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May 28, 2020

Making the most of workplace benefits
(BPT) - Quite often, it is not until we have experienced a difficult situation like an accident, illness or COVID-19-related events that we start to appreciate employer-provided benefits like disability insurance and leave policies that protect income and jobs. According to a recent MetLife disabil... More >>

Fuel your fitness at home: 5 tips and tricks
(BPT) - Face it, finding time to achieve your fitness goals while balancing work and home life can be a struggle. However, while many people are spending more time at home, here’s a great opportunity to start fresh with a new fitness routine.Here are some helpful tips for helping you live you... More >>

Flourishing in 6 dimensions: How to choose a senior living facility
(BPT) - “Life is a great big canvas, and you should throw all the paint on it you can,” wrote Danny Kaye, beloved Hollywood performer. Kaye’s advice certainly reflected his colorful career. It's true that the more one expands one’s palette of experiences, the more vibrant li... More >>

Concerned about asthma and allergies during COVID-19?
(BPT) - Allergy season is causing congestion, coughing, itchy eyes and other classic symptoms for people across the country. However, this year brings new concerns as COVID-19 has dramatically impacted everyone's lives, and people with asthma and allergies have many questions."With the coronavirus ... More >>

4 ways a smart home can save you money
(BPT) - Over the course of the last several months, hundreds of millions of people have sheltered in place as governments issue executive orders to help slow the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19). As a result, many homes are becoming a fortress against the virus, a makeshift school, an office ou... More >>

Elevate Comfort Foods with Havarti and Blue Cheeses
(BPT) - At a time when you may be craving comfort food more than ever, specialty cheeses make it easy to bring a little more indulgence — and a lot of flavor — to your home-cooked meals and snacks. Simply switching to different varieties, such as a buttery havarti or a sharp blue cheese... More >>

New campaign offers resources for thyroid cancer patients
(BPT) - Every year in the United States, more than half a million people with a thyroid nodule undergo testing to determine whether they have thyroid cancer. Recent research has shown that many of these patients aren’t fully informed about the possible outcomes of this testing and don’t... More >>

It's time to get more kids biking
(BPT) - For kids, biking is one of the gateways to growing up. Popular films and TV hits such as “E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial” and “Stranger Things” highlight the joy a bike can bring as a fun way to explore or spend time kicking around the neighborhood. Yet, according to a s... More >>

Financial anxiety weighing on your mental health? Try these tips
(BPT) - The global coronavirus pandemic has caused emotional distress and financial upheaval for people around the world. Many Americans are dealing with daunting issues that could jeopardize their financial future, whether it’s unexpected health care costs, unemployment and loss of income, t... More >>

5 simple ways to protect the ocean
(BPT) - It’s sometimes easy to get caught up in how vast the ocean is, but we need to be reminded of its importance and vulnerability. The ocean contains up to 80% of life on Earth, and provides an important source of fish protein to more than 3 billion people on our planet. To celebrate Nati... More >>

The simple guide to buying a toilet
(BPT) - The bathroom is arguably the most visited room in the home. Having a toilet that performs well, is easy to use and aesthetically pleasing is essential in any size home.When shopping for a new toilet, you might be surprised how many options exist. To find the right toilet for your needs, her... More >>

Bathroom remodel: 4 questions to ask before you customize
(BPT) - Choosing a home is 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 space.Before remodeling, it&rs... More >>

Help is out there for struggling pet owners
(BPT) - In uncertain times, there is one source of comfort we can all agree upon, and it is the unconditional love provided by our beloved four-legged friends. Pets are family and are there for us when we need it most. And when tragedy strikes a family member, whether through a natural disaster, do... More >>

Insuring Retirement in the Midst of Uncertainty
(BPT) - One of the longest economic expansions in American history may have come to an end in the face of a global pandemic. The economy today brings to mind for many the lessons of 2008-2009, during the Great Recession when millions of Americans on the doorstep of retirement watched helplessly as ... More >>

Living with Huntington’s Disease: One woman’s journey
(BPT) - When Ashley Fajardo tested positive for the Huntington’s disease gene at 18 years old, she was devastated but not surprised. Having lost her mother to the rare genetic disorder five years earlier, she knew her odds for having the gene were high.“It’s a terminal illness so ... More >>

A dermatologist debunks top sunscreen excuses
(BPT) - As routines shift, people often have to make behavioral changes to adapt to their new daily schedules, which can come with excuses. Whether it’s learning to cook healthy meals more frequently, adapting to outdoor exercise or adjusting a skincare regimen, people tend to make excuses as... More >>

In the fight against COVID-19, we all have a part to play
(BPT) - You’ve probably heard the term “essential worker.” You might even know a few. Among them are those in the medical profession, education and food production. And they’re working hard to keep our nation going during the COVID-19 crisis.That’s why workplaces are p... More >>

What we’ve learned from working at home
(BPT) - The recent transition to widespread working from home has shown that the experience has been both educational and eye-opening for many. Working at home means learning to cope with distractions, space constraints, managing time with family and learning new skills. And, according to new consu... More >>

Find ways to stay connected while social distancing
(BPT) - The COVID-19 pandemic presents daunting challenges for many seniors and other vulnerable populations. Social distancing and shelter-in-place requirements are necessary for their continued health and safety. But with it comes the risk of social isolation, and the mental and physical tolls th... More >>

4 easy steps to a chemical-free backyard
(BPT) - Because everyone is spending more time in their own backyards now, parents are wondering how to create healthier lawns for their families.You might be surprised to learn that exposure to pesticides, herbicides and chemical fertilizers can be harmful, particularly for growing children. This ... More >>

New analysis shows pistachios are a complete protein
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What's behind your walls? 3 household dangers you can’t always see
(BPT) - When it comes to keeping your family and home safe, you’re probably familiar with the most common household hazards that can occur. And chances are you have taken precautions to prevent most hazards by installing devices like smoke alarms, carbon monoxide detectors and fire extinguish... More >>

Navigating Cancer During Tough Times: Finding Support in Different Ways
(BPT) - For Dorothy, being diagnosed with bladder cancer almost four years ago reinforced the importance of living in the present and appreciating every moment. This holds true even in some of the most unique circumstances, Dorothy explains. “I had my 76th birthday party with my grandchildren... More >>

Be the change: Registered nurse rejoins frontline caregivers in the fight against COVID-19
(BPT) - It's early afternoon on a Thursday when Donna Portscher walks through the doors at a DaVita dialysis center in north Georgia. It is a familiar setting — the faces, the clean smell of a medical center and the sound of dialysis machines in the background. She pays visits to dialysis cen... More >>

Daydreaming of travel? 5 ways to save money now on future trips
(BPT) - As the world seeks a “new normal” following the advent of COVID-19, many Americans are looking forward to taking trips again — albeit safer, carefully chosen vacations.A mid-May survey by research firm Destination Analysts found nearly seven in 10 Americans greatly miss va... More >>

Stressed as a parent? No- and low-cost ways to educate and entertain kids
Having children is a great joy, but it also can be stressful. Pressures are plentiful, from making sure your child has the right gear to needing to help manage their school and social schedules. To intensify matters, COVID-19 has brought quarantines and social distancing around the world, and paren... More >>

National Poppy Day helps brighten veterans’ outlook during COVID-19 crisis
(BPT) - With COVID-19 changing the way we interact, gather and celebrate, many holidays will look different this year, including Memorial Day. But that doesn’t mean servicemembers, veterans and their families need our support any less.In fact, several members of the American Legion Auxiliary ... More >>

3 ways to give your home’s curb appeal a boost
(BPT) - Homeowners only get one chance to make a first impression. That’s one chance to impress potential buyers, family, friends and neighbors with the first thing they see: your home’s exterior.From simple upgrades to meticulous landscaping projects and replacing an outdated roof, the... More >>

How to take charge of your mental health
(BPT) - Our nation is sharing in an experience with the COVID-19 crisis that will serve to reshape the future of our communities, our work, our families, and each and every individual. With so much attention focused on the diagnosis and treatment related to the virus, we recognize that those feelin... More >>

Don’t ignore heart attack symptoms, even during COVID-19
(BPT) - It’s your heart. Don’t hesitate.If you’re experiencing symptoms of a heart attack or stroke, doctors urge you to not delay seeking treatment because of COVID-19 concerns.During the COVID-19 pandemic, doctors across the nation are reporting a sharp decline in patients comin... More >>

How to preserve your treasured memories, and use them as a tool to stay connected to your loved ones
(BPT) - While spending so much time at home, you may find yourself becoming more connected online than ever before. To communicate with the people you care about, you strive to find community and connection by posting personal photos and videos on social media daily — making it increasingly i... More >>

7 steps to manage stress and build resilience
(BPT) - As recent months have demonstrated, stress is unavoidable. Now more than ever, it’s important to understand stress and how we can manage it. While stress can be beneficial, too much of it can be harmful. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) Office of Research on Women’s Healt... More >>

How to make the most of your gaming console
(BPT) - Ready to level up your entertainment game? With a little creativity, you can use the everyday items in your home to transform your gaming space into the ultimate entertainment zone. We’re talking game room, dance floor and classroom all in one.And all you need is your gaming console. ... More >>

Tips and resources to avoid caregiver burnout
(BPT) - Since the COVID-19 outbreak, restrictions in daily activities and social interactions have caused a major shift in caregiving roles and responsibilities. Many people have found themselves acting as a full-time caregiver for the first time. Parents and guardians are teaching lessons at home ... More >>

Help children living in poverty without leaving home
(BPT) - While much of daily life is paused right now, kindness and giving are not. In fact, they're needed now more than ever.Red Nose Day — the annual fundraising campaign to end child poverty — is back at Walgreens, but this year it looks a bit different. Due to the need for social di... More >>

Simple ways to beautify your outdoor space and enjoy time at home
(BPT) - Whether it's a quaint patio, a simple garden, a rolling expanse of land or the many possibilities in between, the backyard is the perfect place to unwind. As people spend more time at home, creating a personal outdoor sanctuary is more important than ever before.Fortunately you don't need a... More >>

Dream of summer by planning your ideal outdoor space
(BPT) - If you’re dreaming of summer, imagining how you could be relaxing with a good book in the shade, entertaining family in your outdoor kitchen, playing with the kids in the sunshine — or just breathing in the sights and sounds of nature in your own personal oasis — here are ... More >>

Life with a rare, chronic and 'invisible' illness
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Not driving as often right now? Here’s how to keep your car fresh
(BPT) - During a season that’s usually devoted to adventure, many of us have been forced to stick a little closer to home. When it’s finally time to return to our globetrotting ways, it’s vital to make sure our vehicles are ready.That means taking active steps now, while our cars ... More >>

Anticipating canine separation anxiety post COVID-19
(BPT) - For almost all of us, we have been on "sit and stay" for over two months. The only person happy about this is the dog.The question is, when we return to some normalcy, and head back to work, or to re-start life, what will be the effect on our canines? Some dogs are at higher risk for anxiet... More >>

4 tips: Zing up your menus with a tasty summer garnish garden
(BPT) - As people are spending more time at home, many are learning new activities and finding simple joy in doing the things they love, such as cultivating their own gardens.Now is the perfect time to start planning a summer garden that can add fresh flavors to your kitchen all year long. One grow... More >>

4 steps: Clean and prep your deck now for summer sun and relaxation
(BPT) - As we all spend more time at home right now, it can be a great opportunity to get a head start on summer projects and begin tackling your list of home improvements, especially as we look toward warmer weather. One thing that often gets overlooked is regular deck cleanings. Since summer is t... More >>

8 key tips: Focusing on your financial health during times of crisis
(BPT) - It will take some time to adjust and recover from the major disruption experienced because of the COVID-19 pandemic, and many consumers are figuring out how to cope with challenges when it comes to their financial health.A lot of people are feeling the financial strain of not being able to ... More >>

Fostering independent play is more important than ever for parents continuing to work from home
(BPT) - Across the country, temporary school closures are forcing kids into instant distance learning environments for the remainder of the school year. Parents are trying to work their day job while simultaneously educating kids. For most, there isn’t ever enough time in a day to handle both... More >>

Melanoma Can’t Wait – What Everyone Should Understand About This Deadly Cancer
(BPT) - While the summer months often serve as an important reminder on the dangers of sun exposure, many people may not realize that skin cancer can happen to anyone at any time of the year. With more than five million new cases diagnosed each year, skin cancer is the most common cancer in the U.S... More >>

5 at-home wellness tips for families with ADHD
(BPT) - Families are spending more time together than ever before, making it challenging for parents and caregivers to balance their personal needs with that of a child’s. For those families that include a child with ADHD, maintaining mental, physical and emotional wellness is particularly cr... More >>

Polycystic Kidney Disease: Is it hiding in your genes?
(BPT) - Polycystic Kidney Disease (PKD), causes numerous cysts to grow in the kidneys and for those affected by this condition, nearly 50% will experience End State Renal Disease (ESRD) by age 60. According to the National Kidney Foundation, autosomal dominant polycystic kidney disease (ADPKD) acco... More >>

5 essential steps for managing blood sugar
(BPT) - In the U.S. alone, 28.1 million people are living with diabetes, and an added 7.2 million are living with undiagnosed diabetes, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Additionally, the American Diabetes Association reports that 84 million American adults have pre... More >>

5 fresh ways to frame your outdoor space
(BPT) - When determining the look of your outdoor living space, decking is only half of the equation. In many cases, it’s the deck railings that are most visible and the design element that makes the first impression.“Railings serve a necessary safety function, but they also play an imp... More >>

7 ways to enjoy a virtual Myrtle Beach vacation
(BPT) - While you may not be able to travel to your favorite beach destination this spring, you can experience Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, through virtual experiences that bring the area's popular beaches, attractions, activities and more to you. And those same features can help you plan for (and... More >>

5 tips for celebrating Mother's Day from afar
(BPT) - This Mother’s Day, you may not be able to be with your mom in person due to social distancing. The time apart may be difficult for everyone, but that doesn’t mean you can’t honor your beloved mom in other thoughtful ways that don’t require person-to-person contact.Th... More >>

6 powerful homeowner tips to prepare for the summer storm season
(BPT) - Electricity is always there for us. From keeping the lights on to running important "background" tasks like maintaining a steady Wi-Fi signal, we're often unaware of how electricity touches all aspects of our lives. That is, until something happens, like a severe storm hits and the power go... More >>

Tips for childproofing an older home
(BPT) - While many homeowners love the unique charm and beauty that can only be found in an older home, the truth is that older houses present challenges to keeping everyone safe, especially little ones. For any house where children are being raised, or where they may spend a lot of time, it’... More >>

When is it safe to take my child to the dentist again?
(BPT) - Like many of us, parents across the U.S. are wondering when they can resume the new normal. When will schools and daycares reopen? When will parks, pools and activities resume? And when is it safe to take my child to the dentist again?During these difficult and challenging times, and as the... More >>

How you can help children in poverty during the pandemic without leaving home
(BPT) - While most of the world has hit pause on daily life, kindness and giving can be considered essential services. Socio-economic consequences of the COVID-19 health pandemic are challenging families across the globe, as schools have closed, after-school meal programs have paused, businesses ha... More >>

Mortgage relief during COVID-19: Here’s what you need to know
(BPT) - In these unprecedented times, when many families are facing physical, emotional and financial hardships, a common question is, “How do I keep up with my mortgage when I’m not working?”A home is a family’s most important asset. But now it’s more than that: It&rs... More >>

How to make the most of online learning
(BPT) - The flexibility to learn and earn a degree online allows students nationwide — from full-time employees to single parents and more — to achieve goals while managing family and life. Millions of students study online today, and those numbers are only increasing.While online educa... More >>

3 value-boosting improvements new homeowners make to enhance spaces
(BPT) - Buying a home is an exciting time. Once you purchase a property, you want to make it your own. Whether it's a 100-year-old beauty or a fresh new build, there are improvements you can make that not only personalize the space, but add instant value to your real estate investment.Project 1: Up... More >>

5 ways to maximize groceries and minimize waste
(BPT) - Spending more time in the kitchen means learning the importance of not only keeping food fresh for weeks at a time, but also minimizing waste for fewer trips to the grocery store. Food waste also impacts our wallets. In fact, a recent Bosch home appliances survey conducted by OnePoll found ... More >>

Understanding When a Headache Isn’t Just a Headache
(BPT) - It can be easy to dismiss head pain as a regular headache, but in fact there is no such thing. More than 300 types of headache exist and the likelihood you’ll experience one in your lifetime is high. Worldwide nearly 40 million people have some form of headache disease.“Each hea... More >>

Everything you need to boost your self-care routine
(BPT) - When was the last time you treated yourself so that you could feel good inside and out? Now is the perfect time to show some serious TLC to your skin, nails and hair to give yourself the ultimate full-body pampering session.Try these ideas for enhancing your self-care routine:Get that glowW... More >>

ADHD is not a kid thing: 11 million adults have it, too
(BPT) - If you are among the millions of adults in the U.S. who do not know they have attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), the past few months of social distancing have been a particularly steep battle. Our country was instructed to “sit still,” a command children with ADHD ... More >>

How Smart Appliances Can Help Save Energy and the Planet
(BPT) - Since the first Earth Day was observed 50 years ago, the day’s message has only grown in importance. For anyone wondering how they can contribute to a better tomorrow, a good place to get started is right in your home with smart, energy-saving home appliances and tools. Even small cha... More >>

Stuck inside? 6 fun enrichment activities for you and your pet
(BPT) - It’s no secret that pets provide love, loyalty and affection. This is even more apparent now that you’re spending more time at home with them. In fact, according to the 2020 Purina Pet Ownership Survey, 94% of pet owners rely on their pet for emotional support, which is particul... More >>

Now’s a great time to unlock the smart home you never knew you had – here’s how
(BPT) - With everyone hunkering down, many of us are thinking about how to maximize what’s already in our homes. What many don’t know is that the benefits and efficiencies of a smart home might already be at their fingertips. With a little research and time spent with your appliances an... More >>

Clever hacks give spring-cleaning a whole new meaning
(BPT) - With more time spent in the comfort of our home, spring-cleaning can take on an entirely new meaning this year. Consider the following hacks to make your household clean-up routine as efficient and thorough as possible.Conquer kitchen crevices with lemon and baking soda Crumbs, food residue... More >>

Recent Research Leads to Additional Treatment Options for People Living with Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML)
(BPT) - Sponsored by AbbVieFor many people, the word “leukemia” sounds scary. They may envision a very sick patient in the hospital who has limited options. They might think this patient has a cancer that is extremely difficult to treat and that their life may be cut short. This can ind... More >>

7 surprising ways to use beans for every meal
(BPT) - Did you know you can use canned beans for every meal of the day, plus tasty snacks?Chances are you currently have cans of beans in your pantry, and you may be wondering what to do with them. Perhaps someone in your household hasn’t tried beans, or you need a new recipe to entice your ... More >>

How to create a bedroom oasis that’s optimal for excellent sleep
(BPT) - Can’t sleep? You’re not alone. Only 11% of Americans say they get excellent sleep on a regular basis, while 18% report poor or not good sleep quality, and the rest are somewhere in between.*With all of the stress today, your bedroom should be a sanctuary you can retreat to &mdas... More >>

How to decode your college financial aid offers
(BPT) - This time of year, high school seniors and parents are on the edge of their seats waiting for college acceptance letters — and to learn how much school will cost. Like many families during this unprecedented time, how parents and students approach paying for college may be evolving. O... More >>

3 telehealth tips connected to COVID-19
(BPT) - As the number of COVID-19 cases continues to mount, many Americans may be considering where to go for care if they develop potential symptoms. One important — yet potentially overlooked — resource is telehealth, which may enable people to connect 24/7 with a health care provider... More >>

8 women’s health issues and how to deal with them at home
(BPT) - Many doctors' offices are limiting their office hours for anything other than emergency care or diagnosing and treating people for COVID-19. This may leave women with lack of access to their doctors when experiencing non-urgent, but highly uncomfortable issues.Lauren Streicher, MD, OB/GYN a... More >>

Spring Clean Your Diet With 5 Fridge Essentials
(BPT) - Spring cleaning is a tradition that often includes dusting, mopping, decluttering and organizing homes for a fresh start. Many families may be cooking more while home right now, so this is a great opportunity to refresh your kitchen staples by filling the fridge with foods that support a he... More >>

Tips to keep your family healthy, happy and entertained while practicing social distancing [Video]
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Sound financial tips during COVID-19 uncertainty
(BPT) - The current COVID-19 financial landscape is unpredictable, causing anxiety for people of all ages. With layoffs, unexpected medical expenses, and an ever-changing and uncertain economy, it's easy to worry."Now more than ever is the time to take an active approach with your finances to posit... More >>

4 ways to support your community that take less than 10 minutes
(BPT) - Whether it’s reprieve for families in self-isolation, support for those on the frontlines of healthcare and essential businesses, or keeping at-risk populations safe, now is the time to come together — while staying apart — to support one another.Here are four simple ways ... More >>

6 tips for advancing your at-home cooking
(BPT) - With everyone spending more time at home, the kitchen is becoming a major hub for daily activities. Whether it is dusting off an old cookbook, perfecting a family recipe, mastering the latest recipe to take over social media, or baking cookies with the kids, people are creating new memories... More >>

What the 50th anniversary of Earth Day means today
(BPT) - To say these are challenging times is a vast understatement. In the course of just weeks, everyone’s lives have been completely disrupted, routines have been upended and the world is still reeling as everybody struggles to figure out what it all means — both in terms of their da... More >>

Stay safe from COVID-19 scammers
(BPT) - While you take care to limit social interactions and wash your hands to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, you also need to take steps to protect your finances and identity. Scammers are now taking advantage of the COVID-19 pandemic to lure victims in with new phishing scams.“We k... More >>

4 safe ways to connect with family and friends while practicing social distancing
(BPT) - Bob Dylan once sang, “For the times they are a-changin',” and that has perhaps never been more true than it is today. The COVID-19 pandemic has introduced new phrases like social distancing to the general population, and has also redefined both work and family life, creating a n... More >>

COVID-19 spurring tax and finance changes
(BPT) - The novel coronavirus, or COVID-19, is changing our lives in many ways, including how we file our income taxes. The IRS has announced some changes that impact your 2019 income tax return.On March 27, Congress approved a $2 trillion emergency economic aid package to help Americans withstand ... More >>

3 ways a deck can make staying home more enjoyable
(BPT) - With so many people across the country staying put in their homes right now, a fun and functional outdoor space is more important than ever. Amusement parks and concerts are closed or canceled and spring is around the corner, beckoning families outdoors. Millions of people are working remot... More >>

Combating financial anxiety during a pandemic
(BPT) - In the face of a global pandemic, financial anxiety is an everyday reality. Concerns surrounding personal finances, businesses shutting down and market volatility have us navigating new waters, experiencing more acutely than ever before how our financial lives are intertwined with our menta... More >>

5 steps to painting like a pro at home
(BPT) - Nothing transforms a home quite like a fresh coat of paint. In fact, painting your own house is one of the smartest and easiest DIY upgrades a homeowner can accomplish, especially as they find themselves spending more time at home. With 71% of homeowners undertaking improvement or renovatio... More >>

5 smart tips for cooking with beef at home
(BPT) - Families across the country are spending more time at home, which means home cooking has taken on new meaning. Using foods in your pantry and freezer to create meals everyone will love might seem challenging, but with a few tips and tricks, you'll be cooking wholesome dishes to please all p... More >>

ALA creates positive impact for veterans by opening doors to male spouses
(BPT) - In the calm air of Hodgenville, Ky., there’s a spirit of generosity. Whether it’s fixing a flat tire or borrowing a cup of sugar, the people of Hodgenville work to help out when they can. Brandan Roten feels this is a defining characteristic of the town he calls home. That&rsquo... More >>

Want hot water on demand? A retrofit home improvement makes it possible
(BPT) - What happens when you turn on the shower? In the typical North American home, cold water comes pouring out. Because this is a shock to the body, most people make it a habit to run the shower for a few minutes before getting in.Meanwhile, you might do something else as the water warms. In fa... More >>

Give your old vehicle a makeover
(BPT) - If you’re at home with time to work on a project, one of the things you can do is give your vehicle an updated look. The automotive aftermarket offers a variety of special products and accessories that will enable you to transform the appearance of any vehicle quickly, easily and affo... More >>

Top spring cleaning tips from the pros
(BPT) - With extra time at home right now, millions of Americans are taking the opportunity to address housekeeping tasks they haven’t gotten around to — from cleaning the mattress to scrubbing the washer and dryer. This is the year to do your best spring cleaning yet.You likely know th... More >>

Seniors with diabetes: Important questions to ask your doctor now
(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 >>

Connecting in kindness during troubling times
(BPT) - The theory that the world is interconnected to such a degree that the fluttering of a butterfly’s wing in Africa could cause a tornado in Arizona has been debated for over a century. One man wanted to try a similar experiment, but in kindness. Could one random act of kindness have the... More >>

Top Gardening Trends for 2020
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Fact vs. fiction: Drugs and alcohol in TV, movies and social media
(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.With more time being spen... More >>

5 tips to protect your network from hackers when staying at home
(BPT) - Being home 100% of the time has become the new norm for many Americans, as social distancing is implemented in communities across the country to slow the rapidly spreading COVID-19 pandemic. Connected devices are being used virtually nonstop, as the homebound stream shows to binge watch and... More >>

Caregiving and COVID-19: Tips for people with vulnerable family members
(BPT) - COVID-19 has dramatically shifted daily life for many people around the world. Nobody is immune, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and older adults and individuals with chronic health conditions are at higher risk of getting very sick from the Coronavirus.To prote... More >>

What you need to know before a roof project or repair
(BPT) - Think the roof over your head is just shingles? Beneath the visible shingles are essential components such as the roof deck, underlayment, cements and sealants. These layers help the roof stand up to the long-term harsh effects of sun, rain, ice and other conditions, extending the life and ... More >>

Before you buy a home, ask these 5 questions about the roof
(BPT) - Ready to make an offer on that perfect piece of real estate? Most homebuyers have a checklist of questions to ask the seller. Questions about the plumbing, heating and AC unit are common. But when searching for that dream home, one of the most important yet overlooked major items is directl... More >>

Seeking a cure for cabin fever? How about free TV and movies?
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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 >>

How to get complaints resolved without using customer service
(BPT) - Have you ever received an unfair bill and dreaded the typical fight with customer service to get it resolved? It might be a surprise charge from your cellphone provider, a bill from the cable company that just keeps increasing, or confusing contracts from your internet provider that renew i... More >>

4 steps to expertly green grass on a DIY budget
(BPT) - Having lush green grass is a delight for the senses. Not only does it look amazing, boost your mood and enhance your property value, but few things are better than walking barefoot through your yard or the fresh smell of grass on a warm, sunny day."Many people think you need to hire profess... More >>

Dig into gardening trends: Tips to get started
(BPT) - Just like fashion, trends in gardening come and go … and sometimes come back again. Some shifts in gardening were inspired by necessity, like the “victory gardens” of WWII for growing food during years of rationing. Others reflected societal changes, like the green lawns ... More >>

Turn your backyard into a safe space for healthy play
(BPT) - As Americans across the country retreat to their homes to help slow the spread of COVID-19, many are rediscovering the value of their yards as places to take in fresh air, engage their children in outdoor games and enjoy physical activity in a safe environment.3 tips for safe, healthy outdo... 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 >>

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 >>

Three Ways AI and Smart Tech Can Help Us Work More Efficiently at Home
(BPT) - Common Dilemmas of Working from Home and How AI Can HelpAs more people work from home in lieu of commuting to crowded corporate offices, people are in their homes in greater numbers than ever before balancing both job-related tasks and home responsibilities. From sticking to a set work sche... More >>

Eggs Beyond Breakfast? Yup. Here’s How!
(BPT) - Eggs are a classic breakfast food — and for good reason! They are loaded with high-quality vitamins and good fats, making them one of the most nutritious foods in the world. But eggs aren’t just for breakfast. You can add their superfood nutrition to just about any recipe, any t... More >>

Know a military child? Here's how to honor them and keep connections strong
(BPT) - Men and women in the United States armed forces give a lot for their country, but it's not just those enlisted that sacrifice. Estimates show there are more than a million military children of active duty members worldwide. These children are the nation's youngest heroes, often dealing with... 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 >>

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 >>

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 >>

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 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 >>

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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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 >>

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 >>

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 >>


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