BVNN Stories

With the BusinessVoice News Network (BVNN), your callers on hold will hear news and lifestyle stories mixed in with your existing On Hold Marketing. We upload three new BVNN stories each weekday. And with the no-touch system we provide, your staff doesn't have to do a thing.

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So how do you get teens to choose the salad bar instead of the fast food in the school cafeteria? You need to sell it. A study found that more students used the salad bar when it was marketed with signs throughout the school and ads in school publications and newsletters and on the school website. About half of all high school students have access to a salad bar in their cafeteria. Source Link

Is your hearing at-risk from loud noises at work or at home? A study found that almost 58 million Americans are exposed to loud noises but one-third of them don’t using hearing protection. One in five people experienced loud noises during half of their work day and the same number were exposed to dangerously loud noises during recreation and leisure. Source Link

It’s high-tech for the nursery. The Snoo smart crib is designed to soothe your baby to sleep by mimicking sounds of the womb. Built-in microphones listen to a newborn’s cry and create custom white noise to help soothe the baby back to sleep. And what’s the price of that good night’s sleep for parent and child? The Snoo sells for $1,150. Source Link

Half of Americans admit to using retail therapy to cope with stress. If that’s you and you want to slow down on the compulsive shopping, experts suggest the “30-day rule.” Wait one month before making that impulse buy. If you still want it 30 days later, it’s probably a worthwhile purchase. Source Link

The young athlete in your family should be a multi-sport player. That’s the advice in a new study showing that focusing on one sport under the age of 12 increases the risk of injury. Researchers say the best approach is for young children to play seasonal sports and not train more hours than their age each week. Source Link

Is it the canine equivalent of a litterbox? The new BrilliantPad lets your dog do his duty indoors on a special motorized roller pad that absorbs liquids and captures solids and then puts a fresh pad in its place. The device designed for dogs under 35 pounds is available for pre-order for $99. Source Link

A good place to start your spring cleaning is in the medicine cabinet. Experts suggest that you dispose of old prescription drugs that could be dangerous for children. Surveys show that one-quarter of Americans hang on to their old drugs and one in five don’t keep prescription drugs locked up. Source Link

The classic clean look of the Google search page is getting more cluttered on your smartphone. The search engine is adding shortcuts that will give you sports scores, news, weather and TV listings with one tap. Google says it’s responding to the needs of smartphone users that are different from those using a laptop or desktop computer. Source Link

The Labs still have it and the Rotties are back. For the 26th consecutive year, the Labrador Retriever is the American Kennel Club’s top breed based on registrations. Back in the top 10 is the Rottweiler, which was the number-two breed 20 years ago but faded in popularity. The only breed to have stayed in the top 10 every year since the rankings began is the Beagle. Source Link

You’re not doing your co-workers any favors by coming in when you’re sick. A survey found that the number-one annoying behavior in the workplace is people who insist on coming to the office when they’re ill. Not surprisingly, the number-two complaint was co-workers who didn’t cover up coughs or sneezes. Source Link

If you want to add more vegetables to your diet, experts say do it the right way. Dark and leafy vegetables like spinach and kale are among the best, along with cauliflower and broccoli. Fresh or frozen vegetables have more nutrition than canned varieties. And swap the corn, peas and potatoes for more beans  for fewer calories and more fiber. Source Link

Netflix is conquering a top feature of the cable box. A report says more people now use Netflix than use a DVR, with 54 percent of American households watching the streaming service. It’s not all bad news for traditional TV because the survey also found that 42 percent of people still like old-fashioned browsing through channels to find something to watch. Source Link

Looking for relief from spring allergies that doesn’t come in a pill or a shot? Experts say over-the-counter probiotics have helped some people experience fewer allergy symptoms and acupuncture has allowed allergy sufferers take less medication. And don’t forget to roll up those windows and use your car’s air conditioner to filter out pollen while you drive. Source Link

Bridging the political gap in America today might be easier if we’re not afraid of being wrong. Researchers found that people who were open minded were better able to get to the facts and not just base their opinions on emotion. And it’s not a red or blue issue because intellectually arrogant people were found on both ends of the political spectrum. Source Link

If you’re eyeing a new TV to enjoy the Final Four in style, here are some buying tips. Start by stepping up in size to get more bang for your buck but save money and skip those curved screens. Aside from the hype for HDR or 4K, check the TVs contrast range for how light the whites are and how dark the blacks appear. The greater the contrast, the better the visual pop. Source Link

Letting your anger rise behind the wheel makes it more likely you’ll get into an accident. A study of drivers and their records showed that even a habit of minor aggression, such as swearing, yelling or making rude gestures, can increase the risk of a collision. Highly aggressive drivers had the same risk of an accident as those who smoked marijuana behind the wheel. Source Link

Your nose knows a way to breathe that’s good for your brain. Researchers say test subjects who took a deep breath through their nose and exhaled through their mouth improved their skills in a memory test. But mouth breathers saw no such brain benefits. Source Link

You want to feel better, but faking a happy face may backfire.  A study found that people who forced a smile all day were more tense and less productive. On the other hand, a genuine smile that’s prompted by a funny thought or an amusing video can trigger those “feel good” brain chemicals to ease tension. Source Link