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This Week's Facts:
  1. Online Resources Help You Keep New Year's Resolutions

  2. Help Raise Cervical Cancer Awareness in January

  3. National Archives Hosting Reality Photo Contest

  4. Feds Offer Money Saving Tips for Consumers

Census Hosting New American Factfinder Demo

The U.S. Census Bureau will host a webinar/live demo Tuesday, January 18, at 2pm for its new version of American Factfinder, the online portal to data the Census Bureau releases throughout the year – from the Decennial Census, American Community Survey, Annual Population Estimates, the Economic Census, and more. Any member of the public can attend. For full participation in the web conference, you will need a phone and a computer with internet access. Please use the access codes from this week’s press release. You can also take a virtual tour and download brochures at any time here.

New Law Aims to Curtail Electronic Waste

Before you throw away your old TV or computer, think before you act.  You may be about to break a law! The Indiana Legislature enacted the Indiana Electronic Waste Program (IC 13-20-5). This program seeks to reduce the amount of electronic waste sent to Indiana landfills and to ensure that hazardous substances found in electronic waste are disposed of in an environmentally friendly manner. This fact sheet from the Indiana Department of Environmental Management contains a list of electronic items and details about the program. There are specific requirements for Manufacturers, Collectors, Recyclers, and Retailers. For more information about recycling or other ways to help preserve the environment, visit the IDEM website.

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Katharine Springer
State Data Center Coordinator

Elisabeth O’Donnell
Federal
Documents Librarian
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Kim Brown-Harden
State
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Online Resources Help You Keep New Year's Resolutions

CDC: A new year of healthy possibilitiesIt’s not too late to make a new year’s resolution to be healthier in 2011. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have a list of healthy tips for you, your patrons, your family, home, community, and workplace: A New Year of Healthy Possibilities. The USA.gov website points to federal resources for several Popular New Year’s Resolutions like getting fit, managing stress, and quitting smoking. For more resources on quitting smoking, you can visit the CDC’s 2011: Your Year to Quit Smoking website. The National Institutes of Health can help you keep your resolutions with Making your resolutions stick: How to create healthy habits, which quotes Dr. Linda Nebeling, an NIH doctor, “Change is always possible. You’re never too out-of-shape, too overweight or too old to make healthy changes.”

Help Raise Cervical Cancer Awareness in January

Cervical Cancer Awareness Month: January 2011January is Cervical Cancer Awareness Month. Although it is most common in women over the age of thirty, females of all age have the possibility of contracting cervical cancer. It is caused by a type of virus called human papillomavirus (HPV) and is spread through sexual contact. Medline Plus states that it is a slow-moving virus and it may takes years for normal cells to turn cancerous. Although most women’s bodies are able to fight HPV, the virus can lead to cancer. According to the National Cancer Institute, there were 12,200 new cases and 4,210 in the United States in 2010. The best thing you can do to prevent it is to get the HVP vaccine and see your doctor regularly for Pap tests. For more information, check out this flier from the CDC.

National Archives Hosting Reality Photo Contest

National Archives: Augmented Reality Photo ContestAny patron or librarian who’s handy with a camera will be interested in this contest from the National Archives. This augmented reality photo contest allows citizens to combine pictures from the Archives’ collection with modern-day scenes. To enter, you first go to NARA’s Archival Research Catalog, select a photo and print it out. You then take a picture of that photo in front of its current-day environment, thus combining the new and the old. Finally, you upload that picture onto the contest Flickr page. For a complete explanation and entry rules, be sure to check out the contest site. There are already several entries, so be sure to check them out and see what others are doing! One winner and nineteen finalists will be featured in History happens here, a postcard book that will be available at the NARA gift shop and online.

Feds Offer Money Saving Tips for Consumers

Federal Citizens Information CenterNothing gets people thinking about saving money more than watching all those holiday credit card statements start rolling in. The beginning of the year is the perfect time to take a look at your finances to see where your money is going and how you can prevent it from disappearing. The Federal Citizen Information Center is armed with an arsenal of publications to help you cut costs and become a smarter consumer:

  • Shop around for the best deal on homeowners insurance. 12 Ways to Lower your Home Insurance Costs shows you how to get what you need, and not overpay for unnecessary coverage. Use Your Home Inventory to assess what you have in your home, and how much you should be spending on insurance to cover it.
     
  • While the things inside your home cost money, so does what's parked just outside of it. 9 Ways to Lower your Auto Insurance Costs will show you the best way to shop around, compare plans, and reduce the expense of auto insurance.
     
  • Having one or two ways to save money is great, so how about 66? From utilities to prescription drugs, 66 Ways to Save Money will show you how to keep your pennies, and get you brainstorming your own outside-the-box saving techniques.
     
  • From conserving money to getting the biggest bang for your buck, the Consumer Action Handbook is your free annual guide to safely navigating the marketplace. Use it to spot scams and frauds or resolve complaints you might have with a company. You can also use the Guía del Consumidor, the Handbook's counterpart for consumer information in Spanish.

For more ways to save and manage your hard-earned cash, check out the "money" section of the Federal Citizen Information Center‘s website, and follow the bloggers on GovGab, a government blog offering tips and tricks on making your daily life easier.

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