This Week's Facts:
Recreation.gov Loaded with Summer Family Fun
School’s out, and summer’s almost here. It’s about time for a vacation! Recreation.gov has trip ideas for everyone to help you explore your America. By using the Recreation.gov website, you can explore the Grand Canyon in Arizona, the Blue Ridge Mountains in Atlanta, the Rocky Mountains in Colorado, and more. This website will help you search & find parks, forests, campgrounds, and lodging by State and by activity. In addition to trip ideas, the website has an interactive map to search your travel interests. There, you can make reservations and get visit permits when needed. These and many other resources and tips are available to help you plan your perfect summer getaway, whether it is close to Indiana or on the opposite coast. Here’s to summer and exploring your America!
Purdue Offers Free Lawn & Garden Publications
Are you ready to get your lawn and garden in tip-top shape for the summer? Purdue University’s Turfgrass Science Program has tips for homeowners about lawn care. Check out the Turf Tips online newsletter and the various free publications covering topics from recovering from the drought, to weed and disease control, to insect and pesticide information. Explore Purdue Extension’s Education Store for more free publications about gardening. These resources include tips on identifying garden pests and preserving your summer harvest.
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DNR Focuses on Boating Safety throughout Next Week
May 18-24 is National Safe Boating Week, sponsored by the National Weather Service and the National Safe Boating Council. The Indiana Department of Natural Resources wants to increase safety on Indiana’s waterways. The DNR recently announced their efforts to get the word out about boating safety and promoting life jacket use for all boaters.
Here are some of the excuses that are used for not wearing a life jacket when boating:
In reality, approximately 700 people drown in the United States each year from recreational boating accidents.
During National Safe Boating Week, and throughout the boating season, the Indiana Department of Natural Resources and the National Safe Boating Council (NSBC) remind boaters to WEAR IT! and be alert and aware while on the water.
"Most, if not all, drownings can be prevented by wearing a life jacket,” said Indiana Conservation Officer Lt. Bill Browne. “If we can keep people's head above water, we can prevent drownings. Wearing a life jacket is the only prevention measure that is foolproof.”
Conservation officers arrested 337 people in 2012 for operating a motorboat while intoxicated. Officers are also urging people to boat sober and to plan for a designated boat driver if alcohol will be on board.
Social Security Administration Releases Top Baby Names for 2012
Is your name Jacob, Sophia, Mason, or Emma? You have one of the top-rated names for 2012! The Social Security Administration has listed the top ten baby names for 2012. You can search popular names by decade, by State, by U.S. territory, or by birth year. In addition to finding out popular baby names, you can find resources and information on how to get your baby’s first Social Security Number, children’s benefits, and other information related to children. Using the SSA website will also help with calculating your own retirement benefits and learning about the financial state of Social Security. Learn more by visiting their website.
Healthy Vision Month Resources Highlight Children's Eye Care
Healthy eyes and vision are very important to a child’s development. Finding and treating eye problems early on can save a child’s sight. Two common eye problems in children are:
Both of these eye problems can be treated if they are found early.
Eye exams are part of regular checkups.
Is my child at risk for eye disease?
Follow these steps to protect your child’s vision:
Talk to your child’s doctor.
What about cost?
Check with your insurance provider to find out what’s included in your plan. For information about other services covered by the Affordable Care Act, visit HealthCare.gov.
If you don’t have health insurance, check these Web sites for free or low-cost eye care programs for children.
Look out for problems.
Protect your child’s eyes.
Help develop your child’s vision.
Here are ways to help your child develop vision skills:
This information is brought to you as a courtesy of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services via the Healthfinder.gov website.
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