Why to Buy Electronic Cigarettes?

The easiest way to by electronic cigarettes is online. Just visit an ecigs online store and check out different ecig brands, ecigs styles and accessories and make a quick purchase. Ecigs are available in varying styles such as mini, pen style, cigar, pipe and much more. Anyone new to using ecigs, start out with a disposable type or a starter pack. The disposable type is only for one time usage and is usually a single device that’s large and a bit on the heavy side. E-cigarette starter packs on the other hand include all necessary items such as atomizer, rechargeable batteries, carry case, wall charger and cartridges.

Those looking to quit smoking will find e-cigarettes the best alternative because it is a far more effective product than other quit smoking products. Taking a drag on an ecig is an experience on its own because you can pull as long as you want and inhale a big puff of vapor that’s really addicting.

Ecigs give the same sensation as that of smoking a traditional cigarette. They look just like normal cigarettes, feel just like them and are definitely a healthier alternative because they do not have any tar or tobacco. They do not pollute the air around you and can be used in places where smoking is banned because ecigs vapor is just white smoke that does not have any pollutants.

Another reason to buy e-cigarettes is that the nicotine or flavor cartridges last for a long time. One cartridge is equivalent to a carton of cigarettes and you can use them for essentially such a long time, without having to go to a store. E-cigarettes cost a fraction of what a normal cigarette costs.

There are many e-cigarettes brands and the difference lies in the device structure and available flavors. Some brands offer a three-piece device and others a two-piece one, which is easier to use. Top e-cigarettes brands include Green Smoke’, Smoke Stik’, Blu Electronic’, Volcano E-Cigarettes’, USA Cig’, eSmoke Freedom’, and CigartiTM’, and The Safe Cig’.

E-cigarettes users have reported a definite change in their habit after using them because of the way they work and the smoking satisfaction that they provide. Many report that they do not take up a traditional cigarette afterwards. The device is easy-to-use and cheaper than traditional cigarettes that can cost an average smoke more than $2000 annually.

Get Ready Now: Tips For A Stress Free Holiday Season!

Planning

1.) Write — Sit down at the table with a blank notebook and do what I call a Time Out where you write down everything associated with your holiday traditions. Write all of the tasks, to-do’s and commitments you can think of and include things you are responsible for as well as what you take part in. Do you always travel? Are you hosting meals and house-guests? Do you set up or participate in a gift exchange? Annual parties and events? People you always buy gifts for?

2.) Sort & Prioritize– Take your Time Out and sort it into a task list, an events list and a gift list. Hosting Thanksgiving dinner is an event, meal planning, grocery shopping and delegating who brings what, are tasks. Shopping for gifts goes on the task list, what you buy for whom goes on the gift list. You may choose to create more lists to further breakdown tasks or events that you are in charge of. In addition to the gifts your family exchanges, the gift list should include: hostess gifts, teacher gifts, holiday tipping, office gifts, Secret Santa and the like. Having these lists will help you prioritize and you should make a note of the must-do, non-negotiables (visiting grandma) and the things you might be able to skip to save your sanity (decorating 12 dozen cookies by hand).

3.) Schedule — Assign the events and tasks to your calendar. Notate all the travel, arrivals and departures of guests, the annual food drive and neighborhood caroling. If you are unsure of dates, put a question mark next to them and add a note to your task list to call people to clarify. This part helps other people make decisions and put plans in motion. Mark time and dates ahead of events for tasks, chores and errands so nothing sneaks up on you. Feeling frantic feels terrible; being prepared feels great! Decide when you have time to bake, write cards and shop online and schedule those tasks too.

Act Now! Looking at your lists and calendar, what can you do now to save time, energy and stress later on? Here are some ideas:

1.) Cooking — Plan your meals, choose your recipes and make your lists.

• Do you make the same Thanksgiving dinner every year? Make your grocery list and start stocking up on the non-perishables. Place orders for the turkey, pies and linen rental. Mark your calendar with dates to call and confirm as well as the pick up or delivery dates. Delegate side dishes to your guests now and don’t be afraid to be specific!
• Plan your recipes for holiday cookies and appetizers for parties and make your grocery lists. Can you make dough or sauces ahead and freeze? Double a recipe and bring the same item to multiple parties. This saves time and money by streamlining effort and ingredients. People will only remember your contribution and the fabulous flavor!

2.) Traveling — Plan your trip.

• Book your airline tickets, car rental and hotel reservations now! Prices are only going to go up as the holidays near.
• Set up your transportation to and from the airport. Arrange home and pet care while you’re gone. Again, set up dates to confirm in your calendar.
• Make lists for what to pack and get all the cold weather gear out of storage, cleaned and ready to go.

3.) Guests coming to you — Get ready for your guests and help them get ready for their travel.

• Make sure their travel is booked. Do you need to arrange lodging or are they staying with you?
• Make sure your home is house-guest ready and check your linens, towels and spare toiletries. What items do you need to buy to make their stay more comfortable?
• Plan events, activities and transportation now, purchasing tickets and making reservations when necessary.

4.) Minimize future errands — Stock up now on items you always need. Remember, being prepared feels great!

• Make shopping lists from your tasks list for the holidays and the normal things you shop for. This step will save you trips to places like the drugstore.
• These items might include your everyday toiletries, paper goods, wrapping paper, cases of wine, water and other beverages.
• Create a space in the closet, garage or even under the bed for all these extras so your home doesn’t get overwhelmed.
• Make a note of what you bought and where you put it!

5.) Holiday cards, newsletters and photos — Start now! Having these time-consuming tasks out of the way will allow you to breathe easier.

• Make your list, purchase your supplies, including postage and put a bag or box together with everything you need including pens and your address book (if you still use one) so you can have it at the ready, but put it away when you’re done.

• Do a few at a time so the task isn’t overwhelming and they’re ready to send on the date you’ve chosen.

• If you order pre-printed cards, do that now too.

• Newsletters are fun to send and keep people updated on your goings on so make an outline of what you’d like to include and start writing!

• If your card includes or consists of a photo, choose one now or set up your photo session ASAP.

6.) Gifts — As an organizer, I love to give people consumables: food, beverages, gift cards and charitable donations. You can buy many of these now and they will save you so much time and energy. Feel free to personalize, but it’s a real time saver to streamline and give everyone, or group of people, the same thing.

• Give all the teachers gift certificates where they can treat themselves to an indulgence, like a pedicure, shopping or restaurants.
• Make charitable donations for hostess gifts — a few favorites are the Heifer Foundation and Charity Checks which allows people to choose where their donation goes.
• The office or neighborhood can pool together and instead of individual gift giving, Adopt A Family, volunteer at or make donations to a local charity or animal shelter.
• If you give monetary gifts to people such as your hairstylist or garbage collector, visit the bank as you can afford to, write the accompanying notes and store the envelopes in a safe place.

7.) Dressing Up — Plan your party outfits now so you’re not scrambling through the mall on the day of the event.

• Comb your (hopefully organized!) closet and find what fits, is occasion appropriate and what you can reinvent?
• If you need to shop, consider basics and/or separates that you can change up with accessories and can be worn year-round. Or maybe you only need a few sparkly accessories to spruce up your favorite frock.
• If you have children, make sure their clothes fit too and that everything is clean and ready to go.
• Taking family photos? Do you need or coordinate what you’re wearing? Plan and shop now.

8.) Decorating — Where are the ornaments? Do I still like everything I have? How is it stored?

• When you take out your decorations, use only what you love or what has meaning and part with the rest. Sometimes we continue to use the decorations we have, even if we no longer like them, out of habit or because you only look at it for 30 days or so.

• Before you put anything away, make sure you have proper storage to protect your treasured ornaments, wreaths and lights. Plastic bins keep the critters and dust out and everything organized inside. Check out The Container Store for their fabulous and helpful products. Don’t forget to label everything!

I hope these tips help you to plan and get ahead for the holidays so you can enjoy this wonderful time with your family and friends!

Kakadu Juice – The World's Most Powerful Antioxidants!

Scientists from Sydney discover a Native Australian Bush Food that is many times more nutrient dense than Goji Berries, contains over 300% the level of antioxidants in Blueberries and is a highly rich ‘Uncategorized’ source of Folic Acid and Iron and this “New Australian Health Product” – “Kadadu Juice” containing Native Bush Foods could make many modern-day nutritional supplements obsolete!

From some of the world’s harshest landscapes ~ comes the world’s most nutritious plant foods like:

Kakadu Plum which holds the World Record for Vitamin C content, Tasmanian Pepper Berry hailed as the World’s Strongest Antioxidant food and a polygodial-rich food plant traditionally used as a bush medicine by indigenous Aboriginals of Australia. illawarra plum A very close rival to the pepper berry for the title of strongest antioxidant. Plus a host of other super potent plant foods like; Blueberries, Quandong, Wild Rosella, Acai, Goji, Mangosteen, Pomegranate, Green Tea, Cherry, Flax, Barley Grass, and Grape Seed.

One major thing that separates Kakadu Juice from many of the competing brands is that it is the first product to release that is not 60% or more plain water. It is the first truly concentrated product with real value for money. Secondly Kakadu Juice contains a unique blend of very powerful native bush foods. Thirdly it is a complete product, not just an antioxidant, or a vitamin product but a rich source of all the major essential nutrients. See [http://www.SuperWonderJuice.com] for more information. Fourthly it is proudly Australian.

Australia’s unique wild plant foods have sustained the world’s longest living culture ~ the Australian Aborigines for thousands of years. The health benefits of these fruits, herbs and spices are gaining global attention as emerging research reveals record levels of Uncategorized Vitamins, Antioxidants and Unique Phytonutrients.

Now after many years of research, testing and development, these newly recognised, world-leading Australian food plants are blended with exotic foods from around the world in an exquisite nutrient dense SUPER BEVERAGE known as (see front cover photo) Kakadu Juice.

Can Kakadu Juice make you healthy and wealthy?

Well, consider this quote from the book “The Wellness Revolution – How to Make a Fortune in the Next TRILLION DOLLAR INDUSTRY” where author Paul Zane Pilzer says “Teaching consumers about such products and services, intellectual distribution, is the greatest opportunity now and for the foreseeable future”.

The Wellness Revolution is here and Australia is staking its claim with a world-beating functional food beverage that offers a refreshing mix of innovation, integrity and value for money in an industry tired of the ‘hot air’ that seems to keep many direct sales companies afloat. Kakadu International has created a no-hype opportunity for people to stake their own claim in the burgeoning Wellness Industry by offering ordinary people a way to get involved with a great Australian company and learn how to create additional income from drinking and sharing Nature’s tastiest liquid bounty.

Thanks to the work of dedicated people like Dr. Kowalski, Vic Cherikoff and the tireless efforts of those in the CSIRO and other home-grown agencies, awareness of and the subsequent demand for Australian Bush Foods has created a viable industry that is now established and thriving. In similar fashion to the progressive growth of the Organics industry, Australian Bush Foods are now experiencing an organic growth all of their own.

With the emergence of scientific research into the Native Bush Foods, they’ve entered the record books for their nutritional and medicinal potency – something that Wellness industry entrepreneurs have a very healthy interest in. As a pioneer in this emerging sector of the Australian economy, Kakadu International, creators of Kakadu Juice, is proud of the knowledge that every bottle of Kakadu Juice is not only making people healthier but also providing employment for Aboriginal Australians.

The Australian Outback is one of the last pristine wilderness areas of the world. Wild harvesting of bush foods from this region relies on ancient Aboriginal knowledge of healing foods meshed with the modern practical skills of how to transport, process and distribute these foods in a way where nutritional vitality is…vital.

Remember the first vital rule to success in Network Marketing is you must have a very unique and highly consumable product that can not be obtained from anywhere else. Historically the most successful Network Marketers made their fortunes with nutritional products. Unfortunately many of them are overhyped, overpriced supplements that do little more than create expensive urine and some studies indicate do far more harm than good. This results in mass public confusion because one month we read how one thing protects us and a month later we read another study that the same synthetic supplement raises your chances of disease and premature death. Who do you believe and trust? The big pharmaceutical and supplement manufactures or the wisdom of Mother Nature?

The Truth About Supplements

The Dirty Secret Supplement Makers Hope You’ll Never Discover The overwhelming number of supplements on offer can leave many consumers feeling confused and frustrated; not daring enough to venture into the local health shop without first getting a degree in biochemistry! If that’s you, then you’ll be glad to hear the good news which is, there’s really only 2 kinds of supplements to choose from; those that are completely Uncategorized and those that are not.

The hard part is knowing the difference. Since the World became aware of “Uncategorized is better”, supplement companies have done everything in their power to convince you that their product is either “Uncategorized” or is so high-tech that it’s now “better” than Uncategorized. The truth is that the vast majority of nutrition supplements actually don’t contain any real nutrients, instead they’re made from cheap synthetic chemicals. A lot of slick marketing has led the Nature-seeking public to buy chemical products, with questionable results. How did we get it so wrong?

A Brief History of Vitamins

The ancient Egyptians noted that night blindness (vitamin A deficiency) could be cured by adding certain foods to the diet. In 1747 James Lind, a Scottish Naval Surgeon made the connection between a lack of citrus fruit intake and sailors developing scurvy. In 1905, Englishman William Fletcher discovered there were ‘special factors’ Uncategorizedly present in whole food that when processed away, resulted in disease. A few years later a Polish scientist named Funk identified these special factors and called them “vitamins”….or did he? He identified what he thought were the special factors that prevent disease; in fact, these Funky “vitamins” were only single molecules, a small part of the whole. The scientific methods available to Funk were fairly crude, no mass spectrometers, no electron microscopes or particle accelerators; science not sophisticated enough to correctly identify the complete structure of a vitamin.

Your body DOES know the difference Vitamins in Nature do not exist as isolated molecules. A molecule of ascorbic acid is not vitamin C, d-alpha tocopherol is not vitamin E; they’re merely individual pieces of much bigger puzzles. It’s not even just a matter of missing out on some benefits, these nutrients have multiple interacting roles. So, when you use a synthetic instead of the living complexes found in Nature, you upset the metabolic balance. The reason you don’t have to consciously control things like breathing, your heart beating and the digestion of food, is they’re just too complex. To say that a supplement chemist can create the right balance of chemicals to mimic what happens Uncategorizedly in “your” body or any living human is like saying a child who makes a paper plane could just as easily build a space shuttle. A cel
l in a dish doesn’t equal a cell in a living human. To say otherwise is an embarrassment to real science and an insult to Nature.

Value for money!

Imagine paying good money to see the Sydney Symphony Orchestra flawlessly perform a 2-hour piece of powerful classical music. Thousands of you sit, waiting to have your breath taken away by 50 of the World’s finest musicians all playing in perfect harmony but, they don’t show. Instead, a child walks out dressed in a tiny tuxedo and spends the next 2 hours bashing a xylophone with a brick. Not the experience you were hoping for was it? Well, your body feels similar disappointment every time it’s forced to metabolise cheap synthetics instead of the breath-taking perfection offered by Mother Nature’s vitamin source – whole foods.

But I buy mine from Company XYZ…

Is your favourite supplement actually synthetic or mostly full of artificial ingredients? It has a great story behind it, pictures of rain forests on the label, endorsements by doctors, everyone else takes it…must be good, right? Ask anyone who was alive in the 30’s and they’ll tell you that doctors actually used to prescribe cigarettes to their patients. Between 1929 and 1949 doctors believed that “smoking relaxes the nerves, renews energy and soothes throats”. Cigarette companies used doctors to promote the ‘health benefits’ of smoking until 1950 when the facts about lung cancer became undeniable. The medical community pulled away from the tobacco industry and the use of health claims in tobacco advertising was banned in 1951. By learning to read labels and ask questions you see past the advertising hype and avoid the disappointment of buying something synthetic.

How to read a product label

Ask any biochemist and they’ll reveal that levels of vitamins in real food are not constant, they go up and down. Any manufacturer will tell you that it costs hundreds if not thousands of dollars to have exact amounts of a single vitamin tested. So, when you see a label with Vitamin C – 60mg or a list of 20 nutrients each with an exact quantity shown as being the same month after month, either they have money to burn, test every batch and by some freak miracle they’re all identical every time, OR, in reality they are synthetic nutrients, not Uncategorized ones. It kind of takes the fun out of playing the “which one has more in it” game when comparing supplements. Either way it doesn’t matter which has more if one or both contain synthetics.

What happens when you eat chemicals?

When people begin taking multivitamin tablets they may feel some brief benefit. This is your body doing its best to use its reserves of real nutrients to fill in the gaps. Manufacturers know this, it’s why they recommend “take with food”. Once your body runs out of its reserves, isolated nutrients act like drugs, cannot be used the way Uncategorized nutrients are, create more imbalances and like all synthetic chemicals must be removed from the body before toxic damage takes place.

Easier said than done… Take iron for example, an important mineral that you don’t want too much or too little of. Most iron is stored in red blood cells. Women lose blood every month and have much fewer iron toxicity diseases than men do. Inorganic iron from multivitamin tablets or from meat is difficult for your body to eliminate. Furthermore, iron from non-vegetarian sources destroys vitamin E, a nutrient essential for life. When iron comes from plant foods, it does not harm vitamin E and it is joined by ‘real’ vitamin C which improves absorption. It also comes with phytic acid which is not only an antioxidant which prevents that ‘rusting’ effect that excess iron creates in the body, it also helps bind and remove excess iron from the body. It’s an efficient, intelligent, synergistic system when left up to Mother Nature but a complicated, destructive mess if not.

What are multivitamin tablets made from?

Well, you now know how to check the label to find out how artificial the ingredients are, you could also just ask the company who makes them but also consider that those artificial ingredients don’t just Uncategorizedly stick themselves together in the shape of a vitamin tablet. Here’s a partial list of the things they use:

gelatin (from the boiled bones, skins and tendons of animals)

stearic acid (from boiled cow fat)

carnauba wax (car polish)

sodium alginate (chemically processed algae used in the paint & printing industry)

croscarmellose sodium (wood pulp)

What does the Scientific Community say?

As long as they’re not being paid by a company who makes synthetic supplements, they’re going to show you the research which as suspected indicates quite strongly that when its Mother Nature vs. Synthetics, Big Mamma beats Big Pharma every time! In February 2007 The Journal of The American Medical Association (JAMA) published a review of 68 scientific studies involving 232,606 people, which sought to determine the effects of supplementing with antioxidant vitamins and minerals for prevention. Their findings stated: “supplementation significantly raised mortality” (made people die faster). Headlines like “Vitamins Can Kill You” followed soon after. This negative attention resulted in numerous researchers looking closely at the meta analysis to see how it could be that increasing dietary vitamin intake could actually be killing people. Unsurprisingly they found that ALL of the studies under review involved synthetic supplements, not Uncategorized ones.

An 11-year study by the Queensland Institute of Medical Research involving 1,056 test subjects, found, those who ate at least three serves of green leafy vegetables a week reduced their risk of skin cancer by up to 55 per cent.

Studies from the Human Nutrition Centre on Aging at TUFTS University suggest that consuming antioxidant rich fruits may help slow the aging process.

Research scientist Maret Traber found that the liver will preferentially recycle Uncategorized vitamin E and excrete the synthetic imitation, effectively ‘spitting it out’ like a bad taste. In a Vitamin E study by the National Research Council of Canada, Dr Burton discovered that given a choice, the body ALWAYS chooses Uncategorized vitamins over synthetic ones. Don’t you think you should do the same?

Well, now’s your chance to get behind Australia’s Best Kept Secret and experience for yourself the difference that real nutrition can make to your health. Kakadu International invites YOU to benefit from its unique profit sharing opportunity as it expands internationally.

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Managing a Family With a Travel Nursing Career

A career as a travel nurse can be an exciting and rewarding opportunity to see the country. Travel nurses have the opportunity to see many places and people while earning a substantial income. Most travel nurse placements run for about 13 weeks which means relocating quite frequently. Fortunately, travel nurse agencies take into account that many nurses have families so they make arrangements to accommodate a nurse with a family.

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Some families will choose to accept a housing stipend instead of housing facilities and travel in a RV. They can then maintain a comfortable lifestyle with all of the necessities and supplies contained in the vehicle. Some families choose to home school their children. Most communities have a wealth of resources to assist in your home schooling needs. This often includes activities that will encourage active socialization activities for children. Married couples who are both travel nurses have the flexibility to arrange their work schedules so that someone is always at home with their children while the other one is on their travel nurse assignment. They will often alternate work placements. This will allow a couple to maintain a family unit as well as have work breaks. If home schooling is not an option, there are some work assignments that can last up to nine months so a child can attend a full school year. Others may choose to accept work assignments that are a few hours drive from their permanent home. With a little time management scheduling, one can earn a great living while raising a family.

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Planning and Design of Behavioral Healthcare Facilities

Behavioral Healthcare Facilities: The Current State of Design

In keeping with most districts of healthcare, the marketplace has seen a boom in the construction of Behavioral Healthcare facilities. Contributing to this increase is the paradigm shift in the way society views mental illness. Society is placing a heavier value on the need to treat people with serious addictions such as alcohol, prescription and elicit drugs. A large percentage of people suffering from behavioral disorders are afflicted with both mental and addictive behaviors, and most will re-enter communities and either become contributors or violators.

These very specialized facilities do not typically yield the attention from today’s top healthcare designers and their quantity accounts for a small fraction of healthcare construction. However, Behavioral Healthcare projects are increasing in number and are being designed by some very prominent architectural firms such as Cannon Design and Architecture Plus. Many are creating state-of-the-art, award-winning contemporary facilities that defy what most of us believe Behavioral Healthcare design to be.

Changing the Way We Design Behavioral Healthcare Facilities

As with all good planners and designers, A+D (along with facility experts) are reviewing the direct needs of patient and staff while reflecting on how new medicine and modern design can foster patient healing rates, reduce environmental stress, and increase safety. This is changing the face of treatment and outcome by giving the practitioner more time to treat because they require less time and resources to “manage” disruptive patient populations.

The face of Behavioral Healthcare is quickly changing. No longer are these facilities designed to warehouse patients indefinitely. And society’s expectations have changed. Patients are often treated with the belief that they can return to their community and be a contributor to society. According to the National Association of Psychiatric Health Systems (NAPHS), depending on the severity of illness, the average length of stay in a Behavioral Healthcare facility is only 9.6 days.

What has changed?

Jaques Laurence Black, AIA, president and principal of New York City-based daSILVA Architects, states that there are two primary reasons for the shortened admission period:

1. Introduction of modern psychotropic drugs that greatly speed recovery

2. Pressures from insurance companies to get patients out of expensive modes of care

To meet these challenges, healthcare professionals are finding it very difficult to effectively treat patients within the walls of antiquated, rapidly deteriorating mental facilities. A great percentage of these facilities were built between 1908 and 1928 and were designed for psychiatric needs that were principled in the belief to “store” not to “rehabilitate.”

Also impacting the need for Behavioral Healthcare construction is the reluctance of acute-care facilities to provide mental health level services for psychiatric or addiction patients. They recognize that patient groups suffering from behavioral disorders have unique health needs, all of which need to be handled and treated only by very experienced healthcare professionals. This patient population also requires a heightened level of security. Self-harm and injuring staff and other patients are major concerns.

The Report of the Surgeon General: “Epidemiology of Mental Illness” also reports that within a given year about 20% of Americans suffer from a diagnosable mental disorder and 5.4% suffer from a serious mental illness (SMI ) – defined as bipolar, panic, obsessive-compulsive, personality, and depression disorders and schizophrenia. It is also believed 6% of Americans suffer from addiction disorders, a statistic that is separate from individuals who suffer from both mental and addiction disorders. Within a given year it is believed that over one-quarter of America’s population warrants levels of mental clinical care. Even if these statistics were cut in half, it cannot be denied as a serious societal issue.

With a growing population, effectively designing in accordance with such measures is at the heart of public health.

Understanding the Complexity of Behavioral Healthcare Design

Therefore, like Corrections, leading planners and designers specializing in Behavioral Healthcare are delving deeper to better understand the complexity of issues and to be the activist to design facilities that promote treatment and healing – and a safer community.

The following is a list of key design variables that are being studied and implemented:

1. Right Sizing

2. Humanizing Materials and Color

3. Staff-Focused Amneties and Happiness

4. Security and Safety

5. Therapeutic Design Tenants

Right-sizing

Today’s Behavioral Healthcare facilities are often one-story single buildings within a campus size. Often debated by Clients due to costs, this design preference is driven by the demand for Uncategorized light, window views to nature for all patient areas, and outdoor open-air gardens “wrapped” within. All of this provides soothing qualities to the patient, reduces their anxieties, counteracts disruptive conduct and helps to reduce staff stress.

“When you look at the program mix in these buildings, there’s a high demand for perimeter because there are a lot of rooms that need Uncategorized light. Offices, classrooms, dining areas, community rooms, and patient rooms all demand Uncategorized light, so you end up with a tremendous amount of exterior wall, and it forces the building to have a very large footprint.” – James Kent Muirhead, AIA, associate principal at Cannon Design in Baltimore

These design principles are also believed to improve staff work conditions. Unlike a multi-story complex, at any moment staff can walk outdoors and access nature, free from visual barriers, and within a building that more accurately reflects building types that both patients and staff would encounter in their communities.

In addition to right-sizing for the overall building footprint, is right-sizing for internal patient and staff support area. Similar to the move we have seen in Corrections to de-centralize support spaces, Behavioral Healthcare is moving to decentralized nursing/patient units called “neighborhoods.” With mental health facilities there is a large concern with distances and space adjacencies in relation to the patient room and patient support areas such as treatment and social spaces. Frank Pitts, AIA, FACHA, OAA president of Architecture Plus, Troy, NY, advocates neighborhoods that average 24-30 beds arranged in sub-clusters, called “houses”, of 8-10 beds. Thus, each neighborhood consists of three houses. Often these layouts will include a common area where patients congregate and socialize, with a separate quiet room so patients can elect to avoid active, crowded areas. In addition Pitts states, “There’s a move away from central dining facilities. So, while facilities will still have a central kitchen, it’s a whole lot easier moving food than it is patients.” However, it is important for the facility to mimic normal outside daily life routines, so patients are encouraged to frequently leave their neighborhoods to attend treatment sessions, and outdoor courtyards.

Humanizing Materials & Color

In all facilities that play a role in rehabilitation, design strives to create spaces that humanize, calm, and relax. Behavioral Healthcare patients need to feel that they are in familiar surroundings; therefore, the architectural vocabulary should feel comfortable and normal. Since these facilities are about rehabilitation (when possible) and encouraging patients to merge back into society, the facility should feel like an extension of the community. Their spaces should reflect the nature and architecture of the surrounding region and thus so, no two facilities should look too much alike.

“Our a
pproach to designing these facilities is to view the facility as an extension of the community where patients will end up when they’re released. Interior finishes also depend on geography because you want to replicate the environment patients are used to. You want to de-stigmatize the facility as much as possible.” – Tim Rommel, AIA, ACHA, OAA, principal with Cannon Design in Buffalo, NY.

Therefore, materials and colors within these spaces want to feel familiar to one’s region and everyday life. To soothe the psyche and rehabilitate, they want to feel soft and comfortable, yet visually stimulating. An interior that is overly neutral or hard in appearance is not appropriate. Materials should reduce noise, and colors should lift the spirit. This can help to create an environment in which the patient can learn, socialize, and be productive while easing anxieties, delivering dignity, and modifying behavior. As stated previously, behavioral studies advise the use of softer interior materials-like carpeting, wood doors and tile. Doing so translates directly to both patient and staff well-being, particularly staff safety, and makes for a nicer place to work. In addition, staff have more resources to “treat” instead of manage heated situations. When staff experiences are eased and satisfied, morale is boosted and life-saving rules and policies are more likely to be enforced.

Staff-Focused Amenities & Happiness

While reducing staff stress and fatigue through a healing supportive environment seems like an obvious goal, there are relatively few studies that have dealt with this issue in any detail. More attention has been given to patient outcomes. However, many leading hospitals that have adopted therapeutic tenants into their newly built environments have seen vast improvement through their “business matrixes” and financial reporting.

In one example, the Mayo Clinic, a national leader in implementing healing design in its facilities, has reported a reduction of nursing turnover from a national annual average of 20% to an annual 3%-4%. In another example, when Bronson Methodist Hospital incorporated evidence-based design into its new 343-bed hospital, they cited their 19%-20% nurse turnover rate dramatically dropped to 5%.

Now, both the Mayo Clinic and Bronson Methodist Hospital have had to initiate a waiting list for nursing staff seeking positions. This converts to better-trained and qualified staff, and a reduced error rate. Therefore, more health facilities are investing in staff support areas such as lounges, changing rooms, and temporary sleep rooms. Within these staff spaces and in the hospital throughout, facilities are also recognizing the need for upgrade materials, better day lighting, and an interesting use of color: One soon realizes that the need of patients and staff are interwoven, each impacting positively or negatively the other.

Security & Safety

Without debate, self harm and harm to staff is one of the biggest concerns mental health facilities manage. Often the biggest safety and security concern is the damage patients can do to themselves. “There are three rules I had drummed in me,” says Mark Hanchar; Director of Preconstruction Services for Gilbane Building Company, Providence, R.I. “First, there can’t be any way for people to hang themselves. Second, there can be no way for them to create weapons. Third, you must eliminate things that can be thrown.” Hanchar says that the typical facility is, “a hospital with medium-security prison construction.” This means shatter proof glass, solid surface countertops (laminate can be peeled apart), stainless steel toilets and sinks (porcelain can shatter), push pull door latches and furniture that cannot be pulled apart and used as a weapon. These are just to name a few.

Additionally, removing barriers between patients and nursing staff is a safety consideration. Frank Pitts, AIA, FACHA, OAA president of Architecture Plus, says what may be counter-intuitive for safety precautions, “Glass walls around nursing stations just aggravate the patients.” Removing glass or lowering it at nursing stations so patients can feel a more human connection to nurses often calms patients. There is also discussion of removing nursing stations altogether; decentralizing and placing these care needs directly into the clinical neighborhoods and community spaces. Pitt says, “The view is that [nursing staff] need to be out there treating their patients.”

Therapeutic Design Tenants

As medicine is increasingly moving towards “evidence-based” medicine, where clinical choices are informed by research, healthcare design is increasingly guided by research linking the physical environment directly to patient and staff outcomes. Research teams from Texas A&M and Georgia Tech sifted through thousands of scientific articles and identified more than 600 – most from top peer-reviewed journals – to quantify how hospital design can play a direct role in clinical outcomes.

The research teams uncovered a large body of evidence that demonstrates design features such as increased day-lighting, access to nature, reduced noise and increased patient control helped reduce stress, improve sleep, and increase staff effectiveness – all of which promote healing rates and save facilities cost. Therefore, improving physical settings can be a critical tool in making hospitals more safe, more healing, and better places to work.

Today’s therapeutic spaces have been defined to excel in 3 categories:

1. Provide clinical excellence in the treatment of the body

2. Meet the psycho-social needs of patients, families, and staff

3. Produce measurable positive patient outcomes and staff effectiveness

Considering the cost of treating mental illness, which is exceedingly high, and wanting facilities to have effective outcomes, a further practice of incorporating therapeutic design is increasing. The National Institute of Mental Health (NIM H) approximated in 2008 that serious mental illnesses (SMI ), costs the nation $193 billion annually in lost wages. The indirect costs are impossible to estimate.

The estimated direct cost to clinically treat is approximately $70 billion annually and another $12 billion spent towards substance abuse disorders. In addition to the increased need of care and the boom in Behavioral Healthcare construction, it becomes an obligation to make certain that we as facility managers, architects, designers and manufacturers therapeutically plan and design these facilities.

Notably, in 2004, “The Role of the Physical Environment in the Hospital for the 21st Century: A Once-in-a-Lifetime Opportunity,” published by Roger Ulrich P.H.D., of Texas A&M University, was released. In a culmination of evidence-based research, research teams found five design principles that contributed significantly to achieving therapeutic design goals.

The report indicates five key factors that are essential for the psychological well-being of patients, families and staff, including:

1. Access to Nature

2. Provide Positive Distractions

3. Provide Social Support Spaces

4. Give a Sense of Control

5. Reduce or eliminate environmental stress

Access to Nature

Studies indicate that nature might have the most powerful impact to help patient outcomes and staff effectiveness. Nature can be literal or figurative – Uncategorized light, water walls, views to nature, large prints of botanicals and geography, materials that indicate nature and most importantly, stimulating color that evokes nature. Several studies strongly support that access to nature such as day-lighting and appropriate colorations can improve health outcomes such as depression, agitation, sleep, circadian rest-activity rhythms, as well as length of stay in demented patients and persons with seasonal affective disorders (SAD).

These and related studies continue to affirm the powerful impact of Uncategorized elements on patient recovery and stress reduction. Thus, it is clea
r that interior designs which integrate Uncategorized elements can create a more relaxing, therapeutic environment that benefits both patients and staff.

Positive Distractions

These are a small set of environmental features that provide the patient and family a positive diversion from “the difficult” and, in doing so, also negate an institutional feel. These can be views to nature, water walls, artwork, super imposed graphics, sculpture, music – and ideally all of these want to be focused on nature and, when applicable, an interesting use of color. Therapeutic environments that provide such patient-centered features can empower patients and families, but also increase their confidence in the facility and staff. This helps with open lines of communication between patient and caregiver.

Social Support Spaces

These are spaces designed partially for the patient but mainly for the comfort and socialization of family members and friends of the patient; therefore, family lounges, resource libraries, chapels, sleep rooms and consult rooms all play a role. When family and friends play a key role in a patient’s healing, these spaces encourage families to play an active role in the rehabilitation process.

Sense of Control

In times when patients and family feel out of control, it is very healing for the facility design and staff to provide it back when appropriate. Although, this cannot always be done suitably in mental healthcare facilities. However, when applicable, these design features include optional lighting choices, architectural way-finding, resource libraries, enhanced food menus, private patient rooms and

optional areas to reside in. A few well-appointed studies in psychiatric wards and nursing homes have found that optional choices of moveable seating in dining areas enhanced social interaction and improved eating disorders. When patients feel partially in control of their healing program and that the building features are focused to them, an increased confidence of the quality of care enters and tensions lower.

As with all therapeutic design, this allows the caregiver to use their resources healing in lieu of “managing” patient populations.

Reduce or Eliminate Environmental Stress

Noise level measurements show that hospital wards can be excessively noisy places resulting in negative effects on patient outcomes. The continuous background noise produced by medical equipment and staff voices often exceeds the level of a busy restaurant. Peak noise periods (shift changes, equipment alarms, paging systems, telephones, bedrails, trolleys, and certain medical equipment like portable xray machines are comparable to walking next to a busy highway when a motorcycle or large truck passes.

Several studies have focused on infants in NIC Us, finding that higher noise levels, for example, decrease oxygen saturation (increasing need for oxygen support therapy), elevate blood pressure, increase heart and respiration rate, and worsen sleep. Research on adults and children show that noise is a major cause of awakening and sleep loss.

In addition to worsening sleep, there is strong evidence that noise increases stress in adult patients, for example, heightening blood pressure and heart rate. Environmental surfaces in hospitals are usually hard and sound-reflecting, not sound-absorbing causing noise to travel down corridors and into patient rooms. Sounds tend to echo, overlap and linger longer.

Interventions that reduce noise have been found to improve sleep and reduce patient stress. Of these, the environmental or design interventions such as changing to sound-absorbing ceiling tiles, are more successful than organizational interventions like establishing “quiet hours.”

Conclusion and Additional Information

The information contained in this excerpted report is intended as a guide for architects, specifiers, designers, facility planners, medical directors, procurers, psychologists and social workers which have a stake in providing improved facilities for behavioral healthcare patients. It is a portion of a report entitled “The Contributions of Color” authored by Tara Hill, of Little Fish Think Tank. Ms. Hill was commissioned by Norix Group Inc., in 2010 to research the role color plays in the safe operation of correctional facilities and behavioral health centers. More in-depth information specifically about the psychological influence of color and behavioral healthcare facility design can be found by reading the full report.

Kids Waterproof Splashsuits – The Essential Travel Garment For Your Young Child

Most adults would simply prefer to stay indoors when it is raining. Nobody wants to get soaking wet. However, kids really enjoy playing in the rain and splashing in puddles. They are thrilled when it is necessary to go out in the rain. Of course their parents do not really enjoy dealing with the results. The kids will get soaking wet and dirty from all the water. Choosing the right waterproof clothing for your child can really help prevent your child from getting too wet and catching a chill.

There are a number of different types of kits waterproof clothing available, so you can choose the one that is most suitable for your child. One option that many people don’t think about which is particularly good for very young children is the splashsuit. When it comes to kids waterproof clothing, the splashsuit is the most likely to keep your child dry. This is because it is a one piece outfit that has a hood and straps to go under your child’s feet. Add a pair of rain boots and your child will be covered from head to foot. Young children have difficulty holding an umbrella, and will want to splash in puddles so this is a great solution for them.

Kids waterproof clothing for slightly older kids can be chosen to suit their interests and their behavior. Those who still refuse to stay out of the puddles can wear splashsuits, while those who are better behaved can choose a combination of a raincoat or poncho with a matching umbrella and rain boots. This will keep them mostly dry and let them have a few more options when it comes to the design of their rain gear. Another option is to get separate dungarees and jackets so that they will still be fully covered when they are out in the rain.

Raincoats are available with designs including dinosaurs, bugs, firemen, pirates, sail boats, alligators, ladybugs, bees, frogs, butterflies, flowers, ducks, watermelons, strawberries, fairies, and more. Many of these coats have hoods, so an umbrella is not necessary, although kids tend to like to carry them once they reach a certain age. These are great for preschoolers and those who are just starting school. They will be more likely to actually want to wear their waterproof clothing if it is in a design that they really love.

For those older kids that view kids waterproof clothing with designs as being a bit childish, there is rain gear available in solid colors, or combinations of solid colors, such as red and gray or blue and gray, that look a bit more adult and might appeal to older kids a bit more.

Some of the options that are currently available for kids waterproof clothing are made so that they are easily packable for when you want to go on a trip, or just to have available in your bag should it start to rain unexpectedly. Some brands now manufacture very lightweight packable splashsuits and jackets which are ideal for taking on holiday as they take up so little room in the suitcase.

Discount Car Rental Deals – Tips For Finding The Best Rates Online

The start of the season has already been an excellent start for any search regarding discount car rental deals. As it would be simple to end up being stressed by the whole set of offer within the web-based business, follow this advice intended for simpler look up amongst providers.

For starters, you have to be aware of that you can find a couple of types of providers which are supplying discount car hire deals. In order to save you valuable time, it’s not a secret to expert renters the fact that major worldwide businesses cost more whereas broker agents that team up with them are certainly more low-priced and simpler to acquire large bargains from suppliers.

Therefore the broker agents have the ability to offer the equivalent vehicle class at a lower price. Focus on broker agents in search for the purpose of best offers. Next, there are particular nations which are normally less costly than others. Greece, Cyprus, Slovenia, Malta, Spain, Croatia, Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Hungary, Italy, Germany, Austria, Switzerland as well as Turkey are among the most cost-effective rental car marketplaces throughout Europe.

At the same time Scandinavian regions tend to be famous for much higher starting fees in European union in default in comparison with previously discussed nations Renting a car in Norway, Sweden, Finland or Iceland will never be as cheep as renting a vehicle in Greece. Arranging beforehand is by no means too early.The second the holiday, business travel schedules are identified to you, reserve a vehicle straight away.

Using this method you will enjoy a couple of critical goals: find discount car rental deals effortlessly as last-minute booking and even you will have much more choices to select from in terms of vehicle class diversity.

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In addition, iPhone and android phone owners can download an application developed to help you find the best car rental deals online. By having an application on your phone you have ability to check out the prices just when you need to without using computer and having an internet connection.

Lead Generation Strategies in Commercial Real Estate Today

When it comes to your career in commercial real estate, your momentum and success will be significantly improved when you have a lead generation model. Far too many agents struggle with the process of servicing the business that they create and then forget about the need for ongoing lead generation.

Exactly who are your clients and prospects? It is an interesting question and it requires a specific your answer. When you know the answer and can see where these people are, you can start to implement your lead generation plan.

So to get things moving ahead, you need a lead generation model that you can implement on a daily basis. This is a personal process and involves a time commitment in your diary. There is no other way to handle the process.

A Crocodile Story

I was recently in Darwin in the Northern Territory talking to some Commercial Agents. Within the team there were some top performers and some very ordinary salespeople. The ratio was 15% to 85%. I think you know how the ratio was biased!

We were talking about the market, and I chose to use a local fact to tell a story. I chose the ‘crocodile story’. As many people will know, crocodiles are prolific in and about Darwin. It is not safe to swim in the sea or the rivers.

The lead generation model is like a crocodile that is continually on the hunt for food in the lagoon or ocean. Failure to find food means that they become weak and eventually will be dominated by other crocodiles in the same area. Over time the weak crocodile will die and be eaten by others.

Unfortunately, the same analogy applies in commercial real estate. Your competitors will take over your listings and your prospects if you do not constantly farm and generate leads. You must build your market.

Relieve the Pressure

You can improve your business momentum, listings, and commissions through a lead generation model. Here are the main rules to the process:

  1. Lead generation requires at least 2 or 3 hours each working day. To make the process a habit, it is best to select the same daily time frame and stick to it. You will find that others within the office may want to change your diary and activities frequently. Develop a habit of good time management and refuse the pressures applied by others.
  2. Good intentions and focus will usually help most salespeople get started with the lead generation model. Within a very short period of time however they see that the process requires a new skill set and mindset. The skills set required are most particularly your voice and your dialogue. Your mindset required is that of enquiring and questioning rather than pitching. Not everybody you talk to should be considered a prospect until you have qualified them. Should not meet with anyone until such time as you have defined an established need and interest.
  3. The parts of the system that you will need to develop start with the necessary daily research, and then flow through to cold calling, meeting people, and maintaining your database. In effect, you are marketing yourself. Without this process, the prospects and the opportunities in the market will not reach you.
  4. The lead generation model should include a strategy of constant contact. That will be the process of reaching through to and touching the prospects that are of some value to you. The process should occur at least once every 90 days. If there is an identified need, you should be talking to the people more frequently.

This process is simple to understand and yet difficult to implement. That is because all the old habits and mindsets that you have developed over the years need to be changed. The first three or four weeks of your lead generation model will be challenging given that new habits are being developed. You must believe in the process and stick with the actions involved.

Fashion Reviews: Diesel Clothing for Men

Diesel jeans are founded by Italy designer Renzo Rosso in 1978, and have become one of the most famous street fashion brands. Its target market is 25-34 ages, for that the prices are just suitable for them. This brand is just neither too expensive nor very cheap. With the style of accessible, versatile and funky, diesel is just stand out in the mid-range of designer clothes.

Most of men would be attracted by this stylish and distinctive clothes brand. The different collections have different styles. For instance the Low Rise fit is target at comfortable wearing. You can match them with simple t-shirt, if you add boots that may be perfect for your look.

Their outer wear is now selling well. The leather jacket is really looking cool and last for a long time. Even the accessories are nice and well-crafted. There’s something special that they made the belts in different sizes. It has the jewelry series that with top quality and special designs. Also special mention needs to go to the underwear. The Lycra hipsters can give you the most comfortable wearing experience. The well-known fuel for life fragrance is nice enough too.

These jeans are available in wonderful designs and different colors. Maybe the denim blue is the most classical series of all items in diesel line. Men always look simply as well as casual with these fresh and stylish clothes. You will amaze the classical feeling it will get to you. These jeans are suitable in every season and almost every casual occasion. There’s so many people choose it as a necessities in their wardrobe including many celebrities that prefer to wear jeans.

The top quality of denim is really comfortable to wear, you will shocked with the light weight of diesel denim that provide you softness and best feeling of wearing.