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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, and teachers again are critical in shaping children's education during uncertain times.

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    Non-invasive Screening Finds Liver Disease Early

    (NewsUSA) - One quarter of the global population is estimated to have a liver disease called Nonalcoholic Fatty Liver Disease (NAFLD), a condition where the liver consists of 5 percent or more fat. Untreated, this disease can lead to the more severe Nonalcoholic Steatohepatitis which can result in cirrhosis, liver cancer, or liver transplant.

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Thursday 07/02/2020
The Return of the Great American Road Trip
Updated: September 30, 2020 - 2:30 am

(BPT) - Road trips offer exploration, discovery and adventure at your own pace. Car picnics, roadside attractions, historical sites, lake visits, rolling through the Great Plains or canyons, up to the mountains or down to the beach — regardless of where you go, memories are sure to be made at any age. The pandemic has prevented many from traveling these past few months and the summer offers the opportunity to test drive socializing again with family and friends who may live far away.

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Wednesday 07/01/2020
Simple ideas for celebrating every day virtually
Updated: September 30, 2020 - 2:30 am

(BPT) - For most people, 2020 is a year of change. Remote work, social distancing and more have challenged people to find new ways to connect with each other. Fortunately, humans are resilient and their spirit for finding innovative ways to connect is alive and well.

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Thursday 06/18/2020
Demystifying the martini: 4 steps for perfecting the classic cocktail
Updated: September 30, 2020 - 2:30 am

(BPT) - With all its many styles, variations and forms, the martini continues to be a mainstay among Americans. In fact, the wildly popular martini is the second best-selling cocktail nationwide, according to Nielsen.

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Thursday 09/24/2020
BookBites: Mysteries, WWII Enemies Unite, and a Children's Book of Love
Posted: September 24, 2020

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Cooling Tower Air Purifier Curbs Airborne Bacteria
Updated: September 30, 2020 - 2:30 am

(NewsUSA) - Contaminated air from the cooling towers that top most large buildings is not a new problem, but the focus on clean air in outdoor as well as indoor spaces has new urgency in the wake of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

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Monday 09/21/2020
Shop Smart This October to Benefit Breast Cancer Patients
Updated: September 24, 2020 - 2:32 am

(StatePoint) It is not always easy to tell how your charitable dollars are going to be used, especially during National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

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Friday 09/04/2020
How COVID-19 Has Impacted Tribal Communities
Updated: September 11, 2020 - 2:30 am

(StatePoint) While the current health and economic crisis has impacted Americans nationwide, it has disproportionately affected the Native American/Alaska Native (NA/AN) community. Not only have chronic economic inequalities and systemic lack of infrastructure in many Indigenous territories put tribes at high risk, but these problems have been exacerbated by the loss of revenue experienced by tribal businesses shuttering their doors.

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Tuesday 08/18/2020
Upcoming National Museum To Honor All Soldiers
Updated: August 22, 2020 - 2:33 am

(NAPSI)—If you or someone you know is a soldier, Army veteran, Army family member or other proud military supporter, you can become a permanent part of history at the National Museum of the United States Army.  

An historic project led by the Army Historical Foundation and the U.S. Army, the Museum is going up at Fort Belvoir, Va., just south of Washington, D.C.   

“We are proud to build a national museum that will tell the history of the Army—and our nation—through the eyes of American soldiers,” said Foundation President U.S. Army Retired Lt. Gen. Roger Schultz. “The timeline for opening the Museum was delayed because of the COVID-19 pandemic, but we promise it will be worth the wait.”  

To be included in the Museum’s story, soldiers and Army veterans can submit their stories of service in the Registry of the American Soldier, which will be one of the largest collections of American Soldier profiles ever assembled. Stories can also be submitted on a veteran’s behalf, at no cost. The Foundation currently features the Registry on its website and the collection will be made available on kiosks in the Museum. Stories can be submitted at www.armyhistory.org/the-registries/

Members of the Army community can also be a permanent part of the Museum by ordering a customized commemorative brick to be laid on the grounds of the Museum. More than 8,000 bricks have already been installed, honoring soldiers from all 50 states. Among the bricks are those for such well-known Army veterans as Senator Bob Dole and General Eric Shinseki. Individuals and organizations can order bricks at www.armyhistory.org/bricks.  

To stay up to date on the project, including announcements about opening day, visit www.armyhistory.org.

 

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Tuesday 07/28/2020
Foster Care And The Pandemic
Updated: July 30, 2020 - 2:30 am

(NAPSI)—Recent surveys of youth in foster care found nearly half (49%) expressed an immediate resource need during the COVID-19 pandemic—and you can help reverse that. Distance Learning Access (15%) was the top survey response, with Enrichment Activities (14%), Food Support (4%) and Cell Phones (4%) also discussed.

“The demand for resources is greater than ever,” said Lisa Chin, CEO of Treehouse, which conducted the study. “Whether school is in the classroom or online, our youth continue to grow. They need new clothes, school supplies and other essentials.” 

The nonprofit organization partners with youth in care so they have a childhood and a future. Collaborating with social workers, foster care liaisons and caregivers to ensure access to resources is critical to success. When there are gaps, Treehouse provides tangible resources, but it can’t do it alone. 

“Community is such a key part of what we do here, and it’s going to take all of us to address this crisis and continue moving forward,” Chin said. 

Treehouse also has shifted to connecting with high school students in its Graduation Success program using remote strategies. Even before the pandemic, only about 50 percent of youth in care graduated compared to more than 75 percent who stick with Treehouse. 

One student in the program, Karizma, thrives as she completes her schoolwork from home. Last year, she started working with Ruby Zarate, a Graduation Success Coordinator at Treehouse. The two would usually meet weekly in person at school, and have now been staying in touch through frequent phone calls, texts and FaceTime. Although it’s going well, Karizma looks forward to everything eventually returning to normal.

“I never thought I would have to sit at home and wish to be at school,” Karizma said with a laugh. “It is a little different. Having Ruby there to remind me and look out for me has definitely helped a lot as I look to my future. I really do think Treehouse is amazing.”

Anyone who’d like to support Treehouse as they partner with youth in foster care to weather the pandemic can make a gift at www.treehouseforkids.org/donate.

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Friday 07/24/2020
Everyone Can Help Stop the Spread of COVID-19, Here's How
Posted: July 24, 2020

(StatePoint) As businesses and services reopen nationwide, the death toll from COVID-19 continues to rise, and experts warn that Americans must continue taking precautions to help stop the spread of the virus.

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Thursday 07/23/2020
Tips to Help Erase Bullying This Back-to-School Season
Posted: July 23, 2020

(StatePoint) This back-to-school season may look a little different, but no matter what learning environment kids find themselves in this fall, bullying is a real cause for concern.  

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Thursday 07/16/2020
Let's Keep It Local, New Mexico
Updated: August 26, 2020 - 2:34 am

(NewsUSA) - Good ideas often start in your own backyard

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Monday 07/06/2020
How to Make a Positive Impact in Your Community by Donating Plasma
Posted: July 06, 2020

(StatePoint) Plasma donations are essential. Used to produce life-saving medicines that treat rare and serious diseases, your plasma donation can help save lives. Experts say that during the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s not only safe to donate plasma, but that doing so is vital. By donating plasma today, you can help make a difference not only for patients that need plasma therapies, but to your local community.  

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Tuesday 09/29/2020
5 simple ways to support teachers all year long
Updated: September 30, 2020 - 2:30 am

(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, and teachers again are critical in shaping children's education during uncertain times.

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Non-invasive Screening Finds Liver Disease Early
Posted: September 29, 2020

(NewsUSA) - One quarter of the global population is estimated to have a liver disease called Nonalcoholic Fatty Liver Disease (NAFLD), a condition where the liver consists of 5 percent or more fat. Untreated, this disease can lead to the more severe Nonalcoholic Steatohepatitis which can result in cirrhosis, liver cancer, or liver transplant.

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Friday 09/25/2020
Continuing STEM Education at Home [Video]
Updated: September 30, 2020 - 2:30 am

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5 Ways to Make Your Next Camping Trip a Learning Experience
Updated: September 29, 2020 - 2:34 am

(StatePoint) A camping trip is not only fun and relaxing, it can be the perfect opportunity to test out new skills and acquire more knowledge. Here are five ways to make your next camping trip a learning experience for family members of all ages:

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Thursday 09/24/2020
BookBites: Mysteries, WWII Enemies Unite, and a Children's Book of Love
Posted: September 24, 2020

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COVID-19 Weighs on Those Saving for College
Posted: September 24, 2020

(NewsUSA) - Back to school has taken on a whole new meaning for families this fall.

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Building an Emergency Kit with Disability in Mind
Updated: September 29, 2020 - 2:34 am

(Family Features) Creating a supply kit is part of being prepared for emergencies and disasters. Kits should include basic survival items but also things specific to your needs. Kits can have equipment to help with communication, things that reduce stress and more.

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Commit to Getting the Care You Need as You Age
Updated: September 29, 2020 - 2:34 am

(Family Features) Older adults in America are living longer lives and will outnumber people under the age of 18 by nearly 500,000 by 2034, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.

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Safety Steps for Spooky Fun
Updated: September 29, 2020 - 2:34 am

(Family Features) Traditional family activities like trick-or-treating create fun moments and memories, but the effects of COVID-19 on this Halloween will bring about change for the spooky excitement.

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4 Tips for Keeping Your Pet's Coat Healthy
Posted: September 24, 2020

(Family Features) Dogs and cats come in many shapes and sizes, and can have a range of different coats, from short-haired to long and smooth to curly or wire-haired.

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Tuesday 09/29/2020
Taking NSAIDs for arthritis pain relief? Make sure you know the risks
Posted: September 29, 2020

(BPT) - You or someone you know well likely suffers from arthritis, joint inflammation that, per the CDC, affects an estimated 54 million people in the United States, or 23% of all adults.1 Two common types of arthritis are osteoarthritis (OA) and rheumatoid arthritis (RA).

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Everyone Can Take Action on Metastatic Breast Cancer Today
Posted: September 29, 2020

(BPT) - October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The month is not just about making people aware of metastatic breast cancer and celebrating survivors, it is also about taking action so we can improve the lives of people living with breast cancer.

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Parents, are you getting the most out of open enrollment?
Posted: September 29, 2020

(BPT) - Fall is here, and with it comes the anticipation of pumpkins, cooler temperatures, and for many, the start of classes. But let’s be honest: The COVID-19 pandemic means this fall is unlike any other in memory, and as a parent, you may be suddenly juggling your new roles of part-time remote teacher, IT technician and cafeteria chef along with your normal work responsibilities. The physical, mental, and for some, financial toll of this arrangement has left many feeling exhausted and stressed.

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Small-business retirement accounts 101
Posted: September 29, 2020

(BPT) - If you're a small-business owner — whether your business consists of just you and your spouse or a handful of employees — and you're emerging from the pandemic into your new normal, it may be time for you to think about setting up retirement accounts, not just for your employees, but for yourself, too. That may be a surprising statement, considering many small-business owners do not currently offer retirement benefits to their employees, let alone take the time to set up an account for themselves.

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Monday 09/28/2020
5 ways seniors can stay safe and active during COVID-19
Updated: September 30, 2020 - 2:30 am

(BPT) - By now, most seniors are aware that they’re among the most vulnerable demographic groups when it comes to contracting COVID-19.

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Thursday 09/24/2020
Global flavors for your weeknight meals
Updated: September 30, 2020 - 2:30 am

(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 accent to the flavorful North African spices in each dish. Grapes are also a handy snack while putting the finishing touches on dinner.

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Medicare insight: Three ways to advocate for lower out-of-pocket costs
Updated: September 30, 2020 - 2:30 am

(BPT) - Medicare Part D provides coverage for prescription drugs that save and extend lives for millions of older adults and people with disabilities, many of whom would otherwise struggle to afford their treatments. However, despite the important purpose it serves, some people on Medicare, especially those taking expensive medications, still struggle to fill their prescriptions and maintain their health.

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Tuesday 09/22/2020
Your Future Protected: Considerations for Long-Term and Short-Term Care for Americans 50 and Older
Updated: September 30, 2020 - 2:30 am

(BPT) - When planning for the future, security and peace of mind are likely top of mind, particularly for Americans age 50 and older. There are many considerations — from income planning for retirement, to considering potential healthcare needs, to getting one’s personal affairs in place. As you and your loved ones prepare for both expected and unforeseen events, you may want to add a long-term and short-term care strategy to your list to ensure your bases are covered for future care you may need as a result of the aging process.

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Monday 09/21/2020
New study on heart health: Get more omega-3s
Updated: September 30, 2020 - 2:30 am

(BPT) - If you’re trying to improve your heart health, chances are you’re doing things like moving more and eating better. Making sure your diet delivers heart-healthy nutrients, including healthy fats, is a smart strategy. A new study from Mayo Clinic Proceedings provides more evidence on why certain fats — namely EPA and DHA omega-3s — are so important, and why you probably need to be getting even more than you think.

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Cuestionario En-Linea Ayuda a Personas Mayores Prevenir y Protegerse de Caidas
Updated: September 25, 2020 - 2:34 am

(NewsUSA) - La pandemia del coronavirus ha cambiado muchas cosas. Pero hay algo que no ha cambiado: caerse NO es una parte normal del envejecimiento. Hay medidas que puede tomar para reducir su riesgo.

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Tuesday 09/29/2020
Non-invasive Screening Finds Liver Disease Early
Posted: September 29, 2020

(NewsUSA) - One quarter of the global population is estimated to have a liver disease called Nonalcoholic Fatty Liver Disease (NAFLD), a condition where the liver consists of 5 percent or more fat. Untreated, this disease can lead to the more severe Nonalcoholic Steatohepatitis which can result in cirrhosis, liver cancer, or liver transplant.

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Heart Attacks and Cholesterol: What You Need to Know [Infographic]
Posted: September 29, 2020

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Monday 09/28/2020
3 ways being a label reader helps protect people and the planet
Updated: September 30, 2020 - 2:30 am

(BPT) - We’ve all seen people reading the labels of food, beverage and supplement packaging to look at the ingredients and nutrition facts — chances are you have, too. More than ever, shoppers are looking at labels to make sure products match up with their values, whether it’s protecting people or the planet. Over the past decade, purchase of and trust in food labels has increased, showing an upward trend in shoppers voting with their dollars for what they care about most. In fact, more than half of U.S. consumers agree eco-labels raise their trust in a brand, and nearly 65% believe retailers’ and brands’ claims about sustainability and the environment need to be clearly labeled by an independent organization (GlobeScan 2020).

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Why Weighing Your Medicare Part D Options is Crucial This Year
Posted: September 28, 2020

(StatePoint) You likely hear the same word of advice every fall: review your Medicare Part D plan. While you may be tempted to stick with what you have, it’s important to remember that plan specifics change annually, your health needs are always evolving, and as this year has shown, unexpected global events can impact your health and finances. For all these reasons, doing your homework is not only important, it has the power to substantially reduce your out-of-pocket costs.

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Saturday 09/26/2020
What Every Chronic Pain Sufferer Needs to Know
Updated: September 29, 2020 - 2:34 am

(StatePoint) According to a new survey from Boston Scientific of more than 500 people with chronic  pain, 60 percent aren’t satisfied with their current treatment or therapies. Professional golfer Grant Waite can relate.

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Thursday 09/24/2020
Genetics, Diagnosis, Treatment: NIH Takes on Sickle Cell Disease Globally
Posted: September 24, 2020

(NewsUSA) - Each year, some 150,000 children in Nigeria are born with sickle cell disease, the most common - and often life-threatening - inherited blood disorder in the world.

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Cooling Tower Air Purifier Curbs Airborne Bacteria
Updated: September 30, 2020 - 2:30 am

(NewsUSA) - Contaminated air from the cooling towers that top most large buildings is not a new problem, but the focus on clean air in outdoor as well as indoor spaces has new urgency in the wake of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

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Healthy sleep is vital for school success
Updated: September 30, 2020 - 2:30 am

(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 a hybrid format — the group is highlighting the importance of healthy sleep for students.

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Health coverage can set up young students for success
Updated: September 30, 2020 - 2:30 am

(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 model, they should also include making sure your child or children have health insurance. But if they don’t, it is not too late to get them covered!

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Building an Emergency Kit with Disability in Mind
Updated: September 29, 2020 - 2:34 am

(Family Features) Creating a supply kit is part of being prepared for emergencies and disasters. Kits should include basic survival items but also things specific to your needs. Kits can have equipment to help with communication, things that reduce stress and more.

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Tuesday 09/29/2020
Domestic Violence Shelters Helping Survivors Heal With Their Pets [Infographic]
Posted: September 29, 2020

(BPT) - Pets are family. They provide unconditional love and support. Unfortunately, many crucial resources for victims of domestic abuse don’t factor in their pets, creating a heartbreaking dilemma. Stay in an abusive situation, or leave a pet behind. That's why Purina partnered with RedRover to create the Purple Leash Project, a national initiative to help change the landscape of domestic violence services so that survivors and their pets can leave abuse and heal together.

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Thursday 08/27/2020
Celebrate National Pet Bird Day, September 17, 2020 [Infographic]
Posted: August 27, 2020

(BPT) - Mark your calendar for September 17 because it is National Pet Bird Day! This very special annual day of celebration was created in 2019 by the Bird Enjoyment Advantage Koalition (BEAK) to recognize all of the wonderful ways in which pet birds enrich our lives as well as educate on the responsibilities and commitment that come with having a companion bird. Post joyful pet bird photos, stories, stats and articles on social media using the hashtag #NationalPetBirdDay and join the celebration!

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Wednesday 08/26/2020
3 Easy Steps For Fast Relief to Heal Summertime Canine Hot Spots
Posted: August 26, 2020

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Thursday 08/13/2020
5 ways to protect your family – people and pets – from germs
Updated: September 30, 2020 - 2:30 am

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Tuesday 08/11/2020
Top 5 ways to encourage your cat to drink more water
Updated: September 30, 2020 - 2:30 am

(BPT) - Water is an essential nutrient for humans — and it’s the same for our pets as well. Cat owners might not know that felines are inefficient at drinking fluids compared to dogs or other pets, which can lead to dehydration or other issues.

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Monday 08/10/2020
Study finds 1 in 5 dogs has parasites: How to stop the spread of worms
Updated: September 30, 2020 - 2:30 am

(BPT) - If you’re like 68% of dog owners, your pup has become even more of an emotional companion during the pandemic. You love your pup so you’ve stayed on top of tick and flea medication and are trying to remain diligent in scheduling annual exams with your veterinarian. But even great dog owners may not put much thought into other, less talked about health risks like intestinal parasites and worms which can not only make your pup really sick, but can also infect humans.

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Monday 07/27/2020
New recipes that mirror cats' meat-rich evolutionary diet [Infographic]
Posted: July 27, 2020

(BPT) - Learn more about offerings from the new ACANA Cat line, including four new recipes and three enhanced recipes, crafted in ACANA’s Kentucky kitchen with fresh regional ingredients and real meat as the first ingredient. For more information, visit https://acana.com/en_US/acana-for_cats.html.

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Monday 07/20/2020
Helping all victims of abuse escape and heal together [Infographic]
Posted: July 20, 2020

(BPT) - Pets are family. They provide unconditional love and support. Unfortunately, many crucial resources for victims of domestic abuse don’t factor in their pets, creating a heartbreaking dilemma: Stay in an abusive situation, or leave a pet behind. That's why Purina partnered with RedRover to create the Purple Leash Project, a national initiative to help change the landscape of domestic violence services so that survivors and their pets can leave abuse and heal together.

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Thursday 07/02/2020
4 ways to help keep your dog protected and happy this summer
Posted: July 02, 2020

(BPT) - With the country beginning to reopen, don’t forget about your pet. While you return to your favorite summer activities including hiking and swimming with your dogs, it is important to be aware of a few things first. Senior Technical Services Veterinarian at Bayer Animal Health, Dr. Zach Miller, shared these four simple tips to keep your pets happy and active in the coming months:

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Thursday 06/18/2020
5 smart strategies for cleaning and refreshing your home
Updated: September 30, 2020 - 2:30 am

(BPT) - With more of us spending time at home over the last few months, you’re probably noticing every bit of dust, pet hair and dirt accumulating on the floor and in nooks and crannies. And it’s harder than ever to keep up with regular cleaning while the whole family is together inside.

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