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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Using that smartphone or tablet as a reward for good behavior might make your kids even more addicted to a screen. Researchers found that what seems like good parenting could actually condition children to want technology even more. Kids with parents who used a device as a reward spent more time looking at screens. Source Link 

How can you avoid being shocked by what you see when you step on the bathroom scale? You can stop sneaky weight gain by evaluating your activity level and checking to see if some bad food habits have crept into your diet. Swap those low-nutrition items with more fruits and vegetables and commit to 30 minutes of exercise each day. Source Link 

If you load that toothbrush with a long stripe of toothpaste, you’re using too much. A pea-sized dollop is all you need to get the job done. Using lots of toothpaste can give you too much fluoride and that’s especially bad for youngsters whose developing teeth can become streaked or spotted. Source Link 

If you didn't get a tax refund this year, you’re doing it right. Experts say you should adjust withholding so that refund money goes to your paycheck instead of Uncle Sam. Using that extra money to pay more on a credit card bill or to invest in a 401-k is better than making a zero-interest loan to the IRS. Source Link 

Your spring cleaning can extend to the refrigerator. Now’s a good time to empty the fridge and clean all surfaces with a mixture of mild soap and water. Toss those half-empty condiments and don’t store milk, yogurt or cheeses in the door. And keep the eggs in their original container in the middle of the fridge. Source Link

Looking for a good exercise that won’t make you break a sweat? Studies have shown that Tai Chi may improve the fitness of the heart and lungs and could be as effective as jogging to help lower the risk of death. The slow, mindful movements of Tai Chi work on the sympathetic nervous system to reduce stress hormones that take a physical toll on our bodies. Source Link 

The way you talk to your young children could have a big impact on their success as adults. A study found that children between 4 and 6 years old who had frequent back-and-forth conversations with a parent became better communicators and that paid off later in life with negotiation skills that led to higher salaries. 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 

The long weekend is a favorite getaway and there are ways to save on your mini-vacation. Book your rental car as far ahead as possible to get the best rates but consider waiting to find last-minute deals on unsold hotel rooms. The same strategy might also work with an Airbnb that still has an opening a few days before you plan to leave. Source Link 

It’s good news for those who dread another season behind the lawnmower. Mowing less often is beneficial to bees and won't mean more disease-carrying ticks. The blood-sucking pests need a spot that’s fully damp every day and even a taller lawn is usually too dry to become a breeding ground for ticks. Source Link 

With every story of a big data breach, you wonder what’s the safest way to spend using plastic? The credit card is still the best because under federal law your maximum liability for fraud is just $50. With a debit card, you could have money drained directly from your bank account that’s hard to get back quickly. The safest spending choice is still old-fashioned cash. Source Link 

If you can believe what people say, dog owners are happier than cat owners. The annual General Societal Survey found that 36 percent of dog owners were very happy compared to just 18 percent of cat owners. Even those who were very happy with no pets made up a bigger percentage than the pleased feline owners. Source Link 

Being bored can boost your creativity and brain power but only if you do it the right way. Don’t confuse relaxation with boredom, which can happen when you’re doing a familiar activity that requires no thinking or you’re just sitting quietly. The key to reaching boredom is letting your mind wander without stimulation from anything like music or a screen. Source Link 

Even in this online age, that resume is still an important tool for a job search, so make sure yours is working for you. Customize your resume for your industry - a designer’s should be creative but someone looking for a finance job needs more numbers. Either way, keep it simple because employers are more likely to read a clean and concise resume. Source Link 

If your phone’s photo gallery is overflowing there’s a technique popular with home cleanup experts that also works on a cramped camera roll. Look at each photo and ask yourself if seeing this makes you happy or if you’d want to see again. If you answer “no” to either question, the photo can probably go in the trash bin. Source Link 

Looking forward to retirement and not having to live by paycheck? You may want to think again. One way to stay on-budget during retirement is to draw a “paycheck” from your savings on a weekly or monthly basis. That’s how much money you’ll have to spend on necessities and extras during that period. Source Link 

To make cars safer you may need to be voice-free as well as hands-free. Researchers say mental distractions can last as long as 27 seconds after drivers use voice-assisted technology to dial a number, change music or send a text message. Even a quick 2-second glance at your smartphone or vehicle infotainment system can double your risk for a crash. Source Link 

Even if you’ve reached middle age as a lifelong couch potato it’s not too late to get in shape. A study found that people who started exercising in their 40s and 50s trimmed their risk of early death as much as those who had exercised all their lives. Exercising in middle age cut the odds of death from heart disease and cancer. Source Link