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.

To read past BVNN content take a look below. For more details, contact your BusinessVoice Account Manager or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. at +1 800.473.9005.

 

What food can you put on your plate to put a better smile on your face? Think about the basic nutrients that build stronger teeth like calcium in dairy and eggs, and fish, meat and poultry rich in phosphorus. Vitamin C can come from citrus fruits, and sweet potatoes, leafy greens and fish are good sources of vitamin A. Source Link 

Can a grandparent or older babysitter put your infant at-risk for the measles? Most adults have had the measles and are immune or have been vaccinated, but if you’re not sure about this a healthy adult can get a booster MMR shot. Source Link 

When you’re paying for that summer vacation you should consider using a rewards credit card. About half of travelers surveyed say they use a rewards credit card and earn an average of $1,000 a year in benefits, whether that’s discounted airfare and lodging or cash back. Source Link 

It’s the unofficial start of the summer season and a good time to talk about the three S’s to protect your skin from the sun. First, slip into long-sleeve shirts or long pants to minimize skin exposure and then slap on a hat that protects your face, ears and neck. And don’t forget to slop on plenty of sunscreen and reapply every few hours or after swimming. Source Link 

Follow these tips for safer house cleaning. When working with liquid cleaners, wear gloves to protect your skin and consider using a diluted vinegar solution or baking soda instead of stronger chemicals like bleach or ammonia. And remember to open a window and get fresh air in while you’re scrubbing with a strong cleaner. Source Link 

Diet or exercise may not be key to managing your weight because the effectiveness of both depends on something else you may be shirking. Not getting enough sleep makes you tire faster during exercise and boosts the hormone that makes you feel hungry. Less than six hours a night is considered to be chronic sleep deprivation. Source Link 

Self-esteem is considered a must for emotional wellbeing but it's also important to know how to give yourself a break. With self-compassion, you can show yourself the same empathy that you extend to others. Being understanding with yourself, rather than judgemental offers a kind of immunity against negative influences like fear. Source Link 

In the race to shed those pounds and improve your health, it doesn’t matter if you're the tortoise or the hare. Research has shown that losing weight quickly doesn't offer any more health benefits than slimming down slowly. Some believe that faster weight loss may be better in reducing risk factors for heart disease and diabetes. Source Link 

Can a popular technique to cut clutter in your home also work for your finances? Look at the things you spend money on and ask yourself if it brings you joy. If not, it needs to go. Plenty of us have subscriptions or memberships we don’t use, new clothes that never make it out of the closet or too many tech toys that lose their thrill quickly. Source Link 

If you want to train your brain, put away the apps and pick up a musical instrument. Studies have found that that musical training enhances verbal memory, spatial reasoning, and literacy skills. Learning to play an instrument uses information from the senses of vision, hearing, and touch, as well as fine movements. Source Link 

How can you beat that bad aftertaste from garlic or onions? Brushing and flossing are good first steps but the chemicals in garlic or onions can get into your bloodstream and prolong the stink. Eating apples, lettuce or parsley or drinking milk might counteract this but cooking garlic or onions before eating will neutralize the offending enzymes. Source Link 

You can put your spending in perspective with your earnings by finding your true hourly wage. Take your annual after-tax income and subtract costs like transportation and then divide by the number of hours you worked, commuted or attended work events. Use this to determine how many hours you’ll need to work to make a purchase. Source Link 

If you’re getting too many junk robocalls, the sound of silence may be the answer. When it’s a number you don’t recognize, pick up the call but don’t say anything right away. Automated calling systems often wait to hear a voice and the silence can make them disconnect quickly. Source Link 

When you need an energy boost at work instead of reaching for caffeine, try walking up the stairs. A study found that easy stair walking provided a better pick-me-up than the caffeine in a can of soda. Researchers say stair walking is something that most people can do on a break during their workday. Source Link 

The truth is finally out - changing your password often for security purposes doesn’t work. Microsoft says when people are forced to change their passwords, that often make a small and predictable alteration to their existing password. It’s better to use a strong password manager or two-factor authentication. Source Link 

Before you pack your bags for that holiday road trip, be sure to pack your car with some safety essentials. Along with your cell phone, AAA recommends a flashlight with extra batteries, a first-aid kit, a basic toolkit with tire pressure gauge and adjustable wrench, and jumper cables and emergency reflectors. And bring drinking water and extra snacks for people and pets. Source Link 

A good knife is an essential tool in the kitchen and you don’t need a drawer full of them. An eight to 10-inch chef’s knife and a serrated knife and a shorter paring knife can tackle almost any cutting task. Select a quality knife that feels comfortable in your hand and has a heavy, strong handle with a longer metal tang that goes through the end of the handle. Source Link 

Why resist the urge to use an app that lets you watch pirated TV shows and movies on your phone? Researchers found that one of the most popular apps was grabbing personal information after being installed. Experts think these apps may include malware to provide your private data to hackers. Source Link