Wednesday, September 21, 2011

School Backpack Awareness Day, Gratitude Day, Alzheimer's Day, more

September 21st, 2011, is National School Backpack Awareness Day, Miniature Golf Day, World Gratitude Day, International Day of Peace, World Alzheimer's Day, and National Pecan Cookie Day.

National School Backpack Awareness Day, sponsored by the American Occupational Therapy Association, is observed on the third Wednesday of September. Avoid the pain and injury that can come from choosing the wrong bag, carrying too heavy a load, or lifting improperly. "Pack It Light, Wear It Right."

No matter the weather, since many miniature golf courses are indoors, celebrate Miniature Golf Day. Makes for a fun family outing or a unique date destination.

A world-wide Thanksgiving of sorts, World Gratitude Day is a time to take stock of everything you have to be thankful for. I'm thankful for my family and friends, our reasonably good health, living in the modern world with our many conveniences, my Holiday Whiz readers, and so much more.

The International Day of Peace is always observed on September 21st. The website suggests many ways to participate: "Anyone, anywhere can celebrate Peace Day. It can be as simple as lighting a candle at noon, or just sitting in silent meditation. Or it can involve getting your co-workers, organization, community or government engaged in a large event. The impact of millions of people in all parts of the world, coming together for one day of peace, is immense."

World Alzheimer's Day is a time to raise awareness, to make a difference for those suffering with dementia and their families. The 2011 theme is "Faces of dementia."

Celebrate National Pecan Cookie Day - the pecans mean you're eating healthy!

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