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January 16, 2019

Patient thanks her caregiver after successful transplant
(BPT) - The holiday season presents the opportunity to pause and express gratitude to those that have touched our lives. For former dialysis patient and recent kidney transplant recipient Ingrid Codrington, her biggest “thank you” is to a woman who changed her life when she needed it the most.The b... More >>

3 steps for your end-of-year financial checkup
(BPT) - Amidst a frenzy of holiday parties and family gatherings, it can be easy to lose sight of your financial goals. But the end of the year is an ideal time to reflect on your financial plan and review your savings and investing approach. Before you say goodbye to 2018, take these steps to maxi... More >>

How to get the most from your cellphone plan
(BPT) - Picking a cellphone plan is like picking toppings for a pizza ­— everyone has different preferences. Some people only need a basic plan for making a few phone calls now and then. Others find their cellphones absolutely indispensable, and need access to a steady and fast stream of data all t... More >>

5 important facts to teach kids about pet ownership
(BPT) - Kids instinctively love animals. Children begin learning about animal species, their habitats and behavior during elementary school, and this is when children also become more interested and involved in caring for family pets. They may even become pet owners for the first time at this age. ... More >>

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

New exchange program introduces young adults to corporate agriculture
(BPT) - For years, the International Farm Youth Exchange Association (IFYE) has offered young adults an opportunity to travel and learn about agriculture in a different country. Now, global agribusiness Syngenta is taking the program a step further by introducing a corporate component to the experi... More >>

How to launch a video channel and create a community
(BPT) - Today's teens can easily connect with like-minded people by making videos and sharing them. For some 85 percent of U.S. teens, a smartphone is their tool of choice to watch, share and publish videos, according to Pew Research Center.Video and social media platforms are great tools for teens... More >>

5 tips for entrepreneurs this Small Business Saturday
(BPT) - Small Business Saturday is just around the corner, and for shoppers across the country, it means supporting local businesses and taking a day to let them know how much they are appreciated. It’s a day of shopping, sales and an overall emphasis on community as we reflect upon the importance ... More >>

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

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

Holiday Gift-Giving Can Help Employ Adults With Developmental Disabilities
(BPT) - This holiday season, checking off items on your gift list can also help provide jobs for adults with developmental disabilities.1-800-FLOWERS.COM, Inc. has introduced a special collection of eight holiday gifts to benefit Smile FarmsSM, a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing meanin... More >>

Tax franchise owners give back to Nashville [Video]
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Hepatitis C testing important for veterans
(BPT) - When you go to the doctor for a physical, you'll probably have a variety of tests done to check for health concerns like blood pressure and cholesterol. One important test you should consider requesting is for hepatitis C. Why? A simple blood test now could save your life and potentially th... More >>

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

How home dialysis impacted one woman's quality of life
(BPT) - A skeptic at first, 71-year-old Clara Tanner began her journey on dialysis treating in a center even though her son, who is her care partner and an experienced dialysis technician, continually tried to convince her to make the switch to home dialysis. After a year of going into a center for... More >>

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

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

6 tips to protect yourself from an immigration scam
(BPT) - Navigating the United States' immigration process is not without its challenges, especially for those who are learning to speak English. From the anxiety of trying to decide whether you qualify for a green card or another visa, to navigating the various information sources and the lingering... More >>

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

A senior-year checklist to help parents and students feel prepared for college
(BPT) - As your child is wrapping up their high school career and making plans for college, there is often a mix of emotions for everyone involved. On one side, you and your student may be feeling a sense of pride and excitement for the ambitious plans ahead. However, as with any transition, gradua... More >>

Tech tricks: 5 digital improvements helping millennials reach life goals
(BPT) - As innovation and technology drive our world forward, millennial consumers expect seamless experiences more-so than their older peers. This desire is motivating businesses to make processes and experiences more efficient through digital tools so they can ultimately meet the expectations of ... More >>

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Top 5 questions to ask your office manager to go green
(BPT) - While office managers are often the biggest champions for keeping their offices environmentally friendly, many may not be aware that being eco-friendly now goes far beyond recycling bins and reusable water bottles.But building a greener office is something we all have a stake in - and you c... More >>

Using data to deliver better customer experience
(BPT) - Today, food delivery competition has expanded from traditional restaurants to include local grocery stores and data-driven giants like Amazon. To stand out, companies need a competitive differentiator. Domino’s, founded in 1960, cut through the increased competition’s crust and remains one ... More >>

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

Life skills 101: 4-H empowers happy campers
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Best friends walk across America to raise money and awareness for veterans
(BPT) - Snow, Nor’easter storms and too many blisters to count — no challenge was too big for Matt and Trevor to overcome as they journeyed across the country this year. The determined duo began their excursion on March 1 in Delaware and recently celebrated their final steps in San Francisco on Sep... More >>

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

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

How one state is fighting food waste
(BPT) - Up to 40 percent of food grown, processed and transported in the United States is never eaten, yet one in eight Americans suffers food insecurity. The average four-person family wastes $1,500 a year on food.Food waste in manufacturing and packaging costs corporations $2 billion each year - ... More >>


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