International Coffee Day – October 1st


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International Coffee Day takes place on October 1 every year. Making the daily journey from tropical Africa to the breakfast mugs of households all over the world, coffee beans have been scattered all over the world for more than 600 years, and their preparation for consuming is a great example of metamorphosis. Humanity has been preparing coffee for many presentations: drinks, candies, medicine, and some ancient civilizations even used it as currency! No matter how you take it, coffee can energize you, warm you up, refresh you, keep you awake, and even catch you up with your loved ones.

Breast cancer, domestic violence awareness highlighted throughout the month of October


October is filled with awareness campaigns, and two of the largest, for breast cancer and domestic violence, primarily target women — though men can be affected.

October also is the awareness month for Down Syndrome, Fire Prevention, Liver Cancer and Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, containing a variety of other, shorter observations such as Mental Health Awareness Week, which began Sunday.

Those numbers could be reduced by at least 30% if women followed recommended screening guidelines — regular exams and mammograms.

October is filled with awareness campaigns, and two of the largest, for breast cancer and domestic violence, primarily target women — though men can be affected.

October also is the awareness month for Down Syndrome, Fire Prevention, Liver Cancer and Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, containing a variety of other, shorter observations such as Mental Health Awareness Week, which began Sunday.

Think pink

Breast Cancer Awareness Month.  The goal throughout the month is to ‘increase awareness of the importance of detecting breast cancer early through monthly self-exams, regular clinical exams and mammograms’.

Nationally, the American Cancer Society estimates that 281,550 new cases of invasive breast cancer will occur among women, along with 49,290 new cases of non-invasive breast cancer during 2021. About 2,650 new cases of breast cancer are expected in men in 2021.

Domestic Violence Awareness Month

“So often, our work must happen behind closed doors to ensure the safety of our clients,”  “Domestic Violence Awareness Month gives us an opportunity to engage the public in the work we do serving women, men and children all year long.  Sometimes we, ourselves, must stay behind the curtain of the public.” stated the director of a women’s shelter.

The shelter serves victims on an outreach basis or as residents.

The shelter’s family therapist, works with victims of domestic violence, sexual assault and human trafficking, seeing families, individuals, children and people in group counseling settings.

One in four women will experience domestic violence in their lifetime, she said, many “having challenges associated with breaking free from these situations.”

Domestic violence situations are about power and control, she said, which can include financial manipulation, control over children and pets, or how one spends time or money.  

Often, it involves keeping victims away from friends and family members.

Source: saobserver.com