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Folks Clueless When It Comes To Weight Loss

January 02, 2019

A lot of people probably made a New Years resolution to lose weight this year, but a new poll suggests most folks really don’t know how to go about it

A survey by Jenny Craig finds that two thirds of people are currently looking to lose weight. And while 92% of folks say they know the right foods to eat, more than half are still making daily bad food choices.

Surprisingly, it looks like men are more interested in getting help losing weight than women, with more men open to using a weight loss program to lose weight in the New Year (75% vs. 43%). And one thing that may be holding people back from losing is support, with only 46% of people saying they have adequate support to help them lose weight, and 31% saying they don’t get the support they need.

  • Interestingly, in what is an obvious dig at Jenny Craig competitor WW, a.k.a. Weight Watchers, whose new slogan is “wellness that works,” the survey finds that 42% of people are unsure of what wellness means, with 51% of people believing it’s simply a buzzword. What’s more, 87% of people believe physical wellness is the most important thing to obtain personal wellness, with emotional wellness close behind (83%). 

Source: Yahoo Finance

American Girl Introduces New Doll To Promote Meaningful Connections

January 02, 2019

Plenty of parents probably shelled out big bucks on an American Girl doll for their daughters this Christmas, but they should get ready for their kids to start begging for a new one, now that the company has just revealed their latest Girl of the Year doll. 

This year’s Girl of the Year doll, which is on sale now, is Blaire Wilson, which features bright green eyes and curly red hair, and is described as “a young chef-in-training who loves bringing people together.” The company says Blaire is a “natural people person,” who like a lot of folks today, “needs help finding balance between the digital world and the real world.” The goal is for girls to learn through Blaire the importance of being connected with people they care about, noting, “this means more than clicking and swiping—it means truly being there.”

  • “Building and maintaining supportive relationships with family and friends is central to Blaire's story—a message we think is important to champion among girls today,” Julia Prohaska, Vice President of Marketing for American Girl, explains. “In an age where families are often striving for quality time together, we hope Blaire inspires everyone to make a New Year's resolution to connect more regularly with the important people in their lives and make their time together this year really count." 

Source: Yahoo Finance

Rich Folks Will Donate More If They Feel They Are In Charge

January 02, 2019

We’d all like to think that people with a lot of money are more willing to help out those in need, and a new study suggests that could be true, but notes that folks with more disposable income are more likely to donate to charity if they feel like they are in charge.

A study out of Harvard Business School and the University of British Columbia sent two letters requesting donations to 12,000 Ivy League alumni with salaries of at least $100,000 annually. Both letters requested donations, but one was vague, while the other was more specific to the individual. For example, the more specific letter read, “Sometimes, one person needs to come forward and take individual action,” while the other read “Sometimes, a community needs to come forward to support a common goal.” 

What they found was that those who received the more specific letter were more likely to give more money to charity. Specifically, those who got the targeted letter donated an average of $432, while those who got the general one donated $270.

  • As for why, the researchers don’t have a specific answer, but they do suggest it has something to do with the person who got the targeted letter feeling like they have control over the situation or are responsible for the outcome. 

Source: New York Post 

A Dry January May Not Be As Good An Idea As You Think

January 02, 2019

After a December filled with lots of food and booze, a lot of people decide to take January off from imbibing, but experts suggest committing to a Dry January isn’t exactly the great idea some people think it is.

Yes, it’s true giving up booze for a month can have health benefits, like better skin, more energy and dropping a few pounds, but experts say it doesn’t actually do much to encourage an all over healthier lifestyle. In fact, most people are likely to undo all the good they’ve done once February comes, because they’ll quickly indulge in a a lot of drinking once January is over to make up for what they had been missing.

"Taking a break from alcohol can be a good opportunity to reflect on how much and how often you are drinking, and its impact on your health and wellbeing as well as your finances,” Ben Butler, spokesman for the UK charity Drinkaware, notes. “However, people shouldn’t think that cutting back or having a break from alcohol for a short while means that it’s OK to drink to excess over the rest of the year."

  • Experts note that instead of just cutting out booze for a month, folks should put their focus on cutting back on how much you drink overall. They suggest that if you’re drinking too much, try and set weekly limits on how much you consume. 
  • ONE MORE THING! If you are still thinking of taclking a Dry January, at least one study says it IS a good thing to do. A study out of University of Sussex had 816 UK residents take part in a booze-free January and found that eight months later these people were drinking less on average than before the dry month. They had about one less day of drinking a week, had one less glass of alcohol when they did drink, and got drunk one less time each month.

Source: The Sun

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