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Good News: Marathon Mom Saves The Day

 

As a mom, you never know when your athletic ability or education will save the day.  Take 37-year-old mom Sarah from West Washington.  Sarah has run several half marathons AND just completed her masters in Pastoral counseling.  The other day she was in her living room and had just changed into her running clothes.  She was folding laundry before heading out the door for her run, when she noticed a man poking around her detached garage.  The man came out of the garage on her husband’s bike.  She told him to leave it and go, but he took off on it.  So, Sarah did what any protective mother would do – she took off after him on foot!  He ditched the bike moments later, but she continued after him, yelling at neighbors to call 911.  As she was chasing him, she was trying to talk to him about his feelings to uncover why he stole the bike.  The thief never talked to her, but she was able to continue the chase until the police showed up.  Read more about super mom Sarah here.

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Getting The Help You Need, When You Need It

You know, we never had pre-marriage counseling, but we did spend our first year of marriage in counseling.

Yes, we sure did. We were so thankful to have the help we needed when we needed it.

It was amazing that a little bit of objective help could cut some new grooves into our relationship and help us establish some healthy patterns we probably wouldn’t of had otherwise.

I look back on that and think what a life saver, because it did help us establish ways of relating that were healthy for the two of us together.

Well, friend we just want to encourage you. Especially if you’re in the beginning stages of marriage, to get some help if you need it. An objective counselor or a friendly pastor could do a lot to cut positive grooves into your relationship that’ll last a lifetime.

If you have a comment or question for the New Shine.FM relationship experts Drs. Les and Leslie Parrott, visit the relationships experts page at Shine.FM.

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Do Cigarette Ads Influence Kids To Start Smoking?

Do cigarette ads influence kids to start smoking?  It sure looks that way.

According to a story in Heath Day news, the more tobacco advertising teenagers see, the more likely they are to start smoking.

German researchers found that for every 10 tobacco ads that a teenager sees, his risk of starting to smoke increases by 40 percent.

The lead scientist who did the study says this should lend support to a total ban on tobacco advertising.  That ban is advocated by the World Health Organization.

For the study, researchers looked at more than 1,300 nonsmokers, ages 10 to 15. Their exposure to tobacco ads and their subsequent smoking behavior was monitored for 30 months.

At the end of the 30 months, one-third of the youngsters admitted to trying smoking and 10 percent said they had smoked within the past 30 days

Five percent of the kids said they had smoked more than 100 cigarettes and were classified as established smokers.  A similar percentage said they now smoked every day.

Youngsters who saw the most tobacco ads during the 30 months were about twice as likely to become established smokers and daily smokers compared to those who saw the fewest ads.

By the way, one-third of the those smokers were 14 or younger.

Although the study found an association between tobacco ads and the likelihood of smoking, it did not establish a cause-and-effect relationship.

For more information on how to prevent children and teenagers from smoking, visit the The American Lung Association’s website at lung.org.

I’m Bill Maier for Shine.FM.

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