February 6th, 2014

Dr. Janel Smietana’s Tips for Fitness

It’s that time of year, or a little bit after the fact. By now, you or I have either stayed with our new years resolution or let it greatly drift us by. Studies do show that if you stick to something for about 21 days or more, you are likely to make it a habit.

-What worked for me, I always thought calorie logging was kind of BS. Keeping track can be tedious and what difference did it make. Well, that is when I found out about this little fantastic, again FANTASTIC website/app http://www.myfitnesspal.com/ My profile on there is under my name, Janel Smietana.

-Another thing I tried was Zumba. Being a former cheerleader, gymnast and dancer, it barely feels like a workout. I also feel like I am learning a new dance routine because I am. It is a great time and helps a lot.

Read more from Dr. Janel Ann Smietana.


January 25th, 2014

Price Hike to 49 Cents

Starting Sunday, you’ll pay more — 49 cents.

The planned 3-cent hike is the largest increase in consumer postage prices in more than a decade for the U.S. Postal Service.

The price hike will affect millions, even though fewer Americans these days use snail mail to pay bills and keep in touch.

One way around it is buying Forever Stamps now and using them any time for first-class mail, the kind used by most consumers. Launched in 2007, Forever Stamps are always valid, no matter what people paid for them and even if prices go up in the future.

Related: USPS to rent mail vans

They are also very popular: In 2012, 21.8 billion Forever Stamps were sold, making up 84% of stamp sales. That same year, the U.S. Postal Service delivered 68.7 billion pieces of first-class mail.

Still, declining mail volume continues to plague the agency. Some 2 billion fewer pieces of mail were sent in 2013 compared with 2012.

But more people are using the post office to mail packages. In 2013, package volume rose 8%.


October 27th, 2012

Go Green Stamps

The “Go Green” stamps are available at your local post office, but there’s an entire product line associated with “Go Green.” There’s also a “Go Green” activity kit that can be ordered that consists of a set of four over-sized postcards with seeds embedded in them. Mail the card, then the recipient can plant it and grow flowers from the seeds. And among the other green products they offer, there’s a family activity chart available that allows you to chart your progress as you incorporate the outlined “Go Green” steps into your daily life. The “Go Green” stamps and other green products can be ordered online at USPS.com, by calling 800-782-6724 or clicking below.

Forever Stamps are always good for first-class rate. Even if the first-class rate increases, no additional postage is needed. And the Postal Service recently announced that the rate for first-class postage is scheduled to go up (from 45 cents to 46 cents) on January 27, 2013.


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