Things Matter: A fun animation makes the case for protecting them

Check out this fun, engaging, 90-second stop-motion animated commercial for John Lewis Insurance, one of Britain’s top insurance firms. Common household objects take on a life of their own to drive home the point that “things matter.” The spot is intended to highlight “the emotional side of insuring the things that matter in the home.”

Visit the insurer’s page to see a behind-the-scenes “making of” video and to see the insurer’s affiliated contest that invites users to compete for prizes by submitting their own VINE video clips.

From One Second to the Next: Powerful

Celebrated director Werner Herzog’s powerful 35-minute documentary film takes a tough look at the aftermath of a split second error – texting while driving. It was released in early August and already has nearly 2 million views. It tells the stories of people who suffered the effects of texting-while-driving accidents — told by victims, first responders, and by the people who caused the accidents by texting.

It takes only a second to cause a tragedy. Take the pledge: It Can Wait

The movie was made in partnership by wireless carriers AT&T, Verizon Wireless, T-Mobile and Sprint. A shorter version will be shown in 40,000 high schools at the start of the coming school year. Read more about the film here:
Director Werner Herzog’s “From One Second to the Next” has racked up nearly 1.75 million views on YouTube since it debuted Aug. 8.

Did you know that August is National Immunization Awareness Month?


Vaccines (shots) help prevent dangerous and sometimes deadly diseases such as measles, diphtheria, and rubella.It’s important to know which shots you need and when to get them.

Most parents are aware that there are a series of recommended immunizations for children from birth through about age to prevent polio, mumps, rubella, tetanus, and more. Here’s a Parent’s Guide to Childhood Immunizations. Also see: Schedules and Tools. Also see this helpful guide on Tips for a Less Stressful Shot Visit

There are other populations that need vaccines, too:

  • College students to catch up on immunizations before they move into dormitories
  • Adults, especially healthcare workers, need vaccines and boosters. Travelers may also need shots
  • Pregnant women should get vaccinated to protect newborns from diseases like whooping cough (pertussis)

With back  to school on the horizon, it’s a good time to update the status of immunizations for you and your loved ones – and to get flu shots on the calendar!