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Teenage Advice: How to Create Good Habits for Success

A lot of teenage advice about dating, getting good grades, and having a pleasing personality are sought by adolescents. Few seem to be concerned about creating habits that can shape their future and ensure success in their endeavors, but this is because the future is often the furthest thing from their minds. While the teenage years may seem like a rollercoaster ride filled with both good and bad experiences, it is smart to use these years as a launching pad to become productive adults.

That is not to say look, talk, or act beyond your years, or develop a superiority complex. In fact, one of the best teenage advices anyone can give is to simply be yourself, and improve on things that can help you become better. Consider some of these tips to doing exactly that.

Learn to prioritize. This is a very effective method that can shape your attitude toward deciding which things come first, in order of the biggest importance. Teens are faced with choices every single day. For instance, after school, will you choose to go out for pizza with your friends, go home and watch television until dark, or start with schoolwork so you can finish early and be well rested for the next school day?

If you find yourself putting fun above all else, then you could fall into the instant gratification pattern which indicates poor impulse control. One of the most helpful teenage advice you can heed is to learn to prioritize, especially when it comes to dealing with school-related things. Putting academics in the back burner in favor of others of less significance can have serious repercussions on your future.

Do not let stress take over your life. Those who think only adults experience real stress have probably never gone through the hormonal ups and downs a teenager goes through on a daily basis. School, peer pressure, family problems, love interests, and the other trappings of an adolescent life can sometimes take their toll on the hapless teenager, which is perhaps the biggest reason why so many feel depressed at such a tender age.

Psychiatrists and counselors typically give teenage advice on learning how to balance work and play. As mentioned above, school and other things that have to do with it should be prioritized, but this doesn’t mean that you should forgo having fun with friends and family. Learn to relax, enjoy doing things that mean a lot to you, and keep stress away before it conquers your entire life.

Build bridges instead of walls. This is not a strange teenage advice to work in the field of engineering or construction. It is to encourage adolescents such as yourself to form meaningful relationships with people around you, so that they will still be around to support and care for you as you enter adulthood. Family, friends, potential partners, schoolmates, and other people in your immediate environment may sometimes get in disagreements with you, but instead of shutting them out, try for proper and effective communication to resolve any issues you may have. Blocking out people in your life means closing doors of opportunity of knowing and being close to someone can bring. Build bridges and repair damaged ones whenever you can. Being a teenage hermit is not a good preview of an adult life that relies on regular interaction for it to be successful.

There are no set formulas for success, at least not in the form of rules any adolescent can follow. However, teenage advice such as the ones listed above are borne from experience and logic: teenagers who have developed sound habits and attitudes are bound to grow up to be successful and well-adjusted adults.

Laura Ramirez gives advice to teens around the world to help them improve the quality of their lives. To read more articles on important issues, go to teen2teenadviceonline.com

Creating Habits

I have recently set out on a mission to start waking up at or before 8am and decided to write an article on habits, now everybody has habits, whether you notice them or not, what you do as soon as you get up is just one of your habits, we probably don’t notice them because we do them on a subconscious level, because after you continually do something one way, you, sort of forget the other ways.

Many people who want to change a habit or start a new one, think that just because they do it right for a week, they have got it under wraps, the thing is, continual action usually takes 21 days or more to become a habit. We need to convince our brain that it is normal for us to be doing something this way, one of the reasons it takes so long to form a new habit is because we need to stop doing the old one while we learn the new one. Procrastination is one of the worst attributes to have, it can stop you from doing so many things, block so many opportunities, and deny many dreams, just because you “didn’t feel like” getting up early, making sure you worked out each day, or because you didn’t want to leave your comfort zone to follow your dream.

The main point you need to know in creating a habit is your goal, what you want to have at the end of it, for me, I want to wake up earlier, 8am to be exact, knowing what you want is half the battle, the other half is doing it, you need to take consistent, focused action and not procrastinate. If you want to make this even easier you should have a plan, for example, if you wanted to work out, you would need to set aside time, because well you can be in two places at once, and for my goal of creating a habit of waking up earlier, I should plan to go to be earlier, instead of at 3am in the morning. Not only will you be more productive, it will help you be less procrastinating, because you have already set aside the time for the activity.

Let’s not lie, if you were trying to get into the habit of going for a walk each day or to start working out each day, we all know it is easier for you to just go to the TV and pick up the remote. Most people would argue with themselves about it won’t hurt if you watch TV just once and not do your workout that day, and eventually try to convince themselves that they made the right choice, that they deserve to procrastinate because they had already been walking all week.

Many people would rather choose to give up on their goal, you do not want to be doing that, you deserve the outcome you are trying to achieve whether that is more productivity by waking earlier or walking to keep in shape. Too many people forget their why, and are disappointed by their lack of results early in the process, so it is good to remember that life is a marathon, not a sprint.

If you enjoyed reading this you can find similar content at Joel Matthews’ Blog at http://joel-matthews.com

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“Extreme Weight Loss: Destination Boot Camp” Comes to Colorado – The CU Anschutz Health and Wellness Center Begins Transformational Program


AURORA, Colo. (PRWEB) July 31, 2014

A program for anyone looking to experience weight loss “boot camp” is coming to the University of Colorado Anschutz Health and Wellness Center (AHWC) as a one-week destination weight loss boot camp and transformation program.

“Extreme Weight Loss: Destination Boot Camp,” a collaboration between AHWC and Eyeworks USA, is an evidenced-based program inspired by the unscripted series “Extreme Weight Loss,” produced for ABC by Eyeworks USA. This season, the show has participants spending their first three months at AHWC to successfully begin their weight loss journey (the series documents the year-long transformation in 17 people).

Holly Wyatt, MD, medical director at the CU Anschutz Health and Wellness Center and on ”Extreme Weight Loss,” is a guiding force, along with series trainers and transformation specialists Chris and Heidi Powell, in helping the show participants safely lose weight. In her practice at AHWC, Wyatt also works with individuals and small groups to help them realize weight loss and maintenance goals.

“Many of the changes these people make have nothing to do with diet or exercise,” said Wyatt. “We know the most challenging part of losing weight is keeping it off and developing a new way of thinking to keep it off long-term.”

People who take part in “Extreme Weight Loss: Destination Boot Camp” will come to AHWC every day for Phase 1, which is the first week of the weight loss boot camp program, and have hotel accommodations near campus.

“We have 20 years of experience and science backing up the principles we will share at ‘Extreme Weight Loss: Destination Boot Camp’,” said Wyatt. “In addition to looking at nutrition and exercise, we will assess individual metabolic function, sleep and stress levels to give participants a look at what they do well and what they might need to work on.”

During “Extreme Weight Loss: Destination Boot Camp,” participants will be assigned a transformation coach for daily sessions of physical activity, mental exercises and nutrition education. Each also will receive body composition, personalized nutritional analysis and wellness assessments. The program is based on the weight loss principles outlined in “State of Slim,” written by Wyatt and James O. Hill, PhD, AHWC’s executive director.

“State of Slim” principles include identifying your personal reasons for losing weight, focusing on positive aspects of weight loss, creating a supportive environment and developing new habits and rituals to make healthy decisions.

After the first week, participants will head home and have the option to continue the transformation in Phases 2, 3 and 4. They can take part in 15 weekly online classes with their transformation coach. There will also be an online community for support and guidance throughout the year. At the completion of one year, we will invite them back to celebrate their success.

The program will be available to 120 people in the month of October 2014. For more information on the program please call 1-844-404-2008 or go to http://www.ewlbootcamp.com.

“Extreme Weight Loss” airs Tuesday nights 8:00-10:00 p.m. (ET/PT) on the ABC Television Network. It is produced for ABC by Eyeworks USA and is executive produced by JD Roth, Todd A. Nelson, Matt Assmus and Brant Pinvidic.

About the University of Colorado Anschutz Health and Wellness Center:

The CU Anschutz Health and Wellness Center is an innovative, state-of-the art research, education and consumer care facility located on the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus in Aurora, Colorado. The Center’s mission is to transform the lives of individuals and communities through science-based wellness strategies. Our research is translated into customized programs and offerings, delivered through our Wellness Clinic and Fitness Center. We provide programs, in partnership with schools, worksites and community organizations throughout Colorado. Our vision is a world empowered by wellness. Learn more at http://www.anschutzwellness.com. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter.







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Ideal Food Habits

Introduction

Food is the basic requirement of the life. It can be considered as the most required thing for the life. Food provides with the essential energy for the functioning of the body and acts as nutrition. There are many possible types of food habitats in the world. Some are of herbivorous type as they eat vegetables and grains and cereals etc and do not eat any form of flesh or non vegetarian items. Some are non vegetarian food eaters as they have the food consumption in the form of flesh of chicken, mutton and fish etc as well. Non vegetarians are habitual for both types of food habits as they eat vegetables, grains and cereals with flesh. With such food habits, people get their regular supply of nutrition and energy. Each food item has its specific amount of which it should be eaten. More of that amount may cause some trouble in digestion. Normally very few people know about the specific amount of the food one should consume. That is the reason why one must follow specific way of eating the food in which the amount and procedure of consumption need to be understood and should make it like a habit.

Normal eating habits

The meal should consist of all possible six tasted elements of the food. It should also contain the food of various types like solid, semisolid and liquid. It should neither be very hot and spicy nor should be very sweet. No single taste should be extra in amount more often. It should never be heated again and again and should be eaten fresh. It is also required to take the meal in the form of supper, lunch and dinner at proper timings. It is recommended that the food should be consumed at every four hours so that adequate amount of strength is received by the body and the stomach should never be empty to be filled with gases.

It should be noted that one should not eat stomach full amount of food. The amount of food should be less than the maximum consumption. Less food consumed helps digestive fire to gain some strength hence the process of digestion is done with good quality hence the amount should always be less than ability of consumption irrespective of the food being heavy or light for digestion. It is considered that food, heavy for digestion should be consumed half the amount of stomach full and food, light for digestion should be consumed with keeping some space in the stomach. The amount which can be easily digested by the body is considered as the adequate amount of food.

Effects of adverse food habits

Food eaten less than the adequate amount do not provide the body with strength, nutrition and energy and it can cause some diseases in the body as well. Food eaten more than the adequate amount makes it difficult for the digestive fire to digest it and can cause some serious disorders related with digestive system of the body.

Undigested food can constrict the digestive system on both the sides and by diminishing digestive fire can cause discomfort. It is also possible to have vomiting and lose motions at a time in such case as well. In this case the food do not get digested, do not move upward like in vomiting and downwards like as a lose motion. This can be with pain in the abdomen. Here one can experience gaseous stomach, giddiness, tremors and stiffness etc as well. It is also possible to have the disorders like fever, lose motions, burning sensation in the body, excessive thirst and unconsciousness. Vomiting, heaviness of the body and watering of mouth can also accompany these symptoms.

Herbal remedy

If all such symptoms are due to excessive eating of food, then the best remedy for such disorder is to fast for some days or have some herbal medicines digestive in nature which can increase the digestive fire and restore the strength of it with helping it in the process of digestion. Herbal medicines such as black pepper, ginger powder, fennel seed, dill seed and bishop’s weed etc can be useful as a digestive.

Conclusion

Even though it is possible to restore the strength of digestive fire and the process of digestion, at the same time disorders caused by the improper way of food habits, one should always try to follow the proper way of food consumption so that the body should get the necessary nutrition, strength and energy for good functioning and better life.

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I am 33 years old Internet Marketing consultant and content writer from India.

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eHealthPath Takes on the Finer Details of Healthy Cooking and Healthy Living with Launch of New Blog


Minneapolis, MN (PRWEB) July 31, 2014

eHealthPath.com, a premier website dedicated to promoting healthy living habits through online cooking courses and nutritional guidance, is launching a health-centric blog focusing on affordable meal planning and behavioral choices that help readers transition to more balanced lifestyle habits.

Frantz Corneille, eHealthPath co-founder and CEO says the blog will utilize experts in the fields of culinary arts, nutrition and medicine to present invaluable information and techniques for learning how to live a longer, healthier life.

“The goal of our blog is to help our members establish healthy eating habits without undermining the importance of enjoying every meal,” Corneille says.

The blog will provide twice-monthly updates on the latest trends in nutrition, healthful and delicious cooking, enjoyable lifestyle-based activities and much more. Through the eHealthPath.com blog, readers will have immediate access to timely and engaging articles on subjects like healthy meal planning, adapting recipes to special dietary needs, learning to maximize the grocery budget without sacrificing meal quality and other beneficial lifestyle news.

By augmenting the eHealthPath website’s structured online cooking courses with solid nutritional information and other relevant news through its blog, Corneille plans to bring the joys and benefits of embracing healthy lifestyle choices to anyone who decides they’re ready for change.

eHealthPath.com teaches members at all skill levels—from beginners who never learned to cook to those who would like to broaden their culinary skills—how to select the freshest ingredients, combine flavors to create a wide variety of meal options, create entirely new meals from leftovers and much more.

eHealthPath.com also works with insurers and employers to provide an incentive program that rewards policyholders and employees who make the effort to establish a healthier lifestyle—a proactive approach that can help lower medical payouts and reduce employer insurance premiums.

“Good nutrition offers a level of preventative medicine that represents the present and future goals of health care in America,” Corneille says.

To find out more about the eHealthPath online cooking courses, nutrition courses and blog, visit the website at http://www.ehealthpath.com, call 612-396-3674, or email fcorneille(at)ehealthpath(dot)com.

About eHealthPath.com:

eHealthPath.com online cooking and nutrition courses are designed to address the obstacles many people face when it comes to preparing healthy, nutritious meals, beginning with a general lack of cooking skills that has become a norm in today’s fast-paced world.

The eHealthPath philosophy is both simple and sobering: cooking is not just one of the most important skills a person can learn, but a tool everyone needs in order to live a healthy lifestyle that they can pass on to their children. By providing fact-based material to shed light on the sea of conflicting information regarding food sources and nutrition, eHealthPath hopes to instill confidence in its members’ ability to become their own cooking and nutrition experts.

The real work will be done only when people change the way they think about the foods they eat. eHealthPath has produced a structured cooking curriculum that espouses education and personal responsibility, and enhances the potential for success by making the courses easily accessible at the viewer’s convenience.

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Organic Food Industry Grew 12% in 2013-2014 Reports Sharon Kleyne Hour Power of Water Host

Grants Pass, OR (PRWEB) July 31, 2014

Sales in the organic food industry in the United States grew 12-percent from 2013 to 2014, according to radio talk show host Sharon Kleyne, setting a record in an industry that has been experiencing rapid growth since 1990. The US economy in the same period grew 2-percent. Kleyne, who hosts the Sharon Kleyne Hour Power of Water radio show, reported this information following a recent on-air interview with Patricia Bragg of Bragg Live Foods, a worldwide manufacturer of organic and natural food products.

Rapid and sustained expansion in the organic food industry, Kleyne believes, reflects a fundamental change in the eating habits of consumers, towards less processed and healthier, more natural foods. Since 1990, the organic food industry has grown from $ 1-billion a year in annual revenue to $ 35-billion in 2013. About half of these sales were through the nation’s 20,000 health and organic food stores. The other half were through supermarkets.

“Organic foods,” as described by Kleyne and Bragg, are free from pesticides, growth hormones, chemical fertilizers and genetic modification. Organic foods must meet specified industry standards. A “health food store” is a store featuring organic and natural foods and food products, whole foods, foods high in nutritional content and dietary supplements.

One of the largest manufacturers of organic and natural food products, Hain Celestial, has increased in the last five years from a $ 19 per share stock value on the NASDAQ, to $ 86 per share.

Patricia Bragg pointed out that every successful organic food store, health food store, whole food store and supermarket health food and organic food section in the world, traces their origin to the century old legacy of her father, Paul Bragg, acknowledged as the “Father of the Health Food Movement in America.”

In 1912, Bragg began marketing his own line of all-natural health foods, starting with herbal teas, sea kelp, vinegar and honey. Bragg’s original health food store in Los Angeles, arguably the nation’s first, opened in 1926.

Sharon Kleyne interviewed Patricia Bragg on her Sharon Kleyne Hour Power of Water radio show of July 21, 2012 http://www.voiceamerica.com/show/2207/the-sharon-kleyne-hour    

The globally syndicated Sharon Kleyne Hour Power of Water® radio show, with host Sharon Kleyne, is heard on VoiceAmerica and Apple iTunes. Kleyne is also Founder of Bio Logic Aqua Research, a research, technology and product development center and the only company in the world specializing in fresh water, atmosphere and health. Natures Tears® EyeMist®, a 100% pure water mist, is the Research Center’s global signature product for dry eyes.

Sources:

Bragg Live Foods, http://www.bragg.com/

“Hain Celestial Group,” Market Watch, July 30, 2014, http://www.marketwatch.com/investing/stock/HAIN

“Record Growth of Organic Food Consumption in US and India,” Infinite Unknown, July 27, 2014,

http://www.infiniteunknown.net/2014/07/29/record-growth-of-organic-food-consumption-in-the-u-s-and-india/







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1Heart Business Academy Applauds Resource Speaker and Trainer Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce Ambassador Glenn Bowie


Los Angeles, California (PRWEB) July 31, 2014

1Heart Business Academy conducts ‘Continuing Professional Education’ program all year round to CEO Belina Calderon’s group of companies engaged in Senior care services, employment services and medical billing, 1Heart Caregiver Services, L.A. Jobs Employment Agency and Summit Medical Billing. 1Heart Business Academy applauds the most recent resource speaker and trainer Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce Ambassador Glenn Bowie for sharing his expertise and knowledge in best business practices that are being enforced at successful businesses all over USA. CEO Belina’s commitment to the whole organization is to establish a continuous training and development program for all managers and staff to enable them to be prepared to face the forthcoming challenges and achieve corporate goals and objectives for each business unit. It was earlier announced that 1Heart Caregiver Services will expand its offices and operations in different states all over USA by latter part of this year.

1Heart Caregiver Services Business Development and Training Director Randy Clarito met few days earlier with speaker and trainer Glenn Bowie to discuss organizational overview and training modules needed by the group. Glenn agreed on topics pertaining to maximizing productivity, positive attitude, effective communication, commitment and loyalty. Glenn’s 20 years of professional corporate experience with more than 100 awards and recognition will help provide the training participants the right tools and knowledge to be more effective in their work.

1Heart Business Academy will have series of training and lectures from in-house trainers and outside resource speakers like Glenn Bowie and other Business Consultants and trainers. The next schedule of training will be 1Heart Business Academy Sales Training Program which aims to prepare Client Care Managers with the knowledge, technical skills and effective work habits to pursue a sales and account management position in a senior care service field. Succeeding training sessions will tackle review and enhancement of business process, concepts and system that are needed to stay strong in the 3 business units’ respective field and industry in the coming decade.

1Heart Caregiver Services has further institutionalized its training curriculum through the effort of CEO Belina, healthcare consultants and 1Heart Training department for its in-house CS Caregiver University inviting some caregiver and care manager trainees from other countries and local professionals to take part in different phases of training and development, on-the-job training and internship in some senior living facilities and private cases. CS Caregiver University will have faculty of speakers and trainers like Brain Fitness experts, resource speakers, doctors, in-house trainers and healthcare professionals that will take part in completing the training programs as mandated by the training curriculum. The new training facility of 1Heart Caregiver Services located in Los Angeles California will be utilized by 1Heart Business Academy and CS Caregiver University to conduct their training and workshops in the whole year of 2014 and 2015.

About BCT Group of Company headed by CEO Belina Tagarao:

1Heart Caregiver ServicesTM (1Heart CS) http://www.1Heartcares.com is a premier In-home care service company that provides professional private care duty to seniors and adults requiring assistance in their home and healthcare needs for the past 10 years. The company is run and managed by healthcare Executives with local and international training with combined top level executive work experience of more than 50 years. CEO Belina Tagarao is a Los Angeles IMAGE AWARDS honoree 2013 and HiFi 2014 Fil-American awardee as HiFi Ambassador within the Fil-American business community in Los Angeles. 1Heart CS is the only In-Home Care company that has its in-house ‘Caregiver University’ spearheaded by Training Director Randy Clarito in Southern California area that provides professional caregiver training held at its Los Angeles head office aligned with its ‘Continuing Professional Education’ program implemented to all corporate managers and staff of the company and extended to senior living facility requiring in-service training for their staff. The Staffing department headed by Staffing Officer Jennifer Remigio takes charge of staffing solutions to all cases, hiring and screening of all applicants and update of caregivers, CNA and HHA data base that can readily be assigned to new and existing cases handled by Client and Care Service Managers Arnold Navarro, Anne Capili and other Managers assigned in each target County. The company carries out a ‘Circle of Care’ process that is uniquely implemented by all Staff Managers and cannot be matched by any senior care service company. 1Heart CS is a Certified Member of CAHSAH, California Association for Health Services at Home, Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce and operates in Los Angeles County, Orange County, Ventura County, San Fernando Valley, San Bernardino County and Santa Barbara County area. For a case evaluation, call #213-351-9100 #805-338-8100, #310-779-6254, #818-561-6641 and #562-412-2420 for an agreed schedule of appointment. For caregiver applicants with minimum of 2 years work experience, look for Jennifer Remigio to process the application with the submission of live scan finger print, SS card, CPR / First aid certification and TB test results.

L.A. Jobs Employment Agency

The leading career and visa specialist in Los Angeles for foreign professionals. L.A. Jobs, http://www.lajobsea.com provides more opportunities for international workers who are highly qualified professionals and competitive to be able to build their career in the U.S. The company had successfully placed hundreds of applicants in the past few years even during the period of recession and it had attained a high approval rate of H-1B work petitions and green card of applicants enabling them to take the path to citizenship through employment and live the American dream. The company aims to be the premier leader in the employment industry in the U.S. Visit for no charge consultation and look for Mari Reola, HR Manager and Pam Sison, Legal and Marketing Specialist or call at #213-351-9100.

Summit Medical Billing

A fast growing Medical Billing company that helps physicians and other medical and healthcare companies obtain payment from insurance carriers and patients by effectively handling insurance claims and aid them to manage their practice and finance side efficiently. Summit Medical Billing aims to establish a strong alliance with the American Medical Association and continue to provide help to their members increase their revenue with the efficient handling by the company’s billing expert.







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5 Secrets to a Successful Business Revealed in Recent Article by Your Balance Sheet


Everett, WA (PRWEB) July 29, 2014

Your Balance Sheet LLC, a local accounting and bookkeeping service based out of Everett, WA and servicing the Greater Seattle Area, has seen many businesses come and go. As they’ve provided bookkeeping and accounting services for a variety of businesses, they’ve noted some key points that all successful businesses have in common.

In their recent article, “5 Ways to Measure the Financial Success of Your Business”, they reveal what they feel are the five secrets of a successful business.

All small businesses and entrepreneurs desire to have a successful business. Your Balance Sheet advises that much of the problems that new and small businesses run into are due to financial inexperience or disorganization.

Their five unique secrets to navigating the financial and even personal habits of a small business owner will provide beneficial information for anyone seeking to get their businesses books back into balance.

To learn more about Your Balance Sheet and their available accounting and bookkeeping services, visit their website: http://yourbalancesheetllc.com/services/

“Studies have shown that businesses who manage their finances well, keeping their books neat and tidy, are more likely to be successful in the long run,” says Your Balance Sheet.

“Our mission is to help Everett’s small businesses organize their finances so that they can make smart business decisions and keep profitability moving forward.”

About Your Balance Sheet, LLC:

Your Balance Sheet is one-stop shop for accounting and financial services based in Mukilteo, WA, serving business in the Seattle area. Their high standards, commitment to customer service and attention to detail ensure that you have the finest financial services available. Visit their website at http://yourbalancesheetllc.com/services/ for more information on services provided or to contact them online.

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Plus-Size Women’s Clothing Stores in the US Industry Market Research Report from IBISWorld Has Been Updated


New York, NY (PRWEB) July 17, 2014

Changes in consumer spending power and healthy habits are the primary drivers for the Plus-Size Women’s Clothing Stores industry. The recession had a powerful effect on most consumer-facing industries. With the unemployment rate climbing, per capita disposable incomes waned, causing shoppers to tighten their purse strings and reduce demand for discretionary products, such as apparel. Additionally, shoppers turned to lower-priced retail outlets, such as mass merchandisers and internet-only retailers, for their clothing needs. Still, the increasing obesity rate in the United States has supported industry revenue growth during the past five years. Consequently, IBISWorld expects industry revenue to grow at an annualized rate in the five years to 2014.

Industry profitability fell to a recessionary low in 2009 and 2010 and remained constrained immediately following the recession. According to IBISWorld Industry Analyst David Yang, “The weak profit margin is partly the result of consumers’ lower-priced clothing choices during the recession, in addition to the rising cost of inputs.” Floods in key cotton-supplying countries caused the commodity’s price to skyrocket in 2010 and 2011, which raised the price of clothing. While retailers passed on a portion of the increase to consumers, they had to absorb the rest of it, diminishing profit margins. Since then, profit margins have improved as cotton prices declined and volatility moderated.

The industry is forecast to perform more strongly over the five years to 2019, as factors like per capita disposable income continue to grow. Moreover, with a rising focus on plus-size fashion, product choices are likely to expand and benefit specialty retailers. “Indeed, industry operators will likely benefit from greater designer collaboration and greater availability of premium products,” says Yang. As a result, despite potential competition from alternative retailers, the Plus-Size Women’s Clothing Stores industry is forecast to grow at an average annual rate in the five years to 2019. Profit is also anticipated to rise as more high-end labels begin to offer plus-size styles.

For more information, visit IBISWorld’s Plus-Size Women’s Clothing Stores in the US industry report page.

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Recognized as the nation’s most trusted independent source of industry and market research, IBISWorld offers a comprehensive database of unique information and analysis on every US industry. With an extensive online portfolio, valued for its depth and scope, the company equips clients with the insight necessary to make better business decisions. Headquartered in Los Angeles, IBISWorld serves a range of business, professional service and government organizations through more than 10 locations worldwide. For more information, visit http://www.ibisworld.com or call 1-800-330-3772.







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Fundraising for Charities: American Consumer Credit Counseling Advises on How Often and How Much


Boston, MA (PRWEB) June 26, 2014

There is no doubt that Americans are charitable — last year alone, donations in the U.S. reached $ 416.5 billion, a 13 percent increase over the prior year. Americans aim to support causes that are close to them, whether for their child’s school or sports team or for research on a disease that has affected a family member or friend. And in an effort to fundraise, individuals often find their charitable efforts are outpacing their circle of friends and family, leaving them to wonder – how often is too often and how much is too much? Leading financial education nonprofit American Consumer Credit Counseling has compiled a list of tips that will maximize the fundraising success, while also keeping relationships intact.

“Supporting several charities and soliciting your friends to financially contribute to the cause is a worthwhile mission, but one that should be navigated and carried out with care,” said Steven Trumble, President and CEO of American Consumer Credit Counseling. “By following these guidelines, consumers will be able to raise funds without damaging relationships with friends and family members – the ultimate win-win situation.”

1)    Develop your message. If you can speak with conviction about the charity and demonstrate your passion for the cause, people will be more motivated to support you. Your ability to answer questions with ease instills a sense of faith in those you approach for donations.

2)    Be comfortable asking, and comfortable hearing no. This coincides with how often it is appropriate to solicit the same individuals for different charities. Close family and friends can be approached for each event, while distant relatives and acquaintances should be limited to two or three requests per year to avoid inundating them. While raising money for charity is notable, don’t expect every person to give. If you send a solicitation and the person doesn’t respond, don’t badger them. Maintain a ‘no hard feelings’ policy and never put people on the spot. If your request is declined, thank them anyway and move right along in the conversation.

3)    Know your target audience. You will get better results by targeting your solicitations rather than blasting your entire address book. For instance, if you know someone who is an animal lover, contact them to help raise funds for the local shelter you’re supporting.

4)    Finances are not created equal. It’s important to understand that not everyone has the financial means to donate, no matter how worthy the cause. Try to be aware of this and introduce other ways that the friend or family member can support the charity through volunteering or helping in your effort to raise funds.

5)    Mind your manners. Always send a thank you note or e-mail after a person has donated to your cause. By supporting your charitable interests, the person has gone above and beyond. Be sure to let them know that their generosity made an impact.

ACCC is a 501(c)3 organization, that provides free credit counseling, bankruptcy counseling, and housing counseling to consumers nationwide in need of financial literacy education and money management. For more information, contact ACCC:


    For credit counseling, call 800-769-3571
    For bankruptcy counseling, call 866-826-6924
    For housing counseling, call 866-826-7180
    Or visit us online at ConsumerCredit.com

About American Consumer Credit Counseling

American Consumer Credit Counseling (ACCC) is a nonprofit credit counseling 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to empowering consumers to achieve financial management and debt relief through education, credit counseling, and debt management solutions. ACCC provides individuals with practical debt solutions for solving financial problems and recognizes that consumers’ financial difficulties are often not the result of poor spending habits, but more frequently from extenuating circumstances beyond their control. As one of the nation’s leading providers of financial education and credit counseling services, ACCC’s certified credit advisors work with consumers to help them determine the best plan of action to get out of debt and regain financial stability. ACCC holds an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau and is a member of the Association of Independent Consumer Credit Counseling Agencies. For more information or to access free financial education resources, log on to ConsumerCredit.com or visit TalkingCentsBlog.com.

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