National Awareness Calendar June

  JUNE MONTHLY AWARENESS CALENDAR 

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1st - NATIONAL SAY SOMETHING NICE DAY

On National Say Something Nice Day we have an opportunity to make June 1st extra special for everyone around us.

The purpose of this is to counteract bullying and the lack of civility and common courtesy that is growing among people in today's world.  Hopefully, the practice of saying something nice today will continue not just today but for many days to follow.

HOW TO OBSERVE

Use #SaySomethingNiceDay to post on social media.

HISTORY

Mayor Keith Summey of North Charleston, South Carolina proclaimed June 1 as Say Something Nice Day in 2006 in recognition of the communication efforts of specialist Dr. Mitch Carnell founder of the day.  Carnell is also the author of  Say Something Nice: Be a Lifter at Work. The South Baptist Convention and the Charleston-Atlantic Presbytery joined with Carnell to establish the day.

1st - NATIONAL NAIL POLISH DAY

When the sandals come out, and the beaches heat up, it's time for pedicures and manicures.  On June 1, National Nail Polish Day provides us with every shade under the sun to get us primed for summer!

From the French manicure to elaborate nail art, nail polish has come a long way since the bees wax and gum Arabic used by the Chinese around 3,000 B.C. National Nail Polish Day celebrates these durable lacquers and gels that last longer and provide variety.

No longer the status symbol it once was, nail color now changes with the seasons, our styles and our moods. There is a shade or hue for every occasion. Vibrant reds, turquoise and plum make summer nails shine during beach parties and weekend barbecues. The understated style of pale pinks and beiges or a subtle moss help us look workweek chic. For those elegant evenings or when we want to make a statement, nail polish adds gold, silver and sparkle to even the most economic wardrobe.

HOW TO OBSERVE

Join the world in celebrating the universal love of nail polish on National Nail Polish Day by sharing your manicures, favorite shades and personal story. Use #NationalNailPolishDay to share on social media.

8TH - NATIONAL BEST FRIENDS DAY

On June 8, honor your closest and dearest friend on Best Friends Day.  

The relationship between best friends is often fierce and can withstand distance, storms and silence.  Whether we've known them all our lives or they are more recently acquired, best friends make tough times bearable, fun times memorable and memorable times priceless.  

Maybe there are several best friends in your life.  No matter how many there are, get together and celebrate the day!

HOW TO OBSERVE

Celebrate National Best Friends Day by letting your best friends know how much they mean to you! Use #BestFriendsDay to post on social media.

11TH - NATIONAL MAKE LIFE BEAUTIFUL DAY

National Making Life Beautiful Day is observed annually on June 11.  It is a day dedicated to encouraging and celebrating men and women who are making life beautiful.  Whether you're creating beauty through building relationships or helping others achieve personal success, one small action can lead to a ripple effect, making life beautiful not just for yourself, but for those around you, too.

HOW TO OBSERVE

Help someone you know to achieve a personal goal, donate time to a worthy cause, help someone less fortunate or just do something nice for someone.  On social media, use #MakingLifeBeautifulDay

13th - NATIONAL RANDOM ACTS OF LIGHT DAY

Sometimes it takes just one gentle word or small token to help overcome darkness. On June 13, National Random Acts of Light Day encourages us to bring light to the darkness of cancer by surprising someone with an act of kindness.

Receiving the diagnosis of cancer is one of the darkest moments a person can have. As part of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's Light The Night Walks fundraising campaign, National Random Acts of Light brings awareness to the importance of providing cures and access to treatments for blood cancer patients.

Take a friend fishing or bring them their favorite cup of coffee. Sometimes a visit, a walk or a fresh bouquet of flowers is what brings the light into the room. Surprise someone you love, by bringing a sparkle to their day.

HOW TO OBSERVE

Share your Random Acts of Light on June 13, and throughout the year! Learn more about The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's National Random Acts of Light Day, Light the Night Walks and other campaigns and follow them on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.  Use #RandomActsofLightDay to share on social media.

HISTORY

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society ®(LLS) founded National Random Acts of Light Day to bring shine a light on the need for research and a cure for blood cancers.  In 2017, celebrities and local heroes surprised people affected by blood cancers as part of Random Acts of Light.

13TH - NATIONAL SEWING MACHING DAY

Observed annually on June 13 is National Sewing Machine Day.  This day honors the invention of the sewing machine.  It is hard to imagine having to sew things together by hand, stitch by stitch.

Skilled cabinet-maker and English inventor, Thomas Saint, received the first patent for a design of a sewing machine in 1790.  It was intended for leather and canvas, was never advertised and no evidence of it, other than his drawings, could be found.  In 1874, William Newton Wilson found Saint’s drawings in the London Patent Office, made adjustments and built a working model. The London Science Museum currently owns Wilson's model. 

Walter Hunt invented the first American lockstitch sewing machine in 1832.
John Greenough patented the first sewing machine in the United States in 1842.
Industrial use of the sewing machine reduced the burden that was placed upon housewives, moving clothing production from them and seamstresses to large-scale factories. This also resulted in a decrease in production time which caused the price of clothing to drop considerably.

Today, many people are again becoming interested in the art of sewing and making their own clothing. Crafts fairs and flea markets are filled with booths full of beautiful sewing machine-made clothes and craft items.

Quilters across America are known as sewing machine experts!

HOW TO OBSERVE

Use #NationalSewingMachineDay to post on social media

14TH - INTERNATIONAL BATH DAY

On June 14, celebrate International Bath Day by filling up a lovely bath for your children. Realize that bath time is a great time to discover and learn. With just a few bath toys or simple plastic cups, they will immediately begin to test the waves of their water lab. Watch and see how every child becomes a little scientist with fresh new bath time discoveries!

HOW TO OBSERVE

Make bath time fun and full of discovery! Like Archimedes, children can learn the basic properties of physics such as empty versus full, floating, sinking, weight, and cause and effect all while having FUN in the tub! Use #InternationalBathDay to share on social media

14TH - ARMY BIRTHDAY

Every year on June 14, the United States Army celebrates its creation in 1775.

Formed from amateur troops of volunteer soldiers defending colonies against British tyranny, the oldest military force in the United States began before the U.S. formally existed. Their forces consisted of mostly inexperienced militiamen commanded by independent colonial armies. According to battlefields.org, there were never more than 48,000 Continental soldiers at one time. Today, the United States Army consists of over one million active duty service members and an additional 800,000 National Guard and Reserves members.

The enduring history of the U.S. Army means they have been integral to many of the United State's military, peace-keeping and humanitarian efforts. During the Army's Birthday, these and many advancements will be recognized through events and ceremonies.

HOW TO OBSERVE

Wish the Army a Happy Birthday and learn about the history of the oldest branch of the U.S. military. Use #ArmyBirthday to share on social media.

HISTORY

On June 14, 1775, the Second Continental Congress created a Continental Army of existing militias (some that still exist today) to protect the Northern colonies from British troops

15TH - NATURE PHOTOGRAPHY DAY

The North American Nature Photography Association (NANPA) along with millions of photographers and photography lovers across the nation observe Nature Photography Day on June 15th.

HOW TO OBSERVE

Use your dedicated camera and/or the camera on your phone to take some photos of nature.  Use #NaturePhotographyDay in social media.

HISTORY

Nature Photography Day was designated by NANPA in 2009 to promote the enjoyment of nature photography.

15TH - NATIONAL SMILE POWER DAY

June 15th is the day we observe National Smile Power Day.  This is a day for everyone to share the power of the smile.

From the good morning greeting and the first "How may I help you?", present yourself with a smile.  No matter whether you are employed, job seeking, retired or looking for new horizons starting the day with a smile is certainly more empowering than a pout or grump.  Starting with a smile first is easier than trying to get there later in the day. 

When you smile at someone, you are telling them that they are valued and worth the smile that you just gave them.  Smiles are moral boosters and confidence builders.

Research has proven that smiling really does increase attractiveness and likability between humans.  Smiling creates a greater trust and increased interpersonal cooperation.  Smiling at someone can help them to relax and relieve their stress while at the same time, it will make you feel right.  Smiling (even if you do not feel like it) will lift your mood and can make you a  happier person.

HOW TO OBSERVE

Challenge yourself to smile more often today.  Use a smile to disarm a tense situation, or simply smile during your daily tasks.  Use #SmilePowerDay on social media

17th - father's day
(3rd sunday in june)

Father's Day is a day of honoring fatherhood, paternal bonds, as well as the influence of fathers in society. In Catholic countries of Europe, it has been celebrated on March 19 (Saint Joseph's Day) since the Middle Ages. This celebration was brought by the Spanish and Portuguese to Latin America, where March 19 is often still used for it, though many countries in Europe and the Americas have adopted the U.S. date, which is the third Sunday of June. It is celebrated on various days in many parts of the world, most commonly in the months of March, April and June according to the home nation's customs. It complements similar celebrations honoring family members, such as Mother's Day, Siblings Day and Grandparents' Day.

How To Observe

Father's Day is now celebrated in many countries around the world. Share on social media images of your day together with your kids, and be sure to use #FathersDay too

18TH - NATIONAL GO FISHING DAY

In addition to providing food, fishing is a recreational pastime of many.

Recreational fishing includes conventions, rules, licensing restrictions and laws that limit the way in which fish may be caught.  A rod, reel, line and hooks with any one of the different forms of bait or lures, are the most common form of recreational fishing.

The practice of catching (or attempting to catch) fish with a hook is known as angling.  Catch and release (returning the fish to the water to continue its life) is sometimes expected or required by law. For others, this is a preferred form of fishing. 

Hobbyists with knowledge of habitat, foraging behavior and migration hone their fishing techniques for a successful fishing adventure. Some fishermen still follow fishing folklore, which claims that fish feeding patterns are influenced by the position of the sun and the moon.

During the 16th and 17th centuries, recreational fishing began to gain popularity.  In 1653, Izaak Walton published a book titled, The Compleat Angler or Contemplative Man's Recreation. Walton's book is the definitive work championing the position of the angler who loves fishing just for the sake of it.

HOW TO OBSERVE

Celebrate National Go Fishing Day with a few friends or the whole family.

Share your whopper using #NationalGoFishingDay on social media

18TH - NATIONAL SPLURGE DAY

National Splurge Day is observed annually on June 18th.  This day is a fun, feel-good holiday that was created for you to do something special for yourself.

Splurge, (as defined at Dictionary.com) is: to indulge oneself in some luxury or pleasure.

Take the time to pull away from the everyday busyness and stress of life to treat yourself.  Perhaps that splurge is extra whipped cream on your latte, an afternoon at the spa, or booking the vacation you have been dreaming about taking. Savor the indulgence. If you splurge on a day off to play golf, enjoy each moment of the 18 holes regardless of the score. Maybe the splurge is for a bottle of expensive wine.  Select a good friend who will enjoy the vino, too.

Whatever it is, this is the day for it. National Splurge Day is about celebrating you and doing something you may not usually take the time or money to do.

HOW TO OBSERVE

Now, go ahead and s p l u r g e. (Remember to be wise and do not spend more money than what your budget will allow.) Use #NationalSplurgeDay to share on social media.

HISTORY

National Splurge Day was created in 1994 by Adrienne Sioux Koopersmith

19th - NATIONAL WATCH DAY

On June 19th, National Watch Day recognizes an industry which has been around for more than 500 years and is steadily evolving. Choosing a watch is very personal as the choices are vast and numerous. Even with the advent of smartphones and smartwatches, the classic wrist watch is a sign of individual taste, culture, and a rich history that cannot be disputed.

Rich in history and nostalgia, watches were not only crafted for telling time but have always been a symbol of something personal, a statement of who we are. Timepieces are often passed down from generation to generation, often gifted as a rite of passage, and essentially become heirlooms.

The iconic watch brands have paved the way for new trends like vintage inspired, slimmer profiles, and affordable luxury. Re-inventing a brand's signature look often balances traditional aesthetics with modern details. By creating and recreating new concepts, watches became a fashion accessory much like scarves and bags.

HOW TO OBSERVE

Join Nordstrom on National Watch Day by sharing your favorite watch, its story, and how you style it with #NationalWatchDay.

HISTORY

Nordstrom founded National Watch Day on June 19 to celebrate the history and design of watchmaking

19TH - JUNETEENTH

Commemorating the end of slavery in the United States, Juneteenth is observed on June 19.

The celebration originated in Texas when Major General Gordon Granger arrived in Galveston. He announced on June 19, 1865, with General Orders, Number 3 that the Civil War was over and all slaves were now freedmen.

News traveled slowly, even stubbornly during and after the War between the States. The Emancipation Proclamation had been signed over two years earlier. General Lee had surrendered at Appomattox two months before, and President Lincoln had already been laid to rest. The official final surrender had taken place just weeks before but the word, official word, seemed to be required to impact what was already happening in the rest of the country.

The celebration of Juneteenth grew from the profound experience that day when many learned of their freedom to the surmounting challenges that lay ahead and the lasting perseverance required for dignity, to overcome adversity and achieve fulfillment. Year after year, pilgrimages have been made to Galveston and celebrations have spread around the country and the world. In 2015, Juneteenth celebrated its 150th anniversary.

Emancipation Timeline

January 1, 1863 - Emancipation Proclamation signed
April 9, 1865 - General Robert E. Lee surrenders to General Ulysses S. Grant at Appomattox Court House, Virginia.
April 14, 1865 - President Abraham Lincoln assassinated
May 12, 1865 - Final battle of Civil War at Palmito Ranch, Texas  (Confederate victory)
May 26, 1865 - Civil War official ends when General Simon Bolivar Buckner of the Army of Trans-Mississippi enters terms of surrender
December 6, 1865 - 13th Amendment abolishing slavery ratified

HOW TO OBSERVE

Juneteenth has grown into a festival celebrating the art, food, education and history of the African-American culture.  Across the country, a variety of events take place with delicious food, art, music, dance, parades and the history of Juneteenth at the center of the festivities. Find one near you and use #Juneteenth to share on social media.

HISTORY

Since General Major Gordon Granger reached Galveston on June 19, 1865, Juneteenth (coined by combining June and nineteenth), has grown in waves. With the 150th anniversary, the celebration has gone worldwide

20th - american eagle day

Observed each year on June 20th is National American Eagle Day.  This day is set aside to honor our national symbol, raise awareness for protecting the Bald Eagle, assist in the recovery of their natural environments and take part in educational outreach.

The Bald Eagle is both the national bird and the national animal of the United States of America and appears on its Seal

In the latter 20th century, the Bald Eagle was on the brink of extinction in the continental United States.  Eventually, populations recovered and on July 12, 1995, the species was removed from the U.S. Federal Government's List of Endangered Species and transferred to the List of Threatened Species. On June 2007, it was withdrawn from the List of Endangered and Threatened Wildlife in the Lower 48 States.

The Bald Eagle's range includes most of Canada,  Alaska, all of the contiguous United States and northern Mexico.  They can be found near large bodies of open water where there is  an abundant food supply and old-growth trees for nesting.

Opportunistic feeders, Bald Eagles survive mainly on fish, swooping down and snatching them from the water.  Their nests are the largest nests of any North American bird and the largest tree nests ever recorded for any animal species. The largest recorded eagle’s nest was found in St. Petersburg, Florida.  It measured 9.5 feet in diameter and 20 feet deep.  It weighed in at nearly 3 tons. 

These majestic raptors tally up quite a list of facts. A fully grown female Bald Eagle has a wingspan of 2 meters (7 feet) and weighs 3 to 7 kilograms (7 to 15 pounds). The males are slightly smaller. They mate for life and live between 20-30 years.

The name "Bald Eagle" derives from an older meaning of "white headed" as the bird is actually not bald.  The adult eagle is mainly brown with a white head and tail.

HOW TO OBSERVE

For more information on National  American Eagle Day visit .  Use #NationalAmericanEagleDay to share on social media.  

HISTORY

National American Eagle Day is sponsored by The American Eagle Foundation.

21st - INTERNational yoga day

The idea of International Day of Yoga was first proposed by the current Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi, during his speech at the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA), on 27 September 2014.[4] He stated:[5]

Yoga is an invaluable gift of India's ancient tradition. It embodies unity of mind and body; thought and action; restraint and fulfillment; harmony between man and nature; a holistic approach to health and well-being. It is not about exercise but to discover the sense of oneness with yourself, the world and the nature. By changing our lifestyle and creating consciousness, it can help in well being. Let us work towards adopting an International Yoga Day.

The first International Day of Yoga was observed around the world on 21 June 2015. The Ministry of AYUSH made the necessary arrangements in India. 35,985 people, including Modi and dignitaries from 84 nations, performed 21 asanas (yoga postures) for 35 minutes at Rajpath in New Delhi, becoming the largest yoga class ever held, and with the largest number of participating nationalities.

21st - go skateboarding day

Inspired skaters carve a space on their calendar on June 21st. It's Go Skateboarding Day!

Retailers, sponsors, parks and individuals around the world host events showcasing this rebellious and creative culture. A combination of athleticism, dance, and art that has grown up in an urban world, skateboarding has crossed multicultural divides and speaks to a diverse population. Both thrilling and exciting to watch whether the skater is testing the laws of gravity with an aerial or a McTwist.

Both thrilling and stimulating to watch whether the skater is testing the laws of gravity with an aerial or a McTwist.  Since the 1940s skateboarding has been changing and advancing equipment, tricks, and techniques.

Use #GoSkateboardingDay to share on social media.

HISTORY

Founded in 2004 by the International Association of Skateboard Companies in California, this day has grown into a worldwide celebration of the sport.

23rd - national pink day

National Pink Day is observed annually on June 23rd.  This day is set aside for the color pink and all it represents.

First used as a color name in the late 17th century, pink is a pale red color which got its name from a flower of same name.

According to surveys in both the United States and Europe with results indicating that the color pink combined with white or pale blue is most commonly associated with femininity, sensitivity, tenderness, childhood and the romantic.  Pink, when combined with violet or black is associated with eroticism and seduction.

Dating back to the 14th century, "to pink" (the verb) means "to decorate with a perforated or punched pattern."

It would have been curious to find pink used in fabric or decor during the Middle Ages.  Occasionally it was seen in women's fashion and religious art.  In the 13th and 14th century, the Christ child was sometimes portrayed dressed in pink, the color associated with the body of Christ. Pink was mainly used for the flesh color of faces and hands during the Renaissance.

The Rococo Period (1720-1777) was the golden age for the color pink. Pastel colors became very fashionable in all the courts of Europe during this time.  Madame de Pompadour (1721-1764), the mistress of King Louis XV of France, was known for wearing the color pink, often combined with light blue.  At one point in time, Ms. Pompadour had a particular tint of pink made specifically for her.

Pink ribbons or decorations were worn by young boys in 19th century England.  The men in England wore red uniforms and since boys were considered small men, boys wore pink.

Pink became much bolder, brighter and more assertive in the 20th century and 1931, the color "Shocking Pink" was introduced.

As one of the most common colors of flowers, pink serves to attract the insects and birds that are necessary for pollination.

In the pink - To be in top form, in good health, in good condition.
To see pink elephants - To hallucinate from alcoholism.
Pink slip - To be given a pink slip means to be fired or dismissed from a job. First recorded in 1915 in the United States.
Pink-collar worker - Persons working in jobs conventionally regarded as "women's work"
Tickled pink - means extremely pleased

27th - national sunglasses day

Celebrated each year on June 27th, National Sunglasses Day is becoming more and more popular, especially as organizations like The Vision Council inform people about the dangers of UV exposure and why wearing sunglasses should be more than to just make a fashion statement.

HOW TO OBSERVE NATIONAL SUNGLASSES DAY

Wear your favorite shades and protect those beautiful eyes. Get out and enjoy summer, take a selfie and use #NationalSunglassesDay to share style on social media

30th - social media day

Social Media Day is observed annually on June 30th.  In its short life, social media has redefined how people interact, communicate, and share with family, friends, and the world.

With the launch of Friendster in 2002 and MySpace in 2003, social media became mainstream. Then 2004 brought the founding of the king of social media, Facebook. Twitter encouraged us to be succinct by posting our thoughts with fewer than 140 characters. When we express ourselves better through imagery, Instagram, and Flickr offer all the sharing we can handle.  And speaking of video, YouTube is the social place for everything from how-to to pop culture to what not to do with your fireworks on the 4th of July.

Social media makes it possible to stay connected and informed about those important people in our lives. Reconnecting with classmates, past work associates, and more is also a valuable part of social media.  It has also made it possible to connect with ancestors and find relatives you never even knew existed. Yes, the family tree has become a social media platform as well.  MyHeritage.com, Ancestry.com, and many others all supply a social platform where distant family members potentially meet and build their family trees.  


HOW TO OBSERVE NATIONAL SOCIAL MEDIA DAY

Post something on your favorite social media platform.  Find a social media meetup in your area.  Use #SocialMediaDay when posting to remind others of this day.

HISTORY OF SOCIAL MEDIA DAY

Social Media Day was founded in 2010 by .  

7th-13th national gardening week
(first full week of june)

Green thumbs get your spades ready! National Garden Week during the first full week of June is designed to raise awareness of gardening and horticulture, and to encourage more people to take part in the healthy and productive outdoor activity of gardening

From the amateur to the master gardener, celebrations, workshops and educational events swing into high gear during National Gardening Week. Gardens provide fresh fruits and vegetables, beautify neighborhoods and communities and provide social and physical activities throughout the year.

HOW TO OBSERVE

Visit your local library, county extension service, or check local listings for events near you. Visit  for more information on how to get involved. Use #NationalGardenWeek to share on social media.

6th-14th national fishing and boating week
(first saturday in june for 9 days)

National Fishing and Boating Week, also known as National Fishing Week, is observed next on Saturday, June 6th, 2020. It has been observed for 9 days starting the first Saturday in June since 1979.

Boating and Fishing are fun, stress-relieving activities that you can enjoy with your family and friends anytime. Here are just a few reasons why you should get out on the water and start enjoying these activities:

Connect with your Family: Family fishing is a great way for family members of all ages to connect and have fun.
Connect with Nature: 90% of Americans live within an hour of navigable water. Fishing and Boating are great opportunities to connect more with nature.
De-stress: Boating is ranked as one of the top 3 of all stress-relieving activities.
Help Conserve: The funds from your fishing licenses and boat registrations go towards the conservation of our natural aquatic areas.
 
During National Fishing and Boating Week, most states offer free fishing days. These are days where anglers are allowed to fish on public bodies of water without a fishing license. Check out the upcoming free fishing days in your state.
 

HOW TO CELEBRATE NATIONAL FISHING AND BOATING WEEK
The best way to celebrate National Fishing and Boating Week is to get out on the water! These are some of our ideas on how you can celebrate during this week:

Find Places to Boat and Fish near you: Check our Places to Boat and Fish Map for boating and fishing spots that are near you and fits your family's needs.
Visit one of the Top 100 Family-Friendly Places to Fish and Boat in the U.S.: Take a look at the Top 100 list to find a spot close to you.
Learn to Fish: Watch instructional videos and read tips from pros on how to cast, tie knots and make fishing rigs in our How to Fish section.
Share your #FirstCatch photos: First of the day, first of the season or first of a lifetime. Follow @Take_Me_Fishing and share your #FirstCatch photos with us.
Attend an Event: Many states hold events such as how-to clinics, fishing derbies, boat parades and family festivals during National Fishing and Boating Week. 
Mentor or Teach Someone New to Fish: During National Fishing and Boating Week, or the next time you go fishing, take someone new with you: a child, a relative, a friend.
Share this National Celebration on Social Media: Join others in sharing the joys of boating and fishing by spreading the word through your social media channels.

HOW TO OBSERVE

During this outdoor celebration, many states offer free fishing passes on public fishing sites.  Check out takemefishing.org to find out more. Get your gear ready and use #FishingAndBoatingWeek to share on social media.

HISTORY

Our research found National Fishing and Boating Week observed as early as 2001 and first proclaimed nationally by George W. Bush in 2002


Hashtags:

#NationalFishingAndBoatingWeek
#FishingAndBoatingWeek
#NationalFishingWeek
#FishingWeek

men's health month

Throughout June, Men's Health Month focuses on improving the lifestyles of men. While there are several approaches to improving overall health, diet and exercise are the targets of any changes.

All month long, community events and clinics take place to increase awareness of the leading health concerns men face. It's important to encourage the men in our lives to get regular checkups and be aware of the risks for their age, ethnicity, and lifestyle. 

Know your preventable risks
Take steps to create healthful habits 
Schedule routine tests for early detection of disease
Learn your risk factors
Document your family history with your physician
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the leading causes of death among men are heart disease, cancer, and accidental death.

HOW TO OBSERVE

Make a commitment to have a health checkup.
If you've recently had one and you are at risk, consider making changes to your lifestyle to improve your health.
Talk to your physician about the steps to take.
Talk to the men in your life about making an appointment for a checkup.
Take a walk with your father, brother, husband, son, friend or co-worker.
Cook up a healthy meal for the man in your life.
Use #MensHealthMonth to share on social media. For more information visit www.menshealthmonth.org

national camping month

National Camping Month in June is an excellent time to pack up your gear and experience nature.

Whether you like roughing it or prefer to have a few modern conveniences when heading out to the trail, it’s important to keep a few things in mind.

1. Make sure you have plenty of fresh water or a fresh water source.
2. Take a first aid kit and that it is stocked.
3. Pack waterproof matches.
4. Take non-perishable food such as granola bars, jerky, peanut butter, chocolate bars, and dried fruits, especially if you are not taking a cooler.
5. Pack fruits, vegetables, and meats separately and keep chilled in a cooler.
6. Include sunblock, even for cloudy days.
7. Rain gear, jackets, and blankets are necessary for cooler weather.

Around the country, there are a variety of campsites available. The more modern campsite includes showers and recreational facilities. These often include water hookups and parking pads for RVs and campers and cabins to rent as well as more primitive sites with no electrical hookups designed for tent usage.  Other parks only allow primitive camping and require everything you pack into the park to be packed out. So, seriously consider your needs if you are hiking into the park for your stay. These are not for the glampers.

HOW TO OBSERVE

Gather family and friends, because nature is calling, and there are so many ways to enjoy a weekend or even more camping.  Use #NationalCampingMonth to show us how you camp.

HISTORY

National Camping Month has been observed since the 1970s.

national home safety month

Each week throughout National Safety Month in June is an opportunity to make a difference in your home, work, and community.

Identifying risks around the home or improving safety standards at home and in your community protects everyone. Whether we increase first aid and emergency awareness through drills or provide water safety tips for summer recreation, we're taking steps to provide a safer neighborhood.

HOW TO OBSERVE

Get involved!

Report repairs as they are needed
Hold drills at home to help children know what to do in the even of a fire, tornado, mediacal event, or natural disaster.
Volunteer to participate in community emergency preparedness events
Put together a first aid kit
Take a CPR class
Teach someone to change a tire properly and safely
Learn about proper storage and disposal of medications
Take a defensive driving course
Learn how to identify fall hazards in a home
Visit the National Safety Council website for tips and resources and use #NationalSafetyMonth to share on social media.

HISTORY

The National Safety Council promotes National Safety Month annually.