National Water Safety Month on May, 2018: August is the ONLY calender month without a MAJOR holiday: Why has it never been claimed for any

May, 2018 is National Water Safety Month 2018.

August is the ONLY calender month without a MAJOR holiday: Why has it never been claimed for any

The following events are observed calendar month-long in August:

American Adventures Month

American History Essay Contest

National Catfish Month

Black Business Month

Cataract Awareness Month

Children's Eye Health and Safety Month

Children's Vision and Learning Month

Get Ready for Kindergarten Month

Happiness Happens Month

Harvest Month

Motorsports Awareness Month

National Immunization Awareness Month

National Inventor's Month

National Panini Month

National Water Quality Month

National Win with Civility Month

Neurosurgery Outreach Month

Peach Month

Spinal Muscular Atrophy Awareness Month

What Will Be Your Legacy Month

Who tests drinking water?

Who tests drinking water?

There are several companies that perform water tests for a fee. Many of them will mail you a kit with instructions and vials that you can fill and return for testing.

As for the local water, your local water company is mandated to perform tests that meet national guidelines for water safety. Water quality changes by region.

One factor that can affect the content of water is the pipes in your house. Old houses usually have iron pipes that can leach trace metals into your water supply, but even newer copper plumbing can leach lead into your water supply because they are soldered with lead.

A reverse osmosis system can be installed that will help to remove most contaminants.

Lastly, if you suspect lead poisoning (or heavy ingestion) contact your Pediatrician. There are many tests that he/she can run to determine any problems.

Weight loss safety/ normalcy?

Weight loss safety/ normalcy?

Ways to Lose Weight in 2008

From Jennifer R. Scott,

Your Guide to Weight Loss.

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Don't let another year go by without making these easy changes that will help you lose weight and be more healthy!

1. Learn to Read Labels

Paying attention to food labels is an absolute must if you want to lose weight. Counting calories is impossible without this skill. You should know how to find a food's caloric content and its serving size. Comparing labels is essential for making informed food choices.

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2. Say Yes to Snacks

It's important to maintain blood sugar levels by eating about every three hours. If it's been five or six hours since your last meal, you need to start planning snacks. Getting too hungry will backfire on your efforts to eat healthier and control portions. Aim for a healthful, satisfying snack, such as an apple and some reduced fat cheddar cheese -- the apple is high in fiber and low in calories, and the cheese will provide protein for an energy boost and a sense of satiety.

3. Drink Plenty of Water

The rule of thumb of eight glasses a day is a great goal, but why not aim for even more? Water can help with weight loss in several ways: First, if you tend to carry "water weight" (i.e. you're often bloated), drinking more water can help alleviate this problem. Second, replacing high-sugar, high-cal drinks -- such as soda -- with water can cut hundreds of calories. Lastly, staying well-hydrated will help you feel more satisfied (which may prevent overeating) and improves your overall sense of well-being.

4. Stop Skipping Meals

Skipping meals is one of those dieting mistakes most of us make at one time or another. But meal skipping does your diet more harm than good. You'll be more likely to eat too much later on, plus your body may go into "starvation mode" if you skip too often -- which will cause it to actually hang on to weight rather than lose!

5. Just Get Moving

Working in some exercise each day will give your metabolism a boost. Anything that gets your heart pumping faster will do. Start out today with a brisk walk or a bike ride. Work your way up from 10 minutes a day to 30 minutes a day and you'll make a significant difference to your overall health, fitness, and weight loss in a matter of months ... or even weeks!

6. Start a Food Diary

Keeping a food diary, even if it's just jotting down what, when, and why you eat in an old spiral notebook is an excellent first step toward losing weight. You can also keep track of your exercise efforts, too. Take a look at it every so often to find problems areas and identify changes to be made.

7. Eat More Whole Grains

Eating more whole grains -- as well as more produce -- could be the best health and weight loss decision you ever make. Not only do grains, fruits and veggies provide nutrients you may be missing that improve your health and possibly reduce disease-risk, they're automatically low in calories and fat, and high in fiber, so you can eat more of them, more often, and not gain weight. The fiber in whole grains and produce will help you feel fuller longer, which can in turn help you better control portions and avoid overeating.

8. Practice Portion Control

Paying attention to portion sizes may be the most eye-opening weight loss experience you ever have. For example, take a look at the serving size listed on your favorite pasta. Measure out this serving. Place it on the dish you usually use. Is it miniscule compared to your usual serving? When you begin measuring portions you will realize just how oversized our idea of a "helping" is and where all those extra calories come from that are causing you to gain weight.

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