(BPT) - The transition between summer and going back to school can be tough, especially for families with student athletes who are participating in fall sports. Whether your athletes are in high school or grade school, it’s difficult to balance schoolwork, practice, games, proper nutrition and rest. Mitzi Dulan, registered dietitian and nutrition consultant to professional athletes, has some great tips on how to help your child eat adequate, nutritious foods for their best performance in the classroom and on the field.
“As a working mom with two daughters who play volleyball, I understand the time crunch parents are up against to prepare healthy meals and snacks for their kids,” says Dulan. “Young athletes require optimal nutrition for fueling and recovery around practice and games, in addition to a well-balanced diet as growing adults. A little knowledge and planning ahead makes all the difference during busy weeks.”
Here are five tips from Mitzi for busy parents with young athletes:
1. Recover right: Immediately following a practice or competition, help your athlete refuel their muscles to optimize performance the next time they train or compete. Consuming a beverage with carbs and protein within the first 30 minutes is ideal. Chocolate milk has a great ratio of carbs and protein, making it a smart, quick and easy choice to stock up on.
2. Create a go-to grocery list: Get your athlete involved by having them help you create a go-to list of top fueling foods that you can save on your smartphone. Bring your child along for the first grocery trip to get their input and create a list of new options to replace old staples. Keeping this list handy on your smartphone will be helpful to keep their favorite foods stocked at home.
3. Set up fueling stations at home: Organize “fueling stations” with grab-and-go options such as string cheese, chocolate milk, sports drinks, protein balls, honey and more. You can also throw in whole wheat sandwich thins to make one of my favorites — an open-faced sandwich with peanut butter, banana and honey. Also keep a fruit bowl on your kitchen counter, filled with bananas, apples and other fruits. Fruit is great fuel, and kids are more likely to eat it when it’s readily available.
4. Equip yourself with the right tools: Staying connected is essential as a parent. My girls are very involved, which means there are plenty of practices and games to manage, so I rely on my smartphone to maintain it all with calendar and meal planning apps.
5. Get plenty of rest: With a hectic schedule, it’s important to recharge. Sleep is an essential step to the recovery process, and kids need time to hit reset after hitting the books and hitting the field. Make sure your athletes are getting enough sleep and have scheduled down time in between games and practices so they can let their bodies recover and build their energy back up.
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Many homes and buildings are now equipped with video and audio surveillance. Property owners may have video and audio cameras at their front entrances. They may also have security cameras inside the building or home, or on the perimeter of the property. For example, they may have a doorbell, a security system, a “nanny cam” or baby monitor that records video or audio, or, in some cases, all of the above.
Generally, a property owner has the right to monitor what happens within the four walls of his or her property. A prominently displayed surveillance system and/or conspicuous signs alerting visitors that a system is in use can deter would-be criminals from taking an owner’s personal belongings. However, in the context of selling a home, they can also provide negotiating advantages to sellers: these surveillance devices may allow sellers to intercept conversations between prospective buyers and the buyer’s agent.
What obligation, if any, does a property owner have to notify their REALTOR® of the recording devices? What obligation, if any, does a REALTOR® have to notify potential buyers that video or audio equipment may be recording them while they are viewing a listing?
STATE AND FEDERAL LAW
Both federal and state laws apply to audio and video surveillance. Louisiana is a “one party consent” state. This means that a person may intercept communications in two instances:
1) if the person recording the communication is a party to the communication being intercepted, or 2) if the person doing the recording is not a party to the communication, one of the parties to the communication has given prior consent to the interception of the communication. However, the recording is not permitted by Louisiana law if the audio or video recording is being done for the purpose of committing a crime or a tortious act.
1 La. R.S. 15 § 1303(c)(3) 2 A tort is a legal wrong committed upon the person or property independent of contract. It may be either (1) a direct invasion of some legal right of the individual; (2) the infraction of some public duty by which special damage accrues to the individual; (3) the violation of some private obligation by which like damage accrues to
Video surveillance without an audio recording has a different standard than recordings with both audio and video. The federal standard for evaluating video only surveillance is whether an individual would have a reasonable expectation of privacy in the location where the recording is taking place. Although a home owner enjoys a “zone of privacy” in their own homes, a prospective buyer generally does not have an expectation of privacy in someone else’s home. There are limits to this, however, as a potential buyer would not expect to be recorded while in the bathroom, where a reasonable expectation of privacy exists in any circumstance.
Louisiana law does not expressly prohibit the video recording or recording the image of someone, unless that video or image is recorded without consent and the video is to be used for a lewd or lascivious purpose.3 Accordingly, a videotape without audio is generally permissible under Louisiana law without providing advance notice or obtaining consent of the parties.
There are no Louisiana or Federal cases on point wherein an unsuspecting homebuyer's conversation has been recorded and used in negotiations. There have been some cases where conversations of buyers and/or their agents are intercepted through “pocket dialing”4 but these cases are distinct from the issue of a property owner’s right to maintain video or audio recording on his or her property. However, out of an abundance of caution, and to avoid a potential claim that an illegal or unethical recording was made, or a claim that ethical obligations were violated intercepting conversations of buyers, home owners may want to disclose the presence of video surveillance devices on the property to potential buyers prior to a showing of the property.
REALTORS® making audio recordings should generally be sure to obtain the permissions required under Louisiana state law. Listing brokers may want to inquire whether surveillance devices are present on the listed property, and whether the surveillance devices record audio, video, or both.5 REALTORS® may wish to include information such as the following in a listing agreement:
the individual. In the former case, no special damage is necessary to entitle the party to recover. In the two latter cases, such damage is necessary. 3 La. R.S. 14 § 283(a)(1) 4 Huff v. Spaw, 794 F.3d 543 (6th Cir. 2015) 5 Finley Maxson, “Window to the Law: Video and Audio Surveillance,” National Association of REALTORS® (available online at https://www.nar.realtor/videos/window-to-the-law/window-to-the-law-video-and-audiosurveillance-issues).
Once the REALTOR® knows that there are surveillance devices present on the property, if the surveillance devices record audio, the REALTOR® generally should disclose this knowledge with visitors to the property. This disclosure could be accomplished by posting notices on the property alerting all visitors to the property that they may be recorded during the visit or distributing a notice at the opens houses such as the one attached. There is no precise language required by law; however, here are a few examples of notices of surveillance devices on a property:
Another way to disclose the presence of surveillance devices would be to disclose such information in the MLS comment fields. Some MLS rules require a listing broker to disclose the presence of recording devices on a property.
Once the buyer’s agent is aware of recording devices present on property, the buyer’s agent generally should inform their clients of the presence of recording devices. Buyer’s agents may consider making this disclosure to their clients in writing, such as in the attached notice. Although the buyer’s agent is generally not legally required to make the disclosure, as the buyer’s representative is not the one making the recording, such disclosure may help protect the agent from an allegation 4813-7141-3600 v1 2937565-000001 05/11/2018 of an illegal or unethical recording by a client who later claimed to be unaware of recording device.
As availability and use of technology of home audio and video systems increases, the laws around their use has struggled to keep pace. Disclosure of devices on property is a good first step in making sure that information intended as private is not shared. This article provided for informational purposes only. Please contact your broker or legal counsel for advice regarding specific circumstances or incidents.
As Americans work hard to meet all the obligations that come with work, family and everyday life, many are challenged to find time to manage all the financial elements affecting their healthcare.
If you're among them you're far from alone, since the multiple details associated with healthcare insurance can be confusing. At the same time, you want to be smart about your financial resources when making decisions about the quality healthcare you and your family need.
Fortunately, by carving out time to research money-saving tips you may be able to minimize your out-of-pocket healthcare expenses. Such out-of-pocket spending rose by more than 50 percent between 2010 and 2017,
The Atlantic recently reported, partly because half of all health insurance policyholders in the U.S. are dealing with annual deductibles of at least $1,000.
Whether you're uninsured or simply facing a high insurance deductible, you can take several steps to better manage your healthcare budget. Consider how the following tips may offer you a better sense of control of rising healthcare costs.
* Read bills with a critical eye.
Any bill can include administrative errors, and some estimates have indicated errors on as many as 80 percent of medical invoices issued, reports the Medical Billing Advocates of America. That statistic makes it well worth your while to examine and question your expenses before you settle up.
* Lower the cost of your meds.
A free program known as Inside Rx is a prescription savings card that provides discounts on prescription medications for eligible patients. And it’s amazingly effective. According to the data, eligible patients have saved an average of 40 percent on the more than 100 featured brand medications included in the program, and even more on generic medications. Inside Rx is a great option to help the uninsured, those facing high deductibles or anyone trying to save money on their meds. Inside Rx even offers prescription savings for pets for qualifying medications. And the Inside Rx card is free and easy to download, with no registration process or sharing of personal information.
* Compare costs whenever possible.
Some medical services can be difficult to compare on an apples-to-apples basis, but it’s worth doing your homework before making appointments for more standard services such as annual check-ups, lab work and testing, dental care or dermatology services. Check vendor websites, make phone calls and conduct web searches to find online databases, such as HealthcareBluebook.com, that suggest fair prices for various services. If you're insured, your insurance provider can then clarify what portion of the bill will be covered.
* Be bold about negotiations.
It's OK to speak up. You have nothing to lose by politely asking your healthcare provider to work with you on the price of an upcoming service, especially when dealing with a private practice. Start the conversation by aiming for the Medicare rate or an amount close to that paid by commercial insurers. As an alternative, ask the office administrator to set up a manageable payment plan.
* Consider paying cash up front.
Some vendors offer discounts for simply paying cash for your services without funneling everything through insurance. Even if you're insured, you can still evaluate whether immediate cash payments will be lower than your post-insurance costs.
Keeping a close eye on where you might be wasting money on healthcare can pay off in a big way — and the remedies don’t have to be complicated. Conduct your due diligence on such costs to protect your financial health as vigorously as your physical health.
When it’s time to clean, have your trusty green cleaners at the ready — baking soda, vinegar — plus another ultra-cheap gem: hydrogen peroxide. You can use it anywhere, and can’t beat the price: A 16-oz. bottle only costs a buck or so.
Here are 10 ways you can use that ubiquitous brown bottle of 3% hydrogen peroxide to your home’s advantage from our friends at HouseLogic:
In Your Kitchen
1. Clean your cutting board and countertop. Hydrogen peroxide bubbles away any nasties left after preparing meat or fish for dinner. Add hydrogen peroxide to an opaque spray bottle — exposure to light kills its effectiveness — and spray on your surfaces. Let everything bubble for a few minutes, then scrub and rinse clean.
2. Wipe out your refrigerator and dishwasher. Because it’s non-toxic, hydrogen peroxide is great for cleaning places that store food and dishes. Just spray the appliance outside and in, let the solution sit for a few minutes, then wipe clean.
3. Clean your sponges. Soak them for 10 minutes in a 50/50 mixture of hydrogen peroxide and warm water in a shallow dish. Rinse the sponges thoroughly afterward.
4. Remove baked-on crud from pots and pans. Combine hydrogen peroxide with enough baking soda to make a paste, then rub onto the dirty pan and let it sit for a while. Come back later with a scrubby sponge and some warm water, and the baked-on stains will lift right off.
In Your Bathroom
5. Whiten bathtub grout. If excess moisture has left your tub grout dingy, first dry the tub thoroughly, then spray it liberally with hydrogen peroxide. Let it sit for a little while (it may bubble slightly), then come back and scrub the grout with an old toothbrush. You may have to repeat the process a few times, depending on how much mildew you have, but eventually your grout will be white again.
6. Clean the toilet bowl. Pour half a cup of hydrogen peroxide into the toilet bowl, let stand for 20 minutes, then scrub clean.
In Your Laundry Room
7. Remove stains from clothing, curtains, and tablecloths. Hydrogen peroxide can be used as a pre-treater for stains — just soak the stain for a little while in 3% hydrogen peroxide before tossing into the laundry. You can also add a cup of peroxide to a regular load of whites to boost brightness. It’s a green alternative to bleach, and works just as well.
Anywhere in Your House
8. Brighten dingy floors. Combine half a cup of hydrogen peroxide with one gallon of hot water, then go to town on your flooring. Because it’s so mild, it’s safe for any floor type, and there’s no need to rinse.
9. Clean kids’ toys and play areas. Hydrogen peroxide is a safe cleaner to use around kids, or anyone with respiratory problems, because it’s not a lung irritant. Fill an opaque spray bottle with hydrogen peroxide and spray toys, toy boxes, doorknobs, and anything else your kids touch on a regular basis. You could also soak a rag in peroxide to make a wipe.
10. Help out your plants. To ward off fungus, add a little hydrogen peroxide to your spray bottle the next time you’re spritzing plants. Use a 1/2 cup of hydrogen peroxide added to one gallon of water for your plants.
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It’s no surprise that we all feel the need to get more sleep. However, for some people who feel tired all the time, it may be a sign of a bigger problem. If the urge to sleep during the day is overwhelming and irresistible, it may be excessive daytime sleepiness (EDS).
Roughly 20 percent of Americans have EDS. It is one of the most common complaints people make to a sleep specialist and a symptom that can be seen in a variety of sleep disorders. Being able to recognize the difference between normal sleepiness and EDS is important to your health, but more than 60 percent of Americans find it difficult to do, according to a new survey of 3,000 people conducted by Jazz Pharmaceuticals.
“Occasionally feeling tired is normal,” says Dr. Raj Dasgupta, pulmonary and sleep specialist at the University of Southern California’s Keck School of Medicine. “People with EDS have a hard time staying awake or alert during the day and may doze off during inappropriate times such as during meals, in the middle of a conversation or even when in a car stopped for a few minutes in traffic.”
EDS is a hallmark symptom of narcolepsy. Not everyone who has EDS has narcolepsy, but everyone who has narcolepsy has EDS. Narcolepsy affects approximately 1 in 2,000 Americans. It is a chronic neurological disorder in which the brain can’t control sleep-wake cycles normally. A narcolepsy diagnosis can be tricky because many disorders, such as depression, insomnia and sleep apnea, have some of the same symptoms. This may be why it is estimated that half of those with narcolepsy are undiagnosed.
Narcolepsy has five major symptoms, but you don’t need to experience them all to have it.
The survey also revealed that a majority of Americans don’t feel they know enough about sleep disorders. Less than 50 percent report being familiar with narcolepsy and only 70 percent report being familiar with sleep apnea. Approximately 60 percent of Americans said that they find it difficult to know when they need to talk to a doctor about daytime sleepiness.
Dasgupta adds, “If you’re having trouble staying awake during the day or experiencing other sleep-related problems, it may be time to talk to your doctor.”
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We've put together a list of venues and events for your scheduling pleasure.
Children's Museum Easter Activities
Friday, March 30, make a cute rabbit just in time for Easter. Classes begin at 11 a.m. and 12 p.m. and are limited to 21 children, ages 3 and up. The museum will close at 1:30 for Good Friday.
Saturday, March 31, create a colorful Easter Egg with paint and squeegee in the ArtSpace from 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Iowa Women's League
Easter in the Park: 10 a.m. - noon March 31. Free Easter fun featuring Easter Bunny pictures, games, a coloring station, prizes and more. Don't forget your Easter basket! All children must be accompanied by an adult. Easter egg hunt times are: 10:30 a.m. (0-3 years old), 10:45 a.m. (4-6 years old), 11 a.m. (ages 7 and up).
St. Andrew Presbyterian Church Activities:
6 p.m. Thursday, March 29, church service highlighting the apostle's reactions to the crucifixion
10 a.m Sunday, April 1, Easter egg hunt, followed by Easter service at 10:45 a.m.
10:45 a.m. April 8, Easter concert during service
Temple Baptist Church:
10 a.m. - noon March 31. A free family event in Dequincy featuring fun, games, food, an Easter egg hunt, and a special devotion time to hear about the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
CM Farms Wool Days & Easter Egg Hunt
March 30th & 31st from 9-2 each day!
Admission: $10 for ages 3 & up
252 CM Farms Rd
Dry Creek, LA 70637
11:00 AM & 1:00 PM Friday and Saturday, there will be old-fashioned Easter egg hunts divided into groups by age (ages 1-4 and 5+). Bring your own basket. Turn in your eggs for a fun treat bag after the hunt! Admission ($10 for ages 3 & up) includes the Easter Egg Hunt & Sheep Shearing Demonstrations
PLUS: Jumping Pillow and Barrel Train rides(unlimited), fun on the farm playground — Dirt Mountain Slide, Sand Pile with diggers, Corn Barn, Tether Ball Courts, Tire Pyramids, photo ops, tour our Historic Farm House and Antique Barn full of farm equipment from days past... The BeeLine (junior zip line…..100 lb weight limit)
BREAKFAST with the EASTER BUNNY from 9:00 am to 11:00 am! Breakfast will include 3 pancakes, sausage & drink or fresh baked Biscuit, sausage & drink for $5.95.
Our farm concession will be open all day with plenty of food and drinks! No outside food or drinks allowed thru the gate. In observance of GOOD FRIDAY, we will be serving FRIED FISH PLATES in the Farm Concession for lunch on Good Friday! The Country Store will be open with Homemade Fudge and Kettle Corn.
Easter Bunny Photos at the Prien Lake Mall
Photo Set Hours:
Friday, March 30th 10AM - 8:30PM
Saturday, March 31st 10AM - 8:30PM
The Easter Bunny will be take a carrot break from 3PM-3:30PM, everyday.
Sam Houston Jones State Park Easter Egg Hunt
March 31, 2018 from 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Hunt is free, day park use fees apply
Address: 107 Sutherland Rd
Lake Charles, LA 70611
Hunts for 0 – 5-years-old and 6 - 12-year-old.
Make sure you bring your own basket. The hunt is free, day use fees are applicable.
Longleaf Legacy Project from Sasol will have information tables set up.
Bayou Rum Adult Easter Egg Hunt:
Saturday, March 31 from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Tickets must be reserved in advance. Head out to the Bayou Rum Distillery in Lacassine for a special adult only Easter egg hunt! Hunt participants will search for eggs filled with candy and Bayou Rum swag items. Be on the lookout for golden eggs for a chance to win a grand prize! Pops and Rockets will be coming along with food trucks.
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Children and teens experience some of the most important moments of their lives at school. It's where they spend two-thirds of their waking hours. Of course, school can be stressful, too - and not just because of pop quizzes and science projects.
"Stress isn't the same for all children, and it impacts every one differently," said Dr. Cheryl S. Al-Mateen, medical director of the Virginia Treatment Center for Children. "In fact, in some cases this stress can even be traumatic. If left unnoticed, it can lead to real mental health concerns, including depression, anxiety, self-harm and even substance abuse."
Everyone deserves to feel comfortable talking about mental health - it plays an important role in a child's overall health. Sometimes, however, topics around mental health can feel overwhelming or confusing for parents. Many may find it difficult to spot the difference between traditional school stress and the possibility of potential trauma. Fortunately, there are many resources available to help. As a start, Dr. Al-Mateen has five recommendations to support parents in understanding school issues, helping children cope and tackling potential problems.
* Check in about school. It can be difficult in our go-go-go world, but give your child your undivided attention for 5 to 10 minutes every day. Talk about their friends, teachers and classes. Open yourself to hearing the good and the bad, and ask what they find difficult - like feeling too nervous to talk or being teased for talking too much. These conversations help you identify problems as they arise, teach your child problem-solving skills and reinforce how deeply you care about their wellbeing.
* Strengthen your lines of communication. Your child may be more open about school if you have frequent conversations about other things as well. Talk to them about the little stuff, and they'll be more apt to tell you about the big stuff. Listen without judging, and be ready to engage them in an activity if that makes them more comfortable. Braiding your child's hair, shooting a few baskets in the driveway or working a puzzle can lead to a great conversation.
* Work with your school. If your child is showing signs of stress that concern you, don't be afraid to reach out to their teacher(s) or school principal. Your child's teacher may be able to shed light on what's causing the stress and, if nothing else, can help watch out for your child during the school day.
* Establish a routine at home. Children thrive in stable, consistent environments. Creating a predictable schedule is helpful, if you can, but sometimes that's just not possible. Make a big family calendar and keep it where everyone can access it. This empowers children to know what's coming up and helps provide the solid foundation they crave at home. They'll be better prepared to deal with changes and unexpected situations they may face at school.
* Seek help when you need it. How do you know if your child needs help beyond what you or the school can provide? Look for warning signs. For example, young children may complain about stomachaches and headaches that have no physical explanation. When depressed, a child may say that they're angry, rather than sad, so listen for both - especially when their eating or sleeping patterns also change dramatically, they seem to have low energy or they aren't taking pleasure in things they enjoyed before. These may be signs of a larger problem that needs to be addressed immediately with help from mental health professionals.
The school years are exciting, important times for your children, but they can be tough. Check in with your child daily and don't downplay the stress they may feel. Recognizing potential issues quickly can help prevent larger problems down the road.
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