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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Visiting an urgent care center instead of the emergency room can save you time and money. You should go to the ER only if you have any sign of a stroke; persistent chest pain, trouble breathing or loss of consciousness; high fever with a rash; a serious fall or injury involving the head or eyes; bleeding that won’t stop; a serious burn or a sudden, severe headache or loss of vision. Source Link 

What are the signs to look for in a good car salesman and how do you spot a bad one? A bad salesman tries to size you up with questions about what kind of vehicle or payment you had in mind, ignores your concerns about price and may not even offer a test drive. A good salesman listens to you, knows their product inside and out and never lies. Source Link 

The sandwich is a lunchtime classic, but what if you want to skip those two slices of bread? Try wrapping ingredients in a whole-grain pita, tortilla or lettuce leaves. Scoop the seeds out of a cucumber, zucchini, tomato or bell pepper and stuff it with a salad mix or pack hard-boiled egg whites with cubes of meat. Source Link 

So, you want to do your part for the environment but can’t swap your car for a bike, switch to all-solar energy or recycle everything? Spending one minute less in the shower each day would save thousands of gallons of water a year. You could also stop using disposable products and keep a few plastic bags in your car so you don’t use more of them on every grocery trip. Source Link 

It’s happened to all of us -- you wake up from a dream and can’t get back to sleep. The remedy might be recalling some details of the dream and then trying to put yourself in those dream images. Don’t look at the clock or turn on a light because clock-watching will make you more anxious about losing sleep and bright light signals the body that it’s time to wake up. Source Link

Looking for alternatives to the all-seeing eye of Google? Switch your search engine to DuckDuckGo or Dogpile and browse with Mozilla Firefox or Brave. Start messaging with Signal, try alternative email services like Mailfence or Protonmail and browse YouTube videos without leaving a trail by using Hooktube. Source Link

Don’t let the thermometer fool you - it may be winter but sunscreen is something you need in every season. Sun damage can occur year-round, even on cloudy or rainy days and you get sun exposure through windows at the office, at home or in cars. Dermatologists recommend using a broad spectrum sunscreen every day and all year long. Source Link 

Burning 300 more calories with exercise can help in a healthy eating plan, but what does it take to do that? Try 27 minutes of running, 33 minutes of yoga or a 44-minute bike ride. Clean the house for two hours, walk 18 holes on a golf course, run the stairs for 18 minutes, or play pickup basketball for a half-hour. Source Link 

If you’re planning a wedding soon, don’t forget to include a starter financial plan. See if you can combine health coverage to save money and create a will that covers your spouse. Build a joint budget where 50 percent goes to needs, 30 percent toward wants and 20 percent to savings, including an emergency fund of three to six months of expenses. Source Link

Raising a well-behaved child may have life-long benefits by giving them happier, healthier lives as adults. A long-term study found that kids who were goal-oriented with good self-control had healthier bodies and brains by the time they hit middle age. They also were better prepared with financial and social reserves for old age. Source Link

The diet you need may mean cutting the fat out of your household budget and building more financial muscle. Start with a detox to quickly pay off new debt, then add good habits like avoiding impulse online purchases. And begin regular workouts to automate your savings and contribute the maximum to retirement accounts. Source Link

Here’s a benefit from exercising in cold weather -- you’ll be burning more fat if you take it outdoors. Temperature plays a role in metabolism during exercise and researchers found that colder air may help the body burn fat faster. But don’t enjoy a high-fat meal before heading out because that negated any benefits from exercising in colder air. Source Link

You can de-clutter your life by remembering the three Ps -- paper, phone and purge. Toss paper records more than a year old but keep financial files for seven years and sign-up for paperless billing. Put phone apps in folders by category and leave only a handful of favorites on the home screen, and purge your home of stuff you don’t need by donating, selling or tossing it. Source Link 

Your grammar school skills may help you spot an email scam. Misspellings of words or misplaced punctuation can be a tip-off and a misspelled email address from your bank or another business is a warning sign. And watch out for any email that includes a link to update your personal information. Source Link 

The financial bad habits that cause Americans the most trouble are a mix of old favorites and new challenges. A survey found that impulse buying is the number-one danger for a household budget and coming in second was paying for subscription services you no longer use. Two out of three people regretted not handling their money better last year. Source Link

What’s the best day to apply for a job to increase your chances of getting hired? It’s the day when the job is posted and research showed that more jobs are posted on Tuesdays than any other day of the week. Those who applied on the first day that a job was posted were 30% more likely to get an interview. Source Link 

There’s a kitchen gadget that’s a time and money saver and is good for your health. A vacuum sealer inhibits bacteria growth and can keep foods fresh for longer. You can also use a vacuum sealer to prepare your own meal kits by combining seasonings with individual portions of an entree that can go from the freezer to the oven or grill. Source Link 

Skin cancer is the most common type and you can stay on-guard by remembering your A-B-Cs and D-E-Fs. Look for a mole that’s asymmetrical, has a border with ragged edges, a color that's uneven, a diameter larger than a pencil eraser or is elevated or raised. If you see any of these in a monthly self-check then it’s time to visit a dermatologist. Source Link