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September 25, 2020

Global flavors for your weeknight meals
(BPT) - What turns a recipe into a weeknight favorite? How about something easy and packed with flavor that can be made partly in advance? Add excitement by exploring cuisines like those of North Africa, with flavor contrasts of spicy, sweet and tart. The following recipes use grapes as a fresh acc... More >>

Healthy sleep is vital for school success
(BPT) - Healthy sleep is vital for student success. Yet, a new survey from the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM) shows that many students are not getting enough sleep, according to more than half of American parents surveyed. No matter where classes are held — in-person, online or in ... More >>

Health coverage can set up young students for success
(BPT) - As a new school year kicks into gear, many students — and their families — are adjusting to a different learning environment. While back-to-school preparations this year may include setting up space for virtual learning at home, going back to the classroom, or a combination mode... More >>

5 surprising facts about beef and sustainability
(BPT) - Beef is a staple in cuisines worldwide, valued for its flavor and nutrition. However, recent conversations about sustainability and the beef industry’s commitment to continued improvement have led to research on the issue — which has only served to demonstrate that the beef indu... More >>

6 can't-miss Florida beach vacations for year-round travel
(BPT) - If you’re gearing up for a fall getaway or looking to use some of your remaining vacation days this year, Florida has plenty of family-friendly, affordable options for you to consider. These six Florida destinations should be at the top of your list, since they’re known for thei... More >>

Goldfish Crackers Celebrates National Family Day with Exclusive Giveaway
(BPT) - According to a new research study, Goldfish crackers uncovered that 91% of Americans who live with or visit children regularly feel that they would like to spend even more quality time with their family than they currently do! To encourage these family moments, Goldfish will release a one-o... More >>

Tired of takeout? Make your favorites at home instead
(BPT) - When you’re short on time and the family’s hungry, it’s all too tempting — and too easy — to fall back on takeout. But the truth is, you can probably save yourself a trip by making those same takeout items at home. With some simple planning and the right ingred... More >>

What to expect at your next dental visit
(BPT) - Going to the dentist has always been an important part of the overall health care routine. Even now, regular dental appointments are critical to good overall health and it is safe to see your dentist.You have questions. Will I be safe? Is my dental office following precautions? What should ... More >>

Why it's now, more than ever, important to get a flu vaccine
(BPT) - Flu causes millions of illnesses, hundreds of thousands of hospitalizations, and tens of thousands of deaths in the United States yearly. This year, because of the COVID-19 pandemic, it is more important than ever to get a flu vaccine to protect yourself, your family and your community from... More >>

5 simple tips to make family meals count
(BPT) - While coordinating regular family meals can sometimes be challenging, the benefits of spending time around the table with loved ones are definitely worth the extra effort. Family meals not only help strengthen relationship bonds, but can also be linked to higher self-esteem, positive social... More >>

After Her Unexpected Diagnosis, Danita Knew Her Sister’s Symptoms Required a Conversation With a Doctor
(BPT) - Shortness of breath. Heart palpitations. When Danita first noticed these occasional abnormalities, she didn’t give them much thought. After all, she figured, aging and menopause can bring their fair share of physical changes, and the feelings would always go away.“I’d be w... More >>

Back to school in the new normal: What teachers need most this fall
(BPT) - Heading back to school during the COVID-19 pandemic means most of our nation’s teachers are facing unprecedented challenges this year.Some teachers are implementing new rules, procedures and classroom configurations to limit the spread of the illness. Others are creating entirely new ... More >>

The benefits of biking for kids
(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 >>

Tips on Getting Your Kids (of All Ages) Involved in Planning Travel, According to a Family Psychologist
(BPT) - With travel mostly on pause, many people are spending time at home with their families, dreaming about their next vacation. This time together creates the perfect opportunity to engage the whole family in planning the next adventure and make memories before the trip even begins.While, tradi... More >>

Go with the flow: Why good circulation is important, especially now
(BPT) - When you think about circulation issues, cold hands and feet probably pop to mind. It’s true that cold extremities are frequently the result of poor blood circulation, especially if you have anemia, arterial disease, diabetes or hypothyroidism. But as your blood travels all over your ... More >>

How to help your student upgrade their college experience with Amazon Prime Student
(BPT) - Now that summer is behind us and the new school year is finally here, students are preparing for an untraditional year. Whether students are heading back to campus, attending the semester virtually or anything in between, Amazon has a great deal to help them out — Prime Student.Prime ... More >>

Treat Your Allergy Symptoms from Home and Avoid COVID-19 Fears
(BPT) - If you’re a seasonal allergy sufferer, there’s never been a better time to get your symptoms correctly diagnosed, treated and under control.Why? Thanks to greater accessibility, it’s easier than ever to take care of your symptoms from home, observing safe social distancing... More >>

3 essential tips to keep families healthy this fall
(BPT) - For many families across America, fall is viewed as a time to reset and create new rituals, especially with key moments like back-to-school. We all know common routines have been disrupted due to the COVID-19 pandemic, which makes parenting more challenging than ever. This year, preventing ... More >>

Pro tips for leveling up your battlestation
(BPT) - Whether you’re an avid or casual PC gamer, chances are you could improve your gameplay set-up. Most people develop their gaming station gradually, over time. The result? A hodgepodge of equipment and furniture that often falls short. The more you play, the more you may notice your set... More >>

Now is a good time to head back to your allergist
(BPT) - Since the coronavirus pandemic began, many Americans have canceled or postponed non-emergency doctor visits. At first, practices were temporarily closed, but later patients avoided visits out of fear of exposure to COVID-19.In a Kaiser Family Foundation tracking poll from May of this year, ... More >>

Tips to make the most of more time at home this fall
(BPT) - Between social distancing, quarantine, remote working and distance learning, it's likely you're at home more than you've ever been before. Add to this the change of seasons and dropping temperatures for the remainder of 2020 in most places across the country, and most families will be spend... More >>

Time for a financial checkup following changes to military benefits
(BPT) - There have been significant changes to military benefits over the last year affecting pay, retirement benefits, health insurance and GI Bill rules. The changes will affect different service members in different ways, but given that the global pandemic has affected almost everyone’s ph... More >>

3 tips for selecting the best travel rewards credit card
(BPT) - Planning your next vacation may not be at the top of your to-do list right now, but savvy travelers know that maximizing your future travel perks starts with a great rewards credit card.Use this article as a checklist while you’re on the hunt for a new travel rewards credit card.Tip 1... More >>

How to help your teen balance screen time in a virtual world
(BPT) - The new school year is here — and it may look a little different. Teens are gearing up for more homework, more papers, and especially this year, more screen time. As of March 2020, teen use of apps and digital services is up 70% in the U.S.(1), and 70% of kids ages 12 to 15 get more t... More >>

Top reasons fall is the perfect time to escape to the beach
(BPT) - You may think fall is time to put the sandals and sunscreen away, but autumn months offer a great opportunity to explore beaches near and far. Consider these eight reasons to escape to the beach with your family and create a fall you'll always remember.1. A change of scenery is good for men... More >>

Now more than ever, it is important to get a flu vaccine
(BPT) - Flu causes millions of illnesses, hundreds of thousands of hospitalizations, and tens of thousands of deaths in the United States yearly. This year, because of the COVID-19 pandemic, it is more important than ever to get a flu vaccine to protect yourself, your family and your community from... More >>

3 ways to keep senior pets happy and healthy
(BPT) - As members of the family, we love our pets unconditionally. We would do anything to ensure they live long and happy lives with us. That’s why as they age it is important to be aware of the different ways to care for our pets to help them remain healthy and energized as they reach seni... More >>

How moms really feel about navigating the pandemic and discovering silver linings
(BPT) - They've become teachers overnight. They go beyond kissing the occasional bump to now being on-call nurses. They've learned new skills to serve as coaches and mentors. Moms' roles have evolved tremendously during the global pandemic as they're stepping up to meet new challenges and support t... More >>

How to use yoga to engage kids during remote learning
(BPT) - Full-time, hybrid and supplemental distance learning have become a fundamental part of education. This isn't just a big adjustment for students; parents and teachers face new challenges as well. Whether you are trying to meaningfully connect with students over Zoom, or stay engaged at home,... More >>

From deductibles to donuts: Key terms to know about Medicare Part D
(BPT) - Navigating the ins and outs of Medicare can be an intimidating experience if you’re not familiar with certain terms.Medicare Part D, which helps cover prescription drug costs, has its own terminology. Medicare Annual Enrollment runs from Oct. 15 to Dec. 7, so now is a good time for a ... More >>

Caregiver self-care: Tips to help address your emotional health
(BPT) - Caregiving for a loved one can put a strain on even the most resilient people. Add in the uncertainties of the COVID-19 pandemic and it has the potential to feel challenging. This means that finding ways to thrive and continue to take care of your own well-being is more important than ever.... More >>

Get to know Medicare with these resources
(BPT) - Medicare’s Annual Enrollment Period is almost here — the time (Oct. 15 to Dec. 7) when people can make changes to their Medicare coverage for the year ahead.Thankfully, there are tools and resources to help you navigate the process and select a plan to meet your needs. Here&rsqu... More >>

New to Medicare? Choosing coverage for next year? Know these key dates
(BPT) - When can you sign up for Medicare? When can you switch plans if your health needs have changed? Understanding Medicare’s enrollment periods helps you get the coverage you need when you need it.If you’re signing up for Medicare for the first time, your enrollment window is unique... More >>

Medicare Part D: Three factors that could save you money
(BPT) - Many people are surprised to find out that Original Medicare doesn’t generally cover prescription drugs. For help with the cost of your medications, you can choose a stand-alone Part D plan or a Medicare Advantage plan with prescription drug coverage.With Medicare Annual Enrollment fa... More >>

5 tips for remote caregiving during COVID-19
(BPT) - If you’re one of the millions of caregivers in the United States, you know that COVID-19 — and the realities of social distancing and isolation — may complicate the day-to-day tasks of caregiving. But even now, it’s important to remember that you can continue to make... More >>

Midday slump? How to stay alert during the day
(BPT) - You’ve probably felt it — that time of day when your brain gets foggy and you have trouble concentrating. All you can think of is taking a nap. For some, it happens right before or after lunch, for others in the late afternoon. You may reach for a caffeinated beverage or sugary ... More >>

5 tips to help you thrive during stressful times
(BPT) - Life is unpredictable. Between these stressful times and your own personal challenges, you’re probably dealing with more today than perhaps ever. Stress can throw your body, emotions and routine off course, but sometimes even the worst of situations can provide a silver lining. A rece... More >>

Creating working environments for families to thrive
(BPT) - No one has escaped the effects of the pandemic, but working parents are struggling. Staring down a lack of childcare, new work-from-home situations, and insufficient support from employers or public resources, these individuals are nearing the end of their rope emotionally, and for many, fi... More >>

How to save money on monthly bills, with the help of your smart home
(BPT) - 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 outpost and a daycare facility. As homeowners ... More >>

Tips for keeping your home pest-free this fall
(BPT) - Autumn is a wonderful time of year — leaves show brilliant colors, there’s a refreshing crispness in the air — but, unfortunately, more bugs and rodents are finding their way into your home. As the season changes, insects and other critters are searching for places to hunk... More >>

Falling for overalls: how to style this wardrobe staple
(BPT) - Overalls are a classic and timeless staple that transcend time and generations, from their original roots as durable adult work wear to becoming modern trend pieces for children and adults alike. Overalls were a childhood staple for many and prove to be a mainstay still today. OshKosh B&rsq... More >>

Falling into home safety
(BPT) - While the crisp autumn air signals the change of seasons, it also brings fire safety risks associated with fall activities, such as getting cozy around a campfire and burning candles. While spending more time at home and cooking more indoors as cooler weather approaches, it is important to ... More >>

Be prepared: 5 steps to build your emergency fund
(BPT) - Many of life’s interruptions can’t be predicted. Not having funds set aside for unexpected problems can leave you racking up high credit card debt or putting yourself in other difficult financial straits.“When it comes to savings best practices, it is especially clear afte... More >>

How to enhance your next road trip in 4 easy steps
(BPT) - Travel might look different right now, but that doesn’t mean you can’t make the most of the journey. Whether it’s a day drive up the coast or an overnight camping trip in the mountains, you can still fuel a sense of adventure by simply getting behind the wheel. And with tr... More >>

3 simple ways to show love to kids during a unique back-to-school season
(BPT) - The butterflies in your stomach. The wonder in your eyes. The questions on your mind. You probably remember the mix of emotions at the start of a new school year. From nervousness to excitement — and everything in between — it's emotional for students of all ages.This back-to-sc... More >>

New survey: Americans are getting back on the road again
(BPT) - The COVID-19 pandemic has upended the lives of Americans in many ways, including making families from coast to coast cancel or postpone their vacation plans. However, a new survey, conducted on behalf of Toyota, reveals that nearly half of U.S. adults are planning to get out and take a trip... More >>

How to find safer alternatives to trendy European baby formulas
(BPT) - It’s no secret how much research parents put into raising a child, especially when it comes to nutrition for their baby.In recent years, American parents have taken interest in European baby formulas, believing them to be purer and more nutritious. As these formulas are not approved b... More >>

How to Prepare Youth for a Digital Workforce and an Uncertain Future
(BPT) - For young people preparing to enter the workforce, knowing how to secure a job is challenging enough — but now there are even more obstacles to overcome due to the COVID-19 pandemic. People around the country are experiencing greater difficulty adapting to everchanging work environmen... More >>

Parenting an online student? 5 reasons to include exercise
(BPT) - As the pandemic continues, health experts and physicians are concerned that with home and online schooling replacing in-person curricula — including PE classes — our children may not be getting the physical activity they need to promote their health. And that may be a bigger dea... More >>

Free Robot Companion Comforts Kids with Cancer [Infographic]
(BPT) - In 2018, Aflac debuted an innovation that revolutionized its 25-year, $146M commitment to childhood cancer research and treatment: My Special Aflac Duck®. Engineered with purpose to help kids cope with cancer, the duck can be ordered online by health care professionals free of charge an... More >>

Chronic pain management can’t wait for the end of the pandemic
(BPT) - When COVID-19 halted all non-essential health services, it begged the question — what types of care can’t be delayed? Treatment for chronic pain, for one. Not only is pain management essential care, it’s even more critical during stressful times.The good news is the pandem... More >>

How to use yoga to sleep better during the pandemic
(BPT) - Whether due to illness, altered work schedules, homeschooling or social distancing, COVID-19 has impacted us all personally. Stress levels are high, and the resulting anxiety makes it much harder to get a good night’s rest. Despite the efforts of the $70 billion sleep-aid industry, ma... More >>

Keep all kids safer by following these water safety tips
(BPT) - It might be heading toward the end of summer, but the weather is still warm around the country, and swimming to enjoy continued fun in the sun remains a warm-weather ritual that families love. Whether you’re at a lake, beach — or this season in particular, due to the COVID-19 re... More >>

Ease the transition from fun in the sun to bustling fall schedules [Video]
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5 simple ways to support teachers all year long
(BPT) - A love of learning and a passion for children is what makes teachers special. As COVID-19 impacted schools across the country earlier this year, teachers proved their agility in shifting gears quickly to teach students as effectively as possible. Now schools begin the 2020-21 school year, a... More >>

3 ways to break out of your echo chamber this election season
(BPT) - At a time when the nation is more divided than ever over politics, race and whether to wear a face mask, the opinion of one side is often not just opposed to that of the other side but incomprehensible.Living in separate digital spheres as well as different areas of the country, the two hal... More >>

4 options for an ideal outdoor space: Pick the one that’s right for you
(BPT) - If you dream of the perfect outdoor living space for 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 some tips ... More >>

5 car seat tips to keep your kids safe
(BPT) - From the moment your child is born, you do everything in your power to keep them safe. Most parents and caregivers know the importance of car seats for protecting children, but it’s also important to make sure you are choosing and using them correctly. Free online resources can help.C... More >>

Maintaining oral health in the time of coronavirus
(BPT) - Since the beginning of the pandemic, many normal aspects of everyday life have been put on hold — including dental checkups. For months dental offices were closed, or available only for dental emergencies. Now dental offices are opening again, with new health and protocols to help pro... More >>

Making Everyday Meals that Connect to Your Hispanic Heritage
(BPT) - Across the U.S., over half of consumers have reported cooking at home more often during the pandemic and 49% of consumers have reported eating together as a family more often due to COVID-19.1 In turn, Google searches for “online cooking classes” have increased fivefold2 and &ld... More >>

Don’t let COVID-19 Prevent Your Child’s Annual Doctor Visit
(BPT) - The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted the way of life in our state, in our country and across the world. In recent months, stay-at-home orders, mask wearing and social distancing measures have created a “new normal,” and all of us have put activities on hold to reduce the spread o... More >>

Tips for easy backyard barbecues
(BPT) - Summer may look different this year, but you can get family or a small group of friends outside for a BBQ, even while social distancing. Not only does the food taste better on the barbecue, but getting outside is also the perfect way to relieve your cabin fever.Here are some tips to make yo... More >>

Have pets, will travel? Check out these pro tips on traveling with your furry friends
(BPT) - There’s nothing like hitting the open road with your best friend, especially when they happen to have a furry face, four legs and a tail. While dogs and cats love being around their favorite humans 24-7, travel can be stressful for pets, especially if they’re out of their routin... More >>

COVID-19 Impacts Treatment Access for Many with Serious Mental Illness — The Mental Health Ecosystem has Responded
(BPT) - Sponsored by Alkermes, Inc.COVID-19 presented new challenges that have taken a toll on our nation’s collective mental health. In fact, nearly half of U.S. adults report that their mental health has been negatively impacted during the pandemic. As the pandemic wears on, the mental heal... More >>

3 DIY projects that will instantly improve your home’s value
(BPT) - Buying a home is exciting. 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: Update the... More >>

5 tips for making your bathroom a relaxation station
(BPT) - As Americans are spending more time at home in response to the pandemic, many are looking for ways to turn their living spaces into retreats of calm, comfort and well-being.For some people, that’s meant major renovations. For others, it’s meant making select improvements designe... More >>

Back-to-School Moments When Kids Need Extra Love [Infographic]
(BPT) - This back-to-school season is not in any lesson plan. From children spending time away from home to parents moonlighting as teachers and coaches, everyone needs a little more love right now. A national survey by Rice Krispies Treats with real parents and kids uncovered the key moments when ... More >>

Become A Gaming Superstar: Top Tips From A Professional Gaming Team
(BPT) - You’re more likely to be a gamer than you think! Do you match gems, launch birds, farm gold for virtual gear, or create words with your friends? You’re a gamer — one of the estimated 2.5 billion in the world! Streaming gaming content is now nearly as popular as binge watch... More >>

Tips to make hand washing fun and effective for the whole family
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How to care for your eyes while working from home
(BPT) - If you are one of the many people now working or attending school from home, you know that there are many challenges involved. One of the major changes to your life may be how much time you’re now spending staring at a screen for hours at a time.If you’re feeling the effects of ... More >>

Detecting autism: What every parent should know about screening
(BPT) - For a child with autism, an early diagnosis is one of the most important steps to help them achieve their brightest possible future. That’s why, even in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, it’s vital for families to look out for the signs of autism in young children and seek d... More >>

How to help your children cope with the pandemic
(BPT) - By Dr. Bela Sood, MD, child and adolescent psychiatrist and senior mental health policy professor at Children's Hospital of Richmond at VCU.This pandemic is unlike anything we’ve ever experienced, so how can we help our children cope, especially when we're also feeling anxious? The ke... More >>

What you need to know before scheduling a well-child visit
(BPT) - Over the past several months, families have been helping stop the spread of COVID-19 and keeping their loved ones safe by staying home as much as possible. As communities across the country begin to reopen, you can help your child stay healthy by keeping any scheduled appointments for well-... More >>

4 ways the FTC’s new contact lens rule impacts you
(BPT) - Do you wear contact lenses? If so, then you should know about a new rule that would negatively impact you and the 45 million Americans who rely on contacts to see clearly.The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) recently finalized their Contact Lens Rule that creates new and unnecessary contact l... More >>

5 Home Security Tips for National Preparedness Month
(BPT) - As many regions approach peak hurricane season — and others face dangerous wildfire and flooding periods of the year — it’s imperative to take proactive steps to ensure loved ones and irreplaceable assets stay protected, even in the most unexpected circumstances. “Pr... More >>

The smarter way to buy a home
(BPT) - Are you considering buying a home? Are you looking for a way to buy without depleting your savings? If so, you should know there are ways to qualify for a mortgage sooner than you think and for less. Insured low down payment mortgages are affordable and safe loan options that are offered by... More >>

Back to school: How to set up your kids for success in 2020
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Little-known facts about a 40-year-old potato chip favorite
(BPT) - Potato chips continue to hold the number one spot in the hearts of families from coast to coast as the quintessential snack of choice. Whether they’re being enjoyed from the comfort of your own home during a family get-together or at a backyard barbecue, the crunchy, salty snack alway... More >>

5 ways to protect your family – people and pets – from germs
(BPT) - -Chances are, you've developed all kinds of new routines to help keep your family safer and healthier due to the pandemic. However, many people have given less attention to the four-legged members of the family.While it appears that the likelihood of humans catching COVID-19 from animals is... More >>

How to start the best back-to-school routines
(BPT) - Back-to-school time can be exciting for kids, but it can also be a challenging transition for the whole family. This fall, whether your kids are back in the classroom or participating in remote e-learning, it helps to develop a routine that works — and then stick to it. In fact, tryin... More >>

Take advantage of breakfast as a key family moment
(BPT) - According to a recent survey commissioned by General Mills’ Big G cereals, 70% of parents say the biggest morning challenge is to sit down and have breakfast as a family.[1] However, with the pandemic shaking up the usual morning routines, 73% of parents with school-aged children now ... More >>

Tips to create the ultimate backyard movie night
(BPT) - Backyard movie nights are trending in summer 2020. Whether you want a romantic evening with your partner, a fun family activity for all ages or a memorable event with friends, backyard movie nights are a great option that can be planned again and again.To create the ultimate movie night, yo... More >>

The latest in home fire safety
(BPT) - While the office, school and home now share one roof, keeping your house and family safe has never been more important. Thanks to enhanced safety technology, you can better protect against the threats of smoke, fire and carbon monoxide (CO), allowing you to go about your busy lifestyle with... More >>

Make your BBQ extra tasty with these 7 bean sides
(BPT) - If you’re planning a family BBQ or hosting a socially distanced outdoor party, you may be searching for new ways to bring pizzazz to your sides. Look no further than beans, the versatile and healthy legumes that are an essential ingredient for a wide range of tasty dishes, from salads... More >>

4 ways to get ready for school no matter where you’re learning
(BPT) - The new school year will look different for everyone this year, but whether students are gearing up for an in-person, online or hybrid learning experience, the right school supplies can help keep them motivated and productive all year long.Now more than ever, teachers and parents are headin... More >>

Fun in the sun: 5 things you should know to ride a watercraft
(BPT) - In this new era of staycations and social distancing, there has been a heightened interest in outdoor recreational activities, especially with watersports and watercraft. According to the National Marine Manufacturers Association, watercraft sales are up as much as 75% compared to last year... More >>

7 simple tips to stay organized for back-to-school 2020
(BPT) - Whether it's the first day of middle school or the first day away at college, students of all ages are preparing for a new school year. Students might be learning at home, in the classroom or a combination of both, so now is the time to get organized and prepared to help you tackle the year... More >>

Epic fashion moments: Take a brief peek at the evolution of underwear
(BPT) - From tag-free boxer briefs and seamless bikinis to weightless cotton fabrics and moisture wicking technology, there’s a go-to type of underwear for everyone. Influenced by notable pop culture moments and the evolving fashion industry, underwear styles have taken huge leaps throughout ... More >>

Ease budget burdens by switching cellphone carriers — here's how
(BPT) - Access to cellular service during the COVID-19 pandemic has become more essential than ever, whether for staying connected to family and friends as you remain socially distant, getting the latest news, or reaching medical providers.But with the economic impact of the crisis, millions have a... More >>

Cocktail railing and more: 5 trends for your deck
(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 >>

4 reasons why pre-planning your funeral Is the best gift you can give your kids
(BPT) - Death and dying can be a challenging subject to broach, even with loved ones. No one likes to consider the possibility of losing a mother or father, and parents don’t want to leave their children in a predicament during incredibly challenging times. As parents, the best gift to give y... More >>

Meet the voice-activated diabetes expert for free 24/7 help and support
(BPT) - Managing insulin-dependent diabetes is no easy task. Often, people living with diabetes could really use an expert close by who can answer questions and motivate them to stay on their management plans. Now, that someone is Sulli the Diabetes Guru.Sulli the Diabetes Guru, a new, free voice-a... More >>

More Lives are at Risk Now – And Not Just Due to COVID-19
(BPT) - Many Americans have adjusted to a “new normal” during the COVID-19 pandemic, from embracing takeout, avoiding crowds and mastering virtual get-togethers to delaying elective healthcare procedures. Yet at least one important thing hasn’t changed: if you experience a serious... More >>

Back to school tips and tricks to ace this school season [Video]
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Great grilling ideas for easy home-cooked meals
(BPT) - Any summer day is the perfect day to fire up the grill. Simple or elaborate, gas or charcoal — any type of grill can impart flavors and textures that make home-cooked meals extra special. No need to cook indoors and heat up the kitchen when the outdoor grill is ready to go.Enjoy outdo... More >>

5 Tips for parents to be the best backyard coaches possible
(BPT) - With so many youth leagues cancelled this year, families across the country are missing the time spent together during the athletic season. Fortunately, even though the official season may not have happened, you can still inspire your children to enjoy the benefits of the game.While on-fiel... More >>

How to keep youth active outdoors – and safe – this summer
(BPT) - While this has been a challenging year with many youth sports leagues and activities in play at limited capacity or canceled entirely, the good news is there are still plenty of ways kids can stay active and healthy.Healthcare professionals agree that physical activity is critical for child... More >>

Cooking rut? These 10 easy ideas inspire instant creativity in the kitchen
(BPT) - Due to quarantine and social distancing measures, Americans have found themselves cooking more at home than ever before. However, after creating some of the same meals week after week, many are starting to lack inspiration and hitting a home-cooking rut. To shake things up in the kitchen, c... More >>

How to take charge of your health: 9 tips to try
(BPT) - Women have the power to proactively take control of their feminine health during all stages of life from the first period through post-partum, during perimenopause and beyond.Maria Sophocles, MD, OB/GYN, the Medical Director of Women’s Healthcare of Princeton, offers these tips to hel... More >>

The pandemic’s financial (and emotional) toll on Americans
(BPT) - Unfortunately, no matter how hard some people work to be financially responsible, obstacles outside their control can sometimes prevent a person’s ability to keep up. In fact, Prudential’s 2020 Financial Wellness Census found that both before and during the pandemic, nearly half... More >>

3 ways families can better prepare for the school year
(BPT) - The beginning of a new school year always means change, but this back-to-school season will look a bit different. Whether students are taught virtually or in a classroom environment, it will create challenges for teachers, families and kids alike. Kleenex® brand child wellness expert an... More >>

What every parent needs to know about myopia
(BPT) - Did you know school vision exams can miss up to 75% of children's vision problems such as myopia, or nearsightedness? Even vision tests given by your child's pediatrician are not as comprehensive as an exam by an eye doctor, and can miss crucial early signs of eye disease.Myopia, a conditio... More >>

Now’s a good time to start saving for college
(BPT) - With the end of an unconventional school year, parents around the country are faced with the daunting challenge of saving for their children’s college education. The cost of college is rising, and many American households are already wrestling with their existing student debt. Accordi... More >>

How does telehealth really compare to in-person health care?
(BPT) - Following the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic in the United States, the adoption of telehealth services has been on the rise and people are turning to digital technology more than ever to address their personal health care needs without having to leave their homes.But while many have begu... More >>

How to have a happy and hydrated kid
(BPT) - We’re in the thick of the dog days of summer, and as the temperature continues to swelter, don’t forget to start thinking about how to help keep your kids hydrated. Sounds easy, right? You might be surprised. According to the American Journal of Public Health,* 1 in 2 kids is un... More >>

Superhero moms: Multitasking mavens amid the pandemic [Infographic]
(BPT) - Today's moms are real-life superheroes. Check out some statistics that show how these multitasking mavens are dealing with the pandemic, as well as a savvy suggestion for simplifying each day.... More >>

7 key ways to cover your child's college costs this fall
(BPT) - Right now, summer is in full swing for many families and planning for fall may seem far away. For parents with college-bound children, however, a time for new beginnings, transitioning and planning for the future is rapidly approaching. That’s especially true for families who are stil... More >>

6 cherry-licious health benefits to preserve year-round
(BPT) - It’s hard to beat summertime and its boon of fresh produce harvested at the peak of flavor, from farm-fresh vegetables to sun-ripened superfruits like sweet cherries. A surge in sweet cherry research in recent years has uncovered six health-promoting benefits packed into these snackab... More >>

Protect your child’s health: Don’t delay well-child visits
(BPT) - Over the past several months, families have been helping stop the spread of COVID-19 and keeping their loved ones safe by staying home as much as possible. As communities across the country begin to reopen, you can help your child stay healthy by keeping any scheduled appointments for well-... More >>

Benefits to creating tasty meals with your family
(BPT) - Cooking at home is not just about getting dinner on the table. Creating meals together benefits your family in many ways, well beyond helping ensure everyone in the household likes what they eat.Here are five reasons to involve your children in meal prep.1. Kids learn a lotIt’s amazin... More >>

How the right kind of sugar makes all the difference
(BPT) - Everyone is becoming more health conscious today, and that means people are paying closer attention to what they are eating throughout the day — from items that are bought at the store to food that’s made at home. The hard part for consumers is interpreting food labels, especial... More >>

RDN shares top 5 immune boosting foods
(BPT) - The food choices you make can help you feel more energized and focused, but what some people may not realize is they also have a profound impact on your immune system. Incorporating certain foods into your diet can boost your immunity and help you feel your best."In today’s uncertain ... More >>

Back-to-school survival list, 2020 edition
(BPT) - There’s no doubt about it, the end of the last school year was tough on parents, teachers and students alike. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, schools closed throughout the country, challenging everyone with the task of keeping education going at home — for kids in elementary sc... More >>

Saving Babies' Lives – The Importance of Newborn Screening in all 50 States for Spinal Muscular Atrophy, Leading Genetic Cause of Infant Death
(BPT) - Regina Philipps’ son, Shane, was born a happy, healthy and strong baby — holding his head up on his own, rolling, and pushing himself up on his arms. But at six months old, Regina noticed something might be wrong.“He started moving less, and some of the strength he had see... More >>

Making memories: 4 fun, simple summer outings for your whole family
(BPT) - Summer is a time for making family memories, and that doesn't need to be different this season even if some of the destinations on your agenda are now inaccessible due to social distancing guidelines.Fortunately, there’s plenty of fun, joy and activity to be had this summer while stil... More >>

The push to the suburbs drives demand for smaller, flexible space away from cities
(BPT) - As businesses strive to carry on normal operations during COVID-19, many are seeking smaller, suburban work areas that let their employees find meaningful connections while avoiding crowded buildings, throngs of people and long, stressful commutes to the city.Companies are already enabling ... More >>

5 tips to financially prepare for college this fall
(BPT) - For many students starting or returning to school this fall, the experience may be far different from what they envisioned last year. In response to COVID-19, a number of colleges and universities are temporarily moving to virtual learning models. At the same time, there are colleges and un... More >>

Boating is booming: How to ride the wave of demand and get top dollar for your boat
(BPT) - Not only is it peak boating season, but the impact of COVID-19 has inspired a renewed interest in boats from coast-to-coast as people start getting outside and enjoying the water while maintaining social distancing.Boat Trader — boating's largest online marketplace — confirmed t... More >>

6 Fun Facts About How People Are Snacking in Summer 2020
(BPT) - The majority of Americans (86%) agree that summer will look different this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, according to the latest U.S. Snack Index from Frito-Lay, which looked at how consumers are snacking this summer.The U.S. Snack Index found that indulging in favorite snacks can hel... More >>

From fun themes to top technology: Here's what you need for an epic backyard movie night
(BPT) - Canceled camps, postponed trips, closed pools and more — summer 2020 is shaping up to be very different for families across the country. While you may not be able to do some activities, that doesn't mean you can't make lasting memories while enjoying time together. You just have to th... More >>

3 tips to create a deliciously hearty ‘dip for dinner’
(BPT) - First, it was breakfast foods for supper. Then, it was grilled chicken in breakfast sandwiches. Now, the next mealtime frontier is “dip for dinner.”Make dinnertime hassle-free and adventurous by scooping a layer of flavorful goodness onto Town House® Dippers, a new cracker t... More >>

How are we equipping students to succeed in science?
(BPT) - Scientists across the world are charging forward in the fight to prevent and treat COVID-19. And they’re harnessing the latest tech and science as they press down on the accelerator at a speed unattainable to date.But another fight is also playing out during this unprecedented challen... More >>

Shifting gears: More Americans get back behind the wheel
(BPT) - The COVID-19 pandemic has had an undeniable, unavoidable impact on our world — from the way we conduct business, to how we shop for groceries. It has shifted our idea of what is important in life, and according to Hankook Tire’s latest Gauge Index, Americans say spending time wi... More >>

4 tips from a dermatologist to keep skin protected during backyard summer fun
(BPT) - Summer is here, which means fun outdoor activities for kids will fill the long, sunny days. While the season is typically marked by family vacations and trips to the beach, new memories can be created right in the backyard or driveway! When used to its fullest potential, your outdoor space ... More >>

Three creative road trips and the tires needed to get you there
(BPT) - Are you ready to hit the road?Sooner or later, it'll be time to load up the car and launch a new journey.Many Americans have been thinking about where that next journey is going to be, and for many, the destination will be closer to home this year. But deciding where to go is only the start... More >>

How self-determination is changing elderly and disability care in the age of COVID-19
(BPT) - The threat of COVID-19 in nursing homes and assisted living facilities has led elderly individuals and people with disabilities or underlying health conditions to seek safer administration of their care. For some, the most desirable place to receive ongoing services is in their own homes. A... More >>

Thinking about a road trip? How to get back behind the wheel safely
(BPT) - As the nation considers a safe and socially-distant return to work and travel, states are loosening restrictions on stay-at-home orders. As your car may have sat relatively idle over the last few months, the following tips can help ensure your vehicle is ready when you are, while you, the d... More >>

Caregiver Fatigue in a Global Pandemic
(BPT) - The past few months have been a challenging time for all of us. As difficult as COVID-19 has been for the general population, people serving in a caregiving role — whether in the long term for someone living with a disease or injury or short term for someone who has contracted COVID-1... More >>

Patient with kidney disease feels hopeful at home during COVID-19 pandemic
(BPT) - For the last three years, Terry McCallum, 75, has been receiving dialysis treatments from the comfort of his home. When he initially considered the change from in-center hemodialysis (ICHD) to peritoneal dialysis (PD), it was because he was having a hard time adjusting to dialysis and exper... More >>

How to Keep the Spirit of Summer Camp Alive: 5 Easy Activities for the Family
(BPT) - While this summer may feel a bit different, for families with young children, the extra time at home is the perfect opportunity to get creative and explore new ways to have fun — right in your own backyard.Your kids may not be able to participate in traditional summer camp experiences... More >>

Brighten summertime dishes with fresh grapes
(BPT) - Warmer weather is finally here, and that means more daylight for activities of all types and ideally more time for relaxation. Whether family members choose to spend their time playing outside, tackling home projects or getting creative with crafts, it’s easy to work up an appetite fo... More >>

Expert tips to help people living with diabetes prepare for low blood sugar events
(BPT) - People living with diabetes know that the condition comes with highs and lows — especially when it comes to managing blood sugar. For those on insulin, blood sugar can get so low that it’s considered a medical emergency (known as severe hypoglycemia or a very low blood sugar eme... More >>

Worried you may have COVID-19? Here’s what you can do
(BPT) - Whether you’ve had exposure to someone who tested positive for COVID-19, have symptoms you’re worried about, or you belong to a vulnerable population (such as being over 65), you may be worried. You also may be unsure about how or where to get tested. It’s understandable t... More >>

How to get paid sick leave if you fear you have COVID-19
(BPT) - Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, workers everywhere have struggled with what to do about their jobs if they have symptoms they fear may be due to the coronavirus.For essential workers, and for those whose workplaces are beginning to open up again, this is a very real dilemma. If you’ve g... More >>

7 ways technology can help you make the most of your summer
(BPT) - With summer upon us and travel plans likely on hold, it’s time to figure out what’s on your family’s summer bucket list. Whether it's learning a new language, reading one book a week or exploring your culinary skills, there are many different ways a smart home with Amazon ... More >>

How teachers can prepare for successful distance learning this fall
(BPT) - The COVID-19 pandemic has been the most disruptive event in the history of K-12 education, closing 120,000 schools and affecting 55 million students in the U.S.And educators have been challenged like never before. According to a survey commissioned by University of Phoenix, K-12 teachers of... More >>

Sweet relief! 4 reasons to reach for fresh cherries when coping with stress
(BPT) - Stress is a common part of anyone’s life, and individuals have long sought natural remedies to alleviate it. Surveys have shown that Americans are turning to plant-based diets for reasons such as improving overall well-being and mood, and with good reason. Many fruits and vegetables c... More >>

The water is open: 5 tips to relax and recharge on a boat this summer
(BPT) - Looking to get away this summer while social distancing? With annual traditions such as camps and sporting events cancelled, the best way to seek relief and recharge with your loved ones may be to “Get On Board” for a summer on the water. Recent data suggests that interest in fi... More >>

How to Make the Most of Summer Holidays This Year
(BPT) - While traditions may be a bit different this summer, some things can still remain the same. Finding new ways to celebrate our favorite summer holidays make for a great opportunity to reunite with small groups of friends and family members — safely. With a little thought and creativity... More >>

Stage-struck kid? 5 virtual ways to boost skills this summer
(BPT) - Has your son memorized the entire "Hamilton" cast recording? Maybe your daughter knows all the dance moves from "Newsies." Or perhaps your kid has already had a leading role in their school production.If your child has a strong interest in the performing arts on or off the stage, consider t... More >>

Sophisticated soak: 3 stylish ways to add a freestanding bathroom tub
(BPT) - Whether it's a new build, remodel or update, freestanding tubs are a top trend in bathroom spaces. These showstopping centerpieces elevate the visual aesthetic of the room while adding to the overall value of the property. While in high demand, many homeowners have questions about the compl... More >>

5 tips: Now's a prime time for a car seat safety review
(BPT) - Although many families aren’t driving as much these days, it’s always important to make sure you are keeping your kids as safe as possible in the car.Now that we’re spending more time at home, this is a good time for parents and caregivers to brush up on expert advice for ... More >>

5 ways teens can learn good money habits
(BPT) - If you’re a tween or teen trying to earn money or save for a goal, it can be hard to sort out the mixed messages about money you hear from the media, your friends — and even your family. Sometimes parents don't like talking about money, or they may not always practice what they ... More >>

4 reasons to support your local bakery this summer
(BPT) - COVID-19 has sent many businesses into a tailspin. According to a recent study, more than 100,000 small businesses have closed since the beginning of the pandemic. For those businesses able to reopen, it's usually for limited hours with limited offerings, which dramatically cuts profit. Unl... More >>

Do the math: Buying a home now may be more affordable and save some cash
(BPT) - At a time when the strength of the U.S. economy and personal finance is on most renters’ minds, low down payment mortgage options are more appealing than ever. With mortgage interest rates being at historic lows, it is possible to qualify for a home loan while keeping a rainy day fund... More >>

Finding unity under the American flag during COVID-19
(BPT) - Some moments are etched in our national memory — and the American flag stands at the center of them. Six U.S. Marines raising the flag over Iwo Jima during World War II. Buzz Aldrin saluting the flag on the moon’s surface in 1969. Three New York firefighters hoisting the flag ab... More >>

4 smart steps to manage cat allergens at home
(BPT) - As millions of Americans spend unprecedented amounts of time at home, it also means spending unprecedented amounts of time with their pets. And for cat owners who have sensitivities to cat allergens, this can create unforeseen challenges.According to a recent study by the Human Animal Bond ... More >>

Finding Strength in Weakness: Living with Myasthenia Gravis
(BPT) - “I tell people it feels like when you're drunk, but without the alcohol. So that means you can't see straight, you can't walk straight, you can't talk. You’re wobbly and all over the place. That's how I feel when I am having a myasthenia gravis flare up.”Leah Gaitan-Diaz w... More >>

4 reasons parents should talk to their kids about a career in auditing
(BPT) - Talking to high-school kids about careers can be hard. Many parents want to help their kids choose a fulfilling career that offers stability and growth potential, but kids often come to career conversations with their own wish lists.A new documentary premiering on public television starting... More >>

Four things to consider when rescheduling elective surgery
(BPT) - For the past few months, patients around the country have had to postpone elective surgery due to the COVID-19 pandemic. If you’re one of them, you're probably wondering when you may hear from your doctor about rescheduling that surgery. As states begin easing restrictions, hospitals ... More >>

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 >>

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 >>


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