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October 21, 2019

Open enrollment: 4 steps to getting the right life insurance benefits at work
(BPT) - Is it open enrollment time for your employee benefits? Most companies begin offering the opportunity to update or add new benefits for the next year in the last quarter of the year. Take advantage of this time to align your life with your benefits, because when life changes, insurance needs... click to read more

Protect Your Family from Carbon Monoxide Poisoning [Video]
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Kick Off Winter Energy Savings and a Better Environment this ENERGY STAR Day
(BPT) - Everyone has heard of Earth Day, an annual event celebrated around the world every April 22 to support and focus on environmental protection. But have you heard of ENERGY STAR Day? It's a nationwide celebration, held on Oct. 22, 2019, honoring the collective efforts of the Environmental Pro... click to read more

Not all women with early-stage breast cancer benefit from chemo
(BPT) - As a commercial airline pilot with nearly 30 years of experience, Diane Sandoval, 50, is no stranger to making difficult decisions. However, she faced one of her toughest challenges not in the skies, but when she discovered a small lump in her left breast during a self-examination. Her wors... click to read more

Four ways to boost your vitamin D intake
(BPT) - As the days shorten and the weather turns chillier, absorbing vitamin D from the sun becomes more challenging. Why does that matter? Less vitamin D can lead to a weakened immune system, fatigue, joint pain and even impaired wound healing. Essentially, vitamin D helps your whole system run b... click to read more

Choose physical therapy for safe pain management
(BPT) - Movement is crucial to a person's health, quality of life and independence. For some people, pain makes movement a challenge. Pain is one of the most common reasons people seek health care. A physical therapist (PT) can help people move better and safely and manage their pain.Who are physic... click to read more

Living life to the fullest – without knee pain
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How to throw a fun themed holiday party
(BPT) - This year, why not choose a fun theme for your holiday party? You can create a great atmosphere while providing entertainment for all ages with a little creativity - and local resources.You could do the usual 'white elephant' gift swap, or hold an ugly sweater competition, but that's so las... click to read more

How to be ready for a home fire: Plan and practice
(BPT) - Did you know that today's homes burn faster than ever? Newer homes tend to be built with unprotected, lightweight wood construction and are frequently designed with lots of open spaces and high ceilings - ideal conditions for fire to grow and spread quickly. Also, modern home furnishings ar... click to read more

Five ways to support shelter animals if you’re not ready to adopt
(BPT) - The winter months, which are often considered some of the busiest for animal shelters, are approaching. According to the ASPCA, approximately 6.5 million companion animals enter shelters every year. Adding a shelter pet to your family can be fulfilling, but what if you're not ready or able ... click to read more

Simple ways to support causes in your daily life
(BPT) - We are all busy and distracted these days, and it can often be difficult to find ways to make a difference to those less fortunate in our communities. However, today it is simpler than ever to give back, and you do not have to alter your hectic routine to make an impact.Give back while you ... click to read more

3 surprising ingredients to boost flavor in your recipes
(BPT) - Looking for easy ways to add zing to snacks and meals, as well as holiday entertaining? Adding just a few flavor-packed ingredients can revamp recipes with very little effort. Consider adding dried fruits to your daily meals and snacks, as they're not only full of flavor, but packed with nu... click to read more

7 budget-friendly tips for smart holiday gift giving
(BPT) - The holiday season is full of celebration, social activities and spreading good cheer by exchanging gifts. The problem is gift giving can get expensive if you're not making a plan and monitoring your spending. A happy holiday doesn't have to mean stressing about finances or going into debt.... click to read more

Cutting the chaos out of your morning routine
(BPT) - Mornings can be chaotic as you fight the clock to get out the door on time. This is especially true if you have a big family. Wouldn't it be nice if rather than feeling like a stressful race, your morning routine was something you looked forward to?Starting your day on a high note is simple... click to read more

5 ways to add luxury and style to your bathroom
(BPT) - Today's homeowners are increasingly expecting their bathrooms to mirror some of the spa-like features previously seen only in hotels, resorts and luxury vacation rentals.Home TV shows and websites showcase these once aspirational luxuries, while technical advances have made them more attain... click to read more

5 hacks to save money while traveling for college football games
(BPT) - The fresh air. The roar of the crowd. The sweet smell of looming victory. Is there anything better than rooting your favorite college football team to a big win? Being at the game is an energetic experience like no other, but for many people, traveling to see college football is expensive.F... click to read more

Hosting tips for your next get-together
(BPT) - There are always reasons to entertain, especially now during the holidays. From decor to dessert, there isn't one exact recipe for the perfect party, and the right combination can make a real difference. Candy maker HARIBO suggests sprinkling in moments of sweet childlike happiness to strik... click to read more

Understand data usage to get the best deal
(BPT) - When it comes to how we use our cellphones, it's especially important to understand data usage. Knowing what consumes your data, and how you use it, will help you recognize whether you're getting the best deal on your wireless plan.With unlimited talk and text becoming more common offerings... click to read more

Winter is coming: Be prepared for costly, damaging storms
(BPT) - Winter weather is difficult to predict. Use these tips to help protect your home from the costly damage winter storms can bring.Take care of your roofKeep your gutters clear. This keeps ice from accumulating and backing up under the shingles.Trim trees year-round so branches don't fall on y... click to read more

Investing tips for smart and steady growth
(BPT) - From mobile deposits to apps that transfer money in the blink of an eye, financial technology (or fintech) is disrupting the financial marketplace in new ways. The latest example is an innovation in the annuity marketplace that expands online access to a conventional retirement product, off... click to read more

5 tips to keep your packages safe this holiday season
(BPT) - According to the National Retail Federation, 41.4 million people shopped exclusively online from Thanksgiving Day to Cyber Monday in 2018. As the holidays approach, online shopping will continue to grow in popularity, helping families spend more time celebrating the season and less time str... click to read more

How one man survived sudden cardiac arrest
(BPT) - Within eight days, Michael Adams, a 59-year-old husband and father of two from Moore, Oklahoma, suffered a heart attack and sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) - and survived them both. While many think a heart attack and SCA are the same, they are not. Recent heart attack victims have a higher ris... click to read more

As business payment fraud skyrockets, are you protected?
(BPT) - Whether your business is small, medium or large, as an owner you're probably all too familiar with the threats of payment fraud. A proactive approach can make a big difference in reducing your chances of experiencing this common type of fraud, saving you significant time, money and stress.A... click to read more

How this metastatic breast cancer patient became her own best advocate for personalized treatment
(BPT) - There are few things more frightening than an advanced cancer diagnosis. Karen Peterson knows this better than most. A 54-year-old single mother from Harlem, she is a cancer survivor three times over. But she almost wasn't.A childhood cancer survivor, in 2015 Peterson was diagnosed with tri... click to read more

Disaster relief improves with collaboration among communities, charities and companies
(BPT) - When disasters strike - whether hurricanes and tornadoes or floods and earthquakes - communities and organizations rally to help, using their unique strengths to boost support. While every attempt to support affected families and neighborhoods is appreciated, aid is most effective when it's... click to read more

Frequently asked questions about metastatic breast cancer
(BPT) - Imagine sitting in a stadium cheering on your favorite team with over 42,000 other fans - then, in the blink of an eye, the entire stadium is empty.Now imagine this happening again, year after year.Each year, over 42,000 people are lost to metastatic breast cancer (MBC), also known as stage... click to read more

Want a showstopper master bathroom? 5 criteria to achieve exceptional design
(BPT) - When it's time to renovate your master bathroom, why not set your sights on something bigger and better? Rather than letting the latest fads drive your choices, create a room that holds its breathtaking beauty for years, and never fails to transform your mood each time you cross the thresho... click to read more

Tips to ensure your retirement savings last for your entire life
(BPT) - Regardless of age, most individuals share a common financial goal: to retire with the confidence that they have enough money to last a lifetime. With some smart planning, simple steps and useful tools this goal can be achieved.The problem is that the anxiety caused by uncertain variables ca... click to read more

Why you should shop for health insurance
(BPT) - When it comes to health care and dental plans, your options can feel overwhelming. There can be dozens of plans and many variables that go into your decision, which is why it's worth your time to find the option that best fits your individual or family needs. 'We will devote hours of painst... click to read more

The surprising evolution of plant-based margarine
(BPT) - What does Napoleon III have to do with the development of margarine? Quite a lot, as it turns out. The origins and evolution of plant-based margarines involve a lot more history - and dramatic changes in how people eat - than you might expect.The forces that have driven human food options a... click to read more

Five fall fix-ups for your outdoor space
(BPT) - After a long summer relaxing on your deck or patio, autumn is a great time to renovate your outdoor space - or build one from scratch. Home improvement expert Alison Victoria, host of HGTV's 'Windy City Rehab,' offers five tips for fabulous fall fix-ups.1. Get decked out. Fall is an ideal t... click to read more

How to keep that relaxed summer vibe going year-round
(BPT) - When summer sadly comes to an end and fall comes around, there's no reason to give up everything that makes the season so enjoyable. Hang on to that summer vibe by extending some of the best of those warm-weather pleasures with your family and friends. Whether you're hosting a large party f... click to read more

7 tips for enjoying autumn with your furry best friend
(BPT) - Autumn is a great time to get out of the house and enjoy the outdoors in the company of your favorite four-legged friend. The temperatures have cooled down and the fall colors are starting to appear, yet it's not too cold to enjoy a brisk walk or even a leisurely stroll together. It's also ... click to read more

How play can build a STEM mindset
(BPT) - Learning about STEM doesn't have to be relegated to the classroom in preparation for a future career. At its essence, STEM is about exploration, observation and curiosity, which sounds an awful lot like another four-letter word - PLAY. So often when children are playing, they are testing th... click to read more

Are you protecting your digital house from cybercrime?
(BPT) - As the pace of technology advances, cybersecurity threats do, too. Data breaches, identity theft, phishing and malware make headlines seemingly every day. Internet-connected devices, social media, digital assistants and mobile apps have become indispensable in our everyday lives, but their ... click to read more

Age alone shouldn’t determine breast cancer treatment options
(BPT) - One in eight women in the U.S. will develop breast cancer in her lifetime. Many will be surprised to learn that age is a major barrier when it comes to patients accessing the information they need to make a better-informed treatment decision.Age shouldn't affect your chances of getting the ... click to read more

5 must-have items for your kids
(BPT) - As a parent, it can be difficult to decide what to buy for your kids. You want clothes that are trendy and versatile, but also items that will last. Even more, you want your kids' unique personality to shine through!Stocking your kid's closet with clothing that is unique, fun and durable wi... click to read more

Taking your medications can protect your health [Infographic]
(BPT) - Fifty percent of prescriptions that are filled are never used. For those with chronic conditions, the side effects of not taking medications can range from higher health care costs to premature death. Read on for more information on the risks of not taking medications as prescribed - and fo... click to read more

Don't let hidden holiday allergies ruin your good cheer
(BPT) - The holidays are a time to gather for food, friends and festivities. While everything may seem merry and bright, if you have asthma or allergies, this is when you need to be cautious. A season full of tradition and good cheer can often come with hidden allergy triggers if you're not aware a... click to read more

7 tips to help choose your health plan during open enrollment
(BPT) - Open enrollment season is here, a time when millions of Americans across the country have the opportunity to select or switch their health insurance plan for 2020.To help guide you during this important time, Elena McFann, regional CEO with UnitedHealthcare, shares the following tips that m... click to read more

Active aging: 5 important questions to ask to help prevent falls
(BPT) - Despite the common belief, falls are not a normal part of aging, and they are largely preventable. In fact, the best way to prevent falls is with a proactive, team approach.Be empowered and engage your health care professionals, community providers and family by asking these five important ... click to read more

A nationwide effort to help domestic violence shelters become pet-friendly
(BPT) - An estimated 1 in 3 women and 1 in 4 men will experience some form of domestic abuse in their lifetime. Escaping abusive situations and starting over in a new and safe environment is an overwhelming experience for victims, especially when pets are involved. An added challenge is that few (a... click to read more

Why now is the best time to go solar
(BPT) - October is National Energy Awareness Month, and you can celebrate by exploring opportunities to create a more energy-efficient, environmentally friendly home. With renewable energy solutions gaining momentum with homeowners, the latest energy technologies are more efficient, affordable and ... click to read more

Are you living with frequent, severe headaches? You may have Chronic Migraine
(BPT) - There's an invisible disease that affects 31 million Americans. Its symptoms are often debilitating and impact people in various aspects of their lives. The name? It's called migraine disease.People living with migraine disease experience a wide spectrum of the disease, ranging from Episodi... click to read more

5 simple ways to update your bathroom's style
(BPT) - Do you have a bathroom that's starting to look a little dated and drab, but perhaps doesn't need a complete remodel? If you're craving a change, you can update the space's style with a few strategic steps. Not only will you elevate the appearance of your bathroom, but you'll be boosting you... click to read more

Maximize your employee benefits in 3 simple steps
(BPT) - With the autumn season near, thoughts naturally turn to cooler temperatures, football games and holiday preparations. Another annual ritual synonymous with the season - but not one that many spend enough time on or particularly enjoy - is open enrollment.Open enrollment is the period of tim... click to read more

Guide your chainsaw to a clean, effective cut every time with these tips
(BPT) - Summer's over, and with cooler months ahead your outdoor activities begin to change. The lawn and garden are no longer your focus. Now, it's time to think about what you need to do to get your home ready for fall projects and winter storms. This is especially true if you have old or dead tr... click to read more

How to make a splash entertaining this fall
(BPT) - Looking for new party ideas for any hour of the day? As fall begins, entertaining can seem challenging, but it doesn't have to be. With a little creativity and the right ingredients, you can make any occasion memorable. Whether you're hosting a weekend brunch, a casual tailgate or an evenin... click to read more

3 ways to improve your self-care routine
(BPT) - Self-care - the practice of taking care of oneself - has become a hot topic across generational groups, with sleep, stress management and fitness as key areas to build better habits. But where to start? Here are three tips for practicing better self-care.1) Get a sleep routine - Only 11 per... click to read more

5 ways to celebrate everyday occasions
(BPT) - If you look at most people's calendars, the days that stand out are the big ones - national holidays, anniversaries, graduations - in other words, those occasions that almost require special parties, rituals or ceremonies. But the truth is, it's the everyday moments that people remember, an... click to read more

Give breakfast a boost before school: Fuel your kids’ day with wholesome on-the-go options
(BPT) - School is back in session, which means hectic mornings spent searching for missing shoes and backpacks, and jam-packed schedules with homework sessions and extracurricular activities. Morning meals at home or at school are imperative, and for busy parents, breakfast snacks on the go can be ... click to read more

Ask the expert: Important questions about Alzheimer’s
(BPT) - Alzheimer's is a progressive medical condition, and one of the deadliest diseases in the United States. That's why it is important to learn about the disease along with some simple steps that can help delay the potential onset, or help facilitate an early diagnosis.Dr. Rhonda Randall, a boa... click to read more

Pains in the butt: 4 common side effects of sitting too long
(BPT) - Sitting is a part of daily routines and nearly impossible to avoid. Whether during your daily commute, working hard at your desk or watching your favorite TV show on the couch, sitting can provide relief and give you the opportunity to relax. However, sitting for a long period of time can a... click to read more

Presents with purpose: Gift ideas that make an impact
(BPT) - This holiday season, what if you could give loved ones a present that makes a meaningful impact on the world? Nothing evokes the holiday spirit more than giving gifts that help others in a direct, effective way. Both you and the gift recipient will know you're making a difference in the liv... click to read more

Ask these 5 questions before choosing a savings account
(BPT) - Breaking up is hard to do, but there's one relationship you may want to reconsider - the one with your savings account. According to an August 2019 survey from Marcus by Goldman Sachs, which polled 1,053 Americans who have savings accounts with both traditional and online banks, nearly half... click to read more

5 Things Everyone Should Know About Consumer DNA Tests
(BPT) - Millions of people have taken consumer DNA tests and received their results online. In fact, in May of this year, Ancestry® announced it surpassed 15 million members in its global DNA network.These simple-to-take saliva-based tests reveal your ethnic origins, connect you to distant ... click to read more

10 cancer facts that may surprise you
(BPT) - There are more than 100 types of cancer that impact people of all backgrounds. It's likely that cancer has touched you or someone close to you. There is a lot to know about cancer and its effects on people in the United States and around the world. How many of these 10 cancer facts do you k... click to read more

Meal solutions for a flavorful fall
(BPT) - Fall marks the beginning of back to busy - back to school and the office, back to sports and other activities, and back to a season of social occasions with family and friends. Healthy, portable snacks such as fresh California grapes play a key role in providing energy and hydration to help... click to read more

4 key resources small businesses need to succeed
(BPT) - SPONSOREDFrom small home offices to co-working spaces to hotels and airplanes - as a small business owner, you've likely learned that being flexible with your work environment is critical to establishing and growing your business. No matter the spaces you travel to and run your business fro... click to read more

Severe emphysema relief: From difficulty rolling over in bed to swimming with dolphins
(BPT) - A year ago, Cheri's chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) was classified as stage IV, requiring constant support from an oxygen tank. Even rolling over in bed at night exhausted her.Cheri was on a waiting list for a lung transplant when her pulmonologist in Eugene, Oregon, asked her ... click to read more

Simple steps to keep your second home safe from costly repairs
(BPT) - Whether it's a cabin up north, a villa down south or a quaint cottage near family, many people in the United States own second homes. You spend time at these vacation properties during some seasons, but for much of the year they remain empty. That's why it's important to take precautions to... click to read more

Do’s and don’ts for a successful road trip
(BPT) - When it's time to hit the road for a vacation, to visit friends and family or just to get away, you're looking for fun and relaxation - and the last thing you want is to waste time or money.As drivers gear up to head out, Hankook Tire offers the following do's and don'ts for a smooth road t... click to read more

6 steps to the perfect charcuterie board
(BPT) - Planning a party doesn't have to be difficult. Instead of agonizing over appetizers, opt for serving wine with a charcuterie board - a variety of cured meats, cheeses and condiments that can range from simple to sophisticated. Even a basic spread can look elegant, while providing your guest... click to read more

Firefighters share home fire safety tips [Video]
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5 tips for keeping your dog more active
(BPT) - Face it, getting enough exercise is tough for everyone, and it's certainly true when it comes to our pets. The amount of exercise your dog may need varies, depending on the age, size and breed, but most dogs need more exercise than they're getting, especially during the colder months when w... click to read more

Top 5 exciting reasons to visit Baltimore this fall
(BPT) - Baltimore is a city with a rich history, thriving culture and eye on the future. Quickly becoming one of the top destinations for travel enthusiasts, visiting this vibrant city satisfies wanderlust any time of year, but it's the upcoming fall season that really has travelers enthused. Here ... click to read more

Top tips to make a plant-based diet more flavorful
(BPT) - If you're trying to eat more veggies and you're encouraging your kids to do the same, you may struggle with making meals tasty enough to tempt even the pickiest eaters in your family. The struggle is real! But don't worry, there are plenty of options that are plant-based, healthy and delici... click to read more

Sophisticated kitchen design for a stately aesthetic
(BPT) - A balanced aesthetic across styles creates a truly sophisticated kitchen design. Bring this concept to life with contemporary nuances that complete a space and complement an overall traditional tone. From spatial layout to thoughtful fittings, merge design influences to elevate the heart of... click to read more

Multi-talented Latina helps build new car for America, offers inspiration for girls considering STEM careers
(BPT) - Latina engineer Angeles Elena Van Ryzin helped build the Kia Telluride, a luxury SUV designed specifically for the U.S. market. There are not many women in STEM, and even fewer Latina women in STEM. That's why Van Ryzin embodies Kia's brand philosophy of 'Give it Everything.'Born in Zacatec... click to read more

A guide to nutritional needs at every age
(BPT) - According to data from the 2018 CRN Consumer Survey on Dietary Supplements, 75 percent of U.S. adults take dietary supplements, but many people don't realize supplement needs can change with age. While food is always the first place to obtain the nutrients we need from early childhood throu... click to read more

10 to-dos for home and yard winterization
(BPT) - Scarves. Pumpkin spice lattes. Leaves crunching underfoot. Sweater season is moving in fast, which means it's time to start transitioning to fall maintenance to make sure your home and yard are ready for winter. The following are 10 things you can do to prepare for the cold and wet weather ... click to read more

Dreaming of starting a new business? Remember these 5 things
(BPT) - If you're dreaming about starting a business, or if you're already a business owner looking to grow your business, chances are that you'll need a loan at some point to help your vision become reality. And if you're a veteran or active-duty servicemember, you already possess the skills and v... click to read more

7 things you may not know about your child's safety in cars
(BPT) - Parents and caregivers want to keep kids safe in the car, but keeping up with the latest recommendations can be tricky, especially as your child grows and their needs change. It's sometimes hard to know if you're doing everything you can to keep children as safe as possible.Regardless of yo... click to read more

How to put your college student on the right financial track
(BPT) - The fall semester is in full swing at college campuses across the country. New and returning students everywhere are juggling full class schedules, part-time jobs and packed social calendars. On the other hand, parents are hoping that they've positioned their child for success. Strong finan... click to read more

Fire safety tips that could help save your life
(BPT) - Having working smoke alarms in your home is as important as wearing a seatbelt in your car. It's a necessity that protects you and your loved ones. According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), approximately three out of five home fire deaths occur in residences with no work... click to read more

5 tips for hosting an award-winning viewing party
(BPT) - Whether it's the long-awaited premiere of your favorite drama, the return of a hyped reality series, or this season's big award show, there's always a reason to gather your friends around a screen for a viewing party!If you find yourself up next to host, it can feel like the pressure is on ... click to read more

Tips for keeping kids safe on the road
(BPT) - With all the distractions on today's roads, parents are feeling increasingly anxious about keeping their children safe while driving. According to a new study by Volvo Car USA and The Harris Poll, more than six in ten American parents believe roads today are more dangerous than ever, and ar... click to read more

‘I knew I wasn’t alone’: North Carolina nurse looks back on Hurricane Florence
(BPT) - One year ago, North Carolina native and licensed practical nurse Shannon Lanier found herself caught in a storm that seemed otherworldly. Hurricane Florence had arrived. And with it came more than two feet of rain in her hometown of Wilmington.Lanier had listened to all the warnings and kne... click to read more

Protecting Yourself from Medicare Fraud
(BPT) - Every year, many seniors are targeted by scammers who want to steal their Medicare numbers to do things like rack up fake health care charges and commit identity theft. These scams hurt seniors and other people eligible for Medicare, cost taxpayers money, and result in higher health care co... click to read more

Tips for getting your family organized this fall
(BPT) - Fall marks the beginning of a new school year and a perfect time to get you and your family organized. Use this fresh start as an opportunity to establish clear routines for scheduling, sorting papers and organizing everything your family needs for your work, school and home lives to run mo... click to read more

How at-home allergy treatment is changing lives
(BPT) - More than 50 million Americans suffer from allergies, and as pollen production grows in intensity and duration due to longer freeze-free periods, that number is expected to rise. For chronic allergy sufferers, this can mean battling symptoms year-round, year after year.Allergies pose health... click to read more

5 step fire safety checklist
(BPT) - When flames engulfed his 1940s beach bungalow without warning, actor Taylor Kinney was thankful to make it out alive. That experience, paired with his role as one of America's favorite TV firefighters, inspired him to advocate for fire safety and is why he's partnering with First Alert this... click to read more

CDC Foundation program makes a difference for people with cancer
(BPT) - Imagine being diagnosed with cancer, going through chemotherapy, and then getting sidelined by an infection.Unfortunately for people with cancer, this is a serious potential side effect of chemotherapy. Each year, more than half a million people with cancer are treated with chemotherapy, wh... click to read more

The secret to recruiting top talent? Next-level office amenities
(BPT) - A recent report by the Bureau of Labor Statistics revealed that U.S. employment is projected to grow by 8.4 million jobs from 2018 to 2028. At the same time, employers are battling an ultra-competitive job market, in which candidates are being wooed by increased pay and enhanced medical ben... click to read more

Mother Nature inspires 'new neutral' home design trends
(BPT) - Many interior designers gravitate toward grays or whites as a starting point when building a home's look and feel, but a new trend is emerging. Homeowners are getting back to basics and finding ways to bring the outdoors in by using neutral earth tones as their blank slate. These wood tones... click to read more

Haylie Duff shares best tips for quick and healthy family meals
(BPT) - Every parent knows it can be a struggle to prepare a nutritious meal that the whole family will enjoy. Finding time to spend around the table during back-to-school season can be particularly challenging, but not impossible.Actress, chef and mother of two Haylie Duff has a few expert tips an... click to read more

6 great reasons to visit Pittsburgh with your family
(BPT) - Seeking a great vacation spot? Look no further than Pittsburgh, an ideal destination for an unforgettable family getaway. Pittsburgh has plenty of entertainment options for kids of all ages - and their parents. Pull up a chair (and maybe a highchair or two) and book your perfect Pittsburgh ... click to read more

The country's favorite fair foods, region by region
(BPT) - Perhaps the main reason most people go to the fair is for the food - delicious, over-the-top savory and sweet items you just can't get anywhere else, whether on a stick or not. In fact, most people are willing to put up with the heat, crowds, expense, and even long lines just for a taste of... click to read more

4 steps to help you plan for wildfires
(BPT) - Wildfires and other disasters can be challenging because you rarely get enough warning to develop a plan to protect your family and minimize property damage, much less execute that plan. Thinking ahead can make all the difference - increasing your family's personal protection and minimizing... click to read more

Ways to save at the start of the school year
(BPT) - The new school year is officially here, and although it's an exciting fresh start for students and parents alike, it may also cause you financial stress. In fact, according to the National Retail Federation, the back-to-school season is the second largest shopping season of the year, after ... click to read more

Cool weather, cool looks: Tips and tricks for styling top accessory trends
(BPT) - Cooler temperatures mean it's time to change up your wardrobe. While cozy attire, like a great pair of jeans and a favorite sweater, will always be in style, you can keep any outfit on trend by using accessories strategically.The experts at Jewelry Television (JTV) share the top trends and ... click to read more

Simplify your kitchen with smart home gadgets
(BPT) - As the heart of the home, the kitchen is often the busiest room of the house - a perfect space to install the latest smart home gadgets. With 'smart' sidekicks, you can solve kitchen challenges and simplify the overall cooking process.Increase cooking efficiency Whether cooking for one or h... click to read more

How healthy is your home? [Infographic]
(BPT) - Home wellness is the active pursuit of creating and maintaining a healthy, balanced home.According to a new survey, virtually all Americans desire to achieve a healthy home. However, when asked about their current level of home wellness, most people admitted they could do a better job.... click to read more

How green are your car’s tires?
(BPT) - Did you know tires could be green?There aren't literal green tires, of course - they would distract other drivers. But believe it or not, tires can help keep the planet a bit greener, when they're built and used with sustainability in mind.Here's how.Low rolling resistance saves energy and ... click to read more

Tips and tricks for serving wine with holiday meals
(BPT) - The holidays are fast approaching, as are lots of festive meals to plan, prepare and serve. How can you reduce your own stress, and guarantee that you'll have happy guests throughout the holidays? A few simple tips for choosing versatile wines - and how to serve them - will not only please ... click to read more

Top tips to protect valuables from extreme weather disasters
(BPT) - Natural disasters cost Americans $91 billion in damages in 2018, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.With parts of the country in the midst of peak hurricane season, and other regions of the country approaching the dangerous wildfire and flooding seasons, expert... click to read more

See Today's Hottest Stars Before They Were Famous [Video]
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3 things you didn’t learn in driving school
(BPT) - If you had to go back to driving school today, would you pass the parallel parking portion? What if the instructor tested your knowledge of car maintenance?Learning how to drive and taking care of your vehicle are integral parts of growing up. In a recent Gauge Index survey, Hankook Tire fo... click to read more

Medicare Open Enrollment: How to save money next year
(BPT) - Medicare Open Enrollment is about to kick off. For most people already 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 ta... click to read more

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Spreads Magic in Times Square [Video]
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Life insurance protects your family when you’re not there to do it
(BPT) - When a loved one dies unexpectedly, the last thing families should have to think about is how they're going to pay the bills or whether they can stay in the house. But the reality is that, according to research from LIMRA1, 35% of households would feel the financial impact of losing a prima... click to read more

The rise of crowdfunding to pay for funerals
(BPT) - You've seen them on your Facebook and Twitter feeds shared by friends and family members, the tragic stories of a loved one's passing and a plea for help in covering the expense of a memorial or funeral. As crowdfunding has grown, it's become a go-to resource for many families struggling to... click to read more

Try these refreshing – and nutritious – mocktail ideas
(BPT) - Skip the dehydrating alcohol, artificial flavorings and unhealthy refined sugar to serve up a natural, fruit-based drink - a mocktail - when you're planning your next party. A mocktail not only replenishes your vital fluids, hydrating you and providing important nutrition your body needs, b... click to read more

5 age-specific ways to keep children safe during back-to-school
(BPT) - The back-to-school season comes with its share of excitement - including new classrooms, friends and routines - but it's also a time to be thoughtful about safety. As schedules change and daily life takes on an added layer of complexity with trips to and from school, after-school activities... click to read more

Start your cruise vacation with some home port adventure
(BPT) - It's said life is a journey, not a destination. That should especially be true when you and your family are planning your next cruise vacation.Often overlooked as a key part of that journey is the original port you'll be sailing from - the real beginning of your adventure. When planning a f... click to read more

4 tips to prevent and treat health issues on vacation
(BPT) - It's the night before your long-awaited vacation. You've triple-checked your suitcase, checked into your flight and notified the bank of your travel plans. Everything is ready to go, but even the most experienced travelers can't predict the unexpected health hiccups that might arise along t... click to read more

Study: UTIs cause roller coaster of emotional pain and antibiotic overuse
(BPT) - Women are desperate for solutions to their frequent urinary tract infections, and they're equally tired of the stigma that comes with them, reveals a new national survey.Key findings of 'UTIs: The Burning Truth' by ellura, the urinary tract supplement, found that 3 out of 4 women (76 percen... click to read more

6 ways to use newly popular pimento cheese
(BPT) - One of the South's best-kept secrets for years, pimento cheese is catching on with the rest of the country. While pimento cheese and things made with it are still only on 4% of U.S. restaurant menus, according to www.datassential.com, that's an increase of 65% in the last four years.Still, ... click to read more

How to keep your home and family safe from fires
(BPT) - According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), three out of five home fire deaths result from fires in properties without working smoke alarms - often due to missing alarm batteries or expired alarms.A new generation of home safety technology - combined with tried-and-true sa... click to read more

What companies can do to adapt to rapid change
(BPT) - In this era of rapid change, companies need agility to meet customer needs - and to survive. Agility refers to a company's ability to respond quickly to challenges like new technology, competition, changing needs of consumers and sudden shifts in the business environment.A truly agile compa... click to read more

Tips for picking the perfect pet
(BPT) - Choosing the perfect pet for your family begins with doing your homework beforehand to determine the age, size and temperament of your ideal dog or cat. The whole family can share in the matchmaking fun.Will your newest family member be an independent feline or a playful, social cat? A ramb... click to read more

Survey reveals skyrocketing interest in marijuana and cannabinoids for pain
(BPT) - Millennials lead the escalating interest in marijuana and cannabinoid compounds for managing pain - with older generations not far behind - and yet most are unaware of potential risks. Three-quarters (75%) of Americans who expressed interest in using marijuana or cannabinoids to address pai... click to read more

Why your clothes dryer is an energy hog and what you can do about it
(BPT) - There's nothing quite as comforting as pulling on your favorite hoodie when it's fresh from the dryer. As much as you love luxuriating in that warmth and softness, you may not be aware just how much energy this beloved appliance burns through in a year. When it comes to energy savings in th... click to read more

Planning to retire on your 65th birthday? We didn't think so
(BPT) - The traditional notion of retirement - a switch from full-time work to full-time leisure - is becoming a thing of the past for millions of Americans. In fact, according to a recent UnitedHealthcare survey (conducted by Wakefield Research on behalf of UnitedHealthcare) of 1,000 nationally re... click to read more

Staying on track: 3 ways to kickstart a healthy fall
(BPT) - Lacking culinary inspiration as grilling season ends? Keep telling yourself that you will start going to the gym next week? Binge-watching TV rather than tackling a crossword puzzle?We can often be our own biggest hurdle when it comes to making healthy decisions. But sometimes all it takes ... click to read more

Useful items to help launch your college-bound kid into their new pad
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3 Tips for how to change the way you see Polycythemia Vera (PV) - a rare blood cancer
(BPT) - When you're living with a rare, chronic blood cancer like polycythemia vera, or PV, you might look good on the outside even when you don't feel good on the inside. That's because for some people with PV, their symptoms may not be visible to others, despite having a serious impact on their l... click to read more

Preparing for disaster: 9 things you can do now
(BPT) - Are you prepared if a disaster were to hit? If you aren't, making sure to prioritize this initiative for you and your family is smart. Disasters don't plan ahead, but you can.Here are nine things you can do now to ensure you are prepared:Sign up for alerts and warnings. Utilizing your mobil... click to read more

3 ways to refresh your household routine at back-to-school time
(BPT) - Each year as summer ends, teachers, parents and students alike all begin their back-to-school preparations. Fall is a great time to start fresh, establish new and better routines, and to set family schedules that fit both your needs and the needs of your growing kids.Below are 3 tips to hel... click to read more

College students: Find the best song for any occasion
(BPT) - Music is a quintessential part of the college experience. Whether it's getting you pumped for the big game or helping you focus while studying for those final exams, there's no denying that good tunes can make all the difference.Now, it's easier than ever to find the best song for any occas... click to read more

5 easy ways to go green
(BPT) - 1. Go reusable.Did you know that the average plastic grocery bag has a lifespan of 12 minutes? Pick up a reusable grocery bag or bring a reusable water bottle with you to stay hydrated. Both can be used countless times and help reduce single-use plastic. By making small changes in your dail... click to read more

After leukemia battle, teen wishes to visit historic WWII sites
(BPT) - Being 17 years old and battling leukemia was not easy for Johnny. He was forced to miss out on many opportunities with friends and family as his illness took a toll.During this lonely time in his life, Johnny, the son of a military veteran, kept busy by learning about World War II. He enjoy... click to read more

Tips for late-summer gardening
(BPT) - Summer may be winding down, but a new opportunity to garden is just beginning. Plenty of vegetables and flowers can be grown successfully in late summer and into fall, so it's a great time to refresh with plants that either thrive in slightly cooler weather or are easy to bring indoors once... click to read more

Significant student benefits of flexible classroom seating
(BPT) - Have you seen a modern classroom with a variety of seating options that allow kids to sit, stand, wiggle and wobble as they engage in learning throughout the day?If so, you are familiar with flexible seating, a leading educational trend in K-12 classrooms nationwide. Both teachers and stude... click to read more

5 essential car safety tips for pets
(BPT) - Face it, everyone loves their pets. And they often want to take their pets wherever they're going. In fact, a recent survey by Volvo Car USA and The Harris Poll found that 39% of pet owners would rather go on a road trip with their dog than a family member.However, many pet owners worry abo... click to read more

Quick tips on adding easy, enjoyable and healthy elements to your family's meals
(BPT) - Feeding your family wholesome meals that everyone enjoys can feel like a challenge, especially on busy days. With different food preferences and limited time to cook, it's easy to fall into meal ruts where you eat the same thing over and over again.It's time to add a little color and creati... click to read more

Study and organization tips for achieving goals this school year, one semester at a time
(BPT) - Whether students are entering their senior year of college or freshman year of high school, planning is key to having a great year - and achieving goals. A recent study conducted by Post-it Brand found that American students spend approximately 105 hours a month 'hustling' in order to achie... click to read more

Stretch your summer in Myrtle Beach
(BPT) - Has summer just flown by? Did you run out of time to take a vacation, or just can't stand to see summer end? Maybe you want to use up the year's vacation days before they expire.Whatever the reason, now's the perfect time to stretch your summer in Myrtle Beach. You could enjoy a short stay.... click to read more

5 life lessons that can help teach kids about money
(BPT) - By Carrie Schwab-PomerantzAs our children head back to school, do you know how much of their classroom time will be devoted to learning about money?Unfortunately, the answer to this question is generally 'not much.' Only 19 states require high school students to take a course in personal fi... click to read more

Surprising secrets and tips to reignite that relationship spark
(BPT) - With our busy schedules, it's easy to forget to make time for sex, which may help with mood and intimacy within a relationship. So, with all these positives, why should women want to give up one of life's most pleasurable pastimes? Because they're too tired, not in the mood or too dry to tr... click to read more

Should I pay for insurance on a rental car?
(BPT) - Maybe you're signing the paperwork for a rental car, ready to zip up the West Coast for your end-of-summer vacation, when the agent asks if you're also going to be adding rental insurance.You pause. The agent starts talking about liability, and you see dollar signs piling up. You ask yourse... click to read more

Easy ways to add beef to your back-to-school menus
(BPT) - As the school year kicks off, parents are seeking meals that keep their children happy and healthy. On top of that, they need dinner options that are quick for their hectic schedules, fit into the budget and go beyond frozen pizza and entrees. Beef delivers on nutrition, simplicity and vers... click to read more

AC on the fritz? What to do next
(BPT) - Does your home feel uncomfortably warm, even when your AC is running full blast? You may think you can wait until next season to fix this, but with hot and sticky temperatures still lingering, now is the perfect time to upgrade your air conditioning system.Replacing old ineffective heating ... click to read more

Cybercriminals are targeting the education sector: How to protect your family
(BPT) - As children return to school across the country there is a topic not found in textbooks or traditional coursework that parents, guardians and educators should prioritize: smart cybersecurity practices.Recent McAfee Labs research found cybercriminals are actively targeting the education sect... click to read more

Are you a mindless muncher? Follow these smart tips for healthier snacking
(BPT) - Eating small snacks throughout the day can be a great way to maintain energy and keep hunger pangs at bay between meals. The problem is, it's far too easy to reach for unhealthy foods that satisfy your sweet or salty cravings, but don't necessarily provide the essential nutrients your body ... click to read more

Picture perfect: New survey shows U.S. consumer smartphone camera habits [Infographic]
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Getting a grip on essential tremor for a new beginning
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Searching for a deal on a family wireless plan? Here's what you should know
(BPT) - Sharing your wireless plan with family members is a great way to save. It eliminates the hassle of multiple bills and lets you benefit from bundled savings offered by your provider. But choosing the right one requires some homework: Family plans today come in all shapes and sizes.Here are a... click to read more

5 tips to protect your connected devices and electronic identity
(BPT) - Resourceful thieves and cyber criminals continue to find new ways to hack U.S. consumers' sensitive personal information. Dumpster diving, stolen or lost wallets and mail fraud should still be concerns, but the digital age of tablets, smartphones, PCs and Wi-Fi networks leaves people even m... click to read more

Grill like a boss with big BBQ flavor and bold wines
(BPT) - Grilling is one of America's greatest pastimes, and if you love grilled meat, chances are you also like hosting cookouts to show off your pit master prowess. Once you've mastered the art of the char, why not take it a step further? Serve wine that blows the lid off the meal, in the best pos... click to read more

5 ways to elevate your home decor through minimalism
(BPT) - The latest trends in home decor reveal a desire for a feeling of tranquility and calmness, perhaps as a response to today's overly busy and distracted lifestyles. From Marie Kondo's decluttering craze to a return to natural materials in home design, everyone is looking for a way to create a... click to read more

Time to think harder about your checking account
(BPT) - When we imagine 'financial literacy,' we often think about credit cards, loans and debt. But these building blocks of our financial infrastructures tend to cloud our perspective, pushing important details, like checking accounts, to the sidelines.Checking accounts are often overlooked but a... click to read more

Rising child star and mom share their top 5 tips for preparing to go back to school proud
(BPT) - Sponsored by Office Depot and OfficeMaxIt's that time of year again, when families start preparing their kids to head back to school. From basic supplies like folders and pencils, to technology, books and backpacks, each student's needs for back to school change and grow each year.LaRisa Mc... click to read more

4 back-to-school essentials to help keep kids healthy
(BPT) - New backpack? Check. Cool new shoes? Check. The right 24-pack of crayons? Check.As a parent, you want to give your child everything needed for a successful new school year, and sometimes that means thinking outside the crayon box. Are you keeping these less obvious things front of mind?"Bei... click to read more

5 budget-friendly projects that boost your home's value
(BPT) - Whether you plan to sell your home soon or you simply want to make your property more modern and livable, there are many things you can do to increase the value of your house. The good news is you don't need a massive budget to make a big impact. Here are five affordable things you can do t... click to read more

The cost of complacency: How auto-pay can drain your dollars
(BPT) - When it comes to managing your monthly bills, it doesn't get much more convenient than auto-pay. Because this option eliminates missed payments and late fees, it's easy to see why three-quarters of Americans have opted in, with anywhere between one and seven monthly payments, according to r... click to read more

An aging family member is struggling with their chronic condition - what can you do?
(BPT) - As we get older, the ones we love inevitably age too. For many, there comes a time where you are no longer just a son, daughter or family member - you're a caregiver. Ensuring your aging parent or loved one is able to manage and afford their medical treatments can have an enormous impact on... click to read more

Paying for Senior Living [Infographic]
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5 tips to make the most out of your workout routine
(BPT) - Whether you're hitting the gym to get healthy, tone up or improve your overall well-being, there's no denying that seeing results can be one of the most satisfying feelings. Noticing even the smallest change in the way you feel or look is reason enough to lace up your sneakers for another s... click to read more

WASHLET: The History Behind the World’s Most Luxurious and Innovative Bathroom Technology
(BPT) - When it comes to bodily hygiene, what was once considered a luxury - cleansing with water - is now deemed a necessity. Before 1920, daily bathing was a luxury; bathing once a week was the norm. In the 1920s and 1930s, however, industrial automation introduced new standards of hygiene to the... click to read more

Think outside: 5 ways to disconnect and enjoy the outdoors
(BPT) - Life is hectic, full of demands at work and home. Add digital distractions like computers, cell phones, tablets and more, and it's no wonder many people are experiencing record-high levels of stress.One simple solution is to shift your perspective by spending more time outdoors. When you do... click to read more

Which is more important to recognize, emojis or road signs?
(BPT) - If you were to take a quiz to test your ability to identify common emojis and road signs, how do you think you'd fare?According to the results from a recent survey by Mercury Insurance, 1,890 respondents did not do so well. The meaning of the 'yawning' emoji was correctly identified by 85% ... click to read more

The ultimate guide to buying a cordless vacuum
(BPT) - Whether you live in a house or an apartment, you may have found that old-fashioned vacuum cleaners with long cords are inconvenient to use, and a hassle to carry around your home for everyday cleaning. Today's lightweight, cordless vacuums offer more convenience and are much easier to use.W... click to read more

Are you getting enough protein in your diet?
(BPT) - You may have noticed protein bars and shakes popping up at grocery stores or gyms. Coverage of the benefits of protein is all the rage. So it might be surprising to learn that almost half of older adults are not consuming enough protein, thus negatively impacting their health, according to ... click to read more

5 ways parents can help kids be themselves
(BPT) - As a parent, it's so exciting to see your children grow and develop their own unique personalities and interests. While children are young and exploring the world around them, parents are always looking for ways to encourage their children's growth, and to support them in finding activities... click to read more

4 ways to celebrate a teacher who made an impact
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Record low unemployment creates opportunities for Americans with disabilities
(BPT) - With unemployment rates at a nearly 50-year low, many businesses are struggling to find workers. This tight job market is opening doors for people with disabilities, as many companies are turning their attention to diversity and inclusion in the workplace.Though more Americans with disabili... click to read more

Trips that transform: How airline miles can transform a child’s life
(BPT) - Maksim was just a few months shy of 2 years old when his parents rushed him to the emergency room for severe flu-like symptoms, only to find that their little boy was suffering from kidney failure. Since that day, Maksim has spent most of his six years in and out of hospitals, doctors' offi... click to read more

Young women learn government fundamentals in nationwide leadership program
(BPT) - This July, two teenage girls from every state in the country met in Washington, D.C., for the 73rd annual American Legion Auxiliary Girls Nation. This one-week government-in-action leadership development program is designed to educate future leaders on U.S. government fundamentals and the r... click to read more

What you need to do before traveling abroad
(BPT) - Planning a trip abroad? That's exciting! But you have lots to do and less time than you think to get it done. What do you need to accomplish before leaving?Here's a handy checklist to help you get your ducks in a row.PassportIf you have a current passport, check the expiration date. Many co... click to read more

Embarrassing questions you’re too afraid to ask your gynecologist
(BPT) - It's that time again. The dreaded gynecologist appointment. There's nothing to be afraid of because nothing shocks the gyno. However, many women are reluctant to ask the questions they want - and need - answered.You know, like that unpleasant odor and itch after sex or your period? Believe ... click to read more

Money flip or flop? How to avoid falling for online scams
(BPT) - Scammers are always cooking up creative new ways to separate people from their money. The sad reality is that it often works. The latest schemes involve so-called "money flipping," and it's showing up in consumers' newsfeeds on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and even via text messaging.Keep t... click to read more

Managing change is crucial for success
(BPT) - Whether you're a small-business owner, a manager at a mid-sized company or CEO of a large corporation, you've had to cope with constant change over the course of your career, and you've learned at least one thing: More change is inevitable.Between the constant evolution of technology, shift... click to read more

How you sleep affects your health – and could give you wrinkles
(BPT) - As you drift off to sleep, how does your nightly position affect your health?Whether you prefer stomach, back, side or curled into a fetal position, the way you snuggle into the pillow may affect your breathing patterns, neck and back pain, and circulation. A less-serious effect, but one mo... click to read more

Handy hacks and simple tricks for DIY projects
(BPT) - Have you ever left a reminder on a small scrap of paper because that is all you could find? Or ran out of room when writing an important message? No matter your profession - from construction and manufacturing, to culinary and education, to even around the house - there's always a message o... click to read more

From silence into sound, cochlear implants change one couple's world
(BPT) - Caroline and Andreas Schwabe are hearing impaired. Well, only Caroline has hearing loss. Andreas can hear just fine. But, as Andreas says, for a couple, hearing is a "we" thing.Caroline's mother suffered from hearing loss, like many of the women in her family, so, as a newlywed at age 21, i... click to read more

5 easy ways to be a more active dad
(BPT) - For children, having an engaged dad makes a huge difference - fathers play a critical role, and research tells us just how important that role is. In fact, studies show that children who feel close to their fathers are two times more likely to go to college or find a job after high school.D... click to read more

True confessions: Which skin sins have you committed?
(BPT) - From catching your favorite team at a ballgame to swimming in a pool, summertime brings no shortage of outdoor activities. All this time outside, though, can wreak havoc on your skin if you don't follow a proper routine to rid your skin of the dirt, oil and residue it encounters throughout ... click to read more

6 back-to-school tips every parent of kids with allergies should know
(BPT) - For kids who live with allergies and asthma, back-to-school can spell trouble with symptoms.Late summer/early fall is the height of ragweed season. When you add in exposure to environmental factors found in school classrooms, playing fields and eating areas, you have the perfect recipe to j... click to read more

3 emerging smart home trends of 2019
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5 advantages of traveling on a small cruise ship
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Are you a Maverick? A Dreamer? Find your financial personality
(BPT) - When it comes to managing your finances, are you more likely to be spontaneous and optimistic or stick to a formal plan? Understanding your financial personality can be important on the journey to reaching your financial goals, whether it's something short-term like buying a home or longer ... click to read more

Patient registry breathes new life into pulmonary fibrosis research
(BPT) - Over 200,000 people in the United States are living with pulmonary fibrosis (PF), a progressive, debilitating lung disease. More than 50,000 new cases of PF are diagnosed each year - with many more that are likely misdiagnosed or undiagnosed. Most cases are idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IP... click to read more

Maternal morbidity and mortality: Your guide to healthy pregnancy
(BPT) - Every year in the United States, approximately 700 women die as a result of pregnancy or delivery complications, and more than 50,000 experience unexpected health problems, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Some pregnancy complications (for example, morning ... click to read more

Internship tips from an intern who became an owner and CEO
(BPT) - Internships can be a valuable opportunity to start your full-time working career, and change your life.Fatih Ozmen went from intern to owner and CEO of multi-billion-dollar aerospace and national security leader, Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC).Starting at SNC as an intern almost 40 years a... click to read more

4 affordable bucket list trips for the summertime
(BPT) - The country is filled with adventures to check off your bucket list this summer. From road trips to unique vacations, there's something for everybody! With the help of your smartphone and dependable wireless service, you can stay connected and share the special moments along the way with fa... click to read more

5 easy projects to get the whole family outside
(BPT) - Want to get the kids away from screens and outside for some fresh air? Many outdoor projects will not only lure your whole family outdoors once the jobs are completed, but the family may actually want to help you.Here are five ideas for outdoor projects everyone will love.1. Make a backyard... click to read more

Buy a home without breaking the bank
(BPT) - Buying a home is one of life's biggest financial milestones, but people often think it's out of reach because of the costs involved, including the myth that you have to put 20% down. The fact is, you don't necessarily need to deplete all of your savings to qualify for a mortgage and you can... click to read more

How detailed planning can help you make every minute count
(BPT) - To say ClassPass founder Payal Kadakia keeps busy is an understatement. The fitness platform she founded operates at 15,000 partner sites across 80 cities worldwide and is continuing to expand. Kadakia also founded Sa Dance Company, a bicoastal Indian dance troupe that performs at major ven... click to read more

5 tips for stress-free outdoor entertaining
(BPT) - Good food, great company and the beauty of the outdoors: Dining al fresco with family or friends is the perfect way to enjoy beautiful weather. For many people, though, the job of outdoor entertaining can feel somewhat intimidating. But it doesn't have to be. With these simple tips, you'll ... click to read more

5 smart home upgrades that will pay off later
(BPT) - Whether you want to make the most of your home now, or you're thinking of selling soon, smart upgrades can boost your enjoyment of your home and increase its resale value. Some upgrades improve the aesthetics of your house, while others help save on energy costs or improve the functionality... click to read more

5 staples for the ideal DIY workspace
(BPT) - From ambitious millennials to enthusiastic boomers, do it yourself - DIY - is trending among people of all ages. No matter the hobby or home improvement project, creating a well-equipped workspace is just as important as having the right tools for the job. Whether your workspace is in the g... click to read more

6 questions to ask your healthcare provider about out-of-pocket medication costs
(BPT) - Even in the privacy of a doctor's office, many patients hesitate to discuss one subject - money.While nearly one in four Americans over the age of 50 feels stressed about their medical bills, only half of those have spoken to their healthcare provider about it, according to a University of ... click to read more

Buying for a better world: Purchasing decisions that help the planet
(BPT) - While research from The Shelton Group shows 90% of millennials choose to purchase from brands they trust for their social and environmental practices, carefully crafted marketing lingo and even bigger advertising budgets can make it difficult to know if their dollars are truly making a diff... click to read more

How small business sellers make the most of Prime Day
(BPT) - While mid-summer typically sees a lull in retail sales, causing some small businesses to hang on anxiously, waiting for better days, many are looking forward to mid-July as a great time to boost their businesses. Small and medium-sized businesses selling in Amazon's stores are gearing up fo... click to read more

Inclusive playgrounds: How play helps all children learn
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4 tips for serving and enjoying red wine this summer
(BPT) - With the summer season in full swing, entertaining heads outdoors, with leisurely BBQs and picnics forming the backdrop for gatherings of family and friends. Choosing a great wine to pair with the menu is a thoughtful touch, but white wines aren't the only options during the warmer months. ... click to read more

10 tips for making the move to college a smooth one
(BPT) - Moving to a college campus is an exciting experience for both students and parents. Whether you're destined for the dorms or will be sharing a modest apartment with other students, you'll need to pack strategically and move mindfully so you get just what you need to feel comfortable and be ... click to read more

Ways to save even more this Prime Day
(BPT) - Mark your calendars! Prime Day is right around the corner on July 15 and 16, lasting a full 48 hours this year to give Prime members a two-day parade of epic deals. Prime Day offers the chance for you to save on everyday essentials and get deep discounts on big-ticket items you've been wait... click to read more

Exercise is important for everyone, especially people with disabilities
(BPT) - No matter how old or out of shape you think you are, it is never too late to add more physical activity to your life. Regular and consistent exercise can:Help you control your weight. Along with healthy diet, exercise plays an important role in preventing obesity.Reduce your risk of heart d... click to read more

Don’t let summer pests bug you
(BPT) - Summer activities like hiking, camping, picnics and barbecues are all fun ways to enjoy the great outdoors. But spending more time outside can lead to mosquito and tick bites, and the potential for bringing these pests inside the home and putting families at risk for insect-borne diseases.A... click to read more

The perfect pairing for a chart-topping burger
(BPT) - You can smell it in the air: BBQ season is in full swing. To impress your friends and family, you're going to need to offer up some serious eats because, let's face it, the food is the true star of any BBQ. But, this summer, don't overlook one of the key elements to really enjoying the full... click to read more

6 ways to get "s'more" outdoor fun during the short summer season
(BPT) - Now that summer is here, for many, it seems opportunities to savor those sun-drenched days and starry nights are all too limited. Events and activities are already stacking up on the calendar, and it's almost as if the season is over before it begins.It's not just you who's feeling the summ... click to read more

5 items to clean for a sparkling kitchen
(BPT) - You wipe down the counters, clean the floor and run the dishwasher regularly. Your kitchen appears clean on the surface, but there's probably a lot that could use a refresh. It's time to pay attention to frequently used but often forgotten items in your kitchen.Make sure to include these fi... click to read more

Top 5 trend-setting vehicles
(BPT) - If you're in the market for a new vehicle, consider purchasing one you can make your own. While just about any vehicle can be transformed with a few simple products, certain makes and models are more accessory-friendly than others.Every year the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA)... click to read more

5 ways to have a Happy School Year
(BPT) - For kids, the start of a new school year is like New Year's Eve: a chance to start fresh and set intentions for the year ahead. It's a time to reboot, make new friends, get new clothes and gear, and find new opportunities to fuel their passions. As parents, you can help your children have a... click to read more

Summer is the perfect time to dive into unstructured play
(BPT) - As school lets out for the summer, many parents are concerned about their child maintaining all they've learned from the school year. Some parents may be tempted to add extra classes or tutors to stave off the summer slide, but one of the most effective methods for boosting brain developmen... click to read more

Home safe home: Protect your children with these 5 easy tips
(BPT) - We all like to think of our homes as secure havens where our families can retreat from the world in peace and comfort.While most of us do everything we can to protect our children from harm, records show that in the U.S. some 2,000 children 14 and younger succumb to preventable injuries in ... click to read more

Mindfulness and its proven impact on loneliness: What you should know
(BPT) - Maybe you know someone who stands by taking five minutes each morning to meditate or finds time after lunch to quiet his or her mind and focus on breathing. Whatever the method may be, incorporating 'mindfulness' practices into your life can have a wide range of positive health benefits lik... click to read more

Building a legacy of financial freedom
(BPT) - What does Juneteenth mean to you? For millions of Americans, Juneteenth marks an important moment in American history, one that spans 154 years.The original Juneteenth dates back to 1865 and commemorates the day the enslaved people of Galveston, Texas, were notified that they were free by e... click to read more

Embrace Vibrant Summer Vibes [Infographic]
(BPT) - Don't let everyday laundry products dull your vibrant vibe or clothing! Keep your beach cover-ups and colorful shirts bright all year long with Clorox 2 for Colors, no matter how many wears!... click to read more

A Lingering Cough That Wouldn’t Go Away: A Patient’s Road to NTM Lung Disease Diagnosis
(BPT) - Having a persistent cough wasn't something new to Debbie. As early as high school, she found herself coughing excessively on the school bus due to the cigarette smoke from her fellow classmates. Over the years, she was prescribed an antibiotic and antihistamine for each new cough, and event... click to read more

Ask the expert: Vision health as you age
(BPT) - Many people expect their eyesight to decline with age - perhaps requiring a stronger eyeglass prescription or 'readers.' Some vision changes are linked to age, but there are steps to consider to help our eyes stay as healthy as possible.Dr. Linda Chous, OD, chief eye care officer, UnitedHea... click to read more

5 must-haves to pack for a fun holiday weekend
(BPT) - It's finally here! Independence Day weekend! A time to celebrate with friends and family while eating good food, dancing to music and best of all - enjoying the fireworks! You can't wait for the long weekend and all the fun you're going to have as you celebrate together. But what should you... click to read more

Alleviating some financial burden felt by the 'Sandwich Generation'
(BPT) - You're middle-aged and the thought of how you're going to enjoy your golden years is becoming more persistent. You may be daydreaming about finally buying an RV to take that cross-country trip you and your significant other always talk about, or maybe you've begun planning how you can buy t... click to read more

Get almost anything you want (or need) delivered from Amazon Prime in one day or less
(BPT) - We all want to find both essentials and fun products easily - with lots of variety - and get them delivered fast, and for free. This summer, spend more time with friends and family and less time shopping. Prime Free One Day ensures members can find last-minute birthday presents, sunscreen a... click to read more






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