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April 2010: No Fooling, Spring is Here!

It's time to say farewell to the winds of March and hello to the showers that usher in a flowery spring at long last!

But for April we have many other things to pay attention to including Earth Day (April 22nd) and National Volunteer Week (18-24 April).  These are also beautiful things just as tulips and daffodils.

How do we learn more about wellness and health issues?  Well, April 11-17 is National Library Week (http://www.ala.org ).  Go ahead and find ways beyond the Internet to learn about environmental education (www.eeweek.org ) and what we can do to keep our planet keeping us healthy!

Making decisions about health can be somewhat intimidating.  Try http://nationhealthcaredecisionsday.org  and help yourself or loved ones to decide to be healthier, whether it's to stop smoking or to continue a chemotherapy regimen.

Minorities may not be as tuned into health awareness because many may be isolated from English or from computer access in their native tongue.  April 18-24 is National Minority Cancer Awareness Week (http://cancernet.nci.nih.gov ).

Finally, fitting because April is Stress Awareness Month (!), it is also National Alcohol Awareness Month.  In March and in April, many colleges and universities hold spring break (as do many public school systems).  It's important to guide young children through adulthood with the idea that to drink for the sake of getting inebriated is highly dangerous.  Alcohol can be healthy and can add to a meal's pleasure or a party's celebration but only if used judiciously.

Spring is about life blossoming before us; celebrate it in safety and in health!