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New Book Teaches Kids the Importance of Eating their Veggies

Woodinville, Wash. (PRWEB) April 29, 2007

Teri Otwell’s new book Bubba and the Germ Army is an entertaining and vivid story about a young boy who refuses to eat the food he needs for good health, until he learns about the war going on inside his own body.

Every parent must endure the frequent battles of trying to get their children to eat healthily — in fact, sometimes, to eat anything at all! Parent and author Teri Otwell has experienced conflicts like this countless times. In her new book, Bubba and the Germ Army, she recounts the story of Bubba, a little boy who is sick yet still refuses to eat the foods that his body needs to recover. When Bubba falls asleep, he dreams of taking a trip inside his body, only to discover a massive war in progress.

During this dream, Bubba sees firsthand the pitched battles that take place between the evil germ army and the forces of good represented by his body’s immune system trying to protect his health. From this adventure, he learns the value of eating good food that will provide nourishment to help him overcome his illness and stay healthy. This fun and engaging story is ideal for parents to share with their children — especially before their kids dig in their heels and refuse to even try their vegetables.

“Otwell has written a charming book, one that should sit on the bookshelf in every house where a child resides.” – Ellen Tanner Marsh, New York Times best-selling author

For more information or to request a free review copy, please contact the author. Bubba and the Germ Army is available for sale online at Amazon.com, Borders.com, and through additional wholesale and retail channels worldwide.

About the Author

Teri Otwell started writing short stories when she was only 12 years old, and she has continued to have an interest in writing and telling engaging stories to others. Her professional background is in instructional design. She is married and has three children.

About BookSurge

BookSurge LLC, an Amazon.com company, is a pioneer in self-publishing and print-on-demand services. Offering unique publishing opportunities and access for authors, BookSurge boasts an unprecedented number of authors whose work has resulted in book deals with traditional publishers as well as successful authorpreneurs who enhance or build a business from their professional expertise.


Mesa / Phoenix Law Firm Emphasizes the Importance of Timely Estate Planning

Mesa/Phoenix, AZ (PRWEB) September 22, 2009

Most people procrastinate estate planning until they near retirement age; however, life always involves the unexpected and failure to create and regularly update an estate plan may result in a loss of a significant portion of an estate to taxes, probate costs and litigation expenses. It can also result in loved ones not getting what they were intended to receive.

“Every adult 18 years of age and older who has a bank account, a home, a retirement account or other assets should review the need for an estate plan with a qualified attorney,” says Michael L. Ferrin, founding partner of the law firm of Gibson Ferrin & Riggs, PLC.

“Estate planning is the accumulation, preservation, and distribution of your assets,” says Ferrin. “A good estate plan should reduce tax liability, protect assets from creditors, promote financial well being and security and leave a legacy for those you love.”

Ferrin, whose expertise includes various types of trusts, wills, powers of attorney and family limited partnerships, explains that the type and complexity of the estate plan may vary greatly depending on factors such as the value of the estate, types of assets held, marital and family issues, age and other factors, but almost every adult needs some level of planning.

“Estate planning can be a complicated and sometimes confusing process,” he adds. “That is why it is so important to have trusted professionals assisting you with this important process.”

Ferrin points out that beneficiaries of a well-prepared estate plan will gain tax savings, convenience and asset protection, but the greatest benefit to a person may be the peace of mind in knowing that her or she has provided for family members and loved ones.

“Don’t put if off,” Ferrin cautions.

“A friend of our law firm who provided technical support services to us over the years would often stick his head in my office and say, ‘I need to come in and see you so you can help me with a trust.’ I would tell him, ‘I would be happy to help you any time you are ready,'” Ferrin relates. “About a year ago he said to me, ‘I am leaving on vacation with my wife, but when I return we are going to come see you for a trust.’ ‘I will look forward to it,’ I replied. Unfortunately, the couple was killed in a head-on collision with a drunk driver while returning from that vacation. The family was completely unprepared for this event, and the family went through a great deal of expense, stress and turmoil as a result.”

“We, unfortunately, do not usually know when it is our time to go,” he says. “We just know that eventually the time will come, and it is critical that we be prepared when it does. The time to start working on an estate plan is now.”

Ferrin notes that once a person has an estate plan in place it is important to regularly review and update it to make sure it is still applicable.

“If you experience any major life changes – marriage, divorce, and birth of a child or death of a spouse or child – update your estate plan immediately,” he says. “Generally, any change in your personal, family, financial or health situation or a change in the tax laws, could prompt a change in your estate plan. It’s a good idea to review your estate plan every year. Set aside a specific time every year (birthday, anniversary, family gathering) to review it.”

To help with the important task of estate planning, Gibson Ferrin & Riggs offers a free, 30-minute consultation to determine what type of plan is best for individual needs.

In the consultation, attorneys will explain the advantages and disadvantages of different estate planning techniques, what fees are involved in setting up the various types of estate plans and help work out a convenient payment plan if needed.

Call attorney Michael L. Ferrin at 480-633-8100 to schedule a confidential and comprehensive consultation.

The attorneys at Gibson Ferrin & Riggs, PLC concentrate their practice on serving individuals, families and small business owners with business-related issues, family law and estate planning. They can help identify and assess the interests that matter most to their clients and work to preserve, promote and protect them. Visit their website at http://www.gfrlegal.com, visit their blog at http://www.biziboom.com, and download the e-book “Ten Fatal Mistakes that Business Owners Make (And How to Avoid Them)” by founding partner Scott F. Gibson, at http://www.gfrlaw.net/firmpublications.aspx. The firm’s expertise in commercial litigation and business, family and estate law is recognized throughout the Phoenix / Mesa area.

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Girl Up Highlights the Importance of Counting Girls as World Population Grows to 7 Billion

Washington, DC (PRWEB) October 27, 2011

With the seventh billion child expected to be born this month, Girl Up is drawing attention to the need to count, advocate for and invest in girls worldwide. Investing in a girl today means in the future she will have the tools to reinvest back into her family and community, which helps build a better world for all of us.

Todays youth generation is the largest in history with more than 1.2 billion adolescents ages 10 to 19, half of whom are girls. As such a sizeable segment of the population, adolescent girls represent the worlds greatest source of untapped potential. Research shows that less than two cents of every development dollar goes toward adolescent girls, and according to the Population Council, in some cases 80-90% of youth program participants are boys.

With a growing population of adolescent girls among the worlds 7 billion people, it is more important than ever that we ensure all girls are provided with the tools, information and resources they need to bring about change, said Gina Reiss-Wilchins, Director of Girl Up. Counting girls in order to properly steer national and development resources can help prevent child marriage, afford girls access to education, provide them with health services and prepare them to be the next generation of future leaders.

Adolescent girls have tremendous potential, and we know the keys to unlocking that potential are access to quality education, health information and services, social and economic skills training, and violence prevention and protection services. Yet, because research rarely measures adolescent girls as a segment, they become invisible and our ability to meet their needs is jeopardized.

You can help make girls count by going to GirlUp.org.

About Girl Up

Girl Up, a campaign of the United Nations Foundation, gives American girls the opportunity to channel their energy and compassion to raise awareness and funds for programs of the United Nations that help some of the worlds hardest-to-reach adolescent girls. Through Girl Ups support, girls have the opportunity to become educated, healthy, safe, counted and positioned to be the next generation of leaders. Campaign supporters are encouraged to give a High Five to girls in developing countries by donating $ 5 or more to provide girls with such basic needs as access to school supplies, clean water, life-saving health services, safety from violence and more. Founding campaign partners include MTV Networks, National Coalition of Girls Schools, Womens National Basketball Association, Ivanka Trump Fine Jewelry, Girls Inc., and 10×10. Go to GirlUp.org to learn more.

About the United Nations Foundation

The United Nations Foundation, a public charity, was created in 1998 with entrepreneur and philanthropist Ted Turners historic $ 1 billion gift to support UN causes and activities. We build and implement public/private partnerships to address the worlds most pressing problems, and work to broaden support for the UN through advocacy and public outreach. Through our campaigns and partnerships, we connect people, ideas, and resources to help the UN solve global problems. These campaigns focus on reducing child mortality, empowering women and girls, creating a new energy future, securing peace and human rights, and promoting technology innovation to improve health outcomes. These solutions are helping the UN advance the eight global targets known as the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). For more information, visit http://www.unfoundation.org.

Media Contact:

Rachel Runnals, United Nations Foundation


(202) 778-1630

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The Private Detective Announce Importance of Nanny Monitoring

(PRWEB UK) 8 October 2012

With recent statistics showing that over 50% of households in the UK have all adults working, nannies are becoming a regular staple in many British homes. For parents that wish to work full time, a nanny is a popular form of childcare because they allow flexibility and familiarity.

However, leaving children in the care of hired help can generate many worries for parents and understandably they want to ensure the safety of their child. Nanny surveillance is becoming increasingly popular and has exposed child abuse and negligence at the hands of nannies.

The Private Detective offer nanny monitoring as one of their private detective services, and believe it is important to keep tabs on a childs welfare. Through state-of-the-art technology and surveillance techniques they offer various packages for families to monitor childcare. With a childs early years among the most important, it is vital to ensure their protection and avoid long-term psychological damage.

A spokesperson from the private investigators UK base said:

One of the most stressful things for working parents is vetting the person that will look after their children. It is important for them to be able to relax and ensure their instructions are being carried out and their children are not coming to any harm. Were experienced in this area and tailor packages to suit families so they can keep tabs on what their nanny is doing and saying while caring for their children.

The Private Detective has a pool of skilled and highly trained private detectives and private investigators in the UK and abroad. This nationwide company includes their long associated business partners Investigators in London who can supply investigators in London and the surrounding area.

Members of University Services Sleep Diagnostic & Treatment Centers Wake Up Industries and Communities to the Importance of Sleep for Sleep Awareness Week

Philadelphia, PA (PRWEB) March 04, 2013

University Services Sleep Diagnostic & Treatment Centers employees discussed Sleep Awareness Week to members of the Pennsylvania State Congress as well as industry professionals at the National Sleep Foundations Sleep Health & Safety Conference in Washington, DC. Dr. Benjamin Gerson, University Services CEO, was the chair of this years Sleep Health & Safety Conferences Public Health & Safety Track which focused on protecting Americans from the consequences of fatigue and untreated sleep disorders. Dr. Gerson himself spoke about the importance of identifying sleep apnea in the workplace as well as coordinated speakers from the National Transportation Safety Board, the Federal Railroad Administration, transit authorities, and major corporations like ExxonMobil and CSX to share their findings on fatigue and sleep disorders in their place of business with hundreds of attendees. Dr. Burton Mark, Medical Director of University Services, also spoke during the Public Health & Safety Track about the various methods commercial operators may use to self-medicate alertness to fight off sleep.

We are committed to educating people, physicians, and industries on the significance of sleep, commented Dr. Gerson, people simply do not realize how truly important sleep is to the human body and this is something we seek to educate to multiple audiences.

Dr. Gerson is also an officer of the Pennsylvania Sleep Society, and along with Brian Kraft, Center Manager of University Services and President-Elect of the Pennsylvania Sleep Society, successfully petitioned the State Senate to draft a Resolution declaring March 3-10th Sleep Awareness Week in Pennsylvania, culminating with daylight saving time on Sunday March 10th. According to a 2008 study in the New England Journal of Medicine, the number of heart attacks, on average, increase about 5% during the first week after daylight saving time. Another study published in Child Development states the loss of one hours sleep is equivalent to a slightly sleepy fifth grader performing in class at a third grade level. During Sleep Awareness Week, University Services Sleep Diagnostic & Treatment Centers will be using these statistics regarding daylight saving time to raise awareness among physicians as well as post facts and studies on its Facebook page each day.


About University Services

University Services, a physician owned and operated Pennsylvania Corporation, was organized in 1967 as a supplier of multi-specialty medical services. The companys main activities are related to sleep medicine and toxicology services. The sleep medicine division provides sleep diagnostic and treatment services through American Academy of Sleep Medicine accredited sleep centers as well as nationwide sleep scoring and interpretation services for home sleep testing devices. The toxicology services division designs & implements substance abuse testing programs, provides Medical Review Officer Services, orders and reviews biometric screening data, and reviews chronic pain management drug screens.

If youd like more information about this topic, or to schedule an interview with Dr. Gerson, please call Crystal Bayawa at 800-624-3784 or e-mail Crystal at cbayawa(at)uservices(dot)com.

Child welfare data breach highlights the importance of secure data disposal, says PHS Datashred

Cardiff (PRWEB UK) 20 August 2013

It was reported last Tuesday in the Scotsman that confidential child welfare documents have been found in a skip at a refuse site in Dundee.

According to the article, the documents include the home addresses and medical details of social work service users, as well as other personal information about the health and care of the children.

The same article states that Aberdeen City Council has subsequently ordered an urgent investigation into the allegations, which if true would be considered a huge breach of the Data Protection Act.

Shredding company PHS Datashred believes that this incident highlights the importance of secure data disposal, as well as the need for confidential waste cabinets and bins.

Anthony Pearlgood, Managing Director of PHS Datashred, said: All businesses have a duty to prevent their information from being breached to protect the privacy of their employees, customers and suppliers.

However, social work records are particularly sensitive, and if these allegations turn out to be correct then Aberdeen City Council will be at risk of being fined by the Information Commissioners Office.

Luckily, the leak of important documentation can be avoided by investing in secure bins to keep confidential waste materials safe on your site, before they are destroyed by an approved shredding company.

PHS Datashred offers a range of confidential waste cabinets and bins for organisations to store redundant paperwork, ranging in size from 120 to 1100 litre wheelie bins, and smaller desk side containers.

All secure bins come with a lock and slot mechanism to ensure that there is no unauthorised access to the contents.

Anthony Pearlgood said: The child welfare document data breaches should be a wakeup call for other organisations, particularly those dealing with confidential information such as councils, healthcare centres and financial services.

The Information Commissioner’s Office is now able to fine businesses up to

Misunderstandings About Life Insurance Has Michigan Residents Going Without – Emil Rummel Agency Educates Residents on the Importance of Life Insurance

Frankenmuth, MI (PRWEB) October 15, 2013

While 85% of Americans agree that life insurance is necessary, only 60% of American adults have life insurance, according to a 2013 study by LIMRA. For Americans, buying life insurance may be one of the most important decisions they make. Aside from providing financial security, life insurance can also provide personal peace of mind and protection for families. Planning ahead and purchasing the right type of life insurance is one of the most significant things an individual can do for their future.

With 3 in 10 American households being uninsured, the local agents at Emil Rummel Agency are concerned. The agency wants Michigan residents to understand life insurance and get the protection they need. Since the top two reasons people do not buy life insurance are related to finances, it is important to understand how the cost of life insurance is determined.

The cost of a premium rate for a life insurance policy typically has two factors: