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November 17, 2017

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Office Dieting: All Bets Are On

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Putting on weight in this scary economy? Can’t get motivated to lose those extra pounds? Think about starting an office diet competition — with a pool of prize money for She Who Loses Most. “Diet betting is definitely becoming more popular among friends, relatives and co-workers,” Joy Bauer, author of Joy’s Life Diet: Four Steps to Thin Forever tells The New York Times.

Young Women Say Yes to Motherhood

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For four decades, women have been delaying childbirth to launch careers. Now, this trend may be ending, The Wall Street Journal reports. For the first time since government records have been kept, the average age at which women have their first babies posted a decline — according to newly released data from the National Center for Health Statistics. Mothers’ mean age at their first childbirth fell to 25.0 years in 2006, the most recent figures available, from 25.2 in 2005. Women ages 20 to 24 led the shift, with a 5% increase in the rate of first births.

Tough times at every age, every turn

No matter how bleak your own situation is, when you see senior citizens charged with robbing banks, as is the case with an elderly New York executive with a home in the suburbs, you know times are tough. Police aren’t saying what allegedly prompted 71-year-old financial advisor Edward M. Solomon — described as a devoted grandfather, good neighbor and valued employee – to rob a Peekskill bank of $5,900 in cash.

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Rough Waters Ahead

Almost three out of four human resources professionals predict that deep job cuts will continue throughout the first quarter of this year and are pessimistic about overall job growth, according to a new survey by the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM). The data shows that no job is immune from being cut in the current recession.

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Who is the Stronger Sex? Guess Who

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There’s a lot of talk these days about surviving – from a tough economy everywhere to a plane crash in New York’s icy Hudson River. In his new book, The Survivors Club, author Ben Sherwood gets into the realm of who survives and thrives: who bounces back from job loss and who gives up, who adapts to a vanishing 401K and who hides under the covers?

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Giving the Boss a Break

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When employees at a pancake house in Muskegon, Mich. noticed that traffic was down a bit, they found a way to give the owner a break: for one day they worked only for tips. The idea was the brainchild of lead server Mary VanDam, who asked her co-workers if they might be willing to work a shift without wages to help out owner Dave Barham, according to The Muskegon Chronicle.

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