November 17, 2018
National Take A Hike Day
With over 60,000 miles of trails in the National Trail System across the 50 states, there is no lack of opportunity to take a hike. Events around the country are scheduled today to celebrate Take a Hike Day. Hiking can burn between 400-550 calories per hour. What better way to get a head start on all those 'other' holiday temptations and observe Take a Hike Day? Be sure to wear good shoes, take a snack and bring a buddy, but get out there and enjoy the fresh air, scenery and get a little exercise to boot!
World Philosophy Day
World Philosophy Day is celebrated each year on the third Thursday of November. In establishing World Philosophy Day in 2005, UNESCO highlighted the importance of this discipline, especially for young people, underlining that "philosophy is a discipline that encourages critical and independent thought and is capable of working towards a better understanding of the world and promoting tolerance and peace". Visit UNESCO.org for more information.
World Prematurity Day
"Premature birth is the leading cause of death in children under the age of five worldwide. Babies born too early may have more health issues than babies born on time, and may face long-term health problems that affect the brain, the lungs, hearing or vision. World Prematurity Day on November 17 raises awareness of this serious health crisis". Visit MarchofDimes.org for more information.