Hello and welcome to March! Today’s post is all about the month of March. In addition to being the third month of the Gregorian calendar it’s also home to the beginning of Daylight Savings Time, March 13 and the Spring Equinox, March 20. Notable holidays and observances include Mardi Gras, March 8; Ash Wednesday, March 9; The Ides of March, March 15; and St. Patrick’s Day, March 17.
The Zodiac signs for the month of March are Pisces, February 19-March 20 and Aries, March 21-April 19. March’s birthstone is aquamarine. March’s birth flower is daffodil.
March is Kidney Month
March 10th is World Kidney Day
March is traditionally American Red Cross Month
Every United States President since FDR has proclaimed it so.
March 19th is Gabrielle Giffords Honorary Save-a-Life Saturday. At more than 50 locations across the country, the Red Cross will provide 30-45 min. classes to teach the basics of hands-only CPR, the treatment of shock and how to treat wounds.
For more information go to www.redcross.org
March is National Nutrition Month
This year’s theme is Eat Right with Color.
Registered Dietitian Day is March 9th.
March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month
Friday, March 4th is Dress in Blue Day to promote awareness about colon cancer and encourage people to get their colon checked.
For more information about colorectal cancer visit www.ccalliance.org
March is Women’s History Month
This year’s theme is Our History is Our Strength.
Visit the National Women’s History Project at www.nwhp.org/whm for biographies of important women throughout history. (Some of which will be featured here every day in March.)
March is Trisomy Awareness Month
For more information about this genetic abnormality, which causes among other things Down syndrome visit www.trisomy.org
March is National Endometriosis Month
For more information about this painful reproductive and immunological disease, which affects more than 8.5 million North American women visit www.endocenter.org
March is Save Your Vision Month
Visit www.aoa.org/x5072.xml for tips on healthy, comfortable vision at the computer and suggestions for workstation setup for comfortable computer use.
March is also Workplace Eye Wellness Month
March 2nd is the 6th Annual Eyes on Capitol Hill event. This year’s event includes community leaders meeting with advocates and government representatives, a national call-in day and the Congressional Vision Caucus Reception. For more info on these events and how to become a grassroots advocate visit www.preventblindness.org.
March is National Frozen Food Month
The theme of this year’s event is Bringing Families Together with Easy Home Meals.
A 3-page coupon insert will appear in Sunday newspapers on March 6th. For more information about the National Frozen and Refrigerated Foods Association visit www.nfraweb.org. As part of National Frozen Food Month you can enter to win a 7-day Family Caribbean Cruise at www.easyhomemeals.com. Deadline: April 30.
March is National Peanut Month
According to PeanutButterLovers.com National Peanut Month had its beginnings as National Peanut Week in 1941. It was expanded to a month-long celebration in 1974. Visit www.peanutbutterlovers.com to learn how peanut butter is made and for details of the 2nd annual PB My Way recipe contest. Deadline: March 31.
Visit March — Wikipedia for more interesting information about the month of March and more worldwide daily celebrations.
Visit the Bizarre American Holidays Home Page for more fun daily celebrations.
Visit 2011 National Health Observances for more weekly and daily health observances.