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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Answer these questions first when you want to welcome a new four-legged member to the family. Are you looking for personal companionship or a playmate in a pet? How long will you be away from your pet during the day and who will care for it when you’re gone? And what life changes might affect your ability to keep your pet in years to come? Source Link 

Where you buy your groceries could determine if you’ll have a healthy diet. Research shows that shoppers at specialty markets have better diets than traditional supermarket shoppers while people who shop for convenience fared worse. Even if you can’t afford specialty prices you can shop the sales and buy fresh foods for several meals and freeze some to eat later. Source Link 

Before you unbox that new smartphone there are some things you should do with the old one. Back up photos and videos to a cloud service or to a PC, Mac or a thumb drive designed to work with your model. Then make sure your current phone is set for encryption so you can do a full factory reset and wipe it clean after you get the new one. Source Link 

America’s pediatricians say you might be better off having your pre-schooler play with the package instead of that latest high-tech toy. The group is endorsing old-fashioned hands-on playthings that young children can enjoy with parents. The doctors say blocks, puzzles and even throwaway cardboard boxes spark imagination and creativity. Source Link 

If there’s one last bite of cake left on your plate, can you resist it? Probably not. Research has shown that the “clean plate syndrome” is quite common but usually applies when there’s just a little food left. The habit fuels overeating and you can beat it by starting with smaller portions and then eating slowly. Source Link 

Don’t let a popular holiday shopping deal lock you into high-interest debt. Many store credit cards offer no interest on balances that are paid within a certain time, but those charges will be added in full if you miss the payoff deadline by one day or just a few dollars. Store cards can charge interest rates that are double those of regular credit cards. Source Link 

It’s a two-step plan to feeling younger as you age. Research has shown that when older adults are more in control of their lives and get more exercise they feel younger and that improves their thinking, overall quality of life and longevity. It’s also good to develop skills to help you cope with the things in life that you can’t control. Source Link 

Maybe math has never been your strong suit, but it doesn’t mean your kids have to struggle. You can start them early with counting games like tallying the number of spoons and forks in a drawer, counting items as you unpack groceries, or looking for a certain number on the pages of a book. And resist talking about your dislike of math in front of your child. Source Link 

The basement may be your go-to storage spot, but there are a few things that should never be kept downstairs. Rolled up rugs and carpeting are a perfect home for bugs and can absorb moisture and odor. The same goes for wood furniture and upholstered items. And fur and leather clothing, books and toys need to be in sealed containers to prevent damage. Source Link 

What can and can’t improve your credit score? Carrying a credit card balance won’t help but having more available credit will. Closing an unused credit account may hurt if it’s one that’s been part of your credit history for years. And paying a utility bill on time probably won’t help your credit score because those accounts aren’t reported to credit agencies. Source Link 

When you want to pick a charity to make a new donation one way to choose is to look back at this year in your life. For example, if you enjoyed a hiking vacation you could donate to an organization that helps urban youth experience the outdoors. Or if you lost someone to illness this year, you could give to a charity that funds research or raises awareness. Source Link 

The Advent calendar isn’t only a sweet countdown to Christmas for kids. Instead of chocolate surprises, new versions of the holiday favorite for adults offer daily samples of different cheeses, mini bottles of wine or cans of beer. The adult Advent calendars have been flying off the shelves at retailers like Aldi, Target and Costco. Source Link 

If you want to make the most of your workday make sure your phone is out of sight. Research has shown that simply being able to see your phone - even if it’s silenced or shut off - can reduce your cognitive ability. That happens because you’re using brain power to actively fight the urge to check that phone. Source Link 

It sounds too good to be true - an afternoon of sitting burns more calories - but a study found that the body uses more energy to keep itself functioning in the late afternoon. The results could point to better ways to incorporate eating and exercise in your day. Early morning and late night are times when the body burns the fewest calories. Source Link 

You can avoid a scam by watching how you pay for things that are bought online. Credit and debit cards have strong fraud protection that’s built-in but wiring money, using reloadable cards or gift cards for payment doesn’t have these safeguards. Suspect fraud if you’re asked to pay for something using one of these methods. Source Link 

How do you beat the battle of the bulge as a host or a guest at a holiday party? If you’re hosting, offer healthy fruit and vegetable dishes or bring a vegetable dish if you’re a guest. And remember that a holiday party shouldn’t be an “all you can eat” challenge. Take smaller first portions and go back for seconds only if you’re still hungry. Source Link 

For the best use of antibiotics, ask about what type is being prescribed. Some that attack a broad spectrum of disease-causing bacteria may not be necessary and could lead to drug resistance. And be sure testing has shown that an antibiotic is needed before it’s prescribed. Source Link 

You don’t need a closetful of them, but your feet will thank you if you don’t wear the same shoes every day. That can cause fatigue and pain because you’re always using the same areas of the foot for support and walking. Have a few pairs of comfortable shoes and rotate them throughout the week. Source Link