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Clickworthy: Census Provides Running Population Clocks
The Census Bureau has updated the U.S. and World Population clocks on its website. Your patrons can explore the clocks here. You’ll see lists of the most populous countries and U.S. states, counties, and cities. You can watch the net gain (live!) of the national population based on births, deaths, and migration. Also, choose a date in recent history and learn the population on that date or see the age/sex distribution for the entire U.S. for the past decade.
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Take Time to Enjoy Goodness of Blueberries throughout July
July is national blueberry month, sponsored by the North American Blueberry Council and the U.S. Department of Agriculture. View the 2006 USDA Secretary’s Proclamation here. Summer is the perfect time to enjoy fresh vegetables and fruits, and July celebrates the blueberry. Blueberries are at their peak of freshness in July so now is the perfect time to grab a pint or two. This fruit is not only tasty, but has many health benefits. Blueberries rank the highest of any fruit for antioxidants. One cup provides 14% of the recommended daily dose of fiber and nearly a quarter of the recommended daily intake of Vitamin C. The USDA Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program’s SNAP-Ed Connection page has blueberry recipes, tips on how to store and select blueberries, and educational resources such as a wild blueberry school kit and other tips and resources to help teach about blueberries. The next time you bite into that blueberry muffin or blueberry pancakes, you can feel better knowing how good it is for you!
State Issues Child Care Providers Guide to Disaster Preparedness
According to a July 8 press release from the Indiana Department of Homeland Security, protecting Hoosier families and their children has taken another step forward. IDHS announced the release of a new comprehensive guide for disaster preparedness for child care providers.
“There are a few states that have a similar guide, but none that we found contain the amount of detail and collaboration from outside resources,” said Nancy Morris, Emergency Preparedness Planner, Indiana Department of Homeland Security (IDHS). “Indiana will also be the first to design a training program that helps providers really understand what they should have in their emergency plans.”
Currently, child care providers are only required to have a plan in case of fire or severe weather situations. However a need was expressed for a guide to help child care providers plan for all hazards.
The guide was developed in partnership among the IDHS, Indiana School of Medicine – Emergency Medical Services for Children, Riley Children’s Hospital, Indiana Department of Environmental Management, Indiana Department of Education, Indiana State Department of Health – Public Health Preparedness and Emergency Response, the Indiana Association for Child Care Resource and Referral and the Indiana Family Social Services Administration.
“The guide has been well received by the child care community,” Morris said. “The plan provides valuable resources to the people who take care of one of Indiana’s most precious assets.”
In addition to the guide, a training program is being developed that will help child care providers develop plans that are tailored to their specific situations and ways to practice the plans that are developed.
The training program is the second phase of the project. The Bureau of Child Care is incorporating it with the Path to Quality program, a nationally recognized program. The Child Care Preparedness Guide can be found on either childcarefinder.in.gov or dhs.in.gov.
USA.gov Offers Helpful Advice for Car Buyers
If you are thinking about buying or leasing a car, there’s a lot to consider before you make a final decision. First, you need to decide what type of car will fit your needs and your budget. With so many choices available in the car market, setting a budget first helps you narrow down your search based on what you can afford. Other important considerations include safety measures, fuel economy, and the credibility of the dealer or individual selling you the car. Use these tips from USA.gov to help in your search:
This information is brought to you as a courtesy of the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) via the USA.gov blog.
DYK: Census Bureau Provides International Statistics
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Choose the demographic overview for a 30 year range of historical, current, and projection statistics covering population numbers, growth rate, mortality, and migration. Select a region of the world and examine fertility rates for women by age groups across many years.
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