National Information and Referral Day, sponsored by the Alliance of Information and Referral Systems, recognizes the importance of information specialists and the expertise their work requires. Learn what it is like to be an information specialist at IQ Solutions!
The adverse consequences associated with poor Health are well chronicled, from overweight and obesity to diabetes and arthritis. The Nation’s economic downturn hasn’t helped the situation at all. In fact, according to data from an American Heart Association poll, nearly 60 percent of those surveyed admitted that the economy has adversely affected their ability to take care of their Health. Over a third of respondents reported skipping their preventive care appointments, not taking medications as prescribed, or foregoing dental visits, while a quarter of those surveyed reported that they had canceled gym memberships within the past 6 months.
In 2010 the United Nations Environment Programme found that more people died worldwide because of contaminated and polluted water than were killed by all forms of violence, including wars. This shocking finding reflects the fact that nearly a billion people throughout the world—about one in eight—lack access to clean drinking water.
There is a new player on the behavioral Health scene — and its name is choice architecture. In Nudge: Improving Decisions About Health, Wealth, and Happiness, Richard Thaler and Cass Sunstein explore how decisions are influenced through choice architecture — or as they describe it, “the careful design of the environments in which people make choices.” Choice architects are anyone who directly or indirectly influences the decision making process of others. In decision making, nearly all factors — social, environmental, and individual — matter, giving choice architects considerable influence to “nudge” decision makers in directions that will make their lives better.
Next week is the 7th Annual Government Web and New Media Conference in Washington, DC-the largest meeting of Web and new media professionals working on Government Web sites. The conference offers the opportunity to hear about innovative solutions and gather best practices and lessons learned from individuals who are working with the latest technologies. HowTo.gov is one resource the conference will spotlight during one of its morning “Ignite” sessions.