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Introducing SmartBuyGlasses.com’s New Opticians- Gold-Class Service & Professional Optometric Expertise Now Online

With the new year, SmartBuyGlasses.com has stepped up its customer experience by appointing a new optician. Now, all prescription eyewear shoppers will enjoy a safe, easy, and highly personalized shopping journey online thanks to the expertise of 2 opticians.

Chloe joins as Head of Prescription at the SmartBuyGlasses Optical Group, where optician Caitlyn was also appointed recently. Together, they will be assisting all customers with their eye health concerns and providing quick, one-to-one, ophthalmic services of the highest standards.

“We are thrilled to hire another certified eye care professional to elevate our customer experience. More people than ever before are coming online to shop for eyewear for the first time and understandably have a lot of questions. Having more opticians working within our customer service team will help to provide our customers with real-time, professional advice safely and conveniently”, says David Menning, CEO. 

Chloe is a General Optical Council registered Optician, with over 8 years experience of working in optical practices, including Specsavers and Vision Express. Chloe trained at the ABDO college in Kent for 3 years and sat the practical and theoretical OSCE’s, including lens and vision theory. She is passionate about providing gold standard clinical eye care to all customers.

“I am here every step of the way, from answering questions before you place your order to checking in with you once you have your glasses! I will work with the optical lab to ensure you get the best vision and comfort possible with your new glasses. I work with SmartBuyGlasses to ensure we have the latest and safest advice and technology in eye care. This is a very exciting collaboration of Optical eye care professionals, with the amazing value and frame choice that you won’t find anywhere else!”, says Chloe.

Caitlyn is an Ophthalmic Dispenser with an ABO, NCLE, as well as a State license and has developed strong hands-on experience as an in-store optician. Caitlyn undertook the American Board of Opticianry written exam as well as the national contact lens exam and has a passion for educating others about eye care. Caitlyn will help customers with any questions about their prescription, frames and lens recommendations, basic contact lenses questions, and further information on optics in different types of lenses.

“If you’re new to buying glasses online, I’m here to help! I bring over four years’ in-store experience from large optical stores and look forward to helping make SmartBuyGlasses customers’ experience as comfortable as possible with my optical knowledge”, says Caitlyn.

“A Personalised Eyewear Shopping Experience Awaits You…”

In addition to their team of highly qualified opticians, SmartBuyGlasses offers revolutionary innovative tools to make the online purchasing experience as easy as possible. The most noteworthy being their Virtual Try-On tool, with which customers can see themselves wearing thousands of glasses online, and the Lens Scanner app, which extracts prescription details of a current pair of eyeglasses for free.

If you have a question for Caitlyn or Chloe, you can write to them by asking a question on SmartBuyGlasses’ Optical Center here

About SmartBuyGlasses Optical Group

SmartBuyGlasses Optical Group is one of the world’s leading designer eyewear e-retailers with websites in more than 20 countries, including SmartBuyGlasses in the US and Vision Direct in Australia. They offer a catalog of over 80,000 products from more than 180 brands.

Posted in: Family & Parenting,Health & Medicine,Lifestyle,Retail,Shopping & Deal

Prize-Winning Author Ruth Finnegan Presents a Delightful Version of the Adventures of Sinbad the Sailor's Early Voyages

Ruth Finnegan, the writer, and publisher of many books covering a wide spectrum of topics, has cast her magic yet again. The multi-award romance-novel author has come up with a creative and delightfully different version of the famed adventures of Sinbad the Sailor. The book titled ‘Whales and Magic’ has mesmerizing pictures by Kevin Nara. 

“Whales and Magic is something children will love to read, thanks to the unique story and action-packed fantastic pictures,” says Ruth Finnegan. “I have given a different treatment to the ancient tale which will surely charm young as well as old readers. The ancient tale has been drawn from the magical Middle Eastern treasure house of wondrous sea voyages including The Arabian Nights, as also Homer’s Odyssey.”

The picture book story not only has an interesting plot but also contains a powerful message. Ruth Finnegan ensures there is a deeper moral behind the story of Sinbad the Sailor which can act as an inspiration for young minds. The colorfully illustrated story has a fair dose of magic and fantasy.

Whales and Magic is a great book to read aloud to individuals or groups. Finnegan has introduced a very innovative way of keeping children engaged and eliciting responses from them by asking questions throughout the book. Educators and parents reading the book aloud can pause at the questions and wait for responses to have a truly interactive reading experience.

 

Whales and Magic, the modern version of the popular mythological adventure tale for children by Ruth Finnegan, retells the tale of Sinbad the Sailor for today’s generation. The smart use of alliteration and repetition is evident throughout the book. Finnegan employs unique methods in her narrative to make sure that her young audience gets fully involved in the story of the young sailor and his encounter with a whale. 

The enticing illustrations add more impact to the tale by creating a feeling of real action and animation in every panel of the story. The story and the illustrations together create a magical experience that takes the idea of story-telling to a different level altogether.

Whales and Magic has attracted hugely positive reviews on Amazon and other online portals. 

“This picture book story has an interesting plot and a powerful message,” says Emily-Jane Hills Orford, the author of several books. “There is a deeper moral behind the story of Sinbad the Sailor. At least, in this story there is. And it’s a good moral to learn. The story is colorfully illustrated by Kevin Nara, which helps move the events along.”

“When it comes to stories that capture children’s imaginations, both plot-wise and visually, Sinbad’s tales fit the bill. But will yet another Sinbad story be welcomed by teachers and parents? Well, if that book is Whales and Magic, written by Ruth Finnegan and illustrated by Kevin Nara, the answer is “yes”, provided the book is read aloud to groups or individuals.” – This is how Viga Boland has reviewed the book. 

The Kindle Edition of Whales and Magic is available on Amazon. Click on this link to place an order: 

Posted in: Arts & Entertainment,Books & Literature,Family & Parenting,Leisure Activities

Mario Bonds Inspires Millions as a Foster Parent to Four Boys in Spite of Being Totally Blind

Mario Bonds, the multitalented singer, songwriter, and motivational speaker is emerging as the inspiration source for millions. This incredibly talented artist has shown the world that a disability need not become an obstacle in the way of achieving one’s dreams and ambitions. He is a foster father to four children and takes care of them despite being completely blind in both eyes.

“I have had a tough childhood and suffered hardships of unimaginable proportions,” says Mario Bonds while recalling his early days. “I suffered abuse at various levels, was abandoned and became homeless. Yet, even during my worst times, I never lost hope and kept my spirits flying high.”

Bonds is one of nine siblings in his large family. He was born with Morning Glory Syndrome, a degenerative condition that results in loss of vision in both eyes. By the age of nine, Bonds was completely blind. To make matters worse, he lost his parents too. However, Bonds utilized his sorrows and setbacks to propel himself forward.

His passion for helping the unprivileged was evident when he recently adopted four boys. Some questions were raised about how a blind person can care for four young kids and ensure their safety and well-being. However, the judge was convinced that this single father can fully fulfill the responsibilities associated with adopting children.

Bonds holds a foster care license, and that has helped him overcome any potential hurdles in the adoption process. He is keen to serve society through active participation and sponsorship of programs and events for troubled youths.

Bonds started singing and playing the piano at age 5. He got his first professional exposure at 12 while playing the drums for his childhood church, Refuge Temple in Washington, D.C. 

Bonds mastered playing the piano and the drums and also quickly added guitar and organ to his skillset. At 14, the musically gifted Bonds got admission to the prestigious Suitland’s School for the Visual and Performing Arts. He later secured a degree in Journalism from George Mason University.

Bonds became a famous figure because of NBC Universal's run of his “Glee Project.” That success helped Bonds reveal to the world that a person with a disability can rise and meet any challenge. He has entertained and inspired millions of fans over several years. He has also worked at the Pentagon and is a popular TV host as well. Bonds was a contestant on American Idol as well. 

The singer’s single debut ‘Steel’ was released on March 17, 2018. It is a stirring, biographical power ballad that inspires those facing challenges to believe in themselves. The song makes listeners recognize themselves as made of steel, with the power to withstand tough circumstances and any form of adversity. 

‘Steel’ is on target to become a crossover modern-day anthem. The song’s soaring vocals and infectious lyrics have incredible motivational powers and deliver a jolt of inspiration to today’s world.

Bonds has a long string of achievements to his credit. He is a tech expert and offers computer guidance to companies and people. He is a proficient voice actor and poet.

Bonds has been conferred with the prestigious Imagination Award for his work with students and the performing arts. His early life and struggles have been captured aptly in "Without Sight but Full of Vision" - a moving memoir. 

Through his unforgettable music, keynotes, and live performances, Bonds has demonstrated to the world that it is possible to succeed regardless of all obstacles. All that are needed are courage, creativity, and determination to overcome adversity.  

Bonds is a performer and motivational speaker with a passion for delivering a “special surprise” to his listeners and audiences on how to overcome hardships.

Bonds has been conferred with the prestigious Imagination Award for his work with students and the performing arts. His early life and struggles have been captured aptly in "Without Sight but Full of Vision" - a moving memoir. 

Through his unforgettable music, keynotes, and live performances, Bonds has demonstrated to the world that it is possible to succeed regardless of all obstacles. All that are needed are courage, creativity, and determination to overcome adversity.  

Bonds is a performer and motivational speaker with a passion for delivering a “special surprise” to his listeners and audiences on how to overcome hardships.

This powerful speaker knows how to draw audiences in with his provoking, and inspiring, presentations, which are the perfect blend of education and entertainment. He also provides performances and keynotes in fluent Spanish. Many of his presentations conclude with an inspirational song performance. 

Bonds often speaks on the following topics:

  • Putting The Odds in Your Favor: Choosing to Overcome Adversity
  • Without Sight but Full of Vision: A Message from Mario's Childhood Memoir
  • What Disability? - Redefining What it Means to be Disabled
  • Box of Life's Chocolates: Diversity, Equal Access & Inclusion
  • From Victim to Survivor (abuse/assault): Ways to Reclaim Your Power
  • World of Assistive Technology: A Blind Man's Virtual Life

His YouTube videos can be accessed here:

Video Link : https://youtu.be/0y8P5Nd7GTM

Video Link: https://youtu.be/Xp4BA5bCxJ0

For more information, visit www.mabspeaks.com.

About:

Mario Bonds is an incredible singer, songwriter, and author. He writes and records songs that inspire and transform listeners. He is also a compelling motivational and inspirational keynote speaker and speaks on a variety of topics aimed at inspiring people. He is a living example of how people can achieve their life goals and dreams despite facing seemingly insurmountable adversities. "The Glee Project," remains his most successful creation to date, one that has inspired millions.  

Posted in: Arts & Entertainment,Celebrity,Family & Parenting,Health & Medicine,Living

HealthyChildren.org Celebrates Halloween with Spooktacular Sweepstakes Event

HealthyChildren.org, the official American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) website for parents, celebrates Halloween by giving away ten 0 Visa gift cards in the site's Spooktacular Sweepstakes event.

Registered users of HealthyChildren.org may enter once each day during the event which runs October 22 through October 31, 2020. Winners will be drawn daily and announced on Facebook as they are confirmed. View the full contest rules.

About HealthyChildren.org
The only parenting website backed by 67,000 AAP member pediatricians, HealthyChildren.org offers trustworthy, up-to-the-minute health advice and guidance for parents and caregivers, along with interactive tools and personalized content. Registered users enjoy a customized home page featuring articles appropriate for their children by age, as well as a free monthly e-newsletter.

The site also offers a Find a Pediatrician service, an Ask the Pediatrician tool, a KidsDoc Symptom Checker, and more than 5,000 articles in English and Spanish.

Posted in: Family & Parenting,Fitness,Food & Beverage,News & Current Affairs

Mike Nekta: The Prime Don of Diamonds

In every industry across the globe, there are notable titans straddling the stratospheres, commanding respect by virtue of their vast experience, sheer will and deep intellect. These are men and women who have cut their teeth in the most arduous ways possible in their industry, emerging as eminent experts in their businesses, gurus to be consulted on the most precarious issues concerning their industry. In the general world of jewelries (and more particularly diamonds), one name reverberates when these listed qualities are thought of - Mike Nekta.

The son, grandson and great-grandson of accomplished jewellers, Mike Nekta is a full-blooded jeweller that understands the need to combine family heritage with more professional education, in order to lead and adapt to industry innovations. That foresight and quick grasp of innovation was what made Mike opt out of his scholarship in Baruch University, going instead for a professional course in the Gemological Institute of America (which is the Harvard of the global diamond industry), specializing in diamonds, a credential that a majority of jewelers cannot boast of. The combination of street smarts developed by active dealing in the New York City diamond district since 1997 and his formal education at the GIA, alongside his experience in importing, exporting, and manufacturing jewelries has given Mike Nekta near-superhero type powers on anything diamond. A jeweler that is not formally educated is many times at the mercy of his suppliers, a costly plight that would surely negatively affect prices for clients. With his experience and formal education, that has never been so for Mike.

At heart, Mike is a romantic, a firm believer in the special nature of engagements and the fact that nothing else screams "special" more than beautifully customized wedding rings that individually express(es) each couples' unique bond in the best form. That knowledge and desire to create more memorable and personal moments for couples drove Mike to set out to design these kinds of rings that take each individual couple into consideration, on graduation. The beautiful thing about Mike Nekta's brand is the fact that he strongly believes (and ensures) that everyone experiences this magic, whether they are rich or poor, from America or from Africa. Where some other big brand jewelers charge unfair premiums even for young lovebirds with limited resources, Mike cuts down on all of that in order to ensure that his clients are satisfied and not scammed. Although a great number of his rich clients (that request large diamond designs) are people who prefer their purchase rather not be mentioned publicly, there are some exceptions. Among his publicly known outstanding designs is the rave Shahs of Sunset, a .2 million 15 carat diamond engagement ring designed for Lilly Galichi at the request of her tycoon fiancé, Dahr Mahn. 

By 2004 (which was twenty-nine years after the Nekta family set up shop in the tri-state area), Mike introduced the Nekta Watch Collection, a unique brand that  understands the bond that men have to their watches, solidifying that bond even more with personal touches for individual men. With this, the Nekta family jewelry business completed it's shift from a small chain of resale jewelry shops to a budding professional jewelry design and sales business to be reckoned with in the tri-state area and beyond, boasting of more than 250,000 collections.

Trying to fit Mike Nekta's accomplishments in the jewelry industry in a single article would not do true justice to him and his achievements in the business, but that is what we are doing here. As an astute business man, a jewelry designer, and a diamond expert, Mike Nekta has a very tiny pool of rivals, but what puts him ahead of the herd is his dedication to telling each of his individual client's story in the best fitting way possible with his designs. That is innate and cannot be bought, and it is what makes clients keep coming back with new people, and others in the business look up to and consult Mike on the diciest issues. He is one of the foremost authorities on anything diamond, a man who believes in guiding people and protecting them from scams.

Posted in: Celebrity,Family & Parenting,Lifestyle,Retail,Shopping & Deal

The 2020 EWF Virtual Conference “Empowering Women In Cybersecurity, Risk & Privacy: Enhancing Business, Resilience & Trust” Agenda is LIVE!

The Executive Women's Forum on Information Security, Risk Management & Privacy (EWF) is thrilled to announce that the 2020 EWF Virtual Conference "Empowering Women In Cybersecurity, Risk & Privacy: Enhancing Business, Resilience & Trust" agenda is LIVE! For the first time, the EWF is introducing EWF Conference Scholarships, as part of our commitment to breaking down barriers that prevent underrepresented women.

The EWF Conference is an exclusive opportunity to interact with more than 500 thought leaders GLOBALLY in Information Security, Risk Management, and Privacy. Join us for a three-day event, including a Leadership Track, to equip you with the skills you need for advancement. Attendees will learn from the most accomplished and influential women in our field. Gaining exposure to new ideas and approaches, developing best practices, and building trusted relationships with the best and brightest is an excellent and abundant investment return. The deadline to register for the EWF Virtual Conference is October 7, 2020. To register, view the agenda, learn more about the conference and our speakers, please visit our Conference page here. Save 0 by using discount code: EWFVIRTUAL20.

"In this unique year, the EWF is excited to show our resilience and our community's resilience with a completely virtual conference," said Lynn Terwoerds, Executive Director, EWF. "As always, we have a great lineup of speakers, networking events, and a platform that supports a compelling conference experience."

Scholarship recipients will receive a full conference pass to the 2020 EWF Virtual Conference giving them access to the 3-day programming, including pre/post sessions, Rising Leaders Forum Workshop for millennials, an on-demand library of recorded content, and the conference platform and app.

"The EWF believes in diversity and inclusion in our membership, program offerings, and events," said Mary Wei, Director of Diversity, Inclusion, and Community Engagement. "We have established scholarships to the EWF Annual Conference as part of our commitment to breaking down barriers for underrepresented women in our industry."

The deadline to submit for the EWF Conference Scholarships is September 30, 2020! To apply, see eligibility, and to learn more about the EWF Conference Scholarships, please visit https://www.ewf-usa.com/page/EWFConferenceScholarships.

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About the Executive Women's Forum on Information Security, Risk Management & Privacy:
Founded in 2002, the Executive Women's Forum on Information Security, Risk Management & Privacy (EWF) is the largest member organization dedicated to engaging, advancing, and developing women leaders in Cybersecurity, IT Risk Management, Governance Risk & Compliance, and Privacy. The EWF serves emerging leaders and the most prominent and influential women in our field by facilitating programs and events throughout the year, including an Annual Conference, regional meetings, leadership development, and mentorship programs and interaction with global thought leaders through an online community. For more information, visit http://www.ewf-usa.com.

Posted in: Family & Parenting,Law & Legal,Lifestyle,Living,News & Current Affairs

Marci Brockmann Shares Life Experiences Through An Intimate Memoir and Healing Journey

Marci Brockman, the renowned artist, author, and teacher, has shared an intimate memoir and the healing journey of her life. The memoir shares her own trauma and how she helped herself and others deal with pain and how overcoming mental illness and addiction is a distinct possibility through expressive writing. 

“I believe that we all need hope and inspiration to break the destructive bonds of trauma,” says Marci Brockmann. “I have authored a memoir and a guided expressive writing journal, both aimed at healing trauma and pain and helping people connect with their past. I want people to understand and make sense of their memories and beautiful patterns and discover the truest hopes and dreams to make their lives truly beautiful.”

The two books that Brockmann has authored are – ‘Permission To Land: Searching For Love, Home & Belonging - a memoir about surviving and thriving mental illness and addiction and learning to love yourself and your life and ‘Permission To Land: Personal Transformation Through Writing’ - a guided expressive writing journal with over 100 pages of writing prompts. The journal aims to help people overcome their past experiences and move ahead with more clarity, awareness, and confidence.

According to Brockmann, expressive writing has the power to heal and also helps create a secure future that creates a sense of love and belonging. She has been sharing stories with others and wants people to know about their past, illuminate the present, and take firm steps towards a bright future with more clarity, awareness, and confidence through writing. The aim is to help people improve their mental health.

 The new author believes that expressive writing is the cornerstone of wellness and writing connections. She has designed a video workshop that can help people learn at their own pace. They can use numerous writing prompts and inspiring photographs to discover their deepest emotions, memories, and motivations, continue their wellness journey, and achieve personal growth.

Both her books are available at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and other book stores. Signed copies of the book can be purchased at www.Marcibrockmann.com along with customized paintings, prints, scarves, and now fashionable face masks.

Brockmann is also offering her Expressive Writing Video Workshop as a free gift on https://youtu.be/1gjKcMLb3xM 

Here’s what Barbara Kanal, DSW had to say about her book:

‘In Permission to Land: Personal Transformation Through Writing’ Marci Brockmann has created an excellent tool for reflection and self-improvement. The thought-provoking writing prompts will take you on a valuable journey through your own life, experiences, and memories. It is a beautiful addition to the memoir Permission to Land: Searching for Love, Home & Belonging. Her psychological knowledge is evident as the writing prompts to encourage us all to tell our own stories.”

For more information, visit www.MarciBrockmann.com 

Her other online links are: 

What’s up, Marci? - The blog - www.whatsupMarci.com  

YouTube Channel - What’s up, Marci? -  https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCL2HWaqrJ5xHOz02zmm7O_w 

Facebook -  https://www.facebook.com/Marcibrockmannartist  

https://www.facebook.com/Marci527   

Facebook Group - Permission to Heal...Safe to Fly  

Twitter - https://twitter.com/Marcibrockmann  

Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/marcibrockmann/ 

Book Trailer Video -

About Marci Brockmann:

Marci Brockmann has been writing expressively in journals for 35 years. She has drawn from her rich journaling experiences to write the two new books. She also hosts her own YouTube Channel – What’s up, Marci? 

She grew up as a child with low self-esteem because of her tough family circumstances. Because of her high sense of insecurity, she yearned for love, a safe home, and a sense of real connection. She realized she had all these inside her while she was always looking outside for the same. Brockmann soon explored the idea of growth and healing through expressive writing and was able to soon realize her dreams and goals.

Marci lives in New York with her husband, their grown kids, frisky cats, and many fishes. Her mission is to empower people to understand their past and make sense of it while creating a future of love, home, and belonging. 

Posted in: Books & Literature,Family & Parenting,Health & Medicine,Living,Website & Blog

BabyLiveAdvice Partners with March of Dimes, Weeks After Being Named an Awardee in the J&J Nurses Innovate QuickFire Challenge

BabyLiveAdvice is pleased to announce a new partnership with March of Dimes, the leading non-profit fighting for the health of all moms and babies. The organization has also received an award from the world’s largest and most broadly-based healthcare company, Johnson and Johnson.  

Recognized as an innovative tech health application, BabyLiveAdvice supports mother and parents virtually through their journey from preconception to early childhood and everything in between. Offering virtual access to a national network of mom providers such as midwives, nurse practitioners, lactation consultants, nutritionists, mental health professionals even a dentist. All provider come from various cultural background and via translation services can speak in all languages. Moms can join online live support groups, pre and postnatal classes or receive individual consults straight from their cell phones. 

Through their partnership with March of Dimes, BabyLiveAdvice will connect families to vital telemedicine support while helping the Arlington, VA-based non-profit develop the virtualization of their program offerings and learn from user experience. In addition, BabyLiveAdvice will provide a portion of its proceeds from its telemedicine platform to support healthy moms and strong babies.

“We are happy to announce our collaboration with March of Dimes to provide virtual support to mothers and their babies,” says Sigi Marmorstein, founder and CEO of digital health platform BabyLiveAdvice. “We all know of the stressful and uncertain times when bringing a baby into the world, and that is especially true in current times with the coronavirus pandemic. Our partnership with March of Dimes will assure that mothers and parents get access to the right advice and support needed to negotiate through these turbulent times, so that they and their babies remain safe and healthy.” 

This development comes after recent recognition of BabyLiveAdvice as one of the awardees in the Johnson & Johnson Nurses Innovate Quick Fire Challenge in Maternal and Newborn Health, together with the Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses (AWHONN). Nurses from around the world were invited to submit innovative ideas aimed at improving maternal & new-born care – including but not limited to neonatal care, obstetrics, and women’s health.  

“Access to quality healthcare for all parents, wherever they may be, is critical to winning our fight for healthy moms and strong babies,” said Stacey D. Stewart, President and CEO at March of Dimes. “Through this partnership with BabyLiveAdvice, we will gain valuable insight into how moms and parents utilize telehealth platforms, so that we may incorporate those learnings into our new virtual care and support programs.” 

The BabyLiveAdvice digital platform has been designed to support, educate, and empower mothers and parents. The core aim of BabyLiveAdvice is to ensure women feel confident by providing the right information and enhancing their knowledge about pregnancy, delivery, breastfeeding, infant care, and more. BabyLiveAdvice connects with mothers and parents, with the aim to help them achieve better health before, during and after their pregnancies.

BabyLiveAdvice provides personalized, ongoing support both nationally and internationally, for the whole family, including moms, dads, grandparents, foster and adoptive parents. Virtual counselling is provided by BabyLiveAdvice through video and chat components to enhance the convenience factor for mothers. If moms have a concern about their health condition or that of the baby, they can get help online quickly and effortlessly.

According to Marmorstein, BabyLiveAdvice has been receiving a steady flow of moms seeking advice and support since the site launched. They have also been experiencing a larger surge in visitors to its site since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic. The service had thousands of visitors to date. They are recommended to others by 95 percent of their customers. They enjoy a high appointment adherence of 79 percent, and their visitors report an impressive 68 percent adherence to lactation. 

The goal of the healthcare platform is to reach one million moms around the World. Their services are being used by hospitals, employers, insurers, care organizations, and non-profits, because they believe that only BabyLiveAdvice offers trusted technology, proven results, turnkey solutions, and sustained engagement. Marmorstein believes that the recently conferred Johnson & Johnson award, along with the March of Dimes partnership, will help them get closer to that goal.

By partnering with March of Dimes, one of leading organizations supporting pregnant women and families during the COVID-19 pandemic, BabyLiveAdvice will be closely monitoring current data and enhancing its capability to provide parents and families 

For more information, visit https://www.babyliveadvice.com/

About BabyLiveAdvice:

BabyLiveAdvice is headquartered in Los Angeles, CA and is on a mission to make sure that every mother and her baby are safe and healthy. From 2018 to date, the platform has helped thousand mothers and families, from all over the US and the world, to successfully navigate their parenthood journeys. Parents can get one-on-one support in their language by a caring provider from BabyLiveAdvice whenever they require.

Posted in: Family & Parenting,Health & Medicine,News & Current Affairs,Professional Services,Technology

New Study Reveals Number of Unpaid Caregivers in America Grew by 9.5 Million in Five Years to Total 53 Million

A new study from the National Alliance for Caregiving (NAC) and AARP finds that the number of family caregivers in the United States increased by 9.5 million from 2015 to 2020 and now encompasses more than one in five Americans. Caregiving in the U.S. 2020 also reveals that family caregivers are in worse health compared to five years ago. As the demand for caregiving rises with an aging population, more must be done to support this vital work. This report highlights the nearly 48 million caregivers caring for someone over the age of 18, and is available here.

“As we face a global pandemic, we’re relying on friends and family to care for the older adults and people living with disabilities in our lives,” said C. Grace Whiting, JD, President and CEO of NAC. “Caregivers are essential to the nation’s public health, and the magnitude of millions of Americans providing unpaid care means that supporting caregivers can no longer be ignored. This research reveals that growing need. Family caregivers care for more people than in 2015 and they take on more care responsibilities as roughly one in four care for two or more people. Many individuals are caring for a longer time, with nearly a third (29%) of caregivers nationwide reporting they have been caregiving for five years or more—up from 24% in the last study.”

This new study shows that the profile of the family caregiver is changing. While caregiving spans all generations, Caregiving in the U.S. 2020 found more young people providing care, including 6% who are Gen Z and 23% who are Millennials. Nearly half (45%) are caring for someone with two or more conditions—a significant jump from 37% in 2015.

Caregiving in the U.S. 2020 also found that:

  • Caregivers face health challenges of their own: nearly a quarter (23%) of caregivers find it hard to take care of their own health and 23% say caregiving has made their health worse.
  • Personal finances are a concern for family caregivers: 28% have stopped saving, 23% have taken on more debt and 22% have used up personal short-term savings.
  • On average, caregivers spend 23.7 hours a week providing care, with one in three (32%) providing care for 21 hours or more, and one in five (21%) providing care for 41+ hours—the equivalent of a full time unpaid job.

“The coronavirus pandemic is exacerbating the challenges family caregivers were already facing from a personal health, financial and emotional standpoint,” said Susan Reinhard, RN, PhD, Senior Vice President at AARP. “Family caregivers provide vital help and care for their loved ones, yet this survey shows that they keep getting stretched thinner and thinner. We must identify and implement more solutions to support family caregivers—both in the short term as we grapple with coronavirus and in the long term as our population ages and the number of family caregivers declines.”

Caregiving in the U.S. 2020 was conducted by Greenwald & Associates using a nationally representative, probability-based online panel. More than 1,700 caregivers who were age 18 or older participated in the survey in 2019. First conducted in 1997, with follow up surveys in 2004, 2009 and 2015, the Caregiving in the U.S. studies are one of the most comprehensive resources describing the American caregiver. The 2020 study was funded by AARP, Best Buy Health Inc. d/b/a GreatCall, EMD Serono Inc., Home Instead Senior Care®, The Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, The John A. Hartford Foundation, TechWerks, Transamerica Institute, and UnitedHealthcare.

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About AARP
AARP is the nation’s largest nonprofit, nonpartisan organization dedicated to empowering people 50 and older to choose how they live as they age. With a nationwide presence and nearly 38 million members, AARP strengthens communities and advocates for what matters most to families: health security, financial stability and personal fulfillment. AARP also produces the nation's largest circulation publications: AARP The Magazine and AARP Bulletin. To learn more, visit http://www.aarp.org or follow @AARP and @AARPadvocates on social media.

About the National Alliance for Caregiving
Established in 1996, the National Alliance for Caregiving is a non-profit coalition of national organizations focusing on advancing family caregiving through research, innovation, and advocacy. NAC conducts research, does policy analysis, develops national best-practice programs, and works to increase public awareness of family caregiving issues. Recognizing that family caregivers provide significant societal and financial contributions toward maintaining the well-being of those in their care, NAC supports a network of more than 80 state and local caregiving coalitions and serves as Secretariat for the International Alliance of Carer Organizations (IACO). Learn more at http://www.caregiving.org.

Posted in: Family & Parenting,Non Profit,U.S

Nexus Adopts New Name to Better Reflect Strategic Direction: Nonprofit’s Rebranding Aligns Services and Reflects Family-Based Approach

Nexus, a national nonprofit organization that provides mental health services to youth and families, is changing its name to Nexus Family Healing. For more than 45 years, Nexus has focused on rebuilding lives, reconnecting families and restoring hope for youth and families suffering from mental, emotional and behavioral issues. Moving forward, Nexus Family Healing will fulfill that purpose with a new name, a refreshed brand, greater integration of its services, and a talented new leadership team led by Dr. Michelle K. Murray, LMFT, President and CEO.

On the frontline of Nexus Family Healing’s work are its eight agencies, including Minnesota-based FACTS, Gerard, Kindred and Mille Lacs; Indian Oaks and Onarga in Illinois; PATH throughout North Dakota; and Woodbourne in Maryland. Through these agencies, Nexus Family Healing provides an array of individualized mental health services in outpatient/community mental health, foster care and adoption, and residential treatment. Murray and the headquarters team in Plymouth, MN are focused on providing innovative and efficient support to the agencies as the organization works to integrate services across the country, expand community mental health offerings to address increased need, and consistently deliver its family-focused approach.

As part of the rebranding effort, the individual agencies will feature the Nexus Family Healing name alongside their own names in a consistent brand architecture supporting their integration into a single system. A new tagline, “Restoring hope. Reshaping futures.” underscores the outcome of Nexus Family Healing’s work.

“Our new name clearly conveys our understanding that in order to change a child’s life, families, too, must be supported and healed. Our dedication to providing innovative, effective, trauma-informed mental health care is as much about families as the youth that we serve,” said Murray. “Every time we help children change the course of their lives, we are breaking a cycle for current and future generations that continues long after our work is done. By interrupting cycles of harm, we create the possibility of healthier families, more stable communities and a better world.”

About Nexus Family Healing


The mission of Nexus Family Healing is to change the course of children’s lives by stabilizing families and strengthening mental health. For more than 45 years, Nexus has used innovative, personalized approaches to heal trauma, break cycles of harm, and reshape futures through outpatient/community mental health services, foster care and adoption, and residential treatment. Headquartered in Minnesota, Nexus agencies include Nexus-FACTS, Nexus-Gerard, Nexus-Kindred and Nexus-Mille Lacs in Minnesota; Nexus-Indian Oaks and Nexus-Onarga in Illinois; Nexus-PATH throughout North Dakota; and Nexus-Woodbourne in Maryland. As a system of services dedicated to healthier families, more stable communities and a better world, Nexus Family Healing restores hope and reshapes futures.

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Sandhya Padala - A Rare Inspirational Journey From a Traditional Indian Background to a Modern American Female Entrepreneur

Sandy Padala, the Founder and CEO of Rex Programming, is a global entrepreneur working towards bringing high quality technology education to everyone. Her journey from a conservative Indian family, to one of the few women in major corporate IT management roles, to a start-up founder, is an inspiration to everyone, especially for minorities, immigrants and women. 

“I grew up in a 300 sq ft home that I shared with 5 people”, says Sandy. “I was an average student who excelled in Math but was not good in History, Biology, or English.  My Mom was strict and taught me the value of hard work. Dad was lenient and taught me to believe in myself.” By 11th grade, it was clear that math and computer science would be her key to a successful future.

Sandy went on to earn a Master’s Degree in Computer Science from the University of Toledo.  For the first eight years she lived in the US, she played it safe. She never questioned anyone and always agreed to what her bosses said because of her insecurities about her English and finances, and her upbringing in a culture that taught girls that they should defer to men.

She improved her English by watching movies and attending classes. As her confidence grew and her financial and visa situation stabilized, she worked her way up to senior IT management positions at reputed corporations like Harley-Davidson Motor Company as well as serving on nonprofit boards, like the YMCA. In her last full-time corporate position, she ran a multi-million dollar, 200+ person project.  Of the 200 people on her team, less than 3% were women.

Sandy says “It is important to make the family a part of your journey.” Since her son was six, he wanted to learn to create video games, “I looked high and low for a suitable environment for him” Sandy explained, “when I couldn’t find one, I decided to create one.” 

She has spent the last four years overcoming many obstacles as she builds her company, Rex Programming. She says it is critical for entrepreneurs to remain open-minded and adjust their strategy with developing situations and circumstances.

Rex aims to provide organizations the best-in-class cutting-edge technology courses.

“I was struck by the comment made by Sandy, that coding is the reading and writing for the future generation. That really resonates when you realize how basic reading and writing is and what that means for coding going forward.”

Curt Hazelbaker President/CEO, YMCA of Metropolitan Dallas.

Today, Rex is a huge success having impacted over 10,000 students in its short tenure and has doubled revenue every year, for the past two years and opened a second location in North Carolina. It has taught students through partnerships and pilot programs with major organizations like Girl Scouts, YMCA, as well as camps and classes at reputed private schools such as Greenhill.

Sandy had considered giving up like any other entrepreneur. Her daughter told her that if Steve Jobs had given up then the world wouldn’t be where it is today. Sandy realized that she needs to be a good role model for her daughter, nieces and many other women afraid to take the next step. She discovered her inner strength and resilience while building her business. The financial investment and support of her husband and brother helped her at every step. She also credits her success to her employees and advisory board. 

According to Sandy, the biggest challenge of a female entrepreneur is to balance societal obligations, taking care of family, and the demands of running a business. Sandy believes that women are better at business as handling conflict, emotions, empathy, multitasking and being realistic about finances comes naturally to them.

The confident entrepreneur realizes that she is the best salesperson of her product and services. She is conscious that she has a long entrepreneurial journey ahead and is poise about it. In the technology domain where there are few female entrepreneurs, Sandhya Padala has emerged as a role model that others can look up to. 

Here is a testimonial from the youngest students of Rex Programming.

Also view this news link video

To follow Sandy and her activities you may visit https://www.linkedin.com/in/sandhyapadala/ and for information on her company you can visit the website http://www.rexprogramming.com/

Sandy's interview on Dallas Innovates also highlighted the company's unique offerings and vision (to read, visit https://dallasinnovates.com/rex-programming-is-helping-kids-become-digitally-literate).

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NJ Top Doc, Dr. Colin Campbell Announces New Practice Name and New Location for 2020

NJ Top Doc, Dr. Colin Campbell is an internal medicine and primary care specialist who has been practicing for 22 years. His medical practice 1st Care Medical Arts, formerly known as ATCO Medical Associates, is determined to keep South Jersey healthy, one patient at a time.

“Dr. Campbell doesn’t treat problems… he treats YOU,” says 1st Care Medical Arts’ office manager.

Dr. Campbell’s office has relocated to West Berlin, New Jersey which is only two miles away from his previous office location. Although the practice has a new name and a new location, the same great staff and the same great NJ Top Doc, Colin Campbell, DO is there to support all of your healthcare needs.

1st Care Medical Arts will be opening its West Berlin office’s doors on January 27, 2020.

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Actor ASH THAPLIYAL Takes-Off Alongside Allison Janney and Viola Davis in New Amazon Original Dramedy Film ‘TROOP ZERO’

LOS ANGELES – Rising actor Ash Thapliyal is taking-off as NASA scientist Dr. Persad alongside Allison Janney, Viola Davis, Jim Gaffigan, Mike Epps and young actress Mckenna Grace in the new dramedy feature film, TROOP ZERO, premiering on Amazon Prime on January 17, 2020.

The feel-good family film comes from UK directing duo Bert & Bertie (Dance Camp) and writer Lucy Alibar (Beasts of the Southern Wild), and made its world premiere at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival.

Set in rural 1977 Georgia, TROOP ZERO follows a misfit girl, who dreams of life in outer space. When a national competition offers her a chance at her dream, to be recorded on NASA’s Golden Record, she recruits a makeshift troop of Birdie Scouts, forging friendships that last a lifetime and beyond. Thapliyal steps into the storyline as Dr. Persad, the NASA scientist assigned to travel the world curating the Golden Record.

Thapliyal was thrilled at the opportunity to play Dr. Persad, adding “The character originally had a different more American sounding name, so I assumed there was a low chance that a NASA scientist of the 70’s would be shown as an Indian. I was pleasantly surprised when I was cast, but really appreciated the directors Bert and Bertie’s willingness to think outside the box.”

TROOP ZERO first made its world premiere at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival and then went on to screen at several other prestigious festivals, including the Seattle International Film Festival and AFI Fest.

Originally from Mumbai, India, and now based in Houston, Texas, Thapliyal has been building a solid reputation on the indie film scene and beyond. Educated in Engineering and working in the technical field, it was just over 5 years ago that Thapliyal was looking for a major life change. At first, he turned to singing, performing as part of an Indian band for two years. Then, he went on to become a local radio presenter, while also training to be an actor. He eventually made the decision to pursue it professionally and, since then, has worked on numerous indie projects with some of the biggest names in entertainment. His most recent credits include the action-drama AmeriGeddon, the horror tale The Devil’s Candy, the family comedy A Curry on an American Plate, and an appearance on the CBS hit series NCIS: New Orleans.

Up next, Thapliyal will appear as the President of India in Melissa McCarthy’s new comedy thriller, Superintelligence, directed by Ben Falcone and debuting on the new HBO Max platform in 2020.

Fans can follow ASH THAPLIYAL on Instagram @ashthapliyal.actor

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Vision Direct Offers Huge Discounts for Black Friday & Cyber Monday 2019

Australia, November 20, 2019 — Only a few days left before the biggest sale of the year and Vision Direct is offering huge discounts on designer eyewear this Black Friday. Save up to 70% on selected frames and get 12% off site-wide on all eyewear products. The offer continues all weekend into Cyber Monday with additional offers the following week, such as 50% off on mirrored lenses and blue block lenses, to name just a few.

Save the date(s) from November 29th until December 6th to find fantastic deals on more than 200 designer brands, including Ray-Ban, Oakley, Versace, LMNT, Tom Ford, Gucci and many more.  

Vision Direct’s Black Friday and Cyber Monday sale include these amazing discounts:

  • Up to 70% off on selected designer eyewear.
  • Save 12% site-wide on all eyewear products (not including contact lenses) with the code: BF12OFFC
  • 50% off on Blue Block Lenses, Polarized Lenses and Mirrored Lenses with the following codes: BLUEBLOCK50C, POLARIZED50C and MIRRORED50C 
  • 20% off on Arise HD Summit Lenses with the code: ARISEHD20C
  • 10% off on all our ski goggles with the code: SKIGOGGLES10C

Find out more about the best eyewear products and deals at Vision Direct this Black Friday and Cyber Monday!

All orders come with additional:

  • Free shipping
  • Free returns within 100 days
  • No minimum order value
  • Exclusive 24-month warranty

Don’t waste time standing in line. Vision Direct takes your online shopping experience to another level with the latest eyewear technology : 

  • With the 3D Virtual Try-On, you can try on your eyewear before buying it.  
  • Not sure what your prescription is? No problem! Vision Direct’s cutting edge Lens Scanner App - the first of its kind available in Australia - allows users who already have prescription eyeglasses to extract their prescription directly from their phone, anywhere and anytime. 

Whether you are buying the perfect Christmas gift, or simply treating yourself to some stylish new frames for the new year, with Vision Direct’s Black Friday and Cyber Week Deals, you are sure to find the perfect pair for you! 

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REN HANAMI’s Award-Winning Dramatic Short ‘LIKE LAST NIGHT’ Tests Teen Friendship After Sexual Assault

LOS ANGELES -- Filmmaker and Actress Ren Hanami has been earning awards on the festival circuit with her dramatic short film, LIKE LAST NIGHT, which tests the limits of a teenage friendship after a sexual assault. The coming-of-age film will screen next as an ‘Official Selection’ at the inaugural Golden State Film Festival in Los Angeles on August 12th and Long Beach Indie International Film Festival in late August.

LIKE LAST NIGHT follows Caroline (Carmen Hodgson) and Alex (Andrea Claux), two high school best friends with very different points of view on life, who are forced to confront what to do after one of them is raped at a party. Will the crisis tear them apart or bond them closer together?

The film earned ‘Best Coming Of Age Short’ at the 2018 Culver City Film Festival and ‘Best Short Film Supporting Actress’ for Hanami at the Silicon Beach Film Festival. In addition, the London Story First Film Festival declared: "This is a heartfelt short about a difficult topic, and is sensitively acted by the cast, including a strong performance by Director Hanami as Caroline’s mother.”

Behind the camera, Hanami has been writing and developing several original projects. She is in-development on the feature film, Ninja Mom; and the teen focused spin-off television series pilot, Fashionista Ninja. In addition, Hanami is developing the feature film she penned, Native Land, Rising Sun; a finalist in the 2018 Diverse Voices Screenplay Contest, the story follows a Japanese American girl and Native American girl who meet in the Poston Arizona Internment Camp during World War II.

Hanami is best known in Hollywood for her on-camera work. Most recently, she appeared in episodes of the acclaimed Netflix series GLOW, Showtime’s Shameless, CBS’s police-drama S.W.A.T. and TNT’s popular drama Major Crimes. She also flexed her funny side recurring as Ernie Hudson’s wife in the fan-favorite comedy, Angie Tribeca; ‘Claire’ in Santa Clarita Diet and recurring as ‘Lynn’ in the critically acclaimed HBO series Silicon Valley. Her previous television credits also include Criminal Minds, Pretty Little Liars, Grey’s Anatomy, Parenthood, Southland, and The Big Bang Theory among others. On the festival circuit, Hanami emerged at the Sundance Film Festival in Marianna Palka’s acclaimed bleak comedy Bitch, starring Jaime King and Jason Ritter.

A Huntington Beach, CA native, Hanami was influenced by the heritage of her Hawaiian/Japanese Mother and Scottish Father. She proudly sits as the National Chairman of the SAG-AFTRA Asian Pacific American Media Committee, which offers moral support and a forum where diverse voices can be heard.

LIKE LAST NIGHT at Golden State Film Festival
When: Sunday, August 12, 2018 – 4:00pm
Where: The Sepulveda Screening Room (1640 S. Sepulveda Blvd, Ste 104, Los Angeles, CA 90025)
Info: http://www.goldenstatefilmfestival.com

For additional information about REN HANAMI visit: www.RenWorldInc.com

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