The Friday Five – National Apple Month
October is National Apple Month, the only national, generic apple promotion in the United States. Representing 7,500 apple growers, The US Apple Association (@US_Apples) sponsors National Apple Month and its mission to increase apple industry sales, and to enhance consumer awareness and usage of apples and apple products. So if you’re into apples this week’s Friday Five has something for every apple lover, from the world famous tech company to centuries old sayings. How ’bout dem apples?
The Health App from Apple
Apple’s Health App (@AppleSupport) provides a central location that will house all of your health related data and information. While it does require some effort on the user’s part to get it up and running, once it is connected to compatible apps and filled with your personal health information Health makes itself quite useful. Run, don’t walk (your steps will be counted), to download it now.
Grow · Pick · Distribute
Fallen Fruit (@Falling_Fruit) is a non-profit organization that seeks to provide a database and interactive map to connect “the natural organisms growing in our neighborhoods” with the contemporary forager. In addition, one of the tools Fallen Fruit provides is a worldwide searchable list of “organizations that grow food in public spaces (food forests, public orchards), pick food (urban foraging, farm gleaning), or distribute food (exchanges, donations).” National Apple Month is the perfect time to sign up with an organization near you and get out there to harvest that apple surplus for the needy.
US Apple Association
An excellent resource for all things apple is the US Apple Association website. There you will find all sorts of information and resources regarding apples. Take the Appletize Me! Quiz and find out your Apple personality, learn fun facts about apples, browse the extensive bank of recipes and kitchen tips, or whip up an apple inspired beverage, bacon-infused apple bourbon cocktail anyone?
Sponsored by the US Apple Association and its Apple Buddy company, Marzetti, Apples4Ed is a program that works to support student causes and classroom projects in need of funds to either get started or keep their program going. From now until November 12th anyone can join in the fun and vote for their favorite cause by sharing an apple snacking picture on social media complete with supporting hashtags. The cause with the most votes wins funds to support their program.
Snap a photo of your apple snack (or meal) to vote for an #Apples4Ed cause. pic.twitter.com/q2MbKsGjR9
— USApples (@US_Apples) October 12, 2016
An Apple a Day Keeps the Doctor Away
Ever wonder where the saying, An apple a day keeps the doctor away, originated and if it’s even true? Well, we did a little research and came up with some possible answers to those burning questions. Gary Matrin (@aphraseaweek) launched a credible site in 1997 called The Phrase Finder which traces the saying back to Wales in 1866. If you enjoy tracing phrases you might wish to sign up for Gary’s “A Phrase a Week” service. Now the second question, is there any truth to the saying? Medical News Today (@mnt), a leading healthcare internet publishing company, reveals that according to some studies maybe the apple helps keep someone other than the doctor away.