June is another busy month full of material for your Did You Know? table. Be sure to check out my category on Did You Know? tables to see the previous months I have prepared.
National Men’s Health Week is June 15 through 21, the week leading up to Father’s Day in the United States. This one-page poster provides an intersting snapshot of the disparities between men’s health and women’s health. What surprised me is that men are four times more likely to commit suicide than women!
Saturday, June 21 is the first day of summer, and it is National ASK Day. According to PAXUSA, 40% of the homes children play in have guns, and the purpose of ASK Day is to get parents to ask their children the simple question, “Are there guns in the homes in which you are playing?”
Fireworks Safety Month is observed June 1 through July 4. One of my high school teachers was blinded in one eye by fireworks, so I have been keenly aware of the dangers of fireworks for much of my life. This site has some video resources available, and this home page offers sound safety advice which you might add to your table.
Does someone in your church have trouble speaking, communicating or understanding due to a stroke or some other injury to their brain? This is a condition known as aphasia, and June is National Aphasia Awareness Month. The National Aphasia Association offers several pages you can print out including one on tips for communicating with someone who has aphasia.
Myasthenia Gravis Awareness Month – Myasthenia Gravis (MG) is a chronic neuromuscular autoimmune disease affecting the voluntary muscles in the body. The Myasthenia Gravis Foundation of America offers a two-page brochure explaining the MGFA and this disease that affects 20 out every 100,000 people. If someone in your congregation has been diagnosed with this disease, the information in this brochure could be helpful to the members of your congregation.
Finally, June is also National Scleroderma Awareness Month and National Scoliosis Awareness Month. Scleroderma means “hard skin” is another autimmune disease that can affect the skin as well as a host of internal organs. Scoliosis is a form of curvature of the spine.
Have fun with your Did You Know? table for June.