Celebrate Dad in June

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SingleDad.com covers a variety of Parenting and Fatherhood topics. Jill Le Brasseur of Produce for Better Health Foundation celebrates Father’s Day with a little history on the Founding of the Father’s Day holiday.


The month of June
is traditionally a time to celebrate the most important men in our lives. This
year, National Men’s Health Week will be observed June 14-20 and capped off by Father’s
Day on June 20. Father’s Day is celebrated on the third Sunday of June in the United States,
along with 51 other countries, and on other days elsewhere.

The holiday of Father’s
Day was, like Mother’s Day, first celebrated in the state of West Virginia. According to History.com,
Father’s Day was first celebrated on July 5, 1908, in Fairmont, WV,
at William Memorial Methodist Episcopal Church South. Church member Grace
Golden Clayton suggested the idea of honoring fathers with a Sunday service
after 361 men were killed in a nearby explosion.

Then, inspired by
the first celebration of Mother’s Day, Sonora Smart Dodd worked to have
Father’s Day celebrated on June 19, 1909. It’s believed that Dodd chose that
date in honor of her own father who was born in June. In 1924, President Calvin
Coolidge first recommended that Father’s Day become a national holiday. But, in
spite of vocal support from the YMCA and several church organizations, it took
many years to make the holiday official. It wasn’t until 1972 that a national
day of observance for fathers was designated by President Richard Nixon.

Father’s Day is
celebrated in a variety of different ways; gift-giving, special dinners, and
family-oriented activities all rank high as ways to commemorate this special
day. This holiday gives us the opportunity to officially celebrate
the love and self-sacrifice fathers give to their families every day. Why not
cook up some healthy food for Dad?

Extreme
Zucchini
is a delicious, veggie-filled side dish that’s sure to please. It
works well with any meal, even as an accompaniment to a cook out! For the main
dish, try Pork
Chops with Mandarin Orange Salsa
. A savory fruit salsa anchors this
colorful, fruit and vegetable rich dish. These dishes are so full of healthy
fruits and vegetables that they’re also perfect for National Men’s Health Week in June.

For more quick recipe ideas featuring healthy
fruits or vegetables, visit the Fruits & Veggies-More Matters® website, www.fruitsandveggiesmorematters.org.

Richard JaramilloRichard “RJ” Jaramillo, is the Founder of SingleDad.com,
a website and social media resource dedicated to single parenting and specifically for the newly divorced, re-married, widowed and single Father with children.
RJ is self employed, entrepreneur living in San Diego and a father of three children. The mission of SingleDad is to help the community of Single Parents
“Make Life Happen…Again!”

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Richard “RJ” Jaramillo, is the Founder of SingleDad.com, a website and social media resource dedicated to single parenting and specifically for the newly divorced, re-married, widowed and single Father with children. RJ is self employed, entrepreneur living in San Diego and a father of three children. The mission of SingleDad is to help the community of Single Parents “Make Life Happen…Again!”