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New Study: Impact of Music Education on Children

When the dust settles on those first chaotic weeks of getting kids back to school, parents turn their attention to a bigger challenge: how to help their child make the most of this academic year and the years to come. As millions of children settle back into school this fall, Guitar Center is reinforcing its commitment to developing the next generation of musicians through music education by releasing the findings of their research study.  This study explores the effects of supplemental music lessons on the development of children ages 7 to 17 – effects that could be the key to their ongoing success.


The study finds that students participating in supplemental music lessons enjoy a variety of positive effects and healthy habits – including self-imposed limitation of screen time; increased problem-solving skills, time management and prioritization; increased self-awareness and social skills, and more.


Donny Gruendler, Vice President of Music Education for Guitar Center, who instructed Grammy nominated musician Anderson .Paak, is available for a phone interview to discuss key findings from the study including:


+ The role that limited screen time has in the healthy development of children

+ Positive effects for students participating in supplemental music lessons

+ Top five effects for students ages 7-17, after a year of participating in private music lessons

+ More!!


Shelter Dog Makes a $1 Million Heroin Drug Bust

As you know, police departments work very hard to ensure the safety of the communities which they serve. Recently, a number of police departments across the country have added shelter dogs to their police force as inexpensive and highly effective resource to help combat crime. Through the Animal Farm Foundation’s (AFF) Detection Dog Grant Program and Sector K9, shelter dogs are trained to become Detection Dogs to assist police officers in fighting crime.

K9 Sentry was days away from being euthanized at a shelter in Indiana when a volunteer contacted Animal Farm Foundation. AFF recognized K9 Sentry’s potential and trained Sentry to be a Detection Dog. 

K9 Sentry and Officer Allen Connelly of the Town of Addis Police Department and West Baton Rouge Parish Sherriff’s Office in Louisiana made a HUGE Drug Bust over the weekend. Shelter dog turned Drug Detection Dog K9 Sentry detected 4 KILOS OF HEROIN – A STREET VALUE OF A MILLION DOLLARS! 

Traditionally, detection dogs costs for pure bred dogs from $10,000-$20,000.  Because of a grant provided by Animal Farm Foundation, the dogs that go through Sector K9 training program are FREE to police departments and schools. The training period usually takes 8 weeks. Using AFF’s philosophy that all dogs are individuals and should not be categorized because of their breed, each shelter selects dogs to be donated to the program based on their personality traits. Sector K9 trains the dogs to prepare them to work with police departments helping them detect drugs, explosives, and weapons.  To date over 70 dogs have been placed across the country in police departments and schools through this program.


Performance Under Pressure

The madness of the fall season is upon us but no need to worry (!!), international authority on stress, Dr. Terry Lyles, will tell you that there is a secret that only elite performers know, and it is this: stress is good. While natural disasters and tragedy are some of the most trying events for humans to process, changing social and political environments also cause stress, as do ordinary events over the course of a lifetime, such as getting married, having children, facing deadlines, changing careers, and holiday madness.

In his groundbreaking new book, Performance under Pressure: Crack Your Personal Stress Code and Live the Life of Your Dreams (September 10, 2019), motivational speaker, life-performance expert to professional athletes, military personnel, and business executives, and author of four books on stress, Terry Lyles, Ph.D., takes us on a personal journey into the heart of the misunderstood subject of stress. He can also discuss breaking news as well as:

  • How our stress is often the building block to potential health, happiness, and productivity
  • How to crack your own personal stress code
  • Technostress navigation: understanding good and bad usage of technology
  • That people who have learned to thrive under pressure don’t necessarily have less stress than the rest of us; they just see stress differently
  • How to recognize physical and emotional markers, and break the cycle to neutralize the anxiety
  • Tips for moving from negative to positive states

What To Do If Your Child Has Low Self-Esteem

The pressures of modern life are affecting how our children see themselves, but there are many ways you as a parent can help boost their selfimage.


In 2016, ChildLine released the results of a study that found children were struggling with the pressures of modern life: their confidence is being affected by cyber-bullying, social media and the desire to copy celebrities to achieve the ‘perfect’ image. This statistic had led to a 9% increase in children’s counselling sessions for selfesteem in 2014-15, compared to the previous year.


As a parent, it’s essential for you to know what selfesteem is,including the differences between high and low self-esteem,how you can help your child and, if they need it, what treatment options are available to them if they require support. Here’s what you need to know.


What is self-esteem?

It’s how you think about yourself. Many things can affect how a child sees themselves, such as how they’re performing at school, if they’re being bullied, if they’ve experienced some form of trauma, or how society and the media says they should look and what makes them popular.


Among other things, children with high self-esteem:


 Have a positive image of themselves
 Are confident
 Make friends easily
 Can play on their own or in groups
 Will try new things and can adapt to change


Your child may have low self-esteem if they:


 Have a negative view of themselves, and may say they feel ugly, bad or stupid
 Find it difficult to make friends or maintain friendships
 Can’t deal well with failure
 Aren’t proud of their achievements and think they can do better
 Negatively compare themselves to others


How can I build my child’s self-esteem?

There are several different ways you can help your child to boost their selfesteem, but you can start by showing them how much they mean to you rather than just telling them that they are loved. They need to see how important they are to their parent, and you can do that by spending quality time with them.


One of the signs of low self-esteem in someone is they put themselves down, or compare themselves negatively to other people. That’s why you need to lead by example and take the positives from any challenges.


They may also have a fear of failing, meaning they may not take part in something more tricky in case they don’t succeed. Encourage your child to take on a challenge they may not normally do, and praise them for doing it – even if there isn’t a successful outcome. It’s their effort, rather than the result, that should be celebrated. Plus, make your child aware that it’s okay to make mistakes: it happens to everyone, and it’s how we can learn.


You can then look to set goals that your child may want to achieve. It may start small, but build the goals up as time goes on. Just make sure these are realistic and appropriate to your child.


If your child tells you how they feel, let them know you’ve heard what they’ve said, and even help them express their feelings. If they do criticize themselves, challenge them so they start saying they can do things rather than they can’t.


You may need to consider what you say and how you say it to your child, though. Try not to criticize, label or blame them, as this will give them negative messages that may affect them later on in life. Also don’t compare your child to others because it will tell them they are not good enough.


Although praise will help build your child’s self-esteem, it’s possible that over-praise can even do more harm than good. Telling them they are doing a good job means they may no longer need to push themselves, but confidence (and high self-esteem) comes from practice.


What treatment is available for low self-esteem?

If your child’s self-esteem doesn’t improve, then they may need some form of support from your doctor or another medical professional. If this is the case, go to your doctor to get advice on what you could do next or what options are available to your child.


Issues with body image can contribute to low self-esteem, which could be alleviated by therapy sessions – either by speaking to a therapist or by going on a residential program. Places such as Ignite Teen Treatment offer programs for young people to benefit from specially designed body image treatment and could be something to consider for your child if appropriate.


If you don’t know what to do, or you’re not sure how to speak to your child about any issues they may have, go to your doctor, and they will give you help. They can provide you with advice and guidance on how to start conversations about low self-esteem, and what support is available in the area to you and your family.


Vichy Debuts Pure Phyto Peptide Power for 360° Anti Aging Results From Day 1

As the #1 anti aging brand in European pharmacies, Vichy Laboratories is a dermatologically-proven skin care brand driven by clean, safe and effective products. Their latest launch is an addition to their award-winning LiftActiv anti aging line: the new LiftActiv Peptide-C Anti Aging Moisturizer.

Every year, collagen decreases with biological aging and exposure to daily exposome aggressors. Additionally, collagen constitutes 70-80% of the dry weight of skin and with age skin’s capacity to produce collagen is reduced by 75%. At age 20, collagen starts to deteriorate and by 40 we are losing 1% of collagen each year, resulting in increased wrinkles, discoloration, dehydration, loss of contour definition and firmness, and a dull complexion. To help rebuild collagen and preserve skin’s youthful appearance, Peptides are essential nutrients that serve as the building blocks to the skin’s structure and function.

Vichy LiftActiv Peptide-C Anti Aging Moisturizer Ingredients

“Peptides are one of the anti aging ingredients that I recommend the most to my patients to combat collagen loss,” says Internationally Recognized Dermatologist and Neuroscientist, Dr. Gilbert, MD PhD FAAD. “Vichy’s Peptide-C combines Phyto Peptides with Vitamin C, as well as the proprietary Vichy Mineralizing Water to help strengthen the skin barrier and protect against everyday aggressors. These three ingredients combined help to create a triple threat against signs of aging, for strong healthy skin.”

LiftActiv Peptide-C is an advanced anti aging moisturizer to help correct multiple signs of aging including wrinkles, dull skin, loss of contour definition and loss of firmness. With a rich, creamy texture, this anti aging moisturizer visibly reduces the signs of collagen loss on skin. Apply to clean skin morning and night, daily sunscreen use recommended. For boosted anti aging results pair with Vichy LiftActiv 15% Pure Vitamin C Serum in the morning and LiftActiv Retinol Treatment in the evening.



A miracle of nature from the preserved region of Auvergne, rich in 15 minerals, helps strengthen the skin’s moisture barrier function to help protect skin against aggressors.


One of the first of plant origin, phyto peptides are short fragments of proteins naturally derived from green peas that help visibly firm skin’s appearance.


An antioxidant known to help brighten skin and reduce the appearance of skin aging.

LiftActiv Peptide-C Anti Aging Moisturizer is 100% paraben-free, allergy tested, suitable for sensitive skin, and tested under dermatological control for safety.

LiftActiv Peptide-C contains an allergy-tested fragrance featuring light floral notes. This high level, derm-grade, anti aging moisturizer further showcases Vichy’s commitment to providing pure, yet potent formulas to help maintain skin health. Available at an accessible price point of $39 at,, and select CVS, Walgreens, Duane Reade, Target, & Ulta stores.

DAY 1: Improved skin tonicity and visible firmness. 48-hr hydration.
AFTER 4 WEEKS: Reduced wrinkles. Skin feels firmer and looks brighter.
AFTER 8 WEEKS: Diminished appearance of discoloration. Jawline contours look improved.

About Vichy: Purity is Potency

Vichy is the #1 Anti Aging Brand in European Pharmacies. Created by Dr. Haller in 1931, Vichy is among the first French doctors’ brands trusted by millions of women in Europe and around the world. For over 85 years, Vichy has been committed to providing clean, safe and effective skin care solutions to women of all skin types, skin concerns, ethnicities and ages. At the crux of this legacy is Vichy’s most pure and potent ingredient: Vichy’s exclusive Mineralizing Water, charged with the highest concentration of 15 rich minerals essential to skin health, to fortify and protect skin from daily aggressors like pollution, stress and fatigue. This Mineralizing Water is formed by nature in the depths of the French volcanos and impossible to reproduce scientifically. The Vichy formulation charter is centered around Vichy’s Mineralizing Water and combining other potent and natural origin ingredients with sensorial formulations all coming together to provide a clean, safe and effective skin care experience. Discover Vichy for everyday skin health. For additional information, please visit


JOAH Invites You to Turn Up the Color!

JOAH Launches Color Squad Cream Lipstick,
Blur Mineral Activator Primer
and More for 2019

JOAH is excited to introduce the latest additions to its first full-range K-beauty cosmetics line, live now on and

The latest launches from JOAH include: Color Squad Cream Lipstick; Blur Activator Mineral Primer; two new iterations of the popular Birthday Suit Eyeshadow Palette; new shades of I’m Your Jelly Bae Matte Gel Lipstick and Wat-a-Matte Matte Liquid Lipstick; and three concealers (Wand Me Up Perfecting Concealer, All Brushed Up Creamy Concealer and Truly Yours Dark Circle Concealer).

JOAH Color Squad Cream Lipstick is a lightweight, ultra-moisturizing lipstick infused with Argan Oil to leave lips feeling smooth and hydrated. With saturated micro-fine pigments, Color Squad delivers rich, lush color that lasts all day. Color Squad is available in 20 color-rich shades.


  • Hydrating formula infused with Argan Oil
  • Highly pigmented
  • Comfortable, all day wear
  • Available in 20 color rich shades

JOAH Blur Activator Mineral Primer is an airy skin perfecting primer infused with Korean Camellia Oil. The lightweight skin perfecting formula creates a veil-like effect on the skin which “blurs” imperfections leaving smooth, flawless skin. Helps foundation glide on and set makeup for long lasting wear.


  • Smooths skin
  • Minimizes the appearance of redness, pores, winkles and more
  • Weightless texture
  • Extends wear of makeup
  • Infused with Camellia Oil & Minerals

JOAH Birthday Suit Eyeshadow is a versatile compact eyeshadow palette featuring a mix of 6 shades ranging from mattes to shimmers. New shades “After Hours” and “Date Night” join fan favorites “Bare” and “Unveiled” for 4 versatile options.


  • Rich long lasting color and pigment
  • Blends easily
  • Velvety texture
  • Can be used as an eyeliner when applied wet

JOAH I’m Your Jelly Bae Matte Gel Lipstick now offers 3 new shades – “Romeo,” “Lover,” and “BAEcation” – in an innovative gel-powder formula with a highly pigmented matte finish.


  • Gel lipstick glides on and provides weightless comfort thanks to dry-touch oils and a wax-free formula
  • The richly pigmented color quickly dries to a velvety, matte finish thatdelivers lasting wear without making the lips look or feel dried out

The JOAH Wat-a-Matte Liquid Lipstick family adds 6 brand new options – “Rosé Truffle,” “Berry Bliss,” “Cherry Cola,” “Pink Velvet,” “Cherry Tart,” and “Sugar Cookie.” A unique U-shaped doe-foot applicator hugs your lip for perfect lips with just one stroke thanks to the revolutionary non-drying, full coverage formula.


  • High pigmentation
  • Full coverage in one stroke
  • Angled tip applicator
  • Lasts for 12 hours

JOAH expands its concealer offerings with the introduction of Wand Me Up Perfecting Concealer, a fresh, natural coverage wand concealer hides imperfections and leaves skin looking flawless.


  • Natural, buildable coverage
  • Camouflages skin imperfections, acne and blemishes
  • Lightweight & breathable
  • Easy to blend
  • Corrects, contours & perfects

All Brushed Up Creamy Concealer, a radiant creamy concealer with unique brush tip applicator that provides the most precise application for an instantly flawless complexion.


  • Customizable coverage
  • Brightening effect
  • Evens out skin tone
  • Preciseapplication with easy to use brush
  • Camouflages skin imperfections, acne and blemishes

JOAH Truly Yours Dark Circle Concealer – a lightweight creamy concealer with buildable coverage that instantly hides dark circles, blurs fine lines and masks imperfections – is now available in 11 shades. The cushion applicator allows for an easy and even application while leaving skin looking youthful.


  • Easy to blend
  • Lightweight yet full coverage
  • Leaves skin with a natural finish
  • Conceals dark circles, skin imperfections, scars, hyperpigmentation and discoloration

JOAH – which is Korean for “I like it” – is the first full-range K-beauty cosmetics line available to the mass market, offering easily achievable beauty benefits, on-trend colors, and innovative high performance formulas. The full JOAH line features 190 SKUs spanning across the lip, eye, brow, face, and cosmetic brush segments. Price points range from $2.99 to $13.99. The playful names and colorful packaging reflect the JOAH attitude -– fearlessly feminine and unapologetically girly.


Rooted in Korean Culture, K-Beauty is a philosophy that caring for your skin comes first and what you put on your face really matters. JOAH brings the best of Korean beauty innovation and quality to the US with a full cosmetics line featuring skin-loving ingredients + formulas that really work. You will see the difference & feel the difference when you wear JOAH cosmetics. Plus just because it’s the best, we don’t expect you to pay a fortune. JOAH is Korean for “I like it” and you’ll love it too! For more information, visit