How Much Does Vacation Matter?
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Hard as it is to get away from his job, President Obama is spending a week on Martha's Vineyard. But most American workers are cutting back on vacations this year. We hear what that could mean for both mental and physical health — and the economy. Also, polls show rising opposition to healthcare reform, and a runner's winning performance raises a difficult question: is there a definite, biological line between males and females?
Banner image: The sun rises over the town of Vineyard Haven on the island of Martha's Vineyard. Photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images
Polls Show Rising Opposition to Healthcare Reform ()
After his first hundred days, 60 percent of Americans believed that President Obama would make the right decisions. Today, that number is 49 percent. That's according to the latest Washington Post/ABC News survey. At the White House today, Press Secretary Robert Gibbs took heart from the findings of a Wall Street Journal/NBC poll. Gary Langer is Director of Polling for ABC News.
How Much Does Vacation Matter? ()
Members of the Senate and Congress are on summer breaks all over the world, visiting war zones as well as ancient ruins and sunny beaches. President Barack Obama is doing his best to get a much-need break from the burdens of office, taking his family to Martha's Vineyard. But less than half the American workers entitled to vacations are taking their full time. Many say there's just too much to do, or they're afraid of losing their jobs. Whatever happened to “mental health days?” Doesn't time off help prevent burnout and increase productivity? Would requiring vacations be a kind of healthcare reform, in addition to boosting the tourist economy?
- Stephen Hess: Senior Fellow Emeritus, Brookings Institution
- Lois Backon: Vice President, Families and Work Institute
- John de Graaf: Executive Director, Take Back Your Time
- James Sherk: Fellow, Heritage Foundation
Runner Must Undergo Gender Testing ()
Last night in Berlin's Olympic Stadium, an 18-year-old runner from a South African village received a gold medal for the 800-meter dash. But today, doctors are looking at test results to determine if Caster Semenya has too many male characteristics to compete as a woman. Some of Semenya's competitors say they can tell she's not really a woman just by looking. In most cases that's probably true, but medical experts say that for one percent of the population it's just not that easy. David Epstein is a staff writer for Sports Illustrated.
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