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June 1, 2014

Today we celebrate:

World Milk Day – First celebrated in 2001, this is a day to focus attention on milk and the benefits the world receives from milk. It is an important source of calcium which is good for maintaining strong bones. Let's appreciate the dairy farmers who look after their cows every day as well. Cows have to eat, and be cared for, every day so that they are healthy and give good quality milk and so farmers don't get many days off.  Some countries have chosen to celebrate this day either a week before or a week after today.

National Hazelnut Cake Day – Hazelnut adds a nutty flavor to any already delicious cake and turns the ordinary into the extraordinary.

Flip a Coin Day – Some of the most important decisions in our lives are decided by a flip of the coin. I wouldn't pick a spouse that way, but picking a vacation spot or deciding who washes the bet!

Heimlich Maneuver Day - Invented by Dr. Henry Heimlich in 1974, the Heimlich Maneuver is standard practice for saving someone who is choking.  There are posters in just about every cafeteria in the United States with directions on how to perform this life saving move.

National Go Barefoot Day - This is a day that was created by Soles4Souls for the purpose of donating gently used or new shoes to people who have lost everything because of natural disasters.  There have been a lot of that going around in the world in the last few years.  Countless numbers of people have lost everything and had to start over with nothing.  Shoes may seem like a small thing, but if you don’t have any, it becomes huge.

Say Something Nice Day – Four years ago, Mayor Keith Summey of North Charleston declared this day for the purpose of spreading healthy and positive communication. The plan is to start with saying positive things to yourself, then move on to smiling at everyone you see, graduating to contacting a friend you haven't talked to in a while and finally, writing a love letter to someone you love.

Stand for Children Day – Founded by Jonah Edelman in 1996, this is a day full of rallies organized by Stand For Children (an American education advocacy group) for the purpose of supporting our nation's children.  You don’t have to have children to participate, there are children almost everywhere you go in your community, we need to work together to do whatever we can to make them safe and keep them healthy.

To celebrate today, use milk in your hazelnut cake, then say all kinds of nice things to the barefoot children in your neighborhood that you are vigilantly working to keep safe today.  Next, flip a coin to decide which restaurant you will go to for dinner where you can keep a sharp eye on the other diners so you are ready to jump in with the Heimlich maneuver if someone starts choking.

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