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’re trying to keep your home clean but don’t do it this way. That cutting board should be soaked in a bleach solution and not washed with soap and using a dry rag for dusting just spreads dirt into the air. Follow the grain on stainless steel to remove smudges for good and don’t wash windows on a sunny day because the cleaner dries quickly and leaves streaks. Source Link 

It’s a new kind of selfie for good health. Owners of Google Pixel phones can now measure heart rate and breathing using the phone’s camera. Heart rate is measured by pointing the phone at your skin to register tiny changes in color. To measure breathing you’ll need to hold the camera facing your chest for 30 seconds. Source Link

Injuries from furniture or TVs toppling onto young children account for 11,000 emergency room visits each year so be sure you anchor it. The risk comes when curious kids climb up furniture that falls on them. Anchor your dressers, bookcases and TVs to the wall, keep heavier items in lower drawers and don’t put toys or other things on top that might encourage a child to climb. Source Link

What are some keys to emotional well-being? Experts say having a positive outlook is important and regular mindfulness meditation can help you learn how to bounce back from adversity. And being more generous can help others and activate the parts of your brain that promote well-being. Source Link 

There’s a kind of yo-yo dieting that might help you shed more pounds. Alternate-day fasting has you not eating one day and then feasting the next day. In testing, people lost an average of seven pounds in a month without needing to count calories. Source Link 

Building a better sandwich starts with ingredients and the way you assemble them. You can kick up the flavor by mixing sriracha or chipotle peppers with mayo and have different textures of items that are soft or crunchy. Avoid soggy bread by adding butter, mayo or a slice of cheese under wet items and pack it in a hard-sided container to protect your sandwich until lunchtime. Source Link 

What are some keys to emotional well-being? Experts say having a positive outlook is important and regular mindfulness meditation can help you learn how to bounce back from adversity. And being more generous can help others and activate the parts of your brain that promote well-being. Source Link 

There’s a kind of yo-yo dieting that might help you shed more pounds. Alternate-day fasting has you not eating one day and then feasting the next day. In testing, people lost an average of seven pounds in a month without needing to count calories. Source Link 

Building a better sandwich starts with ingredients and the way you assemble them. You can kick up the flavor by mixing sriracha or chipotle peppers with mayo and have different textures of items that are soft or crunchy. Avoid soggy bread by adding butter, mayo or a slice of cheese under wet items and pack it in a hard-sided container to protect your sandwich until lunchtime. 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 

You can stock your kitchen with helpful gadgets from the office supply store. Those classic orange-handled scissors are great for opening food packages and binder clips can seal up freezer bags. A black sharpie marker can label those bags using masking tape for plastic containers and a dry erase board is great for keeping a shopping list. Source Link 

Making fitness a habit takes some lifestyle changes. Decide what you’ll cut back on, like TV watching or web surfing, to make the time to exercise. If you go to a gym or workout at home look at what time of day fits best for you. And find ways to add exercise to everyday life such as walking with the whole family. Source Link 

When your mind races after you wake up in the middle of the night try these tips to get back to sleep. Get out of bed and read a book - but nothing too exciting - or listen to an audio book or a podcast that’s not a shoutfest. You can also head to the kitchen for a light snack like whole-grain crackers or popcorn that has carbs to help switch-on the body’s sleep hormones. Source Link 

You can get a lot of housework done with just 60 seconds of effort. In one minute you could freshen a smelly sink by putting lemon peels through the garbage disposal or wipe down door handles and light switches. Take a minute to declutter a coffee table; refold clothes in a messy drawer to make more room, or quickly clean dirt and crumbs from furniture using a lint roller. Source Link

A fresh food diet for Fido might mean less cleanup work for you in the backyard. Researchers found that feeding a dog fresh food with human-grade ingredients could reduce droppings by up to 66 percent. They say eating human food such as rice, chicken, beef and carrots improves a dog’s digestion and that leaves less of that meal to scoop up later. Source Link 

The best tool to chart the progress of your weight loss plan may not be that bathroom scale. Use a tape measure to track your waist size or try on a tight pair of pants every two weeks to know if you’re dropping pounds. If you do use the scale make it a weekly weigh-in on Friday morning because most people eat more on the weekend. Source Link 

Hand sanitizer can do more than disinfect your digits. It can clean silver or eyeglasses, remove hairspray from a mirror; substitute for deodorant or work as a dry shampoo; pretreat stains on clothing and clean your mouse and keyboard. And putting hand sanitizer over the sticky ends of a band aid makes it come off painlessly. Source Link

What’s the optimum distance between you and a screen to reduce eye strain? Remember the 1-2-10 rule. Ideally, smart phones should be placed 1 foot from the eyes, desktop and laptops at 2 feet, and TVs at 10 feet away. And remember to decrease the screen's brightness so that it matches the room's lighting. Source Link