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This Week's Facts:

  1. Basketball Resources Abound Online & Locally

  2. April is Youth Sports Safety Month

  3. Online Resource Provides Health Living Tips

  4. April 7th is World Health Day

  5. Spring Activities for Basketball Fans and Non-fans Alike

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Census Day 2010 was Thursday, April 1st. The U.S. Census Bureau has designated April 1st as Census Day every decade since 1930. It denotes the reference day that we use to fill out the census. (“As of April 1, 2010, there are six people living in this house.”) If you still have your form, never fear! April 1st does not act as a deadline for filling out the census. Please do fill it out and mail it back as soon as possible. If the Census Bureau does not receive it, an enumerator may visit your home to get the information.

 

This week, the 2010 Census national participation rates reached 50% and statewide they are slightly above at 54%, according to the Census Bureau’s Take 10 maps. If you have questions about your 2010 Census questionnaire or still need a form, find one of the Questionnaire Assistance Centers using the Take 10 maps. There are also many answers within the latest Frequently Asked Questions PDF released in March. The guide is arranged by subject for ease of use. If you’ve already filled out and sent in your form – Congratulations! Relax and enjoy From Inkwell to Internet: The History of the U.S. Census from the Census Bureau’s History website. Thank you for participating in the 2010 Census!

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In recognition of a strong heritage of basketball in Indiana and in celebration of an Indiana team - Butler University - playing in the NCAA Final Four that takes place in Indianapolis this weekend, we’ve devoted this Friday Facts issue to Basketball and Sports - related government & educational information. Even the U.S. President picked his favorites for the 2010 NCAA Basketball Tournaments. Check out his picks on the White House blog. The Governor of Indiana, Mitch Daniels, spoke about his love of basketball in honor of the IHSAA 100th anniversary in late 2009. The video is available on YouTube here.

Basketball History Resources Abound Online & Locally

Indiana Basketball Hall of FameThe Library of Congress provides a guide to The Sports Industry in the Business and Economics Research Advisor portion of their website. The Business of Basketball is a resource list focusing on the economics of the sport through the eyes of business researchers. The proud tradition of Indiana basketball is also exemplified here in the Basketball in Indiana bibliography of State Library resources. U.S. Senator Richard Lugar contributed an online Local Legacy piece on Hoosier Hysteria to the Library of Congress American Folklife Center in 2000. If you’d like to see more, check out the NCAA Hall of Champions (Indianapolis) Vintage Exhibit celebrating NCAA Division I men’s basketball or the Hoosier Hysteria exhibit about 100 years of high school basketball in Indiana, both through April 5th. The Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame (New Castle) is also a good place to view and research Indiana basketball history.

April is National Youth Sports Safety Month

National Youth Sports Safety MonthMarch Madness may be nearing its end, but that doesn’t mean we’re done playing sports!  As the weather gets warmer, more and more people are headed outside.  For that reason, April has been declared National Youth Sports Safety Month.  The National Youth Sports Safety Foundation (NYSSF), in conjunction with the President’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports and other organizations, uses this month to highlight a different aspect of sports safety.  Past years’ themes include safety equipment, eating disorders and coaching education.  This year focuses on emotional injuries – name calling, berating and/or terrorizing by friends, parents or coaches.  The NYSSF provides a variety of resource materials, including fact sheets, coaching materials, tips for parents and even tips for kids.  Of course, it’s important that we remember to protect against physical injury, too!  While you can’t prevent everything, Medline Plus recommends getting a physical before joining a sport, making sure your gear is acceptable, warming up and drinking lots of water.

Online Resource Provides Healthy Living Tips

Presedential Council on Physical Fitness & SportThe Presidential Council on Physical Fitness and Sport acts as “a catalyst to promote health, physical activity, fitness, and enjoyment for people of all ages, backgrounds and abilities through participation in physical activity and sports,” according to its website, http://www.fitness.gov. Find resources for healthy living, facts on physical activities, fitness tests, and more there. Among the popular topics listed for March are: National Athletic Training Month, National Nutrition Month, National School Breakfast Week, National Sportsmanship Day, and American Diabetes Alert Day. The Council also produces a number of publications every year based on research by health-related federal agencies and non-governmental organizations. You can access these on the left side of the Publications section of the website.

April 7th is World Health Day

World Health DaySponsored by the World Health Organization, World Health Day seeks to highlight a different aspect of world health.  This year’s theme is “1000 cities, 1000 lives” and is a global movement to make our cities healthier.  The goal is two part: 1) 1000 cities: “open up public spaces to health, whether it be activities in parks, town hall meetings, clean-up campaigns, or closing off portions of streets to motorized vehicles;” and 2) 1000 lives: “to collect 1000 stories of urban health champions who have taken action and had a significant impact on health in their cities.”  People are encouraged to participate in World Health Day events occurring during the week of April 7-11.  No event going on in your city?  Register your own!  The WHO also has a variety of materials available for organizers and interested participants – you can download a toolkit, logotypes and other promotional materials.  Additionally, you can visit the WHO’s social media site.  By working together, we can make our cities more open, accessible and ultimately more healthy!

Spring Activities for Basketball Fans and Non-fans Alike

NCAA Hall of ChampionsIndiana is known for its great basketball drama and history.  Indiana residents and out-of-state fans will be here this weekend to cheer on their favorite teams for the Final Four.  If basketball isn’t your thing, check out all of the sites and attractions Indiana has to offer.  Indiana’s Department of Tourism website has great deals and promotions for everyone and their budgets.  If you’re a basketball fan, check out the NCAA’s Hall of Champions for interactive exhibits and activities.  Whether you’re cheering for Butler, Michigan State, Duke, or West Virginia enjoy the excitement and festivities of the Final Four!  The road stops here.

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