Save or Splurge: Household Health Gadgets

There are certain gadgets you need in your home to stay healthy. With so many options available within a wide range of prices, it can be difficult to figure out what you should be shelling out for. Before you go shopping, check out Dr. Oz’s recommendations for when you can save and when you can splurge.

Save or Splurge: Household Health Gadgets

Bathroom Scale: Save!

A digital bathroom scale doesn’t need to cost more than $30. Beyond the price, there are a lot of benefits to owning a digital scale: most use lithium batteries so they turn off automatically and conserve power. Additionally, the digital readings cut out the guesswork and keep you honest about your weight.


Pedometer: Splurge!

Accuracy is important if you use a pedometer. You want to know that the number you see when you look down reflects the number of steps you’ve actually taken. A pedometer that costs less than $15 is likely to lose its accuracy in just a matter of months; paying for a slightly more expensive model is a worthwhile investment. Pedometers in the $25 range are much more accurate and last for years.

Thermometer: Save!

A good digital thermometer with a bright, backlit screen can be purchased for around $6 at your local drugstore. Digital thermometers are also much safer than traditional mercury ones. Be sure to take your mercury thermometers to a doctor’s office or pharmacy where they can be disposed of safely – never throw a mercury thermometer in the trash!

Exactly How to De-Escalate Aggression From a Stranger

Follow security Expert Bill Staton's important advice to keep yourself safe.

Have you ever had a tense interaction with a stranger in public? Perhaps your shopping carts accidentally knocked into each other or there was a misunderstanding in communication and the other person gets angry. You may wonder how you can de-escalate the aggression and exit the situation safely. So security expert Bill Stanton has your go-to advice for staying alert and protecting yourself in the face of verbal aggression and physical attacks.

THE INITIAL INTERACTION

Bill Stanton: "It always starts with something small, like someone being too close to you, or even more common, you get bumped by a shopping cart. You want to look at their eyes first -it may reveal emotional changes. But you can't rely on just that. Look at what their trunk is doing; a person's torso will reveal their intent. Body language like raising hands, heightened expression, tense shoulders — these are natural responses to a person who is feeling threatened and will escalate. They may begin to zero in on the space between you and them, and their voice will get louder and louder. You want to read this before it gets further and becomes explosive."

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