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November 13, 2018

Winter weatherproofing: Preparing your home to stay safe and save energy
(BPT) - The heat will certainly be on this winter. With winter storms hitting many parts of the country early in the winter season, furnaces are plugging away, causing heating bills across the country to increase. According to the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), the typical U.S. family spends at l... More >>

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 >>

Five Show House Trends to Inspire Your Renovation
(BPT) - When it's time to remodel and renovate your home, you're no doubt on the lookout for the freshest takes in design and color choices, so you can ensure your renovation is a lasting investment.To go about your home refresh in a thoughtful way, it can help to turn to the top experts in the ind... 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 >>

From boots to business: Veterans give tips to fellow entrepreneurs
(BPT) - If you're a veteran interested in opening your own small business, you're far from alone.In fact, entrepreneurs often find that the same characteristics reinforced in the Armed Services - traits like decisiveness, courage, logistical acumen and the ability to stay calm under pressure - serv... More >>

Unique budget-friendly gifts for $20 or less
(BPT) - What do you get the person who has everything? Furthermore, what do you get all those people while still sticking to your holiday budget? Finding unique gifts for friends and family doesn't mean breaking the bank. With a little creative thinking, you can give gifts that will inspire a smile... More >>

Slippery season: Mayo Clinic offers 10 tips for avoiding falls
(BPT) - With the winter season approaching, you may need to pay closer attention to watching your step. Even if you're active, healthy and full of life, statistics show that you have a greater chance of taking a debilitating fall as you age. Mayo Clinic notes that some 400,000 "fragility fractures"... 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 >>

Mexican Cheese is Hot Right Now: A Queso Primer
(BPT) - Queso, anyone? With tortillas outselling hamburger and hot dog buns while salsa dethrones ketchup, Mexican food is more popular than ever in the United States - and cheeses are a key component of America's favorite Mexican dishes. But are all cheeses created equally? Queso is not just that ... More >>

Supporting our veterans, now and in the future
(BPT) - According to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, close to 40 million men and women have served our country and risked their lives to protect our freedoms and the way of life we hold dear since the dawn of the 20th century. They have put themselves in harm's way to protect, defend and s... 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 >>

4 tips to keep pantry pests off your holiday invite list this year
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6 things you should know about your health savings account (HSA)
(BPT) - For many families, health care is a major expense, even with health insurance coverage. There's a great solution that can help financially prepare you for out-of-pocket costs, and it may be right there in your wallet: A health savings account."A health savings account is a valuable tool tha... More >>

3 technology challenges for entrepreneurs and how to handle them
(BPT) - As a small business owner, you face many challenges. From stiff competition for customers to getting your name out there in a crowded marketplace and of course, balancing your budget, there's always something new that needs your attention.Investing in technology can help alleviate many of t... More >>

What's making noise in your attic?
(BPT) - Was that a squeak you just heard? A thump? What could possibly be making those noises inside your house, and what can you do to help get rid of whatever pest has decided to move in? The experts at Terminix have some information on what might be going bump in your attic.BirdsChirping or flap... 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 >>

The Cord-Cutter's Dilemma
(BPT) - You've made the decision to cut the cord. Now, how can you continue to enjoy all your favorite shows in a cost-effective and convenient manner?With multiple ways to access content in today's home entertainment market, consumers face a challenge: how to get a premium TV experience - live TV,... More >>

Tips to protect your 'tail'gate
(BPT) - Ready ... set ... hike! Football season is one of the most exciting times of the year - from tailgates in the parking lot to cheering on your team in the stands to watching at home with friends and family, there are plenty of ways to enjoy the game.However, a great game day experience can e... 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 >>

Top exterior trends to inspire your 2019 home projects
(BPT) - Thinking of adding a deck? How about replacing the tired, worn siding on your house? Now that the weather is colder, it's the perfect time to curl up with a hot beverage and start planning your 2019 home projects so you can nail the budget and settle on the look you're after."Updating your ... 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 >>

I care for my 100-year-old mom, and here's how I've learned to take care of myself too
(BPT) - According to AARP, more than 40 million people in the United States are providing care for an older or aging loved one - and 7 million of us are Latinos. That doesn't come as any surprise to members of our community. It's simply what we do for family. For many, caregiving starts with simple... 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 >>

5 tips for navigating Medicare Open Enrollment
(BPT) - Medicare Open Enrollment is in full swing. For most people enrolled in Medicare, the annual Open Enrollment period (Oct. 15 through Dec. 7) is the only opportunity to make changes to your existing Medicare coverage.Even if you are happy with your Medicare coverage, you should take the time ... More >>

5 Medicare mistakes that could cost you
(BPT) - You have a lot of choices when it comes to Medicare. And the most important might be choosing to take charge of your Medicare decisions in the first place. Medicare Annual Enrollment, which runs from Oct. 15 to Dec. 7, is your chance to take charge. Here are five common mistakes that you do... 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 >>

How to save on your healthcare costs in 2019
(BPT) - Your cable bill, entertainment expenses and travel extras - these often top the list when families sit down to discuss where they can save money.One expense you should add to your list this year is healthcare costs. Because autumn marks the beginning of the annual open enrollment period for... 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 >>

Fighting the good fight: 5 misconceptions about U.S. poverty
(BPT) - Many Americans will pass right by the Red Kettles and ringing bells of The Salvation Army this season.Some simply have little money to spare for those in need this year. But others will consciously opt out because of misconceptions about why so many Americans - 39.7 million people, a full 1... More >>

Long-term HIV survivors reassure others: 'You are never alone'
(BPT) - In 1990, after Michelle Lopez left a domestic violence situation, she and her infant daughter were homeless and were both diagnosed with HIV. "If I had not found community, I truly believe I would have been dead," remarks Michelle. Today, Michelle, a 51-year-old mother and grandmother, remi... More >>

Access to Safe and Affordable Drugs is a Right, Not a Privilege
(BPT) - The exorbitantly high cost of prescription medications is an ongoing, serious health crisis for millions of Americans who are desperate for relief and desperately need the government to act.These high prices often force people to choose between buying their medications and paying for gas, f... 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 >>

How to Eat Like a Local in El Salvador
(BPT) - Foodies with adventurous palates might be tempted to vacation in El Salvador just to enjoy its array of delectable local dishes.Of course, the green and lushly tropical country called "Land of Jewels" by the locals has much to offer beyond cuisine. Visitors can enjoy volcanoes, beaches, arc... More >>

Couple Faces Unpredictability of MS Together
(BPT) - Author and cook Ronda Giangreco woke up one morning with numbness on the left side of her body. When the sensation didn't go away, she and her husband, Michael, went to the emergency room. A few weeks and multiple doctor visits later, Ronda learned she had multiple sclerosis (MS). MS is a c... More >>

4 insurance myths and misconceptions dispelled
(BPT) - There are several myths and misconceptions that exist when it comes to insurance. For example, true or false? It costs more to insure red cars. The answer is false. Car color has no impact on insurance premiums; however, factors like your driving history, annual mileage driven, the cost of ... 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 >>

High-tech appliance trends from the House Beautiful Whole Home Project Concept House
(BPT) - On a tree-lined street in the Brookhaven neighborhood of Atlanta, a house built with the goal of better living through design opens its doors to the public this fall. Each space was created with comfort, peace and serenity in mind, from the decluttered entryway, to the intuitive kitchen wit... More >>

Make your tailgating party the hotspot
(BPT) - Tailgates down! Portable grills are full of mascot-stamped brats ready to be washed down by the contents of ice cold coolers. The scene includes enough family and friends to leave no leftovers behind. Rivalry-fueled rhetoric, bag toss tournaments and face painting mark one of the most antic... 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 >>

Job opportunities in manufacturing benefit America's veterans
(BPT) - Following their military service, many veterans feel overwhelmed by the transition to civilian life and the decision about what's next. While veterans may feel that it's challenging to identify civilian jobs that match their skills, there are job opportunities across the country and in thei... 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 >>

How women can take control of the retirement income gender gap
(BPT) - Women are a force to be reckoned with in the economy. They own 10 million businesses in the U.S., control an impressive $11.2 trillion in investable assets and are increasingly the primary breadwinner and financial decisionmaker in households.But this clout is not carrying over when it come... More >>

5 ways to prep your home's exterior for cold weather pest problems
(BPT) - One of the last things you want to deal with as temperatures get chilly is an infestation of cockroaches or mice. With a few tips from Terminix, you can help protect your home from these critters so that you can spend more time relaxing and staying warm indoors.Seal possible entry pointsTak... 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 >>

Three workouts everyone over 60 needs
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3 things small businesses can do to compete in the talent war
(BPT) - Life at a small company, 50 employees or less, has its upsides. But an employee departure is not one of them. When someone from the team moves on to new opportunities, everyone feels it, whether that means shuffling workloads or working extra shifts.Added to the day-to-day pressures of runn... More >>

Considering a composite deck? Here are expert answers to homeowners' most common questions
(BPT) - When planning a deck project, choosing the right material is key to the enjoyment and value you'll get from your outdoor living space. Today, there are more choices in decking materials than ever before, including high-performance composites, which are increasingly replacing wood in backyar... More >>

Supporting Metastatic Breast Cancer Patients During Breast Cancer Awareness Month
(BPT) - Within the sea of pink for National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, there is a wealth of information about early diagnosis, the newest treatments, and how to find support for a loved one who might be affected by the disease. While this information is critical, it is equally important that we... 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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Pickled onions add healthy kick to any dish
(BPT) - You may have noticed more appetizers and entrees draped with pickled onions in the last couple of years. You may even have been adventurous enough to try them, learning how their tartness and onion flavor kick every dish up a notch.Pickling has been around some 4,000 years to preserve veget... More >>

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 >>

3D printing is reimagining the way we live today
(BPT) - When additive manufacturing technology - better known as 3D printing - was first invented more than 30 years ago it was intended to make the product design and manufacturing process more efficient. At that time, 3D printing was used primarily as a way to create prototypes to validate and pe... 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 >>

Oh deer! How to keep hungry herbivores out of your yard all year-round
(BPT) - Few sights make homeowners more furious than an attractive landscape destroyed virtually overnight by hungry deer. Rose bushes and ornamentals? Nipped off every bud. Expensive shrubs? Browsed within an inch of their lives. Trees? Damaged, disfigured and sometimes dead.Deer — and their... 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 >>

Forget 'wine rules': 4 unconventional wine pairings for guys
(BPT) - Have you ever looked at a wine list and wished it actually told you what the wine tastes like? Have you ever wanted wine connoisseurs to stop swirling and sniffing, and just take a big sip? Well, you’re not alone. And American craft wine, The Federalist, and Dan Dunn want to do someth... More >>

LASIK: Why it's important to talk with your eye doctor
(BPT) - If you’re thinking about LASIK, or any other vision correction procedure, you’ve probably come across this advice: “Talk to your doctor.”In fact, that advice comes up with just about any medical or surgical procedure.Why? Because medical treatment is serious business... More >>

How to keep pests out of your chimney
(BPT) - As temperatures drop, many people will start spending more time in the warmth of their homes. Animals don't have the luxury of extra heating and take whatever refuge they can find, making chimneys a convenient place for pests to seek shelter. The team at Terminix has some helpful informatio... 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 >>

The best way to buy beauty products without stepping in a store
(BPT) - Mobile, social and e-commerce platforms as well as augmented reality have infinitely changed the way consumers research and shop for the things they need. Even with all of that information, buying beauty products online can be tricky.Whether you are shopping for something you haven't tried ... 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 >>

Take a road trip through Arkansas for the best fall foliage views
(BPT) - With vibrant colors, crisp air and unmatched natural beauty, autumn is one of the most popular times of the year to visit Arkansas. During the months of October and November, The Natural State is the ideal destination for a long weekend trip to experience some of the most vibrant fall folia... 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 >>

Chew on this: New eye vitamin tablets may help those with difficulty swallowing pills
(BPT) - If you’re like most Americans, there are probably a few things you find difficult to swallow. Like the fact that it’s been more than 30 years since they stopped making cassette tapes or that smartphones are basically entire computers that fit in the palm of your hand.You know wh... 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 >>

Touring through the best Italian wines
(BPT) - Dreaming of an Italian vacation? You can experience the country's ancient, romantic regions without even leaving home. The wines of Italy embody the heart and soul of the regions in which they're grown.Letting the vineyards be your guide, travel from the Tuscan coast to the Adriatic's sandy... 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 >>

Generic prescriptions save lives ... and money, too
(BPT) - In 2014, Ariel Leaty received a frightening diagnosis — acute lymphocytic leukemia. “I went through three years of chemotherapy,” Leaty, 29, of Bloomfield New Jersey, recalls, “followed by outpatient maintenance.”The ordeal was grueling, but it would have been ... 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 >>

5 steps to building and designing a sustainable, energy-efficient home
(BPT) - Sponsored Ad Content by Clayton.For the 21st-century home, building with environmental sustainability in mind is a must. A sustainable, energy-efficient home makes the most effective use of building materials and natural energy. Many home builders look for new ways to ensure energy-efficien... More >>

A guide to getting your home and yard winter-ready
(BPT) - As the winter months approach, there’s much to anticipate: hot drinks, football games and getting cozy on those long, chilly nights. While homeowners can enjoy the comfort of the indoors, it’s still important to ensure their property is well prepared — inside and out &mdas... 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 >>

Open for business but also open for hackers?
(BPT) - Protection against cyber attacks is crucial for any small business. A surprising report says that the average small business website is attacked by bots 44 times a day; however, many small businesses can’t picture themselves as a target. It’s easy to think that only large compan... More >>

Go pro: 5 times to seek professional financial advice
(BPT) - While many believe only the wealthy need financial professionals, the truth is that hiring such key advisors may help pay for itself financially and bring you peace of mind — regardless of your economic status.Whether you’re just starting out in your professional life or nearing... 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 >>

Avoid chilling accidents with these tips to winterize your home
(BPT) - Winter will be here before you know it. The season has a way of sneaking up on you and before you realize you're not ready, the first chilling breezes have already arrived.Begin with winterizing your home now to ensure you're prepared for the season. Apply the following tips and your home w... More >>

Know Thrombosis: Recognizing the Signs and Symptoms of Dangerous Blood Clots
(BPT) - You might be shocked to learn that one of the leading causes of preventable death is something many people have never heard of — and often don’t know they have. One in four people worldwide are dying from conditions caused by thrombosis, making it a leading global cause of death... 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 >>

Why fall is one of the best seasons to build a deck
(BPT) - As the weather starts to shift and the crisp air settles in, your first inclination might be to head indoors, cozy up with a blanket and save that deck project you've been researching for next year. Not so fast. While home improvement stores sell spring and summer as the seasons for all thi... More >>

How women business owners cracked the glass ceiling
(BPT) - Today there are nearly 12 million women-owned small businesses in the United States that generate almost $1.7 trillion in revenues. But 30 years ago, it wasn’t the same story — these business owners’ financial futures could have been out of their hands due to sexist lendin... 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 >>

5 Tips to Savvy Shopping for Next Year's Medicare Prescription Drug Plan
(BPT) - It probably feels like it wasn't long ago that you enrolled in your current Medicare prescription drug plan, also known as a Part D plan. But time flies, and Medicare Open Enrollment is here again (starting on October 15th). Consider these five tips that will help you find the coverage you ... 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 >>

Integrate accessories for added luxury
(BPT) - Accessories bring a sense of purpose into a space and, with thoughtful selection, can transform a room into an elevated experience. When used creatively and in unexpected ways, they add the perfect finishing touch to a space and can transform the overall aesthetic and design. From hardware ... More >>

Beyond Calcium: 5 Proven Supplements for Women over 40
(BPT) - Aging is one of life's inevitabilities. We don't have a choice in the matter; it happens to everyone. But how we age is a choice people make every day. While it's true that there is no fountain of youth, the choices we make in diet, exercise, and lifestyle can and do affect the quality of o... More >>

Low-salt diets may cause serious problems for seniors
(BPT) - Loss of balance, along with dehydration, attention deficits and loss of cognition are symptoms of a condition known as hyponatremia, characterized by low salt levels in the blood. The symptoms can occur even with just slight hyponatremia and can have particularly harmful effects for the eld... More >>

Balancing 2 (or more) generations under one roof
(BPT) - If one family trend is an indicator, aging in America is in for a transformation. As people plan their retirement years, more and more are preferring to make the right adjustments at home to age in place, rather than exploring alternatives such as assisted living facilities and nursing home... 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 >>

Hurricane Florence: What to watch out for during recovery
(BPT) - Hurricanes threaten lives and cause widespread property loss, flooding and damage to infrastructure. While there’s little we can control about the actual storm, we can be prepared and vigilant during the recovery phase to ensure greater stability in the rebuilding process.Hurricane Fl... More >>

Helpful advice for couples in search of intimacy after prostate cancer
(BPT) - A prostate cancer diagnosis can lead to profound changes in a man's relationship with his partner. As the most common non-skin, male-specific cancer in the U.S., prostate cancer affects one in nine men. Approximately 165,000 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer this year and 29,000 me... 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 >>

Rats! How these rodents can ruin your day
(BPT) - Say you’ve just gotten home after a long day. All you want to do is put your feet up, but you notice what looks like rodent droppings on the floor, find evidence of something having nibbled at the food in your kitchen and … what is that scrabbling sound coming from inside your ... 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 >>

13 moving hacks that could save time, money and sustainability
(BPT) - Changing households can be a time for new beginnings, fresh perspectives and boundless opportunities.But those good things tend to come after the moving process itself, which can take a lot of planning, organizing and old-fashioned elbow grease. And many people start the process unprepared.... 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 >>

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 >>

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 >>

Back to basics: The importance of real grass
(BPT) - Well-maintained outdoor spaces increase curb appeal and can bolster property values. They inspire kids’ imaginations and support healthy play. They make a homegrown neighborhood hangout, ideal for spending time together.Whether you’re a first-time homeowner or looking for ways t... 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 >>

6 tips for shopping in Guadalajara
(BPT) - As one of Mexico's top artisanal hubs, Guadalajara offers culture, cuisine and shopping. Travelers can find everything from expertly crafted pottery to luxe leather goods in markets throughout the city. For those who travel the world in search of the best locally produced, stylish souvenirs... More >>

The 5 podcasts you should be listening to right now
(BPT) - If you love a good podcast, you're not alone. According to Podcast Insights, 73 million Americans listen to podcasts regularly, seven per week on average. You can find a podcast about virtually any subject that strikes your fancy, so if you're looking for a new show to engage and delight yo... More >>

5 steps to protect your home from rodents this fall
(BPT) - Once they’re inside, rats and other rodents can do a lot of harm to your home. This includes damage to electrical wiring, metal or plastic pipes and insulation found in walls and attics. On top of structural damage, the critters aren’t good for the people who live in your home, ... 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 >>

Visiting Philadelphia? Try West Philly for vibrant culture and cuisine
(BPT) - A visit to Philadelphia is sure to be steeped in American history and culture. It doesn't get more American than the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall, where the Founding Fathers signed the Declaration of Independence in 1776.And it doesn't get more authentically Philly than cheesesteaks a... 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 >>

Things to know if you have COPD
(BPT) - COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) is a serious lung disease that affects more than 15 million Americans and is the third leading cause of death in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.COPD usually causes long-term damage to the airways in... More >>

What does the shortfall of truck drivers mean for the economy?
(BPT) - To truly understand the impact the trucking industry has on our economy, walk into any business, retail shop or grocery store and take a look around. Nearly everything you see was delivered there by a truck. In fact, according to the American Trucking Associations’ (ATA) Freight Trans... 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 >>

3 questions to ask when looking for your new HVAC unit
(BPT) - If you subscribe to the belief that your home is your castle, then you naturally expect to be comfortable in that castle, right? Whether it’s the middle of winter or the dog days of summer, your home’s HVAC system plays a vital role in supporting this comfort, so if you’re... 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 >>

Regular eye checkups key to cognitive health
(BPT) - Regular eye exams have always been an important part of maintaining healthy vision, but it turns out they can help keep your brain healthy, too. New research is revealing just how connected eye health and brain health are, and how receiving regular eye treatment might mean the difference be... More >>

6 ways public broadcasting serves local communities
(BPT) - Nonprofit broadcasting outlets keep families connected to their community, informed on the news of the day and entertained regardless of age, gender or demographic background.Community radio stations, public broadcasting and non-commercial outlets bring a content-focused approach to their d... More >>

Want better workplace results? Research says take it outside
(BPT) - From standing desks and team-building events to onsite services and remote work opportunities, companies have adapted over the years to adopt new solutions that will grow their company, improve employee retention and increase productivity.However, while all of these initiatives have their b... More >>

Uncommon - but important - baby safety steps
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Your eyes as you age: Tips to help reduce the risk of Age-related Macular Degeneration
(BPT) - Aging is a fact of life, so it’s important to understand how our health may be impacted as we get older — and our eyes are no exception. Age-related Macular Degeneration (AMD) is the leading cause of vision loss in people age 50 and older and affects 1 in 5 people over the age o... More >>

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 >>

Using Land in lieu of A Mortgage Down Payment
(BPT) - Sponsored Ad Content from Vanderbilt Mortgage and Finance, Inc. Saving up for a new home can take many people years and to most it can seem like there is no easy answer to achieving their dream. According to the U.S Census Bureau as of July 2018, just 64% of Americans currently own their ho... More >>

National Medicare Education Week: Get ready for Medicare Annual Enrollment with these online resources
(BPT) - Medicare’s Annual Enrollment Period is almost here — the time (Oct. 15 to Dec. 7) when people can make changes to their Medicare coverage for the year ahead.Thankfully, there are tools and resources to help you navigate the process and select a plan to meet your needs. National ... 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 >>

New home? 6 steps for preventing pests from moving in
(BPT) - Moving into a new home is chaotic. You’ve got decorating to do, a neighborhood to explore, and a house to keep in tiptop shape. The last thing you need in the midst of all that commotion is the added headache of household pests like ants, cockroaches or rodents. With a few tips from T... 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 >>

Remake your bathroom with these luxurious hotel-inspired trends
(BPT) - Life can get hectic. While it is easy to become overwhelmed with busy schedules and everyday challenges, it is important to carve out personal time for relaxation and renewal. The practice of self-care and personal wellness is becoming a trend on the rise.To incorporate this trend into your... More >>

5 tips to help party guests feel welcome
(BPT) - At this time of year there is plenty to celebrate, and any celebration is best done with a collection of your closest friends. So, who’s up for a party? You are. Your house is ready, the food is prepped and your guests should be showing up any minute. When they do, you want them to ha... 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 >>

3 reasons fall is a great time for roofing
(BPT) - Cool breezes and falling leaves are around the corner, and for many parts of the country those telltale signs of fall signal the best possible season for roofing.So what makes fall a great time for roof repairs or a full replacement?1. Perfect weatherThe same perfectly cool weather that mak... More >>

What does the color of your home reveal about you?
(BPT) - A home’s curb appeal leaves a powerful first impression. Yet, according to the recent poll conducted by Ply Gem Building Products, only half of homeowners say their home’s exterior reflects their personality. This is an especially surprising statistic since 81 percent of America... 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 >>

Hearing better on and off the stage
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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 >>

Four simple ways to tune up your nutrition and live healthier longer
(BPT) - Just about everyone feels like they could use a little extra pep in their day, that surge of energy to get things done and enjoy their favorite activities. This is especially true as we age.However, very few people actually feel as if they have the energy they need. The stress of modern lif... More >>

Why Myrtle Beach is the perfect fall vacation for families
(BPT) - When it comes to vacation planning, millennial families with young children have the edge over school-aged families — no strict school schedules to obey!Take advantage of this flexibility while you can, and plan your escape to Myrtle Beach. This oceanside city along the beautiful Sout... 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 >>

Why public transit is a key economic issue for growing cities
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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 >>

Bathroom customization: Stylish options for styling needs
(BPT) - The kitchen may be the heart of your home, but don't underestimate the importance of your bathrooms. If you think about it, bathrooms are one of the most frequented spaces in the home. It's where you go to rejuvenate and get ready for the day. It's the place where you take the time to make ... More >>

Historic Women's Baseball World Cup unfolds Aug. 22-31 on Florida's Space Coast
(BPT) - For the first time in the history of either the men’s or the women’s competition, a Baseball World Cup is coming to America. Later this month, the Women’s Baseball World Cup will be drawing attention from far and wide to the baseball diamonds at the USSSA Space Coast Compl... 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 ways to use technology to simplify your home buying process
(BPT) - While spring is typically the busiest period in real estate, particularly for families looking to get in to a new home before the school year starts, the fall months have become increasingly active for those who have more flexibility or are looking for a good deal.With increased competition... More >>

Switching gears and succeeding: Inspiration to find your next career
(BPT) - It's never too late to feed your passion and discover a new career. Take, for example, Julia Child, who left OSS, the forerunner of the CIA, to become a chef; Sara Blakely, a door-to-door sales woman who went on to create Spanx; and Andrea Bocelli, a former attorney who left the courtroom f... 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 >>

9 savvy traveler hacks that will save time, money and headaches
(BPT) - Are you a savvy traveler? Do you shop around to get the best deals? How about knowing the ins and outs of saving money when planning a trip?Chase and the InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG®) asked folks across the U.S. travel-related questions to find out just how savvy they are, and here's... More >>

Tire confidential: Tips on picking the right one for you
(BPT) - To most people, a tire is a tire is a tire. To the naked eye, that’s absolutely correct: They are black and round. However, upon further inspection, tires are one of the most technologically advanced parts of a car, influencing the braking, steering, comfort, handling, safety and fuel... More >>

3 Things You Didn't Know About Chocolate - And Why You Should Care
(BPT) - As you stand in the chocolate aisle of the grocery store, have you ever stopped to think about the story behind each bar?Knowing that your choice of chocolate has a positive impact on the farmers who cultivated the cocoa beans can sweeten the entire experience. When choosing your favorite t... More >>

5 yard updates you can complete in a fall weekend
(BPT) - If you love spending time in your yard, the end of summer can mark a period of sadness thinking about the colder temperatures and shorter days you must endure before getting back outside.One sure cure for the blues is looking forward to something fun. Get a head start on spring and use the ... More >>

Do you know how that new supplement will affect your existing medication regimen?
(BPT) - Mahatma Gandhi once famously said, “It is health that is real wealth and not pieces of gold and silver.” If you count yourself as a believer in this statement, your health is more important to you than any material possession and you do your best to protect it every single day. ... More >>

Celebrate the season! 5 ways to get your yard party-ready
(BPT) - If you’re like many Americans, you’re planning an outdoor party to celebrate the warm-weather season. That may be especially true if you’ve made recent improvements to your outdoor spaces; according to a recent Houzz survey, 51 percent of homeowners conducting such upgrade... More >>

4 tips to mitigate home improvement costs
(BPT) - Construction material costs in 2018 are up about 10 percent compared to last year, according to U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics data, and some raw materials, like crude petroleum, are up nearly 50 percent. Labor is also getting more expensive as construction workers are in high demand due t... 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 hazards on the road to the Medicare Part D plan that's best for you
(BPT) - Some experts estimate that as many as 80 percent of Medicare beneficiaries choose to stay in a Medicare prescription drug plan (“Part D plan”) that doesn’t match their needs. Studies show that these individuals could benefit from cost savings and better coverage by taking ... 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 >>

5 ways to beat the heat this summer
(BPT) - Everyone has had that moment when fun in the sun turns into a struggle to stay cool. And when that happens, all you want to do is get out of the heat as fast as possible.Sometimes, however, that is easier said than done, and if you’ve ever found yourself in extreme heat for a prolonge... More >>

Age-related macular degeneration: What you should know
(BPT) - Ask most people what eye disease is responsible for the greatest incidence of vision loss in the over-65 population and they would probably say glaucoma.They’d be wrong.Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is the leading cause of vision loss in people over age 65, according to the C... More >>

Beginning a workout at any age or skill level
(BPT) - Our bodies crave exercise at all ages, whether that means daily walks, fitness classes or a night of dancing. Although physical fitness may look different at age 65 than it did at 20, being active on a regular basis is still important to maintaining health and well-being.Exercise helps esta... More >>

5 insider tips to plan an unforgettable African vacation
(BPT) - When you get lost in wanderlust, do you find yourself dreaming of Africa? This exotic continent is on many people's travel bucket lists, but planning a trip can be intimidating. If you are ready to stop dreaming and start planning an unforgettable African adventure, here are some simple tip... 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 >>

Military move? 5 key tips that can smooth the way
(BPT) - Changing residences can be an emotional and logistical challenge for any family.For military families, that challenge can be recreated many times over. Due to the nature of the work, the average U.S. military family relocates every two to three years — 10 times more than civilian fami... More >>

Pollution protection: 5 easy tips for combating the environment's effects on skin
(BPT) - Properly taking care of your skin each day — and countering the possible effects of pollution — is quick, affordable and easy to do. So why do so many Americans forgo that step in their daily routines?A recent survey by CeraVe found 48 percent of American adults often worry abou... 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 >>

Wisconsin landmark celebrates 100th birthday
(BPT) - Many travelers seek out cultural enclaves to explore the fascinating stories of how Americans lived, thought and dreamed in the past. That helps explain the $762 million in revenues logged by U.S. historic sites in 2013, according to Statista. Other research predicts the revenues realized b... 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 >>

4 ways gardening is good for you
(BPT) - In this increasingly digital world, there's an app for just about everything. People are glued to their smartphones, texting instead of talking, and, in general, interacting with technology more than they do with the living, breathing world around them. But there's a cure for tech overload:... 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 >>

3 reasons why small and medium-sized businesses should consider digital
(BPT) - In today's digital world, there's an app for that — whatever "that" may be. Devices like smartphones and tablets are becoming the dashboards of our lives. Depositing a check? Snap a picture of it and tap the button on your bank's app. Does your son or daughter at college need money? T... More >>

Regenerative medicine in action: Age-Repair Defensins turn the table on facial aging
(BPT) - While injectables like fillers and botulinum toxins, energy-based devices and cosmetic surgery can soften wrinkles, improve skin tone and increase your supply of collagen, the right skincare can do all of that plus more, but without any downtime.The principles of regenerative medicine are n... More >>

Considering a new deck? Avoid these pitfalls
(BPT) - Homeowners across America enjoy entertaining guests and relaxing on decks, enjoying the great outdoors in a comfortable, room-like space that’s somewhat removed from the elements.Studies reveal adding a deck to your home pays for itself in resale value. A 2016 report by the National A... More >>

Before you renovate, have you considered this?
(BPT) - Home improvement projects are popular this time of year and you’ve certainly tackled your share of DIY to-dos in the past. But not this year. This year you realize it’s time to go big, to go bold, to set aside those traditional home improvement projects for another year and do s... 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 >>

Give pets the ultimate mealtime experience
(BPT) - Dogs and their owners have many things in common. For example, they both love to eat! When preparing a meal for your four-legged family members, make sure it’s packed with flavor and nutrients, and you are creating a dining experience they enjoy and look forward to. Help give your pet... More >>

Before you stop taking cholesterol medication, consider this
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