Balance Technology With Outdoor Play Time for Healthier Kids

Five words or less(NewsUSA) – Many children are too busy tweeting to go outside and hear a real tweet. Kids today spend an average of seven hours per day using electronic media but only four to seven minutes outside in unstructured outdoor play time.
“The importance of media in today’s world is indisputable, but a sky’s-the-limit approach to technology can have a powerful downside for kids if it’s not tempered with something more down to earth,” said Lindsay Legendre, manager of the National Wildlife Federation’s Be Out There movement — an effort to get more children outdoors more often.
Research shows that spending time outdoors makes kids grow lean and strong, enhances their imaginations and gives them time to let off steam and just be kids. The Kaiser Family Foundation says children who spend too much time with technology are more likely to get fair or poor grades. As a result of research like this. NWF’s Be Out There movement created the “Outdoor Play for Every Day: A Parent’s Guide for Overcoming Common Obstacles to Kids and Outdoor Play,” which is loaded with tips and activities to help parents overcome the lure of technology and other common obstacles to getting kids outdoors.
Consider the following suggestions to maximize outdoor time while making peace with media and technology:
* Monkey See/Monkey Do. Set a good example about limiting tech time, and your kids will be more likely to follow suit. Talk to your kids, and let everyone have a say on the amount of time that screens will be used each week so ground rules are clear up front.
* Pay to Play. Encourage kids to earn screen time by balancing it with equal amounts of reading, chores or playing outside. Len Saunders, author of “Keeping Kids Fit” and father of two, suggests that for every hour of physical activity, kids earn 30 minutes of tech time.
* Let ‘Em Pick. Offer kids a set amount of screen time each day and let them decide how to use it (watch TV, play video games or surf the web). If the weather is nice, and they want to trade their screen time for playing outdoors, they can bank their screen time for use on a rainy day.
* Go Geocaching. Take your kids on an outdoor adventure that combines popular GPS technology and a treasure hunt. Don’t have a GPS? There are several smart phone apps that can do the trick. Learn more at www.Rangerricktrails.com.
For parents who want their kids to enhance their physical and mental health by playing outside more often, the Be Out There Parent Guide is a valuable resource. Find the Guide and more ideas for enjoying outdoor time at www.beoutthere.org.

New Mission for Ex-Navy SEAL

Five words or less(NewsUSA) – If you saw the movie “Black Hawk Down,” you already know what happened to the soldiers on that mission-gone-bad to capture Somali warlords. Eighteen of them died that day in 1993, and more than 70 others were injured.
One of those hurt — then-Navy SEAL Howard Wasdin — was in such pain, for so long after retiring, that he sought the kind of medical help only now becoming increasingly available in the military.
“After being shot in the Battle of Mogadishu, a friend advised me to go to a chiropractor,” says Wasdin, author of the NY Times best-seller “SEAL Team Six: Memoirs of an Elite Navy SEAL Sniper.” “Three adjustments later, I was sleeping through the night with no neck pain and walking without a limp.”
Ready for the neat twist to his story? So inspired was Wasdin by his own care that today he, himself, is a chiropractor — as well as an avid supporter of the Foundation for Chiropractic Progress.
“It took a chiropractor to give me back my quality of life,” he says. “Today, my mission is to share the importance of chiropractic with the public, so more patients are able to get the care they need.”
For more information, visit www.yes2chiropractic.org.

Health Care Quality: Why It’s Improving, How to Get It

Five words or less(NewsUSA) – The ongoing debate about health care reform obscures an important fact: Americans get better care today than they did 20 years ago.
A key reason is the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA). The nonprofit organization was founded in 1990 to measure quality and make health care more transparent and accountable. Dr. Elliott Fisher, Director of Population Health and Policy at the Dartmouth Institute, credits NCQA for reporting quality the same way across the country so people can make “apples-to-apples comparison” when choosing health plans.
By making care more transparent and accountable, NCQA has saved thousands of lives and millions of dollars. It does this by helping people get care they need and preventing waste. Children today are nearly three times more likely to get their recommended immunizations than they were in 1997, thanks in large part to NCQA.
The Healthcare Effectiveness Data and Information Set (HEDIS) is NCQA’s main tool for improving health care. HEDIS shows how often insurers provide scientifically recommended tests and treatments to support more than 70 aspects of health. One-hundred twenty million Americans — about two in five — receive care from health plans held accountable by regular reporting of HEDIS results. NCQA translates the results for consumers to use online at http://reportcard.ncqa.org/.
NCQA also helps doctors’ offices serve patients better by becoming “patient-centered medical homes.” A “medical home” is not a place, but a way of organizing care. It combines teamwork and technology to transform the doctor-patient relationship from a series of hurried visits into a long-term partnership committed to keeping people healthy.
Medical homes coordinate all patient care, and make it easier for patients to get care by staying open later and keeping in touch between appointments by phone or e-mail.
The result: more satisfied, healthier patients with fewer hospital and emergency room visits.
Are you tired of being “patient” with doctors offices that expect you to work around their schedules? Find a new one who has earned NCQA Recognition as a patient-centered medical home.

Get the Most Out of Your Rental Property

Managing a rental property can be an excellent source of income in today’s economy.

A third of the nation’s households rent their residences, according to the 2010 U.S. Census Report, and that number rises as high as two-thirds in large metropolitan areas, such as New York and Los Angeles.

Given the steady demand for rental housing, it’s no wonder that individuals are investing in real estate, but there are several things property managers should keep in mind if they hope to make a profit.

Small Businesses Want to Make a Big Splash Without Getting all Wet

It’s usually better to be a big fish in a small pond than a small fish in a big pond, or so the saying goes. Many of today’s small and medium-sized companies are trying to figure out how to make a big splash when launching or renovating their presence on the web.

How crowded is the web? Well, according to Royal Pingdom, a global Internet tracking and statistics company, there are over 234 million unique websites. Many of these sites are expensive to create and costly to maintain while only being mediocre and containing no consistent theme or message.

Psychic Advisors Use Modern Technologies to Offer Help

When we think about psychics, we probably picture a traveling carnival. However, today’s psychics are more likely to use technology than a tent.

Crystal Clear International, a company representing the world’s leading psychics for 13 years, is using live video-conferencing similar to Skype on its new site PsychicCast to create a richer experience for those seeking psychic advice on everything from relationships to finances to major life decisions.

According to Jeff Wolf, PsychicCast founder, the new generation that’s interested in psychic advice can now get it on an interactive platform. PsychicCast is a quantum leap in bringing psychic services to this audience, and we are proud to be serving it.

Prepaid College Tuition — The ?It’ Gift This Holiday Season

Five words or less(NewsUSA) – This holiday season, contributing to a child’s college education can be the gift that lasts a lifetime. Parents and grandparents alike want to give their children and grandchildren the tools to succeed in life, and a college education can do just that.
However, post-secondary education is becoming increasingly less affordable.
According to the College Board, today’s newborn is expected to pay $180,000 to attend a four-year, public university. Coupled with the difficult economy, college is slipping beyond reach of many families. However, by giving a College Illinois! Prepaid Tuition Program contract to a child or grandchild, you lock in a price for their future education today, staying a step ahead of tuition inflation.
“The price of college for one child is steep, and we have five to worry about,” said Cindy Wisniewski of Naperville, Ill., a College Illinois! Prepaid Tuition Program contract holder.
“College Illinois! lets us save for college for our kids over time in a way that makes sense financially for us.”
Wisniewski said the flexible benefits and array of payment options attracted her to the program.
“Each of our children can choose to attend just about any school they want,” she said. “We love being able to give them this unique opportunity to build their future.”
A college education is a gift that will never go out of style, and the holiday season lets purchasers take advantage of tax benefits before year-end.
To give a prepaid tuition contract to a child, Andrew Davis, executive director of the Illinois Student Assistance Commission, the agency that administers the College Illinois! Prepaid Tuition Program, suggests combining it with another gift such as a piggy bank to help a child gain a better understanding of money.
“A children’s book such as ‘The Penny Pot’ would be an appropriate gift for young readers,” said Davis, a contract holder himself. “For older children, ‘Money Sense for Kids’ might be a good choice.”
For more information, visit www.529prepaidtuition.org/gift or call 877-877-3724 for program information, materials and enrollment guidelines.

Do Green Products Work? Are They Cost-Effective?

Five words or less(NewsUSA) – Today’s consumers appreciate businesses with a sense of social responsibility, but being a good global citizen while maintaining a positive …

“Storm Warning” Poised To Find New Audience

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<p>(<a href=NewsUSA) – Billy Graham, an iconic spiritual advisor who has preached to more people around the world than any other religious leader in history, sees warning signs in current events.

“Depression today not only describes the hard economic state of affairs sweeping our world but the human state of mind,” writes Graham. “I see this unfolding phenomenon as one of the many storm clouds hovering over a lost and dying world.”

To help people weather today’s economic and cultural climate, Graham has completely revised his book “Storm Warning” which was originally written and published in 1992, in response to the fall of Communism and the Gulf War.

“Trouble brewing in the Middle East especially heightened interest in what the Bible had to say about the end days,” Graham writes. “People began to wonder if there might really be something to the ancient prophecies spoken by God’s prophets, and confirmed by His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ.”

This new edition of “Storm Warning” offers Graham’s perspective on the post-9/11 world. “We felt that in light of recent developments since 9/11 it might be helpful to reprint the book, bringing it up to date since the turn of the century,” writes Graham’s son, Franklin, in the book’s foreword.

The book looks at current events and how they relate to Biblical prophecy, especially a small part of the book of Revelations. “Scripture speaks of earthquakes, wars, and rumors of wars, and warns us with urgency to prepare for the storms to come,” writes Graham.

God may bring storms, Graham posits, but He also offers shelter. “Just as a laser pen helps focus attention on vital aspects of a business presentation, in this book, I hope to use God’s Word -; His laser beam — to shed light on His revealed plan to save the human race from the explosive clouds rumbling through our world.”

For more information, visit www.thomasnelson.com.

"Storm Warning" Poised To Find New Audience

Five words or less(NewsUSA) – Billy Graham, an iconic spiritual advisor who has preached to more people around the world than any other religious leader in history, sees warning signs in current events.
“Depression today not only describes the hard economic state of affairs sweeping our world but the human state of mind,” writes Graham. “I see this unfolding phenomenon as one of the many storm clouds hovering over a lost and dying world.”
To help people weather today’s economic and cultural climate, Graham has completely revised his book “Storm Warning” which was originally written and published in 1992, in response to the fall of Communism and the Gulf War.
“Trouble brewing in the Middle East especially heightened interest in what the Bible had to say about the end days,” Graham writes. “People began to wonder if there might really be something to the ancient prophecies spoken by God’s prophets, and confirmed by His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ.”
This new edition of “Storm Warning” offers Graham’s perspective on the post-9/11 world. “We felt that in light of recent developments since 9/11 it might be helpful to reprint the book, bringing it up to date since the turn of the century,” writes Graham’s son, Franklin, in the book’s foreword.
The book looks at current events and how they relate to Biblical prophecy, especially a small part of the book of Revelations. “Scripture speaks of earthquakes, wars, and rumors of wars, and warns us with urgency to prepare for the storms to come,” writes Graham.
God may bring storms, Graham posits, but He also offers shelter. “Just as a laser pen helps focus attention on vital aspects of a business presentation, in this book, I hope to use God’s Word -; His laser beam — to shed light on His revealed plan to save the human race from the explosive clouds rumbling through our world.”
For more information, visit www.thomasnelson.com.