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Low education, smoking, high blood pressure may lead to increased stroke risk

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Losing My Religion: Young Adults Grapple with Finding Faith

(MyWebTimes.com) She goes to church and she likes it. “I attend church when I can, but work is currently my priority so I don’t ...

Losing My Religion: Young Adults Grapple with Finding Faith


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“I attend church when I can, but work is currently my priority so I don’t go often,” Maney, 27, told The Times. “But I love my church. … The denomination is incredible, and the congregation is my family. I couldn’t be more proud of either one.”

A 2010 Pew Research Center poll indicates Maney is in the minority.

One-third of those under age 30 say they attend worship services every week, compared with 41 percent of adults 30 and older. Furthermore, 45 percent of adults under age 30 say that religion is very important in their lives, compared with 59 percent 30 and older. READ MORE

Job Corps Celebrating 50 Years of Service

JobcorpNAPSI)—For many young people, traditional paths to successful careers do not always take a straight, well-marked line.
The expense of college, family turmoil, economic hardship and other unexpected events can alter a young person’s plans. To increase the opportunities available for all young people, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the bill that created the Job Corps 50 years ago.
As the nation’s only federally-funded, residential job-training program for disadvantaged youths aged 16 to 24, it has helped more than 2.7 million young people. At more than 120 Job Corps centers across the country, students are trained in more than 100 occupations-from culinary arts to health care, and from advanced manufacturing to information technology. They can earn a high school diploma or GED. Heavyweight boxing champion and entrepreneur George Foreman is a Job Corps graduate.
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For more information, including how to apply, visit www.jobcorps.gov or call 800-733-JOBS (5627).

Low education, smoking, high blood pressure may lead to increased stroke risk


American Heart Association Rapid Access Journal Report

Study Highlights:

  • Poorly educated adults who smoke face a higher risk of stroke than smokers with a higher education.
  • The combination of smoking and high blood pressure increased stroke risk the most, confirming earlier findings in numerous studies.

DALLAS— Adults smokers with limited education face a greater risk of stroke than those with a higher education, according to new research in the American Heart Association’s journal Stroke.
The combination of smoking and high blood pressure increased stroke risk the most, confirming earlier findings in numerous studies.
In a multicenter Danish study, researchers defined lower education as grade school or lower secondary school (maximum of 10 years) education.
“We found it is worse being a current smoker with lower education than a current smoker with a higher education,” said Helene Nordahl, Ph.D., M.S.C., study lead author and researcher at the Department of Public Health at the University of Copenhagen in Denmark. “Targeted interventions aimed at reducing smoking and high blood pressure in lower socioeconomic groups would yield a greater reduction in stroke than targeting the same behaviors in higher socioeconomic groups.”
Researchers divided 68,643 adults (30-70 years old) into low, medium and high education levels and assessed smoking and high blood pressure levels. They found:
· Sixteen percent of men and 11 percent of women were at high-risk of stroke due to low education level, smoking and high blood pressure.
· Men were more at risk of stroke than women, and the risk of stroke increased with age.
· Ten percent of the high-risk men and 9 percent of the high-risk women had an ischemic stroke during the study’s 14-year follow-up.
· Smokers with low education had a greater risk of stroke than smokers with high education regardless of their blood pressure.
“Universal interventions such as legislation or taxation could also have a strong effect on stroke in the most disadvantaged,” Nordahl said. “We need to challenge disparities in unhealthy behaviors, particularly smoking.”
Researchers weren’t able to consider differences associated with ethnicity because 98 percent of the participants were Danes.
“The distribution of stroke risk factors may vary across various contexts and study populations,” Nordahl said. “However, since the most disadvantaged groups are often exposed to a wide number of stroke risk factors, it seems plausible that these people are at higher risk of stroke not only in Denmark, but also in other industrialized countries.”
Co-authors are Merete Osler, M.D., Ph.D.; Birgitte Lidegaard Frederiksen, M.D., Ph.D.; Ingelise Andersen, M.S., Ph.D.; Eva Prescott, M.D., Ph.D.; Kim Overvad, M.D., Ph.D.; Finn Diderichsen, M.D., Ph.D.; and Naja Hulvej Rod, M.S., Ph.D. Author disclosures are on the manuscript.
The Danish Cancer Society funded the study.


New Survey: Small-Business Improvement; Employees Concerned About Benefits

Maintaining the benefits that are already offered can go a long way in keeping employees in their jobs.

(NAPSI)—Small-business owners have something to be optimistic about, according to a recent study, which found that 84 percent of small-business leaders say they’re either maintaining or growing sales in 2014.

This is continued good news for the future of the economy, as small businesses make up the vast majority of companies in the U.S.-96 percent, according to the Small Business Administration.

However, the 2014 Aflac Work-Forces Report also found that small-business owners remained cautious about hiring.

Notably, small businesses hired at a slower pace than medium-size and large companies last year, 12 percent changed employee hours from full- to part-time, and 34 percent gave smaller raises than in previous years.

“This year’s study shows an interesting dichotomy between optimism and caution when it comes to small-business owners’ sentiment,” said Teresa White, executive vice president and chief operating officer, Aflac Columbus. “On one hand, you have noticeable growth and improvement, but on the other, there’s still hesitation to parlay that growth into spending on hiring, better benefits and perks.”

However, the lack of trickle-down does not seem to have affected employee morale. Small-business employees remain the happiest, with 23 percent saying they’re extremely satisfied with their job, compared to 17 percent at large companies and 19 percent at medium-sized.

Although 57 percent of employees say they’re likely to accept a job with slightly lower compensation but better benefits, the data suggests that although employees may be perfectly content with their jobs, better benefits could entice them to seek employment elsewhere.

These simple benefits-related tips can help small-business owners cultivate a productive workforce while keeping employees happy:

1. Maintain benefits offerings. According to the study, more than one-third of small-business employees said maintaining health care benefits is their most important benefits concern right now.

2. Diversify benefits offerings so employees can fill in gaps in coverage. Voluntary insurance is a great way for small businesses to boost current offerings at no direct cost to the company. In fact, 85 percent of small-business employees consider voluntary insurance part of a comprehensive benefits program.

3. Communicate about benefits options. Employees appreciate face-to-face meetings when it’s related to new or changing benefits and small businesses do that better than their medium and large counterparts. Sixty-eight percent of small businesses communicate face-to-face while medium and large companies prefer e-mail.

4. Consider insurance broker or agent assistance when it comes to understanding health care reform. Small-business owners are less likely than medium and large companies to feel extremely or very prepared to address changes to the health care system this year. Experts can help small-business owners navigate the new health care landscape.

To learn more about the latest benefits trends, visit www.AflacWorkForcesReport.com or the Aflac Small Business Blog.

The Breastfeeding Chef, Ebeth Johnson focuses on the Nutrition and Lifestyle of Breastfeeding.


WASHINGTON, DC, -When it comes to breastfeeding, food and nutrition are not routinely part of the conversation and they are not seen as a possible cause or solution to common challenges like low milk supply, colic, cradle cap, eczema and more. Until, now…..

Nursing moms aren’t getting the nutrition information and cooking skills they need to support their milk production and keep mom and baby healthy. Breastfeeding Chef, Ebeth Johnson will change that with her new website that focuses on the unique nutritional and lifestyle needs of breastfeeding and weaning moms.

The Breastfeeding Chef learned the hard way that what a nursing mom eats matters and that not all healthy foods are good choices for breastfeeding moms. When her daughter Cayenne was born, Ebeth struggled to soothe her daughter’s constant crying and increase her milk supply. She visited a pediatrician and board certified lactation consultant who could not help her. Finally with the help of her naturopath friend, she discovered that her daughter’s challenges were caused by some of the foods she was eating. After changing her diet, her daughter’s eczema, colic and rashes improved. And soon after her crying subsided.

Now Ebeth is on a mission to share the wisdom and information she discovered through hard life experience, that she verified through research and that she tested on other nursing moms and babies. Her new website, scheduled to launch in January, will educate moms about foods, called galactagogues — like oats, hemp seeds and collard greens– that can help support and increase milk supply for moms struggling with common concerns like colic, cradle, cap, eczema and skin irritation. The site will also offers dietary changes that can address these issues, because foods that are good for breastfeeding are also great first foods for baby. The new site will offer moms full of beautiful, easy to prepare and affordable recipes that make getting in the kitchen fun and delicious, even with a baby on your hip.

In addition to talking about food and nutrition, The Breastfeeding Chef serves up lifestyle guidance that helps moms navigate their new-found world of motherhood. The site will also offer Videos and articles produced and written by moms who’ve been through it before in order to inspire those who struggle to keep breastfeeding. Topics like bed sharing, baby wearing and cry it out, are often not explored which does not give moms the information they need to make informed parenting choices.

The Breastfeeding Chef, has over ten years’ experience as a food and wellness educator. Her advice on breastfeeding nutrition has been featured in The Washington Post, Disney’s Baby Zone, Healthy Baby Network, Food Day, Mocha Manual and Mommy Nearest.

For several years The Breastfeeding Chef has shared her experience that there is a link between food, breast milk and the health of mom and baby from breastfeeding and beyond on social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter. Doing so birthed a unique and dynamic internet-based community of over 13,000 moms, dads and birth workers seeking more information and support on how to address low milk supply, colic, cradle cap, eczema, allergies and post-pregnancy weight loss using whole foods.

It’s time to build her community a new home base. The Breastfeeding Chef indiegogo campaign is helping to raise some of the funds necessary.

“Ebeth Johnson is gifted at combining knowledge, humor and delicious recipes to create an experience that is nourishing for the whole person.” ~Meredith Anderson, Mom & Program Director of the Smith Center for Healing and the Arts~

Help the Breastfeeding Chef inform more expecting mothers about “Mama Power Foods”, and why they’re excellent choices for moms and their babies by booking her for an interview. Ebeth, believes that mothers, working collectively to feed ourselves, and our children plant-based meals can end the illness epidemic our children now face.

The Breastfeeding Chef, Ebeth Johnson is a graduate of Marion Nestle’s Food Studies Program at New York University and a Natural Foods Chef certified by the Natural Gourmet Institute for Health and Culinary Arts. She is a graduate of Cornell University’s Plant Based Nutrition Certification Program, created by Dr. T. Colin Campbell and a Certified Lactation Counselor. Ebeth hosted the PBS series The Endless Feast. Currently she serves as a Healthy Eating Specialist at Whole Foods Market. Ebeth is also the founder of Conscious Cravers a full service food education company. She currently resides in Washington, D.C. with her daughter Cayenne where she’s completing her first book.

If you would like to schedule the Breastfeeding Chef for a webcast, teach a class, contribute a recipe or book her for an event or interview please contact LJ Wilson at info@ljwsocialmedia.com For more information about upcoming classes, consultations and recipes go to http://www.breastfeedingchef.com/. Follow The Breastfeeding Chef on Twitter @breastfeedchef or on Facebook.

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