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  1. Website Helps Military Youth Adjust to Relocation

  2. FDA Heightens Sunscreen Regulations

  3. State Agency Supports Faith-Based & Community Groups

Univ. of Wisconsin Releases America's Health Rankings

The University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute has used the model of the United Health Foundation America’s Health Rankings to develop health rankings for each U.S. state to the county level. The County Health Rankings are based on mortality (length of life) and morbidity (quality of life) measures. In Indiana, those in Hamilton, Boone, and Hendricks counties live the longest. The counties of Dubois, Hamilton, and Warren counties rank in the top three of quality of life measures. You can find your county on the map, then take a look at the Health Outcomes and Health Factors tables and see how your county measures up.  Download more information on Indiana health here.


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Website Helps Military Youth Adjust to Relocation

Military Youth on the MoveOne of the most well-known aspects of military life is that families move a lot., in conjunction with the Department of Defense, sponsors a website designed to help military kids deal with this. Military Youth on the Move is divided into four parts: Elementary School, Middle School, High School, and Just for Parents.  Each part is full of tips and personal stories geared toward each age group. The section for high school students talks about the difficulties of making new friends in high school, the importance of staying healthy through difficult times, and ongoing issues such as dealing with the deployment of a parent. All areas emphasize the importance of talking to someone if things seem too tough. The site also has links to other websites for military kids, which can provide further resources. Even if your library doesn’t serve a large active duty military population, chances are some kids in the community have parents who have been deployed through the National Guard. While the advice on moving multiple times may not apply, they can get useful tips on dealing with deployment.

FDA Heightens Sunscreen Regulations

FDA: Sunscreen RegulationsThe FDA is implementing stricter regulations when it comes to sunscreen. In an effort to give consumers better protection against sunburn and skin cancer, sunscreen will be categorized and labeled differently starting in 2012. Sunscreens protect people against two different kind of rays – UVB and UVA. UVB rays primarily cause sunburn; prior FDA regulations dealt mostly with these. UVA rays are responsible for signs of aging and skin cancer. Under the new rules, sunscreen will only be labeled “broad spectrum” if it protects against both UVA and UVB rays. Additionally, they must be at least SPF 15. Anything less than that may be sold to protect against sunburn, but their labels must mention that they don’t necessarily protect against skin cancer or signs of aging. On the opposite end, there will no longer be any sunscreens with an SPF protection label higher than 50 – according to the FDA, studies have shown that there is no tangible different between sunscreen levels above 50. One final measure prohibits sunscreen manufacturers from labeling the products as waterproof, sweatproof, or sunblocks. Instead, they should tell consumers how much time they can expect to stay in the water before they need to reapply. Having fair skin increases your chances for skin cancer, but no one is immune to skin damage caused by the sun. Slather on!

For more information on this, be sure to check out the FDA Consumer Updates page. As part of the regulatory process, citizens also have the ability to comment on the new regulations. See the Federal Register entry for the full rule and visit if you want to comment.

State Agency Supports Faith-Based & Community Groups

Indiana Office of Faith-Based and Community InitiativesMost people are aware of the phrase and laws that insist on a “separation of church and state,” however, one doesn’t always exclude the other. Churches, faith-based organizations, and other community organizations seek funding from state and federal agencies to improve the lives of Indiana citizens. The Indiana Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives can help provide resources and information for community and faith-based organizations looking for financial assistance during difficult times. Contact the State Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives for more information about ways this office can assist your organization. Organizations must be clear and state policies and guidelines to remain in compliance with state and federal requirements.

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