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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Making healthy options for kid’s meals the default choice can pay off for children and restaurant owners. A study of one chain found that nearly half of their kid’s meals were served with fruit, vegetables or salads when healthy side orders replaced french fries and soda on the kid’s menu, and sales increased. Source Link

Here’s a silver lining to having a job that can make your head hurt -- if it challenges your brain, it  may help to protect you from memory loss later in life. A study found that people who had careers with more speaking, developing strategies, conflict resolution and managerial tasks experienced less mental decline on old age. Source Link

Get ready for luggage that tells you where it is. Samsonite and Samsung are developing a line of luggage that will use GPS tracking and a smartphone app to show you it’s location. The smart luggage will also check itself using microchip technology and would even alert you when your bag has been opened. Source Link

When planning for your family’s summer vacation, be sure to include the right car seat for kids. Studies show that three out of four car seats are used improperly, and seat belts alone are not designed for anyone shorter than 5 feet. And don’t let younger ones call shotgun, because kids under 13 should not be a front-seat passenger. Source Link

There’s a new non-surgical treatment that could melt away that double chin. The FDA has approved the drug Kybella that’s used as an injection to destroy fat cells under the chin. But before you think that a shot could get rid of all your fat, regulators say the drug has only been approved for use on double chins. Source Link

It’s a high-tech twist on the old carnival game “Guess My Age.” Microsoft researchers have adapted face detection software to guess a person’s age by analyzing a photo. Creators say it’s not perfect, but you can try it for yourself for free at the website how-old.net. Source Link

Can an apple on grocery day keep the junk food away?  A study found that eating an apple just before grocery shopping encouraged people to buy healthier foods. Experts say eating something healthy puts you in a better frame of mind to select healthier foods while grocery shopping. Source Link

Turning off the calls and text messages can turn teens into much safer drivers. Testing showed that using a device to block calls and texts when a car was running resulted in 80-percent less risky driving. Parents can do the same thing with smartphone apps and similar devices that are commercially available. Source Link

Working moms continue to shoulder more of the household chores that dads do. A new survey found that mothers spend nearly twice the time on chores per day as do working fathers. That could change some day, because millennial men are more likely to take on housework and child care duties. Source Link

Driving while dehydrated could be as dangerous as driving drunk. Researchers found that people who didn’t drink fluids while on long drives made twice the errors behind the wheel. Experts say brain function slows down to conserve energy when you’re dehydrated and that can affect your driving.  Source Link

Is the tablet taking a tumble on the must-have list for tech lovers? Apple reports that iPad sales have dropped by 25-percent. The company says the world’s top-selling tablet is being squeezed between buyers who choose bigger phablet phones or who opt for an ultra-lightweight laptop with more features than a tablet. Source Link

If you want to impress your next boss with that resume, skip the TImes New Roman font. Design experts say using the default typeface shows you don’t put much thought into what you’re presenting. A better choice might be Helvetica or Garamond to set you apart from other applicants. Source Link

About half of older adults say they take a daily aspirin to reduce the risk of a heart attack, but many of them shouldn’t. Health experts say the risks of taking aspirin, including ulcers and internal bleeding, are only outweighed if someone has had a heart attack or has major risk factors for heart disease. Source Link

There’s new scientific evidence that reading to young children may help to make them better readers. When researchers used MRI scanning while pre-schoolers listened to stories, they saw increased blood flow to parts of the brain that help with understanding the meaning of language and visualization. Source Link

It’s getting easier to go face-to-face with your Facebook friends when you’re mobile. The Facebook Messenger app now includes free video calling that can be used on WiFi and with cellular data connections. The service is available to Android and iOS users in the U.S. and 17 other countries. Source Link

There’s new evidence that it’s never too late to stop smoking. A study found that quitting after your 60th birthday can significantly reduce your risk of cardiovascular disease. Researchers say kicking the habit can potentially add years to your life, even when you stop smoking in your senior years. Source Link

Don’t use the car seat or baby swing as a spot for your child to sleep. That’s the message from experts who say carrying devices and swings are not designed to help babies sleep safely. There’s a risk of suffocation and death if an infant leans against straps or if their head tilts forward too long while sleeping. Source Link

Getting that song to stop playing in your head could be as simple as popping a stick of gum. A study found that chewing gum can help to stop what’s called “last song syndrome.” Up to 90-percent of the population experiences so-called “earworms” and for some people the tiresome tune can play for days. Source Link