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Wednesday 01/29/2020
Find the Perfect Engagement Ring this Valentine's Day
Updated: March 19, 2020 - 2:34 am

(NewsUSA) - Preparing to pop the question this Valentine's Day, but unsure how to choose the right engagement ring? Read on for all the tools you need to make the perfect pick!

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Thursday 04/02/2020
Keeping Senior Loved Ones Close When a Physical Visit Isn't Possible
Posted: April 02, 2020

(NewsUSA) - On a typical day, the average person doesn't think about how it feels to go days with little human connection or interaction.

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Friday 03/27/2020
Company Steps Up to Keep Health Care Workers Healthy
Posted: March 27, 2020

(NewsUSA) - As the ongoing spread of the novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) reshapes American lives by the day, and sometimes by the hour, the health and stability of the nation's essential work force, namely our health care workers and first responders, remains paramount.

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Wednesday 03/18/2020
How Your Business Can Survive The Coronavirus
Posted: March 18, 2020

(NewsUSA) - As the world has hit the metaphorical panic button during the rise of Coronavirus (Covid-19) cases worldwide, the daily reality for people and businesses is rapidly changing.

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Wednesday 03/04/2020
5 Interesting Things You May Not Know About the Peace Corps
Posted: March 04, 2020

(StatePoint) A lot has changed about the world since the Peace Corps was founded nearly six decades ago, but its mission remains the same: to promote world peace and friendship between Americans and people around the world. Established 59 years ago, the agency and former volunteers nationwide recently celebrated its anniversary.

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Friday 01/17/2020
Hollywood Legends Recruit Military Caregiver Champions
Posted: January 17, 2020

(NAPSI)—Academy Award winner Tom Hanks is rallying the nation behind America’s military caregivers with help from the legacy of a legend, Bob Hope. Hanks launched the Military Caregiver Champion program with the Elizabeth Dole Foundation to fund resources for the 5.5 million Americans voluntarily caring for a loved one who was wounded, made ill or injured through military service. Hope’s daughter, Linda Hope, was the first to join the campaign, donating $1 million on behalf of the Bob and Dolores Hope Foundation.

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Friday 01/10/2020
Sorting Through the Research on Aspirin
Updated: March 05, 2020 - 2:30 am

(NewsUSA) - Sponsored News - When you think of over-the-counter (OTC) medicines, it would be hard not to think of aspirin: one of the most common, useful, safe, and effective OTC medicines in the world. But there has been a flurry of media coverage recently regarding aspirin, particularly concerning whether people should continue taking it for cardiovascular benefits. These news reports were the result of an updated 2019 primary prevention guidelines issued by the American College of Cardiology (ACC) and the American Heart Association (AHA). Unfortunately, some of the media coverage has potentially created confusion for Americans who are taking aspirin.

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Monday 01/06/2020
Choosing Schools - All Kids Learn Differently
Updated: January 09, 2020 - 2:43 am

(NewsUSA) - Later this month, the nation's largest-ever celebration of educational opportunity will kick off. During National School Choice Week (Jan 26-Feb 1), 50,000 events and activities around the nation will raise awareness about K-12 education choices.

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Choosing Schools - All Kids Learn Differently
Updated: March 04, 2020 - 2:46 am

(NewsUSA) - Later this month, the nation's largest-ever celebration of educational opportunity will kick off. During National School Choice Week (Jan 26-Feb 1), 50,000 events and activities around the nation will raise awareness about K-12 education choices.

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Wednesday 12/11/2019
Lighting Up The Holidays For Children In The Hospital
Posted: December 11, 2019

(NAPSI)—The holidays may be the most wonderful time of the year, but the reality is, many children won’t be able to enjoy time with family at home. Instead of shopping for gifts and trimming the tree, countless children will be in the hospital, fighting to get stronger. Missing family traditions. Missing holiday events. Missing waking up to see that Santa has visited.

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Friday 12/06/2019
Sisters Reunited After 72 Years Apart
Posted: December 06, 2019

(NAPSI)—Armed conflict, international disasters and migration can mean tragic separation for too many families. But there is hope—and you can play a role.

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Thursday 04/02/2020
Keeping Senior Loved Ones Close When a Physical Visit Isn't Possible
Posted: April 02, 2020

(NewsUSA) - On a typical day, the average person doesn't think about how it feels to go days with little human connection or interaction.

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Wednesday 04/01/2020
Free Family Entertainment from Home
Updated: April 03, 2020 - 2:32 am

(Family Features) As people from coast to coast hunker down at home, some with children, taking a mental break from a new and unfamiliar lifestyle with the world of entertainment can be a way to relax and disconnect.

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How to Find the Right Dog for Your Family
Updated: April 03, 2020 - 2:32 am

(Family Features) Adding a four-legged friend to the family is no small decision, and it’s easy to get distracted by sweet eyes pleading to be taken home. Becoming a dog parent is a major commitment, so it’s important to do your research and make well-informed choices before deciding on a new dog.

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Invite the Outdoors In
Updated: April 03, 2020 - 2:32 am

(Family Features) Despite the comfort and convenience it affords, modern society is contributing to a vanishing relationship with the natural environment. However, there are plenty of ways to bring nature indoors to reap the benefits of an earthy connection inside your home.

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Tap into Employer Benefit Resources in Times of Uncertainty
Posted: April 01, 2020

(Family Features) For many American workers, how they do their jobs dramatically changed with the spread of COVID-19. Some have shifted to working from home while others moved to part-time or reduced hours.

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5 Tips to Spring Clean Your Spices
Updated: April 06, 2020 - 2:32 am

(Family Features) One area of the kitchen that is often overlooked when it comes to spring cleaning is the area home chefs keep their spices, whether it’s a cabinet, rack or drawer. Keeping your spices fresh and organized is a smart way to create faster, more flavorful meals.

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Add Joy to Spring Cleaning
Updated: April 06, 2020 - 2:32 am

(Family Features) While spring cleaning can be crucial in keeping your home in tip-top shape, especially for DIYers who find inspiration in the bright season for new home decor projects, the annual ritual can also feel overwhelming.

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Maintenance Tips for a More Reliable Ride
Posted: April 01, 2020

4 things to know for National Car Care Month

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5 Tips for 1st Foods for Babies
Updated: April 06, 2020 - 2:32 am

(Family Features) Ask any parent what he or she remembers most about a child’s first year and you’re likely to hear quite a bit about sleep schedules. However, a baby’s eating schedule is just as important as his or her sleep.

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5 Hacks for Greener, Happier Living
Updated: April 06, 2020 - 2:32 am

(Family Features) Whether you take shorter showers, reduce food waste or make eco-minded choices at the grocery store, adopting one simple habit can make a difference in protecting Earth’s natural resources. These simple, renewable lifestyle changes may even affect your personal mindset.

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Friday 04/03/2020
What you need to know before a roof project or repair
Updated: April 06, 2020 - 2:32 am

(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 beauty of your home.

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Before you buy a home, ask these 5 questions about the roof
Updated: April 06, 2020 - 2:32 am

(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 directly overhead and should top the checklist.

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Thursday 04/02/2020
Keeping Senior Loved Ones Close When a Physical Visit Isn't Possible
Posted: April 02, 2020

(NewsUSA) - On a typical day, the average person doesn't think about how it feels to go days with little human connection or interaction.

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Wednesday 04/01/2020
Top Tips to Deep Clean this Spring
Updated: April 06, 2020 - 2:32 am

(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 extra cleaning in the household. While in the past it might have been more about simply dusting hard-to-reach corners and cleaning out the fridge, this year it’s also about deep cleaning and disinfecting for health and safety.

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4 steps to expertly green grass on a DIY budget
Updated: April 06, 2020 - 2:32 am

(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.

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Dig into gardening trends: Tips to get started
Updated: April 06, 2020 - 2:32 am

(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 of the 1950s and 1960s, when families spent more time playing and entertaining in their yards than ever before. If you look further into the past, to the 1920s, you see a trend that’s on the rise again — a yearning for going back to nature, celebrating a lush, green and bird-friendly environment. Those gardens overflowed with all sorts of greenery, fishponds, birdbaths and bird feeders.

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The personal and economic burden of traumatic brain injury
Updated: April 06, 2020 - 2:32 am

(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.

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Turn your backyard into a safe space for healthy play
Updated: April 06, 2020 - 2:32 am

(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.

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Tips for living your best life with hand tremor
Updated: April 06, 2020 - 2:32 am

(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 know what that's like.

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Tuesday 03/31/2020
Colic, diaper rash, allergies and more: Why infant gut health is key to a healthier baby
Updated: April 06, 2020 - 2:32 am

(BPT) - When you become a parent, there are many things you expect and some you just can't anticipate. You'll probably be overwhelmed with how much you can love a tiny human, you'll realize new levels of exhaustion as you wake up all night long for feedings and changing diapers and you'll have a new favorite subject that you’ve never discussed before: poop.

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Saturday 04/04/2020
During COVID-19, Take Simple Steps to Establish a New Normal
Posted: April 04, 2020

(StatePoint) It’s always the right time to commit to healthy habits, behaviors and steps to improve your physical and mental health. With the COVID-19 pandemic creating so much uncertainty and upending so many routines, experts say that focusing on the things within your control is particularly important.

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Friday 04/03/2020
How one woman took action after her cancer diagnosis
Updated: April 06, 2020 - 2:32 am

(BPT) - As a busy working mom of four, Chaya did not expect her tiredness, persistent cough and fevers to be cancer.

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Anxiety, Depression, Insomnia: New Study Reveals COVID-19 is Having an Impact on Americans’ Mental Health [Infographic]
Posted: April 03, 2020

(BPT) - The America’s Mental Health COVID-19 Pulse Study looked at the mental health of Americans during the pandemic. With more than 90 percent of the U.S. population under some form of stay-at-home order, and social distancing in place until at least April 30, the situation is beginning to impact the mental health of many Americans.

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Thursday 04/02/2020
An Impossible Choice for Californians: Caregiving or Career
Posted: April 02, 2020

(BPT) - Working to survive is a reality for most Californians, especially those of us supporting young children or aging parents. And with that, it’s unavoidable that at some point we’ll need time off work to care for a family member in need. Yet, as evidenced by the recent COVID-19 pandemic, many Californians don’t have access to vital programs that help balance the evolving responsibilities of career and caregiving. One policy that is particularly critical — in times of crisis, and not — is Paid Family Leave.

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Fund Helps Breast Cancer Patients Impacted by COVID-19 Crisis
Posted: April 02, 2020

(StatePoint) Rising unemployment, mandatory stay-at-home orders, and an overburdened health care system are causing a perfect storm for breast cancer patients who have concerns or need care, according to the experts at Susan G. Komen.

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Wednesday 04/01/2020
Get Stronger Every Day With At-Home Workouts
Updated: April 03, 2020 - 2:32 am

(NAPSI)—These days, people are navigating unprecedented times that have them rethinking how they live and work. While big shifts to normal, daily habits can be unsettling, this also provides an opportunity to start new routines and make positive changes. 

Many are spending more time at home, so adding structure is more important than ever—especially when it comes to staying active. Studies have shown that exercise can help boost your mood, productivity and immunity. 

According to Tom Holland, exercise physiologist, Bowflex fitness adviser and host of iHeartRadio’s Fitness Disrupted podcast, it takes most people a minimum of two months to form a new habit. He recommends making the most of your time at home to establish healthy routines. 

To help you get started, Holland offers these simple tips to add at-home fitness into your daily routine: 

Connect with a Coach: When motivation wanes, there are plenty of subscription services and online resources. For example, there’s the Bowflex JRNY app (https://www.bowflex.com/jrny-app.html), which features a personal fitness coach who gives spoken instruction and encouragement as you push through your custom workouts—available on the Bowflex Max Total (https://www.bowflex.com/max-trainer/) and Bowflex BXT216 treadmill (https://www.bowflex.com/treadmills/).

Start small: You don’t have to commit to an hour or more; aim for several micro workouts of 5, 10 and 15 minutes throughout the day; those add up and count as much as one long workout.

Put it on the Calendar: Keep exercise at the top of your to-do list by scheduling a daily walk or run or streaming a yoga class. 

Multi-task: Connect to streaming content and sweat through your favorite daytime show, or catch up on the news.

Home Gym Essentials: Holland recommends including one piece of cardio and one piece of strength equipment in your home gym.

If space is limited, two good cardio-strength options are the Bowflex Max Total (https://www.bowflex.com/max-trainer/) and Bowflex 840 kettlebell (https://www.bowflex.com/selecttech/).

Creating healthy habits now can carry you through the current times, and help set you on a path to finish up the year feeling healthy and stronger than ever. 

 

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10 Self-Care Tips For Cancer Patients Coping With Isolation And Stress
Posted: April 01, 2020

(BPT) - Whether you are self-quarantining or practicing social distancing, we all are adjusting to a new normal amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic. Everyone reacts differently to stressful situations. As a cancer patient or survivor, you might be experiencing feelings of isolation, uncertainty and anxiety. As a caregiver, you might be feeling overwhelmed with navigating your loved one’s care while looking after your own needs. And as a family member, you might be feeling unsure of how you can help.

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Tips to Weather Seasonal Joint Pain
Posted: April 01, 2020

(StatePoint) Do April showers bring May flowers or just a lot of aches and pains? While research on how weather affects a person’s pain levels is inconclusive, many people swear that the pain in their joints or ache “in their bones” can predict rainy or chilly weather ahead. The general theory is that this is caused by changes in temperature and barometric pressure. 

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Free Family Entertainment from Home
Updated: April 03, 2020 - 2:32 am

(Family Features) As people from coast to coast hunker down at home, some with children, taking a mental break from a new and unfamiliar lifestyle with the world of entertainment can be a way to relax and disconnect.

more »
How to Find the Right Dog for Your Family
Updated: April 03, 2020 - 2:32 am

(Family Features) Adding a four-legged friend to the family is no small decision, and it’s easy to get distracted by sweet eyes pleading to be taken home. Becoming a dog parent is a major commitment, so it’s important to do your research and make well-informed choices before deciding on a new dog.

more »
More Health And Wellness
Wednesday 02/12/2020
Meet Siba, This Year’s Westminster “Best in Show”
Posted: February 12, 2020

(BPT) - Each year, more than 2,500 dogs convene in New York City for what will likely be the biggest moment of their careers: The Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show.

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Friday 12/13/2019
Giving The Gift Of Love
Posted: December 13, 2019

(NAPSI)—Most people would agree, the best gift during the holidays—and all year round—is the gift of love. For thousands of families, that means welcoming a puppy into their home. For those considering getting a new best friend for themselves or someone else, remember that choosing a puppy is a big decision. It’s also one you should think about carefully—for both your sake and the dog’s.

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Friday 12/06/2019
Santa’s Safety Suggestions For People, Pets And Packages
Posted: December 06, 2019

(NAPSI)—It’s near the time to celebrate the holidays with family and friends. The United States Postal Service has long been known as a Santa’s helper, and we take this role seriously. Here are some tips to help keep people, pets and packages safe.

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Tuesday 11/26/2019
Rescue Puppy Named New Voice Of The TurfMutt Foundation
Posted: November 26, 2019

(NAPSI)—A puppy named Mulligan has big paws to fill, but the mixed breed rescue dog is up to the challenge of becoming the new voice for the TurfMutt Foundation, says his new owner and guardian, Kris Kiser, President of the organization.

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NaturVet Quiet Moments Calming Aids
Posted: November 26, 2019

(NAPSI)—Life can be stressful, and just like us dogs and cats can experience stress caused by loud noises, storms, fear, excitement, travel, grooming, separation anxiety, the addition of a new pet to the family, and even some holidays can be stressful!

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Monday 09/16/2019
Lucky’s Legacy: 5 Important Lessons TurfMutt Taught Us
Posted: September 16, 2019

(NAPSI)—Lucky the TurfMutt is a real-life rescue dog who “pawed it forward” by spending a decade educating children and families about living landscapes—why they are important to people and the planet, how to take care of them, and encouraging everyone to get out and enjoy the nature around them. Lucky inspired people to look at their living landscapes through a dog’s eyes. After all, no one loves a yard like the family dog.

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Monday 08/26/2019
3 Tips for Finding a Lost Dog
Posted: August 26, 2019

(StatePoint) Dogs are important and adored members of their families, however, millions go missing every year. The reasons are varied and probably not all that surprising. A curious dog might jump over a fence or dig a hole under one. A pup might sneak out a door or gate inadvertently left open. Worn or broken leashes or collars could also allow a dog to escape your control.

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Monday 08/05/2019
Tips to Take Great Pet Pics
Posted: August 05, 2019

(StatePoint) Whether you’re hoping to make your dog an Instagram sensation or you just want a nice portrait for the mantle, you’ve likely discovered pets, in general, can be elusive around cameras.

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Monday 06/10/2019
Top Tips for Moving With a Pet
Posted: June 10, 2019

(StatePoint) Your furball is part of the family, so if you’re like most, you don’t make major life decisions without thinking of your pet’s needs — including where you live and how you move into a new home.

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Pet Central

pets

Having a pet is a lot of responsibility, and we’ll help by giving you lots of tips and tricks! More >>

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Our fitness articles will help teach you how to work out with gym- and home-based exercises. More >>

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Enjoy the crosswords challenge in our free daily puzzles, from the harder Sunday crossword to the quicker daily. More >>

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Every Sudoku has a unique solution that can be reached logically. Enter numbers into the blank spaces so that each row, column and 3x3 box contains the numbers 1 to 9. More >>




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