Magazine article USA TODAY

Noteworthy

Magazine article USA TODAY

Noteworthy

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Programs that send messages like "don't smoke," "don't drink," or "don't use drugs" are ineffective, maintains Robert Blum, director of the Adolescent Health Program, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis. What is successful are programs "that involve young people, that stick with young people over a period of time, and that provide reasons and alternatives for pursuing healthy behaviors."

Parents who work for companies with backup child care plans are less stressed, miss fewer days of work, are happier in their jobs, and are more loyal to their employers, according to a study by Working and Family Partnerships, a Canadian consulting firm. Companies that don't offer such plans pay about $175 a day to compensate for juggling the unexpected demands, lost productivity, and replacement costs for absent employees.

Women may be better suited to handle sales positions than men are, indicates Ramon Avila, the George and Frances Ball Distinguished Professor of Marketing, Ball State University, Muncie, Ind. This presumption is based on studies that found females are more nurturing, have stronger listening skills, and empathize better than males.

Girls lack a "Rocky" fictional model, argues Mary Jo Kane, director of the Tucker Center for Research on Girls and Women in Sport, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis. …

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