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Time to Stand Up!

While the health benefits of exercise have been known for centuries, a new study out of the U.K. highlights just how deadly being lazy can be.

In the study, which was published in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health, scientists at Queen’s University in Belfast and Ulster University linked a sedentary lifestyle — for example, sitting at a cubicle when you’re at work, and sitting around bingeing TV when you’re not — to nearly 70,000 deaths for the year 2016.

In fact, researchers linked a sedentary lifestyle to 11.6% of ALL deaths in the U.K. for that year, noting at least 69,276 of them could have been avoided if those people would have gotten off their duffs on the regular.

In the past, lack of exercise in day-to-day life has been linked to a host of health problems, from obesity to heart disease and diabetes and more, all of which led to the deaths of those 69 thousand-plus Brits.

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Instant Karma

Here’s what not to do when you get pulled over by police for speeding.

Police stopped a woman for driving 40 miles per hour in a 25 mile per hour zone in Eastlake, Ohio on Sunday, according to a post on the Eastlake Police Facebook page.

The officer issued the woman a citation for the speeding violation and went about his business.  The woman, however, crumpled up the ticket and tossed it out of her window as she drove away.

Bad move.  The officer promptly pulled her over again and issued her another citation, this time for littering.

The officer also retrieved the crumpled citation the woman had tossed out of her vehicle window and forwarded both tickets to court for processing.

 

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Zombie Drivers

While digital distractions are unfortunately commonplace for drivers today, there’s an old-fashioned form of distraction that predates digital devices: zoning out while you drive.

In fact, 55% of all motorists admit they feel as if they’re often “zombie drivers,” driving on “autopilot,” according to a new poll of 2,000 motorists commissioned by Root Insurance.

The survey, conducted by OnePoll, noted that 27% of drivers admit to zoning out behind the wheel.  That number jumps to 43% if they’re on a long drive. The average respondent says they lose focus behind the wheel as many as four times a week.

Why do we zone out? Nearly 50% say it’s because they have a lot of their mind.  Some 42% say it’s because they’re tired, and 40% say it’s because they’re so familiar with their stretch of road that driving becomes rote.

That being said, 90% of drivers surveyed say they consider themselves to be a good driver, even though 49% say they routinely drive distracted.

Also, while 67% say they could be safer while driving, just 18% think an autonomous car would be safer than they are.

Here are the most common reasons for zombie driving:

1. Have a lot on their mind — 49%
2. Drive while tired — 42%
3. Drive on a stretch of road they’re familiar with — 40%
4. Drive the same route every day — 34%
5. Find driving to be monotonous — 27%

 

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High school valedictorian calls out slacker school staff & faculty in speech

Never mind looking toward the promise of a bright future and all that stuff. Nataly Buhr used her valedictorian speech last week at California’s San Ysidro High School to publicly take down some school employees whom she claims didn’t so much help her succeed, as much as they did guarantee she had to succeed despite them.

As reported by the San Diego Union-Tribune, after thanking by name her family, friends and a handful of teachers, Buhr then let fly with a few additional, definitely sarcastic thank-yous.

For example, Buhr thanked her counselor “for teaching me to fend for myself. You were always unavailable to my parents and I, despite appointments. Only in these past few weeks, with the awards ceremonies and graduation coming up, did you begin making your appearance.”

Then, there was the office staff: “Your negligence to inform me of several scholarships until the day before they were due potentially caused me to miss out on thousands of dollars,” said Buhr, who then moved on to an unnamed teacher whom she said was “regularly intoxicated during class.”

“Thank you for using yourself as an example to teach students about the dangers of alcoholism,” Buhr went on. “Being escorted by police out of school was a lasting impression. I hope that future students and staff learn from these examples.”

A spokesperson for the local school district said the version of the speech Buhr read didn’t match the school-approved version she submitted beforehand. Duh. The spokesperson added that Buhr’s comments “[took] away from what should have been a day of celebration for the school and their community.”

Most of Buhr’s classmates don’t seem to agree. As for her mom and dad? They say they’re proud of their daughter.

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Martina McBride’s Charity Hosts Successful Event

Martina McBride’s global charity initiative, Team Music Is Love(TMIL), hosted a wildly successful event at The Fairgrounds Nashville on Friday, June 7th to benefit the local community. This event included a food drive, book giveaway and storytelling, a diaper giveaway, and an essential item giveaway, which included items such as tooth brushes and toothpaste.
The Nashville Fairground neighborhood was selected as the location for this event due to its status as a food desert in Nashville – most people who live there lack easy access to affordable fruits, vegetables, and whole grains, as the closest grocery store is a two mile walk away.
To help, TMIL, in partnership with One Gen Away, brought in a truckload of over 20,000 pounds of locally sourced fresh produce and locally saved canned goods during the food drive, providing approximately 10,000 meals which will feed 380 families. This incredible feat will surely impact the local Nashville community given that 1 in 6 adults and 1 in 5 children in metro Nashville are food insecure – meaning they lack reliable access to nutritious food and may survive from fast food and convenience stores.
TMIL also partnered with The Word Wagon to give summer reading books to kids – two low income Nashville metro schools will receive free books – and partnered with the Nashville Diaper Bank to give diapers to families in need.
Of course, this event wouldn’t have been a success without the help of volunteers. People from 20 different states and 3 different countries showed up to help give away flowers, balloons, lemonade, and fill grocery carts with fresh foods and canned good staples.
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BBB Warning: Say I Don’t to Fox Valley-based “Say I Do Wedding Services”

The Better Business Bureau (BBB) Serving Wisconsin is warning brides-to-be and consumers in general about a Grand Chute company, “Say I Do Wedding Services” and its principal, Scott M. Sockett II.

BBB began receiving complaints in early 2018 and, to date, has processed 16 complaints from consumers in five states (Wisconsin, Indiana, Illinois, Michigan, and Minnesota) totaling almost $26,000.

The company has an “F” rating, the BBB’s lowest grade, for failure to respond to complaints and failure to correct the underlying cause of complaints.

BBB’s file on Say I Do Wedding Services opened in February 2018 and the company has used or is still using the following additional business names:  Magic Focus Photography & Cinematography, S2 Wedding Solutions, and Wedding Solutions.

Most complaints are from brides-to-be who report they paid in full and in advance between $850 – $3,100 for wedding services such as photography, videography, DJ services, lighting services, and photo-booth rental, but didn’t receive what was paid and contracted for, photographs and videos not received, failure to receive refunds after canceling services, overall dissatisfaction with services and services not rendered.

While Sockett did respond to the majority of the complaints, nearly all matters are still unresolved and without refunds.

“BBB’s file on this company opened with a complaint last February and we have been closely monitoring complaints received since that time,” says Jim Temmer, CEO/president of the BBB Serving Wisconsin. “When it comes to paying money for future services, BBB always recommends following the rule of thirds – pay not more than a third down, a third on your wedding day, and a third when you receive the final product.”

Say I Do Wedding Services and Magic Focus Photo websites and Facebook page are down as of May 29, 2019 and the company has not responded to BBB’s requests for general information nor a “Pattern of Complaint” letter sent to the company in February 2019. In addition, the company has not returned phone calls to the BBB investigator.

Jennifer of Fond du Lac, WI states, “I paid in full for videography and a photo booth for my wedding. The vendor never showed up to the event. I have taken the case to small claims court but still have yet to receive my refund. I want to receive my money back per the court settlement of $1,118.50.”

Sarah of Blue Earth, MN says, “I contracted for photography, videography and a photo booth and paid in full, $2000. The day before, Scott informed me that he had surgery on his rotator cuff and will be sending a replacement photographer for my wedding. The day of the wedding, the replacement is nowhere to be found. Scott texted me that he couldn’t get hold of the replacement and was on his way himself. Scott did not show up to fulfill the contract. Now he will not respond to any messages and he’s started a new business under a different name. I fear he may be doing this to other people.”

The Better Business Bureau reminds consumers to check on companies before doing business. Also, get all promises in writing, never pay in cash or in full up front, and confirm with vendors two weeks prior to your big day.

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For more information or further inquiries, contact the Wisconsin BBB at www.bbb.org/wisconsin, 414-847-6000 or 1-800-273-1002. Consumers also can find more information about how to protect themselves from scams by following the Wisconsin BBB on TwitterFacebook and YouTube.
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Wacky But True: Body Bag Edition

An elderly woman in Poland woke up in a morgue after being declared dead by her doctor. People in the room became aware of the error when someone saw her body bag moving. The woman had fallen unconscious and her husband called an ambulance. A doctor from the emergency medical services pronounced her dead — but she wasn’t.