National Peanut Butter and Jelly Day
When I was a kid, everybody I knew ate peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, and not one of us was allergic to peanuts. Today, approximately 1 percent of the population is allergic. Just in the decade between 1997 and 2007, reported food allergies in children increased by 18 percent. Here are some other interesting peanut allergy statistics:
* 3 million people in the U.S. report being allergic to either peanuts or tree nuts.
* Peanuts cause more food-related deaths than any other single food.
* Epinephrine is the only available treatment for severe peanut allergies.
Today is "National Peanut Butter and Jelly Day." For those of us who aren't allergic, it's the perfect opportunity to try some new twists on an old classic. Here are some great recipes from Yahoo! Shine:
Peanut Butter and Jelly Sushi (yep -- you read that right!)
Children's Book Day
We all know that reading is important. We also know that reading with our kids helps them to be better students overall. But did you know that two-thirds of all students who cannot read well by the end of fourth grade will end up in jail or on welfare?
That's right. According to BeginToRead.com the fourth grade is the "watershed year." If students haven't made the reading mark by then, their chances of catching up are less than 25 percent.
Parents can -- and do -- make a difference. "By the age of 2, children who are read to regularly display greater language comprehension, larger vocabularies, and higher cognitive skills than their peers," according to a study cited by bookspring.org.
Today is "Children's Book Day," and the perfect reminder of the importance of reading with our young ones. What was your favorite children's book? Why not celebrate the day by picking up a copy to read with your kids or donate to your local daycare center?
Do you have a hatchet that needs to be buried or a fence that needs mending? If so, today's the day -- it's "Reconciliation Day." It's the perfect time to let go of old grudges and start anew.
Forgiving can do more than just make you a nicer person, too. Science has shown that holding grudges causes stress. In fact, Charlotte vanOyen Witvliet, PhD, says that the physiological consequences of not forgiving can put people at greater risk of everything from mild depression to acute heart ailments.
So take this opportunity to put an old issue to rest. Forgive, and then forget. And then watch the 1991 comedy-drama "The Fisher King" starring Robin Williams and Jeff Bridges. You can check it out on Yahoo! Movies.
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