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Farm Credit Reminds the Public that September is Life Insurance Awareness Month


Louisville, KY (Vocus) September 19, 2009

When times are tough and margins tight, cutting costs is essential. However Amy Jackson, Vice President of Insurance for Farm Credit Services of Mid-America, stresses that cutting back on one’s life insurance isn’t a good option.

“Our customers have worked hard to build their farm operations, homes, and plans for their families’ futures,” said Jackson. “In difficult economic times, it’s more important than ever to maintain appropriate levels of life insurance coverage as an essential part of one’s overall risk management strategy.”

With September being Life Insurance Awareness Month, Jackson said that now is a good time for customers to take stock of their provisions for protecting their loved ones or for securing the future of their businesses. Many factors — marriage, children, grandchildren, debt, employment changes, aging parents, business structure, retirement — can create changing needs for insurance. And while no one likes to think about death, she said that sooner or later nearly everyone needs life insurance for things like:


Replacing income for your family’s living expenses
Paying off debt or other obligations
Cover final expenses (funeral, medical, long-term care, etc.)
College funding for your children or grandchildren
Estate transfer and tax obligations
Jackson said that FCS offers many products to meet the life insurance needs of its customers, from the most competitive and financially sound insurance companies in the market — A-rated companies like Minnesota Life, Prudential, Banner Life, West Coast Life and more.

While FCS offers a complete line of products to meet differing needs, Jackson said that in today’s tough and volatile economic climate, customers seeking the maximum coverage for their insurance dollar might want to consider term life insurance.

“Term life insurance typically offers the highest benefit at the lowest cost to the customer, and all death benefits are tax free to the beneficiaries,” said Jackson. “Our term products are individually written for amounts ranging from $ 75,000 up to $ 10 million or more, depending on your needs. Term life is a key component in many customers’ overall life insurance coverage today.”

FCS provides terms of five to 30 years, with the coverage and premiums remaining level for the term selected. For an additional cost, customers may also choose to add optional benefits such as:

Return of Premium – Rider provides 100 percent of the premium paid back to the insured, if still living at the end of the term. A great investment tool for younger folks.
Child Rider – Provides coverage to all children under age 17, can be purchased in $ 1,000 units.
Convertibility Options – Allows customers to convert their term policy to a permanent policy without having to prove insurability. A great option in the event of a life change such as failing health or the need for coverage beyond the original term.
Farm Credit Services of Mid-America currently provides life insurance coverage for one of every six customers, with over $ 1 billion in customer lives insured. Other popular options include group life insurance for FCS loans, and disability coverage for mortgage loans.

FCS has a number of calculators and other resources available to help customers determine their insurance needs. To access them, visit http://www.e-farmcredit.com (click on Farm Loans, then Insurance). You may also contact your local FCS office to request a free custom quote at no obligation.

About Farm Credit Services of Mid-America

Farm Credit Services of Mid-America is an ag lending cooperative managing over $ 15.5 billion in assets and serving over 85,500 farmers, agribusinesses and rural residents in Kentucky, Ohio, Indiana and Tennessee. The association provides loans for all farm and rural living purposes including real estate, operating, equipment and housing and related services such as crop insurance and life insurance and vehicle, equipment and building leases. For more information about Farm Credit or the nearest FCS office, call 1-800-444-FARM (3276) or visit them on the web at http://www.e-farmcredit.com .

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Pandora Corp. Announces PC Pandora Computer Monitoring Software FREE Giveaway For Internet Safety Month


Las Vegas, NV (Vocus) June 24, 2010

Earlier this month, the US Senate passed a resolution proclaiming June as Internet Safety Month. The motion comes as an effort to educate parents and children about the dangers of the Internet and spread awareness.

While most people will say that nothing in life is free and everything has a price, for the last week in June, Pandora Corp. is changing the rules. Beginning at 12:01 AM (Pacific Standard Time) on Saturday, June 26th, and continuing through midnight on Wednesday, June 30th, the company will be giving away its signature computer monitoring software, PC Pandora 6.0, absolutely free!

We did a holiday giveaway in 2008 and it went very well, says James Leasure, co-founder of Pandora Corp. Unfortunately, the economy still hasnt turned around for most folks yet, but the need for an effective solution to keep kids safe online this summer is still overwhelmingly present. So, wed like to help the parents in need once again.

During the last week in June, parents can visit http://www.pcpandora.com and use the code FREESUMMER2010 to get the current PC Pandora 6.0 absolutely free as a download. The giveaway will last until 11:59 PM (PST) on June 30th, 2010, or until 50,000 units have been given away. No catches. No strings.

During the 2008 holiday giveaway, over 35,000 parents were given a copy of PC Pandora for free. Pandora Corp. is hoping to help as many parents with the second free giveaway in the companys history.

The US Senate says this is the month for parents to educate themselves on the dangers of the Internet, explains Leasure. There is no better way to educate yourself than finding out and learning exactly what your children are doing online.

[PC Pandora] is computer monitoring software that records all activity on a computer. First-rate monitoring capabilities take sequential snapshots of everything that happens on the screen, thus allowing parents to see first-hand everything their child does both on and offline. Complete records of all user activity are presented in both text-based files and easy-to-read charts. All instant messenger chats, emails sent and received, websites visited, peer-2-peer files shared, keystrokes logged, programs accessed, Internet search queries and more are recorded for parents to review.

If your child is talking to strangers on social networks, creating multiple social network profiles, downloading illegal music and movies, falling victim to a cyberbully, or simply visiting websites you dont approve of, you will know about it if you are monitoring their internet activity.

For parents that have to work this summer and leave the kids home alone, PC Pandora comes equipped with the IRIS feature, which sends the recorded text-based files to a parents email at specified intervals.

But its the newest companion to PC Pandora 6.0 that makes monitoring kids on the Internet easier than ever before. PC Pandora LIVE! allows parents to access the data recorded by PC Pandora from anywhere in the world through a safe and secure SSL encrypted website. All a parent needs is an Internet connection and a web browser; users can even log in from their iPhones and other handheld devices.

While the IRIS email report feature is a valuable tool for any parent, the LIVE! service is priceless, says Leasure. PC Pandora LIVE! allows you to review the data and adjust settings on the monitored computer. Not only can you can check web history and view instant messenger and email conversations, but you can also view the screenshots, update Internet filters, and fine-tune the parental control parameters, all while at work, on the road, or simply unable to be at home in front of the monitored computer.

For parents monitoring multiple computers, PC Pandora LIVE! also collects the data from all machines with PC Pandora 6.0 installed and provides that data in a single place for easy review. This makes it easier to review a childs activity no more emails to comb through and no more having to manually view the data on multiple computers.

Typical filters and standard blocks are easy for savvy young users to circumnavigate, but if you have computer monitoring software, youll know what your children are doing and be able to act appropriately.

Leasure states: This summer, parents need to know what their kids are doing online. Our PC Pandora 6.0 monitoring software coupled with the LIVE! service is the best all-around defense parents can get to help keep their children safe on the Internet. If someone is approaching a child with ill intentions, or if a child is engaging in risky behavior, the parent will know and can act immediately.

Pandora Corp. is offering a fully-functional copy of PC Pandora 6.0, a $ 70 value, absolutely free for their Internet Safety Month giveaway. Leasure adds, While we unfortunately cant offer the LIVE! service for free at this time, its a reasonably priced add-on for parents who want the convenience and extra measure of safety it provides.

Parents interested in getting a copy of PC Pandora can go to http://www.pcpandora.com and use the code FREESUMMER2010 at checkout to get PC Pandora 6.0 for FREE!

About PC Pandora: Pandora Corporation was formed with one goal to help our customers monitor, control and protect their families and themselves online. First released in mid 2005, PC Pandora has been constantly upgraded to industry-leading specifications and has received accolades from users, reviewers and even school districts and law enforcement agencies, who use the program to help in the day-to-day supervision of the children and citizens they are charged with protecting. The company website devotes space to helping parents by providing them with 18 Tips to Safe Surfing and Pandoras Blog, where current news in the world of online safety is discussed regularly. In addition, the Pandora Corp. has made the PD Pandora Internet Safety Symposium available to schools and law enforcement as a free resource for spreading internet safety awareness to parents. Over the past few years, PC Pandora has vaulted into a leadership position for parental control software by boasting a combination of features that are unparalleled in the monitoring industry. In 2010, Version 6.0 was released, again widening the spectrum of coverage and protection offered by the program. Concurrently released with 6.0, the web-based PC Pandora LIVE! service affords parents the ability to keep their kids safe from anywhere at anytime. PC Pandora is also now available through the Pandora Corp. store at Amazon.com.

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Comb First! A Call to Action for September’s 2010 National Head Lice Prevention Month


Newton Highlands, MA (PRWEB) September 2, 2010

The National Pediculosis Association (NPA), 25th annual sponsor of National Head Lice Prevention Month, says Comb First! Comb out the lice and nits (lice eggs) when there are fewer of them and before the task becomes unnecessarily challenging.

NPA’s Comb First! campaign is focused on helping parents understand the importance of lice and nit removal and teaching them how to comb. http://headlice.org/video/index.php.

Comb First! emphasizes education and early intervention to protect children from unnecessary exposure to pesticides. Parents can avoid the difficulties of head lice by knowing what to look for, checking their children regularly, making an accurate determination of lice and nits and getting them out of the hair safely and effectively.

Checking children after school, childcare or camp is important, but nothing compares to parents checking the family regularly at home so kids can arrive to the group setting lice and nit free.

Pediculosis is an endemic communicable disease affecting children across the nation. Many of the treatments for lice contain potentially harmful chemicals and pesticides. NPA reports that parents are getting mixed messages on this health issue.

Head lice can be an undeniable crisis for a family. Too often parents receive advice that’s counterintuitive to parenting. They are told they needn’t be concerned about bugs in their child’s hair because head lice are just a nuisance. Some health officials have abandoned even the most basic rules of healthy hygiene and grooming.

Dr. Marie-Ange D. Tardieu and the Body Image Institute of New York (BIINY) Celebrate National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month (NCOAM)


Larchmont, NY (PRWEB) September 13, 2010

Today, the Body Image Institute of New York (BIINY) announced its support for National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month. Throughout the month of September, The Body Image Institute will hold seminars and workshops to raise awareness about the obesity epidemic in an effort to help improve the health of American children.

Childhood obesity has been a growing problem over the past four decades. Currently one out of every three (31.8%) children living on American soil, ages 2 to 19, is overweight or obese; a statistic that health and medical experts consider an epidemic.

Being overweight or obese is unhealthy at any age. Obese children are at risk for a number of emotional, physical, life-threatening, and psychological problems. They are often teased by their peers, and harassed or discriminated against by their own family and friends. These children may grow into individuals with low self esteem, which predisposes them to depression.

The life-threatening consequences of this epidemic create a compelling and critical call for action. Obesity is estimated to cause 112,000 deaths per year in the United States, and one third of all children born in the year 2000 are expected to develop diabetes during their lifetime. Experts predict that the current generation may be on track to have a shorter lifespan than their parents.

Childhood obesity as a condition also places those affected at greater risk of developing heart disease and cancer. It can also lead to other conditions such as osteo-arthritis, sleep disorders, high cholesterol and other disorders that may include liver disease, early puberty or menarche, eating disorders such as anorexia and bulimia, skin infections, asthma and other respiratory problems. Studies have shown that overweight children are more likely to become overweight adults. Obesity during adolescence has been found to increase mortality rates during adulthood.

While obesity afflicts children across the US, certain groups have been disproportionately affected. For instance the Bronx is ground zero for childhood obesity in America. Almost half (47%) of Head Start participants in the South Bronx are either obese (31%) or overweight (16%). Nearly 4 in 10 (39%) kindergartners and 5th graders attending public schools there are either obese (24%) or overweight (15%). A similar proportion (38%) of high school students reports heights and weights that indicate obesity or overweight; 17% are obese, and 21% are overweight. Among adult residents, 2 in 3 (66%) report heights and weights indicating they are obese or overweight.

It is undisputed that the Bronx, as a city, has the largest number of obese infants in the US. Obesity rates are also highest among non-Hispanic black girls and Hispanic boys. Obesity is particularly common among American Indian/Native Alaskan children. In addition, obesity can be influenced by a number of environmental and behavioral factors, including unhealthy eating habits and a sedentary lifestyle at home and at school.

According to Marie-Ange D. Tardieu, M.D., medical director of the Body Image Institute of New York and author of The Elements of Size: Issues in Body Image, Obesity, Overweight, Eating and the Mediterranean Diet, prevention of obesity must begin early and continue throughout life with particular attention directed to three critical periods in a childs development: before birth, between the ages of 4 and 7, and during puberty.

Dr. Nereida Correa, who has served as a member of the National Advisory Council for Maternal, Infant and Fetal Nutrition, is on the Advisory Council of Women’s Health of the Health and Human Services (HHS) Administration in Washington DC, and is the president and CEO of Eastchester Medical Associates concurs: advice about diet and exercise should be dispensed throughout childhood obesity prevention should start when the child is in its mothers womb before delivery, breast feeding should be encouraged because it helps prevent obesity in infancy and offers a protective factor against obesity in later childhood. (A 60 percent increase in obesity has been observed in children who were not breastfed.)

Stephanie C. Tardieu, who reviewed the effects of consuming sweets in early life noted: 70 percent American infants receive sweets by the age of 15 months, and by the age of 2, 43 percent of American toddlers are given soft drinks daily. (One can of a non-diet soft drink contain 150 calories, the equivalent of 10 spoons of sugar.) Miss Tardieu further remarked: As responsible adults, we can all join forces and take steps to turn the epidemic of childhood obesity around, and guide our communities to healthy eating and lifestyle habits.

About THE BODY IMAGE INSTITUTE OF NEW YORK:

THE BODY IMAGE INSTITUTE OF NEW YORK is a Body Image Clinic and consulting firm serving communities throughout the New York tri-state area. Dr. Marie-Ange D. Tardieu, a plastic surgeon, body image and obesity expert, is the institutes medical director. For the past 10 years, through seminars and workshops in schools, colleges, outpatient clinics and hospitals, the institute has worked in collaboration with corporations, schools, universities and hospitals in an effort to raise awareness about the obesity crisis and curtail the trend of overweight and obesity in schools and the workplace.

To call attention to the nation’s obesity epidemic, earlier this year, Congress designated September 2010 as the first National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month. Childhood Obesity Awareness Month kicked off on September 1st, and will be celebrated throughout September 2010. The theme for the National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month is “Let us all take steps to promote healthy eating and living to solve the problem of CHILDHOOD OBESITY within a generation.” The month of September from now on will be a month where families across America are urged to take their children to visit their doctor and to focus on helping those children to establish lifelong healthy habits by eating balanced meals and snacks and participating regularly in physical activity.

To honor the month in New York, The Body Image Institute of New York will conduct Workshops on Body Image, Proper Nutrition and Physical Activity at the institute locations (Eastchester Medical Associates) in the Bronx, and Westchester. Everyone attending these workshops will be provided a copy of The Elements of Size, Dr. Tardieus new book that outlines protocols for healthy eating and living. To register or learn about these or future workshops and seminars, please call Eastchester Medical Associates (EMA) 718-708-5650 (Bronx), or via E-mail mimi_tardieu@yahoo.com

For information about National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month in other states, please visit LetsMove.gov

About the Elements of Size: Issues in Body Image, Obesity, Overweight, Eating, and the Mediterranean Diet

The Elements of Size is a book that analyzes all the elements contributing to the obesity epidemic. The book shows why most weight loss protocols fail and guide you to the road of prevention and cure.

The Body Image Institute of New York

P.O. Box 2030

Larchmont, NY 10538

mimi_tardieu(at)yahoo(dot)com

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Stop Cyberbullying and Internet Predators with PC Pandora Monitoring Software During the 7th Annual Cyber Security Awareness Month


Las Vegas, NV (Vocus) October 12, 2010

This October marks the 7th annual Cyber Security Awareness Month, as declared by the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA). Pandora Corp., maker of PC Pandora 6.1 computer monitoring software, is reminding parents that part of keeping the family safe online is knowing what the younger surfers are doing while connected to the internet.

Every family needs to take protective measures to avoid falling victim to identity theft, phishing scams and cyber attacks, says Jamie Leasure, co-founder of Pandora Corp. But these practices need to continue year-round, as does monitoring how your children are using the Internet.

Two key issues cyberbullying and Internet predators grab most of the headlines when it comes to child Internet safety. Leasure says being aware of how our kids represent themselves online, how they treat others, and who their friends are can help reduce dangerous and disastrous incidents.

The key is parental awareness, he says. When you know for sure what your kids are doing on the Internet, you have a much better chance of keeping them safe.

CYBERBULLYING STOPS HERE:

In the year since the last Cyber Security Awareness Month, the country has been shocked by a rash of teenage suicides, all pointing to endless, fierce cyberbullying as the driving force and reason for the act.

Phoebe Prince, Alexis Pilkington and Tyler Clementi are just some of the names we have seen and read about, all resulting in a tragic loss that could have been prevented, says Leasure.

Leasure says cyberbullying is here to stay until parents of the bullies take action.

Cyberbullying thrives on anonymity, he explains. Not only are the bullies anonymous online, but they are working in secret in their own homes. Cyberbullying wont stop until that parents of the bullies are aware of what their children are doing online, and care enough to step in and stop it.

PC Pandora monitoring software will let parents know if their child is acting as an aggressor to a peer or fellow student, or enabling the bullying by passing the information along.

STOP INTERNET PREDATORS:

While cynics and experts dismiss Internet predators as overhyped media sensationalism, stories continue to surface every week of predators arrested in law enforcement sting operations and caught with real teens. One of the most recent stories that deserves special attention is the Kid-nap/ rape hoax in San Diego.

According to ABC News, a 20-year-old man in southern California befriended a 15-year-old girl online through the website, Mocospace. The two carried out a relationship that eventually lead to consensual sex. The girl felt guilty and decided to create an elaborate kidnapping and assault story to cover her actions.

The main message here is that talking just isnt enough, explains Leasure. The girl admits her parents had talked to her about the dangers online, but she disregarded their warnings, took things dangerously too far, felt guilty, and then made things worse by creating a horrible lie. As shocking as it is, taking risks like this and not listening to mom and dad is completely normal teen behavior. Thats why in the digital age, talking isnt enough; monitoring Internet activity could have helped prevent this unfortunate event.

HOW IT WORKS:

PC Pandora 6.0 is computer monitoring software that records all user activity through sequential screen snapshots, allowing parents to visually see everything their kids are doing online. The program also records activity in text-based files that capture all emails sent and received, instant messenger conversations, websites visited, programs accessed, peer-to-peer files shared, keystrokes logged, Internet search queries, printer logs, and more.

For parents that have to work and cant be home right after school, PC Pandora comes equipped with the IRIS feature, which sends the recorded text-based files to a parents email at specified intervals. The new PC Pandora LIVE! takes things a step further and allows parents to review the data and adjust settings on the monitored computer from a remote Internet connection.

We really hope parents use this month to double-check and update their PCs security, concludes Leasure. Part of that includes making sure they have a program in place to monitor what their children are doing online. PC Pandora is a vital weapon for parents in the battle for Internet safety.

For tips on how to keep your children safe from online predators and help stop cyberbullying in its tracks, visit http://www.pcpandora.com.

About PC Pandora: Pandora Corporation was formed with one goal to help our customers monitor, control and protect their families and themselves online. First released in mid 2005, PC Pandora has been constantly upgraded to industry-leading specifications and has received accolades from users, reviewers and even school districts and law enforcement agencies, who use the program to help in the day-to-day supervision of the children and citizens they are charged with protecting. The company website devotes space to helping parents by providing them with 18 Tips to Safe Surfing and Pandoras Blog, where current news in the world of online safety is discussed regularly. In addition, the Pandora Corp. has made the PD Pandora Internet Safety Symposium available to schools and law enforcement as a free resource for spreading internet safety awareness to parents. Over the past few years, PC Pandora has vaulted into a leadership position for parental control software by boasting a combination of features that are unparalleled in the monitoring industry. In 2010, Version 6.0 was released, again widening the spectrum of coverage and protection offered by the program. Concurrently released with 6.0, the web-based PC Pandora LIVE! service affords parents the ability to keep their kids safe from anywhere at anytime. PC Pandora is also now available through the Pandora Corp. store at Amazon.com.

Reporters and Producers: Covering Internet safety? We are your technology solution component. Software is available to journalists for review and testing. Executives are available for interviews. Let us help you show your audience how easy it can be to keep their kids safe on the Internet.

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Social Networking Site for Birthmothers and Prospective Parents Gets 130,000 Hits in First Month


Hicksville, NY (PRWEB) October 19, 2010

DirectAdoptions.com, a new social networking website designed to offer an alternative to costly and complex agency adoptions, had more than 130,000 hits during its first month of activity, according to Urchin, a website stat counter. DirectAdoptions.com was founded in response to concerns about the high cost and complexity of agency adoptions.

Social media and other online platforms already play an active role in the adoption world. Using social media in the pre-adoption search is widely accepted among prospective parents, who are using networking tools such as Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, as well as personalized websites, to search for and connect with willing, appropriate birthmothers.

Thousands of websites created by adoption agencies and professionals, bloggers and others, offer services, support, information, opinions and provide online discussion opportunities. Searches using the keyword adoption on Google and other search engines numbers in the millions.

For many prospective adoptive couples, who may have spent years seeking a successful match for adoption, services offered by adoption agencies and other professional facilitators may be inadequate and cost-prohibitive. Many couples have responded by establishing their own viral internet marketing campaigns, all in the effort to engage with birthmothers and find a match for adoption.

DirectAdoptions.com has differentiated itself by offering an online community to which both prospective parents and birthmothers belong. They can meet, interact on their own terms and timeline, and decide if they would like to take steps toward adoption. The site also includes forums, chats, groups, profiles, friends, photo galleries and calendars as a way to establish a unified community, provide peer support, and offer information and resources.

http://www.DirectAdoptions.com was founded by adoptive parents to address the fact that for many adoptive couples, the adoption process can be frustrating, costly, and fraught with obstacles. It is committed to providing a process that offers the advantages of simplicity and affordability. Supported by member fees from prospective parents, DirectAdoptions.com is not an adoption agency or facilitator, and does not make matches or arrange adoptions, provide counseling, screen members or offer a wider array of pre-adoption services.

DirectAdoptions.com is endorsed by The National Adoption Foundation http://www.nafadopt.org, which was also founded by adoptive parents in 1994 who saw the need to address the fact that many prospective adoptive families and individuals with limited resources require financial support and assistance to meet the costs associated with agency adoptions.

DirectAdoptions.com urges users of social media to be especially careful to take steps to protect themselves, make full use of all available professional resources and follow applicable state child adoption laws.

The release of the movie The Social Network is further evidence of just how deeply Facebook and other social media have permeated our culture, influenced our social behavior and affected our families.

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Sports Eye Safety Awareness Month in Greater Boston At D’Ambrosio Eye Care

Lancaster, MA (PRWEB) April 6, 2011

D’Ambrosio Eye Care wishes to announce that the American Academy of Ophthalmology has designated April as Sports Eye Safety Awareness Month. An estimated 40,000 sports eye injuries occur every year. The majority of those being affected by sports eye injuries are children and teenagers, too many of whom suffer permanent visual impairment.

“Athletes need to choose and wear proper protective eyewear because eye injuries can be devastating, not just career ending, but life changing. Eye injuries are one of the leading causes of visual impairment in children,” commented Francis A. D’Ambrosio, Jr., M.D., a Boston area eye physician and surgeon and Medical Director of D’Ambrosio Eye Care.

Athletes can now choose from various types of sturdy, lightweight, effective and fashionable eyewear. By incorporating polycarbonate lenses that have been properly fitted by an eye care professional, protective eyewear does not hinder performance and can prevent 90 percent of sports eye injuries.

Basketball, football, hockey and baseball aren’t the only sports that contribute to the thousands of eye injuries suffered each year. Soccer, tennis, golf and water sports also are dangerous to the eyes. Each of these sports requires a different type of protective eyewear, so see a qualified eye care professional to select protective eyewear appropriate for your sport.

Parents should note that while the long-term benefits of playing sports are clear, sports are the leading cause of eye injuries in children. Most sporting leagues don’t require their young athletes to wear eye protection, yet when they do, the occurrence of eye injuries is greatly reduced. So, until mandatory eye protection comes to your child’s sporting league, it’s up to you to lobby for and protect your young athlete.

“Children and adults can end up with injuries ranging from abrasions of the cornea and bruises of the lids to internal eye injuries such as retinal detachments and internal bleeding. Unfortunately, some of these athletes end up with permanent vision loss and blindness-90% of which is preventable through the selection and wearing of proper eyewear,” reiterated Dr. D’Ambrosio, Jr.

D’Ambrosio Eye Care is a leading Massachusetts eye care practice with offices in Lancaster, Acton and Gardner, staffed by a team of Ophthalmologists, Optometrists, Opticians, technical and administrative staff who provide eye examinations for adults and children, cataract surgery and Intraocular Lens Implants (IOL), laser vision correction such as LASIK, diagnosis and treatment of cornea disease including cornea transplants, management of eye inflammation, ocular inflammatory disease and uveitis and diagnosis and treatment of diseases of the retina including diabetes and age related macular degeneration, diagnosis and treatment of glaucoma as well as contact lenses, eyeglasses and optical services.

Francis A. D’Ambrosio, Jr., M.D. is a founding member of the LASIK Eye Surgery Patient Information and LASIK Surgeon Directory at seewithlasik.com and the Cataract Surgery, Intraocular Lens Implant (IOL) and Cataract Surgeon Directory at aboutcataractsurgery.com.

For additional information, contact:

Jude Seppa, D’Ambrosio Eye Care, 479 Old Union Turnpike, Lancaster, MA 01523 Judith.Seppa@dambrosioeyecare.com, 1.800.325.3937×345. Follow our blog at http://dambrosioeyecare.blogspot.com or Fan us at http://www.facebook.com/dambrosioeyecare

SOURCE: Medical Management Services Group, L.L.C

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National Anti-Bullying Month Concludes; The Fight Continues


Las Vegas, NV (PRWEB) October 28, 2011

National organizations, law enforcement and school administrators focused their attention on bullying this month. Studies and statistics were revealed and discussed on a national level, while school districts and police departments hosted anti-bullying and Internet safety seminars in towns across America. But Pandora Corp co-founder Jamie Leasure is reminding parents the fight doesnt stop at the end of the month.

It is great to see the discussion taking place on a national level, says Leasure. And we have to keep talking about it from now on. Cyberbullying isnt going away, but with discussion comes awareness, and that is the critical first step in battling any societal problem.

One study that made headlines earlier this month was the MTV-AP poll that showed more than half (56%) of our nations kids have experienced a form of digital abuse. In the same study, 76% of respondents admit that digital abuse is a problem for their age group.

A second compelling study was conducted by CNNs Anderson Cooper 360 in a small suburban town on Long Island New York. This study also revealed a 56% statistic: the percentage of kids who reported being involved in bullying, either as a victim or an aggressor. Furthermore, 80% of the bullying incidents have gone un-reported because almost three-quarters of the respondents (74%) believe that telling an adult wont help matters.

Both of these studies confirm that there is a critical problem, states Leasure. Now its time for parents to take things one step further and start taking proactive measures by bringing the discussion to our kids, and by being fully aware of what they do online.

Leasure says the best way to do this is by simply monitoring their Internet activity. Pandora Corporations flagship computer monitoring software, PC Pandora, is one of the most valuable tools available to parents in the 21st century. Like a DVR for your computer, PC Pandora records all visual content through screen snapshots, which are viewable with DVD-like playback functions. This allows parents to see everything their child is doing online, which can even involve creating secret accounts to bully others online.

Cyberbullying starts with anonymity on the Internet, but it succeeds through the ability to operate secretly in the home, Leasure explains. Cyberbullying is not going to go away until the parents of the bullies know what their kids are doing online and step in to stop the aggressive behavior.

PC Pandora also records all activity through a series of text-based data logs and easy-to-read charts. In a quick 10-minute review, parents can see where their kids have been online, what they are saying and who they are talking to with nothing left unseen.

We want parents to talk to their kids and have an open discussion about bullying. That is absolutely essential, says Leasure. But at the same time we want parents to understand they must remain vigilant and know what their kids are doing online and how they are treating others.

Leasure cites Dr. Phils message as one that all parents must heed. During an AC 360 Town Hall on October 9th, Dr. Phil stated loud and clear:

If your child’s a bully, it’s your job to know your child is a bully. It’s your job to know that. It’s your job to intervene at that level as a parent. It’s your job to talk to the school Everybody keeps saying the parents just know what the kids tell them. If you’re a parent, it’s your job to observe your child and know what they’re doing Parents cannot just check out and say they didn’t tell me. They didn’t tell me. It’s your job to find out.

We couldnt agree more with this statement and its what we have been shouting for years, Leasure concludes. You can talk to your kids and have that open dialogue, but a child is still not going to tell you when they are victimizing someone. It is your job to find out on your own. And a tool like PC Pandora is the best way to find that out.

For more information on how you can stop cyberbullying, visit PC Pandora online at http://pcpandora.com and like the PC Pandora Facebook page!

About PC Pandora: Pandora Corporation was formed with one goal to help our customers monitor, control and protect their families and themselves online. First released in mid 2005, PC Pandora monitoring software has been constantly upgraded to industry-leading specifications and has received accolades from users, reviewers and even school districts and law enforcement agencies, who use the program to help in the day-to-day supervision of the children and citizens they are charged with protecting. The company website devotes space to helping parents by providing them with 18 Tips to Safe Surfing and Pandoras Blog, where current news in the world of online safety is discussed regularly. In addition, the Pandora Corp. has made the PD Pandora Internet Safety Symposium available to schools and law enforcement as a free resource for spreading internet safety awareness to parents. Over the past few years, PC Pandora has vaulted into a leadership position for parental control software by boasting a combination of features that are unparalleled in the monitoring industry. In 2010, Version 6.0 was released, again widening the spectrum of coverage and protection offered by the program. Concurrently released with 6.0, the web-based PC Pandora LIVE! service affords parents the ability to keep their kids safe from anywhere at anytime. PC Pandora computer monitoring software is also now available through the Pandora Corp. store at Amazon.com and on and on Facebook!

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e-Cycle to Donate $1 to JDRF for Every Mobile Phone Recycled in Celebration of America Recycles Day and American Diabetes Month


Hilliard, OH (PRWEB) November 03, 2011

Wireless mobile buyback and recycling company e-Cycle LLC is launching an e-Cycle for Juvenile Diabetes campaign and will donate $ 1 to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) for every mobile phone sold or recycled from Nov. 14 through the 23.

e-Cycle CEO,Chris Irion, said the goal of the promotion is to help raise awareness and support for two causes that are close to his heartAmerica Recycles Day (Nov. 15) and American Diabetes Month (November). Irion said that he hopes the campaign will encourage organizations to recycle their used mobile devices responsibly in November and also help support a critical research fund dedicated to finding a cure for the debilitating disease.

As a father with a child suffering with Childhood Diabetes, I know first hand the difficult challenges that families face in fighting a deadly and life-changing disease, while also trying to maintain a normal and healthy family life, Irion said. e-Cycle was founded on three principals: a love of technology, environmental protection, and charitable giving. Our e-Cycle for Juvenile Diabetes promotion touches all three of our passions and I hope businesses will join us in our cause.

How the e-Cycle for Juvenile Diabetes promotion works:

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Olive Crest Presents 2nd Annual “Stars In Adoption” Awards, Celebrating National Adoption Awareness Month and Honoring Children, Adoptive Parents and Individuals

Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) November 18, 2011

In celebration of National Adoption Awareness Month (November), and to raise awareness about the need for adoptive families and the work that Olive Crest is doing in Los Angeles County, Olive Crest recently held its second annual Stars In Adoption Awards at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel in downtown Los Angeles.

Hosted by KCBS/KCAL weather anchor Kaj Goldberg, and emceed by Los Angeles Times columnist and ESPN personality Bill Plaschke, a longtime Olive Crest supporter, the evening featured a host of celebrated honorees and presenters, including Fox Sports Nets Michael Eaves; Jay Glazer from Fox Sports NFL coverage and co-founder of MMAthletics; Judge John J. Henning of the Los Angeles Superior Court; well know adoption attorney Mark Hirabayashi; George Pla, CEO of the Cordoba Corporation; Michaela Pereira co-anchor of KTLA Morning News; Jonnie Russell of the rock group The Cold War Kids; and actor Perry King (Big Love), who serves as Chairman of Olive Crests Los Angeles Board of Trustees.

Olive Crest, the acclaimed nonprofit that provides a wide range of servicesincluding foster and adoption servicesfor at-risk children and teens and their families, presented more than a dozen Stars In Adoption Awards at the event.

This evening is an opportunity to share some of the most amazing examples of human grace, love and generosity, said William A. Bedrossian, Olive Crests Executive Director for the Los Angeles region. The children, families, and individuals being honored here tonight are changing the world around them, with their stories of compassion and redemption through adoption.

Among those receiving awards were:

Michael Eaves, broadcaster and sports journalist for Fox Sports Net. As an adoptee himself, Michael has served as an inspiration to adoptive children everywhere. In accepting his award, Eaves said, I want kids to know that you can pursue your dreams, no matter they are. Always strive to be the best you can be! Joining Eaves on the stage, all the way from Kentucky, was his adoptive mother Elsie Eaves, who said, Michael has been special from the first day he came to my home, I am just overwhelmed to see all these people here, to honor him. Presenting Eaves with his Star in Adoption award, was longtime friend Michaela Pereira of KTLA, who is also an adoptee. Michaela shared, I am just so proud of how Michael has used his strength, influence and charisma to share his story of adoption and to inspire others, who were adopted, like us.

Attorney Mark Hirabayashi for his ongoing adoption advocacy work in Los Angeles. Mark has facilitated the finalization of over 3000 adoptions in Los Angeles during his esteemed career.

George Pla, founder and CEO of the Cordoba Corporation for his generosity as a corporate partner to Olive Crest.

Judge John Henning, of the Los Angeles County Superior Court, Edelman Childrens Court, for his leadership and responsibility in finalizing hundreds of adoptions in his Adoption Court room, every year.

Adoptive parents Kip and Renee Dochterman of La Habra Heights; Alfredo and Analisa Flores of Sylmar and Heather and Mark Buck of Lakewood, for serving as great inspirations and role models for other families considering adoption. Receiving this award is a huge honor, said Kip Dochterman, who along with his wife, specifically sought out to adopt an older child who might not otherwise have a chance to have a family, But we have been far more blessed by having Pamela in our lives. She has brought more joy to our family than we could have ever imagined!

Five brave teens from South Los Angeles: Gabby Flores (13, of East LA), Alex Flores (15, of East LA), Miguel Contreras (15, of Bell Gardens), Stefany Vasquez (15, of Huntington Park) and Cindy Serratos (17, of Huntington Park) were a part of the second group of youth to share their voices in Olive Crests successful Digital Storytelling program, The program is the first of its kind to be used with adopted youth in Southern California.

The event served as a world premiere for the short videos (2