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Great Vacation Squeeze, The

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School Bd/College/University DVD: $250


Grade Level: JrH-Adult
Producer: Bullfrog Films
Closed Captioned: Yes
Running Time: 27 mins
Country of Origin: United States
Study Guide: No

Copyright Date: 2013
Available in French: No

Americans have the shortest vacations of any rich country. And they are actually getting even shorter. The US is one of only five countries in the world -- the others are Burma, Nepal, Suriname and Guyana -- which have no law guaranteeing any paid vacation time for workers. The average US vacation is a bit over two weeks, while the median is only about a week and a half, and American workers give back about three vacation days every year. Europeans enjoy five or six weeks of vacation each year and are healthier than Americans.
Vacations matter -- for productivity, happiness, family bonding and especially, health. Men who don't regularly take vacations are a third more likely to suffer heart attacks than those who do; women are fifty percent more likely, and far more likely to suffer from depression.
Making the case for more vacation time are: Shelton Johnson, a ranger naturalist in Yosemite; Rick Steves, the world's best-selling travel writer; and Sara Speck, cardiologist and director of a cardio-vascular wellness program, who tells patients to "take two weeks and call me in the morning."
"Finally there is a film that addresses over-work in the United States and offers a real world solution for making change. The Great Vacation Squeeze is well researched, fun, and accessible. It would be a valuable addition to a wide variety of courses including Medical Sociology, Social Problems, Social Movements, Intro, Sociology of Work and Leisure, and more."
Melinda Messineo, Professor of Sociology and Director of Freshman Connections, Ball State University
DVD Features
Includes SDH captions for the deaf and hard-of-hearing, and scene selection.


Screened at:
Wild & Scenic Environmental Film Festival
EcoFocus Film Festival

Links: timeday.org/takebackyourtime/ - film's website

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