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December 10, 2018

Most adults with chronic health conditions unaware of dangers of influenza
(BPT) - During the 2017-2018 influenza (flu) season, nearly 80,000 people died and more than 950,000 people were hospitalized due to flu and flu-related illnesses, and less than four in 10 U.S. adults (37.1 percent) were vaccinated against flu, fewer than in previous years, according to the Centers... click to read more

5 questions to answer when considering a new deck
(BPT) - When planning a deck project, choosing the right material is key to the enjoyment and value you’ll get from your outdoor living space. Today, there are more choices in decking materials than ever before, including high-performance composites, which are increasingly replacing wood in backyar... click to read more

One industry's efforts to employ veterans
(BPT) - Following military service, many veterans feel overwhelmed by the transition to civilian life and the decision about what’s next. While veterans may feel that it’s challenging to identify civilian jobs that match their skills, there are job opportunities across the country and in their own ... click to read more

Arkansas offers year-round access to mountain biking trails for riders of all skill levels
(BPT) - Arkansas boasts a mild four-season climate, diverse terrain and unparalleled beauty, making it the ideal destination for year-round mountain biking for riders of all skill levels.Recently, mountain biking enthusiasts have been traveling to Arkansas in large numbers because of the state’s pu... click to read more

Fighting an illness? 4 ways to boost your immune system
(BPT) - The winter months bring cold and flu season, which can take a toll on your health. While flu shots and rest are common advice for prevention, a strong immune system is critical to keeping you healthy all year long. According to Margaret Martin, RD, MS, LDN, CDE, a Registered Dietitian at Th... click to read more

6 ways to save on Amazon this holiday season (and into 2019!)
(BPT) - This time of year, family and friends gather to celebrate the holiday season. It's a joyful time, but it can also be stressful — especially if money is tight. Financial expert and author Eva Macias, who specializes in leveling the financial playing field for all families, regardless of inco... click to read more

How consumers can make the most of their money, stress less this holiday season
(BPT) - The arrival of the holidays brings with it a whole host of considerations and things to do. According to a recent survey by Chase, eight in 10 Americans say they have holiday stress. Whether you’re out to find the perfect gift, or just entertain the kids as school winds down, the common den... click to read more

5 steps to find the perfect financial planner for you
(BPT) - The economy has changed considerably since the recession. Unemployment is at record lows and the market is flush with opportunities for workers of every level. While it is certainly good to live in the present, it is also important to plan for the future, and research shows that many people... click to read more

Easy DIY gifts for everyone on your holiday list
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Are you recycling your plastic beverage containers?
(BPT) - When you place a plastic beverage container in a recycling bin, you are an important part of the product’s life cycle, helping that packaging to be used to make something new, over and over again.An astounding 70 percent of what people toss in the trash is actually recyclable, but very few ... click to read more

A history of cancer breakthroughs 65 years in the making
(BPT) - When the Cancer Research Institute (CRI) was founded in 1953, little was known about cancer and even less about the immune system. CRI was the first — and for many decades the only — research funding organization that believed that we could one day harness the immune system as a powerful we... click to read more

ASMR: The Incredible Impact of Sound and How It Affects Human Emotion
(BPT) - Maybe it is the rustle of canvas unfurling, or the sharp snipping of the stylist’s shears as they tidy up your bangs. Whatever it is, it resonates down your scalp and spine like a tuning fork. Certain noises can trigger the senses and make us feel a variety of ways. In fact, researchers are... click to read more

Amazon Prime reveals member favorites with Best of Prime 2018
(BPT) - Over one hundred million people around the world are Prime members, but how do they enjoy the best of shopping and entertainment from Amazon? Just in time to provide inspiration for the holiday season, Amazon’s annual Best of Prime celebrates what members shopped for, watched, read, played ... click to read more

Steps for homeowners dealing with ice or snowstorms
(BPT) - Are you ready if a blizzard hit tomorrow? While smaller snowstorms certainly create a level of frustration for homeowners, large storms require preparation to stay safe and comfortable. Families don’t want to be caught off guard in the event of a large snowstorm. Finding yourself unprepared... click to read more

Putting your best face forward: 5 holiday beauty tips
(BPT) - Now that the holiday season is here, you’ll likely be attending more parties, gatherings and social events than normal. After all, this is the season for celebrating with friends and family, while also meeting fun new people.As you relax and socialize, you’ll also want the confidence that c... click to read more

Look better in the buff: Get your sexy back without giving up everything you love
(BPT) - Looking sexy, svelte or built in your clothing is one thing. Looking better in the buff is a whole other ballgame. Clothing — even low-cut necklines, short-shorts or tight-fitting tees — can hide your flaws and accentuate your assets, but when you are nude, there’s nowhere — or way — to hid... click to read more

This one desk accessory could help you feel better at work
(BPT) - Take a look at your desk. Chances are you have at least two screens in front of you. From our cell phones to multiple monitors and even tablets, backlit screens constantly demand our attention during the workday, but that quality of light could have a negative impact on our health, comfort ... click to read more

Perfect Perth: Your travel guide to Australia's sunniest capital city
(BPT) - Imagine mornings exploring Australia’s rich culture, afternoons playing on warm, white sand beaches and evenings savoring the country's award-winning wine, incredible local produce, and impressive nightlife.If a jaunt to the friendly, unique and enormously diverse nation of Australia is at ... click to read more

Hum bug: The flu is the holiday gift no one wants to receive
(BPT) - Is influenza on your gift list this year?December is typically the height of the flu season and holiday parties can be a swap meet for pathogens. Holiday hugs, handshakes and conversations may include germs that will make you sick. If you are attending or hosting a party this season, you ne... click to read more

Protecting your data from holiday cyberattacks
(BPT) - Holiday crime used to mean break-ins and thieves swiping packages from your doorstep. But now there’s an increasing number of cybersecurity threats specifically looking to capitalize on the holiday season. With many people getting new devices, using unfamiliar networks and doing lots of onl... click to read more

Prep your kitchen against holiday pests with these 5 tricks
(BPT) - The holidays are a busy time, filled with joyful gatherings, plenty of good meals and houseguests galore. But the jam-packed celebrations can also provide an opportunity for uninvited pests to find their way indoors. The experts at Terminix have a few tips for protecting your kitchen from i... click to read more

Fresh ideas for 30-minute Mediterranean meals
(BPT) - With few having the time to devote to cooking an elaborate meal, a collection of delicious and dependable 30-minute recipes for a quick but satisfying meal can be handy. What else keeps things simple? Having fresh staples such as California table grapes on hand helps brighten up any recipe ... click to read more

Luxury entertaining for the holidays
(BPT) - The holidays usher in a sense of celebration and opportunities for lavish seasonal gatherings. Award-winning Chef Michael Voltaggio knows how to create an experience that will not only entertain, but also thoroughly impress. When it comes to holiday hosting, Michael integrates seasonal ingr... click to read more

5 tips for holiday road travel
(BPT) - If you’re planning to travel for the holidays this year, you’re not alone. Over 107 million people traveled last year for the holidays, according to estimates from the American Automobile Association (AAA), and more than 97 million of them did so along the nation's highways. If you plan to ... click to read more

5 tips for avoiding the cold & flu this year
(BPT) - Last year we experienced an unprecedented cold and flu season. The CDC reported an early flu season and much higher than expected rates of hospitalizations for the flu. It is never too early to start preparing your home and workplace to prevent the spread of this viral and infectious, but a... click to read more

A non-DIYer's guide to the holidays
(BPT) - There are those who meticulously decorate dozens of sugar cookies for the office cookie exchange, give bottles of homemade Irish cream to coworkers for the holidays or send perfectly curated gift baskets to family and friends. And there are those who may want to do all of that, but don't ha... click to read more

Bullying prevention: 5 tips to encourage parent-child conversation
(BPT) - If you're a parent, you bring your kids to their annual checkups, get their teeth cleaned twice a year and help them eat well and get enough sleep. You do this to keep them physically healthy, but what about their mental health?  For parents, it can sometimes seem difficult to monitor and g... click to read more

Eating healthy, eating safe
(BPT) - You try to eat healthy, but the one thing you can’t control is who has been handling your food and whether they are practicing adequate food safety. Each year, foodborne illnesses sicken close to 50 million Americans and lead to more than 130,000 hospitalizations and 3,000 deaths. A lot of ... click to read more

Your 2018 guide to earth-friendly holiday gifting
(BPT) - Each year, many people count down the days to the holiday season and save their money for festive decorations and gift giving. In fact, the average American will spend over $1,000 on holiday gifts, according to the National Retail Federation.But before you start checking gifts off your list... click to read more

Why you must insure the 'little' things in life
(BPT) - The gift-giving season is upon us once again! Whether you’re buying your loved ones a new pet, some fancy jewelry or the latest mobile phone for the holidays, one thing is for sure — these gifts come with costs and complications that can add headaches in the long run. For instance, new pets... click to read more

Holiday baking and wine pairings
(BPT) - There are few holiday traditions as sweet as baking a selection of treats to share with family and friends. This is especially true for the California winemaking family the Mondavis as it is for families across America. As the season begins, Janice Mondavi, wife of third-generation CK Monda... click to read more

5 bathroom DIY projects for weekend warriors
(BPT) - Dreaming of a bathroom update? Don't wait until you can hire a professional to get the upgraded bathroom you desire. With some simple DIY projects, you'll enhance your home's value and functionality in just a weekend (or less).Project 1: Shower overhaulMany people are surprised it doesn't t... click to read more

4 ways to recreate your entertaining space
(BPT) - The holidays, the big game, New Year’s and everything in between: At this time of year there are plenty of reasons to invite family and friends to your home to entertain. In addition, there are also plenty of times — particularly on cold winter nights — when you just want to have a place yo... click to read more

How to protect against the silent killer
(BPT) - Nationwide, temperatures have begun to dip as we prepare for winter storms. Whether your town is prone to nor’easters or milder winter temperatures, it is important to be prepared for what winter brings.This year’s colder weather has already brought an increase in the number of carbon monox... click to read more

5 DIY holiday activities for the whole family
(BPT) - 'Tis the season for baking and crafting — the perfect ways to feel festive and bond with loved ones of all ages. From trying new recipes to creating crafts that will be cherished for years to come, plan a date for some holiday fun and let the memory-making with friends and family begin!Thes... click to read more

7 ways to help manage ADHD without medication
(BPT) - If you have ADHD, you know life can be an adventure. The journey from getting the diagnosis to trying to manage it every day is unique to each person. Prescription medication is a common part of a treatment plan, but it’s not the only answer to your condition.“There are several alternative ... click to read more

Holiday shopping tips to save money and reduce stress
(BPT) - Lines, crowds and stress — if that describes your holiday shopping experience, you’re doing it all wrong. The cost of gifts and decorations can add up quickly, but there are plenty of ways to reduce the dent in your wallet.Here are six money- and time-saving tips from The Home Depot to mini... click to read more

'Tis the season to get the home ready for holiday entertaining
(BPT) - As the year winds down, social calendars fill up with merriment-filled gatherings among friends and family. When hosting a seasonal gathering at home, being proactive can help streamline tasks and reduce stress. From whipping up a feast to toasting in the New Year, here are five ideas for g... click to read more

Winter allergies: The allergies you didn't know you could have
(BPT) - When temperatures get below freezing, people with seasonal allergies to grass, tree and weed pollens get well-deserved relief from their symptoms. But if you're still sneezing and blowing your nose when winter descends, you might have indoor allergies.The problem for many allergy sufferers ... click to read more

Tips for using metals in home decor
(BPT) - While trends in home decor often change, there is one constant design feature that continues to shine, literally: metals.Today, homeowners can find creative ways to incorporate a regal touch that produces a timeless look with modern appeal.Take the TemperatureA first step in implementing me... click to read more

5 reasons why people apply for disability benefits
(BPT) - More than 155 million U.S. workers are insured for a disability through the Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) program. They receive this important insurance coverage through their payroll taxes, or FICA taxes, as a part of the Social Security program.Fortunately, many workers expe... click to read more

For a no-worries Noel, follow these 12 holiday safety tips
(BPT) - The fun, festive activities during the holiday season make it a favorite time of year for many people. At the risk of sounding like a Grinch, though, all that festivity can lead to unintentional safety hazards. For example, some 30 percent of all home fires and 38 percent of home fire death... click to read more

The Joy of Giving: 4 Holiday Hacks for Stress-Free Shopping
(BPT) - Whether you absolutely love shopping for gifts over the holidays or see it as a major source of stress, most people ultimately find gift giving rewarding.It’s true that 51 percent of consumers worldwide get stressed over holiday shopping crowds and 49 percent feel frazzled deciding which gi... click to read more

Understanding the connection between frequent heartburn and cancer
(BPT) - If you are one of the millions of Americans with chronic heartburn, the American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (ASGE) wants you to think differently about your condition. It may indicate something far more serious — changes in the cells lining your esophagus that could lead to a co... click to read more

Tips for winter tree care
(BPT) - It’s hard to believe that winter is almost here. It seems like yesterday we were just getting our yards and patios ready to host summer barbecues and pool parties, and now we’re beginning to think about winterizing plants and trimming tree branches. Winter is the best time to trim and prune... click to read more

6 simple tips for thriving with diabetes
(BPT) - Randy Jackson is best known as an award-winning producer, music industry expert and beloved television personality. But what many people don’t know is that Jackson has also been managing the everyday reality of living with diabetes for 18 years.More than 30 million Americans live with diabe... click to read more

How to put your own touch on modern bathroom design
(BPT) - Home design continues to evolve but one element remains true: The bathroom is often the oasis within the home. A secluded bathroom is an ideal spot to experiment with modern designs without undergoing a major renovation. Below are a few tips on how to incorporate contemporary elements into ... click to read more

4 unexpected bed bug hotspots
(BPT) - The term “bed bugs” might make you shudder and picture a mattress teeming with the bloodsucking insects, but don’t be fooled; the name is a bit of a misnomer. While almost 70 percent of bed bug infestations are associated with beds or items found near beds, the insects don’t limit themselve... click to read more

5 ways to treat your family (and yourself) and save money this holiday
(BPT) - The holidays are a cheerful time of year, but the season also comes with increased spending — from purchasing gifts to holiday gatherings and travel. And, while most are shopping for gifts for others, recent research shows that more than half of shoppers are also buying for themselves, addi... click to read more

5 tips for an efficient and safe moving day
(BPT) - Moving to a new home can call for the coordination of a lot of details. That’s especially true if you’re a do-it-yourselfer who’s renting a truck rather than hiring a moving company.Though the U.S. Census Bureau estimates the average American changes homes 11.4 times in a lifetime, many of ... click to read more

6 holiday travel hacks to save your sanity
(BPT) - Follow these tips to save time, money and your sanity this holiday season.1. Avoid busy travel days If you’re willing to be flexible, there are a few ways to avoid the madness of popular holiday travel days. If your plans permit, take a red-eye, which is the last flight out each night. Red-... click to read more

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Tips to keep holiday spending from breaking the bank
(BPT) - Americans have lots to celebrate this holiday season, with unemployment rates at an all-time low and consumer confidence on the rise. According to The Annual Retail Sales Forecast for the Holiday Season from Deloitte, retailers have their sights on sales of more than $1.1 trillion.We all ge... click to read more

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

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

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

Three workouts everyone over 60 needs
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5 secrets to brewing the perfect cup of coffee at home
(BPT) - A cup of steaming rich coffee is one of life’s simple pleasures, especially if you have some extra time to linger over those roasty aromas and flavors at your favorite coffee shop.The good news is you don’t have to be a barista to achieve the same results at home. Apply these expert secrets... click to read more

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

Supporting Metastatic Breast Cancer Patients During Breast Cancer Awareness Month
(BPT) - Within the sea of pink for National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, there is a wealth of information about early diagnosis, the newest treatments, and how to find support for a loved one who might be affected by the disease. While this information is critical, it is equally important that we... click to read more

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Pickled onions add healthy kick to any dish
(BPT) - You may have noticed more appetizers and entrees draped with pickled onions in the last couple of years. You may even have been adventurous enough to try them, learning how their tartness and onion flavor kick every dish up a notch.Pickling has been around some 4,000 years to preserve veget... click to read more

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Generic prescriptions save lives ... and money, too
(BPT) - In 2014, Ariel Leaty received a frightening diagnosis - acute lymphocytic leukemia. 'I went through three years of chemotherapy,' Leaty, 29, of Bloomfield New Jersey, recalls, 'followed by outpatient maintenance.'The ordeal was grueling, but it would have been far worse, if not deadly, with... click to read more

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Is your child being bullied? Things to know
(BPT) - According to StopBullying.gov, between 1 in 4 and 1 in 3 U.S. students say they have been bullied at school. While the term “bullying” has become a buzzword, it’s also important to understand what it means. The Centers for Disease Control and U.S. Department of Education define it as a patt... click to read more

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

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

One surprising way to prevent fractures for those over age 65
(BPT) - Loss of balance, dehydration, attention deficits and loss of cognition are symptoms of hyponatremia, a condition characterized by low salt levels in the blood. The symptoms can occur with just slight hyponatremia and can have particularly harmful effects for the elderly as the condition is ... click to read more

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The truth about life insurance
(BPT) - If you haven't made solid financial plans, now would be a good time to consider a life insurance policy to protect you and your family in your time of need — or protect your loved ones in your absence.Given the importance of life insurance, it’s surprising that 37.5 million American househo... click to read more

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

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

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

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

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

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

Back to basics: The importance of real grass
(BPT) - Well-maintained outdoor spaces increase curb appeal and can bolster property values. They inspire kids' imaginations and support healthy play. They make a homegrown neighborhood hangout, ideal for spending time together.Whether you're a first-time homeowner or looking for ways to improve yo... click to read more

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Uncommon - but important - baby safety steps
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Your eyes as you age: Tips to help reduce the risk of Age-related Macular Degeneration
(BPT) - Aging is a fact of life, so it's important to understand how our health may be impacted as we get older - and our eyes are no exception. Age-related Macular Degeneration (AMD) is the leading cause of vision loss in people age 50 and older and affects 1 in 5 people over the age of 65. The co... click to read more

How a healthy gut can be good for your well-being
(BPT) - Whether it's eating too many slices of pizza or constantly getting takeout, most of us have slipped on our good eating habits at one time or another. But is avoiding unhealthy foods enough to keep our bodies in top shape? While gut health is not something many people consider, Mayo Clinic e... click to read more

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

New home? 6 steps for preventing pests from moving in
(BPT) - Moving into a new home is chaotic. You've got decorating to do, a neighborhood to explore, and a house to keep in tiptop shape. The last thing you need in the midst of all that commotion is the added headache of household pests like ants, cockroaches or rodents. With a few tips from Termini... click to read more

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

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

5 ways play and learning go hand-in-hand
(BPT) - Children are hard-wired to play. However, busy schedules, homework, classes and structured activities like sports and dance classes can often get in the way of allowing kids to feel free to express that natural behavior.While these things are important, it's just as important to recognize t... click to read more

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Hearing better on and off the stage
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Three tax savings strategies for a secure retirement to try right now
(BPT) - Individuals who rushed to prepay property taxes after the passage of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act may have saved some money in 2018 - but that's pennies compared to the long-term tax savings taxpayers should take advantage of before the TCJA's individual tax provisions are expected to expire i... click to read more

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

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

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

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

Why public transit is a key economic issue for growing cities
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Take control of your personal information
(BPT) - Understanding and managing your personal information is essential to achieving your life goals such as owning a home, financing an education, getting your next job or simply having the convenience of credit cards for everyday purchases.Banks, landlords, employers and many others need to aut... click to read more

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

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

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

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

Historic Women's Baseball World Cup unfolds Aug. 22-31 on Florida's Space Coast
(BPT) - For the first time in the history of either the men's or the women's competition, a Baseball World Cup is coming to America. Later this month, the Women's Baseball World Cup will be drawing attention from far and wide to the baseball diamonds at the USSSA Space Coast Complex in Viera, Flori... click to read more

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

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

4 ways to use technology to simplify your home buying process
(BPT) - While spring is typically the busiest period in real estate, particularly for families looking to get in to a new home before the school year starts, the fall months have become increasingly active for those who have more flexibility or are looking for a good deal.With increased competition... click to read more

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

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

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

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

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

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






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