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November 13, 2018

At-home hacks: When cough or cold strikes, strike back
(BPT) - If you're hearing the people around you start to sniffle and hack, you may feel a sense of impending doom about your chances of avoiding a cough or cold.Unfortunately, since the average American contracts two to three colds every year, according to the CDC, you may be right. But if you do c... More >>

Flu season is coming. Are you prepared to stop its spread?
(BPT) - Every year, fall heralds the arrival of the dreaded flu season: a long, six-month stretch of coughs, aches, fevers and stuffy noses. But make no mistake - it is far more than a case of the sniffles. It can be very serious business. The flu can be deadly for even healthy individuals, and the... More >>

Play Through the Pain: 5 Tips to Minimize Sports-Related Pain
(BPT) - Pain is a part of everyday life for active Americans - whether as a result of their athletic pursuits or due to silly mishaps. Though pain can occur in the blink of an eye, it can linger for years and prevent sufferers from fully enjoying the sports and exercises they so love.When participa... More >>

Tips for embracing the benefits of natural light
(BPT) - With daylight saving time in full effect, sunlight can be harder to come by. According to a recent study by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), humans spend an average of 90 percent of their days indoors, so savoring every opportunity for natural sunlight is more important than ever,... More >>

Tips to honor veterans on Veterans Day ... and every day
(BPT) - Hostility ceased on the 11th hour, on the 11th day of the 11th month in 1918 after World War I. Armistice Day was then celebrated on the 11th day of November to mark the beginning of this peaceful era. Nationwide there were celebrations, parades, public meetings and suspension of business f... More >>

How to assemble a holiday cheeseboard guaranteed to impress
(BPT) - 'Tis the season for getting together with friends and family to celebrate. Food is at the heart of the holidays, so whether you're hosting an event or attending as a guest, you'll want to whip up something to impress a wide variety of taste buds. The perfect solution: A holiday cheeseboard.... More >>

The dangers of ticks and how to remove one from your body safely
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5 ways to host a no-hassle holiday celebration this season
(BPT) - The holidays are supposed to be a joyous occasion, filled with warm memories of family and friends. When it's your turn to host, however, the holidays can quickly turn into a stressful blur that involves cleaning, decorating and cooking all before the guests even arrive! Hosting loved ones ... More >>

Deck the halls with cherry preserves! Give your holidays a healthy twist
(BPT) - Bring the gift of nutrition to holiday gatherings by incorporating sweet cherries into your favorite menu. It may not seem the season for cherries, but this is the time to raid the summer stash that has been frozen, dried or canned. Adding a bright, festive touch, sweet cherries will provid... More >>

5 steps to tackling technology and raising your Gen Z child
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3 tips for making gifting easier this holiday season
(BPT) - From shopping for gifts, planning holiday travel or parties and wrapping up work projects, the weeks leading up to the holidays can be full of activity. For those tackling their shopping list, finding the perfect gift for a special loved one may sometimes feel overwhelming. However, for sav... More >>

Drivers dabble with drive-time decisions
(BPT) - There are a lot of decisions to make when it comes to driving, and the list only grows once you've got your own set of wheels. Whether you're facing a purchasing dilemma over which make and model is best for you, or simply wonder how much is too much to top off the gas, being a responsible ... More >>

5 compelling reasons to make prepaid wireless service part of your household budget
(BPT) - Out with the old and in with the new is the mantra most people live by in the smartphone age. New apps, new styles, new functionality, they all have you running to get an upgrade as quickly as possible.But the predecessors to what's new and hot aren't the only old that needs to go. In fact,... More >>

Family farmers from across the country talk turkeys
(BPT) - It's 6 a.m. in Bell County, Texas. The sun is yet to peek over the horizon on what will become a steamy summer day, but Darrell Glaser is already strolling through his turkey houses to ensure the birds on his family farm are comfortable. The farm has been in Glaser's family for nearly 100 y... More >>

Can too much potassium be harmful? What you need to know if you have a chronic condition
(BPT) - For people with chronic illnesses, nutrition is important - but some nutrients present risks for certain patients. Potassium, for example, has many benefits, but can be fatal for people with kidney disease if the level of potassium in their blood spikes. In the United States, there are more... More >>

How parents can encourage and support imaginative play
(BPT) - Play is a child's work, and it comes naturally to kids. While we often focus on how a child's intellectual abilities are coming along, the role of imaginative play in childhood development is often overlooked.Imaginative play comes in many forms, whether playing house during a play date or ... More >>

Alzheimer's and dementia caregivers: What you need to know
(BPT) - Peggy Lavender, 63, of Brookhaven, Georgia, knew her life would change when her husband, Jim, 66, was diagnosed with Alzheimer's five years ago, but she never expected it to be this challenging.Following Jim's diagnosis in 2014, Lavender managed to balance her career as a fifth-grade teache... More >>

Hepatitis C testing important for veterans
(BPT) - When you go to the doctor for a physical, you'll probably have a variety of tests done to check for health concerns like blood pressure and cholesterol. One important test you should consider requesting is for hepatitis C. Why? A simple blood test now could save your life and potentially th... More >>

Easy ways to spark your infant's curiosity
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The changing face of the American student: The growth of online learning
(BPT) - Today's college students are just as likely to be moms and dads themselves, full-time and part-time employees or members of the U.S. armed forces. Many students juggle work and family, according to the National Center for Education Statistics, which found that 62 percent of students work fu... More >>

Know your enemy: Bed bugs
(BPT) - Does the thought of a bed bug infestation send a shiver down your spine? Do you immediately think of insects hiding in beds? Did you know that bed bugs aren't just found in those places? The experts at Terminix are here to clear up some common misconceptions and provide information so that ... More >>

Treating Mental Illness in the United States: Go Beyond Healthcare
(BPT) - According to the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), nearly one in five adults in the United States lives with mental illness. That's over 43 million Americans - more than the populations of New York and Florida combined.While the larger U.S. population is at risk for developing a m... More >>

5 tips for a mobile man cave that rivals home
(BPT) - It's football time, and many Americans are making the annual pilgrimage to man caves forged in living rooms, basements or garages. There, fans hunker down for hours in the extreme comforts of recliners, snacks and drinks, and of course, mega-sized TV screens.Yet for others, the football exp... More >>

Love your leftovers with these smart and safe tips
(BPT) - From family feasts to office parties, the holidays bring an abundance of leftovers. Think mountains of turkey, buckets of gravy and stacks of side dishes."This season, give yourself and your family the gift of enjoying holiday leftovers with food safety top of mind," says Shelley Feist, exe... More >>

The power of play
(BPT) - Play is fun for children, but it's serious business when it comes to their health and development. From peek-a-boo as a toddler to jigsaw puzzles, dolls and toy trains as an older child, play enriches not only their lives at the moment, but their brain development and a whole host of other ... More >>

Wheelchair damage is a frequent risk for disabled travelers
(BPT) - Does the idea of holiday travel make you feel like a Scrooge? Booking a flight, traversing through a packed airport and getting to the gate on time are just a few things that can cause stress. Then there's using those tiny on-board bathrooms, and hoping you get your luggage back in one piec... More >>

Bullying prevention: Let's get real about lice
(BPT) - When your kids contract head lice, the issue can extend beyond just the time and patience you need to get rid of them.Though head lice have nothing to do with lack of cleanliness, kids can be subject to misconceptions from their peers about the pesky but otherwise harmless condition - and c... More >>

Three workouts everyone over 60 needs
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Road salt supplies crucial to winter safety
(BPT) - Each winter, drivers from Maine to Texas are reminded just how dependent we are on our cars, and what happens when snow and ice get in the way. More than 116,000 Americans are injured and over 1,300 are killed on snowy, slushy or icy pavement every winter. Snowfighters tasked with the job o... More >>

A senior-year checklist to help parents and students feel prepared for college
(BPT) - As your child is wrapping up their high school career and making plans for college, there is often a mix of emotions for everyone involved. On one side, you and your student may be feeling a sense of pride and excitement for the ambitious plans ahead. However, as with any transition, gradua... More >>

5 secrets to brewing the perfect cup of coffee at home
(BPT) - A cup of steaming rich coffee is one of life's simple pleasures, especially if you have some extra time to linger over those roasty aromas and flavors at your favorite coffee shop.The good news is you don't have to be a barista to achieve the same results at home. Apply these expert secrets... More >>

4 things you should do to boost your fat IQ
(BPT) - If you've struggled with your weight, you know that fat can be a bad three-letter word. You've warded against it, tried to reduce it and agonized over what fat can do to your self-esteem and your waist line. But how much do you really know about fat? And how much could you improve your life... More >>

Meaningful ways to connect different generations during the holidays
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Tips from an executive pastry chef for simple holiday entertaining
(BPT) - Whether you’re hosting a small holiday gathering with friends or a formal dinner party with family, entertaining can be stressful. But with a few simple food-focused tips, you’ll be on your way to throwing the perfect holiday get-together — headache-free.For ease of planni... More >>

Respite care: What it is and how it can change your life
(BPT) - Caring for an aging loved one, especially a parent, can take more commitment than any full-time job. Being on call 24 hours a day is physically and emotionally draining. In many cases, caregivers soldier on without complaint while their stress grows, their relationships weaken and their own... More >>

5 tips for staying calm, cool and collected when you're always on the go
(BPT) - No matter what you're chasing or up against - goals, bargains, chores, deadlines, your kids, etc. - life can be crazy. There never seems to be enough time to check everything off your to-do list, especially if you're always on the go. Here are some tips and tricks for keeping your sanity wh... More >>

5 tips to plan the perfect game day
(BPT) - You've waited all summer for this but now it's finally here again - the sports season trifecta. That's right, football season, post-season baseball, the return of hockey and new professional and college basketball seasons on the horizon are all happening at once. It's a sports-lover's dream... More >>

3 Steps to Help Manage Depression
(BPT) - Sadness and grief are normal human emotions. These feelings can often last for a short period of time. However, when these emotions last for many days or weeks, depression becomes a concern.According to the American Psychiatric Association, depression is a common and serious medical illness... More >>

3 alarming places where germs are hiding in your kitchen
(BPT) - Your kitchen may look clean, but here’s the dirt on what’s really happening. Although a quick daily clean might keep some of the bacteria at bay, it’s important to remember that germs are lurking in the dark corners often overlooked! Since the kitchen tends to be where fam... More >>

Busted: 5 of the biggest holiday myths
(BPT) - Holiday fantasies are not just for children. It turns out grownups actually celebrate the holidays living by their own set of myths, and they probably don't even know it.If all the holiday prep and bustle is giving your inner Grinch a migraine, you may find yourself in very good company! A ... More >>

5 things to know to help your pet live a healthier life
(BPT) - Pets are part of the family, so it's important to practice preventative care to support their well-being and help them live long, healthy lives. Just like people, pets can be affected by chronic conditions such as diabetes, heart disease and allergies. That's why it's always good to stay in... More >>

Simple health tips for busy moms
(BPT) - Mothers are the CEO of the home. Organizing schedules, paying the bills, doing food shopping, managing pick-ups and drop-offs, and making sure everyone is healthy is just part of the job. Unfortunately, because they are so busy taking care of others, many moms often put off taking care of t... More >>

Simplicity and savings trigger flip phone comeback
(BPT) - The good old-fashioned flip phone is enjoying a quiet resurgence, with sales having increased by 5 percent in 2017. While they’re not exactly poised to overtake the popularity of the iPhone, these venerable devices retain a timeless appeal for those who prefer the simple convenience o... More >>

Prepare your backyard now and create a safe haven for birds in bad weather
(BPT) - Ready or not, bad weather is on its way. Before the snow starts falling, take some time to transform your backyard into a safe refuge for winter-weary birds before unpredictable, harsh weather begins. The experts at Cole’s Wild Bird Products suggest timely tips to encourage birds to s... More >>

Fun and accessible STEM resources for kids
(BPT) - Inspiring kids’ interest in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) now could help prepare them for the jobs of tomorrow. Data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics shows that occupations related to STEM are projected to grow 13 percent by 2022 — faster than projecti... More >>

Prevent these 4 winter home problems now
(BPT) - When you start feeling those first hints of winter, the instinct to get ready kicks in. You may dig out your car's snow brush, blanket, shovel and winter survival kit and place them in the trunk of your car. The winter coats and boots come out of storage, and you may pick up some extra mitt... More >>

Tips to give your pet a happy, healthy fall
(BPT) - The dog days of summer are over and your furry family member is up and ready to play! It’s the time of year when even pets can get excited about the season and all the autumn outdoor activities families may enjoy. It’s also a time of year that can come with some hazards and vuln... More >>

5 Real-life Examples of Ordinary People Who Made an Extraordinary Difference
(BPT) - The idea of making a difference in our communities may sound impossible to many of us. With busy schedules, family demands and homes to care for, it can be hard to find the time and energy.To motivate you to challenge yourself and give back, here are five everyday people who will inspire yo... More >>

Fall-ify your routine: Transitional skincare tips and tricks
(BPT) - With fall in full swing, it’s time to reconsider your skincare regimen. Autumn's cooler temperatures and lower level of humidity can lead to an uptick in dry skin and overall skin health changes. Researchers found that climate factors have the potential to influence skin health, espec... More >>

Opioids: How physician anesthesiologists are treating pain responsibly
(BPT) - The opioid crisis has made physicians increasingly wary about prescribing the potentially addictive drugs to their patients in pain. Experts in pain medicine, such as physician anesthesiologists, are creating individualized pain management plans that include alternatives to opioids that are... More >>

Make a fashion statement ... with hearing aids?
(BPT) - When thinking about fashionable accessories, images of jewelry, scarves, ties or glasses may come to mind. You might even think of the growing number of wearable technology options like earbuds or smartwatches, offering useful and sleek accessories. In any case, hearing aids are often the l... More >>

Financial Planning Month: 5 things you can do to take the fear out of your finances
(BPT) - October is Financial Planning Month, so there is no better time to face your financial fears and make actionable changes to get yourself on track when it comes to managing your money. While nearly half of Americans (47 percent) find the prospect of financial planning scary, it doesn’t... More >>

How to make sure your door hardware makes the grade
(BPT) - Short, chilly days mean more time spent indoors with family and friends. This is the perfect time to focus on home improvement, starting with finding the right door hardware. While home security is typically top-of-mind, door hardware such as locksets and deadbolts are generally overlooked ... More >>

Dual Special Needs Plans help people enrolled in Medicare get additional benefits
(BPT) - The fall season brings cooler temperatures, colorful foliage and Medicare's Annual Enrollment Period. Held each year from Oct. 15 through Dec. 7, this is the ideal time to explore health care plans so you can choose the right one to help you maintain your benefits for better health all year... More >>

Simple steps to stay healthy during cold and flu season
(BPT) - With cold and flu season just around the corner you might think there isn't much you can do to prepare for the inevitable aches and achoos. A few small changes in your routine and at home can go a long way toward keeping you and your family healthy all season long.Tidy toilet bowlsThe toile... More >>

What parents need to know about bullying
(BPT) - Unfortunately, bullying in schools is all too common. According to StopBullying.gov, between 1 in 4 and 1 in 3 U.S. students say they have been bullied at school. While the term "bullying" has certainly become a buzz word, it's also important to understand what it means. The Centers for Dis... More >>

5 reasons a legal plan is a voluntary benefit you need
(BPT) - We all know about health and dental insurance, but did you know there is a workplace benefit for everyday legal matters that occur throughout life? Choosing to see an attorney when you buy a home and need someone to represent you at the closing or when you need to handle an issue with a lan... More >>

Safe and effective: Choose physical therapy for your back pain
(BPT) - If you're living with low back pain (LBP), you're not alone. The condition is the leading cause of disability in the U.S. Studies show 80 percent of American adults will experience LBP at some point in their lives. If LBP turns from short-­term to chronic (lasting three months or longer), i... More >>

Crunchy, crispy, juicy: 5 warm comfort foods featuring apples
(BPT) - As the leaves change and the nighttime air takes on a chill, our thoughts naturally turn to warm, delicious foods that offer an element of comfort on a chilly autumn night.Some comfort foods are hugely rooted in nostalgia. Others are just so enjoyably crispy, crunchy, chewy, sweet or savory... More >>

Me, myself and eye: 5 common behaviors that could be hurting your eyes
(BPT) - If you’re like many Americans, you’re diligent about maintaining your health by eating right, exercising and regularly seeing your doctor. But even the most health-conscious people are often unaware of daily behaviors in their lives that could be straining or even damaging their... More >>

Debunking myths about grocery store staples
(BPT) - When you enter a grocery store, you're suddenly faced with thousands of options. You want to get the staples you need and you want the best nutrition for your family, but it's easy to get overwhelmed. How do you know what's your best choice?"Options like brown versus vitamin-enriched white ... More >>

National Seafood Month: 5 reasons to choose sustainable seafood
(BPT) - October is National Seafood Month, and one of the best ways to keep the world’s waters full of life is to choose certified wild, sustainable seafood. Not only is it better for the environment, but it helps ensure a steady supply of an important natural resource that people around the ... More >>

Protect yourself: Learn the truth behind 4 common myths about life insurance
(BPT) - If you haven't made solid financial plans for the future, now would be a good time to consider a life insurance policy that could protect you and your family in your time of need - or protect your loved ones in your absence.Given the importance of life insurance, it's astounding that 37.5 m... More >>

Life skills 101: 4-H empowers happy campers
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One woman's struggle with sickle cell disease and 3 things she wishes you knew
(BPT) - When Tosin Ola was a baby, she cried a lot. It wasn't because she was hungry or cold. Tosin cried a lot because of something much worse, and her parents had no idea what it was. They thought she was simply a cranky toddler.But Tosin was not a cranky toddler. Instead she was a child with sic... More >>

Take a second look at your homebuying options
(BPT) - Buying a home is an exciting process, but for many people it can also seem out of reach. While many renters would like to buy, there are several factors that may lead potential homebuyers to believe they may not be ready. These include credit score requirements, income and debt levels, and ... More >>

From deductibles to donuts, key terms to know about Medicare Part D
(BPT) - Navigating the ins and outs of Medicare can be an intimidating experience if you’re not familiar with certain terms.Medicare Part D, which helps cover prescription drugs, has its own terminology. Medicare Annual Enrollment runs from Oct. 15 to Dec. 7, so now is the time for a refreshe... More >>

Best friends walk across America to raise money and awareness for veterans
(BPT) - Snow, Nor’easter storms and too many blisters to count — no challenge was too big for Matt and Trevor to overcome as they journeyed across the country this year. The determined duo began their excursion on March 1 in Delaware and recently celebrated their final steps in San Fran... More >>

Newborn to 13+: Car safety tips for kids of all ages
(BPT) - For many parents, you buckle up your kids and off you go to day care, school or the park. You trust their car seat or booster seat will keep your child safe should something happen, but are you sure the seat you installed months or years ago is truly secure?"I am deeply concerned that nearl... More >>

This Season the Hygge Design Trend is Back and Bold
(BPT) - Last year, the Scandinavian concept of Hygge took the interior design stage by storm with people around the world flocking to buy cozy blankets and sheepskin throws. This year, Noa Santos, interior co-founder of interior design company Homepolish says that hygge has experienced a rebirth an... More >>

Chemical conundrum: 5 ways to keep pesticides away from your kids
(BPT) - As pesticides continue to be used on crops, in landscaping and in consumer products, many Americans are becoming more concerned about the effect of such chemicals on our children.Because children's brains and nervous systems are at early and critical stages of development, they are more sus... More >>

8 home security hacks recommended by police
(BPT) - Did you know that many police departments have a community affairs officer whose primary goal is to build a strong working relationship with the community? That means you have access to a trained safety expert who wants to give you ideas to keep your home and neighborhood safe.Read on for e... More >>

Making it count: 5 tips for choosing a health plan
(BPT) - This fall millions will head to the polls to cast their vote in the mid-term elections, but they have another important choice to make as well: their health care coverage for 2019.People will have the opportunity to select or switch their health insurance plans for 2019 during open or annua... More >>

10 ways to beef up your tailgating game
(BPT) - The leaves are turning, the temperature is dropping and tailgaters are coming out in droves to support their favorite team — but more importantly, show off their grilling skills with beef as the star of the show. Tailgaters young and old converge in the wee hours of the morning outsid... More >>

Know a youth volunteer? Awards deadline is Nov. 6
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It's anniversary time for this fun-loving digital dragon
(BPT) - What entertained you in the 90’s? Was it the last episode of Seinfeld? The first episode of Friends or big, exciting adventure films like Titanic, Saving Private Ryan or Armageddon? Maybe you remember something else, and no, we don't mean heading out to the mall in your flannel, your ... More >>

Are Americans saving enough for retirement?
(BPT) - The answer you get to this question will depend on who you ask. The amount households have accumulated for retirement is not hotly debated, but the amount needed in retirement is. The Investment Company Institute (ICI) is working to make sure that everyone has the facts through its new webs... More >>

30-minute Mediterranean meals with grapes
(BPT) - With the onset of fall, new schedules and an invigorating pace, eating nourishing meals is an important way to keep up energy levels. With few having the time to devote to cooking an elaborate meal, a collection of delicious and dependable 30-minute recipes for a quick but satisfying meal c... More >>

The truth behind food labels
(BPT) - When we visit the grocery store, we’ve become accustomed to a dizzying array of options. There are labels touting everything from food safety to environmental and ethical standards. Making the best decision for your family, your health and the good of the planet is important, but how ... More >>

How to spot and treat 4 common children's health Issues
(BPT) - From a cough that won’t go away to a sore throat they caught from the classroom, children and their vulnerable immune systems can fall victim to common illnesses quicker and more often than adults. However, while these health issues are typical, it is not always easy to identify what ... More >>

Recognizing a true Hall of Fame dad
(BPT) - Each Sunday, millions cheer as their favorite NFL stars charge out of the tunnel and onto the field. For those players, the ultimate dream is a shot at one day becoming a Hall of Famer. This past July, one special father found himself with that title without ever having played in a single g... More >>

How to properly store summer clothes to avoid a pest infestation
(BPT) - As colder weather approaches, you may decide to store some of your summer clothes. However, when warmer temperatures roll around again, you might not find those shorts and tank tops exactly as you left them. Certain insects that feed on fabrics and textiles can leave your carefully stored c... More >>

Choose wisely: Complete vs. incomplete proteins
(BPT) - Now that more people are aware of the health benefits of eating protein - and the effectiveness of low-carb diets - they're increasingly seeking ways to enjoy that nutritional powerhouse in their daily diets.Many, however, may be unclear about the important nutritional differences between c... More >>

5 back-to-school savings tips for parents
(BPT) - Back-to-school season is in full swing and parents are busy completing their shopping lists. Between new books, school supplies and the latest gadgets, sticking to a back-to-school budget is no small feat. Financial columnist, broadcaster and author Peter Dunn, known nationally as “Pe... More >>

Get there intact: 5 tips toward a safe DIY moving day
(BPT) - Changing residences can call for the coordination of a lot of details, and that's especially true if you're a do-it-yourselfer who's renting a truck rather than hiring a moving company.Though the U.S. Census Bureau estimates the average American changes homes 11.4 times in his lifetime, man... More >>

Uncommon - but important - baby safety steps
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How a healthy gut can be good for your well-being
(BPT) - Whether it’s eating too many slices of pizza or constantly getting takeout, most of us have slipped on our good eating habits at one time or another. But is avoiding unhealthy foods enough to keep our bodies in top shape? While gut health is not something many people consider, Mayo Cl... More >>

Tips for staying connected on Grandparents Day
(BPT) - Being a grandparent is a joyful experience, but one of the hurdles can be staying connected with family, especially as a first-time grandparent. With an affordable smartphone and reliable wireless network, grandparents can easily capture and share the special moments that matter, no matter ... More >>

3 tire safety tips for end of summer
(BPT) - With the final days of summer upon us, now is the time to spend a few extra minutes performing a tire safety check. Here are three easy steps to ensure your tires will be ready to handle the season change and keep you and your family safe year-round.Stay on top of your tire pressure. Many d... More >>

Do you really need less salt?
(BPT) - More research seems to contradict the oft-stated notion that we eat too much salt. The latest such study appeared in The Lancet medical journal. The study found that for the majority of people there is no health benefit from a low-salt diet and no harm from the average salt consumption of m... More >>

7 savvy ways to save on your next trip
(BPT) - Looking to spend time away without spending a ton of money? Your wanderlust doesn't have to directly compete with your desire to save. With a few smart tips and tricks, you can cut costs and make the most out of your trip. These seven savings strategies make travel more accessible, enjoyabl... More >>

Life-saving dialysis at 19 leads to career in nursing
(BPT) - When Fallon Bell was 19, she was diagnosed with chronic kidney disease, the same disease that her mother and aunt lived with. Chronic kidney disease, or CKD, is when a person's kidneys no longer provide the function of filtering toxins from the blood. Shortly after her diagnosis, Bell began... More >>

7 healthy, kid-approved lunchbox ideas
(BPT) - Kids' school days are packed with learning, laughing and lots of fun. To get the most out their time in class, it's important their bodies and minds are properly fueled. Packing a healthy lunch is on of the easiest ways parents can support their child's education during the day while they c... More >>

Don't have time to walk and meditate? Try them together
(BPT) - The mental and physical merits of walking are well established, from helping ward off depression to preventing heart disease. Meditation, likewise, can help reduce anxiety symptoms and improve sleep quality. Have you considered combining these seemingly very different activities?Walking med... More >>

A vacation deprivation crisis: Americans are not using their PTO
(BPT) - Americans need a vacation. More than half of working Americans, 52 percent, didn't use all of their PTO last year, collectively leaving 705 million vacation days on the table. That means employers got 705 million of your hard-earned workdays for free. For the love of Jimmy Buffett, people, ... More >>

5 ways play and learning go hand-in-hand
(BPT) - Children are hard-wired to play. However, busy schedules, homework, classes and structured activities like sports and dance classes can often get in the way of allowing kids to feel free to express that natural behavior.While these things are important, it’s just as important to recog... More >>

Why kids have a shortage of free time and what parents can do about it
(BPT) - A typical school night can get pretty hectic. Once the kids get home, there’s a scramble to get to after-school activities, then dinner and finally, homework.For families that are feeling the schedule squeeze this school year, here’s some news that might make you feel good about... More >>

5 ways to make the most of your first year of college
(BPT) - When you hear people talk about the best years of their life, college will inevitably come up. After all, these are the years when you can first experience the freedom of living on your own and the time when your future will truly be what you make of it.It all starts with your freshman year... More >>

3 tips to make meal prep into an enjoyable family activity
(BPT) - We all love sitting down together for a hot meal. Unfortunately, preparing the meal itself turns into a chore that usually falls to one family member (Mom).Switch up your dinner prep routine and turn it into a fun family activity that involves the kids. Yes, it may take extra time and effor... More >>

Battling back-to-school pest problems
(BPT) - A new school year means backpacks stuffed with school supplies and the return to classrooms. It also means an increased chance of your child encountering pests or unknowingly bringing them home. From sweaty locker rooms to classroom floors riddled with food scraps, schools provide a whole h... More >>

Fall family travel from leaf peeping to star gazing
(BPT) - The gradual seasonal change is an ideal platform for leaf peeping, stargazing, weekend camping, long drives and getaways that can bring your family closer during the cozier fall months."Fall is the perfect season to get out and see the world," says travel expert and president of Rovia, Jim ... More >>

7 surprising benefits of doing jigsaw puzzles
(BPT) - There's a quiet movement going on in this country, and it doesn't involve apps, data or the latest fad. Following the lead of vinyl record albums, coloring books and traditional board games, jigsaw puzzles are seeing a resurgence in popularity. Perhaps, because it's an opportunity to unplug... More >>

Home sweet home? 6 safety tips when moving with kids
(BPT) - Moving to a new home can be an exciting undertaking, a fresh start that brings with it the potential for new friends, opportunities and experiences.For parents of young children, though, the process of adapting to a new home can be stressful. While you may have been proactive about averting... More >>

Three tax savings strategies for a secure retirement to try right now
(BPT) - Individuals who rushed to prepay property taxes after the passage of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act may have saved some money in 2018 — but that’s pennies compared to the long-term tax savings taxpayers should take advantage of before the TCJA’s individual tax provisions are ex... More >>

5 back-to-school tips for parents with young athletes
(BPT) - The transition between summer and going back to school can be tough, especially for families with student athletes who are participating in fall sports. Whether your athletes are in high school or grade school, it’s difficult to balance schoolwork, practice, games, proper nutrition an... More >>

Donating to your favorite public school classroom is as easy as buy, get, give
(BPT) - Ask any public school teacher, and they'll tell you the same thing: There's never enough money in the school budget for everything they need, and they often reach into their own wallets to make up the difference. They're not talking about extras or nice-to-haves; often it's basic school sup... More >>

Good gut gone bad: The C. diff Invasion
(BPT) - Trillions of bacteria, viruses and other tiny organisms — called "microbes" — live inside our bodies and make up a community known as the microbiome. The diversity of microbes is like a rainforest in our gut, helping us digest food and keep diseases at bay. Like bulldozing a rai... More >>

Knowledge is power: Tips to help children better understand our connected world
(BPT) - Technology has rapidly changed the way we live over the past 30 years. Where people once turned strictly to their televisions to watch their favorite shows or play video games, people can now access their favorite entertainment, anytime and anywhere - thanks to smart devices and a WiFi conn... More >>

Take control of your personal information
(BPT) - Understanding and managing your personal information is essential to achieving your life goals such as owning a home, financing an education, getting your next job or simply having the convenience of credit cards for everyday purchases.Banks, landlords, employers and many others need to aut... More >>

A child's wish to help save lives
(BPT) - This past July marks one year for Jack. Just one year ago, the 15-year-old was unable to go outside — he was bound to his home because of his blood disorder. He missed time with friends, school and sports. A bone marrow donation was his only hope, but matches sometimes aren’t ea... More >>

6 simple tips to prevent a fall
(BPT) - Overwhelmingly, people say that they want to stay independent and in their own home as they age. One way to ensure they can is to learn about fall risks and make changes to reduce their chances of falling. Because, while one in four older adults falls each year, there are ways to be prepare... More >>

New technology promotes healthy aging in place
(BPT) - As millions of baby boomers reach their golden years, they’re changing the world yet again, this time by driving a booming market in senior-friendly aging-in-place technologies. From simple wearable devices to high-tech monitoring systems, the list of gadgets designed to help aging bo... More >>

Cancer care costs on the rise: How to get help
(BPT) - Cancer patients face skyrocketing costs for their treatment, which adds to the stress of a cancer diagnosis and living with a disease. As an unapologetically patients-first organization, The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) is finding ways to lessen the burden. “When cancer patie... More >>

Laugh, learn and lunch: Tips for bonding with kids over cooking
(BPT) - Cooking with your kids is just plain fun. Everyone likes good food, and being in the kitchen offers an excellent opportunity to work together toward one common (and hopefully delicious) goal. And the added benefit, of course, is that your kids can learn to follow directions, are exposed to ... More >>

4 natural ways to support your child this school year
(BPT) - Busy school nights can make your house feel like a zoo. Between commutes, sports practices and dinner plans, it feels like everyone is always either on the go or hustling to get there.Your child may not be aware of it, but you can see it: They’re feeling the pressures of school. Whate... More >>

5 reasons to snack on strawberries
(BPT) - The perfect snack needs to check off three boxes: It should be filling enough to get you to your next meal, provide nutrition that fits into your balanced diet, and satisfy cravings, whether sweet or savory. Not an easy task, but juicy California strawberries are up for the challenge.&ldquo... More >>

Easy entertaining and recipe tips from celebrity chef Katie Lee
(BPT) - Whether it's an end-of-summer bash or a back-to-school barbecue, entertaining is all about family, friends and of course, food. But hosting the perfect soiree doesn't have to mean you're stuck in the kitchen while everyone else is enjoying the party. TV chef and cookbook author Katie Lee of... More >>

Paying for college: It pays to have a cosigner when applying for student loans
(BPT) - Adding a cosigner to your student loan application can be a smart financial move, according to a new analysis from online student loan marketplace Credible.com. The research found that borrowers who added a cosigner to their private student loan applications were more than five times more l... More >>

CDC: How to navigate vaccinations for your family
(BPT) - Today’s technology provides so much information that learning the essentials about an important topic like vaccination can be overwhelming.Vaccines play an important role in keeping you and your family members healthy, and when you make sure everyone receives the recommended vaccines ... More >>

Why leftover opioids are dangerous and what you can do
(BPT) - Want to help protect your family and community from the opioid crisis? Get rid of any unused prescription opioids that may be in cabinets, drawers or anywhere else you store medicine.What are opioids?Prescription opioids are powerful, pain-reducing medicines found in pill forms, syrups or e... More >>

5 simple tips for a low-maintenance lawn
(BPT) - Whether it’s regular outdoor entertaining, kids playing soccer or dogs chasing tennis balls, fun on the lawn — combined with hot, dry conditions — can mean your grass gets a major workout during the summer and early fall. But that doesn’t mean you have to.To keep you... More >>

Antibiotics are Powerful Tools for Fighting Infections and Sepsis, but Must be Used Appropriately
(BPT) - The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) wants patients and families to know that antibiotics are the most powerful tools we have to fight life-threatening infections, like those that can lead to sepsis.Sepsis is the body’s extreme response to an infection. It happens when... More >>

5 simple tips to stay connected during back-to-school season
(BPT) - Back-to-school season is an exciting time for both students and parents, but it can be a stressful time as well. For students, it can be intimidating taking on new classes and settings, all while juggling extracurricular activities. Meanwhile, parents face added financial and emotional stre... More >>

The proactive parent's checklist for back-to-school success
(BPT) - A new school year is quickly approaching, and while you probably have supply lists and bus schedules in hand, there are a few other things parents should tackle to get a head start on the back-to-school season. Prepare kids for the best school year yet by handling these important tasks that... More >>

The 4 greatest salt myths
(BPT) - Salt is everywhere, it seems. It is on our tables, in many of our favorite foods and even in life-saving hospital infusions.After more than a century of debate over the role of salt in human health, the overwhelming medical evidence makes it clear that reducing salt in the U.S. diet may pos... More >>

Your summertime prescription: Sweet cherries
(BPT) - This summer, don't be surprised if dietitians point you to one of Mother Nature's sweetest treats to remedy a variety of ailments: sweet cherries. These bright, glossy orbs are in season for only a short time, so don't pass them up while they're at their freshest and, arguably, most flavorf... More >>

Kids and screens: Not all screen time is created equal
(BPT) - Screen time. You’ve heard the phrase before, and if you’re a parent, you’ve probably agonized over creating a screen time policy for your family. You understandably want a policy that reflects your family values, and you also want to consider your child’s wants, need... More >>

Non-gamers: What you need to know about the biggest trend sweeping households
(BPT) - Today’s gamer is no longer the stereotypical teen loner playing in his parents’ basement. In fact, today’s gamer is probably more like you than you think. She's a co-worker with two kids, the guy next to you at the gym, a fellow volunteer — and most commonly, a spous... More >>

Plan, be positive, unplug: 5 ways to make family meals more enjoyable
(BPT) - With our busy lifestyles today, finding time to shop for groceries, cook, then meet as a family to enjoy a meal together can be a major challenge.A Harris poll shows only 30 percent of American families share dinner each night. Yet the benefits of maintaining that family time are so substan... More >>

3 elements to create a dream bathroom sanctuary
(BPT) - Bathrooms reign supreme, overtaking kitchens as the most popular remodeling project, according to a new survey by the National Association of Home Builders. In the study, remodelers reported on the most common projects in 2017 and 81 percent performed bathroom remodeling.Whether you're hiri... More >>

A different approach to preventing child abuse
(BPT) - Research shows that child abuse and neglect affects households across the country, and a majority of Americans view it as a public health problem and acknowledge that it is an issue in their community. In fact, a recent national survey by Research!America shows that 44 percent of non-Hispan... More >>

Back-to-school readiness contributes to your child's academic success
(BPT) - Approximately 55 million students in the U.S. will head back to class soon. From dealing with first-day jitters to shopping for school supplies, it’s an exciting and chaotic time.Reports show a correlation, however, between the start of school and student performance — early pos... More >>

Before you stop taking cholesterol medication, consider this
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5 clever hacks to simplify any family's morning routine
(BPT) - Getting the family out the door on time every morning is no small feat. Seemingly simple tasks like getting dressed, packing backpacks and making breakfast can quickly turn into chaos. Before you know it, you're running late and the kids haven't even eaten as you dash to the car.Stop dreadi... More >>

5 ways creativity-inspiring video games can help parents share quality time with kids
(BPT) - When winter arrives, parents eagerly anticipate taking kids on family vacations and spending more time with them during the holidays. Kids look forward to more free time for their favorite video games. However, a growing body of research indicates video gaming can actually be a good thing f... More >>

Farming program helps neighbors in rural America fight hunger
(BPT) - Although the United States produces much of the world’s food, 48 million people in the country are food insecure, lacking access to enough food to sustain a healthy, active lifestyle. What's even more surprising is that many of the counties with the highest rates of food insecurity ar... More >>








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