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They do not need a bath every day my friend Debbie informed me shortly after we moved to Deutschland with two young children in tow. She referred me to a bit of German wisdom about bathing frequency suggesting that babies and young children need to be thrown in the tub only once or twice a week. My American husband known to shower twice a day was horrified but I kowtowed to peer pressure and hid the bubble bath. The water bills plummeted no one got sick or lice and my youngest who had suffered from a bit of eczema stopped developing her itchy rash. Recently Sweden King Carl XVI Gustaf urged us to take showers instead of baths for water conservation reasons. While it is unclear which uses more water (so much depends on water pressure) one thing is certain: We would save even more if we just hung up the towel. Why not just turn off the tap? Americans while perhaps the cleanest are the worst offenders. When it comes to water consumption some of us are greedier than others. Americans while perhaps the cleanest are the worst offenders. Data from 2011 according to Statistica shows the U.S. using 1630 cubic meters per capita of water followed by Estonia at 1400 New Zealand at 1190 and Canada at 1130. Germany by contrast used just 400 cubic meters and Great Britain an eye-watering 140. No doubt Americans are excessive. Unless covered in mud there no reason to bathe ourselves or our children every day. Dr. Marie Jhin a dermatologist in San Francisco points to American Academy of Dermatology guidelines and notes that most kids under the age of 11 need to bathe just once or twice a week or when they get muddy or swim in public pools or lakes. Babies probably only need to bathe a similar amount even less she says noting that parents should not mess with infants natural skin oils by exfoliating them too much. As they hit puberty though send them to the showers! Teens get a bit oilier and tend to play more sports so once a day is a good guideline she says. But folks in their 20s to 50s can cut back to every other day and even less in their golden years because elderly skin tends to dry out. But people really are used to taking showers every day Jhin says and herein lies the problem: habit. To gradually introduce healthier daily routines both for the environment and our skin she recommends shorter showers and not oversoaping. Using less shower gel and shampoo will help cut down on time under the hose. My own kids are growing with my eldest approaching those oilier teenage years. I will have to see whether I can get her to shower more while getting my husband to shower less a surefire way to cause quite a stink. If you eat right and exercise (most of the time) and inherit healthy genes you may enjoy a long and healthy retirement with no healthcare expenses other than those incurred for annual check-ups and general preventative care. On the other hand if you are prone to illness your medical expenses could take a big bite out of your retirement savings and adversely affect the financial security of your retirement. Even if you inherit healthy genes and live a healthy lifestyle you may not want to roll the dice on what your health status will be during your retirement as the cost of long-term care could wipe out your savings. Even if you are doing your best to look after your health, you should not fail to prepare for the worst. Read on to learn how you can get started. Employers in these industries may have more legal leeway in telling workers they need to be vaccinated. But even those workers cannot be forced to have vaccinations. There have been lawsuits against hospitals that tried to mandate vaccinations and the health care facilities backed away from the requirement Mross says. If health care workers refuse to be vaccinated they are likely to be assigned to work that does not involve contact with patients Alcott HR Groups Byrnes says. Some states have mandated that health care workers be vaccinated for diseases like the flu. There have been court and legislative challenges to some of the requirements and some states have exemptions that allow health care workers to decline vaccinations on medical or religious grounds or because they are philosophically opposed to vaccinations. Q. Why is it a problem to ask workers if they or their children have been vaccinated? A. Laws including the ADA the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act or HIPAA and the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act or GINA are designed to protect workers privacy. Protection under federal law extends to a workers family. Q. What if employees suspect that a co-worker has measles and ask the boss about their health? What should an employer do? A. If an employer is aware of a staffers illness the boss cannot discuss the workers health with other employees Byrnes says. Even if a staffer has gone public about an illness, an employer is still bound by the ADA and HIPAA not to reveal any information about it. What employers can and should do is educate staffers about how to prevent the spread of disease. And they can encourage workers to stay home if they do not feel well for any reason whether or not measles is suspected. Q. What if workers say they are not vaccinated and have been exposed to someone with measles? Can an employer tell them to stay home? A. Yes but they should be placed on paid leave. That is what Walt Disney Parks and Resorts did after several workers at its California theme parks were infected with measles. (Disney CEO Bob Iger said Tuesday that the measles outbreak is having no discernible impact on attendance at the companys parks and resorts). A paid leave of absence is the best and most conservative option right now says Brooke Iley an employment law attorney with Blank Rome in Washington D.C. Business owner Ariel Ozick has asked his staff to stay home for five days if they are not vaccinated against measles and have been traveling. Once you are flying through all the main hubs you are going to get that exposure says Ozick owner of ArrestRecords.com a background search company in Jackson Wyoming. Coca-Cola is coming out with premium milk that has more protein and less sugar than regular milk. And it is betting people will pay twice as much for it. The national rollout of Fairlife over the next several weeks marks Cokes entry into the milk case in the U.S. and is one way that the worlds biggest beverage maker is diversifying its offerings as Americans continue turning away from soft drinks. It also comes as people increasingly seek out some type of functional boost from their foods and drinks whether it is more fiber antioxidants or protein. That has left the door open for Coke to step into the milk category where the differences between options remain relatively minimal and consumption has been declining for decades. It is basically the premiumization of milk Sandy Douglas president of Coca-Cola North America said at an analyst conference in November. If developed properly Douglas said it is the type of product that rains money. Fairlife which Coca-Cola formed in partnership with dairy cooperative Select Milk Producers in 2012 says its milk goes through a filtration process thats akin to the way that skim milk is made. Filters are used to separate the various components in milk. Then more of the favorable components are added he result is a drink that Fairlife says is lactose free and has 50% more protein 30% more calcium and 50% less sugar than regular milk. COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) Treatment services for drug- and alcohol-addicted prisoners would receive a significant increase under Gov. John Kasichs proposed $72 billion budget the states addictions director said Thursday. Boosting the number of staffers helping prisoners beat their addictions an effort with a track record of working will reduce the number of prisoners who go back behind bars said Tracy Plouck director of the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services. We know that treatment works and we know that our ability to connect more individuals with treatment means that fewer folks will be coming back to prison Plouck said. Kasichs proposal shifts control of such treatment from the state prisons agency to Ploucks department and boosts the number of staff members involved currently about 120.