This Week's Facts:
Census Releases 2011 Stat
The 2011 Statistical Abstract for the United States was released earlier this month, according to a January 6 press release from the U.S. Census Bureau. First published over 100 years ago, this resource is the go-to guide for statistical information on topics from Art, Recreation, & Travel - to Poverty & Wealth - to Wholesale & Retail Trade.
Also referred to as The National Data Book, the book’s companion website covers historical editions of the Stat Abstract for 1878 to this year. This edition is the 130th edition, covering data from the Census Bureau, other governmental agencies, and other private organizations. New topics include data on insufficient sleep, nursing home occupancy, and crashes involving distracted drivers. All figures are updated with the latest data available as of Summer 2010. The 2011 Stat Abstract is available in print and online. It will be available later this year on CD-Rom.
Friday Facts Editorial Team:
Changes are afoot at the U.S. Government Printing Office! Following his official appointment by President Obama on December 29, William J. “Bill” Boarman has been named the Public Printer of the United States. Mr. Boarman is the 26th Public Printer since GPO began back in 1861. He has been in the printing industry for forty years, starting out as an apprentice and soon moving on to be a Journeyman Printer. For more information on him and his appointment, make sure to check out the January 5 news release from GPO. He is not the only new change, however. As of January 20, he has named Mary Alice Baish as the Superintendant of Documents. The Superintendant of Documents is “the agency’s lead in guaranteeing permanent public access to Government information published by the three branches of the Federal Government.” Ms. Baish is a librarian and as served as the Director of Government Relations for the American Association of Law Libraries (AALL). She has dedicated much of her career to advocacy on behalf of GPO, libraries and open government.
Marion County and its surrounding counties have a newly designed online portal for local government. Indy.gov’s website is more streamlined and user-friendly. Indianapolis residents can gain quick access to city and county administration offices, courts and laws, culture and recreation, education and jobs, the Mayor’s Action Center, and much more. Check out the wealth of city and county government offices and services. Valuable information is just a click away!
As the winter months continue, the weather in Indiana can be unpredictable and become dangerous without warning . The Indiana State Department of Health offers health tips for cold weather safety. Winter can be beautiful but the extreme cold can cause serious health problems such as hypothermia and frostbite. Hypothermia happens when people are exposed to cold temperatures. A person’s body begins to lose heat faster than it can be produced and prolonged exposure to the cold will use a body’s stored energy. This results in hypothermia, or abnormally low body temperature. Body temperature that’s too low affects the brain, causing confusion or the inability to move well. This is dangerous because a person may be unaware this is happening and can’t take protective measures. Frostbite is an injury to the body that’s caused near freezing. Frostbite causes a loss of feeling and color in affected areas. Most often it affects the nose, ears, cheeks, chin, fingers or toes. Frostbite can permanently damage the body; and severe cases can lead to amputation. Please remember to wear protective layers of clothing when outdoors for a length of time to avoid injury. For more winter weather tips, please visit the Indiana Department of Homeland Security’s Cold Weather Safety and Preparedness and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention – Winter Weather websites.
When you think of someone having a heart attack, you might picture a middle-aged man rubbing his arm and then clutching his chest, gasping in pain. But women suffering heart attacks generally don't exhibit those same symptoms. Since February is American Heart Month, take some time to learn the signs of heart attacks in women as well as what you can do to prevent them with these tips from the Federal Citizen Information Center.
Heart disease is the number one killer of women in America in part because women don't recognize the signs of a heart attack. Instead of sharp pain in the chest, women might experience a heavy feeling or tightness instead. Other signs of heart disease in women include trouble breathing, an upset stomach or pain between the shoulders. None of those signs are as evident as the striking chest pain men experience. So women have to be extra vigilant, and if they experience these symptoms, they should go to the doctor right away.
High blood pressure can be a cause of heart disease, so it's important to monitor your blood pressure. If it's higher than 140/90, you may require treatment, which can come in the form of medicine or changes to your diet and exercise habits. You can make lifestyle changes to lower your risk of heart disease. Gradually increase your activity level. You can chose from a variety of activities, from walking to dance classes or swimming laps in the pool. Pick something you'll enjoy so you'll stick with it. Check Fitness.gov for ideas. When it comes to dietary changes, follow your doctor's recommendations. Pay close attention to food labels so you know just what you're eating and visit Nutrition.gov to get tips for sticking with your healthy eating plan. In general, make sure you're including lots of fruits and vegetables and limit the amount of processed food you eat. Using these tips from the Federal Citizen Information Center, you can keep your heart healthy and identify any dangerous signs that might need medical attention.
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