MintFamily with Beth Kobliner: The 14-Year Old Stock Picker Who Speaks the Truth

first_imgDid you know Giving USA reported that in 2018, Americans donated over $410 billion dollars?! It’s around this time of year especiailly that giving back becomes top of mind for many. Whether it’s for a particular occasion or we’re looking… Full Story,Dressing up for Halloween is one of the best parts of the holiday, especially if you’re a creative person. But buying a Halloween costume can get expensive, with many costing more than $50 a pop. And unless you plan to… Full Story,Open enrollment season is here!   We’re expecting to receive a big packet from human resources with all the options and benefits that our employers’ offer. While I won’t say that this is an exciting thing, we are eager to go over… Full Story,What are some of the biggest lessons you received about money growing up? For me, a few things stand out. We didn’t get too many formal lectures about money, but from time to time, I’d get a lesson sprinkled in here… Full Story,As the year winds down, you may find your spending picks up. With holidays approaching, families may be preparing for trips to see their loved ones or they’re buying gifts. However, if you haven’t been saving beforehand, it can mean… Full Story,While Raleigh is not exactly super close to the beach (we used to have a tiny apartment right across the street from the Chesapeake Bay when we were first married), it’s pretty easy to hop in our car and have… Full Story,How much money are you planning on spending this year during the holidays? For the average American family, it’s a good chunk of change. During the 2017 holiday season, Bank of America found that of those surveyed, they spent on… Full Story,It’s amazing how things change when you have kids. Before kids, weekend getaways and trips were fairly easy. When we needed to take a break, I remember we could look at the calendar and twenty minutes later, have a few… Full Story,How much does your family spend on food? If you’re like most, food is one of your top three expenses (the other two being housing and transportation). While it’s an essential expense for sure, but when digging around those receipts,… Full Story,If you’re a parent, helping your kids avoid or minimize college debt is a goal you’d like to help them tackle. Right now the average price for a public four-year college is $25,290 in-state ($40,940 out of state) while a… Full Storylast_img read more

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Healthy lifestyle before getting pregnant can reduce risk of birth difficulties, warns scientist

first_imgMost women know the importance of eating a balanced diet and living a healthy lifestyle when pregnant.Out goes the wine and cigarettes, in comes gentle exercise.However a new study has found that making healthy lifestyle changes in the months before getting pregnant can lead to fewer complications in birth.University of Queensland School of Public Health researcher Professor Gita Mishra is calling for better understanding of the steps you can take before conception to ensure a healthy labour. “The evidence overwhelmingly showed healthier pregnancies when women were able to make positive lifestyle changes before conception, such as eating well, being more active or quitting smoking,” Professor Mishra said.“Women with a lower body mass index before conception lowered their risks of pre-eclampsia, gestational diabetes, pre-term birth and stillbirth.“Higher levels of physical activity before conception resulted in lowered risk of gestational diabetes.“Also, we know from our own research that women who have a diet high in fruit, vegetables, legumes and nuts before conception have lower rates of gestational diabetes.”However only 10 per cent of women eat the recommended daily amount of fruit and vegetables during their key childbearing years, according to the Australian Longitudinal Study on Women’s Health.Women usually develop gestational diabetes in their second trimester, many of whom don’t have diabetes before becoming pregnant. But around 30 per cent of women who have diabetes when they are carrying a baby develop it after they are pregnant, according to the National Childbirth Trust.What’s more, according to the NHS, gestational diabetes can lead to your baby growing larger than usual and thus delivery being more difficult, polyhydramnios (when there’s too much amniotic fluid in the womb, which can cause premature labour or problems at delivery) and premature birth.Symptoms of gestational diabetes – many of which are the same as high blood sugar – can be controlled by making healthy changes to your diet and lifestyle. The researchers found that whilst most women cut back on alcohol and cigarettes when trying to get pregnant, they don’t make an effort to up their intake of fruits and vegetables, and they’re less active than women who aren’t planning on having a baby. Professor Mishra believes women need to be better educated in these areas in order to do away with these inconsistencies.“This isn’t about pressuring women at an individual level or making them feel guilty,” she said.“It’s going to take a huge social shift to tackle the obesity crisis and improve the nation’s eating habits, and to do that we need population-level health initiatives supported by all levels of government.“The message that everyone needs to hear, whether they are planning a pregnancy or not, is that women who are active and eat more fruit and vegetables will have a much healthier pregnancy and baby.”Sourcelast_img read more

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