If you take a moment to cruise through the lists of national months listed on the National Day Calendar, you will see a list of 25 organizations who are raising awareness, inviting celebrations, and sharing information about a huge range of interests in March.
We found some thoughtful, interesting, and useful groups to highlight in our blog. Hope you enjoy the information.
National Peanut Month
We’re starting our National Month list with one of America’s favorite snacks – peanuts! As the pandemic swept the country, peanut consumption is at an all-time high. A recent report on consumer behavior by J. M. Smucker Company indicates that for the 52 weeks ending November 1, 2020 the growth of peanut butter hit 7.1%.
In 1941, the peanut celebration started with Peanut Week. By 1974 the week expanded into National Peanut Month.
Peanuts are actually a species commonly known as the bean, pea, or legume family. Here in the South, we also call it a Goober Pea. As a valuable source of protein, niacin, folate, and phytosterols peanuts are a good food source and cholesterol-free.
George Washington Carver is known as the “Father of the Peanut” and in 1925 published a bulletin called “How to Grow the Peanut and 105 Ways of Preparing it for Human Consumption.”
National Social Work Month
The National Association of Social Workers organized the National Social Work Month in March of 1963 to encourage public support of the profession. In 1984, President Ronald Reagan proclaimed March as National Professional Social Work Month.
During Covid-19, social workers have taken on many roles with children, adults, and families. Social workers are advocates, advisors, counselors, and facilitators in schools, clinics, businesses, government offices, and more.
National Kidney Month
Getting a reminder to give our kidneys a checkup is clearly important when 1 in 3 Americans are at high risk for kidney disease due to diabetes, high blood pressure, or family history of kidney failure. In addition, 30 million American already have kidney disease, and many are not aware of it since symptoms usually don’t appear until the disease has progressed.
Kidneys regulate water, remove waste, and regulate minerals along with producing hormones. These two organs filter over 200 liters of blood a day.
Ways to reduce risk of kidney disease include controlling blood pressure, exercise, reducing over the counter pain medication, and cutting out processed foods. For more information about taking care of your kidneys, click here.
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Sources: National Day Calendar, National Peanut Board, National Association of Social Workers, National Kidney Foundation, National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases - U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.