Philly Nicks Brandboom Podcast

On Brandboom podcast host Amy Zhou discovers trends and shares tips and stories from the savviest retail brands.  Our guest today is Philly Nicks who founded YHF in 2015 in LA to make sunglasses. You can also find the podcast on SoundCloud, iTunes, Tunein, Stitcher, and the Google Play store. Learn more about Brandboom. The podcast is produced by Red Cup.

Key Takeaways:

“We really use our relationships and the products spoke for itself of what we are offering. So, that is definitely one of the main reasons why there’s a lot of success.” Philly at 6:50 “Opportunity is when luck meets preparation” Philly at 7:03 “The only right way is to put yourself out there and be willing to be humiliated, be willing to, you know, have people look at you and say, “Dude, this dude’s crazy.” Because that’s how you learn and through that time you’ll learn, “Okay. This is what’s right, this is what’s wrong.” ” Philly at 10:04 “We definitely have been going very hard with Instagram ads lately and it’s been showing a lot …

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Ed Tech Helps English Language Learners Flourish

In diverse classrooms, teachers and administrators are always seeking new ways to support English language learners. Luckily for them, technology has introduced a new learning dynamic that facilitates language learning.

As many ELL students struggle to assimilate to the new language, they need constant support from teachers. Teachers provide the foundational skills for ELL students to grasp basic concepts in writing, speaking and reading.

In addition to using classic techniques such as essay writing, many teachers are incorporating digital media into ELL classrooms. Variations in instructional media allow teachers to focus on teaching and allow students to access the learning process.

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3 Tips for Creating Your Corporate Wellness Plan

Many of us are on a treadmill, but of a different kind of treadmill than the Walk-1 treadmill some of us use. We go to work, commute home, and catch up on “me time” or family time, sleep, and repeat. The idea of your workplace having a wellness plan might be a radical notion, one mostly affiliated with big, tech corporations. We’re here to prove you wrong. Any company—from a small home-run business to a hip start-up—can craft a great wellness plan with a little bit of research, inspiration, and effort.

Here are three tips to help you create a wellness plan for your company, inspired by an article in Mashable that outlined wellness plans in seven innovative companies.

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Shaelynn Farnsworth on EdTech NOW

Our guest today is Shaelynn Farnsworth. Shaelynn is a leader in the convergence between literacy and technology. As High School teacher she redefined her English classroom as not only a place to learn about literature but also explore how technology is shaping the future of communications. We’re going to talk with her today about finding that balance between literature and tech, dig into digital literacy, and talk data.

EdTech Now is a short podcast about education technology and how it’s used in the classroom. The podcast is sponsored by Stackup, a Chrome browser extension that tracks reading online for teachers and students, and delivers metrics to administrators. The podcast is hosted by Noah Geisel, education director at Stackup.

Stackup is the only tool that unlocks the learning benefits of the entire web, while providing the accountability educators need to measure progress and engagement. With Stackup, you can measure and report online reading and learning for your entire district, in less than two minutes. Go to Stackup.netThe podcast is produced by Red Cup Agency.

Key Takeaways:

“I think that …

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Why Women Suffer Insomnia More Than Men – And What You Can Do About It

[Editor’s note: This post originally ran on the Calm blog and reruns here with permission.]

Far more women than men suffer insomnia or chronic sleep trouble, and middle-aged women suffer most of all, according to an international study commissioned by Calm.

Women are 40% more likely than men “always” to sleep badly, reveals the survey of 4,279 Britons and Americans, conducted by pollsters YouGov, on our behalf.

Women are 40% more likely than men to sleep badly on a regular basis, reveals the survey of 4,279 Britons and Americans.

This figure rises to 55% in middle age [aged 45-54], when the gender gap hits its peak, as does the number of women who report “always” sleeping badly.

“I certainly see more women with sleep trouble than men”, says Dr Steve Orma, a clinical psychologist and insomnia specialist, whose talk on sleep science and advice is one of Calm’s 30+ Sleep Stories.

There are several possible reasons that so many more women than men sleep badly, says Dr Orma, author of the book, Stop Worrying & Go To Sleep.

“One is hormones …

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Are Women Predestined to have Anxiety?

In college, I visited numerous doctors complaining that I was experiencing an increased heart rate and shortness of breath.

I would also call my parents, telling them I was worried for my health. However, no one could figure out what was wrong with me.

It wasn’t until a year after graduating that I finally realized my racing heartbeat and gasping for air had nothing to do with an unhealthy heart—it was caused by panic attacks from anxiety. And like me, many of my closest girlfriends also suffer from anxiety, many of them treating the condition with medication.

After talking about it, one of my male friends made a comment about how all women seem to have anxiety. At the time, I was offended by his comment, thinking he was ignorant.

But, according to research, his observation may not be that far off.

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Learn more about Melissa Woods and Getting Past Anxiety.

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Food Activism In the Digital Age A Conversation with Anna Lappé

What does a food activist do?

To answer the question, look no further than Anna Lappé. She is the founder and director of Real Food Media, a collaborative initiative that catalyzes creative storytelling and media about food, farming, and sustainability. “We work with partners across the country to really elevate the solutions that we find out there that are transforming the food system toward greater sustainability and equity, and then we help people understand what are the real impacts that we have to worry about it, about our current foods just don’t why we need such transformation,” she says.

In this episode, she discusses why the food choices that are good for your body are also good for the planet, why excessive consumer demand for meat is constructed and manipulated by media and marketing, and why cooking a good meal at home is a good idea.

Listen to Future of Food here.

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What If That Apple Isn’t Perfect?

Ugly food is good food — or so we tried to tell you in “Why We Should Eat Ugly Food.” If you haven’t read it yet, here’s the rundown: Up to 40% of fruits and vegetables don’t make it from the farm to the supermarket because they do not fit certain industry aesthetic standards. But companies and initiatives like Imperfect Produce exist to make these “ugly” fruits and veggies accessible to those who want them and reduce the amount of food we throw away each year (estimates run to $160 billion worth annually).

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