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The Hunger Site and GreaterGood Network Establish New Gifts That Give More to Directly Aid People of Eastern Burma with Medical Services and Supplies

Seattle, WA (PRWEB) November 29, 2007

The Hunger Site (http://www.thehungersite.com), one in a family of click-to-give Web sites known as the GreaterGood Network, recently established a partnership with 2007 Asia Democracy and Human Rights Award winner, Dr. Cynthia Maung. Six new Gifts That Give More were created to benefit Dr. Maung’s clinic in Mae Sot, Thailand, and village medical clinics in Burma. One hundred percent of the contributions given through these gifts will go directly to fund medical training and supplies to benefit the needy in areas of Eastern Burma.

The unique Gifts That Gives More program allows 100% tax-deductible contributions to pass through directly to nonprofit causes. Inclusion in the program raises awareness and provides the supporters in this growing community that cares with an opportunity to fund specific services for people, animals and causes in need. With their full-color downloadable certificate of acknowledgement, Gifts That Give More make a meaningful holiday gift.

Dr. Cynthia Maung is the winner of the 2007 Asia Democracy and Human Rights Award. The purpose of the award is to support democratic development and promote human rights throughout the Asia-Pacific region. Dr. Maung was selected for her tenacious and long-term commitment to the thousands of Burmese refugees and migrant workers who seek refuge from oppression and violence by the Burmese military junta that governs the country, and for her dedication to training and educating those refugees in order to build a community based on respect for life and human rights.

At her clinic, Dr. Maung provides not only medical care for her patients, but also job training, social services, health education, child protection services, and community-building activities. The Burmese Gifts that Give More provide six ways to fund these initiatives: Train Midwives ($ 50), Train a Backpack Medic ($ 100), Provide Essential Medical Supplies for a Village for a Day ($ 20), Treat Four Malaria Patients ($ 23), Provide Bednets ($ 30), and Provide a Clean Childbirth Kit ($ 24.50).

One hundred percent of funds collected from the Burmese Gifts That Give More is paid by GreaterGood.org to Planet Care/Global Health Access Program, a California based nonprofit organization working to improve the well-being of communities in crisis through the provision of health and public health services, capacity building, and resource enhancement. Since 1998, GHAP has supported Mae Tao Clinic and ethnic minority health organizations in Burma by providing health worker training, technical support for medical and public health programs, health information systems support, and medical supplies.

Tim Kunin, co-owner of CharityUSA comments, “The recent escalation of violence against Buddhist monks and Burmese citizens by the junta in Burma inspired us to look for ways to help reduce mortality in one of the most impoverished regions of the world. I visited Dr. Cynthia’s Clinic in 2003, and saw her amazing work firsthand. Then last month, we sent a staff member to Mae Sot. The results are these six new ways our visitors can help reduce infant and maternal mortality and give truly meaningful gifts this holiday season.”

The Hunger Site is a member of the U.S. Campaign for Burma, and has been selling products made by the Burmese refugee community in Mae Sot, Thailand since 2003, as a way to benefit families by providing income to refugee women.

About The Hunger Site (http://www.TheHungerSite.com) & GreaterGood Network

The Hunger Site is the original, flagship Web site in a growing family of cause-related sites operating as the GreaterGood Network. Other sites include The Breast Cancer Site, The Child Health Site, The Animal Rescue Site, The Rainforest Site, and The Literacy Site. Each site is focused on a specific need and allows supporters to benefit leading charities with simple, everyday online actions such as clicking to give and shopping to give more. In addition to 100% of sponsor advertising, a portion of every sale in the suite of GreaterGood Network stores goes to charity. At The Hunger Site, those funds help provide food for impoverished people in the U.S. and overseas through its charity partners, America’s Second Harvest and Mercy Corps. Since The Hunger Site launched in June 1999, hundreds of millions of people from around the world have clicked and shopped to make a difference. On average, over 220,000 individuals visit The Hunger Site each day.

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Vanessa Williams Urges Parents and Teens to Give Each Other the Ultimate Holiday Gift an “Allstate Parent-Teen Driving Contract” : “Ugly Betty” Star and Her Teenage Son Sign a Driving Contract, Launching Allstate’s National Home for the Holidays Teen Safe Driving Campaign


NORTHBROOK, Ill. (PRWEB) December 2, 2008

They’re giving each other a conversation and a promise. And best of all, it’s free.

With Devin on the verge of getting his learner’s permit, Ms. Williams and her son are signing an Allstate Parent-Teen Driving Contract before he gets behind the wheel. Based on conversations they had at home, their contract lays out expectations for smart driving decisions, and consequences if those expectations are not met.

It’s a conversation Ms. Williams and Allstate hope all parents and their teens have this holiday season.

“As a mother of two older daughters, I’ve given them the car keys and worried whether they would make it home safe. The fact is that our teens are more likely to die in a car crash than from anything else, so having the safe driving talk with your teen is just as important as talking about drugs and sex,” Williams said. “As the holidays arrive, parents and teens should use the Allstate Parent-Teen Driving Contract as way to begin a conversation that can be a gift of life.”

Vanessa and Devin signed their contract in New York City today, publicly launching Allstate’s national Home for the Holidays teen safe driving campaign.

Through its national Parent-Teen Driving Contract Sign Up Drive, Allstate encourages parents and teens to begin a conversation with their teens about safe driving by completing the interactive contract online at http://www.allstate.com/teen. By completing and signing a contract, parents can help ensure their teens return home safely for the holidays and every day.

With car crashes the leading cause of death for American teens, it’s a vital conversation for parents and teens especially this time of year. Teens have an increased chance of getting into an accident around the holidays. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, last December alone, nearly 400 teens died in car crashes across the United States. Many of these crashes could have been avoided with a simple conversation at home.

“By putting the contract in as many parent’s hands as possible, we hope to inspire them to give their teen the most important gift of all the safe driving talk,” said Vicky Dinges, Assistant Vice President of Public Social Responsibility for Allstate. “Signing the Allstate Parent-Teen Driving Contract is the first step to making a commitment between parents and teens that they aren’t going to let themselves become a statistic.”

As part of the campaign, Allstate is also conducting contract signings with other prominent parents and their teens in cities across the country, hoping that more parents and teens heed this important call. This is part of Allstate’s tradition of public advocacy aimed at reducing the number of teens killed on America’s roads each year.

“As a company dedicated to reinventing protection and retirement for American families, doing whatever we can to avert the tragedy of losing a child is something we must take on,” Dinges said.

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About Allstate

The Allstate Corporation (NYSE: ALL) is the nation’s largest publicly held personal lines insurer. Widely known through the “You’re In Good Hands With Allstate

Soccer Moms Give Mini-Vans the Boot: This Mothers’ Day, NADAguides.com Announces Top 5 Rides for Today’s Mom

Costa Mesa, CA (PRWEB) May 7, 2009

NADAguides.com, the leading provider of pricing information and market research for new and used cars, classic cars, RVs, motorcycles and boats, today announced its top five stylish yet kid-minded vehicles, just in time for Mother’s Day. Taking into consideration practicality, size, price, style and fuel efficiency, the Infiniti FX50, Ford Edge, GMC Acadia, BMW X6 and Mazda5 prove that moms no longer need to sacrifice design and aesthetic appeal to drive a safe and functional family-oriented vehicle.

“Moms work incredibly hard and deserve to drive vehicles that not only fit their lifestyle, but their personal style as well. Although Mother’s Day only comes once a year, any one of these vehicles would be a great way to pamper her every day,” said Michael Caudill, spokesperson for NADAguides.com. “These cars include all of the features that any mom would want in a family vehicle–safety, practicality, and size–while still maintaining the stylish appearance that most mothers ultimately want.”

With options at several price points, every mom can find the right mix of design and drivability. Combining the best of safety features, price, and comfort, this new crop of cars provides well-designed alternatives to the mini-vans and station wagons so often seen in the driveway. No longer will mom be asked to drop the kids off down the street from their destination; these are the kinds of rides they will want to be seen in!

Mazda5

For budget conscious moms who still want to make their carpool trips something fun and sporty, Mazda offers the Mazda5. Starting at under $ 20,000, the Mazda5 has seating for up to 6 along with available Bluetooth, navigation, iPod and MP3 compatibility, and a DVD entertainment system. It also comes with child seat anchors and dual sliding rear doors. With an estimated 28 mpg highway, the Mazda5 is also a very fuel-efficient way to move people around.

Ford Edge

The Ford Edge, starting at $ 26,635, comes standard with Ford’s signature SYNC voice technology and offers available voice activated navigation, SIRIUS satellite radio, power liftgate and panoramic vista roof. While relatively fuel-efficient with an estimated 24 mpg highway, the Edge is also a top safety pick thanks to Ford’s Safety Canopy system; a dual-stage airbag system front, side and side curtain protection.

GMC Acadia

Starting at $ 31,890, the 5-star crash rated GMC Acadia is a great buy for moms looking for an affordable yet luxurious SUV. The Acadia gets an estimated 24 mpg highway and offers all the creature comforts of a top-end luxury SUV including heated front seats, Bluetooth, XM Radio, Ultrasonic Rear Parking Assist and the Rearview Backup Camera System. The Acadia also offers a touch-screen navigation, Bose Advanced DVD player and rear-seat DVD player.

Infiniti FX50

For the high-end soccer mom looking for a luxury SUV, there is the Infiniti FX50. Starting at $ 58,400, the FX50 comes with all the luxurious amenities drivers have come to expect from Infiniti. The FX50 has an advanced climate control system that not only purifies the air by eliminating 99.5% of airborne allergens, but can also reduce or neutralize airborne germs. Safety is also enhanced on the FX50 with Infiniti’s Intelligent Brake assist and Advanced Airbag System while achieving 20 mpg highway.

BMW X6

BMW has the right fit for the mom looking for a few extra ponies under the hood. The BMW X6 Sports Activity Coupe, starting at $ 55,900, offers the best of luxury and performance for mom. With 300 horsepower standard, the X6 is the ultimate carpooling machine while achieving 20 mpg highway. The X6 comes with plenty of safety features including run-flat tires, Dynamic Stability Control and an optional rear-view camera. BMW also offers GPS navigation with real-time traffic and an optional DVD entertainment system.

FOR MEDIA: If you are interested in speaking to Michael Caudill, our automotive expert, regarding the Top 5 Rides for the New Soccer Mom, please contact Ashley Garing, DRIVEN Media Communications, ashley @ drivenmc.com, (951) 461-2429 to schedule an interview.

About NADAguides.com

NADA Appraisal Guides (NADAguides.com) is the world’s largest publisher of vehicle pricing and specification information for new and used cars, trucks, vans, and SUVs, as well as van conversions, limousines, classic and collectible cars, boats, RVs, motorcycles, vintage motorcycles, snowmobiles, personal watercraft and manufactured housing. The company’s consumer website, NADAguides.com, offers a variety of new and used vehicle services in addition to valuation information. Throughout its 76-year history, NADA Appraisal Guides has earned the reputation as the recognized authority for vehicle valuations. Its website, NADAguides.com, is the most comprehensive vehicle information resource on the Internet today.

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Education.com Partners with Leading Organizations to Give Parents the Resources They Need to Become More Involved in Their Kids’ Education


Redwood City, CA (Vocus) May 19, 2009

Education.com , a leading web destination for parents of school-aged children, today announced partnerships with some of the nation’s leading family-focused, not-for-profit organizations. In teaming up with organizations like the Autism Society of America (ASA) , Boys Town National Hotline, Hand in Hand Parenting , the National Center for Learning Disabilities (NCLD) , and PBS Parents , Education.com has increased its capacity to provide information, ideas, and inspiration to help parents effectively address the unique educational and developmental needs of their children.

“Many parents agree with President Obama and Secretary of Education Duncan that responsibility for our children’s education must begin at home,” commented Education.com CEO Dr. Ronald Fortune. “However it’s not always obvious to parents how they should get involved. Education.com and our partners are committed to making sure that all parents can easily access the resources they need to be active and effective participants in the education of their children.” Fortune noted that Education.com leverages the expertise of its not-for-profit partners in a number of innovative ways.

In addition to creating its own content, Education.com acquires original articles from partner organizations. Before being published to the site, all articles must receive Education.com’s stamp of approval to indicate that the content is evidence based, credible, timely, and easy to understand. NCLD, an organization that provides information, promotes research and programs, and advocates for policies, and PBS Parents, PBS’s online resource, have contributed hundreds of articles to Education.com’s information centers.

In addition to contributing articles to Education.com, the Autism Society of America, the nation’s leading grassroots autism organization, will also serve as Guest Editor of an upcoming Education.com Special Edition on Asperger’s Syndrome. The Asperger’s Special Edition will give readers access to the latest information on Asperger’s Syndrome along with original articles from world experts and educators.

Boys Town National Hotline and Hand in Hand Parenting, an organization devoted to helping parents acquire the skills they need to build and rebuild close connections with their children, both participate as experts in Education.com’s new question-and-answer resource, JustAsk. Ginny Gohr, Director of the Boys Town National Hotline explains her organization’s interest in contributing to JustAsk, “Over the past two decades, Boys Town has had the privilege of helping millions of parents who have made calls to our hotline. We’re really excited to participate as Education.com JustAsk experts because now, with hundreds or thousands of parents reading each answer, we’re able to provide more parents with the high-quality advice and support they need.”

Education.com’s Fortune notes the importance of these organizations’ contributions “We believe all parents want to do what’s best for their children. We’re here to provide world-class information, resources, ideas, and inspiration to help parents get involved, stay involved, and be powerful advocates for their children’s education. No organization on its own could generate the volume of credible resources required to meet the incredibly diverse needs of parents, so we’re thrilled to partner with the leading experts in each topic who can help us get parents what they need.”

About Education.com: From kindergarten readiness to college prep, Education.com is the leading destination for involved parents. More than a million parents a month come to Education.com to get the information they need to support their children’s unique educational and developmental needs, and to find ideas for how to make learning more fun. The company has teamed up with leading universities, nonprofits, and research organizations to offer highly credible parenting, developmental, and educational information. The site also offers printable activities, community resources, access to best-of-breed educational services, and SchoolFinder – a tool that gives parents comprehensive data on the nation’s 125,000 public, private and charter schools. Education.com was founded in 2006 and is headquartered in Redwood City, CA. The company is backed by leading venture capital firms, Azure Capital Partners, TeleSoft Partners, and California Technology Ventures. For more information, please visit http://www.education.com.

About ASA: ASA, the nation’s leading grassroots autism organization, exists to improve the lives of all affected by autism. We do this by increasing public awareness about the day-to-day issues faced by people on the spectrum, advocating for appropriate services for individuals across the lifespan, and providing the latest information regarding treatment, education, research and advocacy. For more information, visit http://www.autism-society.org.

About Boys Town National Hotline: The Boys Town National Hotline was established in 1989 and answers nearly 175,000 calls for help every year. A service provided by Boys Town, founded in 1917 by Father Edward Flanagan, offers trained, professional counselors to callers 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Callers problems range from relationship and parental discipline issues to depression and suicide. In crisis situations, counselors assist callers and provide community resources and emergency intervention. The Hotline provides referrals to agencies throughout the United States and responds to anyone in need of assistance, with a special focus on children and families. Anyone in a crisis situation, especially children and families, can call 800.448.3000 for help anytime. For more information visit http://www.boystown.org/hotline.

About Hand in Hand Parenting: Hand in Hand (formerly Parents Leadership Institute) helps parents acquire the skills they need to build and rebuild close connections with their children. We also encourage parents to build close connections with other parents, so they are able to learn and share with others, and work together to build a healthier community. For more information, please visit http://www.handinhandparenting.org/.

About National Center for Learning Disabilities (NCLD): NCLD provides essential information to parents, professionals, and individuals with learning disabilities; promotes research and programs to foster effective learning; and advocates for policies to protect and strengthen educational rights and opportunities. For more information about NCLD, please visit http://www.LD.org.

Engage Mutual Launch New Health Cash Plan To Give Cash Back On Frequent Health Costs


(PRWEB) July 14, 2010

A new health cash plan, designed to provide cash back on the most frequently claimed health costs, has been launched by Engage Mutual.

The Engage Mutual health cash plan focuses on the benefits people use most – dental, optical and complementary therapy costs – giving 100 per cent cash back up to each benefit level limit.

Wearers of spectacles or contact lenses; those who regularly visit the dentist; or those requiring physiotherapy or any of the other complementary therapies included; can enjoy good levels of cash back on these regular outlays. Plan holders simply keep their receipts, fill in a form and claim back

Rep. Henry Waxman, D-CA, to Give Keynote Speech at GTCbio’s Healthcare Conference Washington, DC Nov. 8-9, 2010

Monrovia, CA (PRWEB) October 4, 2010

Rep. Henry Waxman, D-CA, to give keynote presentation at GTCbios Healthcare Reform: Dealing with Hurdles and Building Up Successes Conference, on Nov. 8-9, 2010 in Washington, DC.

Congressman Waxman will discuss the legislative implications on healthcare reform, and what to expect in changing times.

A leader on health and environmental issues, Rep. Waxman has fought for universal health insurance, comprehensive Medicare and Medicaid coverage, tobacco regulation, AIDS research and treatment, air and water quality standards, pesticide regulations, nursing home quality standards, women’s health research and reproductive rights, affordable prescription drugs, and community rights to know about pollution levels.

Rep. Waxman has sponsored a long list of health bills that have been enacted into law. These measures include the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (comprehensive health care reform), the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act, the Ryan White CARE Act, the Nutrition Labelling and Education Act, the Breast and Cervical Cancer Mortality Prevention Act, the Safe Medical Devices Act, the Patent Term Restoration and Drug Competition Act (also known as the Hatch-Waxman Act), the Orphan Drug Act, and the Childrens Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act of 2009.

Rep. Waxman has also authored laws that improved the quality of nursing homes and home health services and that set policy for childhood immunization programs, vaccine compensation, tobacco education programs, communicable disease research, community and migrant health centers, maternal and child health care, family planning centers, health maintenance organizations, and drug regulation and reform.

Also presenting at the Healthcare Reform Conference are prestigious organizations including GE Healthcare, the Heritage Foundation, Booz Allen Hamilton, the Center for American Progress, the American Physical Therapy Association, the American Action Forum, and more. For more information, visit http://www.gtcbio.com.

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SET Boutique Offers a Better Way to Give Donations as Gifts


San Francisco, CA (Vocus) November 1, 2010

SET Boutique (Support Ethical Trade) continues to expand its Give&Get program by adding a fourth non-profit partner. The program was created in response to consumer demand for gifts with more substance. Sending donations on the behalf of friends, co-workers, or family members is rising in popularity for gift giving. SET Boutique owner Lindsay Sullivan saw an opportunity to fill a gap in the gifting market. Before the Give&Get program there were two gift options; a product or a donation. Now it can be one package. Sullivan explains that even with the popularity of donation gifts the majority of people want their recipient to unwrap a tangible present. The Give&Get program makes the act of donating more accessible and integrated into the shopping experience.

How it works:

Shop for fair trade clothing and accessories at SET Boutique, and add items to the cart as usual. Then visit the Donation Directory to choose a non-profit organization that cares for victims of human trafficking, or prevents at risk youth from being vulnerable to trafficking. Customers can make a donation as small as $ 10.00 to one of these organizations, and they receive a personalized thank you card, free gift wrapping, and a coupon for 20% off their next purchase. This is all packaged together with their merchandise. The result is a gift that is personalized to the recipient, spreads awareness, and brings more meaning to the individual items.

The Partners:

Four non-profits have joined the Give&Get program to date, and each have an exceptional mission. SAGE (Standing for Global Exploitation) raises awareness about commercial sexual exploitation, and provides outreach and services to survivors. Freedom House opened the first shelter solely for victims of human trafficking in the San Francisco Area. They provide long term shelter to survivors, as well as legal, health, and reintegration assistance. ECPAT works to build collaboration among local civil society actors and the broader child rights community to form a global social movement for protection of children from sexual exploitation. And the newest partner in the Give&Get program is Project Enlighten whose mandate is to create funding for a variety of education and skills training programs for children to succeed in Cambodia, Laos, Burma, and Thailand. One powerful way to prevent human trafficking is to prevent at-risk youth. SET Boutique is proud to include Project Enlighten in the Give&Get Directory because they help vulnerable children gain education and avoid trafficking predators.

Non-profit organizations who would like to join the Give&Get program can contact SET Boutique for more information.

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Parents Using Anti-Bullying Software May Give Up Family Privacy


Denver, CO (PRWEB) January 7, 2011

Denver-based School Safety Partners is urging parents signing up for online anti-bullying programs to first know the risks to their family’s privacy and the potential for increased personal liability.

Many software companies are offering computer programs that enable parents to monitor the online and social media activities of family members as well as their email and text messages. School Safety Partners claims that parents may be unaware of how personal information monitored through these services may be used by the companies.

For example, parents may be required to grant the computer company irrevocable permission to publish any and all family communications monitored through the company’s service.

MouseMail.com, owned by Safe Communications in Arizona, is currently requiring the first 100,000 families registering for the company’s parental monitoring service to grant such permission even after termination of service.

MouseMail’s terms and conditions, posted on its registration page, states in clause 17: “With respect to any Content or User Content that You upload to the Service or transmit through the Service, You hereby grant Safe Communications, Inc. a perpetual, irrevocable, worldwide, royalty-free, and non-exclusive license to reproduce, adapt, modify, translate, publish, publically perform, publicly display, and distribute that Content and User Content, the subject of the Content and other data.”

Also, parents may feel that the monitoring services give them more control over how to resolve issues that they catch involving their children, when in fact the services may more readily expose the family to serious consequences in civil and criminal court.

SafetyWeb, makers of parental control and social media monitoring software, includes in its privacy policy a clause about turning over private information to the police: “We may disclose any information about you to government or law enforcement officials or private parties as we, in our sole discretion, believe necessary or appropriate to respond to claims, legal process (including subpoenas), to protect the property and rights of SafetyWeb or a third party, the safety of the public or any person, to prevent or stop any illegal, unethical, or legally actionable activity, or to comply with the law.”

Such a clause is typical in the industry, notes School Safety Partners in looking over the terms of use and privacy policies of over a dozen software companies competing in the field. In addition, almost all companies reserve the right to change any of their terms or policies at any time without notice.

SocialShield offers to resolve some matters internally, citing a “Cyber Bullying Promise.” The company defines cyber bullying as “use of a monitored social network to support deliberate, repeated, and hostile behavior by an individual or group, that is intended to hurt or embarrass a child monitored by Social Shield.” In order for the company to intercede, the family must accept privacy setting or other configuration changes recommended by SocialShield.

Some companies offer their services for free. For instance, ePals recently provided a safe, secure and customizable email solution to the New York City Department of Education for the city’s approximately 2 million students and parents. The service is designed to improve communication among parents, teachers, and students.

However, such a business model applied to the online Internet safety companies may further compound the privacy issues for users. According to School Safety Partners, most of the companies are small and if they offer their services for free or at a nominal cost their value is primarily based on the size of their membership. Those companies are likely to be targeted for purchase by larger companies interested in acquiring the membership roster in order to quickly expand their own membership. If that happens, the terms of service explain that all private user information may be freely transferred to the new company.

Monitoring a child’s online activities, emails, and text messages is a highly complex task, and a potentially overwhelming one for any parent. It requires tight coordination with kids impatient to receive their messages throughout the day, particularly when facing a high volume of messages day-after-day. Before taking on the role of a monitor, School Safety Partners recommends that parents ask themselves the following questions concerning privacy and liability.

1. Does the service company acquire all rights to publish my family’s private messages?

2. Does the service company have the right to turn over my family’s messages to authorities without my authorization or without first notifying me?

3. What are my obligations to the service company if a matter is to be resolved privately?

4. Will I be adequately notified about any changes to the company’s privacy policy?

5. Does my child’s school have a policy about confiscating and searching cell phones? If so, how does it conflict with my parental monitoring and controls?

6. What are the legal consequences of preserving or deleting incriminating messages? How should offensive content be preserved or deleted?

7. Am I obligated to report criminal activity or serious risk behavior that the service brings to my attention?

8. In my state, what are the legal consequences of sexting, cyber-bullying, forwarding third-party offensive messages, issuing threats of violence, and other online criminal activities?

9. How long does the service company store my family’s messages and online activity logs?

10. Will my family’s private information be accessible for investigations centered around other families, or for out-of-state or national investigations?

For more information about bullying and other school safety issues, visit School Safety Partners at http://www.SchoolSafetyPartners.org.

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Give the Gift of Giving Up Smoking This Christmas with Hypnosis


(PRWEB) December 13, 2011

Forget the latest toys and high tech gadgets – Hypnotherapy Directory has found that the best gift a parent can give their child this Christmas is to stop smoking. According to survey results from the online database of qualified hypnotherapists, 72% of parents who visited the site during November have been asked by their children to put a stop to the dangerous habit.

Study findings also show that well over half of all smokers surveyed by the directory (69%) had parents who smoked when they were children, adding further weight to already existing evidence which suggests children are far more likely to take up the habit if their parents are smokers.

According to NHS Smokefree, children who are exposed to a smoky atmosphere are more likely to suffer from chest infections, breathing problems and allergies than peers from non-smoking families – they are also more likely to be off sick from school more often.

The majority of parents are already well aware of the potential health risks smoking poses to their families, with 88% admitting to feeling concerned about the possible health implications their habit may be having on their children – but its not just parents who are worried…

In recent years children have also become far savvier and educated as to the dangers of smoking. As indicated by the number of children who have asked their mums and dads to quit it is no longer just parents who are trying to imprint an anti-smoking attitude on their offspring, but also children who are trying dissuade their parents.

A staggering 73%* of children worry about the risk of their mum or dad dying because of their habit, with many taking matters into their own hands by hiding their loved ones cigarettes in a bid to protect them**.

The survey results from Hypnotherapy Directory coincide with the second wave of a Department of Health advertising campaign aimed at getting loved ones to quit.

The campaign features real children from smoking families, discussing their concerns about their parents smoking, in the hope it will encourage them to quit.

Parents who are undecided about quitting and are teetering on the edge of beginning what will be an undoubtedly difficult journey, should use their family as a big incentive to go smoke free this Christmas.

From nicotine patches right through to support groups, there are numerous avenues of help available to help those looking to stop smoking, and it is a simple case of discovering which is the best and most suitable option for each individual.

Hypnosis is one of the most popular forms of complimentary and alternative medicine treatments for tobacco cessation and is often used by individuals who have not achieved success through other more traditional methods.

Smoking manifests itself on both a physical and psychological level, meaning that often when individuals attempt to relinquish the habit they are met with a series of unpleasant physical withdrawal symptoms that can result in motivation quickly diminishing.

Hypnosis addresses both the physical and psychological aspects of quitting, using a combination of techniques ranging from traditional clinical hypnotherapy through to neuro linguistic programming (nlp) and positive suggestion to retrain both the conscious and unconscious mind. These techniques are intended to replace habitual smoking behaviours with far more natural and healthy strategies.

Individuals looking to stop smoking have a far higher likelihood of success if they have access to help and support than if they go it alone, and a hypnotherapist specialising in quitting smoking could provide that necessary support.

Hypnotherapy Directory could prove a valuable tool to anyone wishing to go smoke free this Christmas, or indeed at any other time of the year. With an extensive library of fact-sheets and a countrywide database of qualified hypnotherapists, visiting Hypnotherapy Directory could play an important role in helping individuals to achieve their personal goals.

About Hypnotherapy Directory

Hypnotherapy Directory is a service that recognised the need for collating all of the information needed to help individuals find a suitable hypnotherapist in their local area. Whilst other directories may supply contact details, Hypnotherapy Directory goes that extra mile to provide all of the information that those seeking help may require to make the most informed decisions.

Hypnotherapy Directory lists full profiles detailing each hypnotherapists specialisms, the fees they charge, their practice location, qualifications and background information as to the kind of person they are. The directory also provides a wealth of information about hypnotherapy areas and techniques so visitors can browse this information before choosing a hypnotherapist.

References

*NHS Smokefree, The impact of smoking on your family

**Department of Health, All children really want this Christmas is their parents to quit smoking

Survey results based on a survey of 42 visitors to the site.

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Give the Gift of Long-Term Care Planning this Valentine’s Day

Richfield, Minn. (PRWEB) February 02, 2012

Whether its with a partner, child or friend, Valentines Day celebrates the love people share with others. This year, Newman Long Term Care suggests that people show their devotion to loved ones with a solid long-term care plan.

Since the majority of Americans turn to their spouse or children when a long-term care event arises, this is an issue that impacts entire families and communities, said Deb Newman, founder of Newman Long Term Care in Richfield, Minn. Individuals who invest in long-term care insurance are not just protecting themselves, they are also protecting the people who would have to make the physical, emotional and financial sacrifices to provide them with care.

According to a joint study by the AARP and the National Alliance for Caregiving, almost one-third of Americans provide some type of informal caregiving to a parent or loved one. This means that roughly 65.7 million adults play a caregiving role, with the average caregiver age being 49. Given the prevalent role families play in providing long-term care, people often discount long-term care insurance because they dont understand its real purpose, according to Newman.

The true value of this type of insurance is about protecting your familys wellbeing, Newman said. The toll on people caring for loved ones in poor health can be horrendous. Caregivers tend to have higher levels of depression and perceived stress as well as lower levels of self-efficacy than non-caregivers. A lot of caregivers also have to adjust their careers by working less hours or giving up their jobs completely, which can obviously greatly impact a familys finances.

Many people dont think about how their own health and wellbeing will be affected when they volunteer to care for an ailing spouse or parent. While long-term care insurance cant replace what families do, it can build on existing support by offering caregivers financial compensation, caregiving training and other helpful services that make providing care easier.

Investing in a long-term care policy also allows consumers to protect their loved ones from economic woes such as negative inheritance, which occurs when adult children dig into their own pockets to pay for health and long-term care expenses for aging relatives who cannot afford it on their own.

Negative inheritance can be extremely difficult for adult children because they are essentially using their own retirement funds to pay for mom or dads care, Newman said. Even if children need to help cover premium costs, the expense will likely be much smaller than paying the full price of a nursing home room or a home health aide, which costs an average of $ 75,000 a year.

Although long-term care insurance is not for everyone, more people are starting to use this tool to protect the finances and well-being of their families. More than 500,000 Americans applied for long-term care insurance in 2011.

A long-term care event can be a challenge for any family in any situation, Newman said. But long-term care insurance can lessen the impact by helping you protect the people that you love most on Valentines Day and all year long.

About Newman Long Term Care

Founded in 1990, Newman Long Term Care has focused exclusively on long-term care insurance for more than two decades. The Minnesota-based firm is a national leader in the industry and currently sells long-term care insurance in all 50 states. For more information about Newman Long Term Care, visit http://www.NewmanLTC.com.

CONTACT:

Craig Roers, Marketing Manager

Phone: (612) 454-4406

E-mail: CraigR(at)NewmanLTC(dot)com

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