Columbus Day – Dispel the Myths, Discuss the Impact

In 1492, Columbus sailed the ocean blue. In fact, on October 12th of that year. For this reason, the closest Monday to that date (the 2nd Monday of October) was chosen by the US Government in 1971 to be Columbus Day. Celebrated as an official US holiday since 1937, it initiated as an Italian-American fest,.. read more →

07 Oct 2014
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The Good, The Bad, and the Pretty: Cholesterol Levels

September is National Cholesterol Education month. By now, who hasn’t heard about cholesterol? It’s so prominently discussed in terms of health conscience that to not mention it would be akin to not mentioning mopping when teaching your child how to house clean. Along with exercise, not smoking, and blood pressure, healthy cholesterol levels are one.. read more →

15 Sep 2014
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Just Because: Robin Williams and August 27th

On the 27th of August, at the cusp of summer vacations ending and the welcoming of the routines of autumn, comes a seemingly quirky day: Just Because Day (yes, really).  This day gives pause to a transition period when people are trying to get back on their feet, students exit camps and enter classes, and workers.. read more →

23 Aug 2014
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Let Us Break Bread Together: Family Meals Month

August is Family Meals Month. Did you know that family meal times tend to be more nutritious? According to Nemours, a children’s health system, eating together as a family leads to more conscious planning on the part of the parents, resulting in healthier choices placed on the table.  In addition, there’s the “social nutrition” aspect:.. read more →

14 Aug 2014
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National Eye Exam Month: You Can Make A Difference

Eyes, they say, are the window to the soul. Infants as young as a few weeks old start to make eye contact, and from there, bonding is largely facilitated by locking in the gaze of others.  As we grow, our sight serves as the strongest of our five senses, affecting everything from light and color.. read more →

07 Aug 2014
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American Artists Appreciation Month: Four Featured Artists

When it comes to artists, Europe tends to steal the show in the Western world. Van Gogh, Picasso, Michelangelo, Monet, Rembrandt – these are some of the more recognized names. At the same time, the US has its share of famous artists, and for this reason a month is dedicated to appreciating them. August, the.. read more →

02 Aug 2014
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That Multilayered Italian Delight

Lick your lips: July 29th is National Lasagna Day. Seriously.  A whole 24 hours dedicated to the scrumptious combo of pasta, soft cheese, sliced cheese, tomato sauce, and minced meat (debatably optional) main dish that has become as mainstay for Americans as the hotdog. Whether restaurant, pasta bar, or homemade, lasagna can be relied upon.. read more →

28 Jul 2014
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You Won’t Believe What the Month of July Is

When school ends for the summer, the children let out a sigh of relief. “Free at last!” they shout. Until about 24 hours in. Even if they have a day camp to keep them busy, there are still those late afternoon and evening hours to fill which would normally be taken care of with homework.. read more →

17 Jul 2014
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Bring On the Companionship

At times, it seems like there’s a day, or even a month, dedicated to practically anything.  This month alone we have National Scarecrow Day, I Forgot Day, World UFO Day, and Sidewalk Egg Frying Day, to name a few. Thankfully, some of the more obscure dedicated days are incredibly positive for volunteerism, such as a.. read more →

10 Jul 2014
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July 4th Trivia Quiz

We all know that July 4th is the United States Independence Day. We celebrate by relishing in picnics and fireworks, and at Rockaway Care Center we have events and singing planned as usual. As intellectual stimulation, while you’re firing up the barbeque and gazing at the colorful flares in the skies, here are some facts.. read more →

04 Jul 2014
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