Where do all these “National Month of…” designations come from? 

Q:  Mr. Pedometer, how do you come up with all these “National Month of…” designations? 

A: Online research gives you lots of answers!  For example, did you know that May is “Older Americans Month”?  That began in 1963 with President John F. Kennedy, who designated “Senior Citizens’ Month.” The name was changed by President Jimmy Carter in 1980, but the idea remains the same, to celebrate those of us ages 65 and older as being “productive, active, and influential members of society.”

What is “Wellness” and how do you get there?

Q:  Mr. Pedometer, you call your group “World Walk to Wellness,” but what exactly is ‘wellness”?

A: That’s a good question!  Wellness certainly is more than the absence of illness.  May is Mental Health Month, so we turned to Mental Health America (MHA, formerly known as the National Mental Health Association) to get their definition:

“Wellness is defined as ‘an active process of becoming aware of and making choices towards a more successful existence.’