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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 >>

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

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

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

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

Why books always make the perfect gifts for kids
(BPT) - Books have it all, when you think about it. Especially if you’re seeking the perfect gift for the child in your life. Books are enriching, mentally and emotionally. They have the power to hold young minds in thrall with colorful illustrations and exciting storylines. Best of all, books are ... More >>

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

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

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

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

4 easy health hacks to stay tough this winter season
(BPT) - With never-ending holiday gatherings, travel, Sunday football tailgates and early morning snow-shoveling, everyone’s looking to stay strong and healthy this winter season. Along with colder temperatures, winter also brings a host of preventable sicknesses. In fact, the CDC estimates that th... More >>

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The dangers of ticks and how to remove one from your body safely
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5 ways to host a no-hassle holiday celebration this season
(BPT) - The holidays are supposed to be a joyous occasion, filled with warm memories of family and friends. When it’s your turn to host, however, the holidays can quickly turn into a stressful blur that involves cleaning, decorating and cooking all before the guests even arrive! Hosting loved ones ... More >>

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Bullying prevention: Let's get real about lice
(BPT) - When your kids contract head lice, the issue can extend beyond just the time and patience you need to get rid of them.Though head lice have nothing to do with lack of cleanliness, kids can be subject to misconceptions from their peers about the pesky but otherwise harmless condition — and c... 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 >>

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

One woman's struggle with sickle cell disease and 3 things she wishes you knew
(BPT) - When Tosin Ola was a baby, she cried a lot. It wasn’t because she was hungry or cold. Tosin cried a lot because of something much worse, and her parents had no idea what it was. They thought she was simply a cranky toddler.But Tosin was not a cranky toddler. Instead she was a child with sic... More >>

Life skills 101: 4-H empowers happy campers
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From deductibles to donuts, key terms to know about Medicare Part D
(BPT) - Navigating the ins and outs of Medicare can be an intimidating experience if you're not familiar with certain terms.Medicare Part D, which helps cover prescription drugs, has its own terminology. Medicare Annual Enrollment runs from Oct. 15 to Dec. 7, so now is the time for a refresher on k... More >>

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

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

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

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

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

5 clever hacks to simplify any family's morning routine
(BPT) - Getting the family out the door on time every morning is no small feat. Seemingly simple tasks like getting dressed, packing backpacks and making breakfast can quickly turn into chaos. Before you know it, you're running late and the kids haven't even eaten as you dash to the car.Stop dreadi... More >>

5 ways creativity-inspiring video games can help parents share quality time with kids
(BPT) - When winter arrives, parents eagerly anticipate taking kids on family vacations and spending more time with them during the holidays. Kids look forward to more free time for their favorite video games. However, a growing body of research indicates video gaming can actually be a good thing f... More >>

Farming program helps neighbors in rural America fight hunger
(BPT) - Although the United States produces much of the world's food, 48 million people in the country are food insecure, lacking access to enough food to sustain a healthy, active lifestyle. What's even more surprising is that many of the counties with the highest rates of food insecurity are loca... More >>


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