Aug. 13, 2013

5 bogus myths about Latina skin care
Thanks to Hollywood stereotypes, one might think all Latinas have the same physical features — curly, dark hair, curvy body, and brown skin. But, obviously, like all women, Hispanic women come in all shapes and colors. It would be a mistake to classify Latinas as one category or another and, likewise, a mistake to assume that there is one skincare solution for every woman who identifies as Latina. In that spirit, Refinery29 talked to different dermatologists to look at some common skin myths about Latinas and skin care.More

12 yoga poses to undo the damage
The Huffington Post
You may joke that your job is slowly killing you but it might actually be true. And while job-related stress seems like the main culprit when it comes to health and your career — it can have negative health effects as far ranging as increased heart attack risk, depression or premature aging — there's another danger lurking in the office: Sitting. Here are 12 asanas to help undo the damage created by long days spent sitting.More

4 natural age-defying skin tips
Santa Monica Mirror
Hundreds of expensive products and procedures exist for beautifying the skin and keeping it looking young and fresh, some of which may pose dangers to your health. Instead, try some of these all-natural, do-it-yourself beauty recipes you can use to keep your skin young and glowing — at a fraction of the cost.More

The most important employment documents
By D. Albert Brannen
Employment litigation can be expensive and time-consuming. An employer’s success or failure in defending itself can turn on the law or the facts. Employers cannot do too much to change the law that applies to any given case. But, experience shows that employers can do a lot to shape the facts and to improve their position in employment litigation. Most of the time, this shaping of the facts depends on the documentation. Moreover, while the particular facts may be different from case to case, the same types of documents are at issue in nearly every employment law case.More

Small business employment in recessions and expansions
Small Business Trends
Small-business employment has grown more slowly than big business employment since the end of the Great Recession. That wasn't supposed to happen. Small companies, the argument goes, are more nimble, making their employment decisions more responsive to economic conditions. The evidence was once consistent with this theory but the pattern has broken down over the past two decades. Between 1977 and 1991 — but not since 1991 — small company employment grew faster than big business employment during economic expansions and shrank faster during economic contractions.More

Attract new customers with local ads on the Google Maps app
Google AdWords
Over one billion people use Google Maps services every month. On the Google Maps app, these users are often searching for local businesses — from restaurants, to car dealerships, to dentists and more. Recently, Google launched a new version of the Google Maps app for Android, iPhone and iPad where several new features were introduced. The most recent is an updated ad experience that is more attractive for users and more effective for advertisers.More

Sneaky ways wellness apps invade your privacy
As useful as health apps and fitness apps may be, a stunning new report from the Privacy Rights Clearinghouse, a consumer education and advocacy nonprofit, says they may also pose "considerable privacy risks" for users. The group came to this conclusion after studying 43 of the most popular wellness apps (half for iPhones, half for Androids; 23 free and 20 paid). In short, using a health or fitness app on your smartphone could lead to unwittingly sharing a very personal record that you'd rather keep private.More

Social media and small business: A legal guide
The Star Tribune
Anyone who uses social media has heard stories of the pitfalls — you could be stalked, potential employers could snoop into your past, oversharing could lead to identity theft. But the state of Minnesota believes there's still one group that needs to be warned: small businesses. In "A Legal Guide to the Use of Social Media in the Workplace," published by the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development, Minneapolis attorney Michael Cohen argues that a company's reputation, trade secrets and legal liability hinge on understanding the rapidly changing rules of using social media.More

Green tea may really work on skin
Researchers from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland reviewed data on the potential healing and protective effects of green tea, both as a beverage and a compound applied to the skin. Because most studies have focused on green tea's effect on skin inflammation and skin cancer in mice, the Cleveland team followed those up with its own limited study on human skin. Green tea does show great promise in the prevention and treatment of various skin conditions, the study states.More

A small-business star to be born this Super Bowl
The Associated Press via Sioux City Journal
A small business star will be born during a commercial break in Super Bowl XLVIII. A company yet to be selected will have its own 30-second ad during the game, giving it the kind of exposure usually reserved for mega-brands like Budweiser and Chevrolet. The spot will be the culmination of a competition sponsored by software maker Intuit Inc., which has never run a Super Bowl commercial of its own but is paying for one small business to be in the spotlight during the third quarter of the Big Game.More

Some like it hot but does it matter in yoga?
Hot yoga devotee Karla Walsh feels exhilarated after an hour of twisting her soggy limbs into pretzel shapes but the Iowa-based writer wonders if all that swelter really ramps up her workout. Bikram and other types of hot yoga, where temperatures can soar to 105 Fahrenheit or higher, are increasingly popular. Fitness experts say the hot-house workout, if done properly, is not harmful and may seem more challenging but add that followers aren't working any harder than in other yoga classes.More

More schools use cellphones as learning tools
USA Today
Although schools have traditionally banned or limited cell phones in the classroom, 73 percent of Advanced Placement and National Writing Project teachers said their students use phones in the classroom or to complete assignments, according to a Pew Research Center study. Though many changing policies banned cellphone use except in emergencies, teachers are lifting the bans and incorporating phones into their curriculum.More

A teacher's guide to immersive lessons
The Guardian
Sarah Findlater writes, "Every now and then I throw caution to the wind and teach a lesson where everything is a little bit different, unexpected. An immersive learning experience, if you like. These are the lessons where fun and learning intertwine and the students forget they are in a lesson at all. Most of the learning is done by accident. Sneaky, I know. The turn-everything-on-its-head lessons are my favorite and each time I teach one I wonder why I don't teach every lesson that way. What does suspending belief in the classroom involve?"More

Webinar: How to be charismatic
This presentation will provide the teacher with the specific skills to teach students and give them the competitive edge in today's market. We will discuss use of body language and describe the various learning types. Giving and receiving compliments, skills to remember names will also be explored.

At the conclusion of the presentation the teacher will be able to:

  • Analyze the use of body language.
  • Identify and describe learning types.
  • Integrate word association skills.
  • Demonstrate charisma.

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    Use of esthetician titles
    It is the position of the NCEA that (1) estheticians represent themselves according to their licensed title, as designated by their state licensing board or regulatory agency; and (2) that estheticians must not promote themselves or allow any employer to market them otherwise.More