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Back of the Pack: Texas Trails in Tobacco-Prevention Spending

Back of the Pack: Texas Trails in Tobacco-Prevention Spending

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by John Michaelson/TNS AUSTIN, Texas – The latest report on how well states are funding tobacco prevention and cessation efforts has Texas in the back of the pack, ranked 40th in the nation. According to the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, Texas will take in close to $2 billion in tobacco…

Job Seekers: Resolve to Make a Better Impression in 2015

Job Seekers: Resolve to Make  a Better Impression in 2015

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(StatePoint) First impressions matter, particularly when you’re in the market for a new job. While a top notch resume and cover letter can help get your foot in the door, only you can seal the deal. The New Year is the perfect time to revamp your look for a smooth…

One Last Indulgence Before Your New Year’s Resolutions Kick In

One Last Indulgence Before Your New Year’s Resolutions Kick In

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(StatePoint) After weeks of yuletide indulgence, it’s time to think about New Year’s resolutions. Before jumping the gun on a regimen of deprivation, indulge one last time. Forget cronuts, cake pops and cupcakes. There’s another chic pastry that deserves its day — the madeleine! These classic seashell-shaped cakes were named…

Tips for Families to Get Healthy this New Year

Tips for Families to Get Healthy this New Year

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(StatePoint) New Year’s resolutions often focus on personal improvement. This year experts are encouraging entire families to consider making a pledge to adopt a healthier and more active lifestyle. Parents have more potential than anybody else to influence their children’s behavior — including their eating habits — according to a…

Foster Care to Adulthood: Smoothing the Transition in Texas

Foster Care to Adulthood: Smoothing the Transition in Texas

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by John Michaelson/TNS AUSTIN, Texas – Success is being found in efforts to help the hundreds of Texas foster teens who are aging out of the system each year with the often tough transition into adulthood. The Preparation for Adult Living or PAL Program assigns case workers to help foster…

Double Dangers for the Vision of Texas Kids: Toy Guns and High Tech

Double Dangers for the Vision of Texas Kids: Toy Guns and High Tech

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by John Michaelson/TNS AUSTIN, Texas – As parents across Texas continue to pack the malls and stores, a reminder that some gifts for their children can bring pain as well as joy. Thousands of accidents in the U.S. each year involving children and toys result in eye injuries and even…

Unwelcome Holiday Surprises: Fatigue and Family Stress

Unwelcome Holiday Surprises: Fatigue and Family Stress

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by John Michaelson/TNS AUSTIN, Texas – While the holidays are a happy time for many, the stress associated with family obligations and dynamics can be the “lump of coal” in some people’s Christmas stockings. According to the American Psychological Association, fatigue and stress are the top sources of negative feelings…

An Addiction Begins: Lottery Tickets as Gifts for Kids

An Addiction Begins: Lottery Tickets as Gifts for Kids

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by John Michaelson/TNS AUSTIN, Texas – As the available shopping time left before Christmas quickly slips away, the National Council on Problem Gambling is reminding Texas parents lottery tickets should not end up as stocking stuffers in the last-minute rush for gifts. Psychologist and family therapist Sharon Davern says it…

Texas Projects Key in Gulf Coast Oil Spill Restoration

Texas Projects Key in Gulf Coast Oil Spill Restoration

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by John Michaelson/TNS AUSTIN, Texas – As Texas and the Gulf Coast move toward what likely will be the largest ecosystem restoration project in U.S. history, a new report details what it calls the most important priorities in recovering from the massive oil-spill disaster of 2010. The recommendations come from…

Wage Theft Takes Billions from Texas Workers and Communities

Wage Theft Takes Billions from Texas Workers and Communities

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by John Michaelson/TNS AUSTIN, Texas – It happens every month of the year, but the issue of wage theft in Texas is even more acute around the holidays, as impacted workers step up during the busy season but don’t receive the pay they’re due. Hector Guzman Lopez, coordinator with the…