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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There are plenty of places in the typical office where germs are just waiting for you. Things that get lots of touches like elevator buttons, escalator railings or doorknobs are hot spots and so is the conference room phone. And watch out for break room coffee cups and disposable lids that might be handled by others as they grab for one. Source Link 

You can reduce the risk of an electrical fire in your home with a safety check every six months. Make sure all bulbs in lamps are the proper wattage and that all electrical outlets and switches feel cool to the touch. Flip circuit breakers to see if any are stuck, check for damaged power cords and unplug all bathroom and kitchen small appliances when you’re not using them. Source Link 

If you’re tasting chocolate in your head and it’s making you hungry, try putting the other senses to work to combat food cravings. Picture an image of some place or something you enjoy that’s not food or look at actual photos that you load to your phone. You can also counter the real aromas of food with a whiff of perfume or scented oil carried in a purse-sized vial. Source Link 

Grocery shopping by color can be your first step toward a healthier heart. Choose foods with lots of color by starting in the produce section to stock up on a rainbow of fresh fruits and vegetables. And avoid white in bread, potatoes and rice and check labels for added salt and sugar that can be found in many processed foods. Source Link 

If you use the Google Chrome web browser it can now check to see if your passwords are safe from hackers. When you sign into a site using the new Password Checkup extension it will scan a listing of 4 billion data breaches to see if a username and password have been compromised. If so, the browser will alert you to change that username or password. Source Link 

Reading handwriting can be hard - even when it’s your own - and that could mean problems at work. Half of those surveyed said they sometimes struggle to read their own handwriting and more have trouble with the handwriting of co-workers. And one in four people were terrified at the thought of being asked to write on a whiteboard during a meeting. Source Link 

If you load that toothbrush with a long stripe of toothpaste, you’re using too much. A pea-sized dollop is all you need to get the job done. Using lots of toothpaste can give you too much fluoride and that’s especially bad for youngsters whose developing teeth can become streaked or spotted. Source Link 

Managing your family’s digital life takes diligence and some basic rules. Know which software and apps your children are using, which sites they are visiting and what they are doing online. And set limits on media use with rules like phones and people don’t sleep in the same room. Source Link 

It’s a twist on the old suggestion to beat sleeplessness by counting sheep. If you suffer from insomnia caused by stress, try counting every breath in and out and count up as far as you can. Another technique to get back to sleep is to stare at a point on the wall until your eyelids get so heavy you have to close them. Source Link 

Can a bed or a smartphone help you get better sleep by scientifically monitoring your slumber? There are new smart mattresses equipped with sensors to track you and adjust the bed’s temperature, support and surrounding light in real time. Or try an app that uses the microphone or your smartphone or tablet to evaluate room noise and pick the right audio to mask it. Source Link 

There are still too few teens getting a vaccination that could protect them from deadly cancers. A study found that only four out of ten teenagers were fully vaccinated against HPV, the virus that can cause cervical cancer and oral cancer. The HPV vaccine is recommended for boys and girls beginning at age 11. Source Link 

Drinking too many calories is a problem that can escape some people who try to watch their weight. Start by making water, black coffee or tea your default drink. Beware of any beverage that gets most of its calories from sweeteners, whether real or artificial and keep smoothies to the smallest size with only non-fat yogurt or milk and real fruit but no added sugar. Source Link 

Using that smartphone or tablet as a reward for good behavior might make your kids even more addicted to a screen. Researchers found that what seems like good parenting could actually condition children to want technology even more. Kids with parents who used a device as a reward spent more time looking at screens. Source Link 

Dying from a broken heart is a real thing. Experts say the stress and grief that accompanies an event like a loved one’s death or the breakup of a relationship is linked to higher levels of inflammation in the body. For some people, that can increase the risk for heart attack and stroke by up to 40 percent. Source Link 

How can you avoid being shocked by what you see when you step on the bathroom scale? You can stop sneaky weight gain by evaluating your activity level and checking to see if some bad food habits have crept into your diet. Swap those low-nutrition items with more fruits and vegetables and commit to 30 minutes of exercise each day. Source Link 

Being anxious about a visit to the dentist isn’t unusual but there are some things that can help. Tell the dentist or hygienist about your anxiety so they can help ease your fears and offer the best options to reduce pain. And keep to a regular schedule of checkups so that problems can be caught before they require major work. Source Link 

When you want to begin your workday right, avoid the urge to multitask. Testing has shown that trying to tackle several things at once right off the bat can set you back for the rest of the day. And don’t start with small talk that can derail your focus on the important tasks at the beginning of your workday. Source Link 

The average American throws out $600 worth of food each year, so how can you stop wasting and lower your grocery bill? Creating a weekly menu will help you match activity plans with food shopping. Leftover fresh produce can be frozen for smoothies, sauces or casseroles. And remember that “sell by” dates are about quality and not safety. Source Link