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- PR Newswire for Journalists Survey on Mobile Use
- Bridging the Health Divide Using Mobile Technologies
- Keeping Skin Moisturized in Winter
- Maintaining Your Health During the Holiday Season
- Be a Super Shopper: Where to Splurge and Save at the Grocery Store
- Tips for Inexpensive Christmas Entertaining
- Protecting Your Home During the Holidays
- Veterans Day Stories: Transition Challenges Faced by Post-9/11 Veterans
- Writer – Boston Magazine (MA)
- Reporter – Roanoke Times (VA)
- Reporter – Central Kentucky News-Journal (KY)
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- Blog Profiles: Book Blogs
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Mobile has transformed the way news is reported, distributed and consumed. Not only are journalists and bloggers using cellphones to take photographs and capture audio and video, some are exclusively using mobile in place of an office desktop.
To better understand how members of the media use mobile devices (phones or tablets) to produce stories, PR Newswire for Journalists is asking users to participate in a quick, eight-question survey. The survey will remain open until Nov. 30: http://svy.mk/1AslSZE
Bridging the Health Divide Using Mobile Technologies
Dr. Garth Graham
"Disparities in health care and limited access to preventive services are an unfortunate reality impacting the most vulnerable populations in our country today. However, we believe that digital health technology can serve as a powerful equalizer for improving health education and access to care among minority and low-income communities by reaching people where they are spending time -- at school, at church, in their neighborhoods and on-the-go with real-time solutions that easily fit into their daily lives."
Dr. Graham previously served as deputy assistant secretary in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, where he also led the Office of Minority Health. In that capacity, he introduced new federal grants programs to address inequities in health care and health outcomes among the nation's minority and vulnerable communities. His numerous achievements include implementing key health equity provisions of the Affordable Care Act, guiding the development of the first federal action plan to eliminate health disparities under the Obama administration, and driving the effort that for the first time closed the gap in flu vaccination rates among children of color. Immediately prior to joining the Aetna Foundation, Dr. Graham was the assistant dean for health policy and chief of health services research at the University of Florida School of Medicine in Gainesville. There he was the principal investigator on a number of grants related to improving health outcomes in underserved populations. Dr. Graham is a widely recognized researcher, writer and editor on health disparities. He has authored articles that have been published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, Health Affairs and Circulation. His book, "The Role of Decentralization in Strengthening Equity in Healthcare," was published in 2009. He has served on the faculty of the University of Florida School of Medicine and Harvard Medical School. He has also served on a number of boards, including the North America Thrombosis Forum, World Health Organization Scientific Group on Equity Analysis and Research, Board of Directors of Physicians for Human Rights and he was appointed to the Federal Coordinating Council on Comparative Effectiveness Research. He was also named the Distinguished Millennium Visiting Scholar at Columbia University.
Dr. Graham is available to discuss health disparities in the U.S. and how the Aetna Foundation is working to bridge the health divide using mobile technologies. He is also a cardiologist and can speak to chronic disease, obesity, etc.
Media Contact: Emily Simpkins, [email protected]
Keeping Skin Moisturized in Winter
Director of Research and Development
"The absolute best way to have hydrated and moisturized skin is drinking a lot of water and staying hydrated throughout the day. Staying out of the sun, applying a sunscreen of a minimum SPF of 30, not smoking, and staying away from alcoholic beverages will all help with hydrating your skin naturally. Look for products that contain peptides and ingredients with clinically proven claims of hydration and moisturization. A lot of products will claim to provide moisture, but not the clinical proof of efficacy. Simple ingredients like hyaluronic acid, glycerin, sorbitol and other humectants help as well."
Schneringer has been in the cosmeceutical industry for over 20 years. She has worked with internationally recognized products and A-list celebrities developing customer formulations for a variety of skincare products. She can discuss: new ingredient trends; what common ingredients do for the skin; ways to keep your skin moisturized in the winter; what ingredients to look for to address specific skin difficulties; skincare manufacturing; upcoming cosmetic trends. She is a member of the California Chapter Society of Cosmetics Chemists.
Media Contact: Katelyn Ludwig, [email protected]
Maintaining Your Health During the Holiday Season
Dr. Jim Wasner
Dean for the American School of Professional Psychology
Argosy University, Schaumburg
"Research over the past two decades has begun to demonstrate the strong connection between mental health and the strength of immune systems, which affects overall physical well-being. The strength and resilience of everyone's overall immune system, feeling depressed or overly anxious, often correlates with poorer physical health and vulnerability to illnesses. So during this busy holiday season, try to relax and schedule time just for yourself. Balance and relaxation play a big role in maintaining your health during the holiday season. The holidays should be enjoyed, celebrated and indulged -- within reason."
Dr. Wasner serves as the program dean and chair of Clinical Psychology at The Illinois School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University, Schaumburg. He received his Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Michigan State University, and earlier his master's in clinical social work from the University of Michigan. Before coming to the Clinical Psychology program, Dr. Wasner was the associate director of research at the Family Institute, Northwestern University, and an adjunct associate professor at Northwestern's School of Education and Social Policy. He has coordinated various major research projects and has presented nationally and internationally in the areas of family and couples therapy, child psychotherapy, the psychology of men, and process and outcome research in family therapy. He also has held both clinical and administrative positions in various mental health agencies in Michigan and Illinois. In addition, he maintains a small private practice focusing on treatment of families, couples, and individuals.
Media Contact: Ryan C. Smith, [email protected]
Be a Super Shopper: Where to Splurge and Save at the Grocery Store
Chef Odette Smith-Ransome
The International Culinary School at The Art Institute of Pittsburgh
Every time you walk into a grocery store, you are hit with a barrage of options: fresh, frozen, canned, store brand, name brand, organic. Add to this the rising cost of groceries, and even the most seasoned shopper wants to throw down their coupon organizer and run. Smith-Ransome can provide tips on where you should splurge and where you can save at the grocery store: "The one thing that you really want to not scrimp on is your meat. Quite often, when you buy inexpensive meats, you will see that it has fillers in it."
Smith-Ransome also has advice for buying produce, pantry staples and canned goods: "A lot of times, you can find some happy discoveries when you look at canned goods. Brand names aren't always going to be the best for your purpose. Try out several brands to find one you like."
Media Contact: Mandy Wilson, [email protected]
Tips for Inexpensive Christmas Entertaining
Simply Spotless NY
"'Tis the season to be fun and festive, so remember that your guests are still little children at heart and, as such, love surprises. With that in mind, it is always fun to have a small treat for each guest at their place setting. Inexpensive ornaments are always appropriate, or it can be fun to have holiday gift bags at their place setting. Today's selection of gift bags is charming and not really childish. You could select a mix of Santa and snowman bags in bright reds and greens. Then fill them with some favorite childhood candies -- sugar plums, foil wrapped chocolates and colorful ribbon candies. Adding these colorful and charming bags to the dining table allow you to be creative with your flowers. Options like carnations and tea roses are abundant at that time of year, and can be found in your local super market. They are inexpensive so it is fun to fill multiple containers with mounds of these flowers, mixing and matching color and flower to your preference. A standout for this table setting would be crystal or antique silver candlesticks. Another wonderful option for your holiday flowers is to use branches of holly and evergreen in your vases. Remember: Think big and bold, make an impact, and impress your guests with your style. They will remember it and want to seek your advice on decorating."
Santopietro is an award-winning interior designer creating and redefining style throughout the country and across the pond to London. Her portfolio ranges from classical and traditional, to modern and contemporary. Her flexibility in styles enables her to satisfy a diverse, high profile range of clientele with the most discriminating tastes. Her educational background reflects her commitment to art -- university fine arts major with advanced studies in art history at the University of California at Berkeley, with certificate work at the Rhode Island School of Design and a membership in the American Society of Interior Designers. She has tips on decor, design and etiquette for holiday parties big and small (as they relate to how to do up your apartment, home or space).
Media Contact: Jose Martinez, [email protected]
Protecting Your Home During the Holidays
Criminal Justice Professor
Argosy University, Online
"Unfortunately, the holidays provide a time of opportunity for would-be burglars. Just as the holidays seem to start with the change in your home decor, so should your view on safety. Given that most people have extra valuables and gifts in their homes during this time, it's a good idea to practice home safety. Gifts under the tree can be an invitation for thieves. Leaving gifts tucked away until the last possible minute is a quick and easy safety precaution. A simple dowel placed in a sliding glass door or window can be an inexpensive way to secure those entrance points. And a well-lit and well-groomed home provides an important measure of safety as well."
Leman is a retired 27-year veteran of the police force and criminal justice professor at Argosy University. He is an expert on home safety and can offer up tips and tricks to protect your home during the holidays.
Media Contact: Ryan C. Smith, [email protected]
Veterans Day Stories: Transition Challenges Faced by Post-9/11 Veterans
Col. David Sutherland, US Army (ret.)
Co-founder and Chief Strategy Officer
Easter Seals Dixon Center
"Iraq and Afghanistan soldiers have spent the past 13 years at war at a great personal and professional cost -- and their numbers are expected to surge by 26% by 2016. Yet, as thousands of organizations reach out to them, these veterans are still not receiving the care and services they need to transition successfully. Community-based solutions resolve that challenge, and ensure that veterans and military families can succeed where they live -- even as the wars recede from the minds of the American public and the needs of veterans and military families evolve."
Col. Sutherland served in the U.S. Army for 29 years, commanded the U.S. combat brigade in Diyala Province, Iraq (2006-2007), and served as special assistant to the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff (2009-2012) with a focus on warrior and family support. He is the chairman of Easter Seals Dixon Center, one of 16 veterans service organizations (VSOs) to be highlighted at "THE CONCERT OF VALOR" this Veterans Day. Col. Sutherland is available for interviews about the challenges veterans and military families face as they transition from deployments and war to permanence at home. Areas of expertise include employment, education and health/wellness, which runs the gamut from healthcare to transportation to caregiving.
Media Contact: Marie Manning, [email protected]
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- BLOG PROFILES: BOOK BLOGS. As PR Newswire's media relations manager, Christine Cube comes across great blogs that cover a wide variety of topics and interests. Each week, she offers brief profiles of blogs you might not have heard of but that might offer writing opportunities. This week, she shares reviews of a few book blogs: http://prn.to/10wNDR2
- MAKING LATERAL MOVES AS A FREELANCER. We recently held a #ConnectChat with freelance business journalist Joanne Cleaver. During the chat, we discussed managing time, getting clients/assignments, and increasing work opportunities by making lateral moves. Check out our recap of the chat: http://prn.to/1rAneaq
- UPCOMING EVENTS. Every week, we post a list of industry events we think media and PR professionals might find interesting. In this week's list, we share details of upcoming events from New York Press Club, NLGJA, ASJA and more: http://prn.to/1wQoAWu
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