Anyone with kids will tell you that there are a lot of things to consider when deciding where you want to raise your family. While a lot of people may stick to the state they grew up in, they may do better moving to another state, and a new report reveals which ones they may want to consider.
WalletHub looked at all 50 states in the U.S., judging them on 49 different factors to determine which are the best and worst states in the country to raise a family. They looked at such key factors as cost of housing, share of families with young children, quality of local schools, and healthcare, as well as if there are opportunities for fun and recreation.
So, what state should you pick up and move to if you want to do the best by your fam? Minnesota tops the list, with an overall score of 65.32 out of 100, getting high marks for health and safety and socioeconomic rank, and landing in the Top Ten for education and childcare and affordability.
Top Ten Best States To Raise A Family In the U.S.
- North Dakota
- New Hampshire
- New York
- New Jersey
- Rhode Island
On the flipside, New Mexico is considered worst state in the U.S. to raise a kid, with a total score of just 31.69, coming in dead last for socioeconomic rank and second-to-last for education.
The Ten Worst States To Raise A Family In the U.S.
- New Mexico
- West Virginia
- South Carolina
Click here to see where your home state falls on the list.
It’s no secret that gender inequality is a real thing, but a new study suggests that men are being discriminated against more than women.
The global study, conducted by the University of Essex and the University of Missouri-Columbia, claims that women have it better off in 91 countries out of 134, including the US, UK and Australia. In fact, they suggest there are only 34 countries where women are treated less fairly, including Italy, Israel and China.
So, why do they think men are treated less fairly? Well, the study notes that in those 91 countries men receive harsher punishments than women for the same crime, men are expected to take part in compulsory military service, and they have more occupational deaths than women.
Based on the study’s Basic Index of Gender Inequality, which takes into account educational opportunities, healthy life expectancy, and overall life satisfaction, Italy is the country with the most equality, with a score of 0.00021, meaning men are only slightly favored. Meanwhile, Saudi Arabia, of all places, is the top ranked nation to favor women over men, with a score of negative 0.001554. As for where the US falls, it ranks at 61, with a BIGI score of negative 0.032937, which means it favors women over men.
Source: Daily Mail
Winter has only just started, so while the holiday season is over, cold season has a long way to go. With germs everywhere, it’s tough to stay healthy, but these tips can help protect you and your family from getting sick.
- Make some homemade juice - Store-bought juice is packed with sugar, which isn’t great for your immune system, so buy the fruit and make a healthier version yourself. Orange and grapefruit are excellent for vitamin C and toss in some beets and carrots to reduce inflammation, too.
- Create “sick zones” in your home - If some family members are sick and others are trying to avoid breathing in their germy air, cough and cold expert Dr. Alanna Levine suggests designating “sick zones” in your house. Keep the coughers and sneezers in one area to decrease the chance of spreading germs and hopefully keep you healthy.
- Teach kids to sneeze into their arms - There isn’t always time to go running for a tissue before each sneeze, especially for little ones. So show the kiddos how to catch a sneeze in the crook of their arm, which is basically like a built-in shield to stop germs from spreading.
- Set an early bedtime - Getting plenty of rest is one of the best ways to help the body fight off germs, so send those kids to bed early. They’ll get the extra rest their bodies need to fight sickness and you’ll get the bonus of a little extra time for yourself.
- Hang eucalyptus in your shower - Buy a bundle of fresh eucalyptus and tie it to your showerhead. The steam from your shower will work with the plant’s antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties to create a stress-relieving, spa-like atmosphere that fights germs, too.
Sometimes you’re so mad or stressed that you feel like breaking something, but no one wants to actually ruin their own stuff and that’s what “rage rooms” are all about. Here, people can pay to demolish and destroy items, like TVs, laptops, ceramics, and old furniture. Rage rooms, or anger rooms, are entertainment and self-care rolled into one and people all over the country are getting in on the action.
Peter Wolf, co-founder of Rage Ground in Los Angeles, says rage rooms started popping up in Asia around 20 years ago and these days they can be found in most major cities in the U.S. With fun names like “Smash Therapy,” it’s no wonder folks flock there to break and shatter stuff until their heart’s content.
Visitors pay between $30 and $390, depending on the place, to suit up and hit stuff. There are just a few rules at most rage rooms, mostly relating to not hitting the walls or throwing things through the ceiling, which is bound to happen when you get enough people in there venting their feelings while wrecking stuff with metal bats.
Rage rooms aren’t for everyone and some therapists warn they can even make stress or anger worse for some people. Painting and meditating are also good ways to lower levels of the stress hormone cortisol, but this is just the kind of therapy some are looking for.
“It’s really about providing a safe space so you can come in when you feel like you need to and get it all out of your system without harming anyone and breaking your own stuff,” Wolf says. “And then we clean it up for you.”
Source: Refinery 29
For a lot of us, it’s hard to stay motivated to keep working out. We should want to do it to take care of ourselves and feel healthier, but that’s not always enough incentive. But there are actually apps out there that will pay you to exercise more! These apps let you earn cash when you smash your fitness or weight loss goals, so if money is a good motivator for you, check them out and get moving.
- Achievement - Sync this app with your other health apps and it does the work of keeping track of all the good things you’re doing, like getting more sleep and tracking your steps. The more healthy stuff you do, the more Achievement pays you.
- DietBet - This app is free, but you have to place a bet to get money out of it. After downloading it, create a fitness challenge for yourself or join an existing one and when you meet your goal, you can win back your money and more.
- Charity Miles - If you’re the selfless type who wants extra money, but not for yourself, check out Charity Miles. This app lets you choose the charity you want to support and you earn money for them based on how much exercise you get.
- HealthyWage - Like DietBet, this app requires you to invest some money in yourself to join a fitness challenge, but after you participate in verified weigh-ins to prove you’re doing the work, you get the cash when you beat your goals.
- RunBet - with this app, you join a game for a certain amount of time and place your bet. If you reach your running goal by the time the game is finished, you win. But don’t think you can cheat to get the money, RunBet uses GPS in your phone to verify your activity.