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Archive for September, 2010

Poverty Data Resource Guide

Posted by neocaablogger on September 30, 2010

Poverty Data Resource Guide

The U.S. Census Bureau released the 2009 American Community Survey
(ACS), which examines socioeconomic characteristics at the state and
local levels. For information on the new data, go to Spotlight’s Poverty Data Resource Guide, featuring listings
of events, blog postings, reports and analysis. If your organization
has released a statement, report, analysis or other product in
response to the new Census numbers, and you would like this
information listed in the resource guide, please contact Amy Battjer
The resource guide is available here or


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Celebrate National Fruits & Veggies—More Matters Month in September

Posted by neocaablogger on September 28, 2010

In Oklahoma, 67
percent of adults and almost one in every three children are
overweight or obese, according to the Oklahoma State Department of
Health (OSDH) Chronic Disease Service.  In addition, Oklahoma
consistently ranks among the lowest states in the consumption of
fruits and vegetables.  A recent report by the Centers for Disease
Control and Prevention showed Oklahomans eating the fewest numbers
of fruits and being in the bottom 10 states for the consumption of


The Oklahoma State Department of Health and Strong & Healthy Oklahoma are
encouraging all consumers to make a pledge to eat more fruits
and vegetables.  Fruits and vegetables not only provide
valuable nutrients to fight disease, but they are critical in
the fight against obesity.  Eating fruits and vegetables is a
sound investment in long-term health, and can be a very
inexpensive part of a healthy lifestyle.  Adding more to your
diet is easy when you remember that all product forms count –
fresh, frozen, canned, dried and 100 percent juice.


Increasing fruit
and vegetable consumption is also a goal of the recent Oklahoma
Health Improvement Plan
and the Oklahoma
Physical Activity & Nutrition Plan
, both adopted
by the Oklahoma State Board of Health. The plans target key
areas for improving Oklahoma’s poor national health rankings
in the
"F as in Fat: How Obesity Threatens America’s
Future" report by Trust for America’s Health and the Robert
Wood Johnson Foundation.


For simple tips on how to add more
fruits and vegetables to your diet including recipes, nutrition
information, tips for getting kids to eat fruits and vegetables,
and even videos, visit

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Income, Poverty and Health Insurance Coverage in the United States: 2009

Posted by neocaablogger on September 21, 2010

The U.S. Census Bureau announced today that real median household income
in the United States in 2009 was $49,777, not statistically different
from the 2008 median.
The nation’s official poverty rate in 2009 was 14.3 percent, up from
13.2 percent in 2008 — the second statistically significant annual
increase in the poverty rate since 2004. There were 43.6 million people
in poverty in 2009, up from 39.8 million in 2008 — the third consecutive
annual increase. Meanwhile, the number of people without health insurance coverage
rose from 46.3 million in 2008 to 50.7 million in 2009, while the
percentage increased from 15.4 percent to 16.7 percent over the same
period. or + Full Report (PDF)

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Consumer Handbook Packed With Tips

Posted by neocaablogger on September 16, 2010

If you haven’t yet ordered a copy of the 2010 Consumer Action Handbook, don’t miss out. This 172-page book is full of useful tips on how to be a smart consumer. Do you want to know how you are affected by new credit card rules or how to protect your privacy
on social media sites? The Handbook can tell you how, plus give you other practical information about housing, insurance, cars, and much more. It also includes tips on how to file a complaint and even includes a contact directory for the consumer affairs departments at major corporations and in federal, state, and local governments.
 So order your copy now. Or, find the same great information in Spanish

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Data and Statistics Page You will Want to Bookmark this

Posted by neocaablogger on September 10, 2010

The government’s Data and Statistics page has been updated to make it easier to find the information you want. The page now highlights data sources by topic, such as health and nutrition, jobs and education, and geospatial data.  Take a look at the page,

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Government Challenges, Contests, and Prizes

Posted by neocaablogger on September 8, 2010

Check out, the new centralized website for federal government contests and challenges. With the potential to win a variety of prizes (monetary and non-monetary), you may be challenged to solve a problem, make a suggestion, shoot and upload a video, create a logo, build an online game, invent something, and much more. You could have
the winning answer, idea, or design! Even if you don’t have a solution for a specific challenge, you can share challenges with friends or sign up to show support for a challenge. 

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