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4 steps for a healthier you

(BPT) - When focusing on personal transformation, many hit the gym or focus on eating right and losing weight. Instead of taking on large, difficult-to-maintain goals, there are smaller, simpler steps and habits that can be embraced, resulting in lasting change and a healthier you.

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Friday 02/15/2019
Parenting advice for strong relationships and a healthy house
Updated: February 18, 2019 - 2:35 am

(BPT) - Managing work-life balance as a parent comes with challenges, and with busy schedules for both parents and children, disruptions at the last minute can really take a toll on a family's everyday routine. This is especially true when a child has to take a sick day from school due to illness during cold and flu season. It's important to know you're not alone, and with a little focus and positive reinforcement, you can help your kids be happy and healthy.

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6 fun facts about bananas that will inspire you to eat more
Updated: February 18, 2019 - 2:35 am

(BPT) - Bananas are a tasty snack that many people eat regularly without much thought, but there's more to the iconic yellow fruit than just its convenience and color. Bananas are a superfood loaded with nutrients and have been enjoyed worldwide for hundreds of years. In fact, there are many reasons to consider eating more bananas.

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Thursday 02/14/2019
Finding love as a senior: 7 stories to inspire all ages
Posted: February 14, 2019

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8 ways to banish spring allergies
Updated: February 18, 2019 - 2:35 am

(BPT) - Spring. The time of year when, as poet Alfred Lord Tennyson famously said, a young man’s (and woman’s) fancy "lightly turns to thoughts of love." That is, of course, if you're not sneezing, coughing or dealing with itchy eyes. Spring allergies seem to get worse every year. Is there anything you can do to avoid them?

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Wednesday 02/13/2019
Your Home is Your Castle: How to Protect it Through the Years
Posted: February 13, 2019

(StatePoint) For many people, owning a home is the American dream, and the single biggest financial investment they will ever make. With the stakes so high, in addition to picking out the perfect property, it’s critical to have the right insurance.

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4 things you might not know about boat shows
Updated: February 18, 2019 - 2:35 am

(BPT) - Boat shows are taking place across the country, offering opportunities to plan now for warmer days ahead. Special pricing and incentives on new boat models and marine accessories are a major draw for the 142 million Americans who take to the water each year, according to the National Marine Manufacturers Association. For those ready to plan their summer adventures on the water, boat shows are a good place to start.

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Tuesday 02/12/2019
The juggle is real: Online students’ tips to balance family, school
Updated: February 18, 2019 - 2:35 am

(BPT) - Balancing work, school and family can be a challenge. Some days might feel like more of a struggle than a juggle, but that doesn’t mean it’s impossible to have it all. In fact, one in four of the 17 million Americans enrolled as an undergraduate in a higher education institution is caring for a child, according to the National Center for Education. Many people in this position turn to online education to help make it possible to manage work, life, family and earning their degree.

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Are your home and your wallet prepared for the inevitable?
Updated: February 18, 2019 - 2:36 am

(BPT) - Nobody bats an eyelash when it comes to buying homeowner's insurance, but many homeowners don’t apply that same logic to planning for home repairs — not what might happen, but what will happen.

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Monday 02/11/2019
Dogs are making a difference in hospitals
Updated: February 18, 2019 - 2:35 am

(BPT) - For pediatric patients, being in the hospital can be a frightening, vulnerable and lonely experience, especially for those undergoing serious medical treatments. However, research has shown that dogs, with their playful, comforting and loving nature, can have beneficial, long-lasting effects on pediatric patients.

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How to improve your financial health in 2019
Updated: February 18, 2019 - 2:35 am

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

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Which bathtub style is right for you?
Updated: February 18, 2019 - 2:34 am

(BPT) - Wondering if you should have a bathtub in your bathroom? Despite trend reports that say some homeowners are removing bathtubs, House Beautiful recently reported that there are good reasons to have a bathtub in your home. They make sense for families since children rarely take a shower. For everyone else, few things are better for self-care than a nice, long, deep soak.

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For older adults, it’s not ‘just the flu’
Updated: February 18, 2019 - 2:35 am

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Thursday 02/07/2019
Home delivery of medications could save you money: What you should know
Updated: February 18, 2019 - 2:35 am

(BPT) - In recent years, technology has changed every aspect of our daily life. We interact with friends and family on social media, use the GPS to guide us to our desired destination, and products we buy online are delivered right to our home.

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Wednesday 02/06/2019
4 simple tips to satisfy your comfort food cravings
Updated: February 18, 2019 - 2:35 am

(BPT) - After a long day, digging into a hearty pasta dish or a piping hot bowl of soup can fill you with warmth and coziness — especially on those chilly days.

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When saying 'I do' means a move: 5 tips for combining households
Updated: February 18, 2019 - 2:34 am

(BPT) - Getting married means a whole lot of changes, not the least of which could be moving to a new house or apartment. Whether you’re getting a brand-new place for the both of you or one of you is shifting all your earthly possessions to join your spouse, it’s a good idea to take proactive steps to make crossing that new threshold a little easier.

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6 ways to make your outside wedding more comfortable
Updated: February 18, 2019 - 2:34 am

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

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Tuesday 02/05/2019
Heroes helping heroes: Shining a light on military caregivers
Updated: February 18, 2019 - 2:35 am

(BPT) - “You’re sitting at home one night and get a phone call that your husband is being medevaced and he’s coming home. They said it was for spinal injuries,” recalled Mandy Spooneybarger, 36, caregiver to her husband, Charles, an Army veteran. “You have to live in your new normal. It’s stressful. It’s isolating. You have to let go of what you had. That is the hardest part. Sometimes it takes years. You can find strength from the person you are caring for. If you can, find other support.”

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5 ways to create an inviting room using tile
Updated: February 18, 2019 - 2:36 am

(BPT) - Today’s tile trends extend so far beyond their traditional use as a staple of bathroom design that you may not recognize them. While once the most attractive and innovative tiles had to be imported, contemporary handcrafted tile and stone products for home design are now being made right here in the United States.

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Monday 02/04/2019
Student Loan Debt Growth Fastest Among Boomers
Updated: February 18, 2019 - 2:34 am

(BPT) - Student loan debt in the U.S. has been skyrocketing for years, recently topping $1.5 trillion, and now surpassing automobile loans and credit cards to become the largest source of personal debt, aside from mortgages. Millennials bear the brunt of that burden, with 75 percent of the generation carrying some form of college debt. But the problem isn’t contained to the younger generation. According to a new white paper from The Guardian Life Insurance Company of America(R) (Guardian), baby boomers are increasingly feeling the strain of student loan debt — and it’s having a major impact on their overall well-being.

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Getting to Know Aflac: 3 Reasons Aflac Isn’t What You Think It Is
Updated: February 18, 2019 - 2:35 am

(BPT) - The beginning of a new year can mark the start of resolutions and the setting of personal goals, from eating healthier to learning how to play a new musical instrument. It’s also an ideal time to get in tune with your personal finances by making sure unexpected health costs can be paid on time.

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7 tips to eat your way to thicker, fuller hair
Updated: February 18, 2019 - 2:34 am

(BPT) - Did you know that what you eat affects your hair? That's news to most people, especially those who are dealing with hair loss. While there are many possible causes for hair loss — stress, the environment, health problems — achieving thick, full and healthy hair ultimately starts with your diet. That’s because the nutrients you get from food and supplements provide the building blocks for your hair growth.

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Friday 02/01/2019
Resolutions, meet reality: Ways to stay healthy throughout the year
Updated: February 18, 2019 - 2:34 am

(BPT) - How are this year's resolutions doing? Chances are, you may have fallen off the resolution wagon, especially if you were overly ambitious. Fear not — it’s never too late to make small, sustainable changes in your lifestyle that result in big health improvements. Review your hardest-to-keep resolutions and adapt them into goals you can easily maintain.

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Thursday 01/31/2019
Acclaimed figure skater Adam Rippon's tips for beating a cold
Updated: February 18, 2019 - 2:35 am

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

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Eating to age gracefully: Top tips from a registered dietitian
Updated: February 18, 2019 - 2:34 am

(BPT) - What if you were 60 but felt more like you were 30? Consider taking charge of your nutrition by adding in foods that help you feel decades younger.

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Calling all foodies: 4 trends shaping home cooking in 2019
Updated: February 18, 2019 - 2:35 am

(BPT) - Today’s chefs and home cooks alike are seeking more meaningful food experiences, with smart, intuitive technology that’s high-performing and saves time. This year, leading brands are changing the way culinary enthusiasts source and prepare their food, emphasizing a heightened level of respect for all ingredients throughout the process. The result? Delicious food and healthier lifestyles. Here are four trends driving the evolution of home cooking in 2019:

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Could you have a heart attack? Reduce your odds through these tips
Updated: February 18, 2019 - 2:34 am

(BPT) - Many Americans consider themselves well-informed and attentive when it comes to their health.

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5 ways to wow your sweetheart this Valentine’s
Updated: February 18, 2019 - 2:34 am

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

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Post-Holiday Wake-up Call: Signs Senior Loved Ones May Need Help
Posted: January 31, 2019

(NewsUSA) - The holiday season is the perfect time to reconnect with those you love most. But for many adult children, this is also a time where they may start to notice changes in their parents' health and behaviors that signal the need for assistance at home. Each year, this realization leads to an increase in inquiries about senior care services from concerned family members.

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Cancer in the year ahead and beyond: CTCA oncology leaders offer predictions
Updated: February 18, 2019 - 2:34 am

(BPT) - While the American Cancer Society recently reported a 27 percent decline in the rate of cancer deaths between 1991 and 2016, over 1.7 million new cancer cases were diagnosed in the U.S. last year alone, according to the National Cancer Institute. Although cancer will not be eradicated any time soon, new treatment options are helping patients today and will continue to do so. Here are seven predictions on the future of cancer care from leading experts at Cancer Treatment Centers of America (CTCA):

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Wednesday 01/30/2019
4 myths about salt
Updated: February 18, 2019 - 2:34 am

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

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Tuesday 01/29/2019
Building a new home? Protect yourself against today's faster, scarier fires
Updated: February 18, 2019 - 2:34 am

(BPT) - If your new home is among the one million or so being built in the U.S. this year, congratulations! You’ll have the chance to customize it to your dream home preferences.

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Getting the care you need: Find your health care 'quarterback'
Updated: February 18, 2019 - 2:35 am

(BPT) - Are you 65 or older? While your primary care doctor may be an internist or general practitioner, have you thought about adding a geriatrician to your health care team?

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Monday 01/28/2019
6 tips for reducing your out-of-pocket medication costs
Updated: February 18, 2019 - 2:35 am

(BPT) - When you’re sick, the last thing that you want to worry about is how you’re going to pay for your critical medical treatment. Even if you have health insurance, you may find that the prescription drugs you need the most are out of reach due to high out-of-pocket costs — the deductibles, copays or coinsurance that are not reimbursed by insurance. Many people find themselves choosing between paying bills and buying essential prescription medications.

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Celebrate Valentine’s Day with everyone you love
Updated: February 18, 2019 - 2:35 am

(BPT) - Valentine’s Day is not just for lovers anymore. While we naturally want to show our significant others how much we love them on the sweetest holiday of the year, Valentine’s Day has become a wonderful day to celebrate everyone we care about, from your BFF to your furry, feathered and four-legged friends. In fact, last year the National Retail Federation reported that approximately 20 percent of Americans plan to buy Valentine’s Day gifts for their pets.

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Parents worried about risks, still think opioids are best for kids’ pain relief
Updated: February 18, 2019 - 2:35 am

(BPT) - Headlines filled with news of opioid abuse, overdoses and reports that 90 percent of addictions start in the teen years could make any parent worry. Yet parents remain conflicted about opioids: While more than half express concern their child may be at risk for opioid addiction, nearly two-thirds believe opioids are more effective at managing their child’s pain after surgery or a broken bone than non-prescription medication or other alternatives, according to a nationwide survey commissioned by the American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA).

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Friday 01/25/2019
3 ways to give youth hockey a boost in your hometown
Updated: February 18, 2019 - 2:35 am

(BPT) - Enrollment in youth hockey is at an all-time high in communities across the country. According to USA Hockey, a record 562,145 players registered to play in the 2017-2018 season, with 187,492 of those players ages 10 and younger.

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Thursday 01/24/2019
Mortgage insurance: Added cost to homebuying or smart way to get in?
Updated: February 18, 2019 - 2:35 am

(BPT) - The homebuying process is exciting, but can also seem fraught with added costs, like a home inspection, title insurance and closing costs. And if you can’t afford a full 20 percent down payment on a conventional home loan, then you will most likely pay for private mortgage insurance (MI). Some people consider private MI yet another added cost, but it helps creditworthy middle-income homebuyers qualify for home financing sooner with a low down payment. Is it really an added cost if it saves time and money in the long run?

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Monday 01/21/2019
Affordable bathroom updates with big impact
Updated: February 18, 2019 - 2:35 am

(BPT) - A bathroom renovation is a highly desired home improvement, but many homeowners put off making updates due to the perceived cost. Fortunately, you don't need a complete remodel to get the bathroom of your dreams — nor do you need to break the bank.

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Saturday 01/19/2019
Real-life examples of how unique partnerships bring change
Updated: February 18, 2019 - 2:35 am

(BPT) - Most of us can come up with at least one good idea to help solve our community’s most pressing challenges.

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Thursday 01/17/2019
7 ways to homegate like a pro
Updated: February 18, 2019 - 2:34 am

(BPT) - Let’s face it: Few of us will ever actually attend America’s biggest football matchup, but we all love watching and celebrating from home or at a fun gathering with friends.

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Exoskeletons allow stroke and spinal cord injury survivors to take 100 million steps to date
Updated: February 18, 2019 - 2:34 am

(BPT) - At 32 years of age, Jessica “Jess” McNair experienced what doctors described as “cascades of multiple strokes” resulting from irregularly formed arteries in her neck. With a bleak prognosis, McNair's team of doctors predicted she had a 5 percent chance of living, and that it would be unlikely she would regain the ability to walk, talk or care for herself.

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Championing girls’ confidence through puberty and beyond
Updated: February 18, 2019 - 2:35 am

(BPT) - Puberty is a transformational time for girls that comes with unique challenges in physical, mental and emotional forms. Between trying to manage increasingly complex emotions, adjusting to their evolving bodies and navigating social changes, it’s no wonder half of girls lose confidence at this moment in life — and many never fully recover. This is why it’s crucial to not only educate girls about the changes they’re experiencing, but to actively support them as they develop their confidence.

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Wednesday 01/16/2019
Common cold or pulmonary fibrosis? Know the symptoms
Updated: February 18, 2019 - 2:35 am

(BPT) - Persistent dry cough. Fatigue. Shortness of breath. These symptoms are sometimes associated with a passing virus, especially during the peak of cold and flu season. Coughs can last an average of 18 days; however, if your dry cough is still lingering after two months, another condition, such as pulmonary fibrosis, might be the cause.

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Catch home buyers' attention with a bathroom in an 'impossible' space
Updated: February 18, 2019 - 2:35 am

(BPT) - When it comes to real estate, you've probably heard kitchens and bathrooms typically sell houses. While you may not have enough money for a kitchen remodel, adding a bathroom can be a more affordable way to enhance your property and catch buyers' attention.

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Tuesday 01/15/2019
The real science behind your pet's food
Updated: February 18, 2019 - 2:34 am

(BPT) - Pet owners will do just about anything they can to keep their furry friends happy and healthy, which is why the vast majority of pet owners say they’re concerned about the ingredients in their pet’s food. Based on a quality and safety Purina survey conducted in 2017, 84 percent of pet owners are concerned about the ingredients in their pet’s food, and more than four out of five pet owners are likely to read the list of ingredients in pet food before buying it. Yet many dog and cat owners are often confused about what constitutes safe and healthy food, have misperceptions about ingredients, and aren’t clear about what types of nutrients their pets need. A lot of thought has been put into the ingredients in the pet food you see on shelves and online, including many backed by full teams of scientists who work every day to create nutritional breakthroughs that will help pets of all ages live their best life.

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50 or over? Why you may want to consider new shingles vaccine
Updated: February 18, 2019 - 2:35 am

(BPT) - When it comes to vaccines this time of year, influenza is often top-of-mind — and it should be, with as many as 35 million cases expected this flu season. But as you age, don’t neglect the shingles vaccine.

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Monday 01/14/2019
5 fitness trends on the rise in 2019
Updated: February 18, 2019 - 2:35 am

(BPT) - When looking ahead to the rest of the year, so many get excited about the latest trends, gadgets or gizmos getting the most attention as they look for what they might be interested in for themselves or their family. The world of health and fitness is an area that is always evolving to the point there’s continuously something new to try, and sometimes it can even reach the point of feeling overwhelming.

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Retirement planning: How ‘life’ gets in the way and how to overcome the obstacles
Updated: February 18, 2019 - 2:35 am

(BPT) - If you’re like many Americans, retirement planning may not be high on your ”to-do” list. When life is busy and you’re shouldering the burden of looking out for yourself and your family, setting up a retirement plan can slide down the priority list — especially if you’re hoping it will somehow be easier in a year, two or more.

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The top 5 supplements everyone should be taking in the new year
Updated: February 18, 2019 - 2:34 am

(BPT) - Are supplements part of your daily routine? If they are, you're not alone. According to the National Institutes of Health, more than half of all Americans take one or more supplements in their quest for better health. That's because even if you have an ultra-healthy diet (and many people don't), it's difficult to get all the vitamins and nutrients your body needs for optimal health from food alone. So supplementing your diet is a good idea.

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