April 5: Walk to Work Day, National Deep Dish Pizza Day, National Dandelion Day, Go for Broke Day

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Walk to Work Day

Spring is in the air and teasing us to shed the winter doldrums and get outside in the fresh air and sunshine. What better way to do that than to walk to work? The first Friday of April is "Walk to Work Day," and for those of us who live close enough to the office, it's a wonderful opportunity to usher in spring.

A survey conducted by the Federal Highway Administration found that about 107.4 million Americansuse walking as a regular means of transportation. They use this mode of transport on average, three times a week. In addition, the 2005 Census American Community Survey found that 3,291,401 people in the U.S. using walking as their primary means of travel to work.

So what are you waiting for? Throw your car keys in the drawer and put on your walking shoes. (And you'd better leave a few minutes early -- you know your boss hates it when you're late!)

National Deep Dish Pizza Day

Chicago claims to be the birthplace of deep dish pizza. In fact, more specifically it is attributed to Pizzeria Uno in 1943. Since that time the trend has spread across the country and is a favorite of many pizza lovers nationwide.

Today is "National Deep Dish Pizza Day" and there's only one way to celebrate. Call up your favorite pizza joint and place your order now, or better yet, try this yummy recipe from Yahoo! Shine.

National Dandelion Day

Americans spend a ton of money each year trying to rid dandelions from their yards. But in truth, the dandelion is a very useful plant. In addition to being used for various medicinal purposes, dandelions have numerous culinary applications as well:

* The young leaves can be eaten in salads.

* The roots can be used to make tea.

* The flowers can be used to make wine.

Today is "National Dandelion Day." You can celebrate by being the first one on your block to forego chemical herbicides and welcome this valuable resource into your life.

Go for Broke Day

Have you been putting off an important decision or hedging on making some risky move? If so, let today be your catalyst for action -- it's "Go for Broke Day!"

In his article "Making Big Decisions and Mastering the Consequences," author John Caddell outlines four tips to making big or risky decisions:

* Don't just focus on the downside.

* Understand you will shape the outcome.

* Know who you can rely on.

* Stick with your decision.

It's time to jump off that fence and into the action. And when you're done, sit back and watch the 1983 comedy romance "Risky Business," starring Tom Cruise and Rebecca De Mornay. You can watch the trailer on Yahoo! Movies.

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