Bet on Losers and Win at the Greyhound Track

I know many professional players that do not play maiden races at the greyhound track. I have a close friend that plays at Palm Beach Kennel Club and he never bets on them. On the other hand I know some really great players that specialize in maiden races.

How can you play maiden races and win more money at the greyhound track? Let’s see if we can’t explore how to win at the greyhound track in maiden races!

Many times you will see maiden runners that are so obvious everyone will play them. It is hard to make money on these greyhounds because of the odds. In races like this there are a couple of things to look for that might land you a long shot winner!

  • Is the heavily favored greyhound a first time starter? (only has schooling races)
  • Is the heavily favored greyhound in a bad box like the 5 or 6 box?
  • Is there a greyhound with poor lines that is positioned well to win today?

First time starters are excellent greyhounds to bet against in maiden races. Especially if their schooling races were against small fields of 3, 4 or 5 other greyhounds. Make sure you always see how many greyhounds they competed against in schooling races. If they ran amazing against full 8 greyhound fields then it is more likely they will run well in their first maiden race. On the other hand, a first time starter that has only run against a few dogs in schooling races might be overbet.

Drawing the right box is very important and even more so when dealing with inexperienced greyhounds. Typically this is the 4, 5 or 6 boxes. So make sure you check for that.

You can find a bomb in these races and beat a heavy favorite by looking for greyhounds that haven’t been set up to win yet. For example a greyhound that has run three maiden races from the 4, 5 and 6 box with top 5 finishes that is drawing the 1 box or 8 box today. They will have a post advantage that could translate into a great trip and long odds.

Maiden races at the greyhound track can be very profitable! Just make sure you check all of the angles. Your advantage in mutuel wagering is to find advantages that the majority of other bettors will miss. If you always keep this in mind you can cash larger tickets more often.

Source by Brett T. Mason

The Killer Still At Large… Don’t Be Callous!

Most of us take the killer virus seriously only when it strikes hard at our neighbors or friends or relatives; it hits the housing society we live in taking a life or two, and we become dead serious resolving to follow guidelines strictly and if possible not to venture out at all; it hits our dear friends or relatives, particularly the elderly, and we display the same sentiments and concerns, even advising others to be serious about it. However, we get to hear or watch the news about thousands of deaths all over the world every possible day since COVID-19 struck, and we immediately check with the fatality rate, feeling comfortable or taking solace that it is still lower and manageable. This makes us light-headed and careless, not seemingly convinced about following the norms and precautions strictly. But we must realize that for a particular person death means the final closure-the end of the world, shutting him/her completely out of everything worldly and that s/he cannot ever speculate about the behavior or the low fatality rates displayed by the virus. We must not ever forget how countries like United Kingdom, Italy, Spain and France suffered; we must not make light of the situation still prevailing in USA, Brazil and India. Thus, death is totally undesirable, whatever be the numbers, and the modern human society cannot ever accept deaths happening to its fellow inhabitants on a regular basis. We must learn from this to be compassionate to any loss of lives on our Planet Earth, and never to be callous. The killer virus can infect anybody and can stalk anybody irrespective of religion/region/riches/ethnicity/age, and its low fatality rate does not at all ensure our safety and longevity. Now onward you must learn to think of humanity and live for humanity.

The Coronavirus pandemic has so far infected over 16 million people of the world with the total deaths crossing 6,50,000. You can no longer be comfortable if the infections happen to cross the one billion mark, because in that eventuality the figure of the dead, even at its present low rate, would stagger you. You will no longer be willing to indulge in the skepticism or black humor constantly circulating or being in the eternally forwarding mode in the social media, and you would start blocking out those clueless idle souls trying to pass their ample hours of spare time, and in the process misinforming and misleading millions. You must have already found various forwards trying to compare the deaths in the pandemic with the normal death figures of normal diseases, and through that managing to convey the impression that the virus is not at all serious which would justify the series of lockdowns and strict norms of a new normal. Once you discard your casual approach towards the sufferings of humanity at the clutch of the killer virus, you will cease to be impressed by such inanities and harmful intents. And, that would open you up to compassion, empathy and love for fellow human beings.

This, of course, does not mean that you are condemned to a gloomy, subdued and suffocated existence. Praying for the dead and praying for sparing our planet from COVID cannot prevent you from living your life with positive spirit and brightness: you must never give up your jovial nature; must do your daily work in good humor with all other members of the family; you must do your work-from-home with gusto; you must enjoy the movies or entertainment shows on television with all others at home; you must eat heartily and appreciate the dishes prepared; you must be alert and attentive towards the domestic necessities by managing online orders/deliveries well; you must do your daily exercises indoors if not allowed outside; of course, if you are capable, try donating a few bucks online to make the lives of the poorest and the worst sufferers a little better; and you must keep on following the norms strictly advising others too in that direction. You also must learn to accept the fact that COVID is not going to go away in a hurry, and all the positive developments on the drugs or vaccines for possible COVID cure or prevention are going to take some time. Further, the killer virus must be given its due too, because we have to admit that the new Coronavirus is very clever and dangerous, and that it can even mutate itself in its killer bid to overcome humankind. In the time of crisis, being the eternal skeptic is wrong, and being callous is sin. Amen!

Source by Chinmay Chakravarty

When Things Look Bleak, Live Your Life One Day At A Time

Slow Down And Reassess Your Priorities

How are you coping at the moment? What are your chief concerns? How are you dealing with it? Even though we’re living in tenuous times, it is important we check in with ourselves regularly. People cope in different ways, some better in stressful conditions, while others internalise their stress. We ought to deal with what is affecting us, instead of repeating the patterns of the past. Whist the pandemic may appear bleak at the moment, it doesn’t mean it will be permanent. Mankind has faced many challenges throughout history.

Regrettably, many people will succumb to the virus and their families and friends will be affected. It is tragic when people lose their lives to a disease beyond their control. But we mustn’t live in a constant state of fear because what we dwell upon may come to pass. We should focus on taking the smallest step to secure our dreams and best future. Life will improve, there are no two ways about it. We have experienced these challenges before and will overcome them again.

In times like this, our attitude determines our altitude; how high we soar above our challenges. It is how we respond in times of crisis that determines whether we stay stuck or look for positive solutions. Man’s greatest discoveries were made during some of the darkest periods in human history. Mankind is resilient and can overcome any of life’s challenges, with the right mindset and attitude. Knowing this, what actions could you take to deal with your worries? Does it involve giving attention to your mental, emotional and physical well-being? Perhaps it requires less interaction with social media and the news, or reaching out to friends and loved ones more often?

When we take each day as it comes, we become present to the moment, rather than hope for a future that may not arrive as we expect. I’m getting the sense that this pandemic is teaching us to slow down and reassess our priorities. It is inviting us to place value on the importance of family, friendships, purpose and living in the present moment. Being grounded in the now helps us anchor ourselves to our present moment experience. It reduces the stress of living in the future, and we become grateful for each moment we’re alive. So, when things look bleak, we ought to live one day at a time and savour what we have.

Live Each Day As Though It Were A Precious Gift

Does it make sense that scurrying from day to-day does little to bring you peace of mind? It only compounds to the stress experienced before the pandemic. In a recent video blog titled: Although The World May Never Be The Same, You Can Still Find A New Normal, I outline five ways to find a new normal going forward. I explain that we are being invited to create a new paradigm for our future, rather than bring the old with us. This will mean letting go of how the future should be and allow life to fill us with: peace, harmony, cooperation and togetherness. We ought to think differently about how we live, otherwise we are doomed to repeat the same mistakes. As you know, this pandemic has ruined many lives and businesses, not to mention the financial burden on world economies.

So, let’s hunker down and learn the lessons instead of blaming others for the way things are. Yes, we’re all in this together because our choices impact others. For example, not wearing a face mask in public can have a devastating effect on thousands of people. This is an opportunity to look into ourselves and examine our motives, to see whether they are aligned with a new world being ushered in. So, what are you giving your attention to right now? What do you hope to create going forward? What do you want to see in the months and years ahead? Begin where you are now and live each day as though it were a precious gift, instead of lamenting how things should return to normal. The normal we once knew wasn’t working, so life is giving us the opportunity to write a new script.

Savour every moment because life has a way of turning at the drop of a hat. Take inventory of your life, no matter your age and decide what you’d like the world to look like. Your actions have a ripple effect, in ways you can never imagine. Act locally but think globally, goes the saying. So, after you finish reading this article, go back to the questions at the beginning and answer them as best you can. Check in with yourself regularly and optimise your mental and emotional well-being. After all, when things look bleak, living one day at a time opens you to infinite opportunities that you may not have seen before.

Source by Tony Fahkry

Top Best Exercises for Snowboarding To Do At Home

Snowboarding is basically a form of exercise which is requiring your mental stress and physical body stability at a high level. If you are probably taking this sport to be one of the easiest sports in the world then you need to think about this fact all over again. It would definitely be requiring so much training in which you need to balance your body muscles as well as near-constant attention as well. If you feel that your muscles and body are not balanced and stiff for snowboarding then it is better to perform some important and best exercises at home.

Right here we are discussing some of the major and healthy exercises which you can perform at home for snowboarding activities:


You might have performed lunges at some point in your life. For some of the people, it is quite painful because it is requiring putting some great pressure on the knees area. But once you will get used to it, you would not be finding any sort of pain or pressure on the knees at any hour of the day. You should try this exercise right now! This is so helpful for your body!

It is quite easy to perform. You just need to make yourself stand in a straight position and step ahead forward. Now as you have stepped ahead, you have lower down the back knee by making it touch the ground and stretch yourself. You will definitely be feeling some kind of strain in your body thighs a lot.


This has been another most important and best exercise which is required for the body stretching and flexibility. It will not just be shaping the thigh areas but at the same time, it will be strengthening the areas of your hips and quads too.

You have to make yourself sit all against the wall side and feel as if you are sitting on some chair. Give your body a 90-degree angle and keep yourself in this position for at least one minute. This will be helpful for you to give your legs the necessary strength.

Push ups and Sit ups

This has been one of the most common exercises which you can perform at home. This exercise is a lot helpful for you to build a strong abdominal system for your body. Here we would like to mention that while performing the push ups and setups you should not be bending your body, in case if you are a beginner. It can be painful for you in the beginning, but once you get used to it, you will definitely be finding it easy to perform on a daily basis.

So this was the end of the discussion about some of the common and best exercises which you can perform at home for snowboarding. All the exercises are best to add up your body with suitable strength and power for performing this sports activity successfully.

Without wasting any time, set a daily schedule and start performing these exercises right now!

Source by Rohny Jones

How to Present at Trade Shows, Expos and Events

How do you maximise the opportunities when exhibiting at trade shows, expos and industry events?

There is usually a huge cost in booking your space, setting up your stand and having people in attendance throughout the event so you want to capitalise on every opportunity.

I was recently asked by the Institute of Chartered Accountants Australia to present a session for exhibitors at their careers evening in Perth, Western Australia. At this event, 33 exhibitors representing the big four and mid-tier accounting firms, mining companies, banks and even the Tax Department would be vying for the attention of over 500 final year accountancy students from four tertiary institutions.

Below are the 12 tips I shared with the exhibitors plus a bonus tip. I’ve adapted these slightly to suit a broader exhibiting audience. Bonus Tip 13 will help you to prepare a checklist for the appearance of your people and your stand.

1. Be clear about the different profiles of people who will be attending

From these, who do you want to attract? And who would be unsuitable for your requirements? Work out your qualifying questions in advance.

You don’t want your people to be bogged down in lengthy discussions with unsuitable visitors and have the very people you want to attract walk away because they couldn’t get to talk with you.

On the other hand, beware of treating attendees as if they are ‘tyre kickers’. Some visitors who may not be the right profile for your organisation can turn out to be great word-of-mouth ambassadors. They bump into friends and associates at the event and say “You really must go and check out XYZ. They’re way out of our league but what they’re offering would be just right for you and they’re so friendly and helpful.”

2. Think like an attendee

At a Careers Expo it is likely that it is your recent graduates that the attendees will relate to. It’s not that long ago that they were walking in the shoes of the attendees. To further help this process there are two questions you need to think through:

1) What did you do when you attended events like this?

2) What else do you wish you had done and why?

Now discuss what each of you has identified from these two questions; and from this work out what you need to do to help attendees get real value from this event.

3. Your purpose in exhibiting

Your purpose in exhibiting is to be noticed, remembered, trusted and preferred. By being noticed, I’m referring to the good side of noticed. If you are still busy setting things up as the first attendees walk in, that’s the bad side of noticed!

You are on show and must be prepared and ready for the first people walking in.

4. What makes you approachable?

Smiling with an open stance – This relaxes you and your demeanor and body language give off the right message to attendees.

A readable name badge – this tells them that you are a real person rather than a company representative.

Be seen to be listening to others – when you listen others notice. Your body language is saying to attendees, “You are important.” Attendees want to talk with someone who makes them feel like that.

Being seen laughing with other attendees – This relaxes people which makes it easier for them to approach you.

5. What keeps attendees away?

Is that your attitude showing? – Sometimes team members are press ganged into assisting at careers events and other trade shows. If they are thinking, “This is a waste of time. I have more important things to do than be here” it will come across to attendees. Your thoughts and beliefs drive your body language and voice tone. People subconsciously pick up on this.

The sentry stance – arms crossed and feet apart like a bouncer at a night club. It’s the ‘Thou shalt not pass’ stance.

Looking as if you are ready to pounce – attendees don’t like to feel they are being swooped on by a bird of prey.

How you hold your brochures or booklets – without even being aware of it this can be a barrier that makes you less approachable. Put your brochures and give-aways down. They can create a barrier between you and the attendees particularly if you hold them in front of your chest.

Checking your phone – It may be a quiet moment at your stand as you talk, text or scroll on your phone. However, the message this gives off is ‘I’m busy, don’t interrupt me’. Even from a distance people will notice and avoid you. Go off your stand or to a curtained off area to make calls and check your phone.

Closed in conversation with other staff – this also gives off the ‘don’t interrupt me’ vibe.

Seen locked in a conversation with one person – this gives the ‘Oh oh’ warning. Other attendees will avoid you so they don’t get similar treatment.

6. Opening phrases

Avoid the novice opening lines such as ‘How are you? Can I help you? Need some assistance? Would you like a brochure?’

They encourage answers like “Fine”, “Good” and “No thanks, just looking” which gets you nowhere and the attendees just walk off with your brochure.

Of course some attendees may have specific questions for you and will initiate the conversation, which is great.

Good opening questions for you could include:

“What have you found useful so far?”

“What are you looking for from attending today?”

“What brings you here?”

“What would be helpful for you to know about us/our product?”

7. How attendees take in information

There are three main ways people take in information:




Attendees are being bombarded by sensory stimuli every second that they are at your event. While different types of attendees will have more of a bias towards one than the others, all three factors are involved in them absorbing information; and research shows that up to 95% of the impressions that are created may be happening at a subconscious level.

You need to be aware of this and be doing everything possible to be viewed in the most favourable light.

Just as one example of the visual stimuli let’s consider personal presentation. You need to have a smart, casual image perhaps in matching uniforms or t-shirts and be well groomed. From my experience, most exhibitors do this fairly well… from the ankles up. Below the ankles is often forgotten. Yet it is sending a message even with students at a careers expo. What message does the state of your footwear give them about accuracy, professionalism and attention to detail in your company?

8. Your purpose in answering a question

When you answer an attendee’s question you have three objectives to meet:

1) To answer concisely and accurately

2) To phrase your answer in a way that is easy for the attendee to understand

3) To make the person feel good about having asked the question

It is this third objective that most people rarely think about.

Yet, it is crucial to making the attendee feel comfortable with you. Many attendees worry about asking ‘dumb’ questions and as a result don’t really open up and share with you their queries and concerns. When you make them feel good they become more confident and are more likely to share the real issues that matter to them. For example you can say, “I’m glad you asked”, “That’s a good question”, “That’s interesting, I haven’t been asked that today.”

9. Identify the common point of interest

Initial conversation is about establishing common ground. Ask open-ended questions that are likely to identify a connection then share an insight that is relevant to them. For example at a Careers Expo this is likely to be – “I never realised till I started working here that…”

Match your ‘common point of interest’ (CPI) to the individual. It’s not a standard point. You may have three or four alternative insights that you can select from. These are things that give them a behind the scenes glimpse of what it’s like to work for an organisation like yours.

10. Your ‘What Next?’ strategy

Having identified suitable candidates, be clear about what you want them to do and what you will do. Have a couple of clearly crafted and agreed upon action statements to guide them to the next step.

For example, “Based on what you’ve said I should get your details and…” or “Have you registered for our… yet? Here’s what you need to do.”

11. Engaging with multiple attendees when one-on-one isn’t possible

Most of us are more confident when directing our comments and attention to one person. At an event like a careers expo this isn’t always possible. Here are some pointers:

Don’t focus purely on one member of the group

Use inclusive body language

Deflect one comment or question to the others after acknowledging the first person e.g. “Good question, is that something that would be of interest to others here?”

Ask (then address) a specific qualifying question of the group and gauge the reaction of different attendees. Aim your follow up comments at those who are with you. That way, some may drop off and other attendees who are interested can take their place.

12. Disengaging from people who corner you

Use active listening techniques to get them to the point. After confirming understanding, follow up with, “I’d best not dominate your time here, I’m sure you’ve others to check out. By all means come back if you’ve any further questions.”

Have a recognised rescue code with your colleagues. Even if everyone else is involved with other attendees, you can call out, “Does anyone have our D3 flyers?” This could be code for, “Help, someone rescue me fast!” A colleague then might say, “Sorry I think we’re out of the D3 flyers but I’ve got an attendee here who is asking a question that relates to your area of expertise. Could you join us for a moment?”

If you need to move on unsuitable candidates do so tactfully without offending them. Rather than “No, you don’t qualify because your grades aren’t good enough”, phrase it as “Provided your grades are…” And rather than a blunt statement of your criteria along the lines of “To be considered you must…” phrase it “Our current criteria for selection are…” The implication is then at some time in the future there may be opportunities for this attendee. As we all know, some people are late bloomers and we don’t want to belittle them when there is no need to.

The tips above were written for a short careers evening. Many of the events you exhibit at will be a lot longer from field days at regional expos to two or three day exhibitions. Here is an important tip for these longer events.

13. Bonus Tip: Prepare a checklist for the appearance of your people and your stand

Wear smart, comfortable footwear each day. If you have inappropriate footwear, your feet and back will soon be aching and you will spend more time sitting down. This makes you look less welcoming and approachable – unless you are sitting down with an attendee.

The stand should be as presentable 35, 65 and 95% of the way through the event as it is at the start. Your most valuable client can arrive at any time and they will judge you based on what they see.

Regularly check your display and promotional materials and ensure they look ‘picture perfect’.

Dirty coffee cups should be kept out of sight. It’s amazing how they take away from the professionalism of your stand.

Do not eat at your stand.

These are just a few of the points to include on your checklist. Go over this prior to each event and seek input from all team members who will be on show. Your reputation is at stake which makes this an invaluable exercise.

Source by Jurek Leon

Can You Stay Productive at Work During the Holidays?

The song goes, “Oh, the weather outside is frightful… “. I don’t know what the weather is like where you are, but it’s not looking good for a white Christmas in Michigan. No matter the weather outside, you’re stuck inside an office building collating papers all day while your boss and their family jets off to sunny beaches for the week. It can be depressing, especially when you look outside and see nothing but gray skies. With so many people using their vacation time during the holidays, it can make for an empty office. So, can you stay motivated to work when you’re one of the few left behind?

Try some of these tips to end 2017 strong.

Clean out your office

Take some time and go through your office area, closet, filing cabinet, desk tops, email inbox, whatever and make sure what items you need or which can be discarded. Cleaning is a great distraction from everyday boredom, so find some time for your office.

Take and plan meetings during the slow times

You can invite potential or current clients to your office during the holiday season. The business meeting can be as formal or informal as you like, but make sure you stack the place with plenty of refreshments. You can serve finger foods or have a local restaurant cater the lunch. Whatever you do, do not spike the eggnog.

Start filling out your 2018 calendar

A lot of businesses are given a yearly budget to spend before the year is up, and leftover funds cannot be rolled over into next year, so they are lost. If you act quickly you can build relationships with these companies and then hit them up for business as the end of the year comes, they will have excess cash that will not be around for the New Year, so why not spend it now?

Take a fresh look at your marketing plans

Take a look at your goals and see which ones have been accomplished and find dates of completion for your other plans. If you have any unfinished goals, you can add them to the list for next year. The end of the year gets many people worried about next year, but this is your chance to be one step ahead.

Party!!! Go to ALL networking or holiday events

When the holidays are in season, you can bet there will be holiday parties. But while others are busy socializing, you can be busy building relationships with people you meet at these events. Keep your eyes open because you never know when you’ll pick up a new client.

Advertise year-end close out deals

If you are a small business, discount prices and packages for existing clients, or even new clients, as a great way to form alliances with a strategic business. Deals allow you to reach that one tough client you’ve been trying to get and at this time of the year, a lot of bosses want to look good on the bottom line.

Break out of your same old routine

Have coffee from somewhere new or just add two sugars instead of one. No matter what it is, just try something new. Break up the monotony.

Source by Erin Kennedy

America’s Kids are NOT at Fault for Being Overweight!

It’s a downward spiral. Childhood obesity is fast becoming a nationwide epidemic, and the physical and psychological effects of being overweight can last a lifetime. While the issue of weight problems in children has become a “hot-button” topic throughout the news media, far too many families don’t have adequate information or resources when it comes to teaching their kids healthy eating and fitness habits.

It’s certainly not easy being a kid in today’s complex culture where children have it tougher than their parents did, health-wise. Not only do they have to negotiate any number of social landmines at school, but overweight and obese children also have challenges, social and otherwise, far beyond those for typical adolescents. Today’s overweight kids, of which there are many, more frequently have to deal with the discrimination of their peers and scrutiny from adults.

What we all must understand is that placing – and displacing – blame doesn’t lessen a child’s suffering, nor does it make a child any healthier. And, we must not simply resign ourselves to believing that genetics are accountable for a child’s weight problem and, therefore, do nothing. Rather, we must teach America’s kids to navigate through society’s overabundance of and easy access to junk foods and fast foods, and to make sound choices regarding their nutrition and fitness. Parents lobbying for more physical education courses at school is a good start, but is simply not enough.

As with adults, there is no quick, easy weight loss fix for children. In order to solve a child’s weight problem, parents need to help the child help him or her self, by modifying and managing dietary intake, physical activity and lifestyle behaviors. They must also seek out resources that can help their child start making small lifestyle changes RIGHT NOW that, combined, will lead to big results. Solutions do not need to be the result of clinical trials or doctorate level dissertations. There are many new products on the marketplace today that have come about at the grassroots level by Americans who are not only concerned about the state of kids’ health throughout America, but have decided to take action:

  • As the author of “It’s Not Your Fault That You’re Overweight – A Story of Enlightenment, Empowerment and Accomplishment for Overweight and Obese Kids” (, I happen to be among those offering a new and unique resource, not only for those kids struggling with weight issues, but also those within a healthy weight range to stay motivated to continue making wise lifestyle choices and to better understand and empathize with peers currently struggling with a weight problem.
  •’s personalized online Trim Kids(TM) Plan is yet another fantastic solution to help parents of overweight teach their children healthy eating and exercise habits that can last them a lifetime. With a personalized meal plan, fitness guidance and expert support, you can’t go wrong.
  • Fitwize 4 Kids (, a national chain of children’s gymnasiums that promote adolescent physical fitness, health and wellness, is another new resource that I applaud. The company’s unique approach combines fitness and fun through methods specifically designed for kids’ ages 6.5 to 15. Fitwize 4 Kids programs increase self-esteem and teach children how to implement proper nutrition and exercise habits in their ever day lives.
  • Grandma’s Healthy Kids Club ( is another wonderful resource rife with tools to help kids get healthy. From “Yum Yum Dishes” – fun, hand painted dishes that help teach kids portion control, to adolescent exercise videos, to pedometers and other equipment for kids, to an array of child health books, Grandma – 61 year old Bev Grey from Indianapolis, Indiana.- is most certainly doing her part, and are efforts that I wholeheartedly support.
  • Another great front-line solution is “Thumbs Up for Healthy Living” – an educational program that promotes nutrition education, physical activity, and home-learning based activities designed to promote student wellness. Guided by the playful character known as Skipper the Thumbs Up guy, children learn about proper nutrition, good eating habits and a basic fitness program in a language they can understand. The program features the patent pending EZ-Rope(TM) Classic ( – the jump rope without the middle(TM) that allows children to get the fitness benefit of jumping rope but without the difficulty, as well as a Thumbs Up For Healthy Living Interactive Workbook, Total Conditioning Cardio with EZ-Rope DVD, and Thumbs Up Thermal Lunch Bags among other resources.
  • Leave it to a former NAVY SEAL Instructor and ACE Certified Personal Trainer to take health matters into his own hands; Phil Black’s FitDeck® Jr. ( is an ever-changing 50-card deck of exercises for children ages 5 – 16 years old. The fun, kid-friendly exercises call for basic body movements and require no equipment whatsoever.

    These are just a few of the many examples of sound and relatively inexpensive products that can help families get on track in short order. Parents and children, themselves, need to act now, as America’s kids are at risk for the many complications of overweight and obesity. This is no small problem, as obesity is known to contribute to devastating diseases and emotional depression. For the health of our nation and all of our futures, we must provide our children with the basics: the knowledge of how to live a healthy lifestyle and both the desire – and the tools – to do just that.

  • Source by Merilee Kern

    Student Loan Debt Clock Is Ticking Away At 1.57 Trillion Dollars On Election Day 2016

    The academic bubble is ready to burst, all the while academics in their infinite wisdom tell us they know best how to run our society and civilization – don’t you find that odd? It seems they haven’t gotten their own house in order, and yet, want our entire country to run like a giant college campus – interesting indeed. These same academics want to tell us how to vote, re-distribute wealth, and how to think – well, I think their day of reckoning is right around the corner – and I fear what’s to come will not be pretty. No, I don’t want to be the one to say; “I told you so.” Surely, there are others with more social media followers who see the reality of the situation to spread that in-your-face slap when the time comes. Okay so, let’s talk shall we?

    40% of the student loans are in technical default (90-days in the rears with no further agreement to catch up on payments). That is 583 Billion Dollars in defaulted loans that we may never see payment of. Trust me when I tell you that the College Loan Bubble has burst and is extreme crisis. Why is this allowed to continue? Well, if it stops it will collapse academia, become a huge problem for our Federal Government, add over 1/2 Trillion to our $20 Trillion National Debt, and cause the angst of millennials who the Democrats have all but promised “Free College For All” during the 2016 Presidential Election.

    Still, by the time the election is over the Student Loan debt will be 1.57 Trillion Dollars, even though the official figures claim it only 1.2 Trillion which was actually the figure before the start of the 2015 Academic Year.

    If you don’t see the enormity of the problem, let’s talk about the auto industry right now. It turns out that the number of “Subprime” auto loan defaults are at another all-time high of 4.5% – Subprime meaning loans made to those without proof of ability to pay or marginal credit ratings, perhaps coming from low-socioeconomic borrowers. Last time this happened the auto industry crashed and needed a big bailout, and we are reaching those same numbers now – and realize this is only 4.5% not 40-50% like the student loan problem.

    Scared Yet? Well, it is Halloween 2016 today, and I am, and no, there won’t be any good witches flying in on their brooms to win the next election to use hocus pocus to make this problem go away – indeed, both presidential candidates are likely to see the auto loan problem get worse, as well as the student loan debt problem – not to mention our stock market breaking all-time highs with PE Ratios and major stock market indices records.

    Source by Lance Winslow

    How to Be Successful at College Life

    How to be Successful at College Life

    In order to be successful at college life you must make a commitment to studying throughout the day. A lot of people have dreams of going to college but they never get started. Fear can be a big road block that will prevent you from reaching for your goal. Find positive people who can help you to overcome your fears. You may need a to meet all of your professors each semester. A good study group can give you the encouragement to keep going toward your degree. Once you have some ideas of what you want to do begin to write down all of your career goals. Look for people who are successful in your classes and meet with them. Ask them for advice. Don’t be afraid to get the help that you need in order to be a productive and organized college student.

    In order to be good at anything in college you must make sure that you have a good follow through on your goal. You must make all of your goals measurable. If you want to accomplish great things make your goals measurable. For example if you want to earn a college degree indicate how many years you will take to complete your degree. You must know what will help you to accomplish your goal and what will distract you. You can measure yourself by keeping track of your grades and the grade point average that you are earning each semester. You could also indicate how many times that you plan to meet with an instructor each semester. You can also write down how often you will meet with a tutor. Getting the help that you need right away will make you a successful student every semester.

    Here are other tips:

    1. Learn something new from your failures and successes

    2. Write down measurable goals

    3. Get organized and know where you are going

    4. Have several professors who you regularly talk to

    5. Hang around students who have more experience than you

    6. Take action steps toward your goal every day

    7. Attend informative conferences and networks

    8. Have strong faith and give thanks for all things

    Your level of success is up to you. Don’t give up! Position yourself to learn and move forward. Obstacles are made to be jumped over or moved out of your way. Give your best and make a daily commitment to keeping your motivation and you can be good at achieving your goal to graduate from college.

    Source by Stephen Jones Sr

    Sharpening Archery Skills at Summer Camp

    Archery is one summer camp activity that challenges both the mind and body. Since it is also perfectly suited for kids of all ages and abilities and can be played indoors or outside, it is one of the most popular sports at camp. Whether your child has been playing for years or they just picked up their first bow, here are some of the top ways your child will sharpen their skills in archery class this summer.

    Focus on Safety and Responsibility

    At summer camp, trained instructors, with a strong understanding of how to keep kids safe, teach archery classes. From the very first practice, kids are taught important safety rules such as to never point a knocked arrow at people and to wait until a range is cleared before going to retrieve their arrows. As kids progress in their understanding of archery, they develop a strong sense of personal responsibility for making sure that everyone stays safe.

    Participation in Fun Games and Challenges

    When kids take an archery class, they quickly discover that it is about far more than just using a bow and arrow. In their lessons, instructors motivate kids to increase their ability to hit targets by planning unique challenges such as hitting pieces of fruit or balloons filled with glitter. Archery ranges can also be set up in a variety of fun environments and kids love trekking through the wilderness to enjoy a round of archery practice. As they develop their skills, kids also develop a sense of camaraderie with fellow campers that lead to valuable friendships.

    The Benefit of Self-Competition

    One of the best things about archery is that there is none of the aggressive competition that tends to accompany other sports. Instead, kids are able to develop and test their skills in a non-threatening environment. Lessons tend to begin with the target close to the shooter with the instructor gradually moving it further away as they begin to successfully meet their mark. Playing an individual sport also provides unique insight into a kid’s personal development that builds confidence. For example, watching as their shoots go further and hit the mark more often serves as a visual reminder to kids of their accomplishments.

    Social Development and Leadership

    Although archery is mostly a solitary sport, kids at summer camp learn from each other as they practice side-by-side. It is not uncommon to see an older child show a new shooter how to adjust their hold and help younger children develop leadership skills as they improve their game. Being a part of an archery club at camp also provides children with a sense of belonging that lasts long after the summer is over.

    Today, archery is experiencing a renaissance among campers due to its portrayal in the media as a fun, active sport that has always been a camp favorite due to its ability to be modified to meet the needs of kids with different levels of experience. From learning to watch out for each other’s safety, to developing self-confidence, archery teaches kids important skills that will last a lifetime.

    Source by Genie Fletcher