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  1. USDA Teams with NFL on Children's Nutrition Effort

  2. Website Answers Questions About Redistricting

  3. Dental Hygienists Raising Oral Health Awareness this October

  4. National Archives Captures 20th Century in Photos

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USDA Teams with NFL on Children's Nutrition Effort

Fuel Up to Play 60The US Department of Agriculture is teaming up with the National Football League and Dairy Management, Inc to help promote good nutrition and exercise to the nation’s youth.  Fuel Up to Play 60, a program being launched by the NFL and DMI, is designed to teach kids the importance of whole grains, fruits and vegetables, and dairy products.  These healthy foods in turn give kids the fuel they need to get the proper amount of physical activity.  Children around the country will divide into teams to evaluate their school’s “wellness.”  They then decide which areas of fitness and nutrition their schools should focus on.

The USDA is hoping to enter into a Memorandum of Understanding with the two in order to allow USDA nutrition programs and Fuel Up to Play 60 to fully complement each other.  There are currently fifteen nutrition programs being run by the USDA around the country, including Team Nutrition.  Team Nutrition recognizes schools that have been making an effort to promote healthy nutrition and physical activity.

View a press release for the new partnership at the USDA website.

Website Answers Questions About Redistricting

Rethinking RedistrictingThe Secretary of State has a webpage dedicated to answering your questions and discussing apprehensions about redistricting in Indiana.  Rethinking Redistricting  helps Hoosiers understand the process of redistricting and how it works in the election process.  Why is redistricting important? What is the purpose? Redistricting is the process of dividing the state into sections of voting populations.  It is crucial to the election process and helps us to determine local and national leaders. If voting districts are unfairly drawn, this can lead to voter manipulation and disadvantages in some districts.  In 2011, each state will redraw it boundaries based on 2010 Census data. The criteria for redistricting will create a system that is fair and easy to understand for Indiana citizens. For more information, there are resources that will provide details about the process. You can also ask your questions on the website’s blog as well as see other comments made by some of your friends and neighbors. The Democratic process is one of the most important, provocative, and confusing processes in our Government. Become involved and informed! Contact your legislator with your ideas or concerns.

Dental Hygienists Raise Oral Health Awareness in October

National Dental Hygiene MonthStart the month off with a smile! Celebrate National Dental Hygiene Month in October. Use the posters and fact sheets on the American Dental Hygienists’ Association (NDHA) website to encourage patrons to pay attention to oral health. As stated on the NDHA website, part of its mission is “to advance the art and science of dental hygiene by ensuring access to quality oral health care; increasing awareness of the cost-effective benefits of prevention; promoting the highest standards of dental hygiene education, licensure, practice and research.” See the Centers for Disease Control Oral Health webpage to find ways to prevent cavities, gum disease, and tooth loss. Check out My Water’s Fluoride, a national map that shows fluoride supply by county.

National Archives Captures 20th Century in Photographs

Picturing the CenturyThose who enjoy looking at old photographs chronicling American history may be interesting in Picturing the Century from the National Archives.  Based on an exhibit that ran from 1999 to 2001, this website displays photos portraying historical events from throughout the twentieth century.  Topics such as the Great Depression, Ellis Island, wars throughout the century and even every day life are all displayed.  While this is a very small percentage of the photographs that are held at the National Archives, the site still includes a lot of images.  You can browse photos either by Portfolio (photographer) or by Gallery.

This fascinating exhibit contains images from well-known photographers such as Dorothea Lange and Ansel Adams, but also includes images from lesser or even unknown artists.  It’s definitely worth taking a look at.  You can also check out the Links page on the site that includes further background information about the exhibit, as well as teaching materials and catalogs.