Wonder where all those computers and video games purchased during the holidays will end up? According to a new study conducted by the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation, many of these electronic toys will likely find a home in the children’s nursery.
Because today’s kids are spending more and more time glued to the computer (see related story on this page), some Web-savvy experts advise using the computer to encourage physical activity.
Here’s a list of fun Web sites (courtesy of the Wall Street Journal) that are designed to do just that:
Ever wonder about the reliability and accuracy of those pedometers that more and more walkers are sporting these days? Well, so did a group of researchers who recently compared 10 electronic pedometers and reported the findings in Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise (2003, 35 , 1455-60).
If you own a PFT business, take advantage of free access to an online classroom of business courses, workshops, information resources, learning tools and counseling assistance through the U.S. Small Business Administration’s E-Business Institute Web site.
Check out these Web sites for business advice on various topics, including terminating an employee, using ready-made business forms to save time, improving worker productivity, motivating staff, solving problems and communicating effectively with customers:
How much are you using
e-mail to reach your facility’s customer base? According to a study released last November by the Direct Marketing Association (DMA),
e-mail was one of the most effective ways marketers (from various business settings) reached customers in 2000. Fifty-nine percent of research respondents attributed increased sales to e-mail usage. Here are some more interesting facts from the study, “The DMA State of the E-Commerce Industry Report 2001”:
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