Friday, September 1, 2017

THIS MONTH IS

National Grandparents Month -- Here's some stats from Family Circle:
  • There are about 56 million grandparents in the U.S. 
  • 1.9 million grandparents are responsible for being the sole caretakers for their grandchildren. 
  • 8% of all U.S. children live with at least one grandparent. 
  • 38% of grandparents say they'd happily look after their grandkids for more than two weeks. 
National Potato Month -- Here, from health experts, are tips on how to be the best couch potato you can be:

Invest in premium channels

Shelling out a few extra bucks a month for channels such as HBO and Showtime is well worth the investment. Experts say the more entertainment choices you have, the better.

Avoid "challenging" shows

Sunday morning news programs are less effective in beating stress because you're bombarded with bad news and exposed to politicians whose lies make your blood boil. Tuning into wrestling, NASCAR races or reruns of "Charlie's Angels" will do a far better job of shutting down your brain.

Use the "50/50" rule

Make sure you devote sufficient time to tube watching every day. "Waste half of your free time, just enjoy lazing around."

Watch what you like

A man who forces himself to watch a silly sitcom instead of the fishing channel because that's what his wife prefers could end up with as many stress-induced health woes as one who visits the gym daily.

The best solution is an extra TV

So both of you can watch what you want, one expert noted. "That's better than fighting over the remote, which is also stressful."

Keep snacks on hand

The fewer times you have to climb out of your easy chair, the more relaxed you'll become.

Let the call go to voicemail

For the same reason never interrupt your TV watching to get the phone -- let your voicemail pick it up.

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