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29 Million Americans

N ove m b e r FU N FACTS

November is National Diabetes Awareness Month. Most Americans either know someone who has diabetes or is suffering from the disease themselves.

Celebrating 395 years

Thanksgiving is a celebration deeply rooted in the timeline of American history, however, it wasn’t until 1863 that President Abraham Lincoln officially proclaimed Thanksgiving a national holiday. The first American Thanksgiving though began as a feast of thanksgiving in the early days of the American colonies. In autumn of 1621 over ninety Wampanoag Indians joined the Plymouth Pilgrims in celebrating the year’s bountiful harvest with three days of feasting, games, and prayers of thanksgiving to God for all of the blessings they had received. This November 24, before you and your family enjoy Thanksgiving dinner or begin watching a parade or football game, don’t forget to set aside time to give thanks!

According to the American Diabetes Association, about 26 million children and adults in the U.S. have diabetes. Here are 5 strategies from the American Diabetes Association which you and your family can use that are proven to help prevent type 2 diabetes: 1. Be physically active at least 30 minutes, 5 times per week 2. Make healthy food choices including more fruits and vegetables, more whole grain foods, and less saturated fat. 3. Drink less sugar-sweetened beverages. 4. Lose 5-7% of body weight if needed 5. See a health care provider on a regular basis For more information on diabetes, visit

Nov. 8 - TIME to VOTE November 11, 2016 In 1845 the United States Congress chose a single date for all national elections in all states. The first Tuesday after the first Monday in November was chosen so that voters would not have to vote or travel on Sunday and so that there would never be more than 34 days between Election Day and the first Wednesday in December. Here in Florida there are currently 12,655,286 eligible voters. This November, make your freedom count and VOTE!

40 • November 2016

Veterans Day is always observed officially on November 11. Veterans Day is the day set aside to thank and honor all those who have served honorably in the United States military. This November we join the rest of the nation in remembering the sacrifices of America’s over 25 million veterans and expressing our appreciation for their great service.



Benjamin Franklin proposed the idea of daylight saving in a satiric letter suggesting that Americans economize on candles by rising earlier to use morning sunlight. On Sunday, November 6, at 2 a.m., daylight saving time ends and standard time returns, meaning clocks should be set back an hour. So, early to bed and early to rise, everyone!

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Gulf Coast Family - November 2016  

Gulf Coast Family's primary purpose is to encourage families along the Gulf Coast by providing worthwhile information that deals with family...

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