- Economics comes to life for students in a new, compelling, three-part mini-documentary series by Discovery Digital Networks' Seeker, and partnered with CME Group, the world's leading and most diverse derivatives marketplace.
Seeker is a digital network dedicated to the spirit of adventure and the pursuit of wonder. Each episode of the three-part series --appropriate for students in grades 6-12 -- enlivens economic topics by transporting viewers across the globe and showcasing people overcoming challenges that pertain to agriculture, finance and energy.
The five-minute video episodes are:
* How Algae Could Change the Fossil Fuel Industry: Students meet a CEO of the company developing new techniques to convert algae into energy. They learn about the challenges associated with bringing new and innovative technologies to market and reaching a sufficient scale to make the solutions viable.
* Why the U.S. Needs a New Generation of Farmers: Viewers meet the owner of a farm who is fulfilling her dream of responsibly providing meat for members of her community. Students learn about the challenges associated with food production, including the trend that few young people are choosing to farm.
* Owning a Restaurant Under the Cuban Embargo: Students hear from a restaurant owner operating in Cuba, a country that historically has been a command economy in which production, prices, incomes and investment are centrally determined by the government. With market reforms occurring and relations with the United States improving, new opportunities have arisen for people to start businesses.
"These thought-provoking videos, offered alongside an engaging classroom activity, reinforce fundamental economic concepts in real-world contexts -- food, fuel, and finance," says Anita Liskey, CME Group Managing Director, Corporate Marketing & Communications.
CME Group is proud to partner with Discovery Education, the leader in standards-based digital content and professional development for K-12. It transforms teaching and learning with award-winning digital textbooks, multimedia content, professional development and assessment tools. It serves 4.5 million educators and more than 50 million students in more than 50 countries.
-; Como millones de estadounidenses saben, los desplazamientos diarios pueden ser estresantes y monótonos. Unido a qué con el clima de invierno, mantenerse alerta es primordial, especialmente cuando las condiciones de la carretera empiezan a deteriorarse.Hasta ese momento, uno nunca sabe si va a necesitar convertirse en un conductor con desempeño oportuno.Desempeño oportuno es un término que describe estar atento al momento de conducir para que pueda maximizar el rendimiento de su automóvil y reaccionar rápidamente a las situaciones sorprendentes en el camino. Basado en una encuesta reciente, el 75 por ciento de los adultos estadounidenses dicen que necesitan convertirse en "Conductores con Desempeño Oportuno" al menos una vez a la semana, y aquellos que reportaron una necesidad de reaccionar rápidamente a una situación de conducción dicen que lo hacen aproximadamente 6 veces por semana.BFGoodrich Tires ha realizado una encuesta sobre los comportamientos durante la conducción. El grupo de estudio incluyó a 1 009 adultos (con 18 años de edad y mayores) que viven en el territorio continental de los Estados Unidos. La muestra fue representativa de la población general en términos de rasgos geográficos, demográficos y socioeconómicos.En general, el 82 por ciento de los encuestados dice que los conductores a menudo se enfrentan a situaciones inesperadas en el camino, y el 54 por ciento está de acuerdo en que los conductores manejan mejor en situaciones potencialmente peligrosas.Andrew Comrie-Picard, piloto profesional de autos de carreras, atleta de X-Games, y embajador de BFGoodrich, enfatiza que los conductores de cualquier edad pueden (y deben) practicar la Conducción con Desempeño Oportuno manteniéndose alerta para que puedan llevar su auto a su máximo rendimiento en los momentos que más importan.De acuerdo con Comrie-Picard, los aspectos clave para el Desempeño Oportuno durante la Conducción incluyen:* Mirar a lo lejos en el camino para anticipar los problemas potenciales y peligros de la carretera.* Recordar la importancia de realizar con suavidad las entradas de mando tales como el frenado, la aceleración y la dirección.* Anticiparse a las condiciones del camino, como el agua estancada y las carreteras resbaladizas.* Conducir con las dos manos en el volante, sin excepciones.* Mantener la distancia entre usted y el automóvil frente a usted.Comrie-Picard también dice que es importante asegurarse de que sus neumáticos sean apropiados para su automóvil y estén bien mantenidos. Específicamente, a él le gusta el neumáticoBFGoodrich Advantage T/A Sport por su estacionalidad y capacidad de rendimiento durante los duros meses de invierno, así como durante todo el año.Información adicional sobreBFGoodrich Tires, así como otros consejos de conducción, se puede encontrar en http://www.BFGoodrichTires.com
- Many people claim to be searching for peace and joy in their lives, especially as a new year begins after the intense and often stressful holiday season. However, many joy seekers may be looking in the wrong places, according to yogi and spiritual teacher Sadhguru. The founder of the Isha Foundation and social activist has published a new book on finding joy within oneself rather than expecting to find it in the outside world. His book, Inner Engineering: A Yogi's Guide to Joy (Spiegel & Grau Hardcover/Random House, September 20, 2016), emphasizes that self-awareness is one of the keys to unlocking a life of joy from the inside.
In a recent interview with Yoga Journal, Sadhguru said that joy comes from creating an "inner chemistry of blissfulness where being joyful is not being subject to something outside of you."
"[If] someone or something can make you happy or unhappy, [that] means what happens within you is determined by an aspect outside of you. This is the worst form of slavery," he emphasizes.
The book features sadhanas, daily guidelines designed to help individuals lead a life of joy by looking inward, and other insights on joyful living. To begin, Sadhguru asks readers to consider what constitutes a state of well-being. He defines it as a sense of pleasantness. "When pleasantness is within, it is termed peace, joy, happiness," he writes.
He encourages individuals to focus on happiness within to help them create pleasantness, and therefore joy, in the world at large. "When you are in a pleasant inner state, you are naturally pleasant to everyone and everything around you," he notes. "Inner pleasantness is a surefire insurance for the making of a peaceful society and a joyful world."
The editors at Yoga Journal suggest the following meditation for finding inner joy by invoking a state of well-being:
*Breathe deeply, relax, and think of a time of great joy and well-being.
*Try to remember all the details of that joyful experience, including sights, sounds, and smells, and try to recall how your mind and body felt in that moment.
*Practice recalling your joyful moment each day for a week, and ultimately you may be able to tune in to the general feeling of joy without recalling the specific occasion.
For more information about Inner Engineering: A Yogi's Guide to Joy, visit the book site at http://isha.sadhguru.org/us-en/ie-book
- Nearly half of U.S. high school students say they do not know how to establish good credit and more than one-fourth believe they will be unprepared to manage their finances upon graduation. This is according to recent research that reveals a lack of financial literacy among American youth.But teachers and schools can now turn to a dynamic interactive learning module, Foundations of Finance, to introduce students to fundamentals of personal finance, such as saving, applying for student loans and buying a car, among other features.The module -- one of three aligned with the Council for Economic Education's standards for economics -- is offered by CME Group, the world's leading and most diverse derivatives marketplace, and Discovery Education, the leading provider of digital content and professional development for K-12 classrooms.Foundations of Finance also presents students with fundamentals of economics using real-world scenarios, interactive components, embedded assessments, and accompanying Educator Guides.The Foundations of Finance module is part of an Econ Essentials trio of standards-aligned educational modules that includes: The Facts About Food, which lets students take a journey from "farm to table" by serving as an advisor to a farm, and Fueling the Future, which challenges students to start a shuttle business.In The Facts About Food module, students learn how the supply chain and other global factors influence supply and demand. They also explore the role of economics in food prices as well as what influences food prices.With the Fueling the Future module, students learn about supply and demand by discovering how and why gas prices fluctuate and the impact of changing gas prices on their daily lives. Students apply their knowledge to set a ticket price for their business to determine if they make a profit.Teachers find that the Econ Essentials educational program helps their students learn fundamental economic principles in an engaging, digital environment."Students become equipped to make wise decisions in both their public and private lives, and also grow such important skills as critical thinking, problem solving, media and information literacy," says Jackie Prester, business and technology teacher at Mansfield (Mass.) Public Schools.More information about Foundations of Finance and the food and fuel models are available at http://www.econessentialsinschool.com
- As millions of Americans know, daily commutes can be stressful and monotonous. Couple that with winter weather, and staying alert is paramount--especially as road conditions start to deteriorate.
To that point, you never know when you're going to need to become a Timely Performance Driver.
Timely Performance is a term that describes being present in the moment when driving so you can maximize your car's performance and react quickly to surprising situations on the road. Based on a recent survey, 75 percent of U.S. adults say they need to become Timely Performance Drivers at least once a week, and those who reported a need to react quickly to a driving situation say they do so approximately 6 times per week.
BFGoodrich Tires has conducted a survey of driving behaviors. The study group included 1,009 adults (aged 18 years and older) living in the continental United States. The sample was representative of the general population in terms of geographic, demographic, and socioeconomic traits.
Overall, 82 percent of the survey respondents say that drivers often face unexpected situations on the road, and 54 percent agree that drivers drive better in potentially dangerous situations.
Andrew Comrie-Picard, a professional race car driver, X-Games athlete, and BFGoodrich ambassador, emphasizes that drivers of any age can (and should) practice Timely Performance Driving by staying alert so they can push their car to its maximum performance in the moments that matter most.
According to Comrie-Picard, key aspects of Timely Performance Driving include:
*Looking far down the road to anticipate potential issues and road hazards.
*Remembering the importance of smooth contol inputs, such as braking, throttling, and steering.
*Anticipating road conditions, such as standing water and slick roads.
*Driving with two hands on the wheel--no exceptions.
*Keeping distance between you and the car in front of you.
Comrie-Picard also says it's important to ensure that your tires are appropriate for your car and well-maintained. Specifically, he likes the BFGoodrich Advantage T/A Sport tire for its seasonality and performance capabilities during the harsh winter weather months, as well as throughout the year.
Additional information on BFGoodrich Tires, as well as other driving tips, can be found on http://www.BFGoodrichTires.com
- As we start the New Year, we have thoughts and make plans about resolutions. Many people with health-focused resolutions will head to the gym for a workout, turn to a weight-loss program or swap soda for water.
While these are worthy steps, it can be hard to maintain enthusiasm over time, leaving you short of your goals. In fact, more than half of the people who make resolutions will break them in less than six months.
Here are a few tips for meeting and keeping your health goals: set personalized and achievable milestones, incentivize yourself and get rewarded for your progress. Programs such as Go365, a wellness and rewards program by Humana, make getting and staying healthy, fun.
Go365, which launched Jan. 1, 2017, motivates members to make positive lifestyle changes by tracking simple wellness achievements. Members are able to choose their level of engagement and participate in personalized activities tailored to their specific health needs and interests.
The program is designed for everyone, so members can benefit whether they are training for a marathon or just getting up off the couch. When they reach a goal, such as running a 5K or participating in a sports league, they get rewarded. Go365 awards its members "Bucks" that can be redeemed for items such as gift cards, movie tickets and compatible fitness devices.
"We want members to stay engaged in their health. Wellness programs such as Go365 make it easier to start with healthy activities each and every day," says Joe Woods, Chief Executive Officer of Go365. "Go365's special features make healthy choices and working towards personal health goals rewarding."
Go365 is available with most Humana commercial insurance plans, and employers can even purchase it as a stand-alone wellness program. Ask your employer to explore Humana programs and you could reap the benefits.
To learn more, visit www.go365preview.com
- Bladder control is something few people want to talk about, but urinary incontinence is a huge and underreported problem. Studies show that 50 to 84 percent of elderly people in long-term care facilities suffer from unwanted urine leakage. In addition, younger people, especially women, are affected too. Seven to 37 percent of women aged 29 to 39 report some degree of urinary incontinence.
Sometimes urine leaks out when physical stress is put on the abdominal cavity (and, therefore, the bladder) from laughing, sneezing, coughing, or climbing stairs. In other cases, urine flows out before people can act on their sudden urge to go, a condition called overactive bladder. Incontinence can also be the result of other medical conditions, such as psychiatric disorders or urinary infections.
Overall, urinary incontinence affects 26 million Americans, while 33 million suffer from overactive bladder, according to the Simon Foundation and the National Association for Continence.
To prevent or control urine leakage, people can try exercises that strengthen the muscles that control urination. They can opt for drugs that calm overactive bladders or that allow the bladder to be emptied more easily. They can wear absorbent underwear or insert a disposable plug in the urethra. They can even have surgery to keep the urethra closed with a pelvic sling or an artificial valve.
But now there's a more natural approach to solving this problem -- a dietary supplement called UriVarx from Innovus Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (OTCQB Venture Market: INNV). UriVarx contains Cratevox stem bark, Horsetail herb, and Lindera strychnifolia root -- ingredients shown both to strengthen the connective tissue that supports the bladder and to relax the muscles in the bladder, thus allowing it to hold more urine.
And unlike most dietary supplements, UriVarx has proven results from rigorous clinical trials that show reductions of up to 50 percent in urinary incontinence and feelings of urgently needing to go.
"UriVarx is a real medical advance for bladder health," says Dr. Bassam Damaj, President and Chief Executive Officer of Innovus Pharma. "For the first time, people can confront this enormous problem of bladder control with a natural solution."
For more information, visit www.urivarx.com
- The college application process and the college prep testing that goes along with it can be overwhelming for students and families. Tests such as the SAT and ACT are an important element of the application process, and therefore a source of anxiety. However, only about 30 percent of public schools have an advisor dedicated to college prep.
An outside organization offering test prep courses, such as Sylvan Learning, can make a significant difference in test preparation. More than 15,000 students benefit from Sylvan's test prep programs each year with higher test scores, and even some perfect scores, according to the company.
"Students need someone to help them navigate through this very confusing process and Sylvan Learning's prep programs are a valuable resource for that," says Anathea Simpkins, Sylvan Learning's Director of College Prep Products.
Since the debut of the revised SAT in March 2016, Simpkins says, she has noticed that more students have trouble with the math section in which calculators are not allowed. The "Words in Context" items in the reading and writing sections also pose a frequent challenge for students. Sylvan has adjusted its SAT and ACT prep programs to focus on these challenging areas and help give students the edge they need, Simpkins notes.
Tips for success on the new SAT include:
*Read more. The new SAT includes word problems in math, passages in writing, and text to be read before composing an essay. In addition, several items may be based on one passage, and failure to read effectively could impact several answers.
*Focus in class. Much of the SAT comes from sources used in the classroom. Many passages in the reading and math sections draw from the context of social studies and science, so it is important to pay attention in all subject areas, recognize connections, and apply familiar concepts to new ideas.
*Know your tough spots. An initial diagnostic test can show where a struggling student needs help, so these skills can be a top priority during test prep sessions.
Sylvan Learning takes on the challenges of college prep tests by identifying the skills needed to succeed in each section. Each chapter of a Sylvan program includes robust practice and a unique online component, SylvanPrep.com, which provides thousands of video-based lessons for additional practice and support that is especially useful in a student's problem areas.
Visit sylvanlearning.com/prep for more details about Sylvan Learning's college prep programs.
- It used to be that families sat down at the dinner table and ate their evening meal together. These days, parents are juggling work and home, while running kids to and from various activities. Because of all of these demands, it can be a struggle to find a recipe solution that meets your needs.
You want to provide a wholesome, flavorful, home-cooked meal, but really, who has the time?
Fortunately, there are alternatives that can make you feel good about what you're serving, which is not too time-consuming to make.
The following one-pot prep meal is made with the smooth, firm texture of No Yolks noodles, the number-one brand of noodles in the US and Canada. Created in 1976, No Yolks noodles are the healthier alternative to regular egg noodles. They're made with egg whites, so they have no cholesterol and you can feel good about serving them.
One-Pot Creamy Noodles with Bacon & Peas
8 oz bacon, diced
12 oz No Yolks Extra Broad Noodles
2 cups diced onion
3-1/2 cups low sodium chicken broth
3/4 cup half and half
1 cup frozen peas
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1 Tbsp lemon juice
Salt and ground black pepper, to taste
1. Heat large deep skillet over medium-high heat. Cook bacon for about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally, until browned and crispy. Transfer to paper towel-lined plate; set aside.
2. Discard all but two tablespoons of grease. Add onions and cook for 5 minutes, or until golden brown and tender.
3. Add broth, half and half, and uncooked noodles to skillet and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer, covered, for 8 to 10 minutes or until noodles are tender. Stir occasionally while simmering.
4. Season with salt and pepper, and stir to combine. Add peas, Parmesan, bacon and lemon juice to skillet and cook for an additional 2 minutes or until heated through.
For more information and recipes, visit www.noyolks.com
- Sometimes we're so caught up in all the pro sports stars whose lives have been wrecked by misusing prescription painkillers that we forget the problem extends down to the amateur level.
And, yes, that does mean college and even high-school sports.
At least one study put the number of college student athletes who've used prescription medications to enhance their performance at as high as 53.3 percent. And another recent study on high school athletes, published online in the Journal of Child & Adolescent Substance Abuse, reported that 12 percent of male seniors and 8 percent of female seniors admitted to abusing painkillers.
To former ESPN.com columnist Gregg Easterbrook -- who wrote about painkillers in his book "The King of Sports: Football's Impact on America -- it's no surprise that the largest percentage of those young abusers play football.
"Youth and high-school players see an example that appears to be of men so tough, they laugh at pain," he wrote. "The message sent is that young players should use their own bodies recklessly."
So what's a concerned parent to do?
Well, if your child is experiencing neuro-musculoskeletal-related pain from playing sports-- spinal pain, say, from too many tackles or strained soccer kicks --first know that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention last March began urging physicians to avoid prescribing opioids for chronic pain in response to a record high 28,647 deaths involving the highly addictive drugs in 2014.
Know, too, that the most popular non-pharmacologic alternative to routine care is drug-free chiropractic care.
"Doctors of chiropractic play a key role in sports health care by providing hands-on care that help improve range of motion, flexibility, muscle strength, and other key performance factors," notes the not-for-profit Foundation for Chiropractic Progress
' Sherry McAllister.