On TV: Tea, Anyone?!

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Monday, April 30, 2007


Justin Guarini won a lot of hearts five years ago, when he finished second in the first "American Idol."

Since then, he's made movies and CDs, and appeared on other TV shows.

Now, he's involved with a nationwide search for unique tea-drinking methods, and an associated scholarship program for students who like to drink the beverage.

Guarini told co-anchor Hannah Storm about them on The Early Show To watch the segment,


The effort is called "The Calm-A-Sutra of Tea," and seeks to educate the public on tea's health benefits.

Participants have to make a unique video in which they show how they drink tea and why. The winner gets a $20,000 scholarship.

For details, click here.

Thursday, April 26, 2007


We have a better chance of not getting sick if we follow a healthy lifestyle, including eating a proper diet, exercising, and not smoking.

But other lifestyle changes can also help keep the doctor away, and they're spelled out in the new issue of "AARP The Magazine."

Topping the list: reducing stress. Others: laughing a lot, owning a dog, getting a good night's sleep, reading books, reading food labels and – gazing at your navel!

On The Early Show Thursday, AARP The Magazine Editor Steve Slon discussed the steps in detail, and why they work. To see the segment,


To read the article, click here.

Monday, April 23, 2007


Much has been made of the dilemma faced by baby boomers who have to provide care for both their aging parents and their own kids. But what happens to those kids when that 30 or 40-something parent gets sick?

In one Nashville family, 17-year old Julia Nettles and her 13-year-old brother, Alan, are now full-time caregivers of their mother, Nancy Williams-Nettles, who is a single mom.

And, as CBS News correspondent Mark Strassmann reported on The Early Show, in families across the country, that happens more than you may think.

One recent study found as many as 1.4 million children between 8-and-18-years old care for a sick or disabled parent.

In Nancy's case, there is another concern. Her parents are in their 80s, and live in New York. They're too old to care for her, and she's too ill to care for them.

And, in the fall, Julia is due to start college –- in Chicago.

To watch Strassmann's report,


For more on the caregivers issue, visit the Web site of the National Alliance for Caregiving.

For more on Nancy's illness, click on the Web site of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.

Friday, April 6, 2007


If you have a preteen, odds are you've heard of "Webkinz." If not, you almost certainly will -- when your child asks -- make that begs for one!

As CBS News correspondent Joie Chen reported on The Early Show, they're the latest must-have, super-hot toy, cuddly and Web-friendly at the same time. Chen describes them as Beanie Baby-like with a high-tech twist -- for about $10 a pop.

"Each toy comes with its own 'secret code,' " Chen says. "Plug in the number on the Webkinz Web site, and the character springs to 'life.' ... Players earn 'currency' on the site to buy food, furniture, whatever it takes to keep their cartoon critters -- content."

For more on this, click here.

To see McGinnis' report,


Tuesday, April 3, 2007


It's spring, it's getting warmer, so it's time to get outside.

Family Circle magazine and the American Heart Association are asking readers to go for a family walk every day. They call it the "Walking Challenge."

On The Early Show, Family Cirle Senior Health editor Margit Feury Ragland, among others, chatted with Hannah Storm about it.

To watch the segment, click here.

For details on the challenge, click here and here.