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April 5, 2017

Today we celebrate:

Accelerate ACL Awareness Among Young Women Day - Young women don’t give much thought to body parts until they start causing pain. And ACL’s (the Anterior Cruciate Ligament which connects the femur to the tibia inside the knee) are pretty important and prone to injury in active people. If you tear your ACL, it hurts a lot for a long time. Far longer than a broken bone even. It could take 6 months to a year for recovery, so young women in particular today need to make sure they learn how to stretch and strengthen the muscles and ligaments around the knees in order to protect the ACL from tearing.

Read A Road Map Day - Do you know how to read a map? That is a skill that is not really taught to all kids anymore like it was when I was young. People are very reliant on GPS systems that tell them where they need to go. But I have always enjoyed spreading out a map and looking all all the roads in a state, any state. It makes me realize just how big this world really is and how many places you can go in it. I still have some maps in my car because I am one of the few who do not have a GPS. But I wonder how long before you can’t buy a physical map anymore.

Bell Bottoms Day - I remember Bell Bottom pants. I was too young to really get into the fad, but I had some hand me downs from relative so I was wearing them when they were no longer fashionable. But that’s par for the course for me.

National Dandelion Day - I found lots of evidence that dandelions are celebrated today. I did not find out why. Most people think of dandelions as weeds, although apparently they are edible. I haven’t tried eating them myself, but some say they are pretty good in a salad.

National Caramel Day - Caramel candy was most likely invented in the 1700s. It is made with brown sugar, white sugar, milk, butter and vanilla and is one of my weaknesses. Enjoy some on ice cream, in coffee, in candy, in brownies, on popcorn or any other way you can think of.

National Raisin & Spice Bar Day – This appears to be a southern dessert so perhaps my southern friends could weigh in on whether this would be a good recipe.

Go For Broke Day – This was the motto of the 443rd Regimental Combat Team, a segregated Japanese-American unit serving in World War II, and one of the most decorated units in the army. The day specifically highlights one of the members of that unit, Sadao S. Munemori, who died on this day in 1945 in the process of saving two men in his unit. His actions that day are also credited with contributing a great deal to the ultimate success of his unit's mission.

National Deep Dish Pizza Day – Originated in Chicago in 1943, the purpose of this day is to spread awareness of this delicious alternative to the junk food classic.

National Day Of Hope – Celebrated on the first Wednesday in April, this is a day to remember children who have been victims of child abuse and neglect. There are lots of different forms of abuse from very extreme and obvious, to the more subtle and hard to spot. But each extreme and everything in between is devastating to the one being abused. But there is hope and there is help if you just seek it out.

National Walking Day – Also celebrated on the first Wednesday in April, this is a day to put on your comfy sneakers and start stepping. It’s good exercise and very environmentally friendly. What more could you ask for? Oh yeah, it’s also great for your heart and is sponsored by the American Heart Association.

Paraprofessional Appreciation Day – A paraprofessional is a person trained to assist a professional. You find them in lots of different organizations like schools, lawyer's offices, doctor's offices, etc. Today, on the first Wednesday of April, we appreciate all of the paraprofessionals out there. This day was created by the governor of Missouri.

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