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PROFNET EXPERT ALERTS: Domestic Abuse / Hurricane Katrina / Vacation Packages

Friday, August 27, 2010 General News J E 4
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Aug. 27, 2010

1. Adoption: Countries Need Assistance to Find Loving Families for Orphans

2. Behavior: Domestic Abusers Can Be Recognized through Their Language

3. Home: Bed Bugs Are Surging in Homes, Schools and Retail Stores

4. Hospitals: Five Years after Katrina: How Hospitals Can Prepare for Future Hurricanes

5. Living: Self-Created Inspirational and Motivational Videos Can Help Achieve Dreams

6. Nutrition: Scare Tactics Will Not Solve Obesity

7. Parenting: Parents Must Put Children above Anger, Hurt and Conflict

8. Travel: Airfare and Hotel Packages Are Still the Way to Go

**1. ADOPTION: COUNTRIES NEED ASSISTANCE TO FIND LOVING FAMILIES FOR ORPHANS. Pam Harrington, director of international children's services for Bethany Christian Services, the nation's largest adoption agency: "According to UNICEF, there are more than 160 million orphans around the world, and while the first objective should be to find loving families for orphans in their home country, the reality is that many countries do not have the existing infrastructure to place children with families. Given that, the primary objective should be to assist countries in creating an infrastructure that will enable them to provide foster-care services, while locating loving families wherever currently available for orphans." As PBS prepares to air an impactful documentary on Aug. 31, looking at one American family's international adoption experience, Harrington can offer insight on the international orphan crisis. She is located in Grand Rapids, Mich. News Contact: Joe DiBenedetto, jdibenedetto@lambert-edwards.com Phone +1-616-233-0500 Website: http://www.bethany.org

**2. BEHAVIOR: DOMESTIC ABUSERS CAN BE RECOGNIZED THROUGH THEIR LANGUAGE. Dr. Jill Murray, psychotherapist and author: "Typical domestic-violence abusers display similar vocal patterns, signs and even use telltale words when interacting with their victims. Abusers will attack the identity of their victims so they make them feel worthless. It keeps the abuser in control." Murray, who is based in Orange County, Calif., counsels individuals and couples in California on the topic of domestic violence. She can discuss how to recognize the language of abusers, using the Mel Gibson tapes as examples. News Contact: Michelle Tennant, storytellertothemedia@gmail.com Phone: +1-828-749-3200

**3. HOME: BED BUGS ARE SURGING IN HOMES, SCHOOLS AND RETAIL STORES. Brian DiCicco, CEO of Pest Management Inc., has been in the pest-management industry for most of his life and has seen the growing epidemic of bed bugs in homes to daycare centers in the U.S.: "Bed bugs are almost undetectable to a trained human eye. That is why we invested in our K-9 bed-bug unit. A study released this week by the National Pest Management Association found that pest-control operators consider bed bugs the most difficult pest to eradicate, even more than cockroaches and ants. The study also showed bed-bug infestations aren't only relegated to the stereotypical budget-motel chains and skid row. Far from it -- the largest surge is in apartment and condo buildings, as well as single-family homes. Even schools, churches, retail stores and commercial buildings are feeling the bite, as bed bugs can live and survive in chairs, clothing and other cloth-based items." DiCicco also runs the only trained K-9 bed-bug team in Texas. Bernie and Linnie are professionally trained dogs that detect the often undetectable bugs. News Contact: Amanda Abbott, amanda@anthonybarnum.com Phone: +1-512-585-5757

**4. HOSPITALS: FIVE YEARS AFTER KATRINA: HOW HOSPITALS CAN PREPARE FOR FUTURE HURRICANES. Les Hirsch, who became CEO of Touro Infirmary in New Orleans one week before Hurricane Katrina, ran the health system for three years afterward and played a leadership role in rebuilding the region's health care infrastructure: "Forecasts suggest an active hurricane season this year, and hospitals in areas that could be affected must have disaster plans in place and be running regular drills. Determine everything that could go wrong and have a solution in place: If you lose electricity, can your generators handle keeping everything powered that needs to stay powered? What do you do if your phones aren't working? At what point do you evacuate? How do you evacuate? Where will you bring your patients? After a hurricane hits, people will need medical help. You have to have your response down to a science. Hope is not a strategy." Hirsch is currently CEO of Saint Clare's Health System in northwestern New Jersey and has easy access to New York City for in-studio TV interviews, in addition to being available by phone for print, radio and online interviews. News Contacts: Justin Windheim, jwindheim@stargroup1.com Phone: +1-215-837-1880 and Beth Starrantino, bstarrantino@startoplin.com Phone: +1-215-793-4666, ext. 110

**5. LIVING: SELF-CREATED INSPIRATIONAL AND MOTIVATIONAL VIDEOS CAN HELP ACHIEVE DREAMS. Ryan Higgins, a world-renowned motivational and visualization expert, and founder of MindMovies, can help people realize their dreams and experience new levels of personal success through self-actualization: "Actually seeing your goals and dreams clearly can sometimes be challenging, but creating a pattern of realization can give you self-actualization. Visualization through self-created inspirational and motivational videos is helping people achieve their dreams." Higgins, located in San Diego and Australia, is helping millions of people achieve the American Dream through the visualization of their goals, aspirations and the lives they have always envisioned. To date, his company's YouTube page has millions of movies viewed over the past three years, and hundreds of thousands of followers worldwide. News Contact: Amanda Abbott, amanda@anthonybarnum.com Phone: +1-512-585-5757 and Kristin Morgan, Kristin@anthonybarnum.com Phone: +1-512-626-8595

**6. NUTRITION: SCARE TACTICS WILL NOT SOLVE OBESITY. Jessica Levinson, a New York City-based registered dietitian and nationally recognized nutrition expert, is available to discuss subjects related to weight management, obesity, sweeteners, calorie consumption, overall nutrition and eating disorders: "As a practicing registered dietitian, I believe in taking a moderate approach to weight management versus interventions that consist of scare tactics and an all-or-nothing approach. Education is the key to behavior modification and has helped my clients overcome the difficulties in making healthy changes. Nutrition is an integral component of a healthy lifestyle, so when providing nutritional guidance I use an integrative approach that focuses on disease prevention and management, while also making sure my clients enjoy delicious food. I also employ behavioral techniques that best help clients achieve healthy lifestyles." A member of the American Dietetic Association and the Greater New York Dietetic Association, Levinson's professional career includes a mix of dietetics counseling, teaching and writing. In addition to an MS in nutrition and dietetics and a BA in psychology, both from New York University, she has extensive experience as a nutrition writer, editor and speaker. She has been featured as a nutrition expert in local broadcast segments and has appeared in several national publications. Levinson also serves as a consultant to several food and beverage companies. Levinson: jessica@nutritioulicious.com Phone: +1-212-229-8457

**7. PARENTING: PARENTS MUST PUT CHILDREN ABOVE ANGER, HURT AND CONFLICT. Judge Eugene M. Hyman, founder of the Santa Clara County Delinquency Domestic Violence and Family Violence Court, which won the United Nations Public Service Award for improving transparency, accountability and responsiveness in government: "Parents who are properly motivated take co-parenting courses offered in the community. It's not easy to set aside the anger, hurt feelings and everything else that encourages conflict, but the healthy development of children requires that parents do so. This process isn't about blame or guilt, but about truly placing children above all else." Hyman, who is based in Santa Clara, Calif., can discuss protecting children in the context of custody conflicts involving Mel Gibson and Tiger Woods. News Contact: Michelle Tennant, storytellertothemedia@gmail.com Phone: +1-828-749-3200

**8. TRAVEL: AIRFARE AND HOTEL PACKAGES ARE STILL THE WAY TO GO. Ian Ford, founder of Undercover Tourist, has been in the travel industry for more than 15 years and has the inside track to great travel deals and pitfalls: "There are some great tips of the trade in finding those travel steals, especially right before Labor Day weekend. Airfare and hotel bundles or vacation packages are still the way to go. Travelers can get a better price on airfare because resorts are subsidizing the cost just to get people there. Look at areas really hit by the recession, such as Las Vegas or the Caribbean. Travelers may also want to check their preferred airline for packages, since many carriers now have comparable offers for airfare and hotel deals." Undercover Tourist is a discount travel website that provides consumer advice and discount tickets to popular tourist attractions, including Walt Disney World, Universal Orlando, SeaWorld Orlando, Richard Petty Driving Experience and Medieval Times. Its customers receive "real" tickets versus vouchers, eliminating the need to stand in long ticket lines upon arrival. Ford is based in Austin, Texas. News Contact: Amanda Abbot, amanda@anthonybarnum.com  Phone: +1-512-585-5757 Website: http://www.undercovertourist.com

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/PRNewswire -- Aug. 27/

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