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State of the Environment Location Challenge

National Women's Health Week

SPR Fitness Challenge

Center for Economic Studies

DNR's Mobile Apps

Do you need to get directions to your favorite state park? There’s an app for that! Do you need to see the latest hunting and fishing guides? There’s an app for that! Just in time for summer vacations, the Indiana Department of Natural Resources and Indiana Interactive now have an application for the iPhone. You can download the free application from iTunes. This can be a helpful tool in planning your trips or by finding out more information about your favorite park or inn. For more information, or to provide feedback, please email the webmaster.


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State of the Environment Location Challenge

Aspiring photographers have yet another opportunity from the Environmental Protection Agency to hone their photography skills. The State of the Environment Locations Challenge is an update of the Documerica program from the 1970s. For Documerica, the EPA hired freelance photographers to take pictures of scenes showcasing environmental problems, EPA activities and everyday life in the 1970s. Now, the EPA is releasing one photo from that project each week. Using information provided with each original photograph, citizens are encouraged to visit that location and take a new photo from the same vantage point, thus creating “before” and “after” shots. There is no set deadline for each challenge, but the EPA website states that this will probably last until Earth Day (April 22) 2012. The photo that best captures the after shot for each original photo will be posted on the EPA website. For more information on the challenge and a link to the current “Location,” see the instructions.

Of course, not everyone will be able to easily get to each week’s location. Visit the Documerica page from the National Archives to view photos by location. Check out the photos from Indiana or any of the surrounding states! Be sure to view previous submissions here.

National Women's Health Week

The Indiana State Department of Health’s Office of Women’s Health is participating in National Women’s Health Week, May 8-14, 2011. The theme for this year is “It’s Your Time!” According to the Department of Health and Human Services, most women tend to neglect their health in order to care for their loved ones and significant others. This initiative encourages communities, businesses, health and government organizations to promote women’s health issues. Women’s Health Week empowers all women to improve their mental and physical health with physical activity, healthy diets and preventive screenings; you can take the pledge to begin your healthy journey. INShape Indiana offers tips, resources and information to help you achieve a healthier lifestyle. To learn more about National Women’s Health Week, click here. Now is the time to take control of your health and to help your sisters, daughters, mothers and friends do the same.

SPR Fitness Challenge

It’s that time of year again! Warmer weather and longer daylight hours bring out the athlete/fitness enthusiast in many Hoosiers. The Indiana Department of Natural Resources is once again sponsoring the SPR Fitness Challenge. Whether you walk, ride or swim you can find your way to a healthier summer and win prizes! The challenge begins May 6 and ends October 31, 2011. Once you complete your 25 miles of activity, you’ll be entered to win prizes such as annual park passes, Indiana camping gift cards and more. Indiana has many parks and reservoirs to help you navigate a healthy summer. You can also check out INShape Indiana to find resources and tools to help you get active and track your aerobic activity. Finally, No Child Left Inside has tips, tools, and resources to get children involved with physical activity. Click here to take the fitness challenge and get ready for your healthy, summertime adventures!

Center for Economic Studies

The U.S. Census Bureau’s Center for Economic Studies provides a number of data products for public use. It also administers the Bureau’s Research Data Center (RDC) Program. Its research produces the new Business Dynamics Statistics, which measure U.S. business dynamics by state, firm, size, age and industrial sector. These are created using the Longitudinal Business Database (LBD), a confidential database available to researchers throughout the network of Census Research Data Centers. The first release of BDS data covers 1976 through 2005. There will be annual updates.

The Center also produces data on employers and employees via Longitudinal Employer-Household Dynamics (LEHD). The Stats Indiana topic page on Local Employment Dynamics leads users to the Longitudinal Employer-Household Dynamics (LEHD) website, where Indiana data is available in tables and maps at state, county, and region- level. Here you’ll find OnTheMap, which enables users to zoom in to Indiana at the street-level, select areas to analyze and retrieve information on jobs and workers between 2002 to 2009. Download the Getting Started with OnTheMap PDF for instructions and tips on how to best use this analysis tool. Stats Indiana also features downloadable Unemployment Rate Maps for Indiana counties for 2000 through 2011 and an additional interactive map featuring data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.


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