Hands-On Learners Thrive in Transportation Technology

(NewsUSA) – The arrival of the new year means new decisions for students planning their futures and seeking a career path that not only suits their strengths, but also brings them satisfaction and security.The transportation industry in the United States continues to experience a workforce shortage, and may be the ideal path for hands-on learners whose talents and interests may be well suited for a successful and satisfying technician career.The nonprofit TechForce Foundation has launched the "Be a Pathfinder" campaign to help students with natural talents for hands-on professions discover their strengths and learning styles, and explore a career they might not have considered: that of a transportation technician.The "Be a Pathfinder" campaign features a free learning-styles quiz on the TechForce website that generates a report for students and parents with personalized career tips based on their unique learning styles. Students who take the quiz are entered to win a TechForce Foundation gift package that includes a $50 Shell gift card and other prizes."The learning style quiz and personalized resources not only help students and parents recognize the opportunities of a career as a transportation technician, but also help them understand how and why they’re a fit for these careers," says TechForce Foundation Executive Director Jennifer Maher.The campaign encourages students to be "pathfinders" by helping them discover and understand their unique strengths and use that knowledge to choose an educational and career path. TechForce Foundation’s mission is to promote the potential of professional technician careers, and to encourage parents, teachers, and other influential figures in teens’ lives to recognize and support technical careers that may be a good fit for those students.Studies suggest that the U.S. will need 1.2 million new technicians within the next decade, which translates to about 120,000 new jobs per year for aspiring professionals with interest in and aptitude for automotive, diesel, motorcycle, and other transportation fields."Though there are many viable, high-paying job opportunities in STEM-related careers like those in the transportation technician field, students have been told a traditional four-year degree is the only path to success," Maher emphasizes."The truth is that we’re all wired differently, and hands-on learners can thrive in these positions."Students and parents can take the learning-styles quiz at TechForce.org/MyPath.Additional stories, videos, and resources are available on TechForce Foundation’s website, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Instagram accounts.Visit techforce.org for more information about TechForce’s work and pathways to rewarding careers. 

Pop Quiz: Name the Six Types of K-12 Schools

Five words or less(NewsUSA) – Six is a memorable number – It’s the number of players on a volleyball team, geese a-laying in “The 12 Days of Christmas,” and characters in Friends. There are also six main types of K-12 learning environments families can choose from. As we gear up for National School Choice Week (Jan. 26 – Feb. 1), can you name all six types of schools?
You’d almost certainly identify traditional public school, the most common K-12 education choice. More than 85 percent of students attend traditional public schools, which are free to attend. In some states, you can choose traditional public schools outside of your zone or even your district.
Public charter schools are also available to an increasing number of students across the U.S. Available in more than 40 states, these tuition-free public schools are unique because they have extra freedom to innovate.
Have you heard of a public magnet school? These public, district-run schools teach all subjects through the lenses of a particular track or “magnet.” For example, the magnet could be health sciences or performance arts.
You’ve also likely heard of private schools, which charge tuition and offer learning environments that may pass on a particular faith tradition or provide a unique curriculum or focus. There are more scholarship options for private education today than ever before.
There are also full-time, tuition-free online schools in many states. These flexible, technology-based schools offer a blend of online coursework and in-person activities.
Finally, don’t forget homeschooling. Families who choose to educate their children in the home can access a broad variety of in-person and web-based resources to support them in their work.
Of course, there aren’t just six options. Each type of learning environment overflows with customizable options: No two public schools are exactly alike, just as no two families homeschool quite the same way.
Having these choices makes a world of difference to families, allowing them to look for a school that matches their child’s unique interests and skills. During National School Choice Week, we invite families across the country to discover their options – and find learning environments where their children will thrive. You can learn more at schoolchoiceweek.com/mystate/.

School Choice Combines Nature And Nuture for Success

(NewsUSA) – How important is a child’s learning environment to his or her success, and how important are his or her natural gifts? School choice offers a nuanced response to the proverbial nature vs. nurture question, recognizing the role of both in a child’s success and happiness.On one hand, school choice recognizes that children are different by nature; they have varying personalities, strengths, and ways of learning. Children’s natural differences are one reason we need a variety of schools. While a one-size-fits-all education can’t meet the diverse needs of every single child, school choice can allow parents to look for the school best tailored to their child’s unique needs.School choice also recognizes that the learning environment itself can impact a child’s success and happiness. Maybe, as an adult, you’ve felt the difference between a workplace environment that challenges, supports, and stimulates you, and one that drains you and stunts your growth. Kids spend nearly as much time at school as adults spend at a job, and that environment has a profound impact.Some children are easily inspired by the sheer discovery involved in math, science, and reading. Others find the subjects lackluster on their own and aren’t inspired until their life is touched by the example of a fantastic teacher or the uniqueness of a hands-on learning experience.Every child is different. Moms and dads are experts on their children’s needs, interests, and uniqueness – and moms and dads are best qualified to determine the learning environments that will inspire their daughters and sons.Parents, it’s not too soon to think about where your child will thrive in the 2020-2021 school year. If your school works well for your child, share that success with others this National School Choice Week (Jan 26-Feb 1). It might encourage a parent who is struggling to find the right fit for his or her child. If you’re interested in switching schools, start researching your options right away at schoolchoiceweek.com.The more we encourage diverse, innovative learning environments and support families in finding the best fit, the more our children will be inspired to succeed and be happy. Andrew Campanella is president of National School Choice Week and the author of The School Choice Roadmap: 7 Steps to Finding the Right School for Your Child.

Sorting Through the Research on Aspirin

(NewsUSA) – Sponsored News – When you think of over-the-counter (OTC) medicines, it would be hard not to think of aspirin: one of the most common, useful, safe, and effective OTC medicines in the world. But there has been a flurry of media coverage recently regarding aspirin, particularly concerning whether people should continue taking it for cardiovascular benefits. These news reports were the result of an updated 2019 primary prevention guidelines issued by the American College of Cardiology (ACC) and the American Heart Association (AHA). Unfortunately, some of the media coverage has potentially created confusion for Americans who are taking aspirin.First, as a cardiovascular physician I want to reinforce that no one should stop or alter their aspirin regimen before speaking with their doctor or health care provider. And second, I will help sort through the news and the research on this topic.There are two main categories of patients who take a daily low-dose aspirin for cardiovascular (CV) event prevention: patients who have not yet had serious cardiovascular problems but may be at risk of having these problems AND patients who have already experienced serious cardiovascular problems like a heart attack or clot-related stroke. What the updated guidelines tell us is that certain individuals in the first category (have not yet had an event, often called primary prevention) may not need to continue taking aspirin due to the increased risks of bleeding outweighing the cardio-protection benefit. Whether or not you are one of these individuals in this category depends on your own personal risk factors, which is why it is important to consult your doctor who can help you understand the benefits and risks and what is best for your health.For people in the secondary category – those who have already experienced a cardiovascular event – aspirin can be a lifesaver. Not only is it proven to help prevent another heart attack or clot-related stroke, aspirin is also one of the most extensively studied drugs in history. This is why aspirin remains the cornerstone preventative therapy for secondary prevention. In the United States, aspirin’s professional label is approved for secondary prevention of a CV event.Some of the media coverage around the new guidance was not clear on this crucial distinction. For those who have already experienced a heart attack, or clot-related stroke there is evidence that discontinuing an aspirin regimen without a doctor’s guidance can increase the risk of another heart attack by 63 percent and a clot-related stroke due to a blood clot by 40 percent.Cardiovascular disease is the number one cause of death in the United States, affecting more than 92 million American adults and causing about 2,200 deaths per day. That’s one life every forty seconds. Each year 790,000 Americans alone will suffer from a heart attack, while another 795,000 will have a stroke.Many factors can contribute to a person’s risk of cardiovascular disease, including high blood pressure, high cholesterol and smoking – and almost half of Americans (47 percent) have at least one of these risk factors.Clinical studies and cardiovascular professional guidelines have continued to support the lifesaving benefits of aspirin. Studies have found that an aspirin regimen under the direction of a doctor can help reduce the chances of a second heart attack by 31 percent and a second clot-related stroke by 22 percent.Importantly, even though aspirin is the gold standard of preventative therapy for those who have experienced a heart attack, clot-related stroke, chronic stable and unstable angina, a stent placement (PCI) or open heart surgery (CABG), it may not be for everyone. Anyone who has questions about starting or continuing an aspirin regimen should talk to their doctor.Aspirin is not appropriate for everyone, so patients should talk to their doctor before they begin an aspirin regimen. For more information on safe and responsible use of OTC medicines, visit www.KnowYourOTCs.org.Disclosure: Dr. Gurbel is compensated by Bayer to advise on cardiovascular health issues. Dr. Gurbel is the Director of Cardiovascular Research at Sinai Hospital of Baltimore, MD and Director of the Sinai Center for Thrombosis Research and Drug Development. He is also Professor of Medicine at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and Adjunct Professor of Medicine at Duke University School of Medicine.

6 Reasons to Use Infographics as Part of Your Content Strategy

(NewsUSA) – It used to be that Infographics were the "It" tool for marketing – until they weren’t. To understand why infographics aren’t dead, and should still be a viable campaign strategy for clients, we have to understand the history behind them.In 2012, everyone was producing infographics – usually of low-quality design, although as agencies became more versed in how effective these could be as a sales to market a client’s product, more high-design infographics began emerging. In fact, according to one experienced UK-based SEO and content provider says he was creating 200 to 300 infographics per year in 2014.In 2016, the industry became flooded, and journalists began rejecting pitches that included, to date, these time-tested marketing strategies.Fast forward four years, and there remains an argument for keeping infographics as a viable marketing tool in your stable of resources that you pitch to clients. Here’s why:* They have a visual appeal. It’s no surprise that visually presented information is more appealing to the eye than a mountain of text, which means that a graphically-told story will usually pique a reader’s interest before any information is processed.* They are easy to comprehend. The brain is wired in such a way that visual are able to be processed much faster than language. In fact, according to studies, people can follow visual instructions more than 323 percent better than written instructions.* They are easily recalled. If you’re trying to make an impression on a would-be customer, know this: according to studies people can recall only about 10 percent of written content three days after reading it versus 65 percent of information presented in visual form.* They are shareable. Infographics can break down potentially complex information into the bite-size pieces that we have become accustomed to in a visually-appealing format that has the ability to be recalled. In this way, people are more likely to share the content of the infographic.* They can help to increase sales. Go back to the bullet point on recall because it’s worth repeating: the human brain is better at retaining visuals more than text. This means that if you have a complex product or service (think an IT company such as Oracle), it would stand to reason that presenting processes and benefits of using a company’s product might be better presented visually in an infographic, rather than a block of text. This in turn, will help you to stand out from your competition.* They aren’t being promoted as heavily today. There’s no better time than today to start using a tool that has, for many been shelved at worst, and been put on the back burner at best. Think of it this way: if your competitors aren’t using this sales tool, why wouldn’t you? As long as you use a format that is visually appealing to tell your client’s story or present a product or service, it remains a great way to not only attract attention, but for potential customers to remember you.The bottom line is that infographics continue to be a solid tool when used correctly and can potentially add fantastic benefits as part of a wider content marketing strategy.

Choosing Schools – All Kids Learn Differently

(NewsUSA) – Later this month, the nation’s largest-ever celebration of educational opportunity will kick off. During National School Choice Week (Jan 26-Feb 1), 50,000 events and activities around the nation will raise awareness about K-12 education choices.The real impact of school choice is what gives the Week such energy. A learning environment can change a life, sometimes unexpectedly. Remember the Dr. Seuss story featuring a character who, until he actually tries it, insists a dish of green eggs and ham is not for him? As President of National School Choice Week, I have the joy each month of hearing students, parents, and educators around the country share their own "green eggs and ham" moments.A teacher who was ready to leave the education field – until she overcame her skepticism about teaching in a virtual school. A mom who never dreamed she’d homeschool – until her son’s medical needs led her to discover its benefits. A student who felt out of place in his previous school, but is now happy and thriving in a different traditional public school.That’s the power of school choice. All children learn differently and families’ needs vary. In the midst of healthy differences and human change, choice empowers families to access the learning environments that work for them now.School choice recognizes that parents are best positioned to know their child’s passion for botany, reading struggles, or penchant for drawing quirky cartoons. And those same parents are best qualified to choose their children’s learning environments.National School Choice Week celebrates traditional public, public charter, magnet, private, online, and home education. We celebrate and support families, too, whichever type of school they choose. That’s because when families and schools bring their gifts together, students succeed.All children deserve to close their school books at the end of each week inspired and equipped to give back. So, if you love your school, celebrate it during School Choice Week! If you’re searching for a school, be willing to try something new to find the right fit. You might have a green-eggs- and-ham moment, when your child’s frustration with learning turns into an excited "I do love it!"For more information, visit schoolchoiceweek.comAndrew Campanella is president of National School Choice Week and the author of The School Choice Roadmap: 7 Steps to Finding the Right School for Your Child. 

Choosing Schools – All Kids Learn Differently

(NewsUSA) – Later this month, the nation’s largest-ever celebration of educational opportunity will kick off. During National School Choice Week (Jan 26-Feb 1), 50,000 events and activities around the nation will raise awareness about K-12 education choices.The real impact of school choice is what gives the Week such energy. A learning environment can change a life, sometimes unexpectedly. Remember the Dr. Seuss story featuring a character who, until he actually tries it, insists a dish of green eggs and ham is not for him? As President of National School Choice Week, I have the joy each month of hearing students, parents, and educators around the country share their own "green eggs and ham" moments.A teacher who was ready to leave the education field – until she overcame her skepticism about teaching in a virtual school. A mom who never dreamed she’d homeschool – until her son’s medical needs led her to discover its benefits. A student who felt out of place in his previous school, but is now happy and thriving in a different traditional public school.That’s the power of school choice. All children learn differently and families’ needs vary. In the midst of healthy differences and human change, choice empowers families to access the learning environments that work for them now.School choice recognizes that parents are best positioned to know their child’s passion for botany, reading struggles, or penchant for drawing quirky cartoons. And those same parents are best qualified to choose their children’s learning environments.National School Choice Week celebrates traditional public, public charter, magnet, private, online, and home education. We celebrate and support families, too, whichever type of school they choose. That’s because when families and schools bring their gifts together, students succeed.All children deserve to close their school books at the end of each week inspired and equipped to give back. So, if you love your school, celebrate it during School Choice Week! If you’re searching for a school, be willing to try something new to find the right fit. You might have a green-eggs- and-ham moment, when your child’s frustration with learning turns into an excited "I do love it!"For more information, visit schoolchoiceweek.comAndrew Campanella is president of National School Choice Week and the author of The School Choice Roadmap: 7 Steps to Finding the Right School for Your Child. 

A Desire to Live Debt-Free Spurs Many New Year’s Resolutions

(NewsUSA) – With the start of a new decade just around the corner, Americans are feeling optimistic about their current and future financial situation, but reducing the burden of personal debt will be a priority for many who acknowledge they bit off more than they could chew in 2019.According to Fidelity Investments’ 2020 New Year Financial Resolutions Study, 82 percent of respondents said they’re in a similar or better financial position than last year. Perhaps surprisingly, most credited their success to their own good habits – saving more (47 percent) and budgeting (29 percent) – rather than their investment gains (18 percent) from a stock market that made one high after another. Less than 25 percent put it down to having been able to work more hours in a strong economy.And, as the study makes clear, they want to keep the momentum going.Of the 67 percent considering making a financial resolution, "saving more" and "paying down debt" topped the list, respectively, at 53 percent and 51 percent."Living a debt-free life was the biggest motivator for them," said Melissa Ridolfi, Fidelity’s vice president of retirement and college products.Heck, given the choice between the classic New Year’s resolution of losing five pounds or socking away $5,000, a resounding 84 percent in the national survey of 3,012 adults opted for savings.But you want to know some of the biggest and smallest mistakes or setbacks they fessed up to, right? See if you can relate to any of these:* Dining out too much (36 percent).* Spending too much on non-essentials like unused apps, streaming media services, and subscription retail boxes (29 percent).* Taking on debt or adding to existing debt (28 percent).*Splurging on something they couldn’t really afford (28 percent).* Unexpected medical expenses (24 percent).* Failing to save as much for retirement as they should (18 percent).So with all the interest in getting a grip on debt, who seems to be faring the best at it?Boomers, the study found, with 29 percent crediting being better off financially at year’s end to having refinanced, paid off, or reduced debts or loans. Generation X, the next oldest, trailed at 21 percent, followed by 19 percent of millennials, and just 6 percent of Generation Z."Boomers are getting the message that the closer they get to retirement, the more essential it becomes to get their debt under control to make the most out of retirement savings," Ridolfi said.Certainly there’s no law that says you have to make a New Year’s resolution – financial or otherwise – but even a huge chunk of those surveyed who weren’t contemplating explicitly doing so still said they were planning on, say, building up emergency funds. As for what you might call the "traditionalists" out there? Fidelity has some tried-and-true tips that can help ensure your financial vows don’t wind up being among the 80 percent of all resolutions that U.S. News says, alas, fail by the second week of February.The firm also has an impressive, free online "Moments" tool designed to help you plan for lifestyle changes or react to a myriad of curveballs – i.e., the unexpected medical expenses cited as a big setback in the study – that life throws at you. And accessing the Fidelity Retirement Score gives you a quick look at where you stand with your savings.Oh, and here’s one last thing to see if you can relate to: Seventy-eight percent of those surveyed predicted they’d be even better off financially in 2020.

Many New Year’s Resolutions Revolve Around A Desire to Live Debt-Free

With the start of a new decade a mere few weeks away, Americans are feeling particularly good about closing out 2019 when it comes to their current and future financial situation. That said, many are vowing to make it a priority to reduce the burden of personal debt that they incurred this year.

According to Fidelity Investments’ 2020 New Year Financial Resolutions Study, 82 percent of respondents say they are in a similar or better financial position than they were in last year. Most credited their success to their own good habits – saving more (47 percent) and budgeting (29 percent) – rather than their investment gains (18 percent) from a stock market that made one high after another. Less than 25 percent put it down to having been able to work more hours in a strong economy.

Dietary Supplement Improves Cognition in Alzheimer’s

(NewsUSA) – Approximately 5.5 million Americans currently suffer from Alzheimer’s dementia, and no cure or preventive measure currently exists.However, a new dietary supplement has shown an ability to improve cognitive function in adults with dementia, based on results of a year-long clinical trial. In the study, 34 adults with an average age of 80 were given one teaspoon, four times a day, of a dietary supplement containing multiple natural ingredients, notably a unique form of aloe vera and stabilized rice bran, for 12 months."Overall, our results showed statistically and clinically significant improvements in cognitive functioning and statistically significant improvements in immune functioning for a disease that otherwise has no efficacious medical treatment," says John E. Lewis, Ph.D., founder and chief science officer of Nurish.Me, a company focused on developing innovative dietary supplements."Many participants had a renewed ability to recall people, places, events and situations, which was remarkable given their disease severity and from what the caregivers reported to us," Lewis adds.In addition, participants showed significant improvements after 12 months of treatment in scores on the Alzheimer’s Disease Assessment Scale-Cognitive Subscale (ADAS-Cog), the current gold standard for measuring and assessing cognitive function in dementia patients. On average, patients in the study showed improvements in the ADAS-Cog of greater than four points, which is considered clinically significant.The initial results of the study were published in 2013 in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease. Additional findings were published in 2017 in the Journal of Clinical and Translational Research, and a third paper has been accepted for publication in the Journal of Clinical and Translational Research.Based on the study results, Lewis and a team of scientists and business partners created the Nurish.Me company and developed the CogniNurish dietary supplement for consumer use. CogniNurish contains the key ingredients from the Alzheimer’s study: aloe vera inner leaf powder (BiAloe) and stabilized rice bran.The unique combination of polysaccharides from BiAloe, phytochemicals and other essential nutrients from rice bran and other ingredients "creates a broad-spectrum approach to providing the body the raw materials it needs to enable the bioengineering of life," says Lewis."This ingredient combination has been missing in the brain health space."For more information, visit www.nurish.me.CogniNurish is now available via Amazon, and CogniNurish Pro, an enhanced version of the original formula, is scheduled to be available in the first quarter of 2020.