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April 7, 2020

Fact vs. fiction: Drugs and alcohol in TV, movies and social media
(BPT) - When it comes to drugs and alcohol, do the teens in your life know how to separate fact from fiction? As with many of the myths portrayed in pop culture - including on TV, in movies and on social media - what you see doesn't always reflect reality.With more time being spent gathered at home... click to read more

5 tips to protect your network from hackers when staying at home
(BPT) - Being home 100% of the time has become the new norm for many Americans, as social distancing is implemented in communities across the country to slow the rapidly spreading COVID-19 pandemic. Connected devices are being used virtually nonstop, as the homebound stream shows to binge watch and... click to read more

Caregiving and COVID-19: Tips for people with vulnerable family members
(BPT) - COVID-19 has dramatically shifted daily life for many people around the world. Nobody is immune, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and older adults and individuals with chronic health conditions are at higher risk of getting very sick from the Coronavirus.To prote... click to read more

What you need to know before a roof project or repair
(BPT) - Think the roof over your head is just shingles? Beneath the visible shingles are essential components such as the roof deck, underlayment, cements and sealants. These layers help the roof stand up to the long-term harsh effects of sun, rain, ice and other conditions, extending the life and ... click to read more

Before you buy a home, ask these 5 questions about the roof
(BPT) - Ready to make an offer on that perfect piece of real estate? Most homebuyers have a checklist of questions to ask the seller. Questions about the plumbing, heating and AC unit are common. But when searching for that dream home, one of the most important yet overlooked major items is directl... click to read more

Seeking a cure for cabin fever? How about free TV and movies?
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Top Tips to Deep Clean this Spring
(BPT) - This year spring cleaning is more than ever about the deep clean. Spring typically inspires a little more time dedicated to cleaning, in fact, a recent survey commissioned by Bona and conducted by Harris Poll found that more than half of U.S. adults say that the start of spring triggers ext... click to read more

How to get complaints resolved without using customer service
(BPT) - Have you ever received an unfair bill and dreaded the typical fight with customer service to get it resolved? It might be a surprise charge from your cellphone provider, a bill from the cable company that just keeps increasing, or confusing contracts from your internet provider that renew i... click to read more

4 steps to expertly green grass on a DIY budget
(BPT) - Having lush green grass is a delight for the senses. Not only does it look amazing, boost your mood and enhance your property value, but few things are better than walking barefoot through your yard or the fresh smell of grass on a warm, sunny day."Many people think you need to hire profess... click to read more

Dig into gardening trends: Tips to get started
(BPT) - Just like fashion, trends in gardening come and go … and sometimes come back again. Some shifts in gardening were inspired by necessity, like the 'victory gardens' of WWII for growing food during years of rationing. Others reflected societal changes, like the green lawns of the 1... click to read more

Turn your backyard into a safe space for healthy play
(BPT) - As Americans across the country retreat to their homes to help slow the spread of COVID-19, many are rediscovering the value of their yards as places to take in fresh air, engage their children in outdoor games and enjoy physical activity in a safe environment.3 tips for safe, healthy outdo... click to read more

The personal and economic burden of traumatic brain injury
(BPT) - It could be due to a car accident. It might be attributed to an injury at work. It might be the result of a simple fall. Traumatic brain injury can happen to anyone of any age, and it's probably more common than you think.What is traumatic brain injury (TBI)?A TBI is often caused by a bump,... click to read more

Tips for living your best life with hand tremor
(BPT) - Imagine how your life would change if you were unable to bring a cup to your mouth without spilling, if you couldn't do the buttons on your clothes or even brush your teeth without difficulty. If you are one of the 7 million Americans living with essential tremor (ET), you already know what... click to read more

Three Ways AI and Smart Tech Can Help Us Work More Efficiently at Home
(BPT) - Common Dilemmas of Working from Home and How AI Can HelpAs more people work from home in lieu of commuting to crowded corporate offices, people are in their homes in greater numbers than ever before balancing both job-related tasks and home responsibilities. From sticking to a set work sche... click to read more

Eggs Beyond Breakfast? Yup. Here’s How!
(BPT) - Eggs are a classic breakfast food - and for good reason! They are loaded with high-quality vitamins and good fats, making them one of the most nutritious foods in the world. But eggs aren't just for breakfast. You can add their superfood nutrition to just about any recipe, any time of day.R... click to read more

Say 'salut' with your next home meal
(BPT) - Whether you're taking out, ordering delivery or creating a tasty homemade meal, you can enhance the flavor - and the occasion - by finding a delicious wine that perfectly complements your dinner. An effective way to support "brand Italy" right now is to choose one of the many outstanding It... click to read more

How to build a women's health toolkit during the COVID-19 crisis
(BPT) - Want an appointment for your vaginal health issues? Many doctors' offices are shutting down for anything other than emergency care or diagnosing and treating people for COVID-19. This leaves many women with lack of access to their doctors when experiencing non-urgent, but highly uncomfortab... click to read more

Tips to protect from the unexpected: Necessary home essentials
(BPT) - While spending more time at home, it's important that you take the necessary steps to make sure your family is ready for the unexpected in the event a home fire or carbon monoxide (CO) leak occurs. You might be surprised to learn that CO poisoning is the number one cause of accidental poiso... click to read more

How to achieve a red carpet look in your outdoor space this summer
(BPT) - Every glam-inspired yard needs a pop of showstopping color that is eye-catching and brings style to the space. This summer, those looking to brighten their shady outdoor spaces can turn to Beacon® Impatiens to dress their garden beds and containers with boldly colored flowers that t... click to read more

Expressing sympathy during this new normal
(BPT) - Experiencing the loss of a loved one is always difficult. In today's environment of 'social distancing', we are even more challenged in finding ways to reach out and connect to those who need comfort at a time of loss.While many of us may be adapting to new everyday routines, the etiquette ... click to read more

5 things we wish we'd known: Advice from families who have lost a loved one to addiction
(BPT) - Every day in America 185 people die from drug overdose - that's like a plane crashing each day, day after day.Families who have lost their loved ones have united to help other families impacted by the disease of addiction and to protect others from this tragedy.If you love someone who is st... click to read more

Three ways to simplify retirement income planning
(BPT) - Having enough money to live comfortably in retirement is the primary saving and investing goal for most Americans. Retirement means different things to different people - it can be a time to travel, spend more time with family or pursue a personal passion. But while we look forward with ant... click to read more

Making Sense of COVID-19 and Volatile Markets
(BPT) - By Dan Keady, TIAA Chief Financial Planning StrategistWhile the health and wellbeing of family, friends and neighbors remains top of mind, it's perfectly normal to think about savings and investments given recent market fluctuations.It's important to remember to stay calm and keep your eye ... click to read more

2 plant-based, easy-to-prep recipes for National Nutrition Month
(BPT) - March is National Nutrition Month and perhaps one of the easiest ways to keep track of personal nutrition is by meal prepping. In fact, a study of 40,000 French adults found that people who meal prepped at least a few days were less likely to be overweight and more likely to stick to nutrit... click to read more

5 beverage trends to watch in 2020
(BPT) - As consumers begin to prepare for more time spent in the comfort of their homes, tastes and attitudes are evolving when it comes to selecting a beverage of choice. There is a greater emphasis on value, style as well as quality. Today, people care about where their drinks come from, what's i... click to read more

Spring into 2020 home design trends
(BPT) - The year is already off to a stylish start, but there are plenty more trends that will be coming into focus in the coming months. Designers around the country are exploring a dynamic mix of patterns and unexpected colors, plus creative new approaches to flooring, accents and lighting.Here a... click to read more

Flowers that stand the test of time
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Career progression and financial wellness still barriers for women
(BPT) - In the United States, women now earn more college degrees than men do. They make up half the workforce and, furthermore, are the primary breadwinner in more than half of households. Women have never been more well-positioned, but they continue to face numerous barriers that can make it diff... click to read more

185 overdoses each day: The real stories and faces behind the crisis
(BPT) - What happens when a news story hits close to home? Angela, a news anchor from Sioux Falls, South Dakota, had been reporting on stories about the opioid epidemic when she found herself living every parent's worst nightmare: her 21-year-old daughter, Emily, died of a drug overdose caused by f... click to read more

Fact or fiction: Debunking sleep apnea myths
(BPT) - While many are familiar with the term, sleep apnea is commonly misunderstood - and largely undiagnosed. An estimated 54 million U.S. adults suffer from sleep apnea, although 80% may not know they have it and remain undiagnosed.In other words, millions of people have no idea that they're suf... click to read more

5 tips for making the most of your Medicare plan this year
(BPT) - Do you spend your Sunday mornings scouring the newspaper inserts for coupons? Make it a point to confirm discounts when booking hotel reservations? Secretly (or not so secretly!) love the senior discount at the movie theater?If any of these sound familiar, you probably consider yourself a s... click to read more

6 things you should know before your next outpatient procedure
(BPT) - With nearly 50 million outpatient surgeries performed in the U.S. each year and the increasingly complex nature of the procedures, patients need to know several important details when having surgery without an overnight stay in the hospital. Updated fasting restrictions, removing jewelry to... click to read more

How to get your home guest-ready, even if you have pets
(BPT) - If you're hosting guests with allergies - and you have pets - you have a few more things to consider when getting your home guest-ready. No problem!Dr. Elizabeth Mullans, a board-certified dermatologist and founder of Uptown Dermatology in Houston, Texas, offers eight cleaning tips to help ... click to read more

4 outdoor cleaning tips that could help you save thousands
(BPT) - The sounds of birds chirping, longer daylight hours, and budding trees and flowers are early signs that warmer weather and spring are on the way. That means more time outside to enjoy nature, but it's also a sign it might be time for a little spring cleaning.'Cold temperatures, snowfall and... click to read more

How small businesses can boost sales
(BPT) - With over 30 million small businesses in the U.S., it's tough to stand out from the crowd. Successful small businesses turn first-time customers into repeat business, building momentum and growing sales.How can you achieve this? Marketing. Finding effective, easy-to-execute marketing strate... click to read more

Best cost-effective tech products that simplify your life
(BPT) - One of the best things about technology today is that there's a huge variety of items to choose from that can add convenience and fun to your life, for a surprising range of prices.From the practical to the just-for-fun, shopping for the latest in tech does not have to be complicated. Here ... click to read more

Teen with rare illness gets wish to create comic book
(BPT) - Teenagers love to read comic books, and many even have the desire to write stories, draw comics and create their own books someday. Nineteen-year-old Bo is one of those teens. He loves everything about comic books and drawing - but juvenile Huntington's disease (jHD) has made it increasingl... click to read more

5 reasons hardscapes are a landscape’s best friend
(BPT) - Hardscaping products, including segmental retaining wall units (SRWs) and interlocking concrete pavers, are a landscape's best friend. Landscape professionals know that hardscapes are the backbone of a great design. Homeowners, too, shouldn't be afraid to explore do-it-yourself landscape fe... click to read more

Finding the value of your time and money
(BPT) - It's true that time is money and money is time. But what does this mean for your everyday life? These valuable resources go hand in hand and have the power to grow together or compete for attention. The way you choose to let them interact in your daily decisions, both big and small, can hel... click to read more

Declutter your finances this spring
(BPT) - The spring season brings warmer days and a fresh perspective, which is why it's the ideal time to declutter and get organized. This includes taking stock of what we have, clearing out the unnecessary items in our possession and cleansing our spaces. We feel refreshed and empowered after a g... click to read more

1-2-3 simple plant-based food swaps to eat better
(BPT) - How hard can it be to eat better? Go vegetarian or vegan? Give up deliciousness? Eat more greens? Purge the pantry? Whether you're considering plant-based diet options for health reasons, or to have a lighter footprint on our environment or 'just because' you want to eat foods that don't co... click to read more

Cure the winter blues in Myrtle Beach
(BPT) - Dreaming of a warm beach destination this winter? If the view outside your window makes you shiver, it may be time for a warm-weather getaway - and Myrtle Beach, South Carolina has you covered. Instead of looking out at the snow and ice, you could be viewing a sunny beach and ocean waves.Be... click to read more

5 Ways to Get Kids to Eat Healthier
(BPT) - Every parent knows the struggle of convincing their little ones to eat more nutritious foods. Luckily, by encouraging your kids to get involved in the kitchen, you're helping them build a solid foundation for healthier food choices. Registered Dietitian and Nutritionist Dawn Jackson Blatner... click to read more

Illustrator reveals impact of a rare blood cancer through art
(BPT) - While some people read comic books to escape reality, illustrator J.G. Jones is using his artwork to illustrate his reality, and the reality of others like him who are living with a group of rare, chronic, progressive blood cancers known as myeloproliferative neoplasms (MPNs).Since Jones ma... click to read more

Focus your bathroom remodel with a striking visual statement
(BPT) - There is nothing more inviting than a luxurious, well-appointed bathroom, but no matter how ambitious the remodel, there are unique challenges that come with every project. Whether updating the guest powder room or redesigning the master bathroom of your dreams, from plumbing and lighting t... click to read more

Save smarter: Tips to get your 20/20 financial vision in 2020
(BPT) - When you made your resolutions at the start of the year, was saving money one of them? How's that going?According to the third annual 'State of Savings in America' survey by PurePoint Financial, a digital bank and division of MUFG Union Bank, half of Americans believe creating a savings pla... click to read more

How to find your inspiration
(BPT) - Inspiration is the stimulation to do something and can drive people to do incredible things. It doesn't matter who you are, what your job is or which hobbies you enjoy - inspiration is at the core of personal and professional growth.John Paxton, senior designer at Kia, finds his inspiration... click to read more

4 ways to master the 2020 kitchen from Chef Curtis Stone
(BPT) - From connectivity to cooktops and the latest gadgets, the ever-progressing kitchen of 2020 provides endless opportunities to simplify life in the home.Whether cooking for his family, hosting a dinner party or serving up Michelin-starred dishes, Chef Curtis Stone believes in cooking smarter,... click to read more

4 steps to market-proof your retirement
(BPT) - People often underestimate the financial implications that timing can have on retirement. Consider this scenario: You retire confidently with $1 million, but immediately get hit with a huge stock-market decline.'A major mistake I see people make is to assume that their investment returns wi... click to read more

Top options for customizing a bathroom
(BPT) - As you probably remember, choosing your home was strongly influenced by the layout and appearance of its bathrooms. But no matter how long you've lived in your home, there are bound to be improvements you'd love to make. And almost everyone needs options for optimizing bathroom space.Before... click to read more

DIY concrete pendant lamps add style to your home without the designer cost
(BPT) - DIY continues to thrive, with many homeowners planning to tackle projects big and small themselves. According to the National Association of Realtors, home improvement projects that reflect adding the homeowner's personality to their home were twice as popular to DIY than hire a professiona... click to read more

3 easy projects that instantly transform a bathroom
(BPT) - Updating the bathroom with the latest trends is something many homeowners desire, but the thought of a complete remodel can be overwhelming. Fortunately, there are many easy and accessible upgrades that you can make that will transform your bathroom and add value to your home.Consider these... click to read more

Building credit at 18: Tips for a solid financial foundation
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Singles Guide to Dating Smarter, Not Harder
(BPT) - The odds are if you didn't meet your partner in high school or college, you'll likely meet them online. In fact, nearly 40% of American couples first meet online. Despite its convenience, it's not easy to keep up with the ever-changing rules of digital dating. With endless options at your f... click to read more

What is next in outdoor living? Top trends for 2020
(BPT) - The appeal of all things al fresco has never been higher with homeowners across the country investing more time and money than ever before into their outdoor spaces. Based on insights from decking contractors, retailers and home design experts, industry leader Trex Company has compiled its ... click to read more

Start meal planning with simple tips from the pros
(BPT) - Have you heard about meal planning and thought it sounded like a great idea, but think it's just too complicated for you to tackle? The truth is it's easier than you think if you know a few tips and tricks from the experts."Meal planning saves money, cuts stress, reduces food waste and enco... click to read more

Spring cleaning for spring allergies: 6 steps from the experts
(BPT) - As days grow longer and new blooms appear, it can only mean one thing: Spring is here and with it comes the task of spring cleaning. For people with allergies, spring cleaning does more than spruce up a home. When done correctly, it removes dust, mold, dander and other allergy triggers so y... click to read more

Hot trends in kitchen remodeling
(BPT) - Year after year, the most popular home improvement project for American families remains the same: remodeling the kitchen. Today, kitchen makeovers are more ambitious than ever, with homeowners willing to spend larger budgets to upgrade both the aesthetics and the functionality of what is, ... click to read more

Addressing racial and economic inequity: A personal connection to a powerful film
(BPT) - By Lata ReddyA powerful new film opened recently. 'Just Mercy' tells the story of Walter McMillian who was convicted and sentenced to death for a crime he did not commit. The film is based on a memoir written by the man who represented Mr. McMillian - the renowned public interest attorney a... click to read more

Health insights: What is GVHD and why is innovation so critical?
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So, what’s the deal with beef and heart health?
(BPT) - As Americans think about eating for a healthy heart, many feel they're forced to choose between a healthy diet and their love of beef. But, contrary to some misinformation on this topic, you can have both. The Mediterranean diet was just ranked the #1 Overall Diet in 2020 and the #2 Best Di... click to read more

Simple steps to help students explore trade careers
(BPT) - With nationwide student loan debt over $1 trillion and many college graduates with four-year degrees struggling to find employment to make ends meet, younger generations are starting to consider the benefits of a career in the trades.Parents are taking note as well because in many communiti... click to read more

Three questions every senior with diabetes should ask
(BPT) - If you're a senior with diabetes, you're not alone. The statistics are eye opening - more than 25% of Americans age 65 and older have diabetes, according to the American Diabetes Association. What's more, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports diabetes as the seventh leading... click to read more

Bob Evans Farms sponsors veteran entrepreneurs grant
(BPT) - What skills do veterans bring with them from their military service? Leadership, planning and problem-solving are just a few of the important abilities that military experience provides - and those skills are vital for successful entrepreneurship. That means many veterans are drawn to start... click to read more

Boost your weekend self-care routine for a night in or out
(BPT) - Whether you're planning on having a solo night in, hanging out with your girlfriends or have a date planned with your sweetheart, weekends are a great opportunity for some extra-special self care.Plan to be sure you have all the essentials you need to boost your self-care routine for a rela... click to read more

3 Things Heart Attack Survivors Need to Know About Their Hidden Risk
(BPT) - Every 40 seconds one American has a heart attack and nearly 1 in 4 people who have had a heart attack will have another one, so it's important to understand your hidden risk factors.1If you are recovering from a heart attack, making lifestyle changes, following a cardiac rehab program and t... click to read more

Red, white and sparkling: How to choose the right wine glass
(BPT) - Wine connoisseurs know something even more important than facts about vintages and varietals: It makes a big difference how your wine is served. From the correct temperature to the glass you drink from, how any wine is presented can change the entire experience.And it's not just about aesth... click to read more

Siblings: Helping them cope with childhood cancer
(BPT) - When a child is diagnosed with cancer, the entire family is affected by the experience, especially the child's siblings. Young children experience their brother or sister's cancer while they are still learning to make sense of the world. Often this leaves them feeling scared, angry, anxious... click to read more

A Young Professional’s Journey with Depression (MDD)
(BPT) - When you're in your 20s, you feel the best is yet to come. I was focused on graduating from college and landing my first full-time job, and I didn't think I'd be sidelined with an injury and a diagnosis of depression.It all began when I was 18 and entered one of the most difficult relations... click to read more

Spice up your bean routine with globally inspired recipes
(BPT) - Whether you're focused on fitness goals, a plant-based diet or simply cooking more, you can lean on beans to help achieve your goals and provide the foundation for a flavorful meal.The U.S. is the global leader in quality, dry bean production thanks to state-of-the-art harvesting equipment,... click to read more

Smartphone upgrades don't have to cost a fortune
(BPT) - With the latest flagship smartphones like the iPhone 11 and Samsung Galaxy S10 carrying price tags near $1,000, upgrading to a premium phone may seem out of reach to someone on a limited budget.But it doesn't have to be. The pace of smartphone innovation has slowed from the breakneck speed ... click to read more

Hottest kitchen trends from KBIS 2020
(BPT) - Today's home chefs want - and expect - more from their kitchens than ever before. To optimize their culinary and entertaining skills, they seek exciting new ways to push the boundaries of what they can do at home. These forward-thinking cooks also aim to prepare meals efficiently, using the... click to read more

Three Olympic Athletes Share How Sport Can Inspire Small Business Success
(BPT) - Olympic athletes are some of the strongest people in the world - both physically and mentally. Under constant pressure to perform as they represent their respective countries, they have what it takes to succeed and accomplish what they set out to do.It should come as no surprise that much o... click to read more

4 easy tips to boost your energy
(BPT) - Even if you try to keep to a healthy diet and work out regularly, chances are there are times of day when your energy fades, or entire days when you just don't feel like you're on the right track. Between the constant demands on your time from work and family, it can be tough to stay energi... click to read more

Ease into cord cutting with 4 easy steps
(BPT) - Ditching cable for what are known as 'streaming' services like Netflix, Hulu, Philo and more is all the rage these days. Despite what one may think, it's easy to make the move from traditional cable or satellite TV to a robust, highly affordable and customized TV-watching experience. Cuttin... click to read more

How to break through the financial conversation barriers with your partner
(BPT) - For most people, personal finances are a private matter. When you are in a relationship, it can be difficult to discuss this typically taboo subject. Whether you have been married for years or are just beginning to date, fear of your partner judging your financial choices (big or small) run... click to read more

Personalized employment support for veterans with disabilities
(BPT) - Many veterans seeking to transition from military service to civilian life face barriers to employment, often because their military experience doesn't translate well to a traditional resume. It is difficult for employers to draw parallels between roles and responsibilities in the military ... click to read more

The surprising range of career opportunities in the landscape industry
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The benefits of sleepaway camps for children and teens
(BPT) - As a parent, you worry about your child's future. Will they be confident enough to weather life's ups and downs? Will they find happiness and success? How will they navigate their future challenges?According to research by the American Camp Association (ACA), a traditional sleepaway camp - ... click to read more

5 sweet ways to celebrate Valentine's Day
(BPT) - This Valentine's Day, make the most of the occasion by finding new ways to enjoy the holiday with the ones you hold nearest and dearest - your family! With just a little creativity, a few extra treats and a healthy dose of imagination, you can make the day all about celebrating the love you... click to read more

Tips to stay warm and safe from carbon monoxide
(BPT) - As temperatures drop and we crank up the heat or turn to alternative power sources, the risk for carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning significantly increases. Often dubbed 'the silent killer,' CO is an invisible and odorless gas that is impossible to detect without a CO alarm.Recent surveys revea... click to read more

A challenge to older Americans: Take the flu seriously
(BPT) - Alice Vaught skipped her flu shot one season. That was the year she got the flu.'I felt like I was dying. Within a couple hours I was unable to move. It came on so quickly, and I wasn't aware of how severe it was.'Unfortunately, the flu often strikes quickly and without warning, potentially... click to read more

Avoiding Valentine's Pitfalls in 2020
(BPT) - The pressure is on - with the big day approaching, you may feel like you're not ready. Thanks to the latest technology, deciding on the perfect gift and making sure it gets to your special someone is easier than ever.Here are some of the problems you may be facing, and great solutions to he... click to read more

What you need to know about Age-related Macular Degeneration
(BPT) - The ability to see the people, places and things in front of you is one of life's most precious gifts. Imagine a life without the ability to see these things clearly - what steps would you then take to protect your vision? Life with Age-related Macular Degeneration, or AMD, can potentially ... click to read more

Financial insight: Red flags and smart steps to avoid scams
(BPT) - You work hard for your money. Unfortunately, crooks work hard as well, attempting various tactics to take your money. If you fall for a scam, little can be done to help you get your money back. In order to keep your financial and personal information safe, it's necessary to look for red fla... click to read more

Bringing the indoors out: 2020 outdoor living trends
(BPT) - 2020 outdoor living trends are all about enjoying your backyard alfresco - but with the comfort and ease you expect from your indoor spaces. Today's outdoor spaces are transforming into an extension of the home. The current outdoor design also takes into account the look and feel of your en... click to read more

Hot bathroom trends for 2020
(BPT) - Adding or remodeling a bathroom is a popular home improvement project in 2020. Whether it's a simple powder room, a useful three-quarter or a grand master bath, it's worthwhile to research the top trends so you can create a space that is functional while also increasing your home's overall ... click to read more

Recognize an overdose, know how to respond and carry naloxone — you could save a life
(BPT) - Every day nearly 200 people die from an overdose of drugs or from alcohol poisoning, with opioids responsible for the majority. Recognizing the signs and knowing how to respond to medical emergencies, including carrying and administering naloxone in cases of opioid overdose, can save lives,... click to read more

How to win 'Best Awards Show Party' this year
(BPT) - Crazy about the movies? Love inviting friends over to watch the awards shows every year? Or maybe thinking about throwing an awards-watching party for the first time? Thrill your friends with a party worthy of the stars, with a focus on fun.You can win "best producer" for throwing an unforg... click to read more

5 tips for hosting a top-notch big game party
(BPT) - It's the height of football season, and you're looking forward to hosting the big game this year. No matter which team you're cheering for, it's all about prepping your home for the big event. But there's no need to stress. Here are a few simple tips to make sure your party is the talk of t... click to read more

Top indoor fitness trends to stay in shape this winter
(BPT) - Avoiding weather woes this winter? It doesn't mean you need to give up on your fitness goals. Being indoors provides ample opportunity to stay fit, whether you're doing so due to the weather or simply by choice. Check out some of the top trends for indoor fitness in 2020 and challenge yours... click to read more

Top 2020 food trends
(BPT) - A new year always brings predictions about what trends will rise to popularity, and when it comes to food, there are plenty of trends already underway that will no doubt continue to surge over the next several months. The good news is both your taste buds and your health will likely benefit... click to read more

Trust your gut: Get the story on probiotics
(BPT) - We're often told when we can't make a decision, we should trust our gut. And there's a healthy reason to do so. Gut health is about more than just healthy digestion. It's linked to your immunity and overall well-being. That's because below your belt lies a sophisticated system of organs pow... click to read more

Swiping payment cards at the pump could put your card information at risk
(BPT) - Have you paid for gas recently at the pump where you've had to swipe your credit or debit card?At gas stations across the U.S., criminals are skimming cards and stealing payment card data from consumers paying at older fuel pumps. This is because the majority of fuel stations still use inse... click to read more

Three ways to give youth hockey a boost in your hometown
(BPT) - Enrollment in youth hockey is at an all-time high in communities across the country. According to USA Hockey, a record 567,908 players registered to play in the 2018-2019 season, with 356,760 of those players ages 16 and younger.Based on the recent surge in youth hockey enrollment, it's mor... click to read more

How to protect yourself from fraud this year
(BPT) - With a new decade upon us, it is natural to look to the past on lessons learned. When looking at cybercrime, criminals have advanced their techniques over the past 10 years and have become adept at stealing personal information and scamming innocent people. While we can't control what they ... click to read more

Carbon Monoxide Safety Tips [Video]
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Get your glow on: 6 tips to make your skin and hair shine
(BPT) - Face it, winter is brutal for your skin and hair. Between the harsh, cold wind outside and the dry, overheated air inside, it's hard to look your best all winter long. On top of that, everyone tends to overindulge in unhealthy food and drinks during the winter months. Fortunately, there are... click to read more

How living with AI can improve your daily life
(BPT) - These days, AI - artificial intelligence - has become a household name, mostly because so many household gadgets and appliances use it.What's the impact of AI becoming part of your everyday life? Ultimately, it's about convenience. Many tasks are getting easier, products are more efficient ... click to read more

2 simple questions may lower your pet's medication costs considerably
(BPT) - If you own a pet, you're in good company. In fact, 67% of U.S. households own a pet, according to the 2019-2020 National Pet Owners Survey by the American Pet Products Association. Pets provide unconditional love and countless memories, and in return they look to their humans to care for th... click to read more

Shaping our future with AI
(BPT) - Artificial intelligence (AI) is impacting everyone's lives more and more. The latest technology increasingly helps daily tasks and routines become simpler, leaving consumers with more time to spend on other priorities.What do you want from the AI-powered devices and systems in your life?A c... click to read more

Smart tips to manage high-deductible health plan costs
(BPT) - It's the same issue every year: Jan. 1 arrives and you need to meet an annual deductible again before your health care coverage takes full effect. For people with high-deductible plans, this can be a big expense at the start of the year.High-deductible plans are increasing in popularity as ... click to read more

6 simple steps to take control of your finances
(BPT) - As we say goodbye to the holidays and hello to a new decade, it comes as no surprise that money is the No. 1 driver of stress for many of us in the Midwest. That's according to the inaugural Midwest Money Mindset Survey conducted by Huntington.The survey found that 50% of participants cited... click to read more

How small businesses crushed 2019 holiday sales
(BPT) - Mastering online sales reaps big rewards for small businesses.Ask North Carolina-based business owner Ken Baker of Dream Big Printables. Baker's decorative and inspirational art prints are sold on Amazon Handmade, where his business has grown over 200%. On Cyber Monday alone, more items wer... click to read more

Jigsaw puzzles – perfect for 'me' and 'we' time this winter
(BPT) - During the blustery cold days and cozy nights at home this winter, there's no better time to rediscover the simple pleasures and quiet joys of indoor activities that help you relax and reconnect with family. Over the holidays, through winter break and beyond, families everywhere are eager t... click to read more

Help make a child’s wish come true
(BPT) - It's hard to imagine what life has been like for a child who was diagnosed with a brain tumor at just 2 years old, followed by years of surgeries, doctor visits, medications and treatments. Eleven-year-old, four-time cancer survivor Alika has endured all of that - but maintains a positive a... click to read more

7 ways to get creative with your FSA money
(BPT) - An employer-sponsored Flexible Spending Account (FSA) is a convenient option for saving on health care. You put pre-tax dollars into the account to spend throughout the year on health care related expenses. The downside? Most of your FSA funds expire at the end of the year.If you have an FS... click to read more

Escape winter doldrums: Warm up with hot deals at your local boat show
(BPT) - Winter may be frigid for many, but it's an ideal time to plan for warmer days ahead that could be enjoyed on a boat with friends and family. Beginning in January, boat shows take place across the country offering some of the hottest deals around with special pricing and incentives on new bo... click to read more

4 common fitness myths debunked
(BPT) - Weight-loss tips, fad diets and more - these days, they're everywhere you look. And most of it is false information. In fact, the average American wrongly assumes a daily workout must be 95 minutes or more to be impactful, according to a new study conducted by Planet Fitness.Americans expre... click to read more

How to keep your car on the road longer
(BPT) - Did you know that one in four Americans keep their cars for an average of seven years or more? Nearly another third (29%) say they typically own their car for three to four years. With Americans keeping their vehicles on the road for the better part of a decade, it's important to implement ... click to read more

Coping with the Challenges of Mental Illness During the Holidays
(BPT) - During the holiday season, many look forward to festivities and spending time with family, but for some, this time of year can be overwhelming and stressful. People living with mental health challenges may have an especially difficult time during this season as it can cause feelings of isol... click to read more

6 ways to focus on yourself in the new year
(BPT) - When setting New Year's intentions, it's easy to get caught up in career or physical health achievements. You strategize to work extra hours or get to the gym a certain number of days per week, but that's not always the right mindset for success.The key to external success starts within. Le... click to read more

Resolving for a healthy 2020? Talking to your family is a great way to start
(BPT) - An estimated 130 million Americans make resolutions for 2020 - with more than half of them focused on health. However, most resolutions are broken by February.Marjan Champine, a board-certified and licensed genetic counselor at Ancestry, the global leader in family history and consumer geno... click to read more

8 gift ideas for energetic entrepreneurs
(BPT) - Entrepreneurship is becoming an increasingly common career as passionate and creative people start successful businesses on their own. But entrepreneurial endeavors aren't easy. The lifestyle requires long hours, hard work and dedication.The best gift you can get for the entrepreneur in you... click to read more

5 ways to be more productive in the new year
(BPT) - When the calendar flips to a new year, many people are inspired to make resolutions, promising productivity, healthy lifestyles, self-care and more. But all New Year's goals require making time for what you set out to do - and a little planning goes a long way.No matter your resolutions, he... click to read more

5 tips for winterizing your health routine
(BPT) - The arrival of the winter months brings an abundance of food, festive drinks and busy days celebrating with loved ones. While indulging in winter festivities, it's important to stay on top of your healthy habits.'The foods and beverages we put into our bodies has a big impact on our health.... click to read more

How to throw an unforgettable holiday party
(BPT) - While some holiday traditions are worth keeping, there's no need to copy anybody else's party. Especially if you're new to hosting, why not make your celebration your own? You might need some new gear and supplies, depending how elaborate your plan is - but don't be shy about asking for hel... click to read more

9 subscription services that make the perfect gift
(BPT) - Subscription boxes are gifts that keep on giving. Not only will your loved one be ecstatic to receive the first box, but they'll also be reminded of your thoughtfulness every time a new one shows up on their doorstep.Throughout the past few years, subscription boxes have gained popularity, ... click to read more

Better baking: 5 things to know about your oven
(BPT) - Measuring, mixing, blending and kneading - there is so much that goes into the art of baking. You start with the right materials and techniques, but you also need to be familiar with how your oven works to get the best results.Getting to know your oven could be the difference between a beau... click to read more

6 tips every holiday baker needs to know
(BPT) - It's the holiday season - and bakers everywhere are kicking into high gear, filling kitchens with stacks of cookies, cupcakes, pies and candies. Holiday baking should be a joyful experience, sweet, easy and filled with fun memories. Whether you're baking for a few or a flock, here are six t... click to read more

The winter wine you should be drinking (and sharing) this season
(BPT) - Chilly weather: Check. Cozy gatherings with friends: Check. Same old wine: Not so fast. Before you reach for your go-to red this winter, consider Chile's answer to the season's most toast-worthy pours: crimson-hued Carmenere (car-men-air).The signature red grape of Chile delivers luscious d... click to read more

How to make financial wellness your New Year’s resolution
(BPT) - While the holiday season is a wonderful time of year, it can also put great financial strain on individuals going into the new year. The demand of holiday spending can lead to worry of unpaid credit card bills, which can lead many to put themselves on a strict "money diet." As you reflect o... click to read more

Host-with-the-most: A step-by-step guide to wow-ing holiday guests
(BPT) - With the holidays just around the corner, party planning is in full swing. Whether it be a traditional family gathering or friendly white elephant, consider these tips and tricks to stay organized throughout the holiday hustle to ensure festivities go off without a hitch.Have your cake with... click to read more

How scholarships can help today's companies encourage top talent
(BPT) - The demand for highly skilled employees continues to rise across various industries, spurring many of today's top companies to seek creative new ways to encourage and develop the best talent. One obstacle to that mission is the rising cost of higher education. To combat that, some businesse... click to read more

8 tips to prep your home during (and after) the holidays
(BPT) - Hosting guests, baking treats, kids on school break and managing a packed social calendar - the holidays can be a stressful, busy time. And with so much to do, household chores can fall by the wayside, leaving your home messy and disorganized.These eight tips will help you enjoy a cleaner h... click to read more

Club for the Future enables students to send space mail
(BPT) - Did you know that students can send postcards to space and have the cards returned right back to their mailbox for only the cost of a stamp?The program, started by nonprofit Club for the Future, gives students of all ages around the globe the chance to send and receive space mail. The Club ... click to read more

Self-care re-imagined: Achieve higher quality 'me time' in the bathroom
(BPT) - The long-overdue self-care movement acknowledges what you've known for years: Taking time for yourself gets you in a better state of mind to handle your crazy life and tackle your long to-do list.A day off and a massage appointment are both acts of self-care that can work wonders on your st... click to read more

Making a Difference: Why Finding the Right Schizophrenia Treatment Plan Matters
(BPT) - Schizophrenia is a complex and chronic brain disorder that can interrupt every aspect of an adult's life. For adults living with serious mental illness, like Jason, the journey to finding the right treatment plan, including medication and supportive therapies, can take years. During that ti... click to read more

Survey: Many homeowners are not prepared for an emergency
(BPT) - If emergency officials in your community issued a mandatory evacuation order to get out of the path of a wildfire, hurricane or other natural disaster, would you know what to take with you, the evacuation route you would take and where you would go until it was safe to return home?Do you ha... click to read more

Discounted access to Amazon Prime for customers on government assistance
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Stake out special occasion meals in the beef aisle
(BPT) - Hosting dinner for a special occasion can be stressful. Whether you're gathering with family for the holidays or making something new for friends, you want to deliver an entertaining evening and impress your guests with a pristine meal that everyone enjoys. A delicious beef cut is the focal... click to read more

Prioritize your health in the New Year
(BPT) - Now is the time of year when people typically take inventory of their lives and set new goals. Relationships, finances, careers and health are all important aspects that impact overall well-being. For this New Year, consider making your health a top priority.According to the recent America'... click to read more

Expert tips and tricks to brighten your brunch
(BPT) - "One of my favorite things to do is get together with friends for a cozy Sunday brunch," says mother, actress and chef Haylie Duff. "It's the best way to spend some quality time together before jumping into the busy week ahead. Plus, kicking off the morning with a nutritious meal is an adde... click to read more

New year, new ... tires?
(BPT) - As you gear up for a new year with new goals, now is the time to ask yourself if your wheels need a refresh. And there's no better time, as the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration recommends that tires be replaced every six years regardless of the number of miles driven. Research... click to read more

How to maximize AI usage at home
(BPT) - As the prevalence of artificial intelligence (AI) in the home grows, so too does the amount of helpful features available to make daily tasks much easier. While the abundance of smart home technology (powered by AI) can seem overwhelming, the more you know, the better these functions can im... click to read more

How to relax and enjoy holiday entertaining
(BPT) - When the holidays roll around, it can be easy to over-schedule, over-complicate and over-stress - especially when it's your turn to be the party host. But if you look back on your favorite holiday memories, you probably don't remember the centerpiece, the table settings or the menu. You jus... click to read more

Don't let winter sports injuries freeze your fun
(BPT) - For many people, dropping temperatures mean it's time to bundle up and head outdoors for their favorite winter activities. Whether you're a sports enthusiast hitting the ski slope, a casual skater heading to the local rink or a parent ready to tackle the nearby sledding hill with your child... click to read more

Supporting a Loved One with a Chronic and Progressive Lung Condition
(BPT) - Having a friend or loved one with a chronic and progressive condition teaches you many things: patience, understanding and adapting to lifestyle changes after diagnosis. But for Mary, supporting her friend, Barbara, living with a serious lung condition called nontuberculous mycobacterial (N... click to read more

Life insurance: Who should get it? [Infographic]
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4 ways to conquer the holiday season
(BPT) - For many, the holiday season means get-togethers with friends and family, traveling and buying gifts, which can also bring an increase in spending. With all the hustle and bustle, it's important to remember what the season is all about - connecting with loved ones. With the help of your sma... click to read more

How to keep your house warm – even in freezing temperatures
(BPT) - With the early arrival of winter, the grip of cold temperatures and snowfall that landed along with it, now is a good time to start thinking about keeping your home warm and cozy all season long.This winter, consider the strategies below to keep your house warm, even during the most frigid ... click to read more

Restore and look good: What to pack for your winter getaway
(BPT) - It's officially that time of year when everyone is stressed out, exhausted and overall in desperate need of some R&R. Whether your idea of restoration involves tearing up the ski slopes or drinking wine by a roaring fireplace, now is the time to prep and plan your exciting winter getawa... click to read more

Caution is king when it comes to winter driving
(BPT) - With the winter in full swing, ensuring your tires - the last line of defense between your vehicle and harsh conditions - are in working order may be the difference between an enjoyable or stressful travel season. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 17% of all v... click to read more

Winterize your wheels: Ways to stay safe on the road
(BPT) - Winter's not coming: It's here. That means extra-chilly weather, as well as driving in snow, ice, rain, fog and sleet. In short, be prepared for much-tougher-than-normal driving conditions, such as super-slippery roads and a decrease in visibility.'Be smart and make sure your vehicle is rea... click to read more

Next year's tax tips for small business owners
(BPT) - When you completed last year's small business tax return, did you run into surprises? Deductions you could no longer take? Changes in the tax code that left you regretting choices you made last year?You may have discovered you can no longer deduct for entertaining, so hold off on buying spo... click to read more

Expert tips for the perfect holiday roast
(BPT) - Wondering what to cook for an upcoming holiday gathering? A beautiful beef roast is a feast for the eyes and the stomach, sure to impress guests of all ages. With a few expert tips and tricks, you'll be sure to serve a perfectly cooked roast packed full of flavor.Roasting tips from the pros... click to read more

3 ways to add wellness to your vacation
(BPT) - Why not focus on your health this year by planning a trip that will help you relax, recharge and refocus on your top wellness goals?The following are a few ways to focus on your health while on vacation.Here are just a few ways you can make the most of your vacation while getting your healt... click to read more

Secrets to success from winners of Amazon’s Small Business Spotlight Awards
(BPT) - Starting a small business requires a lot of hard work and commitment, with no guarantee of success. Thanks to the internet and the rise of e-commerce, small businesses today can capitalize on opportunities using tech tools that didn't exist a couple of decades ago. This has opened up possib... click to read more

5 winter tips for healthy teeth and gums
(BPT) - Winter is here - it's time to layer on the warm clothes and stock up on the cold and flu essentials that keep you healthy during the colder months. But as you focus on winter wellness, it's important to remember how oral care affects your overall health.'Your mouth is the gateway to your di... click to read more

Tips to get your house ready for entertaining
(BPT) - Whether hosting family and friends for your first or fifteenth time, you want your home to be ready to impress. Here are five simple ways to make sure your home is refreshed and ready for any entertaining occasion.1. Refresh kitchen countersSince the kitchen is where people mingle the most,... click to read more

Keep mom, dad and the grands home safe with the latest technology
(BPT) - Technological advancements are helping aging adults stay safe, comfortable and connected as they age in place. And, families can feel more confident about mom, dad and the grands living independently, especially around the holidays.'The year 2020 brings new innovative technologies to enable... click to read more

Pre-Party Rituals to Look & Feel Your Best This Holiday Season
(BPT) - With the drastic drop in temperatures also comes the most festive time of the year. The holiday season isn't just the cheeriest time, but also the busiest. With so many upcoming holiday celebrations to look forward to, you'll want to make sure you not only look your best, but also feel your... click to read more

4 steps to get back on the road after a tire warning light
(BPT) - It'll happen to every driver and likely at the most inopportune moment - like when you're running late, on a family road trip or commuting to work. A familiar dashboard light will flick on in your car. Sometimes, the low tire pressure indicator can mean it's time to add more air, caused by ... click to read more

7 tips for long road trips with kids
(BPT) - Whether the length of your drive is three hours or 30 minutes, it can seem an eternity with a bored child in the car. A little planning will ensure your next road trip with one or more children will be happy and safe, no matter where you're going.Here's how you and your kids can stay safe a... click to read more

Turning gaming into a career: How girls are taking the reins
(BPT) - Careers in the video game industry are highly desirable, and for good reason. Working for a video game company can be rewarding, and equally important, turns a favorite pastime into an exciting career. However, for tween and teen girl gamers, the prospect of one day working in the video gam... click to read more

From Seed to Supplement: Behind the Label
(BPT) - More than ever before, consumers today are demanding transparency on product labels. As news about food adulteration and contamination continues to appear in the headlines, the concern for food and product safety is rising.If nutritional supplements have ever been an important part of your ... click to read more

How to find the right balance with pain management
(BPT) - If you're facing surgery soon, you may have concerns about pain management. In a 2018 Mayo Clinic survey, 94% of the adults surveyed said that they would choose an alternative to opioids for treatment after surgery, but only 1 in 4 actually talked to their healthcare professional about thos... click to read more





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