syndrome is a collection of signs, symptoms, and medical problems that tend to occur together but are not related to a specific, identifiable cause. Fibromyalgia, which has also been referred to as fibromyalgia syndrome, fibromyositis and fibrositis, is characterized by chronic widespread pain, multiple tender points, abnormal pain processing, sleep disturbances, fatigue and can be accompanied by psychological distress that comes with all chronic illinesses. For those with severe symptoms, fibromyalgia can be extremely debilitating and interfere with basic daily activities. Learn more from the National Fibromyalgia & Chronic Pain Association (NFMCPA).
Cystic fibrosis is an inherited chronic disease that affects the lungs and digestive system of about 30,000 children and adults in the United States (70,000 worldwide). A defective gene and its protein product cause the body to produce unusually thick, sticky mucus that: 1) clogs the lungs and leads to life-threatening lung infections; and 2) obstructs the pancreas and stops natural enzymes from helping the body break down and absorb food. In the 1950s, few children with cystic fibrosis lived to attend elementary school. Today, advances in research and medical treatments have further enhanced and extended life for children and adults with CF. Many people with the disease can now expect to live into their 30s, 40s and beyond. Learn more about the Symptoms and Treatments of Cystic Fibrosis and The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.
Lupus is a chronic inflammatory disease that can affect various parts of the body, especially the skin, joints, blood, and kidneys. Chronic means that the signs and symptoms tend to last longer than six weeks and often for many years. In lupus, something goes wrong with your immune system, which is the part of the body that fights off viruses, bacteria, and germs ("foreign invaders," like the flu). Normally our immune system produces proteins called antibodies that protect the body from these invaders. Autoimmune means your immune system cannot tell the difference between these foreign invaders and your body’s healthy tissues ("auto" means "self") and creates autoantibodies that attack and destroy healthy tissue. These autoantibodies cause inflammation, pain, and damage in various parts of the body. Learn much more from The Lupus Foundation of America.
Celiac disease is an autoimmune disorder triggered by
the consumption of gluten, a protein found in wheat, barley and rye. Three million Americans have celiac disease, yet 95% of those who have it are
Learn more: 1) Celiac Disease Symptoms; 2) Celiac Disease Symptoms Checklist; 3) Testing & Diagnosis.
Stroke is the fourth leading cause of death in America and a leading cause of adult disability. Up to 80% of strokes are preventable; you can prevent a stroke! What is a stroke? A stroke or "brain attack" occurs when a blood clot blocks an artery (a blood vessel that carries blood from the heart to the body) or a blood vessel (a tube through which the blood moves through the body) breaks, interrupting blood flow to an area of the brain. When either of these things happen, brain cells begin to die and brain damage occurs. When brain cells die during a stroke, abilities controlled by that area of the brain are lost. These abilities include speech, movement and memory. How a stroke patient is affected depends on where the stroke occurs in the brain and how much the brain is damaged. Learn more from the National Stroke Association.
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), or Lou Gehrig's Disease, is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord. Motor neurons reach from the brain to the spinal cord and from the spinal cord to the muscles throughout the body. The progressive degeneration of the motor neurons in ALS eventually lead to their death. When the motor neurons die, the ability of the brain to initiate and control muscle movement is lost. With voluntary muscle action progressively affected, patients in the later stages of the disease may become totally paralyzed. Discover 31 Ways to Fight ALS in 31 Days.
Arthritis can refer to several diseases and conditions. Osteoarthritis (OA), also called osteoarthroses or degenerative joint disease, is the most common type of arthritis. OA is a chronic condition characterized by the breakdown of the joint’s cartilage. The breakdown of cartilage causes the bones to rub against each other, causing stiffness, pain and loss of movement in the joint. Rheumatoid arthritis (rue-ma-TOYD arth-write-tis) is a chronic disease, mainly characterized by inflammation of the lining, or synovium, of the joints. It can lead to long-term joint damage, resulting in chronic pain, loss of function and disability. Juvenile arthritis (JA) refers to any form of arthritis or an arthritis-related condition that develops in children or teenagers who are less than 18 years of age. Approximately 294,000 children under the age of 18 are affected by pediatric arthritis and rheumatologic conditions. Find Resources, Research and Advocacy Events from the Arthritis Foundation.
Asthma and allergies are among the most prevalent and often overlooked diseases. One in five Americans suffer from all types of allergies. Over 24 million Americans report having asthma. Asthma and allergies are leading causes of hospital emergency visits, lost work and school days, and medical expenses. Thousands die each year from asthma. Learn more about Asthma. Learn more about Allergies.
Dedicated to the promotion and support of kiting, National Kite Month is a not-for-profit venture co-founded by the
American Kitefliers Association and the
Kite Trade Association International. Kite events around the
world help introduce people to the fun of kiteflying, the rich history of kites, the stunning artistry of kitemakers,
and how kites can be used as educational tools.
Read about 5 people who flew kites and changed history!
March is Red Cross Month, a time to remind everyone of the work of the American Red Cross in communities across the country and around the globe - and how we depend on public support to help people in need.
The American Red Cross was created in 1881 by Clara Barton and officially chartered by Congress in 1900 to provide national and international relief during disasters, and to give relief to the military and serve as a means of communication between members of the Armed Forces and their families.
From the beginning, people in this country have volunteered and donated funds to support the Red Cross in its mission to provide relief to victims of disaster and help people prevent, prepare for and respond to emergencies.
In 1943, President Franklin D. Roosevelt proclaimed the first Red Cross Month in support of Red Cross fundraising efforts to respond to needs brought on by World War II. Since that time, every president, including President Obama, has designated March as Red Cross Month.
Today, the American Red Cross responds to nearly 70,000 disasters a year, providing shelter, food, emotional support and other necessities to those affected. Through a worldwide network, the American Red Cross provides 24-hour support to members of the military, veterans and their families - in war zones, military hospitals and on military installations around the world. Red Cross Blood Services collects and distributes more than 40 percent of this country's blood supply. And, more than 9 million people across the United States receive American Red Cross training in first aid, water safety and other skills every year.
Thanks to the generous support of people in this country, the American Red Cross is able to mobilize to help people in need. The Red Cross is not a government agency, but relies on donations of time, money and blood to do its work.
Your generosity helps provide life-changing and often lifesaving services down the street, across the country and around the world. Show your support during Red Cross Month because moments of hope are made possible by people like you. Visit RedCross.org To find out how to donate your time, money, and/or blood!
February is upon us and once again hearts are the theme. Little pink, red, and white hearts decorate checkout lines, greeting
cards, and of course, the confectionery aisle. Hearts and chocolate do go so well together, don't they?
While we're celebrating love, it's also the perfect time to focus on our heart health as the American Heart Association, or AHA, kicks off American Heart Month.
Heart disease remains the number one killer in the United States each year. Every 25 seconds, someone in the United States suffers a heart attack.
Once thought of as a man's disease, we now know that heart disease is an equal opportunity killer. It prematurely takes the lives of more women each year than all cancers combined.
Believing that these statistics are unacceptable, the mission of the AHA is simple -- "To build healthier lives, free of heart disease and stroke."
One of the initiatives sponsored by the AHA to further the goal of a world free of heart disease and stroke is the Go Red for Women initiative.
A national endeavor, Go Red for Women is uniquely focused on educating women about heart disease, their personal heart health risk, and how they can take charge and empower themselves to build a different heart healthy future.
For more information about American Heart Month and the National Wear Red Day, visit www.empowher.com/heart-disease and the American Heart Association.
Visit eHow.com to find out How to Participate in Responsible Pet Owner Month. And Spread the word - Let all of your friends and family know that it's Responsible Pet Owner Month.
Today, more than 2.2 million Americans age 40 and older have open angle glaucoma, the most common form of glaucoma. At least half
don't even know they have it. Glaucoma is a leading cause of blindness in the world, second only to cataracts, and the leading
cause of blindness in African-Americans. According to research funded by Prevent Blindness America, glaucoma costs the U.S.
economy $2.86 billion every year in direct medical costs for outpatient, inpatient and prescription drug services.
As part of January's National Glaucoma Awareness Month, Prevent Blindness America is joining with other leading eye health organizations in encouraging everyone to educate themselves on the disease as well as make a New Year’s resolution to make eye health a priority.
Glaucoma has long been termed the "sneak thief of sight" because it slowly takes away vision, often without the patient even realizing it. Glaucoma damages the optic nerve which sends information from the eyes to the brain. When the optic nerve is damaged, peripheral vision begins to diminish. If left untreated, over time, glaucoma may also damage central vision. Unfortunately, once symptoms are detected, the effectiveness of treatment diminishes. Once vision is lost, it cannot be restored.
Risk factors for glaucoma include advancing age, family history, nearsightedness, eye injury or surgery and the use of steroid medications. Race is another major risk factor as, according to the National Eye Institute, glaucoma is five times more likely to occur in blacks than in whites and blacks are four times more likely to go blind from it. Hispanics are more likely to develop glaucoma after age 60 than any other group.
Prevent Blindness America provides free resources to educate consumers on glaucoma, including treatment options and general information at "The Glaucoma Learning Center," a free website at www.preventblindess.org/glaucoma. Free printed materials are available by request including the "Guide for People with Glaucoma." This comprehensive booklet serves as a handbook for patients and includes information on what to expect during treatment and even a list of questions to ask the eye doctor.
The Glaucoma Learning Center also hosts the "Glaucoma Web Discussion Forum" that allows patients and caregivers the opportunity to discuss online all subjects related to the disease. Topics range from general information on the condition and its treatment, to shared experiences and emotional support.
For more information about glaucoma and its treatments, visit PreventBlindness.org/glaucoma.
Bond County Senior Center participated in the Greenville Business & Professional Association's Come Home For Christmas on November 25, 2011.
The Center entered a decorated tree into the non-profit Christmas Tree Auction Wonderland where a Silent Auction was held to raise money for every charity organization who decorated a tree.
The auction winners from the community got to take home their creatively decorated trees at the end of the night.
The Senior Center's beautiful tree was decorated in a Winter Wonderland theme with tinsel spiral tree ornaments, foil origami birds, lace snowflakes, twinkle lights and garland of gauzy tulle.
If you missed Come Home For Christmas or the bidding at the Tree Auction, please do not hesitate to still make a tax-deductible donation gift this holiday season to Bond County Senior Center, Bond County Food Pantry or any local non-profit organization that touches your heart.
Veterans Day is an annual United States holiday honoring military veterans. It is a federal holiday that is observed on November 11.
It is also celebrated as Armistice Day or Remembrance Day in other parts of the world and falls on November 11, the anniversary of the
signing of the Armistice that ended World War I. (Major hostilities of World War I were formally ended at the 11th hour of the 11th day
of the 11th month of 1918 with the German signing of the Armistice.)
The U.S. President Woodrow Wilson first proclaimed an Armistice Day for November 11, 1919. In proclaiming the holiday, he said:
"To us in America, the reflections of Armistice Day will be filled with solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the country's service and with gratitude for the victory, both because of the thing from which it has freed us and because of the opportunity it has given America to show her sympathy with peace and justice in the councils of the nations."
October is Fire Prevention Month and the American Red Cross is encouraging people to take steps to lessen the risk of a fire in their home.
According to the National Fire Protection Association, there are between 350,000 and 400,000 house fires in the United States every year. Home fires are the biggest disaster threat to families in this country, above floods and hurricanes.
That's why the American Red Cross is encouraging people to remember two key fire safety steps: installing smoke alarms and developing a fire escape plan.
Additional recommendations include:
- Keep matches and lighters away from and out of reach of children.
- Don't leave the kitchen, and don't leave the home while you're frying, grilling or broiling food.
- Once you are out, stay out! Call the fire department from a neighbor's home.
During Fire Prevention Month, visit www.redcross.org for more steps people can take to lessen the chance of a fire in their home.
From www.cdc.gov/cancer/gynecologic: "In the United States in 2007, 80,976 women were told that they had a gynecologic cancer, and 27,739 died from a gynecologic cancer. CDC provides information and educational materials for women and health care providers to raise awareness about the five main gynecologic cancers (cervical, ovarian, uterine, vaginal, and vulvar)."
Find resources about women's reproductive health and symptoms here and here, or do your own web search or talk to your friends, mother, sisters, daughters about their experiences to find out how and where you will seek advice or testing. Also, it is very important to develop a good relationship with a doctor while you are healthy, so that if or when you find out you are sick, you have a trusted head start to begin treatment options.
From www.pcaw.org: "Did you know that a man is 33% more likely to get prostate cancer than a woman is to get breast cancer? It's true. A husband, father, son, brother, grandfather, friend dies every 17 minutes of every day from Prostate Cancer.
Are you a male 40-75 or over 35 and African American or your father or brother had Prostate Cancer? Get tested!"
Find resources about men's prostate health and risk factors here, or do your own web search or talk to your friends, father, brothers, sons about their experiences to find out how and where you'll get your own tests.
"August was originally named Sextilis in Latin, because it was the sixth month in the original ten-month Roman calendar under Romulus in 753 BC, when March was the first month of the year. About 700 BC it became the eighth month when January and February were added to the year before March by King Numa Pompilius, who also gave it 29 days. Julius Caesar added two days when he created the Julian calendar in 45 BC giving it its modern length of 31 days. In 8 BC it was renamed in honor of Augustus, who did not take a day from February. According to a Senatus consultum quoted by Macrobius, he chose this month because it was the time of several of his great triumphs, including the conquest of Egypt.
In the Southern Hemisphere, August is the seasonal equivalent of February in the Northern Hemisphere."
Social Wellness Month is historically celebrated during the month of July. Social Wellness Month was created / sponsored by Words of Wellness and was put in place to assist people in their efforts to live a healthier life. Social Wellness Month offers an excellent opportunity to help others feel good about themselves and build stronger social ties to the ones that you love.
We would like to join you in celebrating July as Social Wellness Month and encourage you to work to become a better, healthier person.
Perennials are plants that continue growing for several years until they reach maturity. Perennials include ornamental grasses, ground-hugging flowers, tall fence-lining blooms, water-loving ferns and aromatic herbs. Perennials can be colorful, hassle-free and with a little care, they come back year after year and save the time and expense of replanting. June is a perfect time to celebrate perennials.
You can celebrate Perennial Gardening Month by discovering new perennials to plant in June. According to the Perennial Plant Association (PPA), at this time of year, gardeners can find mature specimens of favorite summer bloomers at their local garden center. They might also plant a "sequential-summer perennial display" of old and new cultivars.
The PPA suggests looking for new perennial ideas at your local botanical garden, arboretum or the display gardens at your local garden center. You may also consider participating in a neighborhood or city garden tour to study perennials and garden design.
Read more at eHow.com for a few tips to get you into the garden and off to the plant nursery!
May is National Preservation Month and this year's theme is "Celebrating America's Treasures." Throughout our nation's communities there are significant places that have contributed to our American experience – whether it is a battlefield, a ship, church or house museum.
Through the support of programs like Save America's Treasures, thousands of preservation projects in cities and towns from coast to coast have worked to preserve these irreplaceable and tangible reminders of our roots.
By declaring National Preservation Month's theme as "Celebrating America’s Treasures," we hope that communities and organizations across the country will help spread the word that programs like Save America's Treasures not only protect the places that tell our nation's story, but also create jobs and spur economic development in our Main Streets. Get involved today!
* Volunteer to assist a community preservation project
* Host an educational history event
* Include historic sites or hotels on your next vacation to learn about our country's past
* Become a member of the National Trust for Historic Preservation or your local preservation organization
By taking action, you're acknowledging that saving our heritage isn't someone else's job. Ensure that our nation's treasures will be protected for future generations and spread the word this May by celebrating your community's treasures!
National Deaf History Month, which begins on March 13, was originally envisioned as just one week to promote a greater understanding of the deaf community. Today, National Deaf History Month is a month long, nationwide celebration of contributions of the hearing impaired and deaf community to American society.
National Deaf History Month was the creation of two deaf employees at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Library in Washington DC. They began teaching their colleagues sign language, and these initial lessons grew into Deaf Awareness Week, celebrated and recognized by library administration.
In 1996, the National Association of the Deaf suggested the week become a full-fledged month, and in 1997, the first annual, nation-wide National Deaf History Month was celebrated, March 13 - April 15.
The mid-month start and end of National Deaf History Month is based on three historic dates. On March 13, 1988, Gallaudet University - the only university in the world exclusively for deaf students - selected their first deaf president. On April 8, 1864, President Lincoln signed a charter that allowed degrees to be granted to deaf students, and on April 15, 1817, the first permanent school for the deaf in the Western Hemisphere was established in Hartford, CT.
In the spirit of education and promoting a greater understanding of hearing loss and deafness, there are many resources available online and at local libraries. Many libraries also host events celebrating National Deaf History Month.
For more online resources about deafness and hearing loss, visit Hearing-aid.com. If you are concerned about hearing loss for you or a loved one, you can take an online hearing test or learn about the stages of hearing loss that may precede deafness.
Taken from www.prweb.com/releases/2011/3/prweb8177481.htm.
When: Tuesday 8 March 2011
What: International Women's Day (8 March) is a global day celebrating the economic, political and social achievements of women past, present and future. In some places like China, Russia, Vietnam and Bulgaria, International Women's Day is a national holiday.
Why: Suffragettes campaigned for women's right to vote. The word 'Suffragette' is derived from the word "suffrage" meaning the right to vote. International Women's Day honours the work of the Suffragettes, celebrates women's success, and reminds of inequities still to be redressed. The first International Women's Day event was run in 1911. 2011 is the Global Centenary Year.
Annually on 8 March, thousands of events are held throughout the world to inspire women and celebrate achievements. A global web of rich and diverse local activity connects women from all around the world ranging from political rallies, business conferences, government activities and networking events through to local women's craft markets, theatric performances, fashion parades and more.
Many global corporations have also started to more actively support IWD by running their own internal events and through supporting external ones. For example, on 8 March search engine and media giant Google some years even changes its logo on its global search pages. Year on year IWD is certainly increasing in status. The United States even designates the whole month of March as 'Women's History Month'.
So make a difference, think globally and act locally !! Make everyday International Women's Day. Do your bit to ensure that the future for girls is bright, equal, safe and rewarding.
February is Senior Independence Month. This is a good time to make sure that Seniors are living in spaces that work well for them.
The First Families are following a growing national trend. Both President Obama and Vice President Biden will be living with a parent in their homes. The aging of Baby Boomers and the demands of the current economic environment have driven an increase in multi-generational residences.
Another trend is for senior citizens to live independently in their own homes well into their eighties and nineties.
Whether living alone or with extended family, older adults may have specific needs and limitations that challenge them to evaluate how things are organized. Appropriately arranged space and access-friendly systems can greatly enhance independence for senior citizens whether they live alone or with others.
February is National Senior Independence Month. So it is a good time for seniors and those who love and care for them to take a look at their living quarters and determine if they are organized to promote independence.
In the US, most blood centers have difficulty keeping any more than a three-day supply of blood for transfusions. This means that the blood you donated last month is long gone. The need for blood, platelets, and plasma is constant, but only three in every 100 Americans donate blood, coming together to donate 81 million units of blood annually. Baby boomers currently account for the most blood donations, but they are rapidly reaching the age when medications and health issues bar them from being able to donate. At the same time, they are the largest age cohort of the world population and require more donated blood for their own health, quickly using much of the supply they once supported themselves.
While some communities often have more blood than they need, others are constantly in need. The Red Cross has created a sharing program, which gives surplus to communities in need; this is particularly important in the wake of disasters. Because of the short shelf life of blood, it is crucial that citizens create a habit of blood donation. If you were to donate blood today, it could be separated into four components, helping to save multiple lives.
Please remind your younger friends and relatives over the age of 17 to consider donating their blood, platelets, and/or plasma.
Read more about donating today and find helpful tips for sharing a life-giving donation.
Children receive most of their toys around holiday time, but some gifts could be unsafe. According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, in 2005 more than 200,000 toy-related injuries were reported, and nearly 8,000 of these injuries were eye injuries. Therefore, the national group, Prevent Blindness, chose December as "Safe Toys and Gifts Month." A few guidelines you can find in the full list HERE are:
Keep the child's age in mind when purchasing gifts and consider their maturity level.
Provide proper safety equipment when giving sporting goods and make sure the child uses it when playing. This gear should include helmets, facemasks and eye protection.
Check for recalls on both new and older toys.
Supervise playtime to ensure that your child is using toys in the correct manner. This supervision is especially important for craft supplies such as scissors, glue and pencils.
Learn more about how to purchase safe products for the children in your life at these 2 websites:
According to the Alzheimer's Association 2010 Alzheimer’s Disease Facts and Figures report, there are more than 5 million Americans living with Alzheimer's and as many as 10 million family caregivers. This November, during National Alzheimer's Disease Awareness Month and National Family Caregivers Month, the Alzheimer's Association is providing insight and support to those caring for someone with Alzheimer's with two new resources: Alzheimer's Association Caregiver Notebook and Alzheimer's Association Comfort Zone™.
Read On to learn more about the Alzheimer's Association's information resources and support groups in the Greater Illinois area.
Since 1608, when the first Polish settlers arrived at Jameston, VA, Polish people have been an important part of America's history and culture. In 2010, Polish Americans will mark the 29th Anniversary of the founding of Polish American Heritage Month, an event which began in Philadelphia, PA, and became a national celebration of Polish history, culture and pride. During 2010, we will also mark the 231st Anniversary of the death of General Casimir Pulaski, Father of the American Cavalry.
Between the years 1892 and 1954, over two million immigrants from Poland came to America. Today, Polish Americans are the 6th largest ethnic group in the United States. Polish American Heritage Month was first celebrated in 1981 in Pennsylvania. Michael Blichasz of Philadelphia, a fourth generation Polish American, started the celebration in an effort to bring to the forefront the strong pride he believed all Americans of Polish heritage should have in the successes that Polish Americans have made in America.
Polish American Heritage Month is a time for festivals, parades and family gatherings. It is a time to honor not only Polish heros and famous contributors to science, art, sports, music, and literature - but also regular Polish folk and those people who love them. It is a time to share pride in our own accomplishments as Polish Americans, non-Polish Americans and to celebrate all cultures (especially Polish culture) and heritages with the world.
Of course, no Polish celebration would be complete without an over abundance of traditional foods! The three foods most commonly found at Polish celebrations are kielbasa (sausage) , pierogi (dumplings) and golabki (cabbage rolls). Popular desserts include paczki (doughnuts) and makowiec (poppy seed cake).
Read On to learn more and spread the word about Polish American Heritage Month!
Established by The National Center for Assisted Living (NCAL) in 1995, National Assisted Living Week® provides a unique opportunity for residents, families, staff, volunteers, and the surrounding community to come together to share with residents a variety of events and activities that show them how much we care for them.
You don't have to be a rock climber, sky diver, marathon runner, or scholar to live life to the fullest. Living life means participating in activities that you enjoy and pursuing your passions, whatever they may be. It means never stopping the process of discovery or mastering talents. It means sharing your history and teaching others what you have learned. It is a lifelong pursuit of happiness and growth. We all want to live life to the fullest, no matter how old or young we are. Assisted living communities around the country are giving their residents the environment and tools they need to reach their goals. We celebrate their efforts and the residents who inspire their community.
Join this year's National Assisted Living Week® celebration and let's live life together.
Many people do not realize how their actions affect others. They live their lives selfishly, not realizing the impact of their life choices on present and possibly future generations. What Will Be Your Legacy Month is a time for people to reflect on their past and present actions and vow to make positive changes that will affect generations. The seeds, whether positive or negative, that we plant in our children's and grandchildren's lives will grow and reflect our teachings.
Tiffany deSilva (MSW, LSW, Professional Organizer) writes in her blog: Being the social worker turned professional organizer that I am, I'm concerned about the hardship that many families face when they attempt to answer the question "What do we do with our loved one's belongings?"
Parting with a loved one's things, or even deciding what to do with them after they are gone is an emotionally challenging process. The process is made even more difficult when the deceased loved one has a huge quantity of belongings and has not left any clues as to his or her wishes.
Families often feel obligated to hold on to everything. Sometimes, one family member gets stuck with being the keeper of everything, other times family members fight over the belongings. This is not the legacy that anyone would want to leave behind.
To make things easier for everyone, it makes sense to "get your house in order," both literally and figuratively, before you part.
Read On for some things you can do to make things easier on your family...
Since 1985, America has celebrated July as the nation's official Park and Recreation Month. Each July, NRPA encourages recreation facilities and parks across the country to kick-off summer programs, promote outdoor physical recreation, and pull together volunteers to make their outdoor space a thriving center of community activity.
This year's theme is "Celebrate, Advocate, Recreate!" NRPA is encouraging members, agencies, and citizens to plan events and initiatives that remind local decision makers and the community of the exciting and vital role that parks and recreation play in the lives of Americans.
Celebrate the field. Advocate for more support. Get out there and recreate!
CLICK HERE to learn more about NRPA's major Park and Recreation Month initiatives for 2010!
June is AudioBook Month and it is sponsored by the Audio Publishers Association. This campaign reaches out directly to consumers to increase the number of audiobook listeners and generally raise awareness for the entertainment and educational benefits of the audiobook experience.
Books on audio have improved many adults' lives. Often when adults are learning how to read, their instructor will start with the basics first. Those basics are the alphabet; what each letter looks like and sounds like. Audiobooks can reinforce those lessons when adults aren't in the classroom. This concept is used when teaching people a second language as well. Books on audio have also given busy adults the opportunity to listen to a book rather than sit and read. Books on audio have given people the ability to multi-task. Many enjoy audiobooks on mp3, compact disc or cassette whether commuting to work, cooking, or quilting.
For people who have special needs of any kind, books on audio can help bridge gaps. Some people are blind or have diminished vision which makes it difficult to read printed material. Some people don't have the physical capability to even hold a book. But they can still enjoy books, magazines, and other publications by listening to them on audio.
The National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NLS) was established by an act of Congress in 1931, and placed under the jurisdiction of the Library of Congress.... The program in Illinois is administered by the Illinois Secretary of State. It is a division of the Illinois State Library.
Funding for the NLS program comes from federal and state taxes.
The Illinois State Library Talking Book and Braille Service plays a supporting role for the Illinois Network of Libraries Serving the Blind and Physically Handicapped. The network consists of four library sites throughout the state known as Talking Book Centers. These libraries circulate unabridged books in audio format. The regional center provides administrative functions, acts as a liaison with NLS, and maintains a reserve collection of braille and talking books.... As with the printed book, it has been technology that has made talking books possible and user friendly; and it is through universal acceptance of new technology that the wonders of the talking book are available to blind and physically handicapped people of all nations. The emerging universal talking book technology has world-wide acceptance. Nearly all countries are now using standard Phillips cassettes, either 2 or 4 track formats, and that has allowed the easy production, sale, and exchange of recorded books among all nations.
Click Here for Eligibility of Blind and Other Physically Handicapped Persons for Loan of Library Materials.
National Stroke Awareness Month takes place in May every year. In honor of this special time, National Stroke Association strives to provide everyone with the tools and inspiration to raise public awareness about stroke by hosting awareness events or activities. It doesn't matter if you are an individual or a large corporation, because the more people we reach, the better.
Stroke is the third leading cause of death and a leading cause of disability in America, but many people do not realize how educating themselves and others will help reduce the incidence of stroke. We urge you to specifically educate others about how to:
* STOP stroke through risk factor management.
* Act F.A.S.T. to increase recognition of and response to stroke symptoms.
* Spread HOPE about recovery from stroke.
National Stroke Awareness Month is a great opportunity to educate your employees, friends, family and community about stroke. Read On for many helpful resources
April has been National Poetry Month since 1996.
The Academy of American Poets in conjunction with book sellers, librarians and publishers created National Poetry month to increase visibility, accessibility and presence of poetry in America.
Expand your poetry knowledge during this special month and fall in love with poetry.
How are you going to celebrate?
Read On for some tips for you to commemorate National Poetry Month..
In 2010, in celebration of The National Women’s History Project's 30th Anniversary, they are also highlighting themes from previous years. Each of these past themes recognizes a different aspect of women’s achievements, from ecology to art, and from sports to politics.
The history of women often seems to be written with invisible ink. Even when recognized in their own times, women are often not included in the history books.
National Women’s History Month provides an excellent venue to recognize and celebrate women’s historic achievements as well as an opportunity to honor women within our families and communities. What will you do to celebrate National Women’s History Month?
For more information about National Women’s History Month, visit www.nwhp.org.
More than 15 million Americans are affected by macular degeneration, a leading cause of blindness and severe vision loss for people 50 and older. Actress Jane Seymour has partnered with Prevent Blindness America (PBA), the nation's leading volunteer eye health and safety organization, to announce "Don't Lose Sight" – a movement to educate adults ages 40-69 about their risk for macular degeneration.
In a recent study conducted by Prevent Blindness America, 96 percent of Americans believe that vision retention is important to overall quality of life. However, nearly 40 percent of people are unaware that a disease like macular degeneration exists and can be responsible for vision loss.
"Macular degeneration gradually destroys the sharp, central vision needed for reading, driving, identifying the face of a loved one, watching television, reading and performing other daily tasks," said Dr. Michael Cooney, a New York City ophthalmologist who has done extensive research into eye health and macular degeneration. "In some cases, macular degeneration advances so slowly that people will see little effect on their vision as they age."
Low vision aids can make the most of remaining vision. Information on eye disease warning signs and treatment is available through Prevent Blindness America.
To be a mentor, you don't need special skills, just an ability to listen and to offer friendship, guidance and encouragement to a young person. And you'll be amazed by how much you'll get out of the experience.
Mentoring happens in a number of settings:
* The community.
* The faith-based community.
* Through the Internet.
For more information about these settings and to find mentoring opportunities in your area Read On...
Americans over 55 have a lifetime of experience to share, and the desire to make a real difference in their world. They’ve managed households, been business owners and nurses, farmers and salespeople, artists and executives. Now they are ready to put their unique talents and expertise to work in their communities, and enrich their own lives in the process.
Senior Corps connects today’s over 55s with the people and organizations that need them most. We help them become mentors, coaches or companions to people in need, or contribute their job skills and expertise to community projects and organizations. Conceived during John F. Kennedy's presidency, Senior Corps currently links more than 500,000 Americans to service opportunities. Their contributions of skills, knowledge, and experience make a real difference to individuals, nonprofits, and faith-based and other community organizations throughout the United States.
Read On for several ways to get involved...
On January, 18, 2010, people of all ages and backgrounds will come together to improve lives, bridge social barriers, and to move our nation closer to the “Beloved Community” that Dr. King envisioned. Dr. Martin Luther King devoted his life’s work to causes of equality and social justice. He taught that through nonviolence and service to one another, problems such as hunger and homelessness, prejudice and discrimination can be overcome. Dr. King’s teachings can continue to guide us in addressing our nation’s most pressing needs---poverty, economic insecurity, job loss and education.
Volunteer with Americans across the nation on the 2010 King Day of Service and make a real in difference in your community.
Plan a King Day project!
When it comes to holidays in December, everyone immediately thinks of the big ones: Christmas, New Year's Eve, Hanukkah, and Kwanzaa. But what else is going on in this last month of the year? Here's a list of well-known and not so well-known holidays and observances in December 2009.
Christmas 2009: December 25, and Christmas Eve 2009: December 24
This year, Christmas falls on a Friday, and Christmas Eve, which is a day off for many people, falls on a Thursday. This means an extra long weekend to celebrate with family and friends (and a whole weekend to stop by the stores for returns and after-Christmas sales). And poor Santa and the elves will have the whole weekend to rest before starting the post-Christmas workshop inventory.
New Year's Eve 2009: December 31
New Year's Eve also falls on a Thursday, followed by New Year's Day on a Monday. This means two long weekends in a row. Not a bad way to end one year and start a new one.
Hanukkah 2009: December 11 to December 18
This year, Hanukkah begins and end right int he middle of December, significantly before the Christmas festivities begin. Like all Jewish holidays, Hanukkah begins and ends at sundown. The festival lasts for eight days and eight nights, and Jewish children typically receive a small gift on each of the eight nights. Want to know more? Here are some frequently asked questions about Hanukkah.
Kwanzaa 2009: December 26 to January 1, 2010
Kwanzaa, a week-long African-American celebration of the values of family, community responsibility, commerce, and self-improvement, always begins the day after Christmas and ends on New Year's. This year, the celebration begins on a Saturday, which will lend itself well to Kwanzaa celebrations. Want to know more?
November is American Diabetes Month®—a time to shine a spotlight on a serious disease that leads to potentially life-threatening complications such as heart disease, stroke, kidney disease, blindness, and amputation.
This year, we need to take a bolder, more audacious approach to American Diabetes Month. Consider that:
* 24 million children and adults in the United States live with diabetes
* 57 million Americans are at risk for type 2 diabetes
* 1 out of every 3 children born today will face a future with diabetes if current trends continue
By Kimberly Powell, About.com
October is designated in many U.S. States as "Family History Month," and genealogists everywhere have adopted the month as their own. Whether you're new to genealogy, or have devoted a lifetime to it, celebrate Family History Month with your family this October by trying one (or more) of these ten wonderful ways to craft and commemorate your past.
If you have been curious about your family tree but just aren't sure where to start then you don't have any more excuses. Here is a great collection of resources and simple advice on how to get started researching your family tree both on and off the Internet.
First Steps: How to Trace Your Family Tree
Free Family Tree Charts
Also known as medical genealogy, tracing your family health history is a fun, and potentially lifesaving, project. Experts state that about 3000 of the 10,000 known diseases have genetic links, and that many diseases "run in families," including colon cancer, heart disease, alcoholism, and high blood pressure. Creating a family health history can be a useful tool to aid you and your medical care provider in interpreting patterns of health, illness and genetic traits for you and your descendants. What you learn now could potentially save a family member's life tomorrow.
Tracing Your Family Medical History
Nature vs. Nurture: Are We Really Born That Way?
September is Healthy Aging® Month is an annual health observance month designed to focus national attention on the positive aspects of growing older. The month, created by Educational Television Network over 15 years ago, is part of the Healthy Aging®, a national, ongoing health promotion designed to broaden awareness of the positive aspects of aging and to provide inspiration for adults, ages 50-plus, to improve their physical, mental, social and financial health.
In an effort to draw attention to the needs of the growing numbers of older adults, the month was developed to offer a second month on the calendar in addition to May is Older Americans Month. September was chosen as a time when many people think about getting started on new tasks after the summer. Drawing on the “back to school” urge embedded in everyone from childhood, the observance month activities are designed to encourage people to rejuvenate and get going on positive health measures. These measures include physical, social, financial and mental wellness.
What can you do to celebrate September is Healthy Aging® Month? Get in training now for your positive older years… Begin this month to take more personal responsibility for your own health. Read On for some ideas...
The arrival of summer's sticky, steamy weather is a reminder that July 3 through August 15 is designated "Air Conditioning Appreciation Days," so don't forget to give your cooling equipment some tender loving care before the "dog days of summer" turn into scorchers.
The Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Institute's (ARI) guidelines give homeowners suggestions to help keep central air conditioners working properly, which can reduce energy costs, head off expensive repairs and protect families from killer heat waves like the kind that took thousands of lives last year in Europe and India.
"Proper maintenance of your air conditioner can help you beat the summer heat and conserve electricity," says William G. Sutton, president of ARI. "However, if your air conditioner or heat pump gives you problems that seem too expensive to fix, consider a replacement. Newer equipment on average is about 50 percent more energy efficient than equipment manufactured 25 years ago." Read on for tips on how to keep cool this summer...
Approximately 4 million cats end up in shelters every year. One of them is sure to be a perfect match for you! Each year, thousands of kittens are born during spring and summer -- and many end up in animal shelters, waiting for loving homes. To promote adoptions of these playful, affectionate animals, American Humane celebrates Adopt-A-Cat Month® in June. Come visit the fabulous felines at your local animal shelter, and take home your new best friend! [ Keep reading for more information about how a cat companion will improve both his and your life ... ]
At the ASPCA, it’s all shelter cats, all the time. But the month of June is extra special—it’s Adopt-A-Shelter-Cat Month! Read on for cat care tips, this year's photo contest theme and profiles of some of our favorite shelter cats—then make your way to your local shelter and meet the feline of your dreams!
Fun, fitness and easy on the joints are the reasons more and more baby boomers are turning to
cycling than ever before. But what makes a good bike for boomers? While there are lots of hard-core,
50-plus cyclists out there, most older riders are more interested in a leisurely ride on the comfy
side. That’s why manufacturers are making a line of “comfort” bikes –
feel-good alternatives to the high-performance road bikes and nubby-tired mountain bikes.
Comfort bikes let you sit upright which eases lower-back strain; they come with big tires that ensure a smooth ride; have raised, swept-back handlebars to reduce pressure on the wrists and hands; and offer oversize seats to eliminate saddle soreness. [ Keep reading for a closer look at some different boomer-friendly styles... ]
Each year the Administration on Aging (AoA) issues a theme for Older Americans Month to assist their National Aging Services Network of state, tribal, area agencies on aging, and community services providers plan for activities that might take place in May or throughout the year. This year’s theme “Living Today for a Better Tomorrow” reflects AoA’s continued focus on prevention efforts and programs throughout the country that are helping older adults have better health as they age and avoid the risks of chronic disease, disability and injury.
Gardening is an activity you can enjoy from childhood through retirement. While your gardening style may change over time, your love of gardens and plants probably won't. Sharing your wealth of knowledge and skills with young people is a great way to stay active and engaged. Intergenerational gardening has other benefits, too. Young people learn how to grow their own food and flowers — a lifelong gift they can use to improve their quality of life at home and in the community. They also glean wisdom from and nurture a relationship with an older adult. Older gardeners get physical assistance that may keep them active longer. Plus, a young gardening friend may nurture an older gardener's creativity or sense of adventure by suggesting new ideas or asking to try unusual plants. Intergenerational gardening is a win-win activity for everyone! [ Read More... ]
Bond County Humane Society offers special adoption fee discounts for adults 55 years or older. This discount is made available through the Purina Pet Adoption Program For Those 55+. Studies have shown that pet companionship actually improves senior citizen health and outlook on life. Lowered blood pressure and a reduction in stress are among the potential benefits of pet ownership. In addition‚ seniors with pets report feeling happier and safer. The Purina Pet Adoption Program For Those 55+ helps to defray the costs of spaying/neutering, microchip, vaccinations, and other fees.
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April 30, 2013
Notice is hereby given that Bond County Senior Citizens Center, Inc. (BCSC) will receive sealed bids for multiple types of insurance until Monday, May 20, 2013 at 3:00 pm. Click the 'Bid Opportunities' tab in the Website menu to read the full legal advertisement.
BBQ FUNDRAISER - APR 26
Bond County Senior Center BBQ is coming to the Hospital Auxiliary Thrift Shop Parking Lot in Greenville, IL April 26, 2013 10:30a-1:30p - Enjoy food cooked by Wes Pourchot! CLICK HERE to See the Flyer with Menu & Prices.
March 12, 2013
You are invited to a U of I Extension Nutrition Education program at 10:30AM March 19, 2013 at the senior center. The program is entitled: "Eat Smart, Live Strong".
March 12, 2013
Bond County Senior Center is now part of FACEBOOK! CLICK HERE to visit our new Facebook page and "LIKE" it. Stay up to date with all of our services and activities. Share with your families and friends as we support positive aging for Bond County residents of ALL ages!
October 31, 2012
Our director and staff would like to thank everyone for the help putting on our recent Ham & Bean Dinner. Thank you for coming and for making it a success. We raised money for the Nutritional Programs we offer to the seniors and to the community. We are so excited, we are already planning a Ham & Bean dinner for 2013. So again, THANK YOU!
October 31, 2012
White Crane Business Express Box Lunches are available on Wednesdays and may be eaten in our dining room, picked up, or delivered by a BCSC volunteer. CLICK HERE to read more about White Crane Lunches!
October 30, 2012
Greenville Chamber of Commerce invites you to the groundbreaking for Bond County Transit's new facility. The ceremony is Thursday, Nov. 1 at 11:00 a.m. at the site on Bowman Industrial Drive just east of the IDOT State Shed. This is a big day in the history of Bond County Transit. Construction should be complete by early 2013.
September 14, 2012
Bond County Senior Center is holding a HAM & BEAN DINNER on Sunday, September 30th, 11:00 am – 4:00 pm. All for only $7.00 a plate! (All Ages Invited) - Carryouts Available. All proceeds will be used to support the Nutritional Programs (Congregate & Home Delivered Meals) at the Senior Center. CHECK OUT THIS EVENT FLIER FOR THE MENU!!
July 19, 2012
[EXPIRED] BID OPPORTUNITY -- Qualified firms are again invited to submit sealed bids to Bond County for construction of a transit facility providing vehicle storage and offices at 102 West Bowman Industrial Drive, Greenville, Illinois, 62246. Bids must be delivered to Bond County Senior Center, 305 S. Third St., Greenville, IL, 62246, by 8:30 am on August 9, 2012. Bids will be accepted from registered plan holders only. Bids will be publicly opened and read aloud at 9:00 am.
CLICK HERE to read the full legal advertising notice for all details and requirements.
July 13, 2012
A drawing of the new Bond County Transit building has been released. The construction bids are under review. The transit building will be located east of the present Bond County Health Dept.
May 5, 2012
Bond County Senior Center has recently received a grant from the Banfield Charitable Trust to purchase pet food for our Meals on Wheels Clients with dogs and cats! More information will be posted when the program here is underway. For now, read more about the Banfield Charitable Trust and how you can donate and help fund expenses associated with starting or maintaining a pet food distribution program.
March 8, 2012
Bond County Transit held a public meeting to solicit input about rides to the St Louis area! BCT heard if there is the need for transportation to St. Louis, for those who are employed there, and/or for persons coming in and out of Bond County from every direction.
September 24, 2011
[EXPIRED] Bond County Senior Center is soliciting bids for its annual financial audit for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2011. Click HERE to read full notice.
Meals On Wheels Needs Matching Funds For Grant
You can help Bond County's Meals On Wheels program receive a $7,000 match grant. If local citizens and businesses donate at least $700 by the end of May 2011, Walmart and the Meals on Wheels Association of America Foundation will donate $7,000 more. To donate your time or your money, contact the Senior Center at 664-1465.
March 17, 2011
[EXPIRED] Bond County Senior Center requests Statements of Qualifications along with sealed proposals from individuals or firms for Design Engineering and Construction Management Services in connection with the design and construction of an office and transit facility. CLICK HERE or see full Legal Advertisement in March 3, 2011 issue of Greenville Advocate.
All responses to this request must be received by 4PM on April 8, 2011.
An informational meeting will be held Monday, March 21, 2011 1PM at Bond County Senior Center.
December 3, 2010
Subaru "Share the Love" Essay Winners
Click on your local program's link to read their "Share the Love" essay. Then click the Facebook "like" button within the story post to support your program in MOWAA's "Like the Love" Contest. The ten programs whose stories earn the most "likes" from readers will be awarded additional funds. CLICK HERE for a direct link to the Bond County Senior Center essay. Get "liking" and "Share the Love!"
September 14, 2010
AARP Driver Safety Program Classroom (formerly called '55 Alive') is coming September 23-24, 2010! This Defensive Driving class reviews the rules of the road, accident prevention, and overcoming the effects of aging on driving performance. Illinois offers price reductions or discounts on auto insurance to motorists who complete the AARP Driver Safety Program. Please consult with your insurance agent. The program is for drivers ages 50 and over and will run from 1pm to 5pm. Cost is $12 for members, and $14 for non members. Call Bond County Senior Center at (618) 664-1465 for details and to register.
September 2, 2010
A Rules of the Road Review Course is being held at Bond County Senior Center on September 13, 2010. Hours for the session, open to all Greenville area residents, are 9 to 11 a.m. The course is free and it is provided by the Illinois Secretary of State's office.
June 2, 2010
The Senior Center is sponsoring a Home Modification Fair, Sunday June 6, 2010 at the Bond County Health Department. See the preview flier and read the detailed ad in June 1 edition of The Greenville Advocate newspaper.
12 Noon - Doors open.
1:00 PM - Guest Speaker: Scott Mosby.
2:30 PM - Panel Discussion.
March 19, 2010
Bond County Home Modification Fair is coming in June 2010. Want to stay in your own home? Wondering what it would take to make your home livable as you age? Like to know what conveniences are available and what they cost? Interested in discovering sources of financing? Click here to view complete flier and watch for more information on the day, time and location!
January 8, 2010
Watch this video and Read this press release. Extra Help with Medicare Prescription Drug Plan Costs
Bond County Transit broke ground for its new facility in an important ceremony November 1, 2012. The project is sponsored by IDOT and USDOT. The ceremony was attended by many members of the Bond County Senior Center Board, City and County Leaders, BCT customers and members of the Greenville Chamber of Commerce. Click to see photos from the groundbreaking ceremony.
Illinois Farm Bureau Young Leaders of Bond County make donation to Bond County Senior Center Food Pantry. Photo and cover page article appears in February 2012 issue of Agriculture Advocate, a news publication for multi-counties of Illinois Farm Beureau.
Community Service Award
Bond County Senior Center honored by Greenville Women's Club in October 2011 for Community Service.
Smith Wins Sr. Spelling Bee
Cassie Smith won the Bond County Senior Citizen Spelling Bee in 2010. Elaine Kilmer finished second and joined Smith in the regional bee in Belleville.
Senior Dinner on Christmas
The Greenville Police Association sponsored their annual Christmas Day Dinner. The event was hosted in December 2009 at Bond County Senior Center and featured holiday music and gifts from Santa.
2009 Volunteer Recognition Evening
An informal evening of fellowship and dessert, featuring Senior Center volunteers aged 32-90!
Spelling Bee Held First Time in 15 Years.
The Bond County Senior Citizen 2009 Spelling Bee competition and results. Winner advances to regional round.
Funding Cuts Jeopardize Services
Bond County Senior Citizen's Center Life Saver Capital Campaign for the Endowment Fund
2003 Volunteer Appreciation event
The Center offers a variety of meaningful volunteer opportunities for people of all ages.
Henrietta File Flag and Medals Ceremony
In a special ceremony with Senator Frank Watson, Henrietta File received the flag and medals awarded to her son.