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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You can make it easier for your child to be ready for the arrival of a new brother or sister. With toddlers, you can read picture books about new babies but pre-schoolers need more involvement. Encourage them to help plan for the new baby, let them play with their old baby toys before they’re handed down and assure them they won’t be loved any less because of the new baby. Source Link 

A personal trainer can help you strengthen your body and the same concept might help you tackle that overflowing inbox at work. You can team up with an online virtual assistant for encouragement to power through the most challenging emails. Or try a free service like FocusMate that lets you pair up with others online to keep each other on-task. Source Link 

How can you make five into ten? A 30-year study found that five good health habits could add 10 years to your life. The five good habits are maintaining a healthy diet, exercising daily, keeping a healthy weight, limiting alcohol intake and not smoking. People will all those good habits were up to 82% less likely to die from cardiovascular disease and 65% less likely to die from cancer. Source Link 

A young child will get the most benefit if you go low-tech when reading to them. Children whose parents used print books instead of a tablet or other digital device got more out of the experience. Researchers say a tablet can be distracting with its touch features and e-books with sounds and music blocked interaction between parent and child. Source Link
Are you guilty of these bad driving habits that annoy others who share the road with you? Top complaints are about people who ride in the left lane instead of using it only for passing, not using headlights in rain or snow or sitting at a green light. And if you’re behind that driver who doesn’t go on green, be kind and give them to the count of three before using your horn. Source Link
If you take vitamins your body might be better off if you put that money toward healthy foods. A study found that vitamins A and K, magnesium, zinc and copper were linked to a lower risk of death from heart disease and stroke but only when the nutrients came from foods and not from supplements. About half of those surveyed took supplements and one-third used a daily multi-vitamin. Source Link 

Want to take a walk that can improve your mood? Spend about 10 minutes walking through your office or in a store or down the street and mentally wish everyone well as you see them. A study found that people who did this reduced their own anxiety and increased happiness and feelings of social connection. Source Link
Food and drink with added sugar can increase the risk of diabetes and heart disease in childhood. American Heart Association guidelines say children under two should have no added sugar and kids up to age 18 need less than 25 grams of added sugar daily. Sugar-sweetened soft drinks and sugary breakfast cereals are some of the biggest sources of added sugar. Source Link
That rental ride on your next vacation doesn’t have to cost an arm and a leg. Booking your rental car early is one way to save money but don’t pre-pay because you might find a better deal later. Consider if you want to buy separate insurance and have an accident show up on your own policy and take photos of any scratches or damage that you find before you head out. Source Link 

It may be a simple prescription for longer life -- get out of that seat and move for 30 minutes a day. Researchers found that getting up for half an hour of light activity like walking when a person would usually be sitting reduced the risk of early death. Make that 30 minutes of moderate or vigorous exercise and the benefits were doubled. Source Link
If those vente vanilla lattes are starting to show up on your hips there’s a simple first step to kicking the flavored coffee habit. Try ordering your coffee drink unsweetened and add your own sugar to see just how much you’re using. Lots of sugar in morning drinks can increase food cravings and lead to poor eating all day long. Source Link
When it’s time to clean up your act on that laptop make sure you have the right tools to get rid of the grime. Start with short sprays of canned air to blast away crumbs or dirt in the keyboard and dust that’s blocking the cooling vents. Then use a dry microfiber cloth to remove smudges from the screen and add a bit of water to that cloth to wipe down the case. Source Link

It’s using the carrot instead of the stick to help you lose weight -- try bribing yourself to shed those pounds. You could put a dollar in a jar that's the money you saved by eating less and then buy yourself a non-food item at the end of every month. Testing showed that adults were willing to eat less for the chance to win a prize like a gift card. Source Link
When you’ve got a gripe with a utility, a retailer or a brand, social media could be the fast lane to better customer service. Many companies monitor Twitter and Facebook, so hashtag their name and state your complaint in detail but without personal information and include photos if possible. Experts say after regular business hours might be the best time to get some attention online. Source Link
Need a better strategy to quit smoking? Start with medications before you snuff out that last cigarette. Testing found that starting anti-smoking drugs four weeks in advance can increase the success rate. The extra time also helped people get in the right frame of mind to quit smoking. Source Link 

Shaming people isn’t the best way to get them to care more for the environment. A study found that anticipating pride about “going green” instead of playing the guilt card is a better motivator to help people make smarter environmental decisions. People looked forward to feeling good about themselves and were more likely to make changes. Source Link 

Don’t waste your grocery budget by storing fresh produce improperly. Broccoli goes in the fridge in a closed produce bag, as do carrots, eggplant and zucchini and store spinach in a closed produce bag lined with paper towel. Tomatoes are stored on a counter and not in the fridge and onions should go in a cool, dark spot. Source Link 

Do you need to down a steaming cup or could just the thought of coffee be a wake-up call for you? Researchers say people who had thoughts of drinking coffee experienced a caffeine-like reaction in the brain. Looking at something that reminded them of coffee was enough to make the subjects more alert and attentive. Source Link