Texas Goes Big to Tackle Obesity: Statewide Weight-Loss Contest Offers Huge Cash Payouts

Approximately 70% of Texas adults are overweight or obese, and 23%–29% having metabolic syndrome (MetS). Current estimates suggest that obese people spend 42% more on healthcare costs than healthy weight people (ACAP Health). Building a healthier workplace is the right move for employers.

March 28, 2017.-  An exciting new contest in Texas is encouraging both individual residents and entire employee groups statewide to lose weight, get healthy and win huge cash prizes for their effort. The HealthyWage “Work Healthier Challenge,” developed in partnership with IT’S TIME TEXAS, is encouraging participants to stay on track toward their weight and financial goal with weekly nutrition and fitness tips as well as fun and motivating activities.

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New agreement between the University of Houston and Mexican Government to increases graduate student opportunities

The agreement, funded by Mexico’s National Science and Technology Council (CONACyT), is expected to bring hundreds of Mexican graduate students to UH in the coming years, further increasing the university’s global presence.

HOUSTON, March 22, 2017 – The University of Houston has signed a strategic five-year partnership with the Mexican government that allows more Mexican students to pursue graduate degrees and postdoctoral exchange at UH, while faculty will have more opportunities to participate in exchange programs too.

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TEXPEX 2017 features National stamp dealers, stamp unveiling and more in Grapevine, Texas, February 24-26

TEXPEX is the only show in Texas sanctioned by the American Philatelic Society as a part of the World Series of Philately. The winner of the multi-frame stamp and postal history competition qualifies for the national Champion of Champions competition in August. The three-day TEXPEX offers free admission and free parking and takes place at the Hilton DFW Lakes Executive Conference Center, 1800 Hwy. 26 E, in Grapevine.

GRAPEVINE, TEXAS (February 10, 2017) - TEXPEX 2017, scheduled for February 24 – 26 in Grapevine, Texas, will feature some of the best postage stamp and postal history dealers in the nation plus conventions of two national societies and presentations by experts in the field of postal stationery and philatelic classics.

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New Report: Parents Spend More Than Nine Hours a Day with Screen Media

Common Sense Census Finds Contradiction: While Using Media Heavily Throughout the Day, Parents Overwhelmingly Believe They Are Good Role Models for Kids

SAN FRANCISCO – A first-of-its-kind study released today by Common Sense shows that parents spend more than nine hours (9:22) a day with screen media, the vast majority of that time being spent with personal media (7:43) and only slightly more than 90 minutes devoted to work media. The vast majority of these parents (78%) believe they are good media use role models for their kids. Meanwhile, many parents are concerned about their children's media use, including thinking that their children may become addicted to technology (56%) and that technology use negatively impacts their children's sleep (34%).

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Just in Time for the Holidays: Hot Chocolate Design Showcases their Internationally Beloved Quirky Shoe Collection in the U.S.

The founders are constantly influenced by different styles, tastes and eras, which they channel in their designs to create one-of-a-kind shoes that are loved equally by young and old, mainstream and non-mainstream, fashion-forward individuals.

San Antonio, TX.- November 18, 2016.- How can a pair of shoes reflect your style and mood and make you feel super unique? Hot Chocolate Design (HCD) has figured out that exact formula. Through exceptional design, imagination and creativity, this Venezuelan company has become internationally known for their fun and funky shoe designs.

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New technology chemically detects the presence of an explosive substance on surfaces within seconds to save lives

To the human eye, the patent-pending detection wipe looks similar to a sanitizing wipe, however when exposed to an explosive contaminant the wipes rapidly change color, even indicating what kind of explosive property is present. This is made possible through the use of colorimetric reactions and gives law enforcement agents’ critical, real-time information as they monitor for pre-detonated explosives or investigate post-detonation residue.

TAMPA Fla. – Myakka Research Group, a technology research and development startup in Florida, filed a patent application revealing a new technology last month, which is designed to detect and identify explosive compounds quickly and easily. 

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"40 Days for Life" campaign, includes prayer vigil in San Antonio for ending America’s abortion crisis

The tour will hold a prayer vigil in San Anotonio, Texas, at 2:45 PM on October 30. Every pro-life American is encouraged to visit 40daysunited.com to learn more and join the tour in their home town. 

Washington, DC.- October 27, 2016.- Recognizing the urgency for ending America’s abortion crisis, 40 Days for Life is launching an unprecedented 40-day bus tour to bring its message of hope to cities and towns across the United States that are united in prayer and fasting during this fall’s UNITED 40 Days for Life campaign, which runs from September 28 to November 6.

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The American Academy of Pediatrics is releasing recommendations and resources to help children maintain a healthy media diet

Today’s children grow up immersed in digital media, which has both positive and negative effects on healthy development. The nation’s largest group of pediatricians provides new set of recommendations and resources, including an interactive media use planning tool, to help families balance digital and real life from birth to adulthood.

Elk Grove Village, IL — October 21, 2016.- Recognizing the ubiquitous role of media in children’s lives, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) is releasing new policy recommendations and resources to help families maintain a healthy media diet. To support these recommendations, the AAP is publishing an interactive, online tool so families can create a personalized Family Media Use Plan.

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It’s time for us to become the example we want to see in others: Lee Ellis in his forthcoming book, "Engage with Honor"

From Main Street to Wall Street and from Pennsylvania Avenue to Capitol Hill, dishonorable behavior runs deep in our DNA. Every day, we witness character and ethical failures in our neighbors, our political and business leaders, and in ourselves. But now, leadership consultant Lee Ellis is using his early experiences as an Air Force pilot and a POW to expose the missteps in leaders of business, politics, and beyond.

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Scarology™ Offers a Three-Step Topical Approach to Scar Healing: Changes in Scar Appearance After Just Three Days

March, 12, 2016.- Scars are areas of fibrous tissue (fibrosis) that replace normal skin after injury. A scar results from the biological process of wound repair in the skin and other tissues of the body. Scarring is a natural part of the healing process. With the exception of very minor lesions, every wound results in some degree of scarring.  

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