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“U.S. News & World Report” has just come out with their annual Best Jobs rankings. Like last year, healthcare-related jobs dominate the overall list, taking up 47 spots out of 100:

Top Ten Best Jobs (Overall)

  1. Software Developer
  2. Dentist
  3. Physician Assistant
  4. Nurse Practitioner
  5. Orthodontist
  6. Statistician
  7. Pediatrician
  8. Obstetrician and Gynecologist
  9. Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon
  10. Physician 

Top Five Best-Paying Jobs

  1. Anesthesiologist
  2. Surgeon
  3. Obstetrician and Gynecologist
  4. Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon
  5. Orthodontist 

Click here to check out the complete Best Job list 

Source: U.S. News & World Report


Coca-Cola just announced that after 35 years they are giving Diet Coke a new look.  In addition to sleeker cans, they are adding four new flavors.  New flavors, which will launch later this month, include Ginger Lime, Feisty Cherry, Twisted Mango and Zesty Blood Orange.

Source: USA Today


A new poll finds that 66% of companies have expanded their health and wellness offerings over the past five years.  89% of workers say their company is supportive of their health goals.  Food at office celebrations and office snacks are some of the biggest obstacles for workers trying to stay healthy. HR managers reveal some of the unique health and wellness perks offered at jobs, including:

  • Paying employees extra money if they don't check work email while on vacation
  • Offering onsite exercise, meditation, yoga and healthy cooking classes
  • Providing free massages
  • Having a nurse's department in the office
  • Giving workers fitness tracking devices
  • Offering onsite personal trainers

Source: OfficeTeam


Pregnant women are known for having intense cravings during those nine months when they’re growing a human inside of them and those cravings aren’t always healthy choices. Giving in to too many ice cream or French fry cravings isn’t good for mama or her unborn baby, but according to new research, indulging in a desire for a big, fried breakfast could actually boost baby’s brain power.

Researchers from Cornell University found that bacon and eggs are full of a key nutrient for unborn babies: choline. This stuff is essential to developing the part of the brain linked to memory and recall and pork and eggs are excellent sources of choline.

In the small study of 26 women, half of them ate 480 milligrams of choline a day - which is 30 milligrams more than the daily recommendation - and the other group consumed almost twice as much choline - 930 milligrams. Then researchers tested the babies at four, seven, 10, and 13-months old to compare their processing, speed, motor response and visuospatial memory.

It turns out, the more choline the mamas ate, the higher their baby’s intelligence. So researchers concluded that the current recommendation for choline isn’t enough and pregnant women should be eating more of it. But an egg only has about 115 milligrams and two strips of bacon have about 60 milligrams of choline, so it’s not easy to get 930 milligrams without supplements. And for you vegetarians and vegans out there, don’t worry, there’s choline in nuts, broccoli, and legumes, too, so your babies will also be brilliant.

Source: MamaMia


If you feel like there aren’t enough hours in a day to get everything done, you need to take a deep breath and slow down. Even when your schedule is insane, you should be making time for your health, happiness, and well-being, too. Here are a few ways to manage your time so you can get it all done and feel good while you do it.

  • Don’t multitask, compartmentalize - Multitasking may help you get a lot of things partially done but not completed, so try focusing on one thing at a time instead. Prioritize your to-do list and limit how long you spend doing low-priority tasks. Knowing you have a time limit to finish something can help you stay focused and help you get more accomplished.
  • Limit your time on social media - When you’re super busy, the last thing you need to do is get sucked into the wormhole of Instagram or Twitter. Even when your schedule isn’t so hectic, it’s better for your overall well-being to spend less time on social media.
  • Make time for self-care - Nothing burns you out faster than not making time for things you enjoy and for taking care of yourself. So squeeze room in your busy schedule for your hobbies and passions, and anything that brings you happiness. You’re worth it!
  • Set the tone for your day first thing in the morning - Give yourself extra time in the morning so you’re not rushed from the get go, even if that means waking up earlier. Having a calm, relaxed start to your day will carry through the entire day so dragging yourself out of bed sooner is worth it.
  • Allow for breaks - Even when you feel too busy to stop, take breaks and schedule them as often as possible to keep you focused and refreshed.

Source: The Thirty

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