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Plan, be positive, unplug: 5 ways to make family meals more enjoyable
(BPT) - With our busy lifestyles today, finding time to shop for groceries, cook, then meet as a family to enjoy a meal together can be a major challenge.A Harris poll shows only 30 percent of American families share dinner each night. Yet the benefits of maintaining that family time are so substan... More >>

3 elements to create a dream bathroom sanctuary
(BPT) - Bathrooms reign supreme, overtaking kitchens as the most popular remodeling project, according to a new survey by the National Association of Home Builders. In the study, remodelers reported on the most common projects in 2017 and 81 percent performed bathroom remodeling.Whether you're hiri... More >>

A different approach to preventing child abuse
(BPT) - Research shows that child abuse and neglect affects households across the country, and a majority of Americans view it as a public health problem and acknowledge that it is an issue in their community. In fact, a recent national survey by Research!America shows that 44 percent of non-Hispan... More >>

5 fantastic energy-boosting snacks for fitness success
(BPT) - As marathon season approaches, many people are focused on training. Building up endurance is key, but you can't do that without the fuel your body needs. Wholesome energy-boosting snacks are essential for keeping up the pace, whether you're focused on a 5K or full marathon.There are a varie... More >>

Watch what you heat: 5 kitchen safety tips
(BPT) - Cooking equipment is the top cause of home fires, and the second leading cause of home fire deaths, according to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA).“Considered to be one of the more preventable types of fires, kitchen fires can be avoided by following a few common-sense g... More >>

Don't fear anesthesia when your child needs surgery
(BPT) - When surgery is necessary, anesthesia ensures your child can safely receive life-saving or corrective treatment while managing the pain and discomfort of the procedure. Anesthesia’s effect on the developing brain is being researched continually, and you’ll be comforted to know t... More >>

Fight pregnancy symptoms with these feel-good pregnancy nutrients
(BPT) - If you’re like most expecting moms, you’ve already heard that a healthy, whole foods diet is best for you and baby, one that features plenty of fresh fruits and veggies, whole grains and lean proteins.However, many expecting moms are also battling nausea and indigestion, especia... More >>

5 tips for busy women to take charge of their health
(BPT) - If you’re an American woman today, chances are your busy lifestyle is preventing you from seeking out the regular check-ups and screenings so important to maintaining your health. And that’s true regardless of your economic status or whether you live in a rural, urban or suburba... More >>

Back-to-school readiness contributes to your child's academic success
(BPT) - Approximately 55 million students in the U.S. will head back to class soon. From dealing with first-day jitters to shopping for school supplies, it’s an exciting and chaotic time.Reports show a correlation, however, between the start of school and student performance — early pos... More >>

Secret weapons moms use to cope with back-to-school chaos
(BPT) - For moms, back to school means transitioning back into routines filled with more activities to shuttle kids and their friends to and from, more homework to keep track of and more chaos to deal with at home. But with a little preparation and an arsenal of secret weapons, moms can get through... More >>

Savvy summer fitness and nutrition tips
(BPT) - The warmer-weather months are the ideal time to get outdoors, stay active and focus on your health goals. Staying fit and eating healthy can come easy when you keep a few simple tips in mind.Explore Mother NatureIf the gym is getting boring or just isn't your style, it's time to find inspir... More >>

Grilling makes summer meals a snap
(BPT) - It’s summertime, and temperatures are on the rise. Whether relaxing at the pool, cheering for a favorite team or just hanging out with family and friends, keeping cool is at the top of the list. Nothing fancy needed — with a hat or cap to keep the sun away from the eyes, an umbr... More >>

Not enough hours in the day? Try these handy shortcuts for time-consuming errands
(BPT) - Between work, kids, pets and more, everyday life can feel like … a lot. Add summer schedules to the mix, and things can get downright chaotic.Thankfully, retailers are stepping up with convenient new delivery and pickup options. To help you save time this summer, we’ve listed h... More >>

Stay hydrated this summer and year-round
(BPT) - Staying hydrated is a necessity, but sometimes it’s difficult to tell when your body needs water, especially during warmer months. Experts say on average men need 15 cups (3.6 liters) and women need 11 cups (2.6 liters) of water per day. Our bodies are about 60 percent water, and just... More >>

Families find hope for rare genetic brain disorder
(BPT) - For most parents, their child’s first steps or first words are incredible moments in their lives and a reason to celebrate. Well before their child is born they look forward to these milestones.Parents Mike and Lori Cecere looked forward to watching their son Weston crawl. Most babies... More >>

Travel spotlight: Titletown is a touchdown for sports enthusiasts
(BPT) - Some travel trends come and go, but others have staying power. Sports-themed travel is gaining momentum in 2018, and experts predict that it's only going to get bigger. If you like the thrill of competition, the history of the game and the joy of being a fan, consider sports-themed destinat... More >>

Top tips to help first-timers navigate the fast-paced housing market
(BPT) - Across the U.S., the housing market is picking up pace moving into the peak of the summer homebuying season.In city after city, home prices are on the rise, up 2.3 percent on average between April 2017 and 2018, according to the RE/MAX April 2018 National Housing Report. And there are fewer... More >>

Don't let the summer sun blind you to this lesser-known skin cancer
(BPT) - Most of us look forward to the balmy breezes and cheerful sunshine brought about by spring and summer, especially those of us living in climates where winter is long, gloomy and bitterly cold. Yet as we get our shorts, polo shirts and swimsuits out of storage, it’s important to remind... More >>

Understanding ovulation and the best days to conceive
(BPT) - Many women trying to conceive are confused about their period, the 28-day cycle and when they’re most likely to get pregnant.When a couple is planning to have a baby, understanding the 28-day cycle can mean the difference between success and disappointment, says Gloria Richard-Davis, ... More >>

Back to campus? 7 tips for a manageable college move
(BPT) - In many areas of the country leaves are turning, apple orchards are attracting crowds, football teams are starting practice and nighttime is bringing a chill to the air. For better or worse, that means college students’ thoughts are turning to studying and everything else that goes wi... More >>

5 important tips to recruit and retain millennials
(BPT) - As millennials continue to expand their share of the workforce in this country, they’re using their influence to change the workplace to their advantage.The generation of workers ages 22 to 37 is an important segment for employers as baby boomers retire in huge numbers to create what&... More >>

How to prep your home for a new addition to the family
(BPT) - Whether it’s a baby or pet, a new addition to the family calls for new, unexpected responsibilities, and is bound to come with adjustments for every member of the family. While it would be silly to guarantee zero stress for the new family environment, below are tips for a transition w... More >>

Tips for empty nesters to maximize summer travel
(BPT) - With the kids out of the house and newfound independence, summer is the perfect time of year for empty nesters to embark on bucket list trips they’ve always craved. In fact, according to a recent survey conducted by Tracfone, 68 percent of empty nesters say that traveling is a priorit... More >>

Maintaining a healthy pH balance 'down there': 3 common triggers for elevated vaginal pH and why it matters
(BPT) - Many women do not realize the vagina is an ecosystem that requires a balanced environment to remain healthy; and events like menstruation, sex, and hormonal changes can throw off that balance. The result can be odor and discomfort, according to Lauren Streicher, M.D., Medical Director of th... More >>

Ready to switch wireless carriers? Answer these 6 important questions first
(BPT) - Changing your wireless carrier is an important (and potentially expensive) decision. Before you make the switch, answer these simple questions to make sure you make the move that’s right for you.1. Are you free to go?While carrier contracts in the U.S. are quickly becoming things of t... More >>

Be prepared for the 2018 storm season
(BPT) - For millions of Americans, the devastation of the 2017 storm season is still fresh in their minds. According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the cumulative cost of the weather events in the U.S. was $306.2 billion. Whether you were directly affected by one of those s... More >>

Simple, local nutrition: 5 reasons to feel good about the dairy in your diet
(BPT) - When you sip a wholesome smoothie or savor a slice of cheesy pizza, do you ever wonder who’s behind your favorite dairy foods?More than 97 percent of dairy farms in the United States are family-owned and operated – and these families are as passionate about crafting simple, nutr... More >>

Future of agriculture grows at fairs
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Heartburn help: Try these 6 tips
(BPT) - From the food or beverages consumed to the way we eat and when, there are many factors that play a role in the onset of heartburn. To help keep it at bay, internal medicine physician at Lenox Hill Hospital and Mount Sinai Medical Center Dr. Keri Peterson recommends the following tips:1) Be ... More >>

Quick DIY home improvement projects
(BPT) - The words home improvement usually conjure up images of major undertakings like tiling your bathroom or kitchen or tearing down a wall, taking hours or even days to complete. The fact is there are some meaningful home improvements you can finish in under two hours.1) Need more daylight? Hav... More >>

How homeowners can prepare for summer storm season
(BPT) - It’s that time of year again when unwanted weather patterns like severe thunderstorms, rainstorms and tornadoes can wreak havoc on homes and businesses.While certain areas of the country are more apt to face tornadoes, virtually everyone is at risk for heavy rain, winds and hail, whic... More >>

Take control of your social media experience in 3 easy steps
(BPT) - Does all this talk about data and sharing on social media have you confused? Is your feed too noisy and you're not seeing posts from the people and brands you care about? Social media should be a fun place for you to have meaningful interactions with friends and family. Here are three simpl... More >>

Achieving balance: 5 tips to manage work, school and family
(BPT) - It may not be easy, but many are doing it, balancing school, work and family. It’s a difficult task and those who do it will tell you they sometimes feel as though they are being pulled in three directions at the same time. If you are already struggling to achieve balance, or are cons... More >>

One school's impact on the city of Chicago
(BPT) - One hundred years ago, the poet Carl Sandburg famously called Chicago the “hog butcher of the world,” and the “nation’s freight handler.” The character of the city has changed with each decade, and throughout the years.Chicago has established itself as an educa... More >>

4 tips for keeping your pet safe this summer
(BPT) - There are thousands of reasons to love the summer, and if you’re a pet owner, you love summer more than most.Summer is the perfect opportunity to get outside and get active with our pets. Between cool swims in the pool and brisk walks in the sunshine, summer is a great bonding time fo... More >>

Take these 4 steps to clean up your financial house
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Tips for talking about Alzheimer's with a family member
(BPT) - It’s a conversation no family wants to have, but one that can be vitally important — talking to a loved one about memory loss or cognitive decline.Mary Foss of Eagan, Minnesota, said she knew it was time to broach this sensitive topic with her husband Darrell when she noticed he... More >>

5 sunny beauty trends for this summer
(BPT) - Summer is here, which means it’s finally time to part ways with your knit scarves and cute wool jackets — at least for the next few months. It’s the season to bathe in the sun and enjoy the warm weather.Summer is all about having fun! Flip-flops, shorts, iced coffee and lo... More >>

Are you a caregiver? Try these 7 resources
(BPT) - When David Bowen’s father fell taking out the trash in 2016, it set in motion a series of health challenges the family is still battling together. Bowen, 62, hired a part-time professional caregiver to assist his father and his mother, who was battling Alzheimer’s, but he found ... More >>

A healthier, happier summer starts with these tips
(BPT) - In the cold of winter, at the start of the year, people all across the country resolve to live a healthier lifestyle — yet summer is actually the perfect time to start your resolution. Think about it: the weather is beautiful, the kids are out of school and fresh produce is abundant.I... More >>

5 ways to up your summer get-together game
(BPT) - Neighborhood cookouts are quintessentially summer, and totally fun. Because of that, it’s no surprise that you may want to host them as often as possible, even every weekend if you could. But that introduces a new challenge — how do you keep your events fresh and interesting for... More >>

Businesses brace for a summer with record low unemployment
(BPT) - School closing for the summer may mark lazy days for kids, but local businesses are bracing for peak season. With unemployment at a 17-year low, and a record 6.6 million job openings reported at the end of March, it’ll be tougher than usual to serve the seasonal boom of customers as t... More >>

4 Tips to Pull Together a Garden-to-Table Meal This Summer
(BPT) - The summer season is the best time for enjoying the garden you’ve worked so hard on throughout the spring months. As the flowers bloom, the herbs mature, and the vegetables ripen, it’s time to celebrate all your hard work with a garden-to-table meal.Chris Lambton, garden and yar... More >>

4 Traits to Look for When Choosing Your Wedding Photographer
(BPT) - Planning a wedding is no small task. In order to enjoy the process (and stay sane), it's important to recognize early on which details can be decided quickly, and which ones deserve more time and care.When it comes to wedding photos, you can't go wrong with a little extra time and thought, ... More >>

How much will it cost to replace your roof?
(BPT) - How can there be thousands of dollars difference between contractor bids for similar home improvement projects on neighboring homes? And how can homeowners get an idea of what a new roof will cost?In general, labor for a new roof should make up 60-65 percent of the cost and most of the rema... More >>

Think you're too old to quit smoking? Think again
(BPT) - It’s no secret that tobacco smoke can be deadly. It is strongly linked to everything from cancer and stroke to pulmonary issues and heart disease.Although the prevalence of smoking in the U.S. decreased from 21 percent to 17 percent of adults over the past five years, according to Ame... More >>

5 tips for selecting the right railing for your deck
(BPT) - As one of the most visible elements of a deck, the railing serves an important aesthetic and structural role — adding support, safety and style. Here are five expert tips for creating the perfect perimeter for your outdoor space.1) Aim high and low — When choosing railing, look ... More >>

Great grilling tips and tricks of the pros
(BPT) - Across the country as weather heats up, so do the grills. You don't need to be a pitmaster to enjoy the fresh flavors that only come from grilling. A few simple tips and creative tricks will help you perfectly grill foods so juicy and delicious, you'll impress even the pickiest of palates.K... More >>

5 ways for families to tackle summer on-the-go
(BPT) - Summer is just around the corner, which means it’s time to get ready for the fun-filled months ahead. From barbecues to sporting events and family vacations, summer can be the busiest time of year for families — but, there are some easy tips and tricks you can use to stay on top... More >>

5 tips for creating lasting memories on summer vacation
(BPT) - There’s a lot to love about summer: School's out, everyone’s wearing flip-flops, the trees are a brilliant green and you tend to grill out more nights of the week than not.For families across the nation, one of the best parts of summer is taking off on a vacation. It’s rar... More >>

Eating right and staying healthy in retirement
(BPT) - Americans are now living longer than ever before. In fact, one of the fastest growing segments is people over the age of 85 who will represent 20 percent of the population by the year 2040. Because we are living longer, certain conditions specific to seniors are also on a steady rise. Dehyd... More >>

Summer nausea is a thing: 4 tips to prevent nausea from ruining fun in the sun
(BPT) - Summer is the long-awaited season for fun and relaxation, warm weather and quintessential outdoor activities. However, the season’s most anticipated and exciting events can also lead to a not-so-fun problem: nausea. Whether it’s chasing kids through the park, dreaded long commut... More >>

An easy start to better eating: Healthy surfaces and simple ingredients
(BPT) - When you become a parent, your child’s health and well-being takes top priority. This is why when it comes to getting dinner on the table, parents these days are less likely to reach for that box of mac and cheese and other heavily processed foods. Instead, parents tend to gravitate t... More >>

5 tips to prepare for college when you have allergies
(BPT) - Going to college is the first time many young adults will be away from their parents and their home. With this newfound freedom comes new responsibilities, especially for those with allergies and asthma.“For most teens, going away to college marks their first time living on their own,... More >>

Stay agile: 5 tips for easier aging in place
(BPT) - While many of us may dream of retiring and moving away to a beach-side resort or cabin by the lake, the reality is that most Americans look forward to remaining in their own homes so they can continue to enjoy familiar comforts, activities and loved ones. In fact, an AARP survey recently fo... More >>

Child Anxious about Summer Camp? 5 Do's and Don'ts to Ease Their Fears
(BPT) - When it comes to summer camp, kids are literally in for a treat. (Just think about those gooey s’mores!) Whether overnight or day camp, the experience offers kids a chance to make friends, learn new skills, become more independent, enjoy the outdoors and have fun!But as exciting as th... More >>

Thanks, Dad: 5 special things you can do for your father this season
(BPT) - He was there when you rode your bike for the first time, got behind the wheel of a car and when you simply couldn’t figure out algebra. Your dad has been there for you through the good and the bad and he’s given you so much that you can’t help but want to give back.Now&rsq... More >>

For People with Diabetes: Get Active this Spring, but Check Your Feet First
(BPT) - Spring is finally here, and it’s an ideal time to get outside and be more physically active. For those with diabetes, regular exercise helps increase circulation and is a critical part of staying healthy. But, before lacing up your sneakers, here are some important steps to ensure you... More >>

5 ways to win the fight against hunger cravings
(BPT) - It’s a sadly familiar situation: You ate a nutritious breakfast, packed a salad and ate a healthy lunch. You’re eating better, cutting out the junk and everything is going well ... until late in the afternoon.Around 3 p.m. is when the cravings always hit. When your stomach tells... More >>

Osteoporosis is responsible for millions of broken bones a year. Do you have it?
(BPT) - As people age, they become more likely to develop osteoporosis, a disease that occurs when bones lose density and mass, which can cause them to be brittle, weak and easily broken.Dr. Rhonda Randall, chief medical officer for UnitedHealthcare Retiree Solutions, answers questions about osteop... More >>

5 reasons to use a financial professional
(BPT) - True or false: You need to be wealthy to use a financial professional. It's a common misconception, but in fact there are financial professionals that can help at various stages in life, whether you’re just starting out or nearing retirement. It can be a huge benefit to sit down with ... More >>

Get stroke smart: You could save a life - and it could be your own
(BPT) - Every 40 seconds, someone in the U.S. has some type of stroke. Even though stroke is a leading cause of disability in America, it is largely preventable and treatable. As May is American Stroke Month, it’s the perfect time to brush up on the facts to stay as healthy as possible.Bayer ... More >>

Choline is vital during pregnancy: Here's were to get it
Nutrition is critical to consider when you are pregnant. You want to support your changing body and satisfy your cravings, but you also want to help your growing baby thrive.(BPT) - "Nutrients serve double duty during pregnancy because they support both mom and baby," said Dawn Jackson Blatner, reg... More >>

5 tips when buying a car for a teen
(BPT) - With graduation season and summer break upon us, many parents may be on the hunt for a new car for their graduate. Memorial Day deals offer some of the best incentives of the year, so it's crucial to know how to navigate what can be an overwhelming and exhausting process.“USAA helps m... More >>

5 ways to get your kids involved at mealtime
(BPT) - When kids are exposed to delicious meals prepared with fresh ingredients, they are more likely to make healthier choices away from home.Registered Dietitian Emily Burson and Executive Chef Brandon Neumen, founders of School Nutrition Plus (SNP), are inspiring families to cook together. The ... More >>

4 common mistakes keeping you from a good night's sleep
(BPT) - Do you wake up in the morning feeling tired, even if you went to bed early? Do you struggle to feel well rested? Is it difficult to fall asleep or stay asleep all night? You're not alone.Healthy adults generally need 7 to 9 hours of sleep each night, although sleep quality is just as import... More >>

4 tips for better vacation pictures
(BPT) - Whether your vacation takes you on a hiking adventure in the mountains, to the beach, to explore a new city or vineyards, chances are you will end up with a bunch of photos.With advanced lens technology on smartphones and professional-grade cameras now affordable and available to consumers,... More >>

5 reasons to celebrate shrimp
(BPT) - Want a reason to celebrate? Look no further than America’s favorite seafood! Shrimp knows how to get a party started. Beloved for its great taste, this bite-sized protein is a mouthwatering, flavor-packed option that deserves its moment in the spotlight. Don’t believe us? Here a... More >>

The benefits of child's play extend beyond exercise
(BPT) - When you think about the most important part of a child’s school day, what comes to mind? Is it reading? Science? Math or history? What about recess?Children will likely mention recess as their favorite part of the day, and new research shows that this free time is actually a fundamen... More >>

5 steps to the perfect fishing trip with dad
(BPT) - When you were a kid and needed to learn something new, you went to Dad, right? He's the one who taught you how to ride a bike and drive a car. He's also the one who taught you how to bait your hook for the first time.You've never forgotten these skills and now is a great time to say thank y... More >>

6 summer essentials to stay healthy and maximize the season
(BPT) - The long summer months are full of potential. From hitting the beach to hitting the open road, there are plenty of activities for you to get outdoors and explore the warm weather. To make the most of the sunny days and star-studded nights, you need to be prepared so you have fun, stay safe ... More >>

3 warm-weather home cleaning tips
(BPT) - Warmer weather and more daylight hours bring renewed energy to truly enjoy your home with family and friends. Spring is a great time to get rid of the lingering grime and grit of winter to keep your clean home happening all season long. With a thorough home clean, you can create a vibrant l... More >>

Wearing a poppy supports veterans
(BPT) - For Ann Fournier, it started with a train ride. She has taken the same train at 5 a.m. and 4:50 p.m. daily for 30 years. She spends her hour-long commutes piecing together tiny petals of red crepe paper to assemble poppies to support veterans.Fournier’s work has made her a symbol on t... More >>

Myths and facts about pain management in childbirth
(BPT) - Nearly half of first-time moms (46 percent) said the labor and delivery pain they experienced with their first child was better than they expected, according to a nationwide survey commissioned by the American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA).The survey findings suggest that being proacti... More >>

Tips to keep your pet healthy in the heat
(BPT) - Spring is here, summer is approaching fast and it’s time to get outside and start taking advantage of the warmer weather. Dr. Jeff Werber, Emmy award-winning celebrity veterinarian, has a few tips and tricks on how to keep your pet happy and healthy in the heat.Before you start your j... More >>

5 easy ways to relax and recharge on a boat this summer
(BPT) - Looking to get away from the daily grind this summer? The answer may be to leave your stress on land and take those summer plans on the water. Four in five Americans say being around water relaxes them, and 72 percent feel healthier after spending time on the water, according to a Discover ... More >>

Are you 'in tune' with AFib-related stroke risk?
(BPT) - In 2017, nearly seven million Americans were estimated to have AFib, a type of irregular heartbeat, not caused by a heart valve problem. This condition increases the risk of having a stroke by five times. ‘Tune in to AFib,’ an educational campaign from the Bristol-Myers Squibb a... More >>

Floor cleaning 101
(BPT) - Flooring trends change through the years as homeowners acquire new tastes and technology allows for a larger variety of flooring designs. Deep ebony and driftwood finishes peaked in 2017, while 2018 trends are pushing toward wider planks, gray tones and even durable porcelain tiles designed... More >>

Wildfire protection starts in these 5 places
(BPT) - It’s National Wildfire Awareness Week. So, if you live in a wildfire-prone area, make sure you’re taking the right steps to stave off potential damage long before flames rage toward your doorstep.And one of the best ways to do that is to take a look at the home itself."It's a co... More >>

Changing addresses? 10 tips for busy baby boomers
(BPT) - For many Americans, moving households represents a fresh start and a chance to improve quality of life. Last year, some 39.4 million Americans changed residences, thanks in part to better affordability in the housing market.That doesn’t mean, however, that everyone’s moving proc... More >>

5 ways to get the most out of this baseball season
(BPT) - Spring is many things to many people: the smell of freshly cut grass after a long winter; blue skies; warm days; and the crack of the bat, sending a ball far into the outfield.For millions of Americans, the start of the baseball season is the best part of spring. Indeed, as spring settles i... More >>

Dogs can catch the flu? What dog parents need to know
(BPT) - Did you know that humans are not the only ones who can catch the flu? Unfortunately for man’s best friend, dogs are also susceptible to their own version of it.Dog flu is a year-round illness that can easily spread from dog to dog, but isn’t contagious to humans. Spring is a gre... More >>

5 tips for a memorable, stress-free graduation party
(BPT) - The nation’s high school graduation rate continues to rise. With more than 84 percent of students graduating on time in 2016, it is at a record high, according to recent data from the U.S. Department of Education.In addition, the National Center for Education Statistics is expecting t... More >>

Young 4-H leader makes STEM fun and accessible
(BPT) - Cassandra Ivie is the founder and creator of the Incredible Machine, a curriculum and activities kit that teaches chemical, mechanical, software and electrical engineering to students in her community — and she is only 17 years old! Ivie is a 4-H leader from West Jordan, Utah, who bri... More >>

New guidelines may alter the way you see your MS treatment
(BPT) - For people with multiple sclerosis (MS), many of the treatment options surrounding their condition are well known. However, in the past, many people with MS decided to delay using MS drugs for as long as possible and allow the disease to run its course. New guidelines from the American Acad... More >>

Consider a new way to see the world: The benefits of group travel
(BPT) - Many people long to see another part of the world but are reluctant to travel on their own or take on the stress of planning a vacation. Researching destinations, transportation, accommodations and activities can be a lot of work. Expedia research has shown that leisure travelers visit an a... More >>

Millions of smokers go online for help to quit each year
(BPT) - The internet is the first place many people go to get information on how to quit smoking. In fact, more than 12 million U.S. adults — a third of all smokers — turn to the internet for help quitting each year, according to a new Truth Initiative study.Published in Nicotine & ... More >>

The most common causes of homeowners insurance claims
(BPT) - The value of homeowners insurance is often thrust into the national spotlight when natural disasters happen. The devastation and financial loss they can cause reinforces the importance of making sure you have adequate insurance coverage to rebuild if disaster strikes your home. In 2017 alon... More >>

Having tax regrets? Here are 5 ways to pay less and save more on your taxes
(BPT) - Most of us know the feeling: Tax season can be a frustrating and stressful time. You have to gather lots of documents, remember all the changes in your life over the past year that might affect your return, and file the required paperwork before tax day rolls around.And while you do all of ... More >>

Easy tips to save money on health care
(BPT) - As Americans work hard to meet all the obligations that come with work, family and everyday life, many are challenged to find time to manage all the financial elements affecting their health care.The details associated with health care insurance can be confusing. At the same time, you want ... More >>

Insufficient salt consumption can be dangerous
(BPT) - New York City mandates it and now Philadelphia is considering it. “It” is salt warnings on menu labels for any item considered too high in salt. The average American eats about 3,400 mg./day of sodium and recent studies indicate that’s just about the right amount. Regardle... More >>

If it can rain, it can flood: Why flood insurance is a wise bet for homeowners
(BPT) - The federal government considers floods the nation's most common natural disaster. They strike every state and leave homeowners with huge repair costs. Why? Because typical homeowners insurance doesn't cover flood damage.Those policies may provide protection for water damage when it comes t... More >>

Now that the taxes are filed, give your small business a checkup
(BPT) - A challenge for any entrepreneur is getting access to capital. If you’re like many, you’re constantly looking for ways to reduce expenses and free up cash flow so you can be ready for anything, whether it’s a slow season or an opportunity to expand.When tax season rolls ar... More >>

Good lighting, games and garlic bites: 5 outdoor party tips
(BPT) - Whatever the occasion, you can take advantage of the sun and extra space outside for the perfect backyard party. Let these tips help you plan and get your outdoor space ready for guests.1. Cluster the conversation spotsWhen planning your backyard layout, think beyond the patio table, and pr... More >>

5 deep-cleaning jobs that are oddly satisfying
(BPT) - Whether it’s scrubbing through grime to reveal a sparkling surface, cleaning dust bunnies from under appliances or organizing your pantry, there’s something oddly satisfying about a deep clean.According to a recent survey conducted on behalf of Clorox, lots of people get the goo... More >>

The new tax law: What you need to know now
(BPT) - With the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 having been signed into law, here are some of the things you should be thinking about as tax season approaches, according to Robert Fishbein, vice president and corporate counsel, Prudential Financial Inc.2017 tax returnsThe new tax law is generally ef... More >>

Gut check: Eat the right kinds of whole grains with the right kinds of fiber to cut cancer risk
(BPT) - Can cutting back on whole grains be bad for your gut and deadly to your health? Though some popular diets promote the elimination of grains, a recent report from the American Institute for Cancer Research suggests this may be ill-advised.Researchers say 47 percent of colorectal cancers can ... More >>

Bioelectronic medicine now being used for cancer treatment
(BPT) - At its core, bioelectronic medicine is simply the use of technology to treat disease and injury. If it sounds futuristic, it’s because many of its applications operate like something out of a science fiction movie.Some applications include tools that you’re probably already fami... More >>

Use these sleep tips to stay safe and productive at work
(BPT) - It’s time for America’s workforce to wake up. If you are one of the tens of millions of adults sleeping fewer than seven hours each night — the amount recommended by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM) — you are likely jeopardizing performance, increasing a... More >>

The travel warrior's nutrition guide: 5 easy steps to be healthy on the go
(BPT) - U.S. residents logged 1.7 billion trips for leisure purposes in 2016, according to the U.S. Travel Association, and this number will likely grow in 2018. Whether you’re traveling for leisure or business, you shouldn’t lose sight of nutrition. It’s common to think, “H... More >>

How to handle rising interest rates in 2018
(BPT) - The nation’s central bank — the Federal Reserve — just raised interest rates by a quarter point. The Fed is expected to raise rates at least two more times this year by the same amount. That’s going to affect a lot of your finances, including your credit card bill, c... More >>

Love dairy but it doesn't love you? Tips for going dairy-free
(BPT) - Do you love dairy, but usually regret eating it shortly after it’s gone? That sour stomach after drinking milk, munching on cheese or eating ice cream is sometimes called a dairy hangover. The culprit: lactose.Lactose is a milk sugar. Infants have special enzymes that break down lacto... More >>

How many miles per gallon does your home get?
(BPT) - Everyone wants the inside scoop on how to get the best deal. Ironically, consumers will do a bunch of research over a $500 smart phone and relatively little for the largest purchase of their lives, their homes.Most home buyers focus on price and payments, however, factoring in a home’... More >>

Farm-to-table: The hot food trend you can enjoy without leaving home
(BPT) - Farm-fresh eggs. Locally grown tomatoes. Herbs sourced onsite.If you've eaten out recently, you've probably noticed the menus feature locally sourced ingredients. The farm-to-table movement continues to flourish at restaurants throughout the country.In fact, rather than the exception, it's ... More >>

The busy parent's guide to weekday meals
(BPT) - It’s amazing what parents do in a day. You help your kids with homework, drive them to and from practice, whip up a meal everyone will like, make sure they brush their teeth ... the list goes on. Not to mention you have a job to go to. It’s a wonder parents can ever find a few m... More >>

Travel insurance tips for a worry-free vacation
(BPT) - Vacation may be a time to relax, but things can take a serious downturn if you lose your passport or if there is disastrous weather at your destination — or worse, you need an emergency medical evacuation. Though travel insurance can seem like just one more expense, without it, an eme... More >>

9 tips to take the anxiety out of trying to conceive
(BPT) - "For many women, getting pregnant can be a frustrating and anxiety-filled experience. It certainly was for me, which is why I was inspired to write 'The Impatient Woman’s Guide to Getting Pregnant,'" said Jean M. Twenge, Ph.D, whose book offers tips for women who are trying to conceiv... More >>

5 great reasons to shop the frozen aisle at your local grocery store
(BPT) - Life moves pretty fast, especially on a weeknight when the commute is long or the kids have their evening homework and activities. On top of it all, everyone is turning to you for a hot meal.For a simple solution to your dinnertime needs, there’s one option that reduces time spent in ... More >>

Protect your home from termites this spring
(BPT) - Spring is officially here, bringing flowers, greenery and increased pest activity. Because termite evidence is more noticeable in warmer months, it is important to check for any warning signs every spring. Fortunately, there are a few things you can do to reduce the likelihood of a termite ... More >>

Mushrooms: Gentle on the Planet, Healthy on the Plate
(BPT) - Want to start making more earth-friendly food choices in the kitchen? Start with mushrooms, a healthy food that requires minimal natural resources to produce.According to a 2017 study titled "The Mushroom Sustainability Story," mushroom production requires relatively low water, energy and l... More >>

Problem Gambling: Know When to Stop Before You Start
(BPT) - The bright lights. The energy and laughter that fills the room. Casinos are fun and exciting to the vast majority of people but for some, they can be problematic.Casinos are a form of entertainment, so how do you ensure what’s meant to be a fun and leisurely activity continues to be a... More >>

5 questions to ask before making a charitable contribution
(BPT) - Giving back by donating to a nonprofit can help you feel more connected to your community and have a lasting impact for someone else. In many cases, deciding where to donate your hard-earned funds can be overwhelming. After all, the array of groups requesting donations is substantial and in... 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 ar... More >>


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