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'Deseret News Sunday Edition' looks at loneliness, financial tips and Christmas greetings

Deseret News Sunday Edition with Dave McCann.
Deseret News Sunday Edition with Dave McCann.

On this week's "Deseret News Sunday Edition," Lois Collins discusses her "Living Lonely" series, Michael De Groote offers financial tips for the new year and an Arizona family turns the traditional Christmas greeting upside down with their virtual card.

Segment 1

The holidays bring family and friends together, but they can also be a time of heightened loneliness and isolation. Loneliness, as a medical matter, is commanding the attention of health experts worldwide. A growing body of research compares loneliness to documented health killers like smoking and obesity. Deseret News reporter Lois Collins discusses her special three-part series, "Living Lonely" with host Dave McCann. Mary Lou Prince also joins the discussion to talk about a choir she started for seniors that helps chase away feelings of loneliness.

Segment 2

It's called the "most wonderful time of the year" and perhaps it is also the "most expensive." In this Moneywise segment, Deseret News financial writer Michael De Groote joins McCann with a closer look at holiday spending habits. He also explains why budgeting can make a big financial difference.

Segment 3

National editor Allison Pond delivers The Pulse segment, which includes a discussion about a new study that shows watching trauma on TV may lead to PTSD. She and McCann also discuss the latest debate erupting over who should do the housework. She also offers a last-minute shopping idea most people probably never consider.

The show concludes with a look at the creative antics an Arizona family has used to create virtual Christmas cards. For the past three years, the Slade family has posted a YouTube video. The first "card" shows the family of six singing "Blue Christmas" in a swimming pool. In 2012, the family staged a massive food fight. This year they built a gimball room so they could create the illusion of walking on the ceiling.

The "Deseret News Sunday Edition" runs on KSL-TV at 9 a.m. on Sundays and highlights six areas of editorial emphasis: family, faith in the community, excellence in education, values in media and culture, causes related to helping the poor and financial responsibility.

Candice Madsen is a senior producer of special projects for KSL-TV and produces the weekly television program "Deseret News Sunday Edition." EMAIL:

Segment 1 living lonely: Deseret News Sunday Edition 12/22/13
Segment 2 holiday spending: Deseret News Sunday Edition 12/22/13
Segment 3 The Pulse: Deseret News Sunday Edition 12/22/13