Thursday, May 21, 2015

Forbes Living Looks at the Effects of Bullying in Adults

Children who are bullied are more likely to grow into adults who suffer from health problems. Forbes Living looks at the effects of bullying in adults, and suggests actionable tactics to take now to prevent child bullying.

A British research study found that of 7,000 adults living in England, Scotland and Wales, a quarter of the women who were bullied as kids were obese. It also found that both men and women who were bullied in childhood were more likely to be obese. The study compared adults were bullied and not bullied and found higher levels of blood inflammation, diabetes and increased risk of heart attacks than those who were not.

Childhood bullying also can manifest a higher risk of mental health disorders in children, adolescents and adults. Children who are harassed are more apt to bring weapons to school than those who are not.

Forbes Living suggests school districts set up awareness meetings with teachers, parents, counselors, coaches, school bus drivers and all school employees. Adults should step in when bullying first begins. Both the bully and the affected child should be given time to relay their feelings. Adults might be able to find the root of the problem and thwart any further harassment. Every adult working with kids should be willing and able to step in when the first signs of bullying appear.
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Monday, May 18, 2015

Forbes Living TV Shares Inside Airline Tip for Consumers

The next time a flight is delayed or the flight crew does not show up, refuse the meal voucher and request cash instead. Yes, they can give that to the passenger and more. These tips from Forbes Living might help land a free travel voucher or more from an airline which seriously messes up your travel plans.

If a flight is delayed more than two hours, the U.S. Department of Transportation has rules which give passengers up to $1,300 if the airline cannot re-route the passenger within two hours of the flight. Yep, two hours. Not four and not eight.  Decline the free meal voucher and get a check on the spot. They can do that.

Need more? If the airline can get the passenger to their destination between one and two hours of the scheduled domestic flight, or one to four hours on an international flight, the airline still owes the passenger compensation of 200% the one-way fare to your destination, up to $650.

We at Forbes Living know what it’s like when the airline misroutes luggage. The bag may be delayed and not necessarily lost and will eventually get to the passenger. But, if there was something important in that delayed bag, such as a wedding dress, tuxedo or a business suit needed for an event, the airline owes that passenger more than the $25 or $50 is offers. They can owe you up to $3,300 in liability on a domestic flight. But do keep all receipts for backup.

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Monday, May 11, 2015

Forbes Living TV Savors Alone Time

Forbes Living TV savors alone time. Even though we are busy at work, busy as home and wanting to always connect with friends and family on social networking sites, sometimes, being alone can be great.

More than 50 percent of American adults are single. That’s a lot of people who might spend a lot of time by themselves. Some people might not consider themselves alone if they have a pet. But for those who do not have a pet, being alone can be rather nice.

There are plenty of activities that are better when done solo: going to the movies, enjoying drinks and appetizers at happy hour, shopping and traveling. Working alone also has its benefits. People tend to be more creative when they can think and brainstorm alone, and then join a group to share ideas. Forbes Living also recognizes that being alone can really help clear the mind. It is easier to think and wipe negative thoughts from consciousness when no one else is near to interrupt.

People who are married or in a relationship can also benefit from me time. It is essential to have some quality time alone in order to maintain a healthy relationship.  We all need some space and the quiet it brings to regroup. Take some alone time for yourself today.


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Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Forbes Living TV Reviews the U.S. Rank on Maternal and Child Health

Mother’s Day is a few days away. This is the one day a year when people celebrate and honor the woman of the family who brings children into the world and cares for everyone in the family. In that light, Forbes Living TV reviews where the U.S. ranks in material and child health.

Save the Children, a global non-profit organization whose goals are to improve the health of children around the world, ranked 179 countries based on five criteria: maternal health, children’s well-being, education, economic, and political status. The United States ranked 61st globally in maternal health coming in worse than any developed country in the world. Women in the U.S. face a 1 in 1,800 risk of maternal death. It also ranked 42nd in children’s well-being. Countries that ranked at the top were Norway, Finland, Iceland, Denmark and Sweden.

Forbes Living also notes from the report that infant mortality rates in capital cities are not that great: Washington, D.C. had a rate of 7.9 deaths per 1,000 in 2012. The under age five mortality rate in the U.S. is 6.9 per 1,000 live births. That means that an American child is just as likely to die before age five as a child in Bosnia or Serbia. The 16th Annual State of the World’s Mothers 2015 report calculates world health for moms and children worldwide. Even though some of the above facts seem alarming, the U.S. still has some of the best healthcare in the world. We must take excellent care of expectant moms, newborns, infants and children.


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Friday, May 1, 2015

Forbes Living TV Highlights Tips for Aging Well

A recent survey of centenarians about how they felt about their life, family and health yielded some telling answers about how to age well. Forbes Living TV highlights their replies.

A quarter of the 100 year olds said that keeping a positive attitude was necessary to living longer and living well. Eating well and staying healthy are also important factors in living to a ripe old age. Exercise played a valuable role in helping these folks live to 100. So did staying busy and active with friends and family.  

Feeling young and healthful is more of attitude than a definition of age. People who eat healthy, are physically active and are social live longer and feel more positive than those who do not. The Forbes Living talk show reminds readers that there are a number of senior fitness classes around the country. Most are free or offered at very low-cost. Attendees in the classes note that the social factor of the classes, (seeing friends there and making new friends in the class) is just as beneficial to the attendee as the physical exercises.

If mobility is an issue, ask friends and caregivers to help find a community center to visit. They offer an abundance of social activities from book groups to card games for everyone. Live to be 100 and older.

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Monday, April 27, 2015

Forbes Living TV Shares Travel Tech Tips

Where do you want to go today? Will you travel solo, with a friend or take a family vacation? No matter how you go, Forbes Living TV shares some travel tech tips for everyone.

Granted, most of us already have a few digital toys we take when we go out of town. Smart phones will always be tucked in a tote bag, purse or pocket. Some may also grab a tablet for lightweight computing.  However, texting and making calls from overseas is expensive even with prepaid SIM cards. Here’s how to make connecting with friends and family a little more affordable.

A recent survey from a communications company found that 82% of international travelers worry about the cost of data when overseas. Half of those who responded to the survey said they bought a SIM card, which is what most travel sites suggest people do. A prepaid SIM card can save the user money when texting and making calls far from home. Data roaming, which is by far, one of the most expensive communication costs when traveling, may soon see its last days on a user’s bill. The European Parliament voted to end data-roaming charges within Europe by the end of the year. Add Google and its Google Fi network which has no roaming charges in more than 100 countries. The Forbes Living TV program suggests the following:

Contact your home phone carrier and ask about international data roaming definitions and charges weeks before departure.

Consider getting a cheap, disposable phone and prepaid card for international calling and texting.

Use Skype, WhatsApp and other apps like them to talk and message.

Use free Wi-Fi spots at hotels and restaurants but don’t conduct any online banking, financial transactions or shopping on them. They are open networks.

Do some research online before leaving home about where to find affordable international SIM cards and fees at your destination.

Safe travels.

Friday, April 24, 2015

Forbes Living Uncovers Tanning Salon Health Claims

Tanning salons are big business in the United States as many adults and teens hope to obtain that sunny, bronze look. But there are health risks in the ultra violet rays which provide that tanned look, as Forbes Living reviews.

The use of ultra violet devices can increase exposure to cancer-causing radiation. The World Health Organization reported in 2009 that tanning beds are noted in the highest cancer risk category. Last year, the U.S. Surgeon General asked for a reduction in UV tanning as the cases of skin cancer are rising.  Young adults are most at risk for skin cancer caused by the use of tanning beds. In their effort to look healthful and sun-kissed for the major events in their lives, tanning beds can be dangerous and potentially cause adverse effects. In fact, some U.S. states ban the use of tanning salons for children under age 17 and require parental consent.

The Forbes Living talk show encourages parents and other adults to thoroughly research the tanning salon before using one.  Question any marketing attempt which claims the UV rays boost Vitamin D and provide health benefits.  Limit time in a tanning bed to the minimum. Head outdoors instead after slathering the body with sunscreen. Natural sunlight is much healthier than fake one.