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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When school’s out for summer you can use the time to teach your kids about money. Pre-schoolers can learn the basics of currency and elementary students can pick up on healthy spending habits. Teens can start earning money and making their own spending and saving decisions. Source Link 

Need another reason to say “no” to getting opioids at the dentist? A study found they are no better than other medications at treating the pain of a pulled tooth. About half all opioids prescribed for dental pain went unused and that increases the risk for later abuse. Source Link

No one wants to miss an important online meeting because your laptop battery runs low and here are some tips to stay powered-up. Adust settings to dim the screen brightness and shut down WiFi and Bluetooth when you aren’t using them. And don’t leave your laptop plugged in all the time because that can wear out your battery faster. Source Link 

Mom has that special touch when it comes to her baby -- and dad does too. In a study, infants less than a year old had slower heart rates after a hug from mom or dad. The effect was seen with others but a hug from a parent was the most calming. Source Link 

For many people home WiFi might double as a work connection and you want the best performance. Pick a location for your router that’s high and unobstructed and find the spot in your home with the best connection speed. And look at backup options for connecting through your phone with a mobile data hot spot. Source Link 

Having trouble managing money may be more than a financial difficulty for seniors. Researchers found that math problems like struggling to calculate an account balance could be associated with early-stage dementia. It’s important to have a baseline of abilities to measure against any changes that happen. Source Link 

It takes just a second to make the call but remember this before you dial 9-1-1. Call for true emergencies -- if you are unsure if it's an emergency, still call. Know the location of the emergency and do your best to stay calm and answer all questions. And don’t just hang up if you call 9-1-1 by mistake because that might seem like an emergency to a 9-1-1 operator. Source Link 

Building a better breakfast sandwich starts with what it’s made of. Skip the croissants or biscuits and try a whole-wheat English muffin, tortilla or pita wrap. Include four ounces of protein from eggs, turkey sausage or lean meat leftovers like chicken along with plenty of veggies and add some kick with salsa or hot sauce. Source Link 

Getting a good night’s sleep starts long before your head hits the pillow. Have dinner before 7 p.m. to give your body time to digest your meal before bedtime. Use a nightly wind-down routine like brushing your teeth, taking a warm shower, listening to relaxing music and reading a book. And keep electronics out of the bedroom, especially for kids. Source Link 

Some people say they can’t think right on an empty stomach, but is there a good food to eat before you make a big decision? Choose food high in tryptophan like chicken soup or chocolate. Tryptophan helps to make the brain chemical serotonin that plays a major role in the decision-making process. Source Link 

Looking for a natural energy boost that’s not caffeinated? Hazelnuts, cashews or almonds are rich in magnesium, and whole eggs are packed with protein and B vitamins, which help convert food into energy. Fresh fruit can also provide natural sugar along with beneficial fiber and vitamin C from oranges, kiwi, mangoes, pineapple or strawberries. Source Link 

Watch for these red flags to avoid being scammed when renting a vacation home or apartment online. Beware of owners who want you to communicate or send money outside of the rental platform. And do some homework online by checking to see if the address exists or using a Google image search to find out if the pictures in the listing are from elsewhere. Source Link 

It would be great if these popular internet hacks really worked but they don’t. Leaving an avocado pit in guacamole won’t keep it from turning brown and lemon juice doesn’t make marble countertops shiny. Ice cubes don’t sharpen garbage disposal blades and brushing your teeth with charcoal can remove not just stains but the enamel too. Source Link 

A simple household appliance may help kids with asthma breathe easier. In a study, using a high-quality air purifier in the bedroom helped children avoid asthma attacks. Having the air filtered all night long removed two-thirds of the tiny particles that can cause asthma flare-ups. Source Link 

If you want to avoid germs in the kitchen that can make you sick, ditch those cloth towels. Testing showed that hand towels are the top contamination hazard because people use them to wipe off kitchen surfaces that carry bacteria. And don’t handle your cellphone when preparing food because it can also harbor those bad bugs. Source Link 

If you’re in the market for a used car this might be a good time to buy. A record drop in wholesale prices in April has meant savings for car dealers but they might not be passing that on buyers so you’ll want to shop around to find the best price. Source Link 

It may not pay to be that person who grabs the restaurant check with hopes of scoring rewards points on your credit card. In a survey, 70 percent of people say they’ve been stiffed at least once by fellow diners and it happens frequently to one in four people who pick up the check. Source Link 

We can all help the environment in simple ways in everyday life. Using LED bulbs, a low-flow showerhead or a smart thermostat is a good start but also think about reducing your carbon footprint. You can eat more locally-sourced foods to cut down on fossil fuel use in transportation. Source Link