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21/10/2010

Premium Personalized Greeting Cards e-Shop Announces New Launch, New Lines

The holidays are closer than we think, and so are dance and music recitals. True Life Greetings is announcing a new website and new lines of personalized, paper greeting cards just in time. The 2010 Holiday Cards are in and ready to be personalized by True Life Greetings™, on behalf of corporate clients and consumers.Holiday Cards are a great way to say “Thank You” and build customer goodwill and loyalty.

Brandon, FL (PRWEB) October 18, 2010

—specializing in personalized, paper greeting cards for consumers and corporate clients—announces a new website and new product lines. The 2010 Holiday Card Collection of personalized business and consumer greeting cards,. These uniquely designed cards can be personalized for dance or music recitals or customized for birthdays.The “Musically Inclined Collection” is only found at True Life Greetings.

True Life Greetings™ is paying attention to the special touch provided by personalized, paper greeting cards.

“Do you remember the feeling you had when you received a handwritten note? Or perhaps you took the time to write a personal ‘thank you’ to someone who went out of their way to help. There are times when an email or text message simply cannot replace a personalized message on an attractive card or fine stationery,” says Barbara Watts, VP Sales and Marketing. “We offer many unique designs that will allow our customers to express who they are and share personal sentiments.”

Watts also reports a new trend perfectly suited to the True Life Greetings™ superior invitation and stationery selection: A special party that begins with unique, personalized invitations and ends with coordinating thank you notes. Customers can select and personalize beautiful classic, contemporary, or elegant party invitations and coordinating thank you notes to be sent to guests.

“Our customers are surprised at just how easy and convenient it is to send a high quality greeting card to people they care about. They can create their own message or select one from a list of verses. We will address, add postage, and mail the cards to the recipient for them. And because we’re very selective about the quality of our cards, they’ll only find the finest, most attractive options in every category. As we like to say to our customers, ‘We’ve walked the aisles, held and read each card, and only selected the very best for you,’” says Barbara Watts.

Product lines include:     Business greeting cards for holidays, birthdays, anniversaries     Holiday and All Occasion greeting cards, including music and dance themed cards     Personalized stationery (includes 100% cotton stationery)     Custom birthday cards and invitations     Personalized wedding invitations and accessories     Gift cards and fresh flower bouquets from ProFlowers®

“For special occasions, we offer a concierge service to help people find the perfect gift,” Watts explains. “End to end services combined with fine, personalized greeting cards is more doable than ever before. We’ve brought together the very best to let our customers take advantage.”

To complement this full-service approach, True Life Greetings will soon be introducing a Free Calendar Reminder Service that makes it easy for busy people to remember important birthdays, anniversaries and other dates that deserve special attention.

The best way to see how simple it is to personalize paper greeting cards and stationery, according to Barbara Watts, is to visit truelifegreetings.com, select an item, and try out the personalization tool. Businesses and individuals with scial orders can call 888.525.TRUE (8783) to speak with a sales representative.

About True Life Greetings:

True Life Greetings™ believes that in a crowded world of email and text messaging, people still prefer to receive and open a premium greeting card. Providing personalized cards to businesses and individuals, True Life Greetings™ is different. They have walked the aisles, held and read each card, and only selected the very best of each product line for their customers. Then True Life Greetings™ goes a step further, providing easy online customization services and more. Customers can also select a gift card or a fresh ProFlowers® arrangement to be sent along with the special card. Personal gift consultants are on hand to help customers find and send a special birthday or anniversary gift.

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Barbara WattsTrue Life Greetings(888) 525-8783Email Information

18/10/2010

NY Yankees v Texas Rangers a David-Goliath affair

NEW YORK (Reuters) – The reigning World Series champion New York Yankees take on the Texas Rangers in a David and Goliath showdown in the American League Championship Series starting Friday in Arlington, Texas.

The Rangers (90-72) have home-field advantage, hosting the first game of the best-of-seven contest by virtue of being AL West division champions but little else seems in their favor.

The Yankees have a record 27 Fall Classic crowns and a $200 million payroll featuring $20-plus million a year players Alex Rodriguez, Derek Jeter, Mark Teixeira and pitcher CC Sabathia.

Texas just won their first playoff series in the 50th year of the franchise's existence.

New York (95-67) has premier closer Mariano Rivera in the bullpen. Texas has hard-throwing rookie Neftali Feliz.

The Rangers have ace Cliff Lee, an energetic young lineup anchored by veteran Vlad Guerrero and team-bonding hand signals of 'the claw and antlers' as a rallying cry for a Cinderella outfit earning just over one-fourth what the New Yorkers make.

"It just started on a back field in spring training and grew from there," infielder Michael Young said about the hand signs. "It was just a way for us to show some camaraderie."

Now fans join in with the flashing of the signals, and tee-shirts and sweatshirts celebrate the symbols.

The claw signifies a great play in the field, and the antlers are a symbol of their team speed -- two elements that have helped the Rangers distinguish themselves this season.

PREVIOUS LOSSES

Texas had made three previous trips to the playoffs -- all first-round losses to the Yankees -- before finally tasting post-season success in beating AL East champions Tampa Bay.

Lee won twice with a pair of sterling pitching performances in the Rangers' AL Division Series victory over Tampa Bay, but because the lefty was relied upon to win Tuesday's clincher, he will not be physically ready to return until Game Three.

With Lee lined up to pitch a possible Game Seven, the Yankees potentially could win the series having faced the Rangers ace, who is 6-0 in his post-season career, just once.

Sabathia (21-7) will pitch the opener for New York followed by Phil Hughes (18-8) and Andy Pettitte (11-3), the Yankees said Wednesday with A.J. Burnett a possible Game Four starter.

Texas is expected to launch the series with hard-throwing lefty C.J. Wilson, who went 15-8 in his first season as a starter after toiling in the bullpen. The Rangers' other two starters are Colby Lewis (12-13) and Tommy Hunter (13-4).

While the wildcard Yankees largely rely on the home run, the Rangers manufacture runs with speed as well as power.

Supplying the long ball threat are Guerrero, Nelson Cruz, second baseman Ian Kinsler and outfielder Josh Hamilton, who is coming off a quiet performance in the first round.

Hamilton put together an MVP-quality season (32 home runs, 100 runs batted in and a lofty .359 batting average) despite missing most of September with injured ribs. Against Tampa Bay he was 2-for-18 for a .118 batting average.

The Yankees answer youth with experience and a wealth of top drawer major league talent.

Besides the "Core Four" of Rivera, captain Jeter, Jorge Posada and lefty Pettitte, who all have collected five World Series rings in their Yankee careers, New York also features A-Rod, Teixeira, Robinson Cano and Nick Swisher.

(Editing by Rex Gowar)

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17/09/2010

Family meals' fat-fighting effects vary by race

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – Eating family meals may help fight obesity in white children, but it doesn't seem to benefit black children much, and could even raise Hispanic boys' obesity risk, new research shows.

The study, in nearly 17,000 U.S. children, didn't look at what children were eating or how much they consumed. "I think that's a topic for future research, to figure out just what's going on at the dinner table," Brandi Y. Rollins of The Pennsylvania State University in University Park, who helped conduct the research, told Reuters Health.

She and her colleagues report their findings in the September issue of the Journal of the American Dietetic Association.

Several well-publicized studies have shown that frequent family dinners may promote healthy weight and even reduce risky behaviors like drinking and smoking among adolescents and teens. But to date, Rollins said, there has been just one study of how family meals affect obesity risk in younger children. There's also evidence, she added, that family meals may be more beneficial to white teens than to black or Hispanic adolescents.

To investigate whether race, gender and household education level might influence the protective effects of family meals, Rollins and her team looked at data from the 2003 National Survey of Children's Health. The study included 16,770 boys and girls 6 to 11 years old, 72 percent of whom were non-Hispanic whites.

Forty-three percent of the white children were overweight or obese, compared to 60 percent of Hispanic children and 63 percent of non-Hispanic black children. White and black children ate about five meals a week with their families, on average, while Hispanic children averaged six family meals a week.

Non-Hispanic white kids who ate family meals every day were one-third less likely to be obese than white children who ate family meals twice a week or less. But there was no relationship between family meal frequency and overweight or obesity among black girls. For black boys, the risk of being overweight or obese decreased "marginally" as family meals per week increased.

For Hispanic boys who either lived in a single parent household or lived in less educated households (meaning the most-educated family member had either finished high school or completed fewer years of school), eating more family meals actually increased the risk of being overweight or obese.

There was no relationship, though, between family meal frequency and excess weight for Hispanic girls living with one parent or in less educated households, or for Hispanic boys and girls living in two-parent or more highly educated households.

"It is possible that parents within these ethnic populations used different child-feeding practices with their male and female children; previous research has shown this to be the case in other ethnic groups," Rollins and her team write. They note that one study found non-Hispanic white parents placed more food within reach for boys than for girls.

Another study found that Hispanic families were more likely than other ethnic groups to buy fast food for family dinners, the researchers add. "These family meals may not be the healthiest family meals," Rollins said.

Yet another possible explanation, she added, is that because black and Hispanic children are at higher risk of obesity than white kids, encouraging them to sit down to family dinners more often may simply not be enough.

"It just kind of sends a message that just telling people to have family meals isn't enough -- focusing also on what they're having during these family meals is just as important," Rollins said.

In another study in the same journal, Dr. Alisha J. Rovner of the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development in Bethesda, Maryland and her colleagues report that making time for meals together is just as toughor children with type1diabetes and their families as for other families.

Today, Rovner and her team point out, kids with type 1 diabetes can thrive on less restrictive -- but still healthy -- diets thanks to more widespread use of flexible insulin regimens.

The 35 young people and their families who participated in the study's focus groups agreed that special dietary requirements weren't a factor in why they didn't eat together more frequently; "rather, barriers previously identified in the general population, notably limited time constraints and busy schedules, appear to be the primary constraints to the occurrence of shared family meals for families living with diabetes," the researchers conclude.

SOURCE: http://link.reuters.com/zyw34p Journal of the American Dietetic Association, September 2010.