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  1. USDA Tool Helps Track Nutritional Value in Foods

  2. Contest Encourages Hoosiers to Quit Smoking

  3. Census Enters Final Stage of 2010 Data Collection

HUD Seeks Your Input on Housing Market

The US Department of Housing and Urban Development wants your help! The HUD’s mission is to “create strong, sustainable, inclusive communities and quality affordable homes for all.” This not only means strengthening the housing market, but also trying to ensure that quality rental housing is available for those who need or prefer it. However, they recognize that United States citizens may have some good ideas on how this can best be carried out. That’s why they have HUD Ideas in Action, a collection of forums on various topics dealing with housing. While some of these are only available to HUD employees, many are open to the public. Citizens can comment on the FY 2010-2015 HUD Strategic Plan or even submit their own ideas on other topics. If you or your patrons have an opinion on housing in this country, this may be a great place to get your voice heard.


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USDA Tool Helps Track Nutritional Value of Foods

My Food-A-PediaWe hear a lot about how obesity is on the rise in the United States. As a result, many people are looking at their food consumption as a way to maintain a healthier lifestyle. One great tool to help with this is My Food-A-Pedia from the USDA. My Food-A-Pedia breaks down foods by calories and food groups based on the new Food Pyramid. Food groups include grains, vegetables, fruits, milk, meat & beans and extras (this includes fats and sugars). You can find out which food groups make up the foods that you’re eating. Each entry also includes the basic food pyramid, so you know how much you still need to eat to get your ideal daily allowances. It allows you to select how much of each food you’re eating and even allows you to compare two foods. One really nice feature is that you can not only search by generic food term, but also by brand-name. Did you start your day with a cup of Honey Bunches of Oats and a banana? Not a problem – both of them are easily found in the database!

Contest Encourages Hoosiers to Quit Smoking

Quit Now IndianaIf you or someone you know wants to quit smoking, now is the time! Through the Quit Now Indiana contest, you can adopt a healthy lifestyle and win prizes. Quit Now Indiana is a collaborative effort between Indiana Tobacco Prevention and Cessation, INShape Indiana and the Indiana State Department of Health. The contest begins September 1, 2010 and ends September 30, 2010. To enter, you make a pledge not to use tobacco for the month of October of this year. Click here for complete eligibility requirement s and contest rules. Tobacco can be smoked, chewed or inhaled and has negative effects on the overall health of Indiana residents. In fact, Indiana has the 6th highest smoking rate in the nation. Becoming tobacco free has many benefits, including overall better health for the smoker and those around them. If you need help, there are many tools and resources to help you become successful in having a smoke-free atmosphere. You can win a healthier lifestyle when you quit! Good luck!

Census Enters Final Stage for 2010 Data Collection

2010 US CensusThe door-to-door data collection period for the 2010 Census has ended as of July 30. However, certain households may still be visited or called by workers from the U.S. Census Bureau who will conduct quality control interviews called Quality Assurance Checks. The Census Bureau takes this additional step to ensure accuracy and completeness of data. During these quality control periods, U.S. residents can still mail back their census forms. However, they will not have access to the phone and walk-in Questionnaire Assistance Centers, as they also ended operation on July 30. See this Timeline of 2010 Census Operations for a full schedule of operations and this Census Operations list and glossary for definitions of terms.

The next major step for the 2010 Census is congressional apportionment. This process is repeated every 10 years in the U.S. after the census takes place. The Census Bureau is responsible for delivering the data from the 2010 Census to the President within nine months of Census Day (Apr. 1), on or before December 31, 2010. According to the Census Bureau, “this report will show the apportionment population counts, by state, and the number of seats in the US House of Representatives apportioned to each state”. The remainder of the data products from the 2010 Census will be released from April 2011 to September 2013. This updated list of release dates, data products, and geography levels is helpful for patrons who want to know exactly what will be released for a certain geography. As always, a big thank you to everyone who participated in the 2010 Census!

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