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home : home & lifestyle : seniors
May 24, 2019

Expert tips for a better night’s sleep
(BPT) - When was the last time you had a good night's sleep?For many, sleep doesn't come easy. Up to 70 million Americans suffer from sleep disorders, such as obstructive sleep apnea, insomnia, narcolepsy and restless legs syndrome. Nights are spent staring at the walls as insomnia takes control, o... click to read more

Summertime adventure in Arkansas
(BPT) - The warm months have arrived, bringing with them longer days and the promise of new family memories to be made.An affordable getaway to The Natural State is the perfect excuse to soak up all the fun and sun this time of year offers.Centrally located and naturally beautiful, Arkansas is the ... click to read more

How to prepare for your next road trip
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Tires keep America rolling
(BPT) - Off to work. Heading to the gym. Going to see the latest superhero movie … again. Taking the kids to soccer practice. Road trip! Wherever you're driving to, the last things on your mind when you jump into your car are the tires.Makes sense: To most, tires are nondescript, black a... click to read more

How colleges are adapting for today’s students
(BPT) - Today's college students bring a wide variety of needs and manage a constant juggle of responsibilities while pursuing a degree. According to the Department of Education, 74 percent of undergraduate students, described as the 'new normal,' have at least one nontraditional characteristic suc... click to read more

Take gardening to the next level
(BPT) - For both novice gardeners and those with years of experience, there are always ways to improve the gardening experience and the results with innovative techniques, approaches and products. From choosing eco-friendly plant food to updating the containers used for planting, here are a few tip... click to read more

Easy step-by-step instructions for a DIY tool organizer for the special dad in your life
(BPT) - Father's Day is coming up and you'd like to give something special as a gift. Why not make your own tool organizer? Not only does this make a great gift for any father figure in your life, it's also a fun project to do together, so you can spend quality time with your favorite dad.Get start... click to read more

3 reasons to go fishing on your next day trip
(BPT) - When the weather warms up, it's the perfect time to spend a day casting on the water. Whether you're an experienced fisherman, a novice or a family looking for a fun, all-ages activity, fishing is an easy and enjoyable choice.Here are three reasons for you and your family to go fishing for ... click to read more

How to improve your credit score before applying for a mortgage
(BPT) - In today's world, lenders use many different types of credit scoring models. There are virtually hundreds of different models out there for lenders to choose from.Many lenders continue to use conventional models that don't provide a score for millions of consumers. That often puts younger b... click to read more

4 habits to create lasting energy
(BPT) - When it comes to feeling your best, many people agree that energy plays a major role not only in our productivity but also our overall happiness. While we all wish there was a quick fix, sustained energy is not easily attained by just another cup of coffee. Energy needs to be generated from... click to read more

How companies are creating healthier worksites
(BPT) - Worksite hurdles are the issues or hassles that prevent employees from being engaged, successful and happy at their jobs. To help overcome these hurdles, and for more satisfied, productive employees, an increasing number of employers are looking to their employee well-being programs for ans... click to read more

Tire blowout 101: What to do when your tire fails on the road
(BPT) - As seasons change and temperatures rise, so do the number of tire blowouts around the country. The truth is a blowout can happen anywhere and at any time. Tire failures put drivers in an unexpected, frightening and dangerous situation. And, while it's an experience no motorist wishes to end... click to read more

5 simple steps to sparkling hardwood floors
(BPT) - Getting your home ready for summer means putting away the warm clothing and winter gear, clearing out clutter and making room for lighter and brighter accessories. As you prepare to tidy and organize your home for a summer of get-togethers and cookouts, don't forget to show a little extra l... click to read more

How one piece of safety equipment has been saving lives for 100 years
(BPT) - Gary Govanus didn't put much thought into what he was wearing 45 years ago while working in-flight services at night at Chicago O'Hare, but by the end of that day his life would be forever changed because he reached for a hard hat at the start of his shift.On the night of his accident, he a... click to read more

Moving made simple: 5 tips and tricks to save time and stress
(BPT) - Moving is an exciting time as you look forward to settling into your new home sweet home. However, it's also a stressful time as you try to move your belongings from one place to another, as well as set up all the services you need, such as mail, cable and internet.Before you get stressed, ... click to read more

Developing a plan to ensure the safest pregnancy, childbirth and recovery
(BPT) - Many people would be surprised to learn that among developed countries, the United States not only has the highest rate of maternal mortality (death during pregnancy or within one year of birth), but that it increased 56% between 1990 and 2015. The American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA... click to read more

6 ways to save money when shopping on Amazon
(BPT) - These days, everyone's looking for bargains and ways to save while shopping online from the comfort of their own homes. With low prices, a wide selection and fast shipping for customers, Amazon has a lot to offer to save you both time and money. Below are six easy ways to save when shopping... click to read more

3 ideas to freshen up your favorite summer treats
(BPT) - Summertime brings lots of picnics, barbecues and pool parties, along with tasty treats everyone loves to share. Want to make yummy desserts your friends will rave about, but with your own unique twist?Add exotic new fruit.Whether you're making a fruit salad, a pie or another tasty fruit-for... click to read more

Video games that help young women solve problems and express themselves
(BPT) - Playing video games is not simply entertainment or an escape for middle school girls; it can be a confidence booster. The best games offer intellectual challenges, social interaction and a creative outlet. These games provide opportunities for young women to problem solve, be part of a grou... click to read more

The home fire safety feature you probably haven't thought about
(BPT) - Home is supposed to be a safe space, so it can be scary to think about things like fires. Unfortunately, fires are a real threat. Seven people die each day due to home fires, so it's important to be ready.Every home needs working smoke alarms and an escape plan for exiting the house. These ... click to read more

4 tips to help college grads buy the perfect vehicle
(BPT) - Congratulations, college graduates! You're all set to enter the job market, but do you have what it takes to get to and from interviews or work? It might be time to move on from worn-out, hand-me-down vehicles for your fresh start in life.'Safety ratings and affordability are important cons... click to read more

4 signs & symptoms which may mean your rheumatoid arthritis is uncontrolled
(BPT) - If you've been diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis (RA), you're far from alone.The inflammatory disease affects some 1.3 million adults in America, according to the National Institutes of Health.1,2What's more, despite recent advances in treatments for the disease, many patients still exper... click to read more

Terrific tools: A Father’s Day gift guide
(BPT) - Father's Day is a time to show Dad appreciation for all he does, big and small. This year, get him something more exciting than the traditional tie, golf gear or barbecue accessories.In general, dads can never have enough tools, and depending on your dad's personality and what he likes to d... click to read more

Personalized cancer care offers new hope for patients
(BPT) - Elissa Reynolds was preparing to move to Indianapolis and begin an exciting new chapter in her life. Knowing her upcoming move meant she would be without health insurance for a time, the 36-year-old decided to get any potential health issues examined while she still had coverage.After exper... click to read more

5 ideas to save money on health care
(BPT) - Rising premiums and different levels of coverage can make health care costs seem very confusing. Here are 5 simple ideas that could help you save on your health care costs.1. Plan for medical bills. Just as you would ask a mechanic to estimate the cost of service on your car ahead of time, ... click to read more

Ask the expert: Oral health as you age
(BPT) - We all know brushing our teeth twice a day is crucial to keeping our smile bright, but most of us probably don't understand how dental hygiene can impact our overall health, especially as we age. Going to the dentist is one of the most important things we can do for our health.Each year mor... click to read more

How a secured card can help you establish or repair credit
(BPT) - Building strong credit is one of the most important things you can do for yourself. It can affect everything from getting a loan, to renting an apartment, to even getting your own cell phone plan. But building or repairing your credit doesn't happen overnight, it takes time.If you're commit... click to read more

Health tips: Treat your hair and scalp with care
(BPT) - The changing seasons, environmental factors, overuse of harmful products and ingrained grooming habits can damage your hair. Getting the strong, shiny hair you want can be as easy as following a few simple tips for hair and scalp health.1. Wash in lukewarm water. Washing your hair in overly... click to read more

Summertime cuts and scrapes: 3 simple steps to help prevent infection
(BPT) - Summer is a time to get the family back outside to play after a long winter of being stuck inside. Those outdoor adventures - for kids big and small - may also bring a few unexpected injuries. Parents never want to see their kids hurt, but when those minor cuts or scrapes do occur, it's imp... click to read more

3 ways leaders can help employees embrace AI
(BPT) - Most people may be unaware how much Artificial Intelligence (AI) has become part of their lives. From GPS and predictive text on smartphones to search engines and customer service chatbots, AI is changing the way people live and work. AI involves the process of using algorithms to make sens... click to read more

Florida’s Space Coast is a vacation destination that’s out of this world
(BPT) - For the science, technology and sci-fi enthusiasts in your family, there's no better way to truly experience the excitement of the modern-day space race than to view a rocket launch in person during the yearlong celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission, which in 1969 lan... click to read more

Entertain effortlessly with global flavors
(BPT) - When the warm weather finally arrives, it's easy to get excited about leisurely days spent in the company of friends and family, enjoying delicious, fresh, seasonal foods. At the top of the list are crisp, juicy and delicious California grapes, which are always a favorite snack. For the hom... click to read more

Home flipping experts reveal the story of their first renovation
(BPT) - Like a first kiss, first car or first day of school, entrepreneurs and home renovation experts Ashley and Andy Williams will never forget completing their first home renovation project.'That day began as all our days do - with organized chaos,' Ashley said. 'We got our two kids ready for sc... click to read more

Dispelling myths about home warranty plans
(BPT) - If you're considering a home warranty plan, you are probably doing your due diligence - as you should - on how they work, who the different providers are and what to expect from the experience. This article is meant to help you understand home warranty plans, as well as separate fact from f... click to read more

7 easy travel snack ideas for diabetics
(BPT) - Do you have diabetes and stress about finding healthy and convenient snack options while you're traveling?See below for smart snacking tips and healthy recipes for diabetics.Choose healthy and satisfying snacks between meals. Snacking done right can keep your blood sugar levels as close to ... click to read more

What you might not know about radiation therapy to treat cancer
(BPT) - If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with cancer, you probably have a lot of questions. It's normal to feel uneasy, but rest assured your health care team is there to take care of you and answer your questions.As your doctor assesses the best treatment for your cancer, radiation therapy... click to read more

Bathroom upgrades: 3 tips to add technology, tailor-made features
(BPT) - We tend to think of the bathroom as a utilitarian space, and therefore not worthy of the same energy and expense put into designing spaces like the living room or kitchen. We spend a lot of time in the bathroom, however. It's the room where we start and set intentions for our day. In the ev... click to read more

5 steps to prepare for natural disasters
(BPT) - Whether it's hurricanes, tornadoes or snowstorms, natural disasters can occur anywhere at any time. When they do, it's often sudden, so being prepared ahead of time is key. However, only 39% of Americans are prepared for an unexpected natural disaster, according to a study by the Federal Em... click to read more

Headaches: A fleeting moment or persistent problem?
(BPT) - You've been there before - you wake up and immediately feel the pulsing in your head, you get to work and can feel the pounding pressure mounting as you move between looking at your computer screen and meetings, you're gearing up for a fun day out with your kids but you cringe as the pain i... click to read more

The building blocks to a more beautiful outdoor-living space
(BPT) - Segmental retaining wall units are one of the most versatile landscaping tools in the homeowner's and professional landscaper's toolbox. Retaining wall units have evolved from just retaining soil, transitioning slopes and preventing erosion. Today's SRWs can do all that plus serve as multip... click to read more

5 steps to a healthy spring lawn
(BPT) - After a long winter, it's finally time to enjoy the outdoors again. For a healthy yard all season, it's important to do a little 'spring cleaning' now for a lush, green lawn. If the work seems overwhelming, projects can be accomplished over several weekends.Here are six simple projects to h... click to read more

6 tips every parent should know about autism diagnosis and treatment
(BPT) - An estimated one in 59 children has been identified with Autism Spectrum Disorder, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Despite this prevalence, if you think your child might have autism, it can feel very isolating. Venturing into the unknown is stressful, but there ... click to read more

5 ways you can help fight child hunger
(BPT) - Did you know more than 13 million youth in the U.S. don't know where their next meal is coming from? This is especially true during the summer, when children and teens don't have access to free or reduced-cost lunches or breakfasts offered during the school year. In fact, over 22 million ki... click to read more

How to choose plants for your summer garden
(BPT) - Whether you're new to gardening or have a green thumb, summer is the perfect season to start your own garden. Now is the time to start thinking of all the possibilities the warm weather brings!'The first step to start your summer garden is considering what plants make you happy and what typ... click to read more

How to create a DIY planter box for growing your summer herbs
(BPT) - Do-it-yourself projects are more popular than ever, and it's no wonder why; they make for a great weekend activity and are a creative way to add handmade touches to your space. Whether it's gardening, cooking, or simply being creative, summer is the perfect time to combine your favorite pas... click to read more

Are you or a loved one struggling with addiction? You are not alone [Infographic]
(BPT) - Over 20 million Americans struggle with substance use. These are our children, parents, friends and neighbors. If you or someone you love needs help, don't wait to reach out. Call the Addiction Resource Center for free, confidential support: 1-833-301-HELP.... click to read more

How to Get the Most Out of Your Morning Meal
(BPT) - Everyone has heard the phrase, 'Breakfast is the most important meal of the day' at least once in their life, but many don't know the extensive benefits of starting the day with a nutritious meal. Registered Dietitian and Nutritionist Dawn Jackson Blatner shares her expertise and offers sim... click to read more

National Poppy Day marks the 100th anniversary of 'The Poppy Lady'
(BPT) - One hundred years ago, a selfless young school teacher with a big heart and unwavering commitment to our nation's veterans started a national movement that continues today - brightening the lives of those who served our nation.During its 100th anniversary this year, The American Legion Fami... click to read more

Tips for eating healthier this summer
(BPT) - Summer is possibly the easiest time to stick to a healthier lifestyle. It's warm outside so we're more likely to be active, plus there's plenty of good, fresh produce available. With the recent focus on organic ingredients and the farm-to-table approach, home cooks and anyone interested in ... click to read more

5 surprising ways to use turmeric in your everyday cooking
(BPT) - If you're familiar with turmeric, you probably know it as a spice in Indian cuisine such as curry. Turmeric is mildly aromatic, with a distinct earthy, pungent flavor and deep yellow color. The warm, gingery taste of turmeric can be combined with other spices to create unique flavors that c... click to read more

7 Adorable Ways Children Show Appreciation
(BPT) - Mother's Day is the perfect time for children to show mom a little appreciation. From hugs aplenty to cute drawings, they know how to melt a mom's heart through even the smallest acts of affection. And as women who love unconditionally, moms are treasures that are deserving of our appreciat... click to read more

5 steps to preparing for an obstacle course race
(BPT) - With popular obstacle- and ninja-style shows taking over TV, you might be curious what it takes to become a part of the competition. One expert ninja says this curiosity can springboard you quickly to the next level."'I want to try it.' This is the first thing I said before exploring traini... click to read more

7 unexpected ways to use cranberries this summer
(BPT) - When the temps heat up, home cooks look for lighter, more refreshing food and drinks that still pack a nutritional punch. America's Original Superfruit(R), the cranberry, is just the thing - a tangy fruit that adds flavorful zing to sweet and savory recipes. Available dried, frozen, as juic... click to read more

How to boost your business by becoming a truck rental agent
(BPT) - Successful entrepreneurs are always looking for new opportunities to expand their business and increase their revenue, with minimal time commitment, overhead and expenditure. For business owners looking to grow their bottom line, becoming a truck rental agent can provide a profitable opport... click to read more

What you should know about buying versus leasing a car
(BPT) - Need a new car, but not sure whether to buy or lease? You're not alone. It can be a confusing decision, and there's a lot to think about before you decide what's right for you and your situation.Here are a few questions you should ask yourself to help in making that decision.Do you like hav... click to read more

New ways HOAs are communicating with residents
(BPT) - Without thoughtful communication, relationships between board members, residents and property managers of community associations can go from smooth to contentious in a hurry. From single-family communities to high-rise condos, everyone has their own ideas about what's best for the neighborh... click to read more

7 sunscreen myths a dermatologist wants you to stop believing
(BPT) - It's no secret that sunscreen is essential for protecting our skin from the sun's damaging rays. Even on a cloudy day, sunscreen is important for helping to reduce early signs of skin aging and skin cancer when used along with other sun protection measures. However, not everything you hear ... click to read more

The 5 best ways to get your house ready to fight spring allergies
(BPT) - Spring is not only a time for renewal around the house, but also for battling pesky allergies. While you can't stop allergies from happening each spring, there are easy ways to reduce their effects in your home.Home space expert Egypt Sherrod shares her tips for refreshing your home décor, ... click to read more

5 tips for practicing self-care
(BPT) - Ever feel like the days just get away from you, and you don't have time to do all the things you need to do, much less want to do? Often wish you could just spend your evenings or weekends on your own personal goals, practicing some self-care or just relaxing? There are many ways you can ta... click to read more

5 fun and easy ways to help your kids keep learning all summer
(BPT) - Did you know 96% of teachers say that each fall, students appear to have forgotten or lost some of the knowledge or skills they learned the previous school year?But don't worry, the good news is that 89% of parents plan to continue some form of educational activities with their children dur... click to read more

How to honor the important women in your life this Mother’s Day
(BPT) - This Mother's Day, take the opportunity to honor not only your mother, but all the important women in your life who have provided care and love when you needed it the most. Think about the women who have supported, nurtured and cheered you on. Now it's your chance to show them how much they... click to read more

Find your voice in treating COPD: learn what you need to ask your doctor
(BPT) - While many of us take for granted the ability to breathe easily, nearly 16 million Americans may be experiencing symptoms like coughing, wheezing or struggling to take in a breath - signs of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, or COPD.COPD is a serious, progressive lung disease, usually ... click to read more

5 financial wellness moves every family should master
(BPT) - If you had to grade your financial literacy, what would it be? Are you an A+ saver, investor and planner, or do you think you could do better? If you grade yourself average at best, you're not alone.When asked to grade their own financial literacy, more than half of Americans say they'd ear... click to read more

Unlock the secret to ageless skin
(BPT) - It's no secret that most of us can't stand the signs of aging on our skin and are looking for ways to smooth fine lines and wrinkles, tighten crepey loose skin, and fade scarring and other imperfections - without resorting to cosmetic surgery.The good news is that we no longer have to let o... click to read more

7 things you should know about addiction
(BPT) - Did you know 192 people die in America every day from drug overdose? That means 192 families lose someone every day. Survivors of people lost to drug addiction share their stories on the Addiction Policy Forum website to increase awareness. What these families learned could help save the li... click to read more

What to write: Tips for creating the perfect message for any Mother's Day card
(BPT) - Mom is a special title reserved for the special women who care tremendously for their loved ones. Of course this means your birth mom, but the mom squad includes so many more caring women. It's your wife, best friend, sister, neighbor and beyond. These people simply make the world a better ... click to read more

Seasonal trends to inspire and add style to your outdoor space
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Real estate ready: Smart tips for first-time homebuyers
(BPT) - Today's first-time homebuyers face a variety of hurdles when trying to enter the real estate market. While interest rates have declined recently and there are signs that more inventory may be coming onto the market, many buyers continue to feel frustration in finding and financing a home.Ad... click to read more

Create and connect: 5 unique ways to spark self-expression
(BPT) - Shared experiences are part of what makes us human. There's nothing better than getting together with friends, loved ones, neighbors, colleagues (really whoever wants to join!) to catch up and share a few laughs. Add to that an engaging, hands-on activity, and you've crafted the perfect gat... click to read more

Beauty lessons mothers and daughters have taught each other
(BPT) - Moms teach their daughters so much as they grow, from how to apply makeup to how to care for their skin, and while there are many habits you form simply because you picked them up from your mother, there are plenty of tricks you've learned on your own. There are even some that your mother h... click to read more

Want a bathroom addition? What to know before you cut through concrete
(BPT) - It's home improvement season, which means you're probably dreaming of enhancements to make your space more livable and to enhance property value. Adding a bathroom is a great way to do both, but for many people, concrete poses a potential problem.Want to add a bathroom to your garage? How a... click to read more

There’s a classic tool in your toolbox that might be an impostor
(BPT) - When you think of a list of the most common tools - tools that you start using as a kid and become part of your toolbox everywhere life takes you after that - it's probably got five or six must-haves. That list would likely include a hammer, screwdriver, tape measure, saw and a Crescent wre... click to read more

5 home fix-ups for spring
(BPT) - With the days lengthening and weather warming, spring is a good time to get outdoors and tackle some larger home projects. Now that the threat of winter storms has passed, be sure to look for damage and make any needed repairs, as well as prep your home and garden for summer.'Winter weather... click to read more

Grow your own food in small spaces
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3 easy health changes with big benefits
(BPT) - Making changes to improve your health can feel overwhelming. But just a few simple modifications can impact your health dramatically. Here are three easy changes you can make now to transform your health:Eat your waterAre you thirsty? Up to 75 percent of Americans may be functioning in a ch... click to read more

5 ways to make your graduate feel great this season
(BPT) - In keeping with tradition this time of year, parents across America are getting ready to celebrate the graduation achievements of their children, nieces, nephews and other friends and relatives.Many will be moving forward from preschool, elementary school or middle school. A whopping 3.3 mi... click to read more

5 best strategies to beat the heat and save energy this summer
(BPT) - When the temperatures start going up, so do your energy bills. If you're looking for ways to save energy and keep your house cooler at the same time, there are a number of strategies you can use that will save you money and make you and your family more comfortable all summer long.1. Get sm... click to read more

Adulting 101: Cleaning tips and tricks to survive post-grad life
(BPT) - Let's face it - being an adult is hard. The overflowing laundry basket and tomato soup splattered microwave aren't going to magically disappear. Whether you are graduating from school or moving out of home for the first time, with the fun of living on your own also comes the responsibility ... click to read more

Inspiring children and young adults to try computer science
(BPT) - Math, science, history and ... coding? For today's students, learning how to code is becoming just as important as learning how to read. The Bureau of Labor Statistics says computer science is the fastest growing profession within the science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) field. ... click to read more

Tips for an epic summer road trip
(BPT) - The heat is almost on so now's the time to plan for a cool summer road trip. Whether you're going with friends or family, near or far, there's nothing like hitting the road for an epic summer trip. National parks, the coast, big cities, Main Street USA and fun/silly tourist destinations are... click to read more

Interested in taking a DNA test? Your questions answered
(BPT) - April marks an important anniversary for genome-related discoveries; in April 1953, DNA's double helix was discovered by Watson, Crick, Wilkins and Franklin and fifty years later in April 2003, the Human Genome Project - an international research project that determined the sequence of the ... click to read more

5 simple breakfast hacks
(BPT) - Weekday mornings can be rough, trying to get yourself and your family up and dressed, fed, then out the door in time for school and work. It's tough to make sure everyone gets something healthy to eat before dashing out to start the day. What if there were a few simple things you could do t... click to read more

3 weekend projects to cut your energy bills
(BPT) - Seasons come and go, but one thing remains the same - energy bills. According to the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), the average annual energy cost for a single-family American home is more than $2,000. While some of this cost is due to the rise in electronic usage in homes, there is a muc... click to read more

Consumers across the country use purchasing power to help the environment
(BPT) - Recent studies have shown that a record number of Americans understand that climate change is real and their increasing concern for the future of our planet is driving major corporations across the country to go green by setting and fulfilling lofty sustainability goals.According to a recen... click to read more

5 tips for drivers hitting the open road this spring
(BPT) - Americans are ready for spring weekend getaways and road trips. According to the latest Gauge Index survey from Hankook Tire, most of us are planning an outdoor getaway. The beach (51%) is the top vacation Americans are planning this spring, followed by a national park (39%) for the outdoor... click to read more

6 reasons your bathroom needs a high-tech boost
(BPT) - From smart thermostats that help you save energy and keep your home comfortable, to high-fidelity speaker systems that allow you to enjoy your favorite music and movies, there's no shortage of electronics to upgrade your home. And as technology becomes more integrated into your everyday lif... click to read more

Upgrade your space without breaking the bank
(BPT) - Whether you rent or own, a happy home means finding distinctive ways to continuously improve your space. A full renovation or re-design can be pricey, but making your home feel fresh and current doesn't have to be. We've thought through cost-effective solutions to make your home a place you... click to read more

Your natural teeth are worth saving
(BPT) - The human body is something to marvel at, but sometimes we take it for granted. Some things, like your natural teeth, are truly worth the effort to take care of and preserve. And most Americans agree.A recent survey conducted by the American Association of Endodontists revealed that over 95... click to read more

How to make employee engagement a daily habit
(BPT) - One of the latest business buzzwords this year is EX, or the employee experience. Organizations are beginning to realize that they need to create a positive employee experience in the same way they have focused on the customer experience. In this ever-tightening job market, it's mission cri... click to read more

Home and office furniture: What you don't know could be toxic
(BPT) - Awareness of health risks from potentially harmful chemicals has grown exponentially in recent years, leading to a consumer demand for transparency regarding what's in the food, personal care products and household items we use every day.But did you know that many home and office furnishing... click to read more

Get ahead of the storm: Check your coverage before hurricane season
(BPT) - Hurricanes provide little advance notice of their arrival, and as landfall approaches, insurance companies may temporarily suspend new coverage and coverage changes.That means it's usually a good idea to review your insurance coverage yearly to make sure it matches your needs.An insurance r... click to read more

Finding new ways to address hepatitis C
(BPT) - According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, viral hepatitis is a silent epidemic that affects more than 5 million people in the United States. Additionally, more than half of those living with hepatitis do not know they have the virus, putting them at risk for life-threaten... click to read more

Half of Americans are ‘C’ students at best when it comes to understanding finances
(BPT) - When it comes to education, we instinctively understand the link between performance and opportunity - a college graduate is likely to have more job opportunities than someone who didn't finish high school. Similarly, the high school valedictorian may be courted by more colleges and univers... click to read more

5 ways you and your pet can help the planet
(BPT) - Chances are, you consider your animal companion part of the family. You care about what your pet eats, and you want what's healthiest for everyone, including your pet. You also may care about promoting a healthy environment and using products that are eco-friendly and good for all of you.Th... click to read more

4 smart home improvements that pay off
(BPT) - These days, home upgrades are increasingly focused on one key feature: connectivity. In 2019, buyers want smart homes they can easily control from anywhere. From smart HVAC and sprinkler systems to connected garage door openers, it's all about creating convenience and comfort.Here are four ... click to read more

6 reasons to add hydrotherapy to your self-care routine
(BPT) - Unwind, relax and rejuvenate - these are the words associated with enjoying a warm bath. Bathing is an indulgence that has remained popular for centuries and is especially important today as you work to find balance in a fast-paced lifestyle.Hydrotherapy provides the perfect solution with i... click to read more

Can you eat your way to thicker, fuller hair?
(BPT) - Did you know that what you eat affects your hair? That's news to most people, especially those who are dealing with hair loss. While there are many possible causes for hair loss - stress, the environment, health problems - achieving thick, full and healthy hair ultimately starts with your d... click to read more

There’s no such thing as too much information before surgery
(BPT) - There is no such thing as TMI (too much information) when it comes to communicating facts about your health with your physician anesthesiologist before surgery or a medical procedure. You might not think taking ginkgo biloba for memory, using medical marijuana for pain, smoking or snoring a... click to read more

Addressing the needs of caregivers helping our military, veteran heroes
(BPT) - 'You're sitting at home one night and get a phone call that your husband is being medevaced and he's coming home. They said it was for spinal injuries,' recalled Mandy Spooneybarger, 36, caregiver to her husband, Charles, an Army veteran. 'You have to live in your new normal. It's stressful... click to read more

Smart ways to help students gain confidence in learning
(BPT) - Building the confidence to try, experiment and keep going even when things get hard is a critical part of the educational process. Confidence comes more naturally to some students than others, yet new research shows that confidence levels today impact learning outcomes for students.Three-qu... click to read more

Tips for building an emergency savings fund
(BPT) - Sponsored ad content from Vanderbilt Mortgage and Finance, Inc.Emergencies by nature happen when we least expect them, and often at an inconvenient time. From a minor emergency like a car or home repair to more serious emergencies like a medical issue or unemployment, handling the emergency... click to read more

Top 5 financial tips for women
(BPT) - Do women worry more about saving for retirement? There are many reasons women may be concerned about saving enough - they have a longer life expectancy, they often earn less than their male counterparts and they may have fewer full-time working years due to time spent caring for children or... click to read more

Will your family have to guess your health care wishes?
(BPT) - Imagine you are in an accident or a sudden illness leaves you unable to speak for yourself. Your loved one or caregiver may be faced with a difficult decision about whether to continue life-saving measures. How does that person know what to do?Discuss, decide and document. These are three i... click to read more

Clearing the air: 5 facts to know when choosing new roofing
(BPT) - When choosing products and materials for a new roof, many homeowners focus mainly on color and what their shingles will look like next to their existing siding or brick.Naturally, aesthetics and curb appeal are important. But an even more crucial element of your new roof is the attic ventil... click to read more

How to Pinpoint a Rare Disease That Can Often be Misdiagnosed for up to 15 Years
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Top tips for hosting a standout brunch
(BPT) - Any special occasion - whether it's Mother's Day, a birthday, a wedding shower or a baby shower - presents a great excuse to host a delicious, memorable brunch for family or friends. You can create not just a delicious meal accompanied by tasty drinks, but a special event that your guests w... click to read more

6 ways to stay safe around the water this summer
(BPT) - Summer is fast approaching, which means that more children will be in and around water areas such as pools, lakes and oceans. Like many parents, you worry about your children's safety around water, no matter how old they are.According to the CDC, drowning is the leading cause of injury deat... click to read more

Thrill of the grill
(BPT) - Americans have a long-standing love affair with grilling. This relationship started many years ago. Our ancestors first learned to cook over an open flame, and today grilling has become a year-round lifestyle choice with many preferring to cook outdoors on the grill.Why do Americans love gr... click to read more

Take control with a financial reality check
(BPT) - Trying to make ends meet, dealing with credit card and student loan debt and paying unexpected bills while saving for retirement can be challenging regardless of where you are in life. It's not surprising that personal finances are employees' number one source of stress, according to MetLif... click to read more

Managing post-surgical pain without opioids
(BPT) - As the opioid epidemic raged on in 2018, dialogues swirled around who to blame for the crisis and how to cut opioids from the treatment narrative. While opioids have long been considered a standard in preoperative and postoperative pain management, many patients are beginning to wonder how ... click to read more

Is unlimited data really the best deal for you?
(BPT) - How much data do you really need on your monthly cellular plan?To hear the big four wireless companies tell it, the answer is simple: Go unlimited. After all, we live in an age where we can stay glued to our smartphone screens nearly every minute for news, email, social media posts, using G... click to read more

Personal finance: How credit and debit cards flag fraud before it happens
(BPT) - Imagine a thief gets your credit or debit card and decides to go on a shopping spree. The thief tries to buy a flat-screen TV, a new computer and a diamond ring. You have no idea this is happening, until you get a phone call from your bank or an alert from your mobile banking app. How did t... click to read more

Seasonal allergies: 8 tips that offer relief
(BPT) - Spring. The time of year when, as poet Alfred Lord Tennyson famously said, a young man's (and woman's) fancy "lightly turns to thoughts of love." That is, of course, if you're not sneezing, coughing or dealing with itchy eyes. Spring allergies seem to get worse every year. Is there anything... click to read more

Downsizing as you age: 8 smart organization tips and tricks
(BPT) - It's easy to accumulate a lot of things throughout your life. From clothes and household goods to antiques and treasured keepsakes, decades of living often means decades of stuff. When you get to a certain age, it can be smart to start downsizing your belongings.Sometimes downsizing is insp... click to read more

How one mother took control of her asthma - recognize the signs
(BPT) - Donna Matlach struggled with asthma for years, but it wasn't until she noticed how much it was interfering with simple, everyday tasks that she realized she needed to do something about it. That's why the mother of four became a patient advocate for people with severe asthma. 'I noticed tha... click to read more

Money-saving roofing secrets every homeowner should know
(BPT) - Replacing an aging or damaged roof is an important step in providing crucial protection from the damage the elements can dish out - from heat, wind and rain, to snow, sleet and hail. But homeowners may not realize that the type of roof shingle they choose can make a big difference, not only... click to read more

Explore the American Evolution: Virginia as the gateway to modern America
(BPT) - While we often think of history as being so - yesterday, the truth is that the America of today wouldn't be what it is without the events of the past that shaped our country. And there is no better way to connect with the roots of modern America than to return to Virginia, where so many of ... click to read more

Transform your weedy lawn from awful to awesome
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Test your knowledge about generic prescriptions
(BPT) - For the past quarter-century, Jonnie, 57, has kept a booth at the Antique Depot in Skiatook, Oklahoma. The job allows her a flexible enough schedule to take care of her elderly mother, who lives next door.Holding estate sales and dealing in used merchandise has also made her an expert on sp... click to read more

3 tips to refresh your home and your spirit this spring
(BPT) - Every spring, the changing season brings a desire for renewal. It's a time of growth, transition and revitalization. The latest trend in home cleaning popularized by Marie Kondo reveals what many of us yearn for - not just decluttering, but a fresh start, a clean slate. We dream of an open,... click to read more

Why sitting is not the new smoking
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Easy DIY projects to enhance your yard and garden
(BPT) - Itching for summer to arrive, when you can get out and enjoy your yard? Why not plan a DIY project to improve your outdoor space, while encouraging everyone in the family to get outside and have fun together?Here are some projects to consider, and the prep work involved.Check your deckDoes ... click to read more

Getting kids thinking about life after graduation
(BPT) - Experiences and learning outside of the classroom can really shape a child's perspective, particularly when it comes to making decisions about what sort of work they might want to pursue. As important as formal education is, kids also learn from the school of life.While it seems like kids n... click to read more

5 smart ideas to refresh your deck
(BPT) - As seasons turn, your focus begins to shift to the outdoors. Your deck or patio becomes your new living room - an ideal setting for memorable moments with friends and family. If you look at these spaces and long for a refresh, the time to start planning is now. You have options, and many yo... click to read more

5 smart money tips that take a matter of minutes
(BPT) - According to a recent survey from Marcus by Goldman Sachs(R)[1], more than half of Americans (51 percent) would rather wash dishes than deal with their finances and 33 percent would rather change a diaper than deal with their finances.Evaluating your finances and making changes to your fina... click to read more

How daylighting can brighten up your home
(BPT) - Looking for relatively quick, doable home improvement projects that won't break the bank? You can create a bright, cheerful home just by changing the lighting. A well-lit space can make rooms appear more spacious, as well as brighten the colors of your new decor or accessories. As you begin... click to read more

How to create an outdoor living space you can enjoy all year long
(BPT) - The dream of a perfect outdoor space where homeowners can enjoy the beauty of nature while still being completely comfortable is no longer limited to a specific climate or time of year. A one-of-a-kind, all-seasons deck is possible if the right features are included in the design. The key i... click to read more

More than beauty, healthy lawns benefit our environment and communities
(BPT) - Now that the temperatures have warmed, families are emerging from weather-imposed hibernation to delight once again in outdoor living. For some homeowners, however, the spring season can be fraught with embarrassment as they covet their neighbor's lush lawn and seek help from Mother Nature ... click to read more

Know what's below – Call 811 before digging for landscaping and home improvement projects this spring
(BPT) - With spring having officially begun, many eager homeowners and landscape professionals across the country will roll up their sleeves and reach for their shovels to start projects that require digging this season.During the transition into 'digging season,' Common Ground Alliance (CGA), the ... click to read more

Expert lawncare tips for a happy summer lawn
(BPT) - It's been a rough winter in many parts of the country, but spring is here at last - and that means it's time to give your lawn a bit of TLC.Although grass is highly resilient, you can help your lawn recover from winter and make sure it's in top shape for summer with these tips from turfgras... click to read more

A doctor shares 5 things consumers must know about supplements
(BPT) - You can't deny it, supplements are everywhere. One trip down the vitamin aisle at your supermarket can leave even the biggest wellness junkie bewildered. There are so many products on the market - many offering contradicting information or claims - that it's easy to understand why consumers... click to read more

Family safety: Public transportation is 10 times safer than traveling by car
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4 easy ways to go boating this summer
(BPT) - Starting to plan a summer getaway? Skip the plane ride or long road trip - go boating to enjoy the fun and relaxation of vacation at your convenience. Whether you prefer an action-packed weekend of watersports with the family, a relaxing after-work cruise with your friends or a serene morni... click to read more

Infusing natural elements for distinctive design
(BPT) - Natural materials add notes of strength and serenity to a space, while simultaneously revitalizing the overall aesthetic. These elements not only represent the distinct beauty found in nature, but also can serve as unique statement pieces that bring handcrafted modernity into a home. From f... click to read more

Uncle Sam gave you a refund? Make these smart money moves
(BPT) - While filing your taxes can be tedious, many Americans often look forward to receiving a tax refund. But it's important to remember that if you're receiving money back from Uncle Sam, it's because you had too much withheld and overpaid your taxes last year - it's not really extra money. So ... click to read more

5 Tips for Planting and Caring for Trees this Arbor Day
(BPT) - Trees are not only beautiful to look at; they also serve important purposes in our communities and all over the world. They provide the oxygen we breathe, regulate the temperature of our neighborhoods, provide food and shelter for wildlife and add value to our homes. If you've ever wanted t... click to read more

DIY nation: Jump-start your next project with these 5 tips
(BPT) - If you prefer to take on your own home improvement projects instead of hiring professional craftsmen, you're part of a growing trend.Americans are increasingly aware of the money they can save by completing their own renovations rather than paying premium prices for the work of others. And ... click to read more

Mom survey shows taxes a source of anxiety
(BPT) - Considering all the tasks a mom does, it may not be surprising that more than 40 percent of mothers feel overwhelmed during tax season, according to a new survey of 1,000 moms commissioned by H&R Block. Their largest source of anxiety when it comes to the process of filing their taxes i... click to read more

Simple ways to curb carbs when eating on the go
(BPT) - Whether you are trying to reduce carbs or eat more protein, eating well on the go can be a challenge.Quality carbohydrates like whole-grain breads, milk, yogurt, fruits and legumes are an important part of a balanced diet, especially for children and teens. For adults, reducing the amount o... click to read more

How to Support Female Entrepreneurs this Women's History Month
(BPT) - To celebrate Women's History Month, Stacy's Pita Chips is releasing six limited-edition bags - all designed by female artists - with all proceeds going to United Way. The artwork depicts the six key stages of a female entrepreneur's journey to accomplishing their dreams: Inspiration, Courag... click to read more

3 key questions adult learners should ask before returning to school
(BPT) - The decision to return to school is not made lightly. While earning a degree can be highly rewarding in the form of better career opportunities and higher pay, the path to get there can be filled with challenges, especially if you're trying to fit school and studies in with your work and fa... click to read more

How genetic testing may help to identify your risk for a rare disease, Hereditary ATTR Amyloidosis
(BPT) - There is no doubt that interest in genetics has exploded in recent years. In fact, genealogy has grown dramatically to become the second most popular hobby in the United States and the second-most popular internet surfing topic.At the same time, advances in our understanding of genetics are... click to read more

5 reasons a river cruise is the ideal way to see Europe
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Your partners along the road: A look at the warriors who help to keep you safe while driving in the winter
(BPT) - On any given snowy morning as you're making your way through rush-hour traffic, a legion of winter warriors has already been hard at work to help make sure you get where you're going safely. Below is a closer look at some of these winter warriors and what you might not know about those keep... click to read more

You're not alone: How to recognize and support kids with anxiety and ADHD
(BPT) - Does your child seem anxious about school? Is it something beyond typical stress? A big challenge for parents is figuring out where to turn for support and information when their kids are struggling.Parents often wonder whether it's anxiety or some other issue making school difficult. For i... click to read more

Report: Young car enthusiasts spend $7.2 billion a year customizing vehicles
(BPT) - For many car owners, their vehicle is an extension of their personality - and as such they customize it to reflect their individuality and uniqueness.That's particularly true for young car enthusiasts ages 16 to 24, who spend $7.2 billion each year customizing their vehicles, according to a... click to read more

5 ways to create – and celebrate – family traditions
(BPT) - While modern mobility may mean that distance keeps members of a family apart, more - and younger - members of many families across the country are finding significance in their heritage, and making it come alive in their own ways. Special family and cultural traditions can strengthen family... click to read more

5 top tips for low-maintenance landscaping
(BPT) - A lush lawn and garden boosts your home's curb appeal, but it also takes a lot of your free time. You want to spend that time enjoying the space, not taking care of it. The solution? A few low-maintenance strategies to keep your yard looking great while maximizing your relaxation time.1. In... click to read more

People are now craving more personally fulfilling ways to bond with their inner circles of family and close friends [Infographic]
(BPT) - According to a survey conducted by Wakefield Research, commissioned by Western Digital, more than half of Americans feel less of a deep connection with their inner circle than they did five years ago. At the same time, 85 percent of respondents who share photos with their inner circles cite... click to read more

5 Reasons Why Americans Privately Share Their Photos
(BPT) - Remember when we used to share everything on social media? We'd let our friends know where we were with a quick check in, accidentally post that awkward photo of our friend making a face, and casually ask for recommendations on how our outfit looked. But now, we are seeking ways to share wh... click to read more

Patient finds treatment and hope after pulmonary fibrosis diagnosis
(BPT) - Most people have never heard of pulmonary fibrosis (PF), a progressive, debilitating lung disease affecting more than 200,000 people in the United States. Because it is relatively unknown, patients can go months or even years without the correct diagnosis. Gary Cunningham was diagnosed with... click to read more

8 ways to refresh your kitchen without a major renovation
(BPT) - The kitchen is one of the most important rooms in your home. From cooking and eating to spending time with your family, most kitchens are well lived in and loved. But when it comes time for an upgrade, the kitchen is also one of the most expensive rooms to remodel.A full kitchen remodel can... click to read more

4 tax tips for online filers in 2019
(BPT) - As time continues to tick, millions of tax filers are beginning to feel the pressure to file a tax return. But big questions still remain, and for those filing online, those questions are compounded by the myriad options for submitting a return.Fortunately for those online filers, there is ... click to read more

Celebrate life's major milestones in Myrtle Beach
(BPT) - From birthdays and weddings to anniversaries and retirements, life is all about celebrating those special moments with the ones we love. What better way to make the occasion unforgettable than to travel to an amazing destination?For any important milestone, find the perfect way to celebrate... click to read more

This Brain Awareness Week – It’s time to 'brain better'!
(BPT) - From diet and exercise to making time for self-care and relaxation, you might be taking steps to make your health a priority. But when it comes to overall wellness, don't forget about your brain!Simple lifestyle choices can have a profound impact on brain health. This Brain Awareness Week c... click to read more

Transform your bathroom into a wellness retreat for body and mind
(BPT) - When you think of your bathroom, what comes to mind? A place you're in and out of quickly while getting ready for the day or winding down for the night? Your bathroom can be more than just a utilitarian space.By adding certain bathroom amenities, you can transform your bathroom into a calmi... click to read more

4 easy tips for winter nutrition
(BPT) - When the temperature is dropping outside, most people want to cozy up inside with their favorite winter comfort foods. Stopping by your favorite restaurant on your way home from work is all too easy, but months of eating heavy, satisfying dishes isn't good for your health.With bold flavors,... click to read more

Falls and fractures: Facts and tips that may limit falls
(BPT) - As we age, we begin to learn - sometimes firsthand - how devastating a fall can be. It isn't quite as easy as it once was to hop back up and continue on our way.Each year, more than one in four Americans aged 65 and over experience a fall, which contributes to roughly 3 million emergency ro... click to read more

Italian wines by the numbers [Infographic]
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4 tips to stay healthy and help prevent falls as you age
(BPT) - As you age, your risk of falling increases. According to the CDC, one out of four people over the age of 65 falls each year and falling once doubles your chances of falling again. While many conditions can put you at risk for a fall, there are simple steps you can take to boost your overall... click to read more

Top Three Kitchen Advancements for Today's Technicurean Home Chefs
(BPT) - Today's home chefs are smart and sophisticated. They want the latest tools to simplify their lives and make their culinary dreams a reality. This year's Kitchen and Bath Industry Show, North America's premier industry event, highlighted the top kitchen design innovations, including smart te... click to read more

What kind of potato chip are you?
(BPT) - Did you know that Thursday, March 14, is National Potato Chip Day? For years, potato chips have been America's go-to favorite snack and Lay's, the classic potato chip brand from Frito Lay, is giving you a few great ways to celebrate the holiday!But before you begin planning your perfect pot... click to read more

5 ways to customize a bathroom space
(BPT) - Bathrooms are one of the most frequented rooms in a home. It's where you start and end your day, and can be a room to relax and recharge in. This special space should reflect your personality and unique preferences. If you don't feel it adequately does, there are a few simple ways to refres... click to read more

Sneaky ways to get your kids eating healthier
(BPT) - Every parent knows it can be a challenge to get kids to eat healthy foods. Serving piles of vegetables, whole grains and lean proteins might be our goal, but it might not guarantee that children will actually eat them.Registered dietitian Dawn Jackson Blatner offers tips for upping the nutr... click to read more

Life happens: Tax tips for the busiest Americans
(BPT) - As tax season pushes on, millions of Americans have yet to file their taxes. While reasons for waiting to do so range from a fear of owing money, to not having the proper paperwork, take solace in the fact that if you still haven't filed your taxes, you're not alone.In fact, previous resear... click to read more

Enjoying the benefits of living life on the edge
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6 features luxury home buyers desire
(BPT) - Modern trends in luxury homes are not just about location, size or specific decor, but reflecting the sophistication of their buyers. Buyers in today's luxury home market desire innovative features that enhance their quality of life, provide extra touches of relaxation and use smart technol... click to read more

3 tips to help your adult children establish strong credit
(BPT) - Today's millennials and Generation Z face starkly different financial realities than their parents did at their age. As a parent of a young adult, how can you help your children understand their financial options to build a foundation for their futures? The first step may be to appreciate w... click to read more

3 ways to empower women in your community and worldwide
(BPT) - Female entrepreneurs make up approximately 1/3 of all entrepreneurs worldwide, and it's always a great time to highlight, support and applaud women in business, in your community and across the globe.Here are a few easy ways you can celebrate and support businesswomen and female entrepreneu... click to read more

A surprising reason you or your kids may be tired all the time
(BPT) - Do you struggle to stay awake during the day? Is your child falling asleep in school? Does your teenager seem to be napping more than normal? If so, it may be due to excessive daytime sleepiness (EDS).EDS means that you get overcome by an irresistible need to sleep during the day, and you c... click to read more

Real estate financing: The 3 main factors lenders consider
(BPT) - Sponsored ad content from Vanderbilt Mortgage and Finance, Inc. Buying a new home is an exciting milestone. While finding the right home is essential, the most important step toward homeownership is making sure you're ready to apply for a home loan.Applying for a mortgage is not something p... click to read more

IBD and family planning: Answers to 6 common questions
(BPT) - Having a baby is a wonderful experience, but for many women, health issues can cause them to second-guess their ability to become a mom. Women with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) may feel as though pregnancy is out of the question. This isn't necessarily true.In the U.S., 1.6 million peop... click to read more

Get in touch with your senses for a better night’s sleep
(BPT) - In a world where everyone is constantly on-the-go, getting a good night's sleep can be a daunting challenge. If you're having trouble sleeping, remedy the situation by using your own senses right in your bedroom! Here are three easy and effective tips for using your senses to help contribut... click to read more

How to get promoted: 3 secret skills for success
(BPT) - Regardless of your career path, getting a promotion is often a professional goal. Being recognized and landing a promotion can provide a variety of perks such as more money, increased influence and more control over your daily routine.So how do you land that promotion? It comes down to buil... click to read more

5 tips to avoid email scams this tax season
(BPT) - Email phishing scams and attempts to steal your information are on the rise as the April 15 tax filing deadline nears, so how can you avoid falling victim to one of these schemes? Phishing attempts have become much more sophisticated in recent years, so it's even more important to be vigila... click to read more

An easy spring guide to a green, weed-free lawn
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Stunning new styles in flowers and plants for your garden
(BPT) - Today's plant lovers want more than the traditional flowers to enhance their home. Rather, people want to enjoy the experience of getting in touch with nature, while also looking for unique flowers and plants to add a more creative, personal touch of color and inspiration to their yards. Th... click to read more

Auto insight: Smart guidelines for buying a used car
(BPT) - Buying a used car can be a great decision. Oftentimes, that's where you'll find a deal. On the other hand, you've got to make sure there won't be any surprises.Before you hit the car lot, take some time to prepare for the purchase. These guidelines will help you make a wise decision on a us... click to read more

Nationwide Community Meal Programs Serve Older Adults 60+ [Infographic]
(BPT) - Through programs funded by the Older Americans Act as well as other initiatives, older adults can connect to local resources that help them remain as healthy and independent as possible in their homes and communities. Included in these programs are group and home-delivered meals, which help... click to read more

5 quick home fixes to rest easy
(BPT) - Ongoing, routine upkeep is important to ensure the house stays running. While it may seem easier to put off tasks for a later date, checking off some smaller chores now can help avoid incidents or costly repairs later.'Home maintenance can be easy to overlook when the day-to-day gets busy, ... click to read more

Rural Population GI Health: The General Surgeon’s Role
(BPT) - Having access to adequate healthcare services is a critical factor in maintaining one's health, but for the more than 60 million Americans living in rural areas of the country, medical resources are often limited. This means that general doctors, most often surgeons, are required to wear ma... click to read more

The challenge of change: A young man’s unexpected journey with kidney disease
(BPT) - At age 20, Tommy Shafer's kidneys failed, and he was diagnosed with end stage renal disease (ESRD). He needed dialysis immediately to sustain life. The news shook him to his core. His thoughts immediately traveled back in time to the moment when he first learned kidney disease might change ... click to read more

Want to buy a home? Do the math
(BPT) - It is a common misconception that a 20 percent down payment is required to buy a home. Advice to wait and save a large down payment is often based on the theory that the cost of mortgage insurance (MI), which is required when you buy with a smaller down payment, should be avoided. This may ... click to read more

6 tips for making the most of your Medicare plan
(BPT) - If you consider yourself a savvy consumer who likes to make sure you're getting the most value for your money, have you stopped to consider whether you're applying those same prudent practices to your Medicare benefits?Maximizing those benefits can help with more than just saving money. It ... click to read more

Comedian and TV host shares 5 easy tips for a healthier lifestyle
(BPT) - Falling off the healthy lifestyle bandwagon can be tough to overcome, but taking a small step with one healthy habit can lead to long-term routines. Comedian and co-host of "The Talk" Sheryl Underwood doesn't have time to feel sluggish and weighed down, so she is sharing five easy ways to l... click to read more

6 nutrition trends and fads explained
(BPT) - The expanded variety of health and wellness options available today can be confusing for consumers who are trying to learn all they can to make the most informed, healthy choices for themselves and their families.Below, Dr. Nicole Avena, assistant professor of neuroscience at Mount Sinai Sc... click to read more

New blood test for heart attacks helps to shorten ER wait times
(BPT) - Waiting in an emergency room frustrates patients across the country. Billboards are even popping up on local highways advertising the wait time and a promise for faster care. Chest pain is estimated to cause more than eight million visits annually to overcrowded emergency departments, but a... click to read more

Top 2019 outdoor living trends
(BPT) - With busy schedules and on-the-go lifestyles, outdoor living spaces offer a chance to decompress, enjoy nature and connect with friends and family. Thanks to the impressive design and quality of today's outdoor products, these spaces often rival the convenience, comfort and design of the in... click to read more

5 steps to ensure your beard gets its due
(BPT) - Men with worship-worthy whiskers know the best beards aren't born - they're made. It takes patience and care to get that nod of respect as you pass other bearded brethren on the street. If this isn't happening, however, don't chalk it up to your genetics. With a little knowledge, the right ... click to read more

Your Medicare Annual Wellness Visit: Preventive care, health planning at no extra cost
(BPT) - Once you become eligible for Medicare, you'll likely start hearing about something called an Annual Wellness Visit.Many people think an Annual Wellness Visit and a physical are one and the same. But they're not.Unlike a standard head-to-toe physical, an Annual Wellness Visit is primarily fo... click to read more

5 things to know about college financial aid award letters
(BPT) - High school students across the country will soon be eagerly awaiting financial aid award letters from colleges. For many aspiring college students and their parents, this is when things can start to get complicated.College is a big expense and it's important to have a clear understanding o... click to read more

Old phone, new service? Upgrade your wireless with a SIM card swap
(BPT) - Americans are holding onto their smartphones for longer than ever. Pricier smartphones have led consumers to wait an average of nearly three years before upgrading their device. Fortunately, smartphones today are so good, and so powerful, that they simply don't need to be replaced nearly as... click to read more

Trend Watch: 2019 outdoor living and design trends for every homeowner
(BPT) - Outdoor living continues to grow in 2019 as homeowners dream of adding spaces that provide tranquility, connection and touches of nature. More than just a home enhancement, these spaces are meant to inspire people to set digital devices aside and find moments of calm while making memories w... click to read more

How to throw a red-carpet awards party to remember at home
(BPT) - The red carpet, the gold statues and the glamour of Hollywood make awards night a beloved experience for people across the country. Sharing in the movie magic with friends and family can make the excitement that much more fun, so on Feb. 24, consider hosting a red carpet viewing party at ho... click to read more

CBD-related products are changing the beauty industry
(BPT) - Short for cannabidiol, CBD is grabbing headlines every day. Long known to be a beneficial ingredient for health and wellness, now it's coming to the beauty industry.Why is it grabbing headlines? Because of its anti-inflammatory, soothing and anti-aging properties, which make the oil an idea... click to read more

5 tips for better health care – and lower costs
(BPT) - For many people, the beginning of the year is a customary time to assess their health and finances. And for most Americans, new health plan benefits have kicked in. Do you know how your health plan works? If not, now is an ideal time to learn how to make it work for you.Rebecca Madsen, chie... click to read more

Priceless pics: 5 ways to capture better photos on your next vacation
(BPT) - If you're already planning your next fun vacation, congratulations! New places, people and experiences await.Whether you're into adventuring, sightseeing, bonding with friends and family or just relaxing, anticipating an upcoming vacation can be a great way to soldier through the colder day... click to read more

Top 10 value-enhancing home improvement projects for older homes
(BPT) - Do you own an older home, and are you looking to make upgrades that matter? Strategic enhancements not only increase a property's resale value, but also its functionality.This is particularly important among young homebuyers. Sixty-eight percent of millennial homebuyers reported buyer's rem... click to read more

Parenting advice for strong relationships and a healthy house
(BPT) - Managing work-life balance as a parent comes with challenges, and with busy schedules for both parents and children, disruptions at the last minute can really take a toll on a family's everyday routine. This is especially true when a child has to take a sick day from school due to illness d... click to read more

6 fun facts about bananas that will inspire you to eat more
(BPT) - Bananas are a tasty snack that many people eat regularly without much thought, but there's more to the iconic yellow fruit than just its convenience and color. Bananas are a superfood loaded with nutrients and have been enjoyed worldwide for hundreds of years. In fact, there are many reason... click to read more

Finding love as a senior: 7 stories to inspire all ages
(BPT) - Finding true love can happen at any age and sometimes when you least expect it. Imagine discovering your heart's companion in your 70s, 80s or even 90s. For seniors, finding love later in life is an incredible experience.These seven stories of couples who found love at their Brookdale Senio... click to read more

These are the 7 things you should absolutely do to save money on travel
(BPT) - Average airline ticket prices rose about 5 percent in 2018, and when you factor in the cost of a hotel, car rental and other expenses, trips in 2019 could become even more expensive. Now more than ever it's important to be smart and utilize a range of ways to save when making travel decisio... click to read more

The juggle is real: Online students’ tips to balance family, school
(BPT) - Balancing work, school and family can be a challenge. Some days might feel like more of a struggle than a juggle, but that doesn't mean it's impossible to have it all. In fact, one in four of the 17 million Americans enrolled as an undergraduate in a higher education institution is caring f... click to read more

Fraudsters camouflage themselves as military members online: Be prepared to spot this romance scam
(BPT) - The online dating trend continues to heat up as research shows that almost 20 percent of brides say they met their spouse on the internet. Unfortunately, not everyone joining these online dating sites has the intention of finding true love. The increase in online romance - particularly arou... click to read more

Are your home and your wallet prepared for the inevitable?
(BPT) - Nobody bats an eyelash when it comes to buying homeowner's insurance, but many homeowners don't apply that same logic to planning for home repairs - not what might happen, but what will happen.Only a fraction of the 120 million U.S. households today are protected by a home services plan, al... click to read more

How to improve your financial health in 2019
(BPT) - It's always a good time to reassess financial goals and work toward improving your overall financial health. No matter what your financial goals may be, having the right information and tools in place is key to getting you on track to take control of your credit.Taking the first step toward... click to read more

Which bathtub style is right for you?
(BPT) - Wondering if you should have a bathtub in your bathroom? Despite trend reports that say some homeowners are removing bathtubs, House Beautiful recently reported that there are good reasons to have a bathtub in your home. They make sense for families since children rarely take a shower. For ... click to read more

For older adults, it’s not ‘just the flu’
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Home delivery of medications could save you money: What you should know
(BPT) - In recent years, technology has changed every aspect of our daily life. We interact with friends and family on social media, use the GPS to guide us to our desired destination, and products we buy online are delivered right to our home.One big change transforming how we receive health care ... click to read more

4 simple tips to satisfy your comfort food cravings
(BPT) - After a long day, digging into a hearty pasta dish or a piping hot bowl of soup can fill you with warmth and coziness - especially on those chilly days.The good news is that comfort foods don't have to be unhealthy or take a lot of time to make. We can still enjoy the rich, flavorful option... click to read more

Nanjing, China: Come for the history, stay for the food
(BPT) - Savvy travelers know Nanjing as a hidden treasure, offering an array of rich historical and cultural sites for visitors to explore. Located in Jiangsu Province just outside of Shanghai, this city of more than 8 million sits along the Yangtze River, with the majestic Purple Mountain rising i... click to read more

When saying 'I do' means a move: 5 tips for combining households
(BPT) - Getting married means a whole lot of changes, not the least of which could be moving to a new house or apartment. Whether you're getting a brand-new place for the both of you or one of you is shifting all your earthly possessions to join your spouse, it's a good idea to take proactive steps... click to read more

6 ways to make your outside wedding more comfortable
(BPT) - While it's been popular in the past to bring the outdoors inside using trees and floral arrangements, a recent trend for many wedding venues is to create a homey space outdoors. Guests don't need to rough it just because you've chosen to host your ceremony or reception outside.Your outdoor ... click to read more

5 ways to create an inviting room using tile
(BPT) - Today's tile trends extend so far beyond their traditional use as a staple of bathroom design that you may not recognize them. While once the most attractive and innovative tiles had to be imported, contemporary handcrafted tile and stone products for home design are now being made right he... click to read more

Student Loan Debt Growth Fastest Among Boomers
(BPT) - Student loan debt in the U.S. has been skyrocketing for years, recently topping $1.5 trillion, and now surpassing automobile loans and credit cards to become the largest source of personal debt, aside from mortgages. Millennials bear the brunt of that burden, with 75 percent of the generati... click to read more

Getting to Know Aflac: 3 Reasons Aflac Isn’t What You Think It Is
(BPT) - The beginning of a new year can mark the start of resolutions and the setting of personal goals, from eating healthier to learning how to play a new musical instrument. It's also an ideal time to get in tune with your personal finances by making sure unexpected health costs can be paid on t... click to read more

5 tips to make your healthy goals a reality
(BPT) - Making small, sustainable changes in your lifestyle can result in big health improvements.Here are five tips to kick-start your goals with small, healthful changes that can become part of your life - for good.1. Goal: Exercise one hour every dayKick-start: Add movement every day in 5- to 10... click to read more

Acclaimed figure skater Adam Rippon's tips for beating a cold
(BPT) - Getting sick is not fun at any time of year, and feeling under the weather can definitely cramp your style. Acclaimed American figure skater Adam Rippon knows that when you're trying to win a skating or dance competition, for example, there's no time for being sick.Rippon shares five of his... click to read more

Eating to age gracefully: Top tips from a registered dietitian
(BPT) - What if you were 60 but felt more like you were 30? Consider taking charge of your nutrition by adding in foods that help you feel decades younger."What you eat and drink can have a tremendous impact on how you look and feel," says Dawn Jackson Blatner, Registered Dietitian and Nutritionist... click to read more

You can't 'mess up' with this Valentine’s Day gift for your bearded beloved
(BPT) - Maybe it's the follicular pheromones, or the fuzzy feel, but one thing is certain - women love men with beards. In fact, research has revealed the majority of U.S. women prefer a man with facial hair over a clean-shaven face. Something women don't love, however, is the mess a neatly groomed... click to read more

Calling all foodies: 4 trends shaping home cooking in 2019
(BPT) - Today's chefs and home cooks alike are seeking more meaningful food experiences, with smart, intuitive technology that's high-performing and saves time. This year, leading brands are changing the way culinary enthusiasts source and prepare their food, emphasizing a heightened level of respe... click to read more

Could you have a heart attack? Reduce your odds through these tips
(BPT) - Many Americans consider themselves well-informed and attentive when it comes to their health.That's why it's so puzzling that many remain unfazed by the threat of heart disease.That was among the findings of the MDVIP Heart Attack IQ Survey, a national study showing Americans are more conce... click to read more

5 ways to wow your sweetheart this Valentine’s
(BPT) - Whether you've been together for years or you're in the first blush of romance, nothing says you're thinking about your sweetheart like flowers on Valentine's Day. With so many options for gift-giving, it's easy to lose sight of the classics. Don't forget to show your Valentine how you feel... click to read more

Cancer in the year ahead and beyond: CTCA oncology leaders offer predictions
(BPT) - While the American Cancer Society recently reported a 27 percent decline in the rate of cancer deaths between 1991 and 2016, over 1.7 million new cancer cases were diagnosed in the U.S. last year alone, according to the National Cancer Institute. Although cancer will not be eradicated any t... click to read more

4 Ways Female Founders Turbocharge Their Businesses
(BPT) - Women are starting businesses at a record pace - motivated to pursue passions, financial independence and the flexibility that eludes most traditional jobs.In the U.S. alone, women entrepreneurs generate $1.1 million in revenue on average across retail, professional and personal service bus... click to read more

4 myths about salt
(BPT) - After more than a century of debate over the role of salt in human health, new medical evidence suggests that reducing salt in the U.S. diet may pose a greater risk of harm to the average person. Consider these four common myths about salt:Myth 1: Salt consumption leads to hypertensionAccor... click to read more

Building a new home? Protect yourself against today's faster, scarier fires
(BPT) - If your new home is among the one million or so being built in the U.S. this year, congratulations! You'll have the chance to customize it to your dream home preferences.One feature that should be at the top of your priority list is the best possible fire protection for yourself and your lo... click to read more

Getting the care you need: Find your health care 'quarterback'
(BPT) - Are you 65 or older? While your primary care doctor may be an internist or general practitioner, have you thought about adding a geriatrician to your health care team?A geriatrician can act as your health care 'quarterback,' helping to ensure you get the specific care you need, as well as c... click to read more

Survey: Parents have misconceptions about opioids and kids’ pain relief
(BPT) - News of opioid abuse, overdoses and reports that 90 percent of addictions start in the teen years could make any parent worry. Yet parents remain conflicted about opioids: While more than half express concern their child may be at risk for opioid addiction, nearly two-thirds believe opioids... click to read more

6 tips for reducing your out-of-pocket medication costs
(BPT) - When you're sick, the last thing that you want to worry about is how you're going to pay for your critical medical treatment. Even if you have health insurance, you may find that the prescription drugs you need the most are out of reach due to high out-of-pocket costs - the deductibles, cop... click to read more

Celebrate Valentine’s Day with everyone you love
(BPT) - Valentine's Day is not just for lovers anymore. While we naturally want to show our significant others how much we love them on the sweetest holiday of the year, Valentine's Day has become a wonderful day to celebrate everyone we care about, from your BFF to your furry, feathered and four-l... click to read more

4 Tips to Find Total Confidence through Music
(BPT) - The power of music extends beyond just a good beat to listen to. It can be a source of inspiration for new ideas or serve as an instant confidence booster at times when you need a little push. Whatever the reason may be for pressing play, music can inspire you to get out of your comfort zon... click to read more

3 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 562,145 players registered to play in the 2017-2018 season, with 187,492 of those players ages 10 and younger.Former nine-time NHL(R) All-Star and current NHL analyst for N... click to read more

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