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Linked In Live Video

Does LinkedIn Have Live Video?

Yes, they do have live video. If you are looking for digital marketing solutions for your Houston based business, you may want to make use of this tool offered by LinkedIn. However, not every member or page is able to use LinkedIn’s live video feature. To be allowed use of this feature:

  • Members must have 1000 or more followers and/or connections

  • Pages must have 500 or more followers

  • You must have recent shares of original content of any kind

  • You must show a history of following the LinkedIn rules and guidelines and

  • You must not live in mainland China

Applying for LinkedIn Live Video Access

If your member profile or business page meets all these criteria, you are eligible to apply for access to LinkedIn Live Video. The application is short and only asks for the following information:

  • Alternate email

  • Member or LinkedIn page

  • URL for LinkedIn member/page

  • Region of the world you are based in

  • For pages, it also requires LinkedIn URL for the page administrators

What Can an Event Organizer Do?

LinkedIn Live Video can be an excellent digital marketing solution for your business. Once you’ve received access to this handy tool you can organize your live online event. As the event organizer you can:

  • Create live online events

  • Decide event details

  • Invite attendees (attendees can invite their connections)

  • Add speakers

Finding The Right Streaming Tool

Before using LinkedIn Live Video for one of your digital marketing solutions, you should check out LinkedIn’s list of preferred streaming partners: Restream, Social Live, Stream Yard, and Switcher Studio. While LinkedIn does not require you to use one of these preferred partners, each of them offers all the following services for your live streaming event:

  • Schedule your event in advance

  • Stream into the event on LinkedIn

  • Test your stream

  • Enable auto captions for your stream

  • Your live stream will replace your profile background photo during streaming

  • Comment on your live stream as your Page Name

  • Mute hecklers and trolls from your live stream comments

  • Trim lead and tail time off your “previously live” video

LinkedIn also has a long list of certified partners, including LiveU, Vimeo, and melon, which offer many of these same services. If, for your digital marketing solution, you choose to use a streaming tool that is not a preferred partner you will need to check that tool for the services it offers.

Sun Protection

Everyone has done it. It is a beautiful day and you decide to go outside to work in the garden or go swimming or take a walk. When you get back in, you find yourself with hot pink or even red skin where you forgot to use sun protection before enjoying the outdoors.

According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, approximately 86% of melanomas are associated with exposure to UV rays. However, there are easy steps you can take to reduce your exposure to harmful UV rays. The World Health Organization recommends you seek shade, wear protective clothing, and apply sunscreen when spending time out of doors.

In a 2017 study published by the National Institute of Health it was found that a high SPF sunscreen offers more protections from UV rays than shade from a beach umbrella does. UV rays can bounce off bright surfaces such as sand, snow, and cement so it is important to find deep shade when outside. Deep shade would include trees near other trees offering dense foliage, buildings that block the sky, and roofed areas, large shade sails or pergolas with high UV rating on the material.

Protective clothing can be found at most sporting goods stores. Long-sleeve shirts made out of fabric with a high UV protection factor are an easy and inexpensive way to stay protected while in the sun. While it may seem counter-intuitive to wear long sleeves during the summer, these shirts are made of light-weight, moisture-wicking material that remains surprisingly cool even during the heat of the afternoon. In addition to clothing that offers sun protection, add a hat with a tight weave and sunglasses that offer sun protection.

Applying sunscreen is important and cannot be overstated. Using a sunscreen with a high sun protectant factor (SPF) can greatly reduce the risk of sunburn. However, there are so many options for sunscreen available, it can be difficult to know which one to choose.  The Skin Cancer Foundation recommends wearing a broad-spectrum sunscreen (sunscreen that protects from both UVA and UVB rays) with an SPF rating of at least 15. Also, it is important to remember to reapply after getting wet and also after two hours from your previous application.

In your effort to reduce your risk of skin cancer, do not rely solely on applying sunscreen. If you combine sunscreen application with staying in good shade and wearing protective clothing you will reduce your risk.

Have fun in the sun this summer. But do so safely.

Fitness Goals

Did you know that the National Institute of Health states “physical inactivity is a primary cause of most chronic disease”? Being physically inactive can actually cause chronic disease. But what if you have already been diagnosed with a chronic disease? Will moving more help reverse it? The short answer is: most likely.

In an article published by the American College of Sports Medicine, it is noted that exercise is the easiest behavior to modify and can have an impact on reducing chronic conditions. Adding activity to your daily routine will not only reduce the symptoms of your chronic condition, but can actually reverse the condition itself. That fact alone should be enough to get people moving, however, getting fit takes hard work and determination.

Having a chronic condition makes reaching your fitness goals more challenging, but certainly not impossible. If you suffer with diabetes, high blood pressure, arthritis, or other chronic conditions it is especially important to consult your doctor prior to changing your eating or movement habits.

Trying to get fit while also dealing with a chronic disease makes getting fit even more work. It doesn’t make it impossible. The key to adding activity to your daily life is to enlist your primary care doctor for help. A 2004 article in the British Journal of Sports Medicine discusses exercise as a prescription.  Doctors will use a variety of ways to help you meet your fitness goals. Among those ways, your doctor will most likely start you out slowly, working within your physical capabilities and building up to regular exercise four or more days a week. Your doctor will be able to help you create a routine that works with your current ability that will also challenge you. Your doctor will probably want to see you more often as you work toward your fitness goals to make sure your medicines are adjusted as needed.

No matter what your fitness goal - whether it is finishing a triathlon, running a 5K (or more!), or learning how to salsa, it is attainable. Just keep reminding yourself of the money you will save by getting to the point when your doctor no longer prescribes all your current medicines.With your doctor’s guidance and your own persistence you can be dancing your way to better health.

Substitutes for Better Health

By now most Americans know in order to live a longer, more productive life they need to exercise regularly and make healthy food choices. Those who have been diagnosed with peripheral arterial disease (PAD) especially should make these changes. However, most find that knowing what they are supposed to do and implementing those changes are two very different things.
One easy way to make better food choices is to substitute healthier ingredients into the recipes you already use. Items like avocado, applesauce, and prune puree can be substituted for fats such as butter, margarine, or shortening. And if you don’t like the flavor with a complete substitution, try substituting half of the original ingredient. This way you are still reducing the amount of saturated or trans fats you are consuming and increasing your intake of nutrients and good fats.
But fats are not the only things you can substitute in a recipe. Another easy substitution to make your meals healthier is to substitute whole grain bread and pasta for white bread and pasta.  Substitute natural peanut butter (with ingredients of only peanuts and sometimes salt) for peanut butter that has added sugar, corn syrup, and trans fats. Creamy salad dressings can be substituted with olive oil and vinegar, flavored vinegar, or fat-free versions of the original.
This recipe for Avocado Chicken Salad is one example of how you can make a couple of small changes to your every day recipe in order to make it a healthier choice:
½ pound rotisserie chicken
2 green onions, chopped
1 medium granny smith apple, chopped
1 medium avocado, mashed
½ cup plain fat-free yogurt
1/3 cup mayonnaise
½ teaspoon salt (or to taste)
Mix all ingredients and refrigerate until ready to eat. This makes approximately 6 servings and if you eat it on whole grain bread with a side of fruit you have a delicious and healthy lunch.
As you can see, this recipe substitutes a combination of fat free yogurt and avocado for mayonnaise. If you are an adventurous spirit, experiment with different substitutions. You may create a new family favorite that is healthier than the original.
Making healthy choices isn’t always easy, however, with the help of your vascular health provider and the guidance of a registered dietician you will find the support you need to live a healthier life.

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