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November 21, 2017

Eating Well During the Holiday Season
(BPT) - Everyone has their holiday favorites. From turkey and stuffing to eggnog and apple pie, these comfort foods signal time with family and friends as another busy year comes to a close. But for people living with type 2 diabetes, celebrating holiday traditions while trying to eat healthy can b... More >>


7 smart ways to keep health goals progressing all winter long
(BPT) - Summer seems to inspire people to work on their health and fitness goals, yet progress toward wellness objectives doesn’t have to pause when the weather turns cooler. Registered dietitian Amy Gorin and lifestyle expert Chassie Post offer some tips for staying on track with health goal... More >>


New Brilliant Distinctions Program is more rewarding than ever! [Infographic]
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Tobacco Nation: The Deadly State of Smoking Disparity in the United States [Infographic]
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6 ways #adulting during the holidays takes guts
(BPT) - The holiday season is full of wonder and merriment, but in between the hustle and bustle, there are challenging moments that hit at the essence of what it means “to adult.” You can either say bah-humbug or build up the guts to conquer these holiday responsibilities … lite... More >>


Caring for a Loved One with Liver Cancer [Infographic]
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Actress Bellamy Young shares her Chronic Dry Eye story and tips for starting the conversation with your eye doctor
(BPT) - Between the bright lights and dusty film sets, actress Bellamy Young found herself switching contact brands and going through a bottle of artificial tears a month to try to help her dry eyes. After years of dealing with symptoms and assuming it wasn’t a serious issue, she was recently... More >>


Planning A Total Knee Replacement? Questions to Ask Your Doctor About Pain Management
(BPT) - A Total Knee Replacement (TKR) is one of the most commonly performed orthopedic procedures. In fact, the number of TKRs performed annually in the United States is expected to grow exponentially to 1.5 million additional procedures by 2030.1If you are currently talking to your doctor about a... More >>


Clear winter roads keep us safe and the economy humming
(BPT) - Across the U.S., more than 70 percent of the population lives in areas affected by snow and ice. Each winter the average driver in these areas will see more than 5 inches of snow on the roads. And when the snow is falling there are few things more comforting than the sight of snowplows and ... More >>


Prepare the perfect turkey for your holiday meal
(BPT) - Think of the holiday season and answer this question: The holidays are the only time of year I do … what?Maybe it’s the only time of year you set up a Christmas tree, hang mistletoe or travel to a certain destination. For many, the holidays are also the only time of year that y... More >>


Homeowners liable for snow and ice control
(BPT) - Whenever it snows, it is common to see shopping center employees and business owners out and about clearing pathways, parking spaces and entrances of snow and ice. But this isn’t just good business to help customers get in the door, it is also a liability issue should someone slip, fa... More >>


Liver cancer is on the rise: Get the facts [Infographic]
(BPT) - Liver cancer may be talked about less than other cancer types, but it claims the lives of nearly 29,000 Americans per year. In 2017, it is estimated that the number of diagnosed cases of liver cancer in the U.S. will rise to nearly 40,000. That is why monitoring everyday lifestyle choices s... More >>


Being a Woman Newly Diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis: Better Communication is Needed with Healthcare Team to Address Concerns [Infographic]
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Medicare open enrollment - get free help [Infographic]
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Instant confidence: 5 easy ways to boost your self-image
(BPT) - Feeling good about yourself these days? If so, you’re ahead of the game, since a recent study shows your perception of your own image has a profound effect on how you present yourself to the rest of the world.Those findings could be empowering in light of the fact that even small chan... More >>


Invisible hearing aids make myths of wearing one disappear
(BPT) - While 48 million Americans have significant hearing loss, many of them do not wear a hearing aid. In fact, according to the Hearing Loss Association of America, 80 percent of people who would benefit from wearing a hearing aid do not wear one.Looking older, doesn’t fit lifestyle and t... More >>


Behind the Fuss for Real Grass Playing Fields
(BPT) - Whether attending a child’s scrimmage, the hottest college bowl game of the week or a professional playoff, the vibrant expanse of a football field offers more than a colorful canvas for the action. Often an afterthought for spectators, the choice of playing surface – natural vs... More >>


5 questions about applying for disability benefits
(BPT) - Age and chronic illness can take a toll. A June 2017 study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention finds that the most costly health conditions in the U.S. include: heart disease, cancer, arthritis, stroke and type 2 diabetes. An estimated 117 million people have one or more chron... More >>


Where in the world are you safe from BPA? [Infographic]
(BPT) - Are alarming media reports about bisphenol A (BPA) true, or are we safe from BPA exposure? A recent peer-reviewed study in the scientific journal Environmental Pollution gathered data from prior research on human exposure to BPA and answers this question.... More >>


Control your diabetes while controlling costs
(BPT) - Controlling the “ABCs of diabetes,” namely A1C, blood pressure and cholesterol levels, is difficult enough, but when you add that second C — costly medications — it’s easy to see how one’s levels can spiral out of control very quickly.According to the Ame... More >>


A World without Elevators and Escalators [Infographic]
(BPT) - In today's increasingly populated cities, space is at a premium. City dimensions define the areas we live, work and play, but what if a building's height was confined by how many stairs its occupants could walk? If cities had to grow out, rather than up, how would that affect the landscapes... More >>


Personalized treatment approaches can help patients with lung cancer breathe easier
(BPT) - Seventy-four year old Sandy Sargent of Seattle was an avid hiker who had always found it hard to sit still, so she never expected her nagging cough would turn out to be anything beyond a seasonal cold. When an X-ray confirmed a stage 4 lung cancer diagnosis and her doctor estimated she had ... More >>


Hispanic health: Addressing 4 myths about Type 2 diabetes
(BPT) - Chances are you know someone with type 2 diabetes (T2D) – whether it be a parent, cousin, neighbor or a co-worker. Yet, did you know that diabetes disproportionately affects the Hispanic community in the United States? In fact, nearly 16.9 percent of Hispanic-American adults in the U.... More >>


Veterans fought for freedom; struggle with lung health
(BPT) - After serving their country, many veterans face long-term health challenges but sometimes symptoms may not appear for decades and aren’t quickly recognized, aggravating their condition. The lung disease chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is an example that’s disproport... More >>


Cyclists complete 3,400-mile cross-country ride to raise awareness of multiple myeloma and accelerate cancer research
(BPT) - A team of cyclists personally impacted by multiple myeloma has crossed the finish line of a 3,400-mile cross-country journey to raise awareness and critical funds for cancer research. The Road to Victories cycling event from the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation (MMRF) is sponsored by Ja... More >>


Don't let asthma ruin the holidays
(BPT) - With colder months arriving, there are a few things on everybody’s minds: festive treats, gift shopping and of course, time spent with family and friends. As many people look forward to the holiday season, asthma sufferers need to be aware and prepared for all the triggers this time o... More >>


Moms-to-be: Forget pickles and reach for pistachios
(BPT) - Results of a new study among pregnant women with impaired glucose intolerance during gestation (GIGT) or gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM) — commonly known as gestational diabetes — show that eating pistachios may help manage blood sugar levels. The study is the first to evalu... More >>


It takes two: Battling a devastating lung disease
(BPT) - (BPT) – Theta Rone and her husband James have been together, side-by-side, through it all – from the grade school classroom to the birth of their two children. They’re the perfect example of “it takes two” even when the going gets tough.In 2014, the couple was ... More >>


4 tips for keeping the "happy" in your holidays
(BPT) - The holidays are upon us, and this time of year can feel like a whirlwind. While the extra time with friends and family and the seemingly endless festivities are often fun and exciting, they also come with their fair share of stress. Taking a few simple steps to manage your stress will help... More >>


Think you're not at risk for heart disease? Think again. [Infographic]
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Brain cancer patient leans on circle of friends for support
(BPT) - Laura Rowley has always been a social person.“Part of it is that I like people so much and I like having good relationships,” said the 53-year-old Seattle resident.Her affinity for building relationships became apparent when she was diagnosed with glioblastoma (GBM), the most co... More >>


Home cleaning routines for allergy relief
(BPT) - Many people turn to nasal sprays and antihistamines to combat seasonal nasal allergies or hay fever, but keeping the home clean to combat allergens, pollen and dust mite debris is just as important in the fight against allergies.Vacuum often, and with the right filters and bagsOne key to mi... More >>


Try this protein-packed substitute to make lunchtime more nutritious
(BPT) - Cottage cheese is having a moment.Nutritionists and health-minded individuals have discovered that the dairy case staple can actually unlock a lot of mealtime solutions, especially when it comes to remaking recipes with a creamy base, such as tuna salad and veggie dip.Simply swap the mayonn... More >>


5 tips for sharing your personal multiple sclerosis story
(BPT) - The tradition of storytelling — the social and cultural activity of sharing stories — extends as far back into human history as the ancient Greeks, and is valued across all cultures and communities. While the ancient Greeks wrote to express and alleviate the concerns of wars, pl... More >>


Simple ways to follow a low-glycemic eating plan for better health
(BPT) - Adopting a diet that mainly consists of foods ranking low on the Glycemic Index (GI) can help you have a consistent energy level, feel calmer, improve cholesterol levels and lose weight. So, why aren’t more people following a low-glycemic diet and reaping these health advantages?Some ... More >>


Bacterial Vaginosis: One in Three U.S. Women Have Been Affected by This Vaginal Infection That Can Have Serious Health Risks If Left Untreated
(BPT) - Over the course of their lives, many women experience symptoms of a vaginal infection, which can often be uncomfortable and confusing. What they may not know is that what they’re experiencing could be symptoms of bacterial vaginosis (BV) – one of the most prevalent gynecologic i... More >>


The opioid overdose epidemic: The time to act is now
(BPT) - The opioid epidemic is on the rise. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 91 Americans die every day from an opioid overdose -- that includes prescription drugs and heroin --and more than 6,000 children (0-5 years of age) experience unintentional opioid exposure each ... More >>


Depressed? Drug-free treatments can make life enjoyable again
(BPT) - The cloud of depression darkens many lives, affecting 300 million people around the world, according to the World Health Organization.While antidepressant medication works for some depression sufferers, research is increasingly revealing what those suffering from depression have said for ye... More >>


6 healthy reasons to enjoy a slice of sweet cherry pie this holiday season
(BPT) - The holidays are just around the corner, and for most of us that means time to indulge in some favorite treats. Fortunately, healthy doesn’t have to mean less delicious! If you’re looking for a good-for-you holiday dessert that can please even the most critical sweet tooth, a na... More >>


How Bluetooth hearing aids are transforming the way we live
(BPT) - Bluetooth technology is steadily expanding the role of modern hearing aids from tiny marvels that make use of artificial intelligence to process sound into true, state-of-the-art multimedia hubs now capable of two-way communication.The primary goal of hearing aids has always been to improve... More >>


Tips for helping reduce the burden of Alzheimer's caregiving
(BPT) - Caring for someone with Alzheimer’s or other dementias is exceptionally demanding, and especially challenging. The caregiving needs of people living with Alzheimer’s are not only often more extensive, but are often needed over many years — even decades.A recent survey by t... More >>


Stomach Cancer: Get the Facts [Infographic]
(BPT) - Stomach cancer is the third leading cause of cancer death in the world but can still be hard to diagnose, as early-stage stomach cancer rarely causes symptoms. Learn more about the signs and symptoms of the world’s fifth most common cancer.Save... More >>


5 nutritionist-approved tips for better holiday baking
(BPT) - ‘Tis the season for sweet and savory treats. The holidays bring loads of goodies, but the problem is these temptations can put a big strain on your nutrition goals.If you’re whipping up some tasty holiday dishes this season, you don't have to choose between your health and favor... More >>


America's Diabetes Challenge applauds type 2 diabetes community for tackling top challenges
(BPT) - More than 30 million Americans have diabetes, and most (90-95 percent) have type 2 diabetes. Whether you live with type 2 diabetes or know someone who does, it can bring many challenges along the way. Last year, America’s Diabetes Challenge, a program from Merck and the American Diabe... More >>


A breath of relief for migraine sufferers
(BPT) - People who suffer from migraine know that they’re more than just bad headaches.Migraine is a neurological disorder in which the nerves release inflammatory substances that cause signals to be sent to your brain, resulting in painful throbbing that can be accompanied by nausea, vomitin... More >>


A patient's perspective on the path to diagnosis of stomach cancer
(BPT) - To Nelson Civello, the fullness and mild discomfort he felt in his stomach seemed like nothing at first, but as these symptoms continued, he began to worry that something more serious was going on. After discussing his symptoms with multiple doctors, and receiving a number of diagnoses, Nel... More >>


What's the deal with teen driving crashes?
(BPT) - It’s no surprise that teen drivers get into more traffic collisions than their older counterparts, but why? Some reasons include less driving experience, a higher willingness to take risks and passenger distraction. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports th... More >>


3 steps to a healthier, happier home
(BPT) - Today, people are more focused on health and wellness than ever before. You know this because you are constantly flooded with advice on what to eat, how (and how much) to exercise, and what to ask your doctors.All of these things are important but what about the vital role the home plays in... More >>


Save Your Breath Facebook community offers tips for living with respiratory disease
(BPT) - Breathing isn’t something Orlando, FL, resident John Coffey takes for granted. Five years ago, the software company owner could barely make it through a conference call without a coughing episode or feeling winded. Days he used to spend with his daughter at the local theme parks becam... More >>


Flu facts: Top 5 things you need to know about the flu shot this year
(BPT) - You hear about it on the news. You see the signs in the pharmacy windows. Even your friends and co-workers are talking about it. The flu shot is a highly discussed topic, and for good reason!According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), on average, 5 to 20 percent of th... More >>


Try these stress-busting strategies to get the feast on the table
(BPT) - The date is circled in red: the day of the big feast. This year, everyone’s coming over to your house for the big event. But just the thought of getting ready raises your pulse and sends a surge of stress through your system.This time, bring a new mindset to your holiday gathering. Yo... More >>


Protect yourself from medical identity theft [Video]
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A New Kind of Life Insurance for Those Living with Diabetes
(BPT) - For people living with diabetes, the condition is a part of their everyday life and one that impacts many of their decisions, from balancing what they eat to taking care of their health. One area that might not be top of mind for people living with diabetes is life insurance. That’s b... More >>


Get in the know about this hidden, dangerous form of bullying
(BPT) - Bullying is never acceptable, but food allergy bullying — which happens when children and teens living with life-threatening allergies (LTAs) are teased, ridiculed or even threatened or assaulted with food to which they are severely allergic — is especially dangerous. On the sur... More >>


Survey Findings Highlight That Most Survivors Don't Realize Another Stroke Can be Prevented
(BPT) - Stroke is the fifth leading cause of death and also a leading cause of disability in the United States. Approximately 800,000 people in the U.S. have a stroke every year[i] with nearly 1 in 4 being recurrent strokes.[ii] World Stroke Day is observed on October 29th to raise awareness of str... More >>


A message for parents: School eye screenings don't replace a comprehensive eye exam
(BPT) - With the academic year in full swing, many schools across the country are administering vision screenings to students. Parents mistakenly breathe a sigh of relief upon hearing that their children “passed” the screening. What parents don’t know are the significant limitatio... More >>


Some bullies use words, others use food [Infographic]
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Taking Back Moments: One Man's Quest to Conquer Eosinophilic Asthma
(BPT) - As the summer sun begins to set and the air becomes cooler, many find themselves beginning to fall in love with the green leaves transitioning to warm reds, yellows and oranges. However, if you are one of the 25 million people in the United States affected by asthma1, harvest time usually c... More >>


Holiday havoc? Consider it handled
(BPT) - The holiday season is full of magic and wonder - until your flight gets cancelled, your budget is blown and you fall ill at the worst possible time. Fortunately, staying merry despite common holiday conundrums is easier than you think with the right attitude and a few simple steps.Here are ... More >>


One Breath at a Time: The Burden of Living with a Rare Respiratory Disease
(BPT) - People suffering from rare diseases can often have challenges coping with their illnesses. For those affected by a chronic respiratory disease known as Non-Cystic Fibrosis Bronchiectasis (NCFB), repeated infections and flare ups can make disease management a challenge. NCFB is characterized... More >>


The Reality of Bone Health and Why You Should Take Steps Now [Infographic]
(BPT) - A recent national survey revealed Americans' perception of bone health and what they know about taking preventative measures against osteoporosis. In recognition of World Osteoporosis Day on October 20, Sunsweet Growers wants to share the importance of bone health and what steps you should ... More >>


Looking for a Medicare Part D plan? Consider these 3 things
(BPT) - Many people are surprised to find out that Original Medicare doesn't cover prescription drugs. For help with the cost of your medications, you can choose a standalone Part D plan or a Medicare Advantage plan with prescription coverage, but navigating your options can be complicated.With Med... More >>


Make the most of your brain as you age
(BPT) - It is important to remember the health of our most complex organ: our brain. While the brain constantly changes throughout our lives, it's critical that we take steps to help us stay on top of our game as we age.Help give your brain a boost in the right direction by implementing these 10 br... More >>


Debunking the 'seasonal' allergy myth and reducing exposure year-round
(BPT) - Seasonal allergens are a popular scapegoat for a multitude of reactions: sniffling, sneezing and itchy eyes. During the summer months, pollen – one of the most common allergens – is floating around, even visibly so in some places. Researchers approximate that some 50 million in ... More >>


Feeling fatigued? 3 ways women can boost iron intake
(BPT) - If you’re a woman who feels like you're constantly fighting fatigue, there could be a physical reason for that sluggishness.In the US, 1 in 10 women, between 12 and 49 years old, are dealing with the results of low iron, according to the Centers for Disease Control, and that can easil... More >>


Picking a health insurance plan? Prepare for the unexpected
(BPT) - As many Americans know, fall is the season when we must select our health benefits for the upcoming year. Choosing a health plan can be a daunting task, but selecting the right coverage protects you and your family's general health needs and can prepare you for an unexpected medical crisis.... More >>


Upping your laundry room's wow factor
(BPT) - Doing the laundry is no longer relegated to dark, musty basements where no one cares to go. Thanks to modern technology, great design and access to innovative ideas online, laundry rooms have moved upstairs and come into their own. In fact, laundry rooms today are right up there with dream ... More >>


Every single person needs this essential nutrient. Are you getting enough?
(BPT) - We've all heard the saying "knowledge is power." When it comes to good health, most people recognize the important role nutrition plays in a healthy lifestyle. However, according to a recent study by the Global Nutrition and Health Alliance (GNHA), despite efforts to eat a balanced diet, 98... More >>


Running with Purpose: Athlete Hits Her Stride, Despite a Surprising Asthma Diagnosis
(BPT) - With temperatures becoming more comfortable, there’s a good chance Brooke Curran is logging miles on a run through her hometown of Alexandria, Virginia. Though her training often requires her to run dozens of miles each time she laces up, Curran wasn’t always a serious runner. I... More >>


8 tips for navigating holiday food temptations
(BPT) - The holidays throw in a lot of temptations from every direction if dieting or watching your weight. Holiday parties and get-togethers in particular can be a healthful-eating challenge. Caught up in conversation among friends and family, surrounded by tasty food and drinks, it’s easy t... More >>


Stopping at Nothing: A 69-Year-Old BMX Racer Overcomes Her Joint Pain
(BPT) - Ever since her 20s, Kittie Weston-Knauer had experienced osteoarthritis (OA) pain in her hips and knees, but it never stopped her from staying active. In her 40s, she even picked up a new, exciting hobby: BMX, or bicycle motocross racing. Gradually though, despite her active lifestyle, the ... More >>


Morning inspiration: Choosing a better breakfast
(BPT) - The alarm beeps as you gaze out the window at the soft sunlight welcoming the day. You roll out of bed and your stomach grumbles. You stumble to the kitchen to see how you can tame the hunger pangs, ultimately reaching for a doughnut or prepackaged breakfast bar.While this may satisfy momen... More >>


Find Medicare Confusing? Start Here
(BPT) - Navigating Medicare can be challenging. In fact, according to a 2017 UnitedHealthcare survey, nearly 40 percent of Medicare beneficiaries find the program confusing. Learning the basics can help you cut through the confusion and make an informed decision about which coverage option may be t... More >>


Better asthma outcomes at lower costs [Infographic]
Find out more about how allergists better manage asthma care in the infographic, "Scope and Impact of the Asthma Epidemic," from the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology.(BPT) - -... More >>


The Myths and Facts About Depression: Be in the Know About One of the Most Common Mental Health Conditions
(BPT) - There are some myths about major depressive disorder (MDD, depression) that may make it difficult for people experiencing symptoms to reach out for help. It's time to learn the facts.MYTHS AND FACTS ABOUT DEPRESSION:MYTH: Depression only affects mood.FACT: Many people think of depression as... More >>


Hair-raising facts about BPA [Infographic]
(BPT) - Now that fall is underway and you're already growing tired of all the pumpkin-flavored treats, Halloween must not be too far away. That means it's time to head to the store to pick up the trendiest Halloween decor to guarantee a shocked response from trick-or-treaters. But before you do, ha... More >>


Don't let the flu bug you this year
(BPT) - Flu season is upon us, and many healthcare facilities are urging you to start preparing now with vaccines. Ironically, one of the places where you need to be careful is at the doctor's office or healthcare clinic.The number of people in and out of clinics this time of year increases the cha... More >>


Are You One of the 4 Million People at Risk for Leaky Heart Valves?
(BPT) - Did you know nearly one in 10 people aged 75 or older[i] suffers from a leaky mitral valve, or mitral regurgitation? And most don't know it, attributing symptoms of fatigue or shortness of breath to just old age.In 2009, Kato Pomer was an active 92-year-old woman, still practicing child psy... More >>


The simple plan that can keep your cholesterol in check
(BPT) - For legendary TV personality and Emmy-award winner Regis Philbin, everything changed on a seemingly ordinary day back in 1992. While in Miami shooting a television commercial, the popular host — who usually plowed forward with his various commitments as though nothing could stop him &... More >>


Sharing the road: Safety gear makes cycling safer, but can promote a false sense of security
(BPT) - As more people are taking to two wheels for commuting and overall fitness, cycling accidents and injuries are on the rise. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reported that in 2015, 818 cyclists were killed in motor vehicle traffic crashes in the U.S., an increase fro... More >>


Charitable help provides access to life-saving care
(BPT) - Elaine could be described as a woman with great determination and patience. She experienced kidney failure seven years ago and faced the reality of life with a chronic illness. She began receiving dialysis, a four-hour treatment three times a week, and anxiously awaited news of a kidney mat... More >>


Open talk about open enrollment
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Get salty to fight stress
(BPT) - Stress. No one wants it, but we all experience it from time to time. Higher levels of stress can cause problems at work and home. But stress is not just hard on your mental well-being; it is also hard on your body and can lead to many negative health outcomes.Stress levels can increase sign... More >>


The annual ritual of open enrollment [Infographic]
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Road salt means safe roads
(BPT) - State and municipal departments of transportation are gearing up their winter maintenance plans to prepare for snow and ice. In addition to plows, road salt is an important tool to keep roads clear. Every year these agencies stockpile sufficient salt to last the winter season and store it i... More >>


6 tips to improve indoor air quality
(BPT) - Stuffy and runny nose, sneezing, itchy nose and eyes — having allergies can be miserable. According to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA), more than 60 million Americans suffer from asthma and allergies, and nearly 70 percent of U.S. households are affected by indoor ... More >>


Busting myths and misconceptions about osteoporosis
(BPT) - One in two women over the age of 50 will suffer a fracture caused by osteoporosis in her remaining lifetime. Despite its prevalence, there are many myths and misconceptions about this "silent" disease. These myths may be a reason why osteoporosis is underdiagnosed and undertreated.A fragili... More >>


Know thrombosis: Tips to prevent deadly blood clots
(BPT) - When you think of potentially deadly health issues, do you think of a blood clot? According to a recent U.S. survey, only 7 percent of people say they are concerned about blood clots, known by the medical term thrombosis. However, what they might not know is one in four people worldwide die... More >>


5 steps to prepare for open enrollment
(BPT) - Millions of Americans will select or switch their health benefits plan during open enrollment, so now is the time to prepare for that decision that usually happens once a year.More than 70 percent of Americans say they are prepared for open enrollment, yet most people struggle to understand... More >>


Running for a lifetime: Tips for minimizing common running injuries to train longer and smarter [Infographic]
(BPT) - Running consistently ranks in the top 10 most popular American sport and fitness activities, but despite its many benefits, the repetitive stress of running can often shorten a runner's longevity due to injuries. In fact, 74 percent of runners suffer a moderate or severe injury each year.Fo... More >>


Survey Results Show Fewer Than Half of U.S. Women Taking Recommended Vitamins Prior to Pregnancy
(BPT) - Prenatal vitamins are an important part of pregnancy, supporting the health of both moms and babies. While the “dos” and “don’ts” of health and nutrition during pregnancy are familiar, it is also important to focus on these before becoming pregnant. For example... More >>


Making a cavity-free future a reality for children around the world [Infographic]
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People with reduced kidney function miss this important warning sign
(BPT) - Anyone with a chronic disease knows the importance of monitoring personal health data to keep on top of one’s disease. If you suffer from heart disease, for example, you watch your cholesterol and blood pressure closely, and if you are diabetic, you monitor your blood sugar.People suf... More >>


4 ways to take back control from breast cancer
(BPT) - It is no secret that dealing with breast cancer is hard. It can turn lives upside down, inspiring concerns on topics as wide-ranging as maintaining daily routines, paying for treatment and life expectancy. Underlying it all is its emotional toll. According to a survey by Ford Warriors in Pi... More >>


You need more fruits and veggies: 5 easy ways to get there
(BPT) - Most Americans understand the importance of including a variety of fruits and vegetables into their diets, but finding inspiration and fresh ideas for incorporating them into everyday meals can be challenging.Research shows that only 10 percent of Americans are meeting the MyPlate recommend... More >>


Why more Americans need to prioritize sleep
(BPT) - As you head to bed, you may be thinking, “Tomorrow’s going to be great.”It’s a new day and you probably have too much to do on your list, but that’s a good thing. Whether you plan to catch up with a friend over coffee, take another look at that long-standing pr... More >>


Creating a Game Plan to Help Manage Your Type 2 Diabetes
(BPT) - As a former professional football player and host of a national sports talk show, Mike Golic knows a few things about having a game plan both on and off the field. So when he was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, Mike decided to take control of his condition in the best way he knew how—... More >>


Clinical trials and the vital role they play in furthering cancer research
(BPT) - The world of health care is one of constant innovation and discovery. New drugs, treatments and ideas are needed to combat the various health problems Americans face every single day. It is an ever-evolving challenge, and as health concerns are conquered, one constant threat remains: Cancer... More >>


Winning routines for warding off winter weight gain
(BPT) - With cold weather and short days, it’s easy to fall off healthy eating and exercise routines. Here are tips on how to eat right and stay motivated to exercise during the winter months from a leading nutritionist and a top celebrity trainer.EAT RIGHTDr. Michael Roussell holds a degree ... More >>


Is BPA a thing of Halloween nightmares?
(BPT) - Now that fall is underway and you’re already growing tired of all the pumpkin-flavored treats, Halloween must not be too far away. That means it’s time to head to the store to pick up the trendiest Halloween decor to guarantee a shocked response from trick-or-treaters. But befor... More >>


Metastatic breast cancer patients tell their stories through art and photography
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5 tips to keep ticks away
(BPT) - Researchers are predicting 2017 will be one of the worst years for ticks that we have seen in quite some time — and by all indications, those researchers are correct. People who have found themselves pulling ticks off their pets, children and their own bodies can readily attest to thi... More >>


Emergency preparedness 101: Know how to protect your family against carbon monoxide poisoning
(BPT) - Few areas of the country are immune to natural disasters or severe weather. Whether you live in a hurricane zone or face icy winters, it is important to prepare your home and family to weather the storm and know the potential health and safety risks that may arise in emergency situations.Be... More >>


Good health at any age: What women should watch out for
(BPT) - Being healthy is a common goal for many people, but good health does not have a finite endpoint; it’s an ongoing process that unfolds over a lifetime. For women, aging can bring on surprising health changes as they move through the decades of their life. From good nutrition and proper... More >>


Prevent falls this fall with a home safety checklist
(BPT) - After months of sticky heat and humidity, it’s time to put away the shorts and pull out the sweaters because the autumn season is finally here. But, late September brings us more than just cooler temperatures and a wardrobe change. If you or a loved one are over the age of 65, the cha... More >>


The top 5 things to know about opioids
(BPT) - While a decade ago you may not have heard much about opioids, today they make headlines daily. The nationwide epidemic crosses generations and socioeconomic lines, and it's affecting your family, friends and neighbors."Opioids have long been used clinically to treat pain, but prior to the 1... More >>


Top 4 tips to help you get the sleep you need
(BPT) - If you're reading this, there's a good chance you're not getting enough sleep. You could probably use a nap, and you're not alone.Data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) shows that about 70 million U.S. adults report sleeping six hours or less on average. This is well... More >>


5 tips to keep sniffles and sneezes out of your holiday plans
(BPT) - With the holidays upon us, there’s a lot to look forward to: seeing old friends, eating too much, wearing ugly sweaters; the list goes on. Likewise, there are a lot of things that might make you sigh: awkward questions from your aunts, arguing about politics and of course, how you&rsq... More >>


Try this science-backed way to learn in your sleep
(BPT) - The brain never rests. If you've shared a room with a sleep-talker or woken from an intense dream, it’s pretty clear the brain is always active, even during sleep.If we better understand what is happening up there while we rest, perhaps we can direct that activity into something meani... More >>


Organic is always non-GMO, but is non-GMO organic?
(BPT) - If you’re a parent, you’ve probably come across ongoing debates regarding the term “organic” and what should go into your child’s body. But, what about organic versus non-GMO? A recent study from Perrigo Nutritionals revealed that more than half of moms didn&rs... More >>


Tips for choosing the Medicare plan that's right for you
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Test your cholesterol knowledge: Help protect your heart health
(BPT) - More than 100 million U.S. adults have high cholesterol, a major risk factor for developing heart disease, which is the leading cause of death in the U.S., according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Two out of three don’t have the condition under control and mo... More >>


Should you be eating more salt?
(BPT) - You can find them on the side of most every product at your local grocery store. They are plain and kind of boring but nutrition labels were designed to contain vital information for good health and wise food choices. These labels tell you the number of servings in a container, how many cal... More >>


4 tips when considering supplements
(BPT) - Whether you're looking for an extra competitive edge or trying to increase the effectiveness of your daily workout, you have most likely considered adding nutritional supplements to your fitness routine. Diet, exercise and everyday lifestyle are all factors that can help determine the right... More >>


Intimacy after prostate cancer diagnosis
(BPT) - Sexual activity is a key component of healthy adult relationships, but for many men with prostate cancer, expressing this in the traditional sense is not always possible. Despite improved therapies, many men diagnosed with prostate cancer face erectile dysfunction as a side effect of some o... More >>


Medicare Advantage: 20 years, 20 million people and 4 factors
(BPT) - In 1997, the federal government created the Medicare + Choice program — later renamed Medicare Advantage — to enhance consumer choice and more efficiently deliver Medicare benefits to older Americans.You may have heard of Medicare Advantage, but maybe you don’t know exactl... More >>


3 Tips for Planning Your Next Doctor's Visit
(BPT) - It was nearly ten years ago that Sherry recalls she just didn’t feel like herself. “I loved travelling, swimming, and snorkeling,” she says. “But I was so tired, I would come home and drop. I felt like a wet mop.” So, when Sherry went to her doctor and was diag... More >>


Baseball legend steps up to the plate to raise awareness of fatal lung disease
(BPT) - All-Star centerfielder Bernie Williams is taking on a new role as an advocate for idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) awareness in honor of his dad Bernabé who lost his life to this rare and fatal lung disease. In this new role, he’s teamed up with Boehringer Ingelheim on Breat... More >>


Covering your bases when facing a rare lung disease: 5 tips from a baseball legend
(BPT) - Yankees All-Star Bernie Williams is stepping up to the plate to raise awareness of idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis, or IPF, a rare lung disease that took his dad’s life in 2001. In an effort to turn his family’s devastating experience with IPF into an opportunity to help others, B... More >>


Back to school: College students need to study up on emergency contraception [Infographic]
(BPT) - A survey sponsored by Teva Women’s Health, Inc. has revealed 62% of sexually active U.S. college students surveyed are using contraception inconsistently, yet don’t know some of the most basic facts about over-the-counter (OTC) emergency contraception (EC). OTC EC helps prevent ... More >>


Tips for safely recycling household batteries
(BPT) - Do you have a pile of used household batteries hidden in your junk drawer or a coffee can in the garage? You know you should be environmentally responsible and recycle them, but you aren’t sure where to start, so the pile grows larger.But did you also know that extra precautions are r... More >>


6 simple steps to avoid distracted driving
(BPT) - Mobile phones have become an essential part of life for most people, helping them stay connected and increase productivity. However, this technology can also be a distraction when driving, which puts everyone on the road at risk.More than one-quarter of all car crashes involve phone use, bo... More >>


Is your hearing loss a barrier to a happy life?
(BPT) - Sheliadawn Fitch would wonder if it really was possible for her to hear again. But she would shove aside those thoughts, overcome by fear and uncertainty, telling herself she was doing okay.Not that you could blame her. The vivacious Texan had been through a lot, having lost much of her abi... More >>


Busted: 5 common myths about emergency contraception
(BPT) - There are a lot of myths associated with emergency contraception. Whether you experience birth control failure or have unprotected sex, it’s important to be informed on your options, like Plan B One-Step. Plan B One-Step helps prevent pregnancy when used as directed within 72 hours (3... More >>


Survey: Millennials manage pain with healthy lifestyle choices
(BPT) - Spending their days hunched over phones, tablets or computers and their free time at spin class or playing sports, millennials are the next generation poised to experience chronic pain. Millennials say acute and chronic pain are already interfering with their quality of life.But while older... More >>


5 tips to make sure your teenager with diabetes is ready for college
(BPT) - Parents across the country are preparing their teens for their first year of college. It’s an exciting time, but a stressful one as well. If you’re a parent with a child with diabetes, it may also be terrifying as this may be the first time your teen will be completely responsib... More >>


Understanding how medications interact with vitamins
(BPT) - Technology, science and research are offering a personalization powerhouse at our fingertips, including products made specifically for us delivered to our doorsteps. We wear personal fitness trackers to track our steps, sleep and heart rates. Personal trainers design fitness routines made j... More >>


5 things you should know about over-the-counter emergency contraception
(BPT) - From forgetting your pill to a broken condom, when it comes to your birth control plan, sometimes things just don’t go as expected. For life’s “oops” moments, it’s important to be informed on your backup options, including Plan B One-Step emergency contraceptio... More >>


The connection between health and hearing loss [Infographic]
(BPT) - A recent national survey found that nearly half of Americans know someone with hearing loss or difficulty hearing. The majority of respondents said that they would feel comfortable talking with someone they knew if they thought they may be experiencing hearing loss or difficulty hearing, si... More >>


5 signs it's time to talk about hearing loss
(BPT) - Family and friends might be softly hinting that you need your hearing checked. But can you hear them? See if you’re experiencing one of the following 5 signs that it may be time to talk about hearing loss with a hearing health professional.1.) You’ve been approached by a family ... More >>


5 tips to make family mealtimes more mindful
(BPT) - The hectic workday is over. As you pull into your driveway, you feel relief because you’ve finally escaped the cranky co-workers, the deadlines and traffic jams. Now you can spend the next few hours relaxing at home with your family. What better way to enjoy this time than with a deli... More >>


Want to lose weight? Research proves a big breakfast is the first step
(BPT) - If you want to lose weight, you're not alone. More than half of Americans desire to shed pounds, according to Gallup. This goal inspires people to take action in many ways, from increasing exercise to modifying meals.One thing many people do is skip breakfast in order to lower calorie intak... More >>


It takes a village: Integrated care team gives hope back to dialysis patient
(BPT) - Six years ago Francis Hogan was doing what he loved most: playing golf. After his usual game, his ankle was swollen and painful. When he visited the doctor, he discovered the swelling wasn’t because of an injury. Something was seriously wrong.Hogan’s kidneys were failing. He was... More >>


Tips to make sure your fire extinguisher is at the ready
(BPT) - You check your alarms regularly and practice your family escape plan — but are you overlooking an essential component of home safety? Having fire extinguishers and knowing how to use them is an important part of maintaining a safe home for you and your family.“In America, a fire... More >>


Turning 65? Choosing the right Medicare Part D plan starts with 4 simple rules
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Advocate for your care: Recognizing and tracking symptoms of a rare blood cancer
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Meet today's organic shopper
The organics category is growing in just about every measurable way: in volume, dollars spent and even in conversations in the media.When consumers dabble in organic produce, they are more likely to purchase organic goods like organic snacks or organic cotton sheets. This means it is important for ... More >>


How to build healthy habits for the school year and beyond
(BPT) - Bells are ringing across the country as kids settle into classrooms for a year full of fun, friendship and plenty of learning.While exciting, adjusting to new school schedules is a hectic time. Healthy habits are often forgotten as the focus shifts to studies, assignments and extracurricula... More >>


My Experience with Dog Flu: A Dog's Point of View
(BPT) - Recently, I got really sick. I had just spent a fun-filled week with all my friends at doggie daycare while my family was on vacation. Shortly after they brought me home, I started coughing a lot. It was really hard to breathe and I started vomiting. I didn’t feel like eating anything... More >>


A mother's loss sheds light on need for better asthma control
(BPT) - For people living with asthma, managing the condition becomes part of their daily life. But some may not know that, in spite of their best efforts, their asthma may still be uncontrolled.Benjamin Buckley was one of those people. Ben, as he was known, was just 7 years old when he died from a... More >>


Back to school basics with BPA [Infographic]
(BPT) - Whether back-to-school season means returning to the routine of nightly homework or packing lunches in the morning, one thing that helps ensure the school year starts off safely and successfully is polycarbonate plastic made from bisphenol A (BPA).BPA is one of the most widely studied chemi... More >>


3 activities to help you move safely after knee surgery
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Are you safe from BPA? The answer may surprise you
(BPT) - Based on how much you’ve heard about bisphenol A (BPA) in recent news articles, it would be perfectly understandable if you concluded that BPA is public enemy No. 1. It’s apparently everywhere at unsafe levels, and there is no way to escape. Or is there? There must be somewhere... More >>


The key ingredient to a successful school year
(BPT) - Now that school is in session, you’ve likely returned to the routine of nightly homework and packing lunches in the morning. One thing that helps ensure a safe and successful school year is polycarbonate plastic made from bisphenol A (BPA).BPA is a building-block chemical used to make... More >>


5 tips to solve separation anxiety in your pet
(BPT) - With good weather and flexible work schedules, summer time is the best season for spending some extra time with your pet. However, once fall comes, the kids aren’t the only ones in the family that experience the back-to-school blues. Separation anxiety can happen for many reasons amon... More >>


The different faces of tuberculosis: A silent disease
(BPT) - Picture coming home from traveling the world for six months to find out the cough you couldn’t kick was active tuberculosis (TB). Or imagine finding out your senior year of high school that you’ve been carrying around latent TB for most of your life, which progressed to active T... More >>


STIs and Relationships: What a Diagnosis Really Means
(BPT) - Please see IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION ABOUT VEREGEN® (sinecatechins) Ointment, 15% below.Embarrassment. Panic. Regret. These are just some of the reactions the phrase “sexually transmitted infection” (STI) can conjure. If you’re diagnosed with an STI while in a relat... More >>


Age ferociously with this eating game plan
(BPT) - A healthy diet and lifestyle are our best weapons against age-related diseases.Becci Twombley is sports dietitian for USC Athletics and Angels Baseball, overseeing the nutrition of 650 collegiate athletes and the 200 players within the Angels organization. The healthy practices she employs ... More >>


How to Tackle a Dust-Free Renovation
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Is your family expanding? Protect what matters most with these nursery safety checks
(BPT) - You may have chosen the perfect color palette and all of your nursery furniture, but have you thought about some key safety checks?“The arrival of a baby means you have to take a look at your home in a whole new light,” said Tarsila Wey, marketing director for First Alert, the m... More >>


Understand what you need to do to stay healthy over 65
(BPT) - Today’s Boomer generation feels young at heart. They’re living an active lifestyle, they have no intention of slowing down, they’re booming. Many Boomers feel that because they are healthy and taking care of themselves, they are not at risk for potentially serious infectio... More >>


Pets help seniors stay healthier and happier, wherever they live, studies show
(BPT) - French novelist Sidonie-Gabrielle Collette once said, “Our perfect companions never have fewer than four feet.” Pets provide meaningful social support for owners, and they can be especially beneficial for seniors. Ample research shows pet ownership delivers physical and mental h... More >>


Enjoy the latest trend in swimming pools
(BPT) - It was supposed to be a community swimming pool, but many people stayed away because they couldn't tolerate the biting, nose-curdling odor of chlorine. Others experienced breathing and skin problems.So the Evergreen Commons senior center in Holland, Michigan, converted its 65,000-gallon chl... More >>


5 baby formula myths debunked
(BPT) - Baby feeding has many pervasive myths, especially about infant formula. Here are five of those myths debunked by Rallie McAllister, MD, MPH, family physician and co-author of The Mommy MD Guide to Your Baby’s First Year:Myth 1: Breast is best.Fact: It depends on the mother and her bab... More >>


Top tips for making back to school a success
(BPT) - Summer days are getting shorter. Summer fun is winding down for the season. Bedtimes are starting earlier. And parents seem to be oddly excited.Back to school is right around the corner.For most kids, the thought of going back to school can be a drag. But it doesn’t have to be.Marley ... More >>


Diabetes impacts younger people more often: Are you at risk?
(BPT) - Every 17 seconds someone in the United States is diagnosed with diabetes. What's even more surprising is diabetes is growing fastest among younger people, outpacing the rate of heart disease, substance abuse and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.A new study by the Blue Cross Blue Shield... More >>


Increasing hope for some patients with a common type of lung cancer
(BPT) - Numbers touch nearly every aspect of our life, from social security number assigned at birth, to the ever-growing list of passwords, addresses, telephone numbers and miles traveled. You never know at what point one previously insignificant number might suddenly become fundamental.Take 14 an... More >>


10 questions to ask your doctor about hearing loss
(BPT) - As we age, we know to ask our doctors certain questions about our health, such as, “What should I know about preventing heart disease?” or “Are my cholesterol levels too high?” But another common condition that we need to start asking about is hearing loss. Here are ... More >>


5 things parents need to know about HPV
(BPT) - Being a parent means looking out for your kids. When they were small it meant making sure they wore a helmet, crossed the street carefully and wore sunscreen. As they get older, the health challenges they face change. As they become adolescents, you can’t always be with them, so you w... More >>


Shop for health care with these websites and apps
(BPT) - As our nation seeks solutions to help improve the health care system, there is at least one goal we can all agree on: the importance of making health care quality and cost information more accessible.This is an important effort that has the potential to help improve health outcomes and make... More >>


Fighting head lice can start with a conversation with your doctor
(BPT) - "Your child has head lice" is news no mother wants to receive. Not only can this common condition affect the child at home and at school, but it can also throw a family’s life off balance for days or even weeks.Results of the new “Facts of Lice” online survey of 1,000 mill... More >>


Travel tips to keep bed bugs at bay
(BPT) - Planning an upcoming trip – maybe a long weekend getaway, or a family vacation before the kids head back to school, or perhaps you’re a road warrior who travels frequently for work? No matter what type of trip you have planned, you’ve probably already put together a packin... More >>


Planning her life, pursuing her adventures [Infographic]
(BPT) - Merck launches Her Life. Her Adventures. to encourage women to plan ahead and get educated about family planning, including birth control options, so they can prepare for life’s adventures.This campaign encourages women to talk to their doctor and learn about family planning and birth... More >>


More than fun: 5 tips for planning a healthy vacation
(BPT) - Taking a vacation is more than a fun getaway from the daily drudges of life. Turns out, travel has a multitude of benefits that can impact your health and wellness, too.Beyond stress reduction, vacations can improve heart health, mental health and personal relationships. In fact, men who ta... More >>


A snapshot of the global smoking epidemic and why it cannot be ignored [Infographic]
Tobacco use places a significant health and economic burden on individuals and societies around the world. Smoking is linked to serious illnesses including heart disease, stroke, lung disease and some cancers, and kills nearly six million people each year, making tobacco use the leading preventable... More >>


Looking for balance? Fighting fatigue? Your diet might be a place to start
(BPT) - Adults today are constantly searching for balance in life. While balance can be broadly defined, in simple terms it is rooted in equal proportions. The human body demands an equilibrium in order to sustain proper mental, physical and spiritual health. But, achieving balance can be difficult... More >>


Is your child protected from preventable illnesses at school?
(BPT) - Fall is an exciting time for kids — seeing old friends, getting to know new classmates, learning new skills and exploring classrooms. But with all this fun and interaction, it’s important to remember one of the best ways to keep your child safe and healthy is to make sure he or ... More >>


Mandy Moore's Advice to Pursuing Life Goals
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Fighting the morning clock? 9 no-fail ways to get out the door on time
(BPT) - As the sun shines through the curtains, you hit the snooze button again. Suddenly you bolt up, realizing you're running late. You skip breakfast, grab your bag and rush out the door. Stress levels skyrocket and your day has barely begun.The race against the clock at the start of the day is ... More >>


Focusing on Family Health: August is National Immunization Awareness Month
(BPT) - National Immunization Awareness Month (NIAM), held each year in August, is a great time to review your family’s vaccination records. NIAM was established to encourage people of all ages to make sure they are up to date on the vaccines recommended for them and their family members.Vacc... More >>


7 ways to snack like a pro this football season
(BPT) - Football season is quickly approaching, which means it will soon be time for tailgating or watching the big game on TV. For many of us, this time of year is tough on our diet and exercise plans, but it doesn't have to be, according to Bryan Snyder, registered dietitian and director of team ... More >>


One man's struggle with PTSD, 40 years later
(BPT) - Bobby Barrera’s career as a Marine ended abruptly at age 21. While in Vietnam, on his first mission, a land mine explosion took his right hand at the wrist and left arm at the shoulder, and left him with severe burns over 40 percent of his body and face.Coping with the physical challe... More >>


Mangos bring families together around the world
(BPT) - Ayesha Curry was raised by great women who instilled in her a passion for cooking. This passion has helped Ayesha both launch her career and prioritize spending time with her family in the kitchen. But even as a celebrity chef, author and foodie, Ayesha sometimes struggles to think of new, ... More >>


New FDA-approved method of lung cancer detection gives many hope
(BPT) - Each year, more people die of lung cancer than any other form of cancer — more than colon, breast and prostate cancers combined. The American Cancer Society estimates of the 224,000 new cases of lung cancer diagnosed each year, 155,000 will succumb to the disease.Many have heard the s... More >>


In metastatic breast cancer, attitude and knowledge are power
(BPT) - A diagnosis of metastatic breast cancer (MBC) can turn a woman’s life upside down. The disease, also known as Stage IV breast cancer, occurs when cancer has spread beyond the breast to other parts of the body, including the bones, liver, lungs or brain.[i],[ii] MBC is not just one dis... More >>


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 >>


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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