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This Week's Facts:

  1. Online Resources Can Enhance Your Cinco de Mayo Celebrations

  2. DNR Debuts Cooking Video Series on YouTube

  3. May Designated for Raising Arthritis Awareness

  4. Mobile Apps Connect You to Timely Government Information

FTC Offers Tips to Avoid Charity Scams & Fraud

With an increase in charitable giving due to the Boston Marathon bombings, please take care to examine any opportunities for donor fraud. The Federal Trade Commission provides a list of tools to research Charity Scams and tips on how to protect yourself or your business from them. The Indiana Department of Financial Institutions displays its commitment to consumers by its Hang Up on Fraud program. The website lists characteristics of vulnerable customers, common types of scams, descriptions of typical schemes, ways to avoid being scammed, and who to contact if you need to report fraud. The program brochure is available here.

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Online Resources Can Enhance Your Cinco de Mayo Celebrations

Cinco de MayoMay 5th commemorates the Battle of Puebla, fought by a Mexican peasant army defending themselves against French invaders in 1862 Puebla, Mexico as part of the Franco-Mexican War (1861-1867). It’s a day of importance for Hispanic, Latino, and Chicano communities – though not more important than Mexican Independence Day, September 16, 1810 with which it is often confused.

According to the L.A. Times, a resort in Los Cabos, Mexico will celebrate Cinco de Mayo this year with a with Mexican hot chocolate and 492-foot-long pan dulce, or Mexican sweet bread, containing 600 eggs, 441 pounds of flour and 99 pounds of sugar.

Another huge Cinco de Mayo festival takes place in Denver, Colorado, with storytelling, parades, food, and dancing to the beat of salsa and mariachi music.

For information about teaching students and patrons about the Battle of Puebla, see Scholastic’s lesson plans for Cinco de Mayo.

DNR Debuts Cooking Video Series on YouTube

DNR: Cooking Gone WildThis week the Indiana DNR announced the debut of its online video series called CookIN’ Gone Wild. Videos on the DNR’s YouTube channel teach Hoosiers how to turn wild game into fine dining entreés. Information about CookIN Gone Wild is available here. The website features cooking demonstration videos with Michelle Cain, a DNR wildlife information specialist and seasoned veteran of wild game cooking, and a downloadable recipe book. “The idea is to give people more options on how to cook their wild game once they harvest it,” Cain said.

The recipes at CookIN Gone Wild are fit for a five-star establishment. They include seared duck breast with citrus cranberry sauce, venison steak with blue cheese sauce, and bluegill meatloaf muffins. Future recipes and videos will feature bluegill fish tacos and venison shepherd’s pie.

May Designated for Raising Arthritis Awareness

May is Arthritis MonthMay is Arthritis Month, sponsored by the Arthritis Foundation of the United States. Arthritis is the most common cause of disability in the United States. It limits the activities of nearly 21 million adults. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Arthritis Program works by garnering participation from states and other partners to increase awareness about activities and programs to help improve the quality of life for people affected by arthritis and other rheumatic conditions.

Arthritis Month is the best time to get active. Walking is one way to improve arthritis pain, fatigue, function, and quality of life. It has low impact on joints, can be done anywhere, and doesn’t require special equipment or a gym membership. The CDC Arthritis Awareness page has the following fun ways to start walking - Enroll in the Walk with Ease program; participate in an Arthritis Walk near you; walk your dog or volunteer to walk dogs at an animal shelter; suggest to co-workers to have walking meetings; and park 10 minutes away from your office and walk the rest of the way.

The Arthritis Foundation and the Indiana Department of Health have valuable information and resources to help you win the fight against arthritis. Learn more about arthritis to help your family, friends, and loved ones become more empowered. Mobile Apps Connect You to Timely Government Information Mobile Apps Visit the Mobile Apps Gallery to find government apps and mobile websites. Here are a few of the many apps you’ll find:

  • Tornado - If a tornado warning is issued for your location, an alarm will sound, even when the app is closed. (available for iPhone and Android)
  • CDC Mobile App - Get timely health information. (available for iPad and Android)
  • Smart Traveler - Get official country information, travel alerts, maps, U.S. embassy locations, and more. (available for iPhone and Android)
  • NCI QuitPal - Use proven strategies to help you stop smoking. (available for iPhone)
  • NPS National Mall - If you’re visiting the National Capital, you can use this app to help you explore cultural and historical sites. (available for iPhone)

You can search for apps by category (Education, Health, Business, etc.) or by platform (Android, Apple, Blackberry, etc.). Currently, all the apps featured in the gallery are free, though charges from your mobile phone carrier may apply.

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