This Week's Facts:

  1. What does the Stimulus Plan Mean for Hoosiers?
  2. Find Government Grants through Online Resources
  3. National Eating Disorders Awareness Week Begins Sunday
  4. American Memory highlights Indiana architecture

Prevent Blindness America

February is AMD/Low Vision Awareness Month

According to the National Library of Medicine, macular degeneration, or age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is a leading cause of vision loss in Americans 60 and older. The organization Prevent Blindness America sponsors AMD/Low Vision awareness month each February. The program encourages everyone to learn more about AMD and how it can affect our communities.

You can test your own eyes and find out how often you should have an eye exam using their resources. AMD is not associated with pain, so it can only be detected by exams. The Medline Plus page on AMD and the National Eye Institute can also direct you and your patrons to a wealth of facts about AMD. According to the National Eye Institute, you can reduce your risk for developing AMD if you eat a healthy diet high in green leafy vegetables and fish, don't smoke, maintain normal blood pressure, watch your weight, and exercise.

The National Institutes of Health/Senior Health and websites give AMD information in high contrast and in a variety of font sizes. 

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What does the Stimulus Plan Mean for Hoosiers?

Recovery.govPresident Obama recently signed the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act to offer economic relief and recovery to citizens facing financial devastation.  What does this mean for the average Indiana citizen? States are supposed to receive approximately $144 billion for infrastructure, education, energy, and poor relief.  Indiana is expected to receive between $5 and $6 billion. For Indiana citizens, we can expect to see new construction projects on roads and highways, particularly the I-69 Expansion.

Another portion of the stimulus funds will be to extend unemployment benefits to unemployed Hoosiers. For more information and the full details of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, check out these resources:

American Recovery and Reinvestment Act
Indiana Department of Workforce Development
Indiana Department of Transportation 
Indiana Legislature (Economic bills)

Find Government Grants through Online Resources

USA.govIn these economic times, many businesses, organizations, and individuals are finding themselves in need of grants.  While there are many sources available, one in particular is the federal government. is an excellent place to begin. The grants here are not designed for personal use or to finance higher education; however, non-profits, state and local governments, and even some small businesses may be eligible. Eligibility requirements are outlined on the site.  Those who are looking for grants for personal use may want to check out, Federal Student Aid and the Small Business Association. also has a list of federal agencies that award grant monies to deserving individuals and organizations. is another good site to visit for grant opportunities. They feature a list of websites with information about grants for schools and environmental purposes. 

For tips on grant writing, see the National Institute of Health’s page.  You can also visit the Environmental Protection Agency’s website on grant writing, via Purdue University.

National Eating Disorders Awareness Week Begins Sunday

Next week, February 22-28, is National Eating Disorders Awareness Week.  An eating disorder is a preoccupation with food taken to such an extreme that it often ends up taking over a person’s life.  Anorexia nervosa (starving oneself), bulimia nervosa (binging and purging), and binge-eating are all considered eating disorders. They often stem from a need to control one’s environment and a feeling that this is the only way it can be done.  However, they can also begin as a form of weight control that spirals into dangerous behavior.  Statistically, women are more likely to develop an eating disorder than men. Eating disorders usually start in the teenage years and may be accompanied by anxiety disorders, depression, and substance abuse. A related issue is over exercising – obsessive behavior that, when taken to the extreme, can result in injury and fatigue. 

The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) has a helpful website that outlines the causes, symptoms, and treatments of eating disorders.  For tips on how to prevent an eating disorder in yourself or your child, see Medline Plus’ links for Prevention and Screening.  Because women are more likely to suffer from an eating disorder, the Department of Health and Human Service’s Women’s Health site has articles about eating disorders in general and also how to maintain healthy food and exercise habits.  Finally, while not a government site, the National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA) has a wonderful site that includes information about the disorders, how to help those who suffer from them, research efforts, and specific information tailored to both men and women. 

American Memory Highlights Indiana Architecture

American MemoryA small gem located within the Library of Congress’s American Memory website is Built in America, the digitized section of the Historic American Buildings Survey and the Historic American Engineering Record. Since 2000, this has also included documentation from the Historic American Landscapes Survey. The digitized images of these three collections include offerings from all 50 states, including the famed circular staircase of the riverboat Captain Charles L. Shrewsbury House, located in Madison, Indiana and the Goodyear Airdock in Akron, Ohio, used for the construction and repair of zeppelins. Browse the Gallery for a list of states with links to these incredible photographic and blueprint images.