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Saying Grace: 
Prayer before a meal
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A prayer of Grace is said to be an act of offering thanks to God for granting humans dominion over the earth, and the right and ability to sacrifice the lives of divine creations for sustenance; this thanks is the "saying of Grace" prior to and/or after eating of any meal.

However, in many indigenous cultures around the world, including North America, the saying of grace does not signify human dominion, but rather recognition of a plant or animal's giving their life and that some day the prayer giver, like every sentient being, will return to earth to give sustenance and life to others.
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Holidays To Remember
National Iced Tea Month
June / United States
National Hugging Day / January 21
List of Health Awareness Holidays & Observances........

International Observances denote a period to observe an issue of international interest or concern. Many of these observances have been established by either the United Nations General Assembly, United Nations Economic and Social Council or by the World Health Organization. World Health Observances mark a period which is often used to promote an issue and mobilize for action. Below follows a list of days and months which have been denoted as health related observances.
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January
Thyroid Awareness Month
Glaucoma Awareness Month
National Radon Action Month
Cervical Health Awareness Month
National Birth Defects Prevention Month

February
American Heart Month
AMD/Low Vision Awareness Month
National Wise Health Consumer Month
National Childrens Dental Health Month
International Prenatal Infection Prevention Month

Give Kids A Smile Day
National Wear Red Day

National Donor Day
National Condom Week
Children of Alcoholics Week
National Burn Awareness Week
Congenital Heart Defect Awareness Week
National Eating Disorders Awareness Week

March
Save Your Vision Month
National Nutrition Month
American Red Cross Month
Mental Retardation Awareness Month
National Brain Injury Awareness Month
Workplace Eye Health and Safety Month
National Endometriosis Awareness Month
National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month
National Multiple Sclerosis Education and Awareness Month

Brain Awareness Week
Root Canal Awareness Week
National Sleep Awareness Week
National School Breakfast Week
Multiple Sclerosis Awareness Week
National Patient Safety Awareness Week
National Problem Gambling Awareness Week
National Inhalants and Poisons Awareness Week
National Poison Prevention Week

World Kidney Day
American Diabetes Alert Day
No Smoking Day /United Kingdom / second Wednesday in March.
World Water Day or World Day for Water / March 22

April
Cancer Control Month
 STD Awareness Month
Alcohol Awareness Month
National Donate Life Month
Counseling Awareness Month
National Stress Awareness Month
National Autism Awareness Month
Womens Eye Health and Safety Month
Irritable Bowel Syndrome Awareness Month
National Minority Health Awareness Month
National Sarcoidosis Awareness Month
Occupational Therapy Month
Sports Eye Safety Month

Sexual Assault Awareness Month Day of Action
National Public Health Week
National Infant Immunization Week
National SAFE KIDS Week

World Health Day
World Tai Chi & Qigong Day

May
Clean Air Month
Better Sleep Month
Mental Health Month
American Stroke Month
Lupus Awareness Month
National Arthritis Month
Hepatitis Awareness Month
National Cancer Research Month
Lyme Disease Awareness Month
Multiple Chemical Sensitivity Month
Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month
Healthy Vision Month - Refractive Errors
Melanoma/Skin Cancer Detection and Prevention Month
National Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis Awareness Month
National Celiac Disease Awareness Month
National High Blood Pressure Education Month
National Physical Fitness and Sports Month
National Teen Pregnancy Prevention Month
Tuberous Sclerosis Awareness Month
National Neurofibromatosis Month
Ultraviolet Awareness Month

National Neuropathy Week
Food Allergy Awareness Week
National Women's Health Week
National Stuttering Awareness Week
National Emergency Medical Services Week
Recreational Water Illness Prevention Week
National Physical Education and Sport Week
Children's Mental Health Awareness Week
North American Occupational Safety and Health Week
National Alcohol- and Other Drug-Related Birth Defects Week

Fibromyalgia Awareness Day
National Women's Check-up Day
Phelan-McDermid Syndrome Day
Sex Differences in Health Awareness Day
National Anxiety Disorders Screening Day
Cornelia de Lange Syndrome Awareness Day
National Employee Health and Fitness Day
World No Tobacco Day: May 31.

June
Home Safety Month
Fireworks Safety Month
Myasthenia Gravis Awareness Month
National Aphasia Awareness Month
National Scleroderma Awareness Month
National Scoliosis Awareness Month
Vision Research Month

Sun Safety Week
National Men's Health Week
National Headache Awareness Week
Helen Keller Deaf - Blind Awareness Week

National Cancer Survivors Day
National ASK Day

July
UV Safety Month
Hemochromatosis Awareness Month
International Group B Strep Awareness Month
Juvenile Arthritis Awareness Month

Phelan-McDermid Syndrome Week

August
Cataract Awareness Month
Children's Eye Health and Safety Month
National Immunization Awareness Month
Psoriasis Awareness Month

National Minority Donor Awareness Day


September
America On the Move's Steptember Campaign
Whole Grains Month
National Yoga Month
Healthy Aging Month
Childhood Cancer Month
Craniofacial Acceptance Month
Fruit and Veggies - More Matters Month
National Alcohol and Drug Addiction Recovery Month
National Cholesterol Education Month
National Cholestrol Awareness Month
National Infant Mortality Awareness Month
National Pediculosis Prevention Month/ Head Lice Prevention Month
Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month
Prostate Cancer Awareness Month
Reye's Syndrome Awareness Month
Sports and Home Eye Safety Month

National Suicide Prevention Week
ADHD Awareness Week
Reye's Syndrome Awareness Week
National Farm Safety & Health Week
National Rehabilitation Awareness Celebration
Hearing Aid Awareness Week

Get Ready Day
World Heart Day
World Suicide Prevention Day: September 10
National Celiac Disease Awareness Day
World Alzheimer's Day: September 21
World Rabies Day: September 28

October
Let's Talk Month
Healthy Lung Month
Halloween Safety Month
National Chiropractic Month
National Dental Hygiene Month
"Talk About Prescriptions" Month
Eye Injury Prevention Month
Global Handwashing Day October 15
National Breast Cancer Awareness Month
National Celiac Disease Awareness Month
National Disability Employment Awareness Month
National Domestic Violence Awareness Month
National Down Syndrome Awareness Month
National Medical Librarians Month
National Physical Therapy Month
National Spina Bifida Awareness Month
Sudden Infant Death Syndrome Awareness Month

Fire Prevention Week
Mental Illness Awareness Week
Drive Safely Work Week
Get Smart About Antibiotics Week
National Child Health Day
Stop America's Violence Everywhere Today
Bone and Joint Decade National Action Week
National School Lunch Week
Interstitial Cystitis Awareness Week
National Drug-Free Work Week
National Health Education Week

World Food Day
Red Ribbon Week
Lung Health Day 22
Respiratory Care Week
World Osteoporosis Day
National Mammography Day
International Stuttering Awareness Day
Metastatic Breast Cancer Awareness Day
Interstitial Cystitis Awareness Day 31
Sarcoidosis Awareness Day
National Depression Screening Day
World Mental Health Day

November
American Diabetes Month
Diabetic Eye Disease Month
Jaw Joints - TMJ Awareness Month
Lung Cancer Awareness Month
National Alzheimer's Disease Awareness Month
National Family Caregivers Month
National Healthy Skin Month
National Hospice Palliative Care Month
Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month
Prematurity Awareness Month
Pulmonary Hypertension Awareness Month
Prematurity Awareness Day 18
Great American Smokeout (third thursday)
National Survivors of Suicide Day
Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease Awareness Week
World Antibiotic Awareness Week

December
Safe Toys and Gifts Month
National Aplastic Anemia and MDS Awareness Week
National hand washing awareness week
World AIDS Day
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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Category:Health_awareness_days