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Ten More Ways We Rely
on the U.S. Census (21-30)
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October is National Celiac Disease Awareness Month. Celiac Disease, also known as Sprue, is a digestive disease that affects how well someone can absorb and tolerate certain nutrients. People with the disease cannot tolerate gluten, which is a protein found in wheat, barley and rye. When someone with Celiac ingests this protein, it affects the stomach and intestine in such a way that they are no longer able to absorb any nutrients, no matter what they eat. Both children and adults can get it. The symptoms in children tend to be digestive: vomiting, abdominal bloating and pain, weight loss and more. Adults do not always show these symptoms; rather, they may experience fatigue, joint pain, seizures, depression and arthritis. Clearly, symptoms are varied. According to the National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse (NDDIC), external health factors and even the way you were raised can have an effect on how Celiac Disease impacts you.
Those with Celiac Disease usually have to go on a gluten-free diet. This means that they cannot consume items with even small traces of gluten in them (this also includes medications that may contain gluten). The NDDIC provides a guide to what sorts of food to avoid and what to be careful of. They warn that this is only a guide, not a complete list. For more complete dietary information, including gluten-free recipes, see the Celiac Sprue Association. The CSA also has resources for how communities can get involved with Celiac Awareness Month. As always, don’t forget to check out Medline Plus for further information on the disease.
Just in time for Halloween, the Library of Congress brings you The Exquisite Corpse Adventure. An exquisite corpse isn’t nearly as macabre as it sounds; in fact, we’ve probably all played it at one time. It is an old game in which people write a phrase on a piece of paper, fold it over and pass it on to the next person. That person in turn writes a phrase, folds it over and passes it on. When you’re done, you get a very silly story that doesn’t often make a whole lot of sense.
The Library of Congress has taken this to a whole new level. In conjunction with their Read.gov website, the LOC is providing a story written by several well-known children’s authors. Unlike traditional exquisite corpse stories, each writer is writing a whole chapter, not just one line. They are also being paired with a different children’s illustrator each time. Jon Sciezka of Stinky Cheese Man fame – he is also the National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature – started the story with episode one. It was illustrated by Chris Van Dusen. They then passed it on to Katherine Paterson and James Ransome to work on the next chapter. Kate DiCamillo and Calef Brown are currently working on the next chapter. There are several more writers, illustrators and chapters to come.
In October 1987, the first Domestic Violence Awareness month was observed. That same year marked the launch of the domestic violence toll-free hotline. Just two years later, Congress passed Public Law 101-112, officially designating October of that year as National Domestic Violence Awareness Month. With the leadership of the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV), similar legislation has passed every year since. The Indiana Criminal Justice Institute has been unwavering in its support of programs and initiatives to reduce domestic violence in Indiana. Governor Mitch Daniels has proclaimed October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month in Indiana. The proclamation is a reminder to every Hoosier of the tragic consequences of domestic violence each year. In addition to mourning those who have perished due to domestic violence, this month is also dedicated to celebrating domestic violence abuse survivors and celebrating life saving services offered by numerous agencies across the State.
Please check out the Indiana Criminal Justice Institute’s website for more information about Domestic Violence and various events planned for October.
The annual covered bridge festival takes place October 9-18th. Come and experience beautiful scenery and get away from it all in Parke County! Parke County, IN has scenic back roads and 31 covered bridges. Covered bridges and Fall are a beautiful tradition in Indiana. Enjoy and experience the beautiful sights and great food that makes the festival a wonderful attraction for visitors all over the State. There is something fun and exciting for everyone, whether you like the outdoors, antique shops or even homemade apple butter. For more information, please check out the visitor’s information page to enhance your festival experience or go to the Indiana Department of Tourism’s website for more information about this or other events happening around the State.