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This Week's Facts:

  1. Celebrate Women's History Month in March

  2. Help Raise Personal Nutrition Awareness All Month Long

  3. State Agencies Partner on Social Media Scholarship Program

  4. US Forest Service Launches New Public Awareness Campaign

Daylight Savings Time
Kicks Off Next Week

It’s time to SPRING ahead! Don’t forget to set your clocks ahead one hour this weekend. Daylight Saving Time (DST) begins Sunday, March 9th at 2:00a.m. DST adjusts the official local time forward from the official standard time during summer months, by one hour in most time zones. In the United States, DST begins on the second Sunday in March and ends on the first Sunday in November. Congress legislates the country’s DST schedule by a number of laws, including the Uniform Time Act of 1966 and the Energy Policy Act of 2005. States, territories, and tribal areas decide if they will observe DST.

If you’d like to see interesting facts about time, check out the time exhibits from You can take a walk through time or just learn more about Daylight Saving Time. Users can check out a map of time zones, which is particularly helpful if you’ve accidentally called someone in a different time zone at 1:00a.m.! Visit for more information and resources about Daylight Saving Time.   

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Celebrate Women's History Month in March

womenshistorymonth.govFrom the beginning of humanity, women have made an impact on the way we live our lives. In the 20th century, women have made significant contributions in fields such as medicine, politics, science, sports, and more. From stay-at-home moms to vice presidents of multi-national companies, women’s work influences our lives every day. This month has been proclaimed Women’s History Month to celebrate the many ways women contribute to society. Women’s History Month had its origins as a national celebration in 1981 when Congress passed Public Law 97-28, authorizing the U.S. President to proclaim Women’s History Week beginning March 7, 1982.  Throughout the next five years, Congress continued to pass joint resolutions designating a week for the celebration. In 1987, after being petitioned by the National Women’s History Project, Congress passed Public Law 100-9 which designated the entire month of March as Women’s History Month. Between 1988 and 1994, Congress passed additional resolutions requesting the President to issue proclamations in March of each year. Since 1995, Presidents Clinton, Bush, and Obama have issued a series of annual proclamations declaring the month of March as “Women’s History Month”.

For more information about the celebration, visit the Library of Congress Women’s History Month website. The U.S. House of Representatives also provides an inspiring history of Women in Congress.

Help Raise Personal Nutrition Awareness All Month Long

March is National Nutrition MonthAfter indulging in a long winter’s worth of comfort food, March is an ideal time for getting eating habits back on track. That’s why it’s fitting that March is National Nutrition Month— and we’re celebrating all month long!

Each week we’re sharing healthy eating tips, videos and other information you can use to make smart food choices and “enjoy the taste of eating right.”

Week one we’ll share nutrition tips for kids.Week two you’ll learn how to eat healthy while in college.Week three we’ll highlight tools to help plan healthy meals for you and your family.Week four we’ll share advice for eating healthy as you age.

Make sure to follow us on Twitter, Facebook or Google+ to get the latest updates or sign up to receive nutrition month email updates delivered directly to your inbox.

And since we know few things in life are harder than getting kids to eat their fruits and veggies, join for a Twitter chat on Wednesday, March 5 at 1 p.m. ET. We’ll be sharing tips and trading secrets on how to make sure your kids are eating a balanced diet. Follow @Kidsgov on Twitter and use the hashtag #NNMforKids to follow the conversation.

This information is brought to you by the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) via the blog.

State Agencies Partner on Social Media Scholarship Program

Drive Now. TXT L8RIn a March 4th press release, the Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles, Indiana Criminal Justice Institute, Indiana Department of Labor, Indiana Department of Transportation, and Indiana State Police announced a partnership to award $5,000 scholarships to students who compose the most creative and viral social media posts on Twitter, Instagram, and Vine.

Instead of making a tragic mistake behind the wheel, Indiana high school and college students are being encouraged to put their smartphones to good use by urging others to “Drive Now. TXT L8R.” Keeping one’s hands on the wheel and eyes on the road is not just a safe driving practice – it’s the law. The majority of text message citations and warnings issued by Indiana State Police in 2013 have been for drivers under age 30.

Students may register their public Twitter accounts and read contest rules at Entries must be posted during April, which is Distracted Driving Awareness Month, and use the hashtag #TXTL8RIN. Social media posts that are composed while driving will be disqualified. High school and college entries will be awarded separately, and up to three students may work together on the same social media account. The state will deposit $5,000 into the 529 college savings plans for the winners of five categories:

  1. Twitter – most tweets, retweets and favorites
  2. Vine – most likes
  3. Vine – most creative
  4. Instagram – most likes
  5. Instagram – most creative

US Forest Service Launches New Public Awareness Campaign

US Forest ServiceThe U.S. Forest Service recognizes a need to connect kids and nature with a new public service campaign, Discover the Forest. Its aim is to encourage parents and tweens to re-connect with outdoors in forests and parks. It provides TV, Radio, billboard, print, and online ads featuring the message to “unplug.” The campaign’s website features descriptions of the different functions of a forest and prepares visitors with what to know Before You Go. It also offers a search service to help find parks and forests near you. Have patrons take a look at the photo gallery from forests around the world and follow the Facebook and Twitter pages.

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