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Nov 06, 2015, 08:16 ET from ProfNet

NEW YORK, Nov. 6, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Below are experts from the ProfNet network that are available to discuss timely issues in your coverage area.

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  • How to Make the Holiday Festivities Healthier and More Fun
  • Religion in America
  • How Traveling With Couples and Friends Maximizes Fun
  • Training Your Dog to Self-Govern


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How to Make the Holiday Festivities Healthier and More Fun
Katie Bugbee
Managing Editor
The holiday season has officially kicked off, and parents have lots to prep for. Bugbee, a mother of three, can share some of her top trending expert tips with your readers/viewers/listeners to make the holidays more enjoyable for the whole family, including: 1) Downsize your expectations: "We have to stop trying to make everything perfect and incredible and get hundreds of likes on Instagram. The magical thing about the holidays is that they're magical without a ton of effort. Focus on 1-2 things -- which can be different for every family -- and the rest can be done if you have time. The kids do most of the decorating. As for food, we order a lot and have people bring stuff. Family is always asking how they can help. So give them a job!" 2) Make lists -- and assign out. "Start your holiday planning well in advance of the season by making a list of everything you'd like to accomplish and by when. Keep the list in a centrally located part of your house so it's hard to avoid and fall behind. It's amazing how far a little organization and planning can be for keeping the holidays as stress- and worry-free as possible." 3) Create holiday traditions: "A recent survey we asked members what like most about the holiday season and the top three responses were gift-giving, decorating and spending quality time with friends and family. We know that people look forward to holiday traditions like tree-lightings, parties, gift swaps, decorating, etc.  Make an effort to instill traditions with your kids, and get creative. In my house, we take the kids shopping so they can pick out presents for each other. They get so giddy knowing what they're buying each other. We also have them buy something for their nanny and we adopt a family. The kids are very involved in picking out the gifts for these people, as we try to instill as much about giving gifts as possible."
Contact: Mark Goldman,

Religion in America
Dr. Steven Rodenborn
Chair of the Department of Religious and Theological Studies
St. Edward's University
"We are so divided that we have a very divided response to [Pope Francis]. We are attracted to him on the one hand because he speaks to who we want to be, an egalitarian country. At the same time, he challenges us to confront who we are, which is a country that is largely divided economically. Perhaps the political rhetoric in our country right now has divided us even more, and that's really saying something."
Dr. Rodenborn is the author of "Hope in Action: Subversive Eschatology in the Theology of Edward Schillebeeckx and Johann Baptist Metz" (Fortress Press, 2014). He is available to discuss religion in America, Catholicism in America, Catholic issues, and the pope.
Contact: Meghan Butler,

How Traveling With Couples and Friends Maximizes Fun
Anita Covic
"Many solo travelers do not want to be solo travelers. It is always more fun to take a trip when you have the company of others to share the experience."
Covic is available for interviews and can answer questions such as: 1) What are the main concerns executives have when traveling abroad? 2) What insights can locals offer in a city you plan on traveling to? 3) What are the benefits of traveling with someone versus traveling alone? She can also discuss how TripTogether can make travel easier and how people can use it on their next business trip.
Contact: Mark Goldman,

Training Your Dog to Self-Govern
Don Sullivan
Master Dog Trainer
The Perfect Dog Training System
A new law was just passed in New York making it legal to have dogs in the outdoor areas of restaurants. Sullivan, "The DogFather," can explain how every dog owner can train his/her dog to responsibly self-govern (even unleashed) within and outside the home. Serious issues like aggression, running off, and incessant barking can be completely resolved, along with all other problematic behaviors. Says Sullivan: "There's more reason than ever to have your dog trained to behave under high levels of distraction. As new freedoms open up, dog owners need to have confidence that their dogs can handle these types of environments so they're not disruptive in any way. A dog that is successfully trained without the use of treats (and is never given extra food from people's hands) comes in real handy because he won't be obsessing about all the food around him in a restaurant!"
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Contact: Denise DuBarry-Hay,



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