This Week's Facts:
Online Resource Encourages You to Eat Veggies
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention help bring to light the importance of eating fruits and vegetables with their website Fruits and Veggies Matter. Check the nutritional content of your favorites; look for different varieties; and search for recipes by ingredient. Try the fun, interactive Analyze My Plate tool, which lets users design their meal according to cups of fruits and vegetables, total calories, and total fat content. The form at the top of the homepage will show how many fruits and vegetables are needed per person per day according to age, sex, and level of physical activity. Most importantly, encourage your patrons to read 30 Ways in 30 Days to Stretch Your Fruit and Vegetable Budget – to help keep fruits and veggies on everyone’s table.
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Come out and enjoy the Hoosier Outdoor Experience. This free event, sponsored by the Indiana Department of Natural Resources and the Natural Resources Foundation, will take place on September 26-27 at Fort Harrison State Park. Outdoor enthusiasts will be able to mix in some biking with hiking, fishing, target shooting, and other activities to be enjoyed by everyone. This event will be two fun-filled days to enjoy the great outdoors and learn about outdoor ethics & responsibility and obtain educational opportunities focusing on natural resource conservation. The opportunity to learn about the environment and conservation has never been so much fun! Please visit the website for more information about the event or to register. Parking, admissions, activities, demonstrations, and seminars are free to the public.
Did you know that one person dies of rabies every ten minutes? Rabies in humans is not common in Indiana, or even in the United States. However, this fatal disease is a huge concern for people around the world. September 28 is World Rabies Day 2009. The mission of World Rabies Day is to raise awareness of the effects of rabies in humans and animals, educate people as to rabies prevention and to eventually eliminate it globally at its source. Rabies is spread by saliva – usually in the form of an animal bite. The animals that most commonly spread the disease in Indiana are bats, skunks, foxes, coyotes and raccoons. You’ll notice that all of these animals are mammals – you can’t get rabies from a bird or a reptile. Domestic animals such as dogs and cats are also at risk; however, with the recent increase in pet vaccinations, infection from pets has decreased dramatically in Indiana. Unfortunately, this is not the case in other parts of the world. Infection by dog bite is still one of the leading causes of rabies in children in developing countries.
Rabies is fatal. Once a human or animal shows symptoms, they will die, with very few exceptions. However, rabies is also 100% preventable! Those who work in professions that regularly come into contact with animals, such as veterinarians and wildlife workers, usually receive vaccinations against rabies. Vaccinations are also available for those who do not work in these high-risk professions, but are administered after exposure to the disease. If you are bitten by an animal you suspect might be rabid, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control recommends seeking a physician as soon as you can. The Indiana State Department of Health has good tips on how to proceed once exposed to rabies. They’re also a good source for Indiana-specific rabies information. The easiest ways to prevent rabies are simple – stay away from wild animals, stay away from animals behaving unusually and get your pets vaccinated.
In 2008, 43 percent of all U.S. residents 18 and older were single or unmarried, according to the U.S. Census Bureau’s Families and Living Arrangements, cited in this month’s Unmarried and Single Americans Week Facts for Features. Many patrons fit this description, and they are not alone. There were approximately 95.9 million unmarried Americans in 2008. If you are a parent who is not currently married, you were one of 11.6 million in 2008. See the poster presentation The Complex Living Arrangements of Children and Their Unmarried Parents for more information about the rise of children living with unmarried parents, which was created using data from the 2008 Current Population Survey, but does not necessarily express the views of the Census Bureau. Additionally, in 2008, close to half of all households (52.9 million) in the U.S. were headed by unmarried men or women.
Do you or your patrons want to win $1500? How do you feel about homeland security? The U.S. Center for Homeland Defense and Security is holding its third annual essay contest. The question, to be answered in an essay under five pages long, is “How can, or should, the United States make homeland security a more layered, networked and resilient endeavor involving all citizens?” The contest is open to any U.S. citizen and closes January 31, 2010. The winner will be notified by May 2010. In addition to the cash prize, the writer of the winning entry will be invited to the Center for Homeland Defense and Security in Monterrey, California. For contest details, check out their website here.