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  1. Help Spread Stress Awareness throughout April

  2. Crime Stoppers Hosting Annual Shred-it Campaign on April 20

  3. Organization Encourages Women to Donate Suits

  4. Census Bureau Updates Popular Population Clock Feature

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Help Spread Stress Awareness throughout April

Stress Awareness MonthApril is National Stress Awareness Month, sponsored by The Health Resource Network (HRN), a non-profit health education organization. MedlinePlus, of the National Library of Medicine, provides informational webpages on Stress and Stress Management. Here, you and your patrons can find tips for controlling stressful triggers in life, health check tools, and current research on stress. The U.S. Health and Human Services Department Office of Occupational Health has a Take Time to Unwind website which walks the reader through ways to combat stress and relax. The Eglin Air Force Base (FL) website contains a commentary about Stress Awareness Month by a Civilian Health Promotion Services employee which can help anyone.

Crime Stoppers Hosting Annual Shred-it Campaign on April 20

Crime Stoppers IndyAre you looking for a safe and convenient way to discard outdated personal papers? Crime Stoppers of Central Indiana has a secure way to dispose of your papers while protecting you from identity theft. On April 20 from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM, bring your papers and documents to one of the five Indianapolis-area locations.  A $5.00 donation fee per shredding box is requested.  All donations collected will go to the Crime Stoppers Reward Fund. The fund relies on private donations and fundraising events like this because tax dollars do not fund the rewards.  The shredding locations are also accepting donations of computers and small electronics - this recycling is free!  Safely dispose of your expired and unneeded prescription medications with law enforcement officers.

Organization Encourages Women to Donate Suits

Dress for SuccesSecretary of State Connie Lawson is collecting women’s suits for Dress for Success’ Send One Suit week. The drive starts Monday, April 15 and runs through Friday, April 19. Participants are encouraged to donate one suit, one blouse and one monetary gift.

“This event is not just for women. I encourage men to participate by collecting suits from their wives, sisters, mothers and the women in their lives.” said Secretary Lawson. “By donating, you can empower women entering the workforce to take charge of their lives.”

All contributions will go to Dress for Success Indianapolis, an organization dedicated to promoting economic independence for women by providing professional attire, a network of support and career development tools. Donated suits go to central Indiana women who need professional attire for job interviews or new careers, empowering women in our community to be self-sufficient and successful in work and life. About 40 percent of Dress for Success Indianapolis’ annual suit needs are met through Send One Suit Week.

Contributions can be made at the Secretary of State’s office anytime during the week of April 15 – 19 between 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Secretary Lawson will personally collect donations on Monday, April 15 from 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. in her office. The Secretary of State’s office is located in Room 201 of the Statehouse at 200 W. Washington Street in Indianapolis.

Census Bureau Updates Popular Population Clock Feature

Census Population ClockToday, the U.S. Census Bureau released an updated version of the population clock, one of the most widely visited features on the website. The enhanced clock provides the public with a quick and interactive overview of the population in the United States and the world, and now it also can be shared, downloaded and embedded on other websites. This release coincides with the beginning of the Population Association of America’s annual meeting in New Orleans.
“As part of the celebration of 2013 as the International Year of Statistics, the Census Bureau is celebrating the role of statistics in everyday life through new, interactive and easily accessible data tools such as the population clock,” said Victoria Velkoff, the assistant division chief in charge of estimates and projections in the Census Bureau’s Population Division. “The introduction of the updated ‘pop clock’ will further broaden the public’s appreciation for and grasp of population statistics.”

About the Population Clock and Population Estimates
The population clock displays continuously updated projections of the total U.S. population, including the rate of births, deaths and net migration for the United States. For the first time, the clock also provides an age and sex population pyramid and a graph showing the population of U.S. regions. Both new features allow users to see how these measures have changed over time. Additionally, users can interact with tables displaying the most populous states, cities and counties in the United States. The clock provides not only a continuously updated world population total but also a list of the 10 most populous countries, with easy access to more world population statistics.

An important enhancement allows users to embed the population clock on their own website for quick reference. Using the “Download and Share” buttons, users can download the clock or copy code to embed the clock directly on their own website. Visitors can also share the clock via Facebook, Twitter or Pinterest. The clock is based on a series of short-term projections for the resident population of the United States. This includes people whose usual residence is in the 50 states and the District of Columbia. These projections do not include members of the armed forces stationed overseas, their dependents, or other U.S. citizens residing outside the United States. The projections are based on a monthly time series of population estimates starting with the April 1, 2010, resident population count derived from the 2010 Census.

The “Country Ranking” tool provides a quick and easy method to view the most populous countries in the world for any given year. The data for this tool are drawn from the Census Bureau’s International Data Base, which offers a variety of demographic indicators for countries and areas of the world with a population of 5,000 or more.


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