Monthly Events, Holidays & Rememberances


  • Everybody Plays the Fool… Sometime on April 1
    Source: Library of Congress (LOC)
    “‘The first of April is the day we remember what we are the other 364 days of the year.’ So said Mark Twain about the most lighthearted of holidays. What is the origin of April Fools’ Day?” (LOC) Read about the origin of April Fools’ Day and learn about other April Fools’ material at the Library of Congress. 

  • Pesach: Passover
    Source: Tracey R. Rich
    This site offers a “discussion of the Jewish holiday of Passover, including an outline of the seder and a recipe for charoset.” (TRACEY R. RICH) Learn the meaning and traditions of Passover on this site. 

  • April 22: Earth Day
    Source: Library of Congress (LOC)
    “Earth Day was first observed in Spring of 1970. An estimated 20 million people nationwide attended festivities out of which came the largest grassroots environmental movement in U.S. history, and the impetus for national legislation like the Clean Air and Clean Water Acts. By the twentieth anniversary of that event, April 22, 1990, more than 200 million people in 141 countries participated in Earth Day celebrations.” (LOC) Learn about the history of Earth Day. 

  • Easter Day
    Source: British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC)
    “Easter is the most important festival in the Christian calendar. It is the commemoration of Jesus’s death and his rising from the dead, also known as the resurrection.” (BBC) Visitors to this site can learn more about this Christian holiday. 

  • Arbor Day
    Source: The National Arbor Day Foundation
    “Arbor Day is a nationally-celebrated observance that encourages tree planting and care. Founded by J. Sterling Morton in 1872, it’s celebrated on the last Friday in April.” (NATIONAL ARBOR DAY FOUNDATION) Learn about the celebration of Arbor Day.

Resources for Healthy Weight Loss

By jbluethmann at The Pulse – Health and Wellness Resource Center.

With Lent in full swing, many are fasting, giving up a guilty pleasure like chocolate or simply making the decision to live healthier. Weight loss can be beneficial for so many reasons not the least of which is cardiovascular health and less risk for chronic diseases like diabetes. But experts remind us time and again that healthy gradual weight loss is more likely to keep the pounds off than quick dramatic weight loss often experienced by those on fad diets.

Healthy weight loss resources abound across the Internet. Some reputable sites with information for sticking to a healthy weight loss plan follow.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Healthy Weight Center provides rich information on healthy weight loss strategies. It includes information on the following topics:

The American Diabetes Association is another outlet with helpful online tips for healthy weight loss. Included on its website is information in the following areas:

The American Heart Association (AHA) also focuses on healthy weight loss strategies providing recommendations on its website for healthy weight loss strategies. From its website, you can access AHA publications on the following topics:

On its website the U.S. Food and Drug Administration provides useful information on making your calories count by using the nutrition facts label on food and beverages.