This Week's Facts:
Document of the
“An Act to provide
an investigation of the hours and conditions of labor of women”
Acts 1913, Ch 262
Friday Facts Editorial Team:
The Office on Women's Health, of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, produces a collection of publications in print and online which cover a variety of health topics. Topics include: Cancer, Healthy Aging, Adolescent Health, Mental Health, Sleep Disorders, and Thyroid Conditions. Links to these publications are located on the website WomensHealth.gov. Read more about issues specific to women in the Healthy Women Today Newsletter which directs readers to additional resources on subjects like heart disease, breastfeeding, living with disabilities, healthy eating, and many more.
Most of us think of March as the advent of Spring. The weather gets warm – very warm as the case is this year – and we want to be outside. For many people, that also translates into gardening. Novice gardeners, however, may not know where to begin. What to plant? When to plant it? The USDA’s Agricultural Research Service offers a tool that just might help. Their Plant Hardiness Zone Map tells you which plants are most likely to thrive at which locations. Use the map to determine which zone you’re in. If you’re living in Indiana, you’re in Zone 5b, 6a, or 6b. Once you know the zone, use the United States National Arboretum site to tell give you examples of what grows well there. Those of us in Central Indiana may have luck with English ivy, heavenly bamboo, or the Chinese redbud. If you’re looking for further information on gardening, be sure to check out the Gardening Page from the National Arboretum. Here you can find basic FAQs, tips on specific plants, and how to deal with pests. This is a great way to welcome the warm weather and get ready for Spring!
High school and college students looking for a job this summer may be interested in working for the National Park Service. There are a variety of summer internships available, many of them paid. Students can get experience in historical preservation, cultural diversity, creating a business plan, or working outdoors on conservation and environmental projects. One item of particular interest is an internship with the Youth Conservation Corps at the Monocacy National Battlefield in Frederick County, Maryland. Interns will work on maintenance projects and wildlife management. Why is this particularly interesting? In July of 1864, the Battle of Monocacy occurred here. The commanding officer for the Union Army was Major General Lew Wallace, author of Ben-Hur and native Hoosier. The website provides information about Wallace, as well as other major players in the battle. Students interested in a job affiliated with this famous Hoosier, will want to check out the park’s website here. Anyone seeking a different type of internship, but one associated with national parks and the great outdoors, should check out this Park Service site here.
Even though it sometimes seems that March is the last month you need to survive before warmer weather starts, the month does bring a lot of important health-related observances. With these reminders from USA.gov, you can make March a healthy month:
These tips are brought to you as a courtesy of the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) via the USA.gov blog.
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