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March 30, 2020

Top Tips to Deep Clean this Spring
(BPT) - This year spring cleaning is more than ever about the deep clean. Spring typically inspires a little more time dedicated to cleaning, in fact, a recent survey commissioned by Bona and conducted by Harris Poll found that more than half of U.S. adults say that the start of spring triggers ext... More >>

Tips to protect from the unexpected: Necessary home essentials
(BPT) - While spending more time at home, it’s important that you take the necessary steps to make sure your family is ready for the unexpected in the event a home fire or carbon monoxide (CO) leak occurs. You might be surprised to learn that CO poisoning is the number one cause of accidental... More >>

How to achieve a red carpet look in your outdoor space this summer
(BPT) - Every glam-inspired yard needs a pop of showstopping color that is eye-catching and brings style to the space. This summer, those looking to brighten their shady outdoor spaces can turn to Beacon® Impatiens to dress their garden beds and containers with boldly colored flowers that thriv... More >>

Expressing sympathy during this new normal
(BPT) - Experiencing the loss of a loved one is always difficult. In today’s environment of “social distancing”, we are even more challenged in finding ways to reach out and connect to those who need comfort at a time of loss.While many of us may be adapting to new everyday routin... More >>

5 things we wish we'd known: Advice from families who have lost a loved one to addiction
(BPT) - Every day in America 185 people die from drug overdose — that’s like a plane crashing each day, day after day.Families who have lost their loved ones have united to help other families impacted by the disease of addiction and to protect others from this tragedy.If you love someo... More >>

Three ways to simplify retirement income planning
(BPT) - Having enough money to live comfortably in retirement is the primary saving and investing goal for most Americans. Retirement means different things to different people — it can be a time to travel, spend more time with family or pursue a personal passion. But while we look forward wi... More >>

Making Sense of COVID-19 and Volatile Markets
(BPT) - By Dan Keady, TIAA Chief Financial Planning StrategistWhile the health and wellbeing of family, friends and neighbors remains top of mind, it’s perfectly normal to think about savings and investments given recent market fluctuations.It’s important to remember to stay calm and ke... More >>

2 plant-based, easy-to-prep recipes for National Nutrition Month
(BPT) - March is National Nutrition Month and perhaps one of the easiest ways to keep track of personal nutrition is by meal prepping. In fact, a study of 40,000 French adults found that people who meal prepped at least a few days were less likely to be overweight and more likely to stick to nutrit... More >>

The personal and economic burden of traumatic brain injury
(BPT) - It could be due to a car accident. It might be attributed to an injury at work. It might be the result of a simple fall. Traumatic brain injury can happen to anyone of any age, and it's probably more common than you think.What is traumatic brain injury (TBI)?A TBI is often caused by a bump,... More >>

Spring into 2020 home design trends
(BPT) - The year is already off to a stylish start, but there are plenty more trends that will be coming into focus in the coming months. Designers around the country are exploring a dynamic mix of patterns and unexpected colors, plus creative new approaches to flooring, accents and lighting.Here a... More >>

Dispel the myths about drug and alcohol use
(BPT) - When it comes to drugs and alcohol, do the teens in your life know how to separate fact from fiction? As with many of the myths portrayed in pop culture — including on TV, in movies and on social media — what you see doesn’t always reflect reality.Myth vs. factTake vaping ... More >>

Flowers that stand the test of time
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Career progression and financial wellness still barriers for women
(BPT) - In the United States, women now earn more college degrees than men do. They make up half the workforce and, furthermore, are the primary breadwinner in more than half of households. Women have never been more well-positioned, but they continue to face numerous barriers that can make it diff... More >>

185 overdoses each day: The real stories and faces behind the crisis
(BPT) - What happens when a news story hits close to home? Angela, a news anchor from Sioux Falls, South Dakota, had been reporting on stories about the opioid epidemic when she found herself living every parent’s worst nightmare: her 21-year-old daughter, Emily, died of a drug overdose cause... More >>

Fact or fiction: Debunking sleep apnea myths
(BPT) - While many are familiar with the term, sleep apnea is commonly misunderstood — and largely undiagnosed. An estimated 54 million U.S. adults suffer from sleep apnea, although 80% may not know they have it and remain undiagnosed.In other words, millions of people have no idea that they'... More >>

5 tips for making the most of your Medicare plan this year
(BPT) - Do you spend your Sunday mornings scouring the newspaper inserts for coupons? Make it a point to confirm discounts when booking hotel reservations? Secretly (or not so secretly!) love the senior discount at the movie theater?If any of these sound familiar, you probably consider yourself a s... More >>

4 outdoor cleaning tips that could help you save thousands
(BPT) - The sounds of birds chirping, longer daylight hours, and budding trees and flowers are early signs that warmer weather and spring are on the way. That means more time outside to enjoy nature, but it’s also a sign it might be time for a little spring cleaning.“Cold temperatures, ... More >>

Tips to Ensure Your Child Never Skips Breakfast
(BPT) - It’s no secret breakfast is an important meal of the day. For growing kids, having access to a healthy breakfast is critical to future success. Healthy foods are a fundamental right that impacts not only the well-being of our youth, but also their academic success. Studies show that s... More >>

Teen with rare illness gets wish to create comic book
(BPT) - Teenagers love to read comic books, and many even have the desire to write stories, draw comics and create their own books someday. Nineteen-year-old Bo is one of those teens. He loves everything about comic books and drawing — but juvenile Huntington’s disease (jHD) has made it... More >>

5 reasons hardscapes are a landscape’s best friend
(BPT) - Hardscaping products, including segmental retaining wall units (SRWs) and interlocking concrete pavers, are a landscape’s best friend. Landscape professionals know that hardscapes are the backbone of a great design. Homeowners, too, shouldn’t be afraid to explore do-it-yourself ... More >>

Finding the value of your time and money
(BPT) - It’s true that time is money and money is time. But what does this mean for your everyday life? These valuable resources go hand in hand and have the power to grow together or compete for attention. The way you choose to let them interact in your daily decisions, both big and small, c... More >>

Declutter your finances this spring
(BPT) - The spring season brings warmer days and a fresh perspective, which is why it's the ideal time to declutter and get organized. This includes taking stock of what we have, clearing out the unnecessary items in our possession and cleansing our spaces. We feel refreshed and empowered after a g... More >>

1-2-3 simple plant-based food swaps to eat better
(BPT) - How hard can it be to eat better? Go vegetarian or vegan? Give up deliciousness? Eat more greens? Purge the pantry? Whether you’re considering plant-based diet options for health reasons, or to have a lighter footprint on our environment or “just because” you want to eat f... More >>

Cure the winter blues in Myrtle Beach
(BPT) - Dreaming of a warm beach destination this winter? If the view outside your window makes you shiver, it may be time for a warm-weather getaway — and Myrtle Beach, South Carolina has you covered. Instead of looking out at the snow and ice, you could be viewing a sunny beach and ocean wa... More >>

5 Ways to Get Kids to Eat Healthier
(BPT) - Every parent knows the struggle of convincing their little ones to eat more nutritious foods. Luckily, by encouraging your kids to get involved in the kitchen, you're helping them build a solid foundation for healthier food choices. Registered Dietitian and Nutritionist Dawn Jackson Blatner... More >>

Illustrator reveals impact of a rare blood cancer through art
(BPT) - While some people read comic books to escape reality, illustrator J.G. Jones is using his artwork to illustrate his reality, and the reality of others like him who are living with a group of rare, chronic, progressive blood cancers known as myeloproliferative neoplasms (MPNs).Since Jones ma... More >>

Save smarter: Tips to get your 20/20 financial vision in 2020
(BPT) - When you made your resolutions at the start of the year, was saving money one of them? How's that going?According to the third annual “State of Savings in America” survey by PurePoint Financial, a digital bank and division of MUFG Union Bank, half of Americans believe creating a... More >>

How to find your inspiration
(BPT) - Inspiration is the stimulation to do something and can drive people to do incredible things. It doesn't matter who you are, what your job is or which hobbies you enjoy — inspiration is at the core of personal and professional growth.John Paxton, senior designer at Kia, finds his inspi... More >>

4 ways to master the 2020 kitchen from Chef Curtis Stone
(BPT) - From connectivity to cooktops and the latest gadgets, the ever-progressing kitchen of 2020 provides endless opportunities to simplify life in the home.Whether cooking for his family, hosting a dinner party or serving up Michelin-starred dishes, Chef Curtis Stone believes in cooking smarter,... More >>

4 steps to market-proof your retirement
(BPT) - People often underestimate the financial implications that timing can have on retirement. Consider this scenario: You retire confidently with $1 million, but immediately get hit with a huge stock-market decline.“A major mistake I see people make is to assume that their investment retu... More >>

Top options for customizing a bathroom
(BPT) - As you probably remember, choosing your home was strongly influenced by the layout and appearance of its bathrooms. But no matter how long you’ve lived in your home, there are bound to be improvements you’d love to make. And almost everyone needs options for optimizing bathroom ... More >>

3 easy projects that instantly transform a bathroom
(BPT) - Updating the bathroom with the latest trends is something many homeowners desire, but the thought of a complete remodel can be overwhelming. Fortunately, there are many easy and accessible upgrades that you can make that will transform your bathroom and add value to your home.Consider these... More >>

Building credit at 18: Tips for a solid financial foundation
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Tips for living your best life with hand tremor
(BPT) - Imagine how your life would change if you were unable to bring a cup to your mouth without spilling, if you couldn’t do the buttons on your clothes or even brush your teeth without difficulty. If you are one of the 7 million Americans living with essential tremor (ET), you already kno... More >>

Singles Guide to Dating Smarter, Not Harder
(BPT) - The odds are if you didn’t meet your partner in high school or college, you’ll likely meet them online. In fact, nearly 40% of American couples first meet online. Despite its convenience, it’s not easy to keep up with the ever-changing rules of digital dating. With endless... More >>

What is next in outdoor living? Top trends for 2020
(BPT) - The appeal of all things al fresco has never been higher with homeowners across the country investing more time and money than ever before into their outdoor spaces. Based on insights from decking contractors, retailers and home design experts, industry leader Trex Company has compiled its ... More >>

Start meal planning with simple tips from the pros
(BPT) - Have you heard about meal planning and thought it sounded like a great idea, but think it's just too complicated for you to tackle? The truth is it's easier than you think if you know a few tips and tricks from the experts."Meal planning saves money, cuts stress, reduces food waste and enco... More >>

Spring cleaning for spring allergies: 6 steps from the experts
(BPT) - As days grow longer and new blooms appear, it can only mean one thing: Spring is here and with it comes the task of spring cleaning. For people with allergies, spring cleaning does more than spruce up a home. When done correctly, it removes dust, mold, dander and other allergy triggers so y... More >>

Tech trends transforming education today
(BPT) - Teachers know that when technology is used well, it saves time by organizing material and automating routine tasks. Technology can also engage students actively, create a more equitable classroom and personalize learning.In a study conducted by PowerSchool, “The State of Digital Learn... More >>

Hot trends in kitchen remodeling
(BPT) - Year after year, the most popular home improvement project for American families remains the same: remodeling the kitchen. Today, kitchen makeovers are more ambitious than ever, with homeowners willing to spend larger budgets to upgrade both the aesthetics and the functionality of what is, ... More >>

Addressing racial and economic inequity: A personal connection to a powerful film
(BPT) - By Lata ReddyA powerful new film opened recently. “Just Mercy” tells the story of Walter McMillian who was convicted and sentenced to death for a crime he did not commit. The film is based on a memoir written by the man who represented Mr. McMillian — the renowned public i... More >>

Health insights: What is GVHD and why is innovation so critical?
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So, what’s the deal with beef and heart health?
(BPT) - As Americans think about eating for a healthy heart, many feel they’re forced to choose between a healthy diet and their love of beef. But, contrary to some misinformation on this topic, you can have both. The Mediterranean diet was just ranked the #1 Overall Diet in 2020 and the #2 B... More >>

Simple steps to help students explore trade careers
(BPT) - With nationwide student loan debt over $1 trillion and many college graduates with four-year degrees struggling to find employment to make ends meet, younger generations are starting to consider the benefits of a career in the trades.Parents are taking note as well because in many communiti... More >>

Three questions every senior with diabetes should ask
(BPT) - If you're a senior with diabetes, you're not alone. The statistics are eye opening — more than 25% of Americans age 65 and older have diabetes, according to the American Diabetes Association. What's more, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports diabetes as the seventh l... More >>

Bob Evans Farms sponsors veteran entrepreneurs grant
(BPT) - What skills do veterans bring with them from their military service? Leadership, planning and problem-solving are just a few of the important abilities that military experience provides — and those skills are vital for successful entrepreneurship. That means many veterans are drawn to... More >>

Boost your weekend self-care routine for a night in or out
(BPT) - Whether you’re planning on having a solo night in, hanging out with your girlfriends or have a date planned with your sweetheart, weekends are a great opportunity for some extra-special self care.Plan to be sure you have all the essentials you need to boost your self-care routine for ... More >>

Siblings: Helping them cope with childhood cancer
(BPT) - When a child is diagnosed with cancer, the entire family is affected by the experience, especially the child’s siblings. Young children experience their brother or sister’s cancer while they are still learning to make sense of the world. Often this leaves them feeling scared, an... More >>

A Young Professional’s Journey with Depression (MDD)
(BPT) - When you’re in your 20s, you feel the best is yet to come. I was focused on graduating from college and landing my first full-time job, and I didn’t think I’d be sidelined with an injury and a diagnosis of depression.It all began when I was 18 and entered one of the most d... More >>

Spice up your bean routine with globally inspired recipes
(BPT) - Whether you’re focused on fitness goals, a plant-based diet or simply cooking more, you can lean on beans to help achieve your goals and provide the foundation for a flavorful meal.The U.S. is the global leader in quality, dry bean production thanks to state-of-the-art harvesting equi... More >>

Smartphone upgrades don't have to cost a fortune
(BPT) - With the latest flagship smartphones like the iPhone 11 and Samsung Galaxy S10 carrying price tags near $1,000, upgrading to a premium phone may seem out of reach to someone on a limited budget.But it doesn’t have to be. The pace of smartphone innovation has slowed from the breakneck ... More >>

A smart and simple way to get out of an uncomfortable situation
(BPT) - It can be an all-too-familiar scenario: A situation turns uncomfortable whether it's a social engagement, a business encounter or a routine interaction and the options for an exit seem awkward or intimidating. In fact, a new survey conducted by Flare finds that 58% of women regularly feel p... More >>

Hottest kitchen trends from KBIS 2020
(BPT) - Today’s home chefs want — and expect — more from their kitchens than ever before. To optimize their culinary and entertaining skills, they seek exciting new ways to push the boundaries of what they can do at home. These forward-thinking cooks also aim to prepare meals effi... More >>

4 easy tips to boost your energy
(BPT) - Even if you try to keep to a healthy diet and work out regularly, chances are there are times of day when your energy fades, or entire days when you just don’t feel like you’re on the right track. Between the constant demands on your time from work and family, it can be tough to... More >>

Ease into cord cutting with 4 easy steps
(BPT) - Ditching cable for what are known as “streaming” services like Netflix, Hulu, Philo and more is all the rage these days. Despite what one may think, it’s easy to make the move from traditional cable or satellite TV to a robust, highly affordable and customized TV-watching ... More >>

How to break through the financial conversation barriers with your partner
(BPT) - For most people, personal finances are a private matter. When you are in a relationship, it can be difficult to discuss this typically taboo subject. Whether you have been married for years or are just beginning to date, fear of your partner judging your financial choices (big or small) run... More >>

The surprising range of career opportunities in the landscape industry
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The benefits of sleepaway camps for children and teens
(BPT) - As a parent, you worry about your child’s future. Will they be confident enough to weather life’s ups and downs? Will they find happiness and success? How will they navigate their future challenges?According to research by the American Camp Association (ACA), a traditional sleep... More >>

5 sweet ways to celebrate Valentine's Day
(BPT) - This Valentine’s Day, make the most of the occasion by finding new ways to enjoy the holiday with the ones you hold nearest and dearest — your family! With just a little creativity, a few extra treats and a healthy dose of imagination, you can make the day all about celebrating ... More >>

Tips to stay warm and safe from carbon monoxide
(BPT) - As temperatures drop and we crank up the heat or turn to alternative power sources, the risk for carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning significantly increases. Often dubbed “the silent killer,” CO is an invisible and odorless gas that is impossible to detect without a CO alarm.Recent s... More >>

A challenge to older Americans: Take the flu seriously
(BPT) - Alice Vaught skipped her flu shot one season. That was the year she got the flu.“I felt like I was dying. Within a couple hours I was unable to move. It came on so quickly, and I wasn’t aware of how severe it was.”Unfortunately, the flu often strikes quickly and without wa... More >>

Avoiding Valentine's Pitfalls in 2020
(BPT) - The pressure is on — with the big day approaching, you may feel like you're not ready. Thanks to the latest technology, deciding on the perfect gift and making sure it gets to your special someone is easier than ever.Here are some of the problems you may be facing, and great solutions... More >>

What you need to know about Age-related Macular Degeneration
(BPT) - The ability to see the people, places and things in front of you is one of life’s most precious gifts. Imagine a life without the ability to see these things clearly — what steps would you then take to protect your vision? Life with Age-related Macular Degeneration, or AMD, can ... More >>

Influencer mom Katie Stauffer's tips on getting kids through a cold
(BPT) - In the winter, there’s no avoiding it — no matter how much hand-washing you and your kids do, or other healthy habits you follow — someone’s going to get sick.Katie Stauffer, viral Instagram mom of adorable twins Emma and Mila, says, "As a parent, you never want to s... More >>

Financial insight: Red flags and smart steps to avoid scams
(BPT) - You work hard for your money. Unfortunately, crooks work hard as well, attempting various tactics to take your money. If you fall for a scam, little can be done to help you get your money back. In order to keep your financial and personal information safe, it’s necessary to look for r... More >>

Bringing the indoors out: 2020 outdoor living trends
(BPT) - 2020 outdoor living trends are all about enjoying your backyard alfresco — but with the comfort and ease you expect from your indoor spaces. Today's outdoor spaces are transforming into an extension of the home. The current outdoor design also takes into account the look and feel of y... More >>

Consumer Safety Alert: Anchor It! Ahead of the Big Game
(BPT) - Ahead of the big game, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission issues a safety warning to families nationwide.An estimated 100 million Americans will watch the upcoming football game, and wildly cheer on their team or watch for the commercials and half-time show. However, the big game a... More >>

Hot bathroom trends for 2020
(BPT) - Adding or remodeling a bathroom is a popular home improvement project in 2020. Whether it's a simple powder room, a useful three-quarter or a grand master bath, it's worthwhile to research the top trends so you can create a space that is functional while also increasing your home's overall ... More >>

Recognize an overdose, know how to respond and carry naloxone — you could save a life
(BPT) - Every day nearly 200 people die from an overdose of drugs or from alcohol poisoning, with opioids responsible for the majority. Recognizing the signs and knowing how to respond to medical emergencies, including carrying and administering naloxone in cases of opioid overdose, can save lives,... More >>

5 tips for hosting a top-notch big game party
(BPT) - It’s the height of football season, and you’re looking forward to hosting the big game this year. No matter which team you're cheering for, it’s all about prepping your home for the big event. But there’s no need to stress. Here are a few simple tips to make sure you... More >>

Top indoor fitness trends to stay in shape this winter
(BPT) - Avoiding weather woes this winter? It doesn't mean you need to give up on your fitness goals. Being indoors provides ample opportunity to stay fit, whether you're doing so due to the weather or simply by choice. Check out some of the top trends for indoor fitness in 2020 and challenge yours... More >>

Top 2020 food trends
(BPT) - A new year always brings predictions about what trends will rise to popularity, and when it comes to food, there are plenty of trends already underway that will no doubt continue to surge over the next several months. The good news is both your taste buds and your health will likely benefit... More >>

Trust your gut: Get the story on probiotics
(BPT) - We’re often told when we can’t make a decision, we should trust our gut. And there’s a healthy reason to do so.Gut health is about more than just healthy digestion. It’s linked to your immunity and overall well-being.That’s because below your belt lies a sophis... More >>

3 things a dermatologist wishes you knew about breakouts
(BPT) - If you suffer from frequent acne breakouts, you’ve likely been through several skincare products and have considered talking to a dermatologist to help you find the right solutions to improve your skin’s condition.But if you haven’t seen a dermatologist, or if you haven&rs... More >>

Swiping payment cards at the pump could put your card information at risk
(BPT) - Have you paid for gas recently at the pump where you’ve had to swipe your credit or debit card?At gas stations across the U.S., criminals are skimming cards and stealing payment card data from consumers paying at older fuel pumps. This is because the majority of fuel stations still us... More >>

Three ways to give youth hockey a boost in your hometown
(BPT) - Enrollment in youth hockey is at an all-time high in communities across the country. According to USA Hockey, a record 567,908 players registered to play in the 2018-2019 season, with 356,760 of those players ages 16 and younger.Based on the recent surge in youth hockey enrollment, it&rsquo... More >>

How to protect yourself from fraud this year
(BPT) - With a new decade upon us, it is natural to look to the past on lessons learned. When looking at cybercrime, criminals have advanced their techniques over the past 10 years and have become adept at stealing personal information and scamming innocent people. While we can’t control what... More >>

Carbon Monoxide Safety Tips [Video]
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Get your glow on: 6 tips to make your skin and hair shine
(BPT) - Face it, winter is brutal for your skin and hair. Between the harsh, cold wind outside and the dry, overheated air inside, it’s hard to look your best all winter long. On top of that, everyone tends to overindulge in unhealthy food and drinks during the winter months. Fortunately, the... More >>

How living with AI can improve your daily life
(BPT) - These days, AI — artificial intelligence — has become a household name, mostly because so many household gadgets and appliances use it.What’s the impact of AI becoming part of your everyday life? Ultimately, it’s about convenience. Many tasks are getting easier, prod... More >>

2 simple questions may lower your pet's medication costs considerably
(BPT) - If you own a pet, you're in good company. In fact, 67% of U.S. households own a pet, according to the 2019-2020 National Pet Owners Survey by the American Pet Products Association. Pets provide unconditional love and countless memories, and in return they look to their humans to care for th... More >>

Shaping our future with AI
(BPT) - Artificial intelligence (AI) is impacting everyone's lives more and more. The latest technology increasingly helps daily tasks and routines become simpler, leaving consumers with more time to spend on other priorities.What do you want from the AI-powered devices and systems in your life?A c... More >>

Smart tips to manage high-deductible health plan costs
(BPT) - It's the same issue every year: Jan. 1 arrives and you need to meet an annual deductible again before your health care coverage takes full effect. For people with high-deductible plans, this can be a big expense at the start of the year.High-deductible plans are increasing in popularity as ... More >>

6 simple steps to take control of your finances
(BPT) - As we say goodbye to the holidays and hello to a new decade, it comes as no surprise that money is the No. 1 driver of stress for many of us in the Midwest. That’s according to the inaugural Midwest Money Mindset Survey conducted by Huntington.The survey found that 50% of participants... More >>

Jigsaw puzzles – perfect for 'me' and 'we' time this winter
(BPT) - During the blustery cold days and cozy nights at home this winter, there’s no better time to rediscover the simple pleasures and quiet joys of indoor activities that help you relax and reconnect with family. Over the holidays, through winter break and beyond, families everywhere are e... More >>

Help make a child’s wish come true
(BPT) - It’s hard to imagine what life has been like for a child who was diagnosed with a brain tumor at just 2 years old, followed by years of surgeries, doctor visits, medications and treatments. Eleven-year-old, four-time cancer survivor Alika has endured all of that — but maintains ... More >>

7 ways to get creative with your FSA money
(BPT) - An employer-sponsored Flexible Spending Account (FSA) is a convenient option for saving on health care. You put pre-tax dollars into the account to spend throughout the year on health care related expenses. The downside? Most of your FSA funds expire at the end of the year.If you have an FS... More >>

Escape winter doldrums: Warm up with hot deals at your local boat show
(BPT) - Winter may be frigid for many, but it’s an ideal time to plan for warmer days ahead that could be enjoyed on a boat with friends and family. Beginning in January, boat shows take place across the country offering some of the hottest deals around with special pricing and incentives on ... More >>

4 common fitness myths debunked
(BPT) - Weight-loss tips, fad diets and more — these days, they’re everywhere you look. And most of it is false information. In fact, the average American wrongly assumes a daily workout must be 95 minutes or more to be impactful, according to a new study conducted by Planet Fitness.Ame... More >>

How to keep your car on the road longer
(BPT) - Did you know that one in four Americans keep their cars for an average of seven years or more? Nearly another third (29%) say they typically own their car for three to four years. With Americans keeping their vehicles on the road for the better part of a decade, it’s important to impl... More >>

Coping with the Challenges of Mental Illness During the Holidays
(BPT) - During the holiday season, many look forward to festivities and spending time with family, but for some, this time of year can be overwhelming and stressful. People living with mental health challenges may have an especially difficult time during this season as it can cause feelings of isol... More >>

6 ways to focus on yourself in the new year
(BPT) - When setting New Year’s intentions, it’s easy to get caught up in career or physical health achievements. You strategize to work extra hours or get to the gym a certain number of days per week, but that’s not always the right mindset for success.The key to external success... More >>

Resolving for a healthy 2020? Talking to your family is a great way to start
(BPT) - An estimated 130 million Americans make resolutions for 2020 — with more than half of them focused on health. However, most resolutions are broken by February.Marjan Champine, a board-certified and licensed genetic counselor at Ancestry, the global leader in family history and consume... More >>

8 gift ideas for energetic entrepreneurs
(BPT) - Entrepreneurship is becoming an increasingly common career as passionate and creative people start successful businesses on their own. But entrepreneurial endeavors aren’t easy. The lifestyle requires long hours, hard work and dedication.The best gift you can get for the entrepreneur ... More >>

5 ways to be more productive in the new year
(BPT) - When the calendar flips to a new year, many people are inspired to make resolutions, promising productivity, healthy lifestyles, self-care and more. But all New Year’s goals require making time for what you set out to do — and a little planning goes a long way.No matter your res... More >>

5 tips for winterizing your health routine
(BPT) - The arrival of the winter months brings an abundance of food, festive drinks and busy days celebrating with loved ones. While indulging in winter festivities, it’s important to stay on top of your healthy habits.“The foods and beverages we put into our bodies has a big impact on... More >>

How to throw an unforgettable holiday party
(BPT) - While some holiday traditions are worth keeping, there’s no need to copy anybody else's party. Especially if you’re new to hosting, why not make your celebration your own? You might need some new gear and supplies, depending how elaborate your plan is — but don’t be ... More >>

9 subscription services that make the perfect gift
(BPT) - Subscription boxes are gifts that keep on giving. Not only will your loved one be ecstatic to receive the first box, but they’ll also be reminded of your thoughtfulness every time a new one shows up on their doorstep.Throughout the past few years, subscription boxes have gained popula... More >>

Better baking: 5 things to know about your oven
(BPT) - Measuring, mixing, blending and kneading — there is so much that goes into the art of baking. You start with the right materials and techniques, but you also need to be familiar with how your oven works to get the best results.Getting to know your oven could be the difference between ... More >>

6 tips every holiday baker needs to know
(BPT) - It’s the holiday season — and bakers everywhere are kicking into high gear, filling kitchens with stacks of cookies, cupcakes, pies and candies. Holiday baking should be a joyful experience, sweet, easy and filled with fun memories. Whether you’re baking for a few or a flo... More >>

The winter wine you should be drinking (and sharing) this season
(BPT) - Chilly weather: Check. Cozy gatherings with friends: Check. Same old wine: Not so fast. Before you reach for your go-to red this winter, consider Chile’s answer to the season’s most toast-worthy pours: crimson-hued Carmenere (car-men-air).The signature red grape of Chile deliver... More >>

How to make financial wellness your New Year’s resolution
(BPT) - While the holiday season is a wonderful time of year, it can also put great financial strain on individuals going into the new year. The demand of holiday spending can lead to worry of unpaid credit card bills, which can lead many to put themselves on a strict "money diet." As you reflect o... More >>

Host-with-the-most: A step-by-step guide to wow-ing holiday guests
(BPT) - With the holidays just around the corner, party planning is in full swing. Whether it be a traditional family gathering or friendly white elephant, consider these tips and tricks to stay organized throughout the holiday hustle to ensure festivities go off without a hitch.Have your cake with... More >>

How scholarships can help today's companies encourage top talent
(BPT) - The demand for highly skilled employees continues to rise across various industries, spurring many of today's top companies to seek creative new ways to encourage and develop the best talent. One obstacle to that mission is the rising cost of higher education. To combat that, some businesse... More >>

8 tips to prep your home during (and after) the holidays
(BPT) - Hosting guests, baking treats, kids on school break and managing a packed social calendar — the holidays can be a stressful, busy time. And with so much to do, household chores can fall by the wayside, leaving your home messy and disorganized.These eight tips will help you enjoy a cle... More >>

Club for the Future enables students to send space mail
(BPT) - Did you know that students can send postcards to space and have the cards returned right back to their mailbox for only the cost of a stamp?The program, started by nonprofit Club for the Future, gives students of all ages around the globe the chance to send and receive space mail. The Club ... More >>

Self-care re-imagined: Achieve higher quality 'me time' in the bathroom
(BPT) - The long-overdue self-care movement acknowledges what you’ve known for years: Taking time for yourself gets you in a better state of mind to handle your crazy life and tackle your long to-do list.A day off and a massage appointment are both acts of self-care that can work wonders on y... More >>

Making a Difference: Why Finding the Right Schizophrenia Treatment Plan Matters
(BPT) - Schizophrenia is a complex and chronic brain disorder that can interrupt every aspect of an adult’s life. For adults living with serious mental illness, like Jason, the journey to finding the right treatment plan, including medication and supportive therapies, can take years. During t... More >>

Survey: Many homeowners are not prepared for an emergency
(BPT) - If emergency officials in your community issued a mandatory evacuation order to get out of the path of a wildfire, hurricane or other natural disaster, would you know what to take with you, the evacuation route you would take and where you would go until it was safe to return home?Do you ha... More >>

Discounted access to Amazon Prime for customers on government assistance
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Stake out special occasion meals in the beef aisle
(BPT) - Hosting dinner for a special occasion can be stressful. Whether you’re gathering with family for the holidays or making something new for friends, you want to deliver an entertaining evening and impress your guests with a pristine meal that everyone enjoys. A delicious beef cut is the... More >>

Prioritize your health in the New Year
(BPT) - Now is the time of year when people typically take inventory of their lives and set new goals. Relationships, finances, careers and health are all important aspects that impact overall well-being. For this New Year, consider making your health a top priority.According to the recent America&... More >>

Expert tips and tricks to brighten your brunch
(BPT) - "One of my favorite things to do is get together with friends for a cozy Sunday brunch," says mother, actress and chef Haylie Duff. "It’s the best way to spend some quality time together before jumping into the busy week ahead. Plus, kicking off the morning with a nutritious meal is a... More >>

5 tips to boost your workout - and your results
(BPT) - No matter how much you work out, chances are you want more — either in terms of your experience or results. It's not just the time you put in, however. A great workout is all about targeting the right muscle groups, and finding the most efficient exercises to optimize your time and en... More >>

New year, new ... tires?
(BPT) - As you gear up for a new year with new goals, now is the time to ask yourself if your wheels need a refresh. And there’s no better time, as the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration recommends that tires be replaced every six years regardless of the number of miles driven. Re... More >>

How to maximize AI usage at home
(BPT) - As the prevalence of artificial intelligence (AI) in the home grows, so too does the amount of helpful features available to make daily tasks much easier. While the abundance of smart home technology (powered by AI) can seem overwhelming, the more you know, the better these functions can im... More >>

How to relax and enjoy holiday entertaining
(BPT) - When the holidays roll around, it can be easy to over-schedule, over-complicate and over-stress — especially when it’s your turn to be the party host. But if you look back on your favorite holiday memories, you probably don’t remember the centerpiece, the table settings or... More >>

Don't let winter sports injuries freeze your fun
(BPT) - For many people, dropping temperatures mean it's time to bundle up and head outdoors for their favorite winter activities. Whether you're a sports enthusiast hitting the ski slope, a casual skater heading to the local rink or a parent ready to tackle the nearby sledding hill with your child... More >>

Supporting a Loved One with a Chronic and Progressive Lung Condition
(BPT) - Having a friend or loved one with a chronic and progressive condition teaches you many things: patience, understanding and adapting to lifestyle changes after diagnosis. But for Mary, supporting her friend, Barbara, living with a serious lung condition called nontuberculous mycobacterial (N... More >>

4 ways to conquer the holiday season
(BPT) - For many, the holiday season means get-togethers with friends and family, traveling and buying gifts, which can also bring an increase in spending. With all the hustle and bustle, it’s important to remember what the season is all about — connecting with loved ones. With the help... More >>

How to keep your house warm – even in freezing temperatures
(BPT) - With the early arrival of winter, the grip of cold temperatures and snowfall that landed along with it, now is a good time to start thinking about keeping your home warm and cozy all season long.This winter, consider the strategies below to keep your house warm, even during the most frigid ... More >>

Restore and look good: What to pack for your winter getaway
(BPT) - It's officially that time of year when everyone is stressed out, exhausted and overall in desperate need of some R&R. Whether your idea of restoration involves tearing up the ski slopes or drinking wine by a roaring fireplace, now is the time to prep and plan your exciting winter getawa... More >>

Caution is king when it comes to winter driving
(BPT) - With the winter in full swing, ensuring your tires — the last line of defense between your vehicle and harsh conditions — are in working order may be the difference between an enjoyable or stressful travel season. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, ... More >>

Winterize your wheels: Ways to stay safe on the road
(BPT) - Winter’s not coming: It’s here. That means extra-chilly weather, as well as driving in snow, ice, rain, fog and sleet. In short, be prepared for much-tougher-than-normal driving conditions, such as super-slippery roads and a decrease in visibility.“Be smart and make sure y... More >>

Expert tips for the perfect holiday roast
(BPT) - Wondering what to cook for an upcoming holiday gathering? A beautiful beef roast is a feast for the eyes and the stomach, sure to impress guests of all ages. With a few expert tips and tricks, you'll be sure to serve a perfectly cooked roast packed full of flavor.Roasting tips from the pros... More >>

3 ways to add wellness to your vacation
(BPT) - Why not focus on your health this year by planning a trip that will help you relax, recharge and refocus on your top wellness goals?The following are a few ways to focus on your health while on vacation.Here are just a few ways you can make the most of your vacation while getting your healt... More >>

Secrets to success from winners of Amazon’s Small Business Spotlight Awards
(BPT) - Starting a small business requires a lot of hard work and commitment, with no guarantee of success. Thanks to the internet and the rise of e-commerce, small businesses today can capitalize on opportunities using tech tools that didn’t exist a couple of decades ago. This has opened up ... More >>

5 winter tips for healthy teeth and gums
(BPT) - Winter is here — it’s time to layer on the warm clothes and stock up on the cold and flu essentials that keep you healthy during the colder months. But as you focus on winter wellness, it’s important to remember how oral care affects your overall health.“Your mouth i... More >>

Best cost-effective tech products that simplify your life
(BPT) - One of the best things about technology today is that there’s a huge variety of items to choose from that can add convenience and fun to your life, for a surprising range of prices.From the practical to the just-for-fun, shopping for the latest in tech does not have to be complicated.... More >>

Tips to get your house ready for entertaining
(BPT) - Whether hosting family and friends for your first or fifteenth time, you want your home to be ready to impress. Here are five simple ways to make sure your home is refreshed and ready for any entertaining occasion.1. Refresh kitchen countersSince the kitchen is where people mingle the most,... More >>

Keep mom, dad and the grands home safe with the latest technology
(BPT) - Technological advancements are helping aging adults stay safe, comfortable and connected as they age in place. And, families can feel more confident about mom, dad and the grands living independently, especially around the holidays.“The year 2020 brings new innovative technologies to ... More >>

Pre-Party Rituals to Look & Feel Your Best This Holiday Season
(BPT) - With the drastic drop in temperatures also comes the most festive time of the year. The holiday season isn’t just the cheeriest time, but also the busiest. With so many upcoming holiday celebrations to look forward to, you’ll want to make sure you not only look your best, but al... More >>

4 steps to get back on the road after a tire warning light
(BPT) - It’ll happen to every driver and likely at the most inopportune moment — like when you’re running late, on a family road trip or commuting to work. A familiar dashboard light will flick on in your car. Sometimes, the low tire pressure indicator can mean it’s time to ... More >>

7 tips for long road trips with kids
(BPT) - Whether the length of your drive is three hours or 30 minutes, it can seem an eternity with a bored child in the car. A little planning will ensure your next road trip with one or more children will be happy and safe, no matter where you’re going.Here's how you and your kids can stay ... More >>

Turning gaming into a career: How girls are taking the reins
(BPT) - Careers in the video game industry are highly desirable, and for good reason. Working for a video game company can be rewarding, and equally important, turns a favorite pastime into an exciting career. However, for tween and teen girl gamers, the prospect of one day working in the video gam... More >>

From Seed to Supplement: Behind the Label
(BPT) - More than ever before, consumers today are demanding transparency on product labels. As news about food adulteration and contamination continues to appear in the headlines, the concern for food and product safety is rising.If nutritional supplements have ever been an important part of your ... More >>

How to find the right balance with pain management
(BPT) - If you're facing surgery soon, you may have concerns about pain management. In a 2018 Mayo Clinic survey, 94% of the adults surveyed said that they would choose an alternative to opioids for treatment after surgery, but only 1 in 4 actually talked to their healthcare professional about thos... More >>

Eco-friendly gifts for a merrier (and greener) holiday season
(BPT) - ‘Tis the season for giving. And with this eco-friendly gift guide, giving greener is easier. Whether you’re shopping for the gardener, techie, alternative energy aficionado or the do-it-yourselfer, this is your go-to resource for gifts that please people and the planet.The garde... More >>

5 tech-forward innovations every holiday traveler can look forward to
(BPT) - If you're like most, you shudder at the idea of traveling during the holiday season. With all those long lines, tight timetables and crowded spaces, who wouldn’t feel like a Grinch? To add more comfort and joy to your journey, the travel and hospitality industries are quick to embrace... More >>

Better by design: Senior tech benefits from user input
(BPT) - The technology market for older users is booming. With the world’s 65-plus population poised to hit one billion by 2030, manufacturers are scrambling to find new ways to put digital products into the hands of this lucrative market.But while they may be purchasing laptops, smartphones ... More >>

Hiring the next-gen employee
(BPT) - The U.S. workforce is in the midst of an influx with 65 million workers from Generation Z beginning to look for jobs, according to BridgeWorks Consulting. This group of workers, born after 1997, do not remember a time without the internet and have grown up in a post-2008 recession era of fi... More >>

Creative ways to celebrate the holidays together
(BPT) - Every year we celebrate beloved holiday traditions with friends and family. While passing on traditions is a hallmark of the season, there’s nothing like taking old favorites and transforming them into something new and exciting — for adults and kids alike!If you’re lookin... More >>

Amazon’s Best of Prime Highlights the Year’s Top Trends
(BPT) - What were the biggest trends of 2019? With more than one hundred million Prime members around the world, there is no better indicator than Amazon’s Best of Prime.* The results are particularly telling because over the past year, Prime welcomed more members worldwide than ever before.A... More >>

4 home upgrades that are good for the environment
(BPT) - Consumers today are more mindful about the environmental impact of everything they do, from driving and traveling to energy usage in their homes. Fortunately, there are a few simple steps homeowners can take to save energy and help the environment.1. Boost your insulationYou may already kno... More >>

9 Unique Ways to Teach Character to Kids [Infographic]
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5 tips for stress-less holiday cleaning
(BPT) - Each year, the holiday season brings a flurry of entertaining. From hosting a houseful of out-of-town relatives to formal sit-down dinners to impromptu get-togethers, chances are your schedule — and your home — is brimming with activity.With all the extra foot traffic and activi... More >>

How to protect your most valuable asset
(BPT) - If you're like many Americans, your home may be your most valuable asset. That's why it's so important to protect it with homeowners insurance. Plus, it's probably a requirement of your mortgage. Setting up your coverage the right way starts with understanding the major parts of a homeowner... More >>

Tips to prepare your home for winter weather
(BPT) - No matter where you live, there are bound to be weather challenges this winter. Your home may suffer damage, minor or major, from the onslaught of colder weather, along with wind, heavy rain, ice storms or even major snow systems. This can affect not only the integrity and value of your hom... More >>

Young mom doesn’t let MS get in the way of living her life
(BPT) - At the young age of 24, Savana Sadler received both the most exciting and terrifying news of her life. Within just weeks of each other, she learned she was about to become a mother for the first time, but she was also going to be embarking on this exciting journey while living with multiple... More >>

Smart homes aren't smart without fire sprinklers
(BPT) - Today there are many automated options that make homes more comfortable, energy efficient, cost-effective and safe. Typically referred to as smart home technology, these features may include automating control of items such as lighting, temperature, window shades, surveillance cameras, lock... More >>

Kick off 2020 by getting outdoors and enjoying state parks
(BPT) - For many people, modern life means spending more time indoors. In fact, Americans spend roughly 90% of their time indoors, according to the United States Environmental Protection Agency. This has had numerous direct and indirect health impacts, from respiratory issues due to poor indoor air... More >>

3 tips for safe holiday driving
(BPT) - The holidays are wonderful. They can also be stressful.The good: special times with family and friends. The bad: all the travel in between. The ugly: when winter roads become snowy and icy, turning a joyful journey into a jittery one.Fortunately, your safety this season is partially under y... More >>

4 steps to financial fitness in the new year
(BPT) - Sponsored ad content from Vanderbilt Mortgage and Finance, Inc.The new year is just around the corner and it’s never too early to think about your 2020 goals — and for many, this means prioritizing finances. Taking the time to focus on your goals and determine what’s impor... More >>

5 simple ways to teach kids financial literacy
(BPT) - Understanding finances and making smart money decisions is something many people struggle with. In fact, when asked to grade their own financial literacy most people give themselves a “C” or lower, according to new data from Prudential.“Financial literacy is key to achievi... More >>

5 Tips for Prioritizing Self-Care During the Holidays
(BPT) - During the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, it’s all too easy to let self-care slip off your radar. However, it’s important for your health that you prioritize your well-being, so you can enjoy the season with family and friends. If you burn yourself out with all the coo... More >>

5 fire safety tips to follow this winter season
(BPT) - Heating, cooking, decorations and candles all contribute to an increased risk of fire during the winter months. According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), home fires occur more in the winter than in any other season. As the snowflakes start to fall and the temperatures dr... More >>

5 ways to keep kids entertained over winter break
(BPT) - Along with the fun and festive winter holidays comes the long break from school — and the challenge of keeping kids happy and engaged with all that unstructured time. Apart from the special holiday events, kids could use a few other diversions, and parents could, too!Here are some ide... More >>

The most craftable time of the year
(BPT) - When you’re shopping for all the DIYers, crafters and makers in your life this holiday season, there are many ways to encourage their creativity and show that you “get” them — which they’ll remember for years to come. First, think about the types of crafts or h... More >>

What you can do about your dog’s stinky breath
(BPT) - Even though you try to be a good “dog parent,” chances are you may not think of everything when it comes to your furry best friend’s well-being. But if you notice that your dog’s breath is unpleasant, it may be time to up your doggy care game. Bad breath can be a sig... More >>

How to get your home guest-ready, even if you have pets
(BPT) - If you’re hosting guests with allergies — and you have pets — you have a few more things to consider when getting your home guest-ready. No problem!Dr. Elizabeth Mullans, a board-certified dermatologist and founder of Uptown Dermatology in Houston, Texas, offers eight clea... More >>


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