Care to Clear the Air Challenge, Health Policy Discussion & Social Services Appropriations Subcommittee 

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It’s about that time of year when the air and the politics get dirty and choking, when the gravy-thick pollution rolls into the valley and mixes with the hot air coming from the Legislature. This year, resolve to reduce the particulate matter on both fronts. Take part in a wintertime “clear the air challenge,” and then attend a health-care discussion featuring state legislators. Later, check out a social-services subcommittee to see what vital services might get slashed this year.

Care to Clear the Air Challenge
Through Jan. 31

If you want to challenge yourself to help clear the air and conserve energy and dollars during the winter, you can take part in the Care to Clear the Air Challenge. The Website gives special tips on air-quality alerts and how to better commute in winter. It also has a feature that allows you to log trips and miles, helping you calculate money, emissions and energy saved.
Various events through Jan. 31,

Statewide Health Policy Discussion with Legislators
Monday, Jan. 10

The prescription to cure what ails America’s health care is still a bitter pill for some to swallow, but a little information could help the medicine go down. Join AARP Utah, the Utah Health Policy Project and Utah legislators in discussing how state and federal health-care measures can be aligned with funding priorities and cost-saving strategies.
University of Utah, Health Sciences Education Building, 26 S. 2000 East, Jan. 10, 5:30-7 p.m., satellite location available for Web conference,

Social Services Appropriations Subcommittee
Tuesday, Jan. 11

It will be an appropriations-committee bonanza on the hill today but of all the committees the one perhaps most vulnerable is social services. Come hear reports from the Health, Human Services and Workforce Services departments, along with other agencies. The public comment period will be at 2 p.m.
Utah State Capitol, Room 30, 350 N. State, House Building, Jan. 11, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.,

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