How much candy do Americans eat in a whole year?

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How much candy do Americans eat in a whole year? – Yvanna C., age 9, Nevada

From sweet treats to holiday indulgences, candy plays a big role in American culture, with consumption surging around Valentine’s Day, Halloween, Easter and Christmas.

Sugar, whether it’s derived from sugar cane, sugar beets or corn, is a primary ingredient in all candies, partly because it can be masterfully crafted to all sorts of different sizes, shapes and textures. Whether you are nibbling on rock candy, chewing on taffy, munching on jellybeans or licking a lollipop, you’re basically eating spoonfuls of sugar.

The average American consumes an estimated 8 pounds of candy (3.7 kilograms) annually, with children eating even more. On a typical day, 1 in 4 eat at least some candy and almost all of us do it once a year. As a dietitian, I advise moderation, even on special occasions.

That’s because growing kids, and adults too, need food to have enough energy, maintain strong bones and muscles and help their bodies fight infections.

Fruits, vegetables, grains, dairy products and nuts contain natural sugars for energy that are better

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Why You Need a Remote Work Schedule

Working from home is still a novel notion for most individuals, and finding a remote work schedule that works may be demanding.

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After all, productivity isn’t innate, but being productive can be learned. Plus, it’s more of a set of behaviors you need to develop and maintain every day. As a remote worker, your expectations and reality may differ significantly.

With a few little adjustments, you can create an effective remote work plan that keeps you constantly throughout the day.

Remote Work Routine

Why is a remote work schedule important? Unfortunately, newbies to remote employment frequently fall into two traps:

Those who believe they can be more productive when not in the office. Then work so much that their job quality suffers. Or worse, they burn out. Those that believe they can’t work as efficiently from home end up scheduling less work, resulting in lower production. Remote workers must carefully plan their workdays to make the most of their time. Scheduling can benefit you in several ways:

Recognize your reasonable professional goals. Schedule them accordingly.

Make sure you have enough time for everything on your list.

Make room in your calendar for ‘unexpected work.’

Get adequate rest, family, friends, interests, and exercise.

Improve work-life balance by being aware of what that means, and make your work more

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People Love Playing Games. Use These 4 Psychological Hacks to Keep Customers Coming Back for More.

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Most of us love playing games. Whether it’s a sports game like baseball that we play in a stadium or a digital game on a computer, games have the potential to become a vital part of our lives. But games also have implications beyond the realm of pure entertainment: They can influence user behavior and help companies hit critical milestones. 

Gamification is the technique of using game design elements within non-game contexts. The term “gamification” became a buzzword in the last few years. Today, many startups and enterprise companies introduce gamification in their products to influence user behavior. Gamification helps achieve a crucial business goal — it leads users to make the decisions businesses want them to make.

Why do businesses introduce gamification?

User emotions play a tremendous role in how users think and feel about products. A positive emotional response from using a product is likely to lead to better user satisfaction. Gamification works because it engages users emotionally (it triggers user emotions and feelings). Well-designed gamification triggers dopamine; it makes people feel happy and excited when they interact with a product. These feelings make users continue using products and positively impact user retention rates. Users return to the product to receive a new portion of positive emotions. 

Related: How Gamification 

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Is Your Workplace Disorganized?

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Digital marketing is not a career for desk holders — ideally, there should be notes, planners and other instruments of productivity in plain view. Obviously, disarray is different from dirt. If every inch of the office has a Pig Pen-like cloud hovering around it, things need to change, but don’t let a messy desk lead you to think your employees aren’t getting anything done.

Instead, the signs of workplace disorganization are usually verbal and include factors that may not be visible to the naked eye, like email and interoffice communications, to-do lists and things “behind the screen”.

How to tell if your employees are disorganized 

From your employees, you’ll want to keep a sharp ear out for questions or comments like, “Who’s heading up this project again?”, “Have we gotten any follow-up? I’ve emailed 46 times!”,  and my favorite: “Wait, sorry, when is our meeting?” 

If there is a general feeling of confusion surrounding all of your campaigns, nip it quickly before it spirals out of control. Also, be on the alert for frequent comments regarding stress or having too much to do. Some people are naturally gifted when it comes to time management, but others may begin spinning out the minute their plate gets a little bit heavy. Being an effective

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3 Key Principles of Employee Management

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In my career as a human resources professional, business integrator and leader, I’ve helped companies work to reverse the consequences of myriad bad decisions with regard to employees. It is my experience that most such mistakes were the result of poor planning, an underestimation of an employees’ response(s), a lack of understanding of their needs and poor communication of expectations. In most cases, the CEO’s focus was too much on driving the business towards the horizon and preparing for future challenges or the next life cycle, and not enough on the current employee environment. When leaders are too dialed in on the future, they detach from the here and now — risk making mistakes by underestimating what impact growth has on their greatest asset: the workforce.

Of course, leadership is a great enough challenge as it is: you own every problem in a company even if you aren’t the one directly addressing them. You’re also constantly under the microscope, judged and evaluated by people who have no access to the operational knowledge you possess, and have to make decisions trusting that you possess all the information to mitigate as much risk as possible and meet the demands of investors and stakeholders. It can be a heavy load.

Related: CEO Lays off 900

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