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Posted by on May. 31, 2013 at 10:47 AM
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deccaf
by Group Admin on May. 31, 2013 at 10:48 AM
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Heat Awareness Safety Day

HEAT AWARENESS SAFETY DAY

Heat is the number one weather-related killer in the United States resulting in hundreds of fatalities each year.

In fact, on average, excessive heat claims more lives each year than floods, lightning, tornadoes, and hurricanes combined.

Here are some Heat Wave Safety Tips:

  • Slow down. Reduce, eliminate, or reschedule strenuous activities until the coolest time of the day. Children, seniors, and anyone with health problems should stay in the coolest available place, not necessarily indoors. If you are a caregiver and need to take a break, consider using a licensed home care agency such as HisGrip Home Care to provide respite care for you.
  • Dress for summer. Wear lightweight, light-colored clothing to reflect heat and sunlight.
  • Put less fuel on your inner fires. Foods, like meat and other proteins that increase metabolic heat production also increase water loss.
  • Drink plenty of water, non-alcoholic, and decaffeinated fluids. Your body needs water to keep cool. Drink plenty of fluids even if you do not feel thirsty. Persons who have epilepsy or heart, kidney or liver disease, are on fluid restrictive diets or have a problem with fluid retention should consult a physician before increasing their consumption of fluids. Do not drink alcoholic beverages and limit caffeinated beverages.
  • During excessive heat periods, spend more time in air-conditioned places. Air conditioning in homes and other buildings markedly reduces danger from the heat. If you cannot afford an air conditioner, go to a library, store or other location with air conditioning for part of the day.
  • Never leave anyone (children, older adults, or pets) in a parked car. Temperatures inside a car can rise very rapidly. Rolling windows down DOES NOT significantly decrease the heat inside the car.
  • Do not get too much sun. Sunburn reduces your body’s ability to dissipate heat.
  • Do not take salt tablets unless specified by a physician.
  • Monitor for signs of heat exhaustion or heat stroke, including elevated body temperature, weakness, clammy skin, fainting, and vomiting. Seek immediate medical attention for these warning signs.
deccaf
by Group Admin on May. 31, 2013 at 10:49 AM

What You Think Upon Grows Day

In an earthy twist of the sentiments behind "The Secret." It's sort of like "Field of Dreams" applied to positive thinking. If you think it, it will grow. Whether you buy into that philosophy or not, know that the holiday has a real world connection. A proponent of the "positive thinking/positive confession philosophy," Norman Vincent Peale, was born on May 31, 1898. Peale wrote "The Power of Positive Thinking" In 1945 Peale and his wife published the religious magazine, "Guideposts," which is still in circulation.

deccaf
by Group Admin on May. 31, 2013 at 10:49 AM

Macaroon Day

The term macaroon is applied to a variety of different types of cookies with different origins. The French cookie made with egg whites, sugar and almonds is the "macaroon." The earliest American cookbooks contained recipes for similar cookies according to Food Timeline. The Italian version dates back earlier than both the French and American recipes, to 1792.

Carmelite nuns made the cookies to pay for their housing when they needed asylum during the French Revolution. They believed, "Almonds are good for girls who do not eat meat. ... They became known as the 'Macaroon Sisters,'" according to What's Cooking America.

Macaroon is also used to describe the coconut macaroon, the cookie celebrated on May 31. The coconut macaroon is a rich combination of almond paste, shredded coconut, condensed milk and egg whites. The cookie can be dipped in chocolate or drizzled with melted chocolate for a touch of elegance.

deccaf
by Group Admin on May. 31, 2013 at 10:50 AM
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World No Tobacco Day

Step away from the tobacco and nobody will get hurt. The World Health Organization observes World No Tobacco Day annually. The theme for 2012 is "tobacco industry interference" and focuses on exposing "the tobacco industry's brazen and increasingly aggressive attempts to undermine the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control because of the serious danger they pose to public health," according to the WHO.

Chew on these numbers from WHO:

1: Tobacco use is number one leading cause of preventable death.

6 million people each year: Number of people who die from tobacco.

12: Hours after quitting the carbon monoxide level in blood drops to normal

deccaf
by Group Admin on May. 31, 2013 at 10:50 AM

'Seinfeld' and 'Survivor' Debut: Anniversary

It would be difficult to ignore two entertainment powerhouses that made their debut on May 31. "Seinfeld" was a show "about nothing" that was still believable, relatable and funny because in essence, it was about everything. If you rewatch episodes of the show, which ran from May 31, 1990, to May 14, 1998, you will still laugh. The genius of the show remains.

Another big show hit the airwaves on May 31, two years after we said goodbye to "Seinfeld." "Survivor" was marketed as the "Real World" on an island where the cast eats rats. There was no way you could skip watching this show which took unscripted TV to a whole new level, by adding the competitive element. "Survivor" has been on the air for 22 years with Jeff Probst at the helm. The locations and the game has changed but the prize has not. The winner has always received $1 million. Time for a raise?

rissarin
by Gold Member on May. 31, 2013 at 11:22 AM
Interesting. I like it.

Quoting deccaf:

What You Think Upon Grows Day


In an earthy twist of the sentiments behind "The Secret." It's sort of like "Field of Dreams" applied to positive thinking. If you think it, it will grow. Whether you buy into that philosophy or not, know that the holiday has a real world connection. A proponent of the "positive thinking/positive confession philosophy," Norman Vincent Peale, was born on May 31, 1898. Peale wrote "The Power of Positive Thinking" In 1945 Peale and his wife published the religious magazine, "Guideposts," which is still in circulation.

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