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Popular New Year’s Resolutions

Anne Middleton
January 8th, 2016

As the ball drops in New York City’s Time Square to mark the beginning of 2016, just under half of all Americans will mark the occasion by making New Year’s Resolutions. New Year’s resolutions can be extremely difficult to sustain. In fact, the Washington Post revealed data that showed “25% of us don't stick with it for seven measly days.” Nielsen, the prestigious American global information and measurement company, presented enlightening information on the most popular New Year’s Resolutions in the United States.

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The Art Of Re-Gifting

Anne Middleton
January 8th, 2016

We’ve all heard of it and most of us have participated in it.  We’re talking about the ever popular activity of “re-gifting”.  This growing activity is defined as “the act of taking a gift that has been received and giving it to somebody else, sometimes in the guise of a new gift.”   Why does this phenomenon occur? According to the prestigious Wall Street Journal, sometimes you receive something that you really don’t like or can’t use, and there’s no way to return it to the store. You don’t want to offend the person who gave it to you and you don’t want to throw it away.

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Enchanted By A Hobbit House?

Anne Middleton
January 5th, 2016

Hobbit homes are the newest craze in sustainable architecture, building on the success of earth ships and tiny houses in the market.  Nearly 48% of Americans think that the government is doing too little to protect the environment and many are looking for eco-friendly house building methods.  As the world becomes more eco-conscious, many have looked for more sustainable ways to build homes and the internet is all abuzz about this latest craze in housing, hobbit houses.

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How Do I Get There?

Anne Middleton
January 4th, 2016

The old joke is that “men hate to ask for directions.” But now, a new study claims there might actually be some truth behind this invasive action. In a paper published in the Leadership Quarterly, researchers revealed that the reason the majority of men have an aversion to asking for directions is that they believe they are judged harshly for it. “Lost men” who ask for help are seen as being less competent, this investigation claims. “Men don’t ask for directions because they’re concerned they’re going to look bad,” stated one of the study’s authors from the prestigious Rosette College at Duke University.

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New Year, New You with New Balance

Abbey O’Bryan
January 1st, 2016

Ahh 2016!  The chance to wipe the slate clean and start fresh.  I just had a baby a month ago, so now more than ever I'm feeling the need for a fresh start. And what perfect timing too! On the first of the year the entire country is setting goals and resolving to improve themselves, so I feel a strong sense of camaraderie in my pursuit. After a self-imposed, month-long, new-baby quarantine, I'm feeling the desire to get out and breathe the fresh air, stretch my legs and feel the sunshine on my face. There’s just one problem though.

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Hypothermia: A Cold Weather Hazard

Anne Middleton
December 31st, 2015

Have someone around you that’s dizzy?  Having trouble speaking?  Confused? Hungry or nauseous?  It may not be that they had too much egg nog.  They may be experiencing hypothermia.  From 1999 to 2011, a total of 16,911 deaths in the United States, an average of 1,301 per year, were associated with exposure to excessive natural cold.   Men are more likely to die of hypothermia than women as well. Be sure your outfitted for frigid temperatures, but also remember that seniors and infants may find having the AC too low a risk. Hypothermia occurs when the body’s temperature plunges below 95F.

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New Year's Eve Safety Tips: 3 Ways To Ensure You Bring In 2016 With No Regrets

Anne Middleton
December 29th, 2015

Celebrating the holidays?  You may be putting your life at risk and be at a greater risk of serious injury.  Here’s a few statistically proven ways you are more likely to die or be injured during the holidays than other times of the year. 1.  People are more likely to die on Christmas and New Year’s Day in emergency rooms than any other time of year.   Drunk driving was not a factor.  There’s just an overall spike in deaths by natural causes.  For some folks, keeping up the holiday merry-making is more important than a seeing to a nagging symptom of something more ominous.  2. Uncork the champagne with care.

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Technology: A Real Pain In The Neck?

Anne Middleton
December 29th, 2015

You may call it a necessity, but chiropractors call it “tech neck.” It’s a condition that can seriously damage your physical health, and it is becoming a common reason for serious neck and back pain. The human head weighs about 12 pounds, but as the neck bends forward and down, the weight on the spine multiplies.  Some experts have found that for every inch the head tilts forward, the pressure on the spine doubles. The result is a diagnosis that never existed just 10 years ago…you may have “tech neck.”  Medical experts have been warning people for years of this potentially debilitating issue.

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Most Famous People with Christmas Birthdays

Anne Middleton
December 24th, 2015

If your birthday is during the holidays, especially December 25th, you can feel cheated.  With all the glitter and the fa-la-la, it’s easy to not just have your birthday swept up in all the other festivities going on.   Don’t worry, though, Christmas babies, we know you’re pretty special.   Those born on Dec. 25th are Capricorns, the ambitious achievers of the zodiac.  You may seem like all work and no play, but those who know you best know that when you do allow yourself to play, you take your play seriously too.  Holiday babies are in good company.

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Video Games = Brainpower

Anne Middleton
December 24th, 2015

If you are feeling any pangs of guilt from the large array of video games you purchased this holiday season for the younger members of your family, there is now evidence that you may have actually helped them become smarter.  A new study finds that video games, specifically 3-D entertainment, may boost brainpower. Researchers decided to investigate this theory on college-age non-gamers.  The investigators tracked these non-gamer university students who played either a 2-D or 3-D video game for 30 minutes a day for a period of two weeks.

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