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Top tips to help first-timers navigate the fast-paced housing market
(BPT) - Across the U.S., the housing market is picking up pace moving into the peak of the summer homebuying season.In city after city, home prices are on the rise, up 2.3 percent on average between April 2017 and 2018, according to the RE/MAX April 2018 National Housing Report. And there are fewer... Read More

Don't let the summer sun blind you to this lesser-known skin cancer
(BPT) - Most of us look forward to the balmy breezes and cheerful sunshine brought about by spring and summer, especially those of us living in climates where winter is long, gloomy and bitterly cold. Yet as we get our shorts, polo shirts and swimsuits out of storage, it’s important to remind... Read More

Are you doing enough to stay protected against germs?
(BPT) - When it comes to avoiding germs, some people take it to an extreme. They are fastidious about using a paper towel to avoid touching the door in a public bathroom, wipe down every square inch of an airplane seat and can hardly go 15 minutes without re-sanitizing their hands. Some habits, lik... Read More

Back to campus? 7 tips for a manageable college move
(BPT) - In many areas of the country leaves are turning, apple orchards are attracting crowds, football teams are starting practice and nighttime is bringing a chill to the air. For better or worse, that means college students’ thoughts are turning to studying and everything else that goes wi... Read More

Five-minute life hack: Tips to boost your career
(BPT) - The rapid pace of change in jobs means the era of one-and-done learning is over. It no longer matters what you learned in the past — to stay relevant you need to upskill. So if you want to improve your marketability and get ahead in your career, it’s time to think about the valu... Read More

3 easy ways to get on deck with the right decking
(BPT) - If The Old Farmer’s Almanac prediction holds true, this summer will be a hot one. The weather forecast anticipates temperatures for the season to be “hotter than normal” across most of the U.S. If you’re ready to kick up your feet and soak in these rays, now is the p... Read More

5 important tips to recruit and retain millennials
(BPT) - As millennials continue to expand their share of the workforce in this country, they’re using their influence to change the workplace to their advantage.The generation of workers ages 22 to 37 is an important segment for employers as baby boomers retire in huge numbers to create what&... Read More

4 DIY ideas for upcycling common household items
(BPT) - Crafting is a wonderful way to relieve stress and express your creative side — and fortunately, you don’t have to be a master craftsman — or spend a fortune on materials — to have fun and enjoy the benefits.“A great way to get into crafting is by ‘upcycli... Read More

Tips for empty nesters to maximize summer travel
(BPT) - With the kids out of the house and newfound independence, summer is the perfect time of year for empty nesters to embark on bucket list trips they’ve always craved. In fact, according to a recent survey conducted by Tracfone, 68 percent of empty nesters say that traveling is a priorit... Read More

Maintaining a healthy pH balance 'down there': 3 common triggers for elevated vaginal pH and why it matters
(BPT) - Many women do not realize the vagina is an ecosystem that requires a balanced environment to remain healthy; and events like menstruation, sex, and hormonal changes can throw off that balance. The result can be odor and discomfort, according to Lauren Streicher, M.D., Medical Director of th... Read More

Ready to switch wireless carriers? Answer these 6 important questions first
(BPT) - Changing your wireless carrier is an important (and potentially expensive) decision. Before you make the switch, answer these simple questions to make sure you make the move that’s right for you.1. Are you free to go?While carrier contracts in the U.S. are quickly becoming things of t... Read More

Be prepared for the 2018 storm season
(BPT) - For millions of Americans, the devastation of the 2017 storm season is still fresh in their minds. According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the cumulative cost of the weather events in the U.S. was $306.2 billion. Whether you were directly affected by one of those s... Read More

Simple, local nutrition: 5 reasons to feel good about the dairy in your diet
(BPT) - When you sip a wholesome smoothie or savor a slice of cheesy pizza, do you ever wonder who’s behind your favorite dairy foods?More than 97 percent of dairy farms in the United States are family-owned and operated – and these families are as passionate about crafting simple, nutr... Read More

5 pet-friendly preparations for your summer travels
(BPT) - On your most challenging days you can always count on your pet to greet you at the door when you come home or cuddle up in your lap in the evening. They are a vital part of your home life all year long, but when your life takes you away from home — as it often does during summer trave... Read More

Products to improve your home in 2 hours or less
(BPT) - The words home improvement usually conjure up images of major undertakings like tiling your bathroom or kitchen or tearing down a wall, taking hours and hours to complete the project. The fact is there are some meaningful home improvements you can do that can be accomplished in under two ho... Read More

How homeowners can prepare for summer storm season
(BPT) - It’s that time of year again when unwanted weather patterns like severe thunderstorms, rainstorms and tornadoes can wreak havoc on homes and businesses.While certain areas of the country are more apt to face tornadoes, virtually everyone is at risk for heavy rain, winds and hail, whic... Read More

Tips for keeping heartburn at bay this season
(BPT) - While summer is synonymous with beach days, vacations and barbecues, there’s something else bringing the heat this season: heartburn.Summer is the most common season for heartburn, according to a survey commissioned by store brand Omeprazole Delayed Release Orally Disintegrating Table... Read More

Take control of your social media experience in 3 easy steps
(BPT) - Does all this talk about data and sharing on social media have you confused? Is your feed too noisy and you're not seeing posts from the people and brands you care about? Social media should be a fun place for you to have meaningful interactions with friends and family. Here are three simpl... Read More

5 home-buying tips for first-timers and old-timers
(BPT) - Whether you are buying a home for the first time or you are just looking for an upgrade, it is never a bad idea to arm yourself with tips that can make your search go from overwhelming to enjoyable. Rather than learning the hard way about hidden expenses and difficult neighbors, there are t... Read More

4 simple tips for hosting a memorable summer party
(BPT) - From outdoor cookouts to dinner parties on the patio, summer is the ideal season for entertaining guests. According to a recent survey commissioned by Delta Faucet, an overwhelming majority of homeowners (89 percent) plan to host at least one summer gathering this season. To ensure hosts ar... Read More

4 tips for keeping your pet safe this summer
(BPT) - There are thousands of reasons to love the summer, and if you’re a pet owner, you love summer more than most.Summer is the perfect opportunity to get outside and get active with our pets. Between cool swims in the pool and brisk walks in the sunshine, summer is a great bonding time fo... Read More

Take these 4 steps to clean up your financial house
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Tips for talking about Alzheimer's with a family member
(BPT) - It’s a conversation no family wants to have, but one that can be vitally important — talking to a loved one about memory loss or cognitive decline.Mary Foss of Eagan, Minnesota, said she knew it was time to broach this sensitive topic with her husband Darrell when she noticed he... Read More

Caring for caregivers: Resources for navigating an important job
(BPT) - When David Bowen’s father fell taking out the trash in 2016, it set in motion a series of health challenges the family is still battling together. Bowen, 62, hired a part-time professional caregiver to assist his father along with his mother, who was battling Alzheimer’s, but he... Read More

Lower temps at a lower price: How to improve the energy-efficiency of your home today
(BPT) - When the seasons change, the energy needs in your home change right along with them. And yet, whether you need to heat or cool your home, there’s one thing that never shifts: You want to do so as efficiently as possible.An energy-efficient home is more than just good for the environme... Read More

5 sunny beauty trends for this summer
(BPT) - Summer is here, which means it’s finally time to part ways with your knit scarves and cute wool jackets — at least for the next few months. It’s the season to bathe in the sun and enjoy the warm weather.Summer is all about having fun! Flip-flops, shorts, iced coffee and lo... Read More

Chocolate pairings: Innovative entertaining with a sweet twist
(BPT) - Whether a fancy five-course social event, a laid-back barbecue or a progressive dinner party, what separates average from impressive entertaining is innovative and original ideas. One way to surely catch the attention of your guests while tempting their taste buds is to feature chocolate pa... Read More

A healthier, happier summer starts with these tips
(BPT) - In the cold of winter, at the start of the year, people all across the country resolve to live a healthier lifestyle — yet summer is actually the perfect time to start your resolution. Think about it: the weather is beautiful, the kids are out of school and fresh produce is abundant.I... Read More

5 ways to up your summer get-together game
(BPT) - Neighborhood cookouts are quintessentially summer, and totally fun. Because of that, it’s no surprise that you may want to host them as often as possible, even every weekend if you could. But that introduces a new challenge — how do you keep your events fresh and interesting for... Read More

Businesses brace for a summer with record low unemployment
(BPT) - School closing for the summer may mark lazy days for kids, but local businesses are bracing for peak season. With unemployment at a 17-year low, and a record 6.6 million job openings reported at the end of March, it’ll be tougher than usual to serve the seasonal boom of customers as t... Read More

4 Tips to Pull Together a Garden-to-Table Meal This Summer
(BPT) - The summer season is the best time for enjoying the garden you’ve worked so hard on throughout the spring months. As the flowers bloom, the herbs mature, and the vegetables ripen, it’s time to celebrate all your hard work with a garden-to-table meal.Chris Lambton, garden and yar... Read More

5 ways to help Dad out
(BPT) - Being a dad today brings with it many joys and challenges. From the kids' soccer games to tidying up the house to cooking healthy foods everyone actually wants to eat, it can be exhausting. Supporting Dad can make a big difference all year long, helping to reduce stress and save time. What ... Read More

Menopause and painful sex: What you need to know
(BPT) - This year, we celebrate the 25th anniversary of National Senior Health & Fitness Day. The common goal for this observance is simple: to help keep Americans healthy and fit at any age. This national awareness day is the perfect opportunity for individuals to make or renew resolutions aro... Read More

Take the sting out of summer with these pest prevention tips
(BPT) - If you’re like many people, the warm months of summer are when you are most active outdoors. You’re not alone. The same is also true for fleas, ticks and mosquitoes. New findings show these pests are more than just an annoyance, they can pose a health risk. According to the Cent... Read More

Easy and breezy: 6 tips for controlling summer cooling costs
(BPT) - As Americans gear up for sun, surf, barbecues and all the other fun activities that represent summer, they’re also concerned with how to keep themselves and their homes comfortably cool this season.Of course, they're also concerned with controlling costs. The average homeowner spends ... Read More

Think you're too old to quit smoking? Think again
(BPT) - It’s no secret that tobacco smoke can be deadly. It is strongly linked to everything from cancer and stroke to pulmonary issues and heart disease.Although the prevalence of smoking in the U.S. decreased from 21 percent to 17 percent of adults over the past five years, according to Ame... Read More

Reclaiming the rooftop: Tips for decks with a view
(BPT) - Once reserved for the urban elite, rooftop decks are popping up all over the country as an attractive option that offers a mixture of space savings and an unrivaled view. Rooftop decks take what was formerly unused space — the top of a building or the flat roof over part of a home &md... Read More

5 tips for selecting the right railing for your deck
(BPT) - As one of the most visible elements of a deck, the railing serves an important aesthetic and structural role — adding support, safety and style. Here are five expert tips for creating the perfect perimeter for your outdoor space.1) Aim high and low — When choosing railing, look ... Read More

Top 4 factors that affect the cost of a new roof
(BPT) - No one wants to pay more for something than they have to, especially when it comes to a large home improvement purchase. So, why can there be thousands of dollars difference between contractor bids for neighboring homes? And how can homeowners get an idea of what a new roof will cost?In gen... Read More

Great grilling tips and tricks of the pros
(BPT) - Across the country as weather heats up, so do the grills. You don't need to be a pitmaster to enjoy the fresh flavors that only come from grilling. A few simple tips and creative tricks will help you perfectly grill foods so juicy and delicious, you'll impress even the pickiest of palates.K... Read More

5 ways for families to tackle summer on-the-go
(BPT) - Summer is just around the corner, which means it’s time to get ready for the fun-filled months ahead. From barbecues to sporting events and family vacations, summer can be the busiest time of year for families — but, there are some easy tips and tricks you can use to stay on top... Read More

5 tips for creating lasting memories on summer vacation
(BPT) - There’s a lot to love about summer: School's out, everyone’s wearing flip-flops, the trees are a brilliant green and you tend to grill out more nights of the week than not.For families across the nation, one of the best parts of summer is taking off on a vacation. It’s rar... Read More

Eating right and staying healthy in retirement
(BPT) - Americans are now living longer than ever before. In fact, one of the fastest growing segments is people over the age of 85 who will represent 20 percent of the population by the year 2040. Because we are living longer, certain conditions specific to seniors are also on a steady rise. Dehyd... Read More

5 tips for women to conquer summer discomforts
(BPT) - The summer season means balmy weather, fun outdoor activities, frequent travel and the opportunity to take a dip in your newest swimsuit. However, whether hiking or soaking up the sun, sweat and moisture can quickly become an enemy of summer activities, ruining fun and relaxation time. With... Read More

Summer nausea is a thing: 4 tips to prevent nausea from ruining fun in the sun
(BPT) - Summer is the long-awaited season for fun and relaxation, warm weather and quintessential outdoor activities. However, the season’s most anticipated and exciting events can also lead to a not-so-fun problem: nausea. Whether it’s chasing kids through the park, dreaded long commut... Read More

An easy start to better eating: Healthy surfaces and simple ingredients
(BPT) - When you become a parent, your child’s health and well-being takes top priority. This is why when it comes to getting dinner on the table, parents these days are less likely to reach for that box of mac and cheese and other heavily processed foods. Instead, parents tend to gravitate t... Read More

Have allergies and headed to college? Here's what you need to know
(BPT) - For millions of high school seniors, the summer after graduation is a full one. There is no shortage of parties, summer cookouts or afternoons spent by the pool. There’s a lot to look forward to — and a lot to prepare for.Going to college is the first time many young adults will... Read More

Stay agile: 5 tips for easier aging in place
(BPT) - While many of us may dream of retiring and moving away to a beach-side resort or cabin by the lake, the reality is that most Americans look forward to remaining in their own homes so they can continue to enjoy familiar comforts, activities and loved ones. In fact, an AARP survey recently fo... Read More

Home improvement: One repair at a time
(BPT) - Tis the season … for home improvement. Longer days, warmer weather and more flexible schedules (hello, summer break!) have a way of inspiring home improvement projects. It’s as if appliances in and around the house emerge from the shadows of winter, calling out for attention. S... Read More

5 things you didn't know about Pinot Grigio
(BPT) - A warm summer evening, a cold glass of Pinot Grigio and a light dinner al fresco. Sounds like heaven. This is the season for Pinot Grigio, one of America’s favorite white wines. It pairs perfectly with the lighter dishes of spring and summer — flaky fish, angel hair pasta with l... Read More

Sizzling sips: The summer's hottest wines are made in South Africa
(BPT) - Summertime means weekend adventures, sunsets and toasting with friends and family. With so many wine options on shelves, selecting the perfect summer sip can be daunting. For those looking to impress guests with wine recommendations that extend beyond the the usual suspects, look no further... Read More

Thanks, Dad: 5 special things you can do for your father this season
(BPT) - He was there when you rode your bike for the first time, got behind the wheel of a car and when you simply couldn’t figure out algebra. Your dad has been there for you through the good and the bad and he’s given you so much that you can’t help but want to give back.Now&rsq... Read More

For People with Diabetes: Get Active this Spring, but Check Your Feet First
(BPT) - Spring is finally here, and it’s an ideal time to get outside and be more physically active. For those with diabetes, regular exercise helps increase circulation and is a critical part of staying healthy. But, before lacing up your sneakers, here are some important steps to ensure you... Read More

Don't Be Sidelined by an Injury - New Treatment Could Help You Get Back to Go
(BPT) - Weekend warriors are enjoying golf, tennis and jogging in record numbers. While many will continue to enjoy these leisure activities pain-free well into their senior years, increasing numbers face the prospect of surgery for bone, joint and muscle injuries. In fact, more than 50 million adu... Read More

5 ways to win the fight against hunger cravings
(BPT) - It’s a sadly familiar situation: You ate a nutritious breakfast, packed a salad and ate a healthy lunch. You’re eating better, cutting out the junk and everything is going well ... until late in the afternoon.Around 3 p.m. is when the cravings always hit. When your stomach tells... Read More

Osteoporosis FAQs: Am I at risk?
(BPT) - As people age, they become more likely to develop osteoporosis, a disease that occurs when bones lose density and mass, which can cause bones to be brittle, weak and easily broken. At-risk Americans can take positive actions to monitor their bone health.Dr. Rhonda Randall, chief medical off... Read More

5 reasons to use a financial professional
(BPT) - True or false: You need to be wealthy to use a financial professional. It's a common misconception, but in fact there are financial professionals that can help at various stages in life, whether you’re just starting out or nearing retirement. It can be a huge benefit to sit down with ... Read More

Family doctors remind people that #MentalHealthMatters
(BPT) - Mental health and emotional wellness affect every aspect of a person’s life, from work to family to leisure. One in five adults lives with mental illness, which can range from mild to severe. Many times, before mental illness is diagnosed, it can trigger physical symptoms.Take, for ex... Read More

Get stroke smart: You could save a life - and it could be your own
(BPT) - Every 40 seconds, someone in the U.S. has some type of stroke. Even though stroke is a leading cause of disability in America, it is largely preventable and treatable. As May is American Stroke Month, it’s the perfect time to brush up on the facts to stay as healthy as possible.Bayer ... Read More

Important brain-building nutrients for babies found in eggs
Nutrition is always an important consideration for women, but there's no time more critical to consider what you eat than when you are pregnant. You want to support your changing body and satisfy your cravings, but you also want to eat to help your growing baby thrive.(BPT) - "Nutrients serve doubl... Read More

5 tips when buying a car for a teen
(BPT) - With graduation season and summer break upon us, many parents may be on the hunt for a new car for their graduate. Memorial Day deals offer some of the best incentives of the year, so it's crucial to know how to navigate what can be an overwhelming and exhausting process.“USAA helps m... Read More

Why world travelers are going cashless
(BPT) - What’s your dream vacation?Whether you live to travel or only manage to get away for a couple of long weekends every year, you probably have a bucket list of places to go and sites to see.Sometimes it feels like there might be too many options.For some people, it’s adventure tra... Read More

5 ways shilajit helps you power through your workout
(BPT) - If you’re looking to increase your energy, stamina and endurance to kick your workouts up to the next level, bypass the energy drinks and caffeine and turn to ancient Ayurvedic tradition instead. You read that right. The secret to boosting your performance isn’t well known in th... Read More

Alternative financing options work for growing small businesses
(BPT) - How businesses access working capital has shifted, as traditional methods haven’t kept pace with the speed of business.Growth is one of the biggest indicators of small business success. According to the Small Business Administration (SBA), more than 500,000 businesses have between 20 ... Read More

5 ways to get your kids involved at mealtime
(BPT) - When kids are exposed to delicious meals prepared with fresh ingredients, they are more likely to make healthier choices away from home.Registered Dietitian Emily Burson and Executive Chef Brandon Neumen, founders of School Nutrition Plus (SNP), are inspiring families to cook together. The ... Read More

4 common mistakes keeping you from a good night's sleep
(BPT) - Do you wake up in the morning feeling tired, even if you went to bed early? Do you struggle to feel well rested? Is it difficult to fall asleep or stay asleep all night? You're not alone.Healthy adults generally need 7 to 9 hours of sleep each night, although sleep quality is just as import... Read More

4 easy ways to snap better pictures on your summer vacation
(BPT) - For millions of Americans, summer vacation is just around the corner.Whether they plan to go on a hiking adventure in the mountains, to the beach, explore a new city or tour vineyards, most everyone will end up with a bunch of photos at the end.With advanced lens technology on smartphones a... Read More

Unlocking amino acid potential and building lean muscle
(BPT) - While the global protein category is nearing $6 billion annually, there are many conflicting theories and reports about the best combination of ingredients for success as it relates to building muscle. In addition, many consumers are easily confused by the wide variety of products available... Read More

The importance of NTM lung disease education: A teacher's journey to diagnosis
(BPT) - Donna was an active school teacher who loved tennis and bike riding, until one day, she coughed up a small amount of blood. Her coughing, coupled with constantly feeling out of breath, put Donna on a journey of misdiagnosis, hospitalizations and fear.Donna saw multiple doctors and underwent... Read More

Probiotics for a healthy life
(BPT) - According to super bug warrior and probiotic guru Heather Holmes, the human body naturally contains trillions of both good and bad bacteria that must stay in balance for optimal health; but this balance is fragile and often disrupted by changes in environment and/or routine, diet, oral anti... Read More

Women fight rare blood disease
(BPT) - National Women’s Health Week is a time to empower women to make their health a priority as well as encourage them to take steps to improve their overall health. It’s also an opportunity to raise awareness of rare diseases that disproportionately affect women.One rare blood disea... Read More

5 reasons to celebrate shrimp
(BPT) - Want a reason to celebrate? Look no further than America’s favorite seafood! Shrimp knows how to get a party started. Beloved for its great taste, this bite-sized protein is a mouthwatering, flavor-packed option that deserves its moment in the spotlight. Don’t believe us? Here a... Read More

Easy ways to create your personalized garden
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6 summer essentials to stay healthy and maximize the season
(BPT) - The long summer months are full of potential. From hitting the beach to hitting the open road, there are plenty of activities for you to get outdoors and explore the warm weather. To make the most of the sunny days and star-studded nights, you need to be prepared so you have fun, stay safe ... Read More

5 steps to the perfect fishing trip with dad
(BPT) - When you were a kid and needed to learn something new, you went to Dad, right? He's the one who taught you how to ride a bike and drive a car. He's also the one who taught you how to bait your hook for the first time.You've never forgotten these skills and now is a great time to say thank y... Read More

5 ways gardening and plants can reduce stress
(BPT) - In today’s busy world, we’re continually searching for new ways to slow down and unwind. This has led more people to discover the calming benefits of gardening and how incorporating plants into decor provides a way to reduce everyday stress.Studies have shown that indoor plants ... Read More

3 warm-weather home cleaning tips
(BPT) - Warmer weather and more daylight hours bring renewed energy to truly enjoy your home with family and friends. Spring is a great time to get rid of the lingering grime and grit of winter to keep your clean home happening all season long. With a thorough home clean, you can create a vibrant l... Read More

A pre-road trip checklist to avoid towing trauma
(BPT) - The onset of warmer weather means taking to the outdoors, be it boating, camping or simply tackling big jobs in the backyard. The result is a heavy increase in traffic on the roads — and often tagging along with the extra vehicles are the trailers, boats and campers that can put motor... Read More

Wearing a poppy supports veterans
(BPT) - For Ann Fournier, it started with a train ride. She has taken the same train at 5 a.m. and 4:50 p.m. daily for 30 years. She spends her hour-long commutes piecing together tiny petals of red crepe paper to assemble poppies to support veterans.Fournier’s work has made her a symbol on t... Read More

5 tips for financing your next home improvement project
(BPT) - Whether it’s transforming a fixer-upper into your dream home or just giving a makeover to your kitchen or bathroom, home improvement projects are on the minds of many new homeowners across the country.While many things about renovating your home are flexible, your budget might not be.... Read More

Tips to keep your pet healthy in the heat
(BPT) - Spring is here, summer is approaching fast and it’s time to get outside and start taking advantage of the warmer weather. Dr. Jeff Werber, Emmy award-winning celebrity veterinarian, has a few tips and tricks on how to keep your pet happy and healthy in the heat.Before you start your j... Read More

If an injury or illness kept you out of work, could you pay your bills?
(BPT) - You helped friends move their furniture; now your back is so sore you can’t move. You could be out of work and unable to collect at least three paychecks.Your doctor says you’ve eaten your last bacon-wrapped hot dog, or your health could keep you out of work for four paychecks.Y... Read More

5 easy ways to relax and recharge on a boat this summer
(BPT) - Looking to get away from the daily grind this summer? The answer may be to leave your stress on land and take those summer plans on the water. Four in five Americans say being around water relaxes them, and 72 percent feel healthier after spending time on the water, according to a Discover ... Read More

Are you 'in tune' with AFib-related stroke risk?
(BPT) - In 2017, nearly seven million Americans were estimated to have AFib, a type of irregular heartbeat, not caused by a heart valve problem. This condition increases the risk of having a stroke by five times. ‘Tune in to AFib,’ an educational campaign from the Bristol-Myers Squibb a... Read More

Do's and don'ts of attracting hummingbirds and getting one to land on your hand
(BPT) - Watching a hummingbird is enchanting. Their tiny size and incredible speed make them a natural wonder. Flapping their wings an estimated 70 times per second, they can move in every direction, or simply float majestically in midair.You may have observed hummingbirds in the wild, but you can ... Read More

Floor cleaning 101
(BPT) - Flooring trends change through the years as homeowners acquire new tastes and technology allows for a larger variety of flooring designs. Deep ebony and driftwood finishes peaked in 2017, while 2018 trends are pushing toward wider planks, gray tones and even durable porcelain tiles designed... Read More

Simple summer home maintenance tips for comfort and energy savings
(BPT) - Things will soon be heating up all over the country. In fact, the average U.S. household will spend 3 percent more on electricity bills this summer than in 2017, due to rising retail electricity prices and higher usage, according to the U.S. Energy Administration’s estimation.Jennifer... Read More

Changing addresses? 10 tips for busy baby boomers
(BPT) - For many Americans, moving households represents a fresh start and a chance to improve quality of life. Last year, some 39.4 million Americans changed residences, thanks in part to better affordability in the housing market.That doesn’t mean, however, that everyone’s moving proc... Read More

3 ways to set the stage for the perfect summer soiree
(BPT) - The backyard barbecue is a staple of the American summer. Long days filled with sun, fun, family and friends are what make lifelong memories. Now is the perfect time to start planning for your next barbecue, so you, too, can create memories you won't soon forget.However, before you fire up ... Read More

Chef Michael Voltaggio's kitchen essentials inspire culinary innovation
(BPT) - When award-winning chef and culinary visionary Michael Voltaggio was remodeling his West Hollywood home, he purposefully selected kitchen essentials that facilitate restaurant-level culinary innovation in a residential setting. Chef Voltaggio’s home kitchen couples superior functional... Read More

2018: The year of comfort culture
(BPT) - Are you in touch with your comfort culture? More than just a catchy buzzword, comfort culture is that sense of comfort and pride that comes from who you are, where you’re from and how you do things. It’s the space where you can relax and let the stresses of everyday life melt aw... Read More

Dogs can catch the flu? What dog parents need to know
(BPT) - Did you know that humans are not the only ones who can catch the flu? Unfortunately for man’s best friend, dogs are also susceptible to their own version of it.Dog flu is a year-round illness that can easily spread from dog to dog, but isn’t contagious to humans. Spring is a gre... Read More

Why small businesses need to think big this summer hiring season
(BPT) - Finding great employees hasn’t been easy for small businesses lately. And this summer, the competition could heat up even more.Thanks to a healthy economy, unemployment levels are low across the country. Many companies will be adding even more jobs as the weather warms up — espe... Read More

Brilliant blooms: 5 smart consumer tips for sending flowers
(BPT) - For Americans, sending flowers to show love, caring and concern is a longstanding tradition appreciated by both givers and receivers. It’s so popular, in fact, that last year we spent some $2.6 billion on flower gifts for the Mother’s Day holiday alone — $26.6 billion on f... Read More

5 questions to ask when shopping for a mortgage
(BPT) - Buying a home is a major financial commitment. It’s exciting, but can also be confusing and overwhelming. Choosing the best mortgage that fits your needs is an important first step and first-time homebuyers in particular should research the many options and know the right questions to... Read More

How your lawn equipment is harming the environment
(BPT) - Spring is upon us and our yards are beginning to bloom. The grass needs to be cut, the hedges trimmed and the debris blown away. This is an exciting time of year as we all look forward to getting outdoors after a longer than desired winter season.As we begin our list of warm-weather chores,... Read More

Step up, America: 5 ways public transportation is crucial to our small towns
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A home expert shares top tips for a worry-free vacation
(BPT) - When it’s time to embark on your well-deserved getaway, the last thing you want is to worry about the things that could go wrong at your unattended house.It’s pretty common to wonder if everything is OK while you're on vacation, says Chip Wade, an HGTV expert. Especially since t... Read More

New guidelines may alter the way you see your MS treatment
(BPT) - For people with multiple sclerosis (MS), many of the treatment options surrounding their condition are well known. However, in the past, many people with MS decided to delay using MS drugs for as long as possible and allow the disease to run its course. New guidelines from the American Acad... Read More

Why would manufactured homes require a title?
(BPT) - On June 15, 1976, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) instituted the Federal Manufactured Home Construction and Safety Standards — more commonly referred to as the “HUD Code.”With these regulations, HUD defined the safety and quality standards requir... Read More

Consider a new way to see the world: The benefits of group travel
(BPT) - Many people long to see another part of the world but are reluctant to travel on their own or take on the stress of planning a vacation. Researching destinations, transportation, accommodations and activities can be a lot of work. Expedia research has shown that leisure travelers visit an a... Read More

6 ways to revive your home with essential oils
(BPT) - Essential oils, highly concentrated essences of plants, have the power to improve our lives, revive our spaces and boost our mood, whether it's through diffusing them to add a fresh scent to the kitchen, creating a spa-like oasis in your bathroom or whipping up DIY cleaning products to use ... Read More

Custom settings make smartphones easy, accessible to older users
(BPT) - The digital generation gap is slowly narrowing, as older users come to more fully grasp smartphone technology and appreciate its many benefits. New technologies make it easier than ever to maintain social contacts, monitor health and preserve independence. According to Pew Research, 85 perc... Read More

Millions of smokers go online for help to quit each year
(BPT) - The internet is the first place many people go to get information on how to quit smoking. In fact, more than 12 million U.S. adults — a third of all smokers — turn to the internet for help quitting each year, according to a new Truth Initiative study.Published in Nicotine & ... Read More

The most common causes of homeowners insurance claims
(BPT) - The value of homeowners insurance is often thrust into the national spotlight when natural disasters happen. The devastation and financial loss they can cause reinforces the importance of making sure you have adequate insurance coverage to rebuild if disaster strikes your home. In 2017 alon... Read More

4 ways to simplify your DIY projects and home improvements
(BPT) - Whether you're working on a spring home improvement project or a summer task, this is the time of year when you focus on improving your home both inside and out. As you look for ways to make your home even better, nothing beats a good DIY project.DIY home improvement projects are popular ea... Read More

Advice for adult children of aging parents who need help at home
(BPT) - Helping a parent stay active and healthy at home can be achieved with careful planning. The rewards of personally caring for, or managing the care of, a loved one who needs help are innumerable. It’s an opportunity to give back and to offer a return on the loving investment they once ... Read More

Having tax regrets? Here are 5 ways to pay less and save more on your taxes
(BPT) - Most of us know the feeling: Tax season can be a frustrating and stressful time. You have to gather lots of documents, remember all the changes in your life over the past year that might affect your return, and file the required paperwork before tax day rolls around.And while you do all of ... Read More

Easy tips to save money on health care
(BPT) - As Americans work hard to meet all the obligations that come with work, family and everyday life, many are challenged to find time to manage all the financial elements affecting their health care.The details associated with health care insurance can be confusing. At the same time, you want ... Read More

5 tips to create a personalized shed
(BPT) - The backyard. It’s your oasis. Your happy place. Your second living room. It’s the place to go not only for “me” time — but quality time with friends and family.This National Barbecue Month, the Hearth, Patio & Barbecue Association wants to help you make yo... Read More

Health care costs in retirement: Can you separate fact from fiction?
(BPT) - As their 65th birthday looms, many people eagerly anticipate the affordable access to health care that Medicare will provide. After all, Medicare covers everything, right? Not exactly. Because of this common misconception, many people are caught off guard when they realize that each one of ... Read More

Maximize the value of your Medicare dollar
(BPT) - In a recent survey, 43 percent of newly retired people said they were spending more on health care than they planned. One of the primary reasons? An unintentionally misguided approach to choosing their Medicare coverage.To make the process of comparing their plan options easier, too often p... Read More

Insufficient salt consumption can be dangerous
(BPT) - New York City mandates it and now Philadelphia is considering it. “It” is salt warnings on menu labels for any item considered too high in salt. The average American eats about 3,400 mg./day of sodium and recent studies indicate that’s just about the right amount. Regardle... Read More

If it can rain, it can flood: Why flood insurance is a wise bet for homeowners
(BPT) - The federal government considers floods the nation's most common natural disaster. They strike every state and leave homeowners with huge repair costs. Why? Because typical homeowners insurance doesn't cover flood damage.Those policies may provide protection for water damage when it comes t... Read More

Home improvements to help your home sell faster and for more money
(BPT) - The real estate market is heating up, and if you're planning to sell your home in the future, you want it to sell quickly and for as high of a price as possible. By taking proactive action now, you can make a few strategic home improvements that can help you achieve both your goals.To boost... Read More

Now that the taxes are filed, give your small business a checkup
(BPT) - A challenge for any entrepreneur is getting access to capital. If you’re like many, you’re constantly looking for ways to reduce expenses and free up cash flow so you can be ready for anything, whether it’s a slow season or an opportunity to expand.When tax season rolls ar... Read More

5 essentials to get your backyard party-ready
(BPT) - The warm, summery weather is a golden opportunity to take your get-together outside. Whatever the occasion, take advantage of the sun and extra space, and let these tips help you plan and get your outdoor space ready for your guests.1. Cluster the conversation spotsWhen planning your backya... Read More

Don't suffer in silence if you have these symptoms
(BPT) - "As a doctor, I want patients to have open conversations with me about any symptoms they may experience without feeling uncomfortable," said Dr. Howard Franklin, MBA, vice president of medical affairs and strategy at Salix Pharmaceuticals. "But, I understand that patients may sometimes choo... Read More

Insider tips and tactics for buying a home in a seller's market
(BPT) - Whether you're a millennial looking to buy your first home or a boomer thinking about downsizing your empty nest, you're probably aware that it's a seller's market out there.Homes are selling at lightning speed, bidding wars are commonplace, buyers often have little to no room for negotiati... Read More

Make your next brunch bubble over with Prosecco cocktails
(BPT) - Everybody loves brunch, but without the bubbly, it's just breakfast. Add a festive cocktail to the mix, and suddenly you've got a celebration.The next time you're cooking up a weekend morning meal, be it a brunch-in-bed with that sweet someone or a noon-ish feast for friends, add authentic ... Read More

5 deep-cleaning jobs that are oddly satisfying
(BPT) - Whether it’s scrubbing through grime to reveal a sparkling surface, cleaning dust bunnies from under appliances or organizing your pantry, there’s something oddly satisfying about a deep clean.According to a recent survey conducted on behalf of Clorox, lots of people get the goo... Read More

5 symptoms of menopause and how to control them
(BPT) - The use of hormone therapy (HT) can minimize risks and maximize menopausal relief for common symptoms like hot flashes, dryness, mood swings, fractured sleep, brain fog, irritability and weight gain, according to Dr. Mache Seibel, author of The Estrogen Fix. When taken at the right time, es... Read More

The new tax law: What you need to know now
(BPT) - With the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 having been signed into law, here are some of the things you should be thinking about as tax season approaches, according to Robert Fishbein, vice president and corporate counsel, Prudential Financial Inc.2017 tax returnsThe new tax law is generally ef... Read More

Gut check: Eat the right kinds of whole grains with the right kinds of fiber to cut cancer risk
(BPT) - Can cutting back on whole grains be bad for your gut and deadly to your health? Though some popular diets promote the elimination of grains, a recent report from the American Institute for Cancer Research suggests this may be ill-advised.Researchers say 47 percent of colorectal cancers can ... Read More

Bioelectronic medicine now being used for cancer treatment
(BPT) - At its core, bioelectronic medicine is simply the use of technology to treat disease and injury. If it sounds futuristic, it’s because many of its applications operate like something out of a science fiction movie.Some applications include tools that you’re probably already fami... Read More

Use these sleep tips to stay safe and productive at work
(BPT) - It’s time for America’s workforce to wake up. If you are one of the tens of millions of adults sleeping fewer than seven hours each night — the amount recommended by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM) — you are likely jeopardizing performance, increasing a... Read More

The travel warrior's nutrition guide: 5 easy steps to be healthy on the go
(BPT) - U.S. residents logged 1.7 billion trips for leisure purposes in 2016, according to the U.S. Travel Association, and this number will likely grow in 2018. Whether you’re traveling for leisure or business, you shouldn’t lose sight of nutrition. It’s common to think, “H... Read More

How to handle rising interest rates in 2018
(BPT) - The nation’s central bank — the Federal Reserve — just raised interest rates by a quarter point. The Fed is expected to raise rates at least two more times this year by the same amount. That’s going to affect a lot of your finances, including your credit card bill, c... Read More

Business travel on the rise for women: Road warrior gives 5 tips for traveling like a boss
(BPT) - When it comes to business travel, more women are taking to the road and sky to get to their destinations. In fact, women account for 47 percent of all business travel worldwide, reports the Global Business Travel Association.With female business travel on the rise, many brands are taking no... Read More

Call 811 before digging for home improvement projects and landscaping this spring
(BPT) - With spring having officially begun, many eager homeowners and landscape professionals across the country will roll up their sleeves and reach for their shovels to start projects that require digging this season.During the transition into “digging season,” Common Ground Alliance... Read More

How many miles per gallon does your home get?
(BPT) - Everyone wants the inside scoop on how to get the best deal. Ironically, consumers will do a bunch of research over a $500 smart phone and relatively little for the largest purchase of their lives, their homes.Most home buyers focus on price and payments, however, factoring in a home’... Read More

Farm-to-table: The hot food trend you can enjoy without leaving home
(BPT) - Farm-fresh eggs. Locally grown tomatoes. Herbs sourced onsite.If you've eaten out recently, you've probably noticed the menus feature locally sourced ingredients. The farm-to-table movement continues to flourish at restaurants throughout the country.In fact, rather than the exception, it's ... Read More

The busy parent's guide to weekday meals
(BPT) - It’s amazing what parents do in a day. You help your kids with homework, drive them to and from practice, whip up a meal everyone will like, make sure they brush their teeth ... the list goes on. Not to mention you have a job to go to. It’s a wonder parents can ever find a few m... Read More

Spring lawn care is easier than ever
(BPT) - The snow has melted, flowers are beginning to bloom, and you wake to the sound of birds chirping: all signs that spring is here. Spring means time to give your lawn the TLC it needs, but most of us dread the thought of weekends spent occupied by yard work. Luckily, in 2018, getting that per... Read More

Travel insurance tips for a worry-free vacation
(BPT) - Vacation may be a time to relax, but things can take a serious downturn if you lose your passport or if there is disastrous weather at your destination — or worse, you need an emergency medical evacuation. Though travel insurance can seem like just one more expense, without it, an eme... Read More

Adventurers and travelers: Add this to your bucket list
(BPT) - Let your soul experience one of the most stunning and pristine places on earth, Western Australia’s Kimberley. Its coastline is so unspoiled, dinosaur footprints still smatter the rocks. Its oceans are so untouched, whales nurse their young in its warm waters. Its indigenous culture i... Read More

Protect your home from termites this spring
(BPT) - Spring is officially here, bringing flowers, greenery and increased pest activity. Because termite evidence is more noticeable in warmer months, it is important to check for any warning signs every spring. Fortunately, there are a few things you can do to reduce the likelihood of a termite ... Read More

Mushrooms: Gentle on the Planet, Healthy on the Plate
(BPT) - Want to start making more earth-friendly food choices in the kitchen? Start with mushrooms, a healthy food that requires minimal natural resources to produce.According to a 2017 study titled "The Mushroom Sustainability Story," mushroom production requires relatively low water, energy and l... Read More

4 simple swaps when planning a kitchen refresh
(BPT) - Spring is in full swing, which means it’s time to reinvigorate your kitchen with a new look! When planning your refresh, consider these simple, stylish swaps that don’t require investing tons of time or budget.Upgrade your kitchen fixturesFaucets often serve as the centerpiece o... Read More

Nutrition takes center stage for people with chronic conditions
(BPT) - Nutrition is important for everyone. The proper vitamins and nutrients help the body stay healthy and function well. For people with chronic conditions, the right nutrition is essential in helping to ward off potential health hazards.Depending on your state of health, some nutrients may be ... Read More

Tax-time tips in the final stretch of the tax season
(BPT) - The April 17 tax filing deadline is quickly approaching. While many are excited about the possibility of a tax refund, nearly 1 in 3 taxpayers waits until April to file their return. Whether filing online or meeting with a tax professional, H&R Block shares three tips to help make the f... Read More

Top 5 reasons to visit El Salvador in 2018
(BPT) - El Salvador, Central America's smallest country, attracts a wide array of intrepid travelers who come to experience its vibrant culture and diverse outdoor activities. From its rich Maya history, to its volcanic beauty and generations-old artisan heritage, El Salvador provides plenty for tr... Read More

7 plant-based tips for a healthy weight
(BPT) - Whether you’re a vegan, vegetarian or omnivore, it’s important to eat a diet that includes a symphony of minimally processed plant foods, according to Sharon Palmer, an award-winning registered dietitian nutritionist, plant-based food and nutrition expert, author and blogger. Th... Read More

What's driving car care and purchases this spring
(BPT) - As the weather starts to warm up, Americans will hit the road more often for destinations ranging from family outings to spring vacation destinations. Because cars are such an important part of our daily lives, Hankook Tire examined what drives Americans to keep up with car maintenance, as ... Read More

Fresh, lively dishes for warm weather months
(BPT) - Are you in a cooking rut? If you find yourself making the same things repeatedly, it's time for some inspiration. As seasons turn, you might crave different foods. This is the perfect reason to think beyond the ordinary and experiment with new flavors.Registered dietitian and nutritionist D... Read More

Beyond Medicare: Managing your health care in retirement
(BPT) - With people living healthier and longer than ever before, 65 is the new 45. If that milestone birthday is right around the corner for you, odds are you're too busy logging your 10,000 daily steps into your fitness tracker, shopping for organic produce and planning your bucket-list trip to T... Read More

10 reasons to plant a tree this spring
(BPT) - Did you know planting a tree is one of the easiest and most powerful things you can do to have a positive impact on the environment? It's true. Trees clean the air, prevent rainwater runoff, help you save energy and even combat global warming. And they're a snap to plant! No horticultural d... Read More

Corn, soybeans and nuts: Top U.S. exports feed the economy
(BPT) - Politicians spend a lot of time talking about America-first trade deals. Even though the average person may not think about U.S. trade often, it's a key part of the economy — a topic that’s on everyone’s mind.In 2017 alone, the U.S. exported around $132 billion worth of ag... Read More

Simple strategies to stay on trend in your garden
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5 simple ways to jump-start fitness goals
(BPT) - Fitness is central to your well-being and ability to enjoy life to the fullest, however it's easy to get stuck in a rut. How do you find new interest and motivation so you're ready to maximize the warm weather months?Dan Gaz, physical activity and assessment program manager at the Mayo Clin... Read More

Silent destroyers: Tips to spot termites and prevent infestation
(BPT) - There are many reasons that termites have gained the nickname "silent destroyers." Five billion reasons, in fact.Termites cause more than $5 billion in property damage in the U.S. each year. If left unchecked, they can silently chew through the structural stability of a home, eating away at... Read More

Healthy and at home: 5 ways to prevent a life-changing fall
(BPT) - Most of us who are aging hope to live comfortably and self-sufficiently at home well into our golden years. And, of course, we wish the same for our parents.The good news is advancements in healthcare and other technology are increasingly allowing aging Americans to live longer at home. The... Read More

High-tech bathroom trends for 2018
(BPT) - Technology is trending in home design and decor this year, and some of the most dramatic, futuristic and fun tech trends are showing up in the bathroom. From glass doors and windows changing from clear to opaque with the touch of a button to toilets transforming the whole experience of goin... Read More

5 musts for a low-stress, on-budget DIY home project
(BPT) - Owning your own home is a life accomplishment for many adults, and keeping it looking sharp and adding your personal touches brings a sense of pride. It seems there are always things you want to improve, so don’t let a limited budget or lack of know-how hold you back from dreaming. Th... Read More

Results are clear: BPA is safe
For more than 10 years, U.S. government scientists have been conducting an in-depth research program with the goal of answering key scientific questions and resolving remaining uncertainties about the safety of BPA. This research so far has shown: that human exposure to BPA is low, that people quic... Read More

Raising beef to higher standards
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3 keys to lower your golf scores
(BPT) - This is the best time of the year. A full season of golf awaits, and you want to get out and play.Making this your best season yet means starting the year off on the right foot. But to do that, you need more than just practice and coaching. You need the right gear.Research done by Golf Maga... Read More

The unexpected entrepreneurs of Wausau, Wisconsin
(BPT) - In September 2018, thousands of people from around the world will congregate in an unlikely place: Wausau, Wisconsin.The diverse crowd will gather for the second International Wisconsin Ginseng Festival. While many may be surprised that such an event would be held in the middle of Wisconsin... Read More

6 tips to reduce confusion in older patients after surgery
(BPT) - The longer you live the more likely you will develop a medical condition that requires surgery or a procedure. In fact, half of all people 65 and older will have at least one surgical procedure in their lifetime. And along with common potential side effects from anesthesia during surgery su... Read More

Save time in your morning with these kitchen hacks
(BPT) - It happens: You hit the snooze button once, twice, then three times, so when you’re finally showered, dressed and ready to tackle the day, you’re already behind schedule. Oftentimes that causes you to skip breakfast completely.Turns out, your breakfast habit is one time-saving s... Read More

How to be 'money smart' in a digital world
(BPT) - Modern digital technology has replaced landlines, television antennas, VCRs, CDs and many other things that were once part of our daily lives — and the next thing to go may well be cash.A few years ago, the idea that we would no longer use cash would have seemed outlandish, but it&rsq... Read More

10 easy ways to eat healthier
(BPT) - If you're indulging in too many break room snacks or swinging by the drive-thru after work, you're not alone. With such a busy life, it's easy to grab something quick and unhealthy on the go. But, the good news is, it's also easy to make changes in your diet that will reap powerful health b... Read More

Don't re-roof until you do these 5 things
(BPT) - With spring officially arriving, home improvement season is swinging into full gear. Fair warning to homeowners looking to hire a professional, 2018 is predicted to be a record-breaker.A recent study by the Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard University projects home improvement spe... Read More

Dominate spring: 5 easy steps to wake up your lawn
(BPT) - There are a lot of things people miss during the winter — flip-flops, shorts and warm sunshine. But one of the things homeowners miss the most is the sight of green grass.For months their lawns go into hibernation and disappear under a blanket of snow. Once the temperature starts to r... Read More

Your prescription drug coverage and medication questions answered
(BPT) - Prescription drug coverage and medications can be complex territory.Enter UnitedHealthcare Medicare & Retirement’s Chief Pharmacy Officer Mike Anderson, PharmD, who has spent his career navigating the ins and outs of the Rx world.Below, Anderson answers some questions people frequ... Read More

4 ways hardscapes can add value to your home
(BPT) - Outdoor hardscape projects add resale value to a home as well as bring extra enjoyment to homeowners while they are living in the home, according to the “Remodeling Impact Report: Outdoor Features” by the National Association of Realtors (NAR) and the National Association of Lan... Read More

6 project ideas to recreate your kitchen
(BPT) - As the hub of activity in a home, the kitchen serves many purposes: meal prep base, dining area, family gathering place, celebration zone, and entertainment center, to name a few. Does your high-use, heart-of-the-home kitchen meet the challenges and needs of your family life?If not, then it... Read More

Ideas to help you reap big rewards from your garden
(BPT) - Get active outdoors with a hobby more satisfying than binge-watching another television series. As a pastime, gardening can help you eat delicious, more flavorful food while transforming your patio or yard into a colorful hangout for butterflies and bees.Many people don’t realize how ... Read More

How to keep your seafood wild
(BPT) - Every day, consumers are bombarded with buzzwords when selecting groceries — natural, organic, non-GMO, gluten-free and so on. Coupled with news headlines about the environmental impacts of growing, raising and catching food, it’s no wonder many of us are becoming more confused ... Read More

Personalize your ride with a new set of wheels
(BPT) - The idea of a new car or truck is exciting. What’s even more exciting is making that new vehicle your own.There are countless ways to personalize a vehicle, but one of the easiest ways to spruce up a vehicle is by adding a new set of wheels. In fact, wheels are typically the first thi... Read More

Problem Gambling: Know When to Stop Before You Start
(BPT) - The bright lights. The energy and laughter that fills the room. Casinos are fun and exciting to the vast majority of people but for some, they can be problematic.Casinos are a form of entertainment, so how do you ensure what’s meant to be a fun and leisurely activity continues to be a... Read More

The Merchant Bill of Rights seeks to level the playing field for small businesses
(BPT) - Consumers who make just a few purchases each day may not think much about the companies that process their credit card. But for a small or mid-sized business, processors who aren’t transparent about the costs they pass on can add up to an expensive headache. Heartland is celebrating 1... Read More

5 ways to care for and comfort your sick child
(BPT) - If you’re a parent, a big part of your job is making sure your children feel well. No matter how many times you wash their hands, sterilize their toys or keep a sparkling clean house, inevitably the germs will win. All parents know that taking care of a sick child can be a stressful e... Read More

How to eat more protein and improve athletic performance
(BPT) - Whether competing recreationally, at an amateur level or professionally in front of the world, proper nutrition is a key component of any athlete’s performance. A variety of nutrients come into consideration, but one seems to get the highest level of attention: protein.Because protein... Read More

Tips for overcoming obstacles to be your best self
(BPT) - Everyone faces their own journey in life. This journey will likely have hurdles of many kinds. These hurdles can knock you down, but with the right mindset and attitude, they can never keep you down. In fact, they can actually make you stronger.Chelsee Nabritt has been overcoming hurdles si... Read More

Simple ways to save on your pet's medical costs
(BPT) - Pet parents know that there's nothing like the love of furry family members. Keeping your pets healthy is a priority because you want them to live as long as possible. However, health care costs for pets are expensive, and if you are dealing with additional expenses such as prescriptions fo... Read More

These health benefits of salt might surprise you
(BPT) - World Salt Awareness Week is being celebrated this year from March 12 to 18 and is the perfect opportunity to recognize all the many benefits of salt. Salt, or sodium chloride, is essential for life. In fact, no mineral is more essential to human survival than sodium because it allows nerve... Read More

5 helpful tips for sticking to your New Year's resolutions this spring
(BPT) - On average, two-thirds of Americans set New Year’s resolutions to begin the new year with a fresh outlook. Whether it’s changing your diet, saving money or starting a new hobby, it seems almost everyone is trying to accomplish something when January rolls around.With the new yea... Read More

The secret places pests are hiding in your home
(BPT) - Pests can be hiding just about everywhere — whether you can see them or not. When you know where to look, there are preventative measures you can take to help avoid a pest infestation problem in your home. Terminix shares details on the unexpected, “secret” places pests ca... Read More

5 important qualities to look for when purchasing paper
(BPT) - Buying paper and office supplies can seem routine, however, these simple choices matter. Choosing the right paper can help save time and money, as well as ensure the quality of documents.So, what exactly should you look for in copy paper?“There are many different performance attribute... Read More

5 simple things you can do to promote literacy at home and beyond
(BPT) - What was your favorite childhood book? Chances are, you can come up with a title right away. That’s because books create powerful memories of stories and characters that inspire kids’ imaginations and will be treasured for a lifetime.Unfortunately, some children grow up with lim... Read More

5 tips to keep allergy sufferers from dreading spring
(BPT) - From flowers poking through the ground to ditching heavy winter parkas, it’s easy to look forward to spring. Unless, of course, you have allergies. Then, the path to warmer weather and additional daylight could be marked with watery eyes, sneezing and a runny nose. Makes it hard to be... Read More

4 tips to add Scandinavian style to your decor
(BPT) - As homeowners look for ways to refresh their spaces, Scandinavian style has become ever more prominent and popular among designers and interior décor experts. The clean, modern, minimalist aesthetic shows up in interiors and exteriors — from streamlined furniture to low-mainten... Read More

5 practical and fun ways to spend your tax refund
(BPT) - It’s that time of year again when you may find a little bit of extra money in your pocket, thanks to your annual tax refund. There are plenty of practical ways to spend it, such as putting it toward paying off credit cards, loan payments or even starting a college fund, but there is a... Read More

Chef Jose Garces focuses on quality and versatility at this year's sold-out South Beach Wine and Food Festival
(BPT) - There are few foods that span a variety of diverse culinary styles more than fresh pork. Fresh pork is known by both leading chefs and home cooks as a flavorful, versatile solution for any night of the week.Smithfield Fresh Pork is proud to partner with the National Pork Board and 20 award-... Read More

5 ways to serve up Hollywood magic at your awards night party
(BPT) - What makes a great party on a big awards night so much fun? It probably has something to do with why we still go to packed movie theaters: We love a shared experience.This March 4, make your red carpet viewing experience one to remember for you and your friends, and host a bash that celebra... Read More

Tips to put the health back into healthy food trends
(BPT) - With new so-called “healthy” food trends popping up all the time, it’s hard to keep track of what’s good for your health and what’s just a fad. Luckily, research continually shows consumers which fads to ditch and which kitchen staples stand the test of time an... Read More

Technology can help people manage Type 2 diabetes in real time
(BPT) - There is no disputing that digital health technology and connected devices can produce massive amounts of data. But that data, on its own, is not always particularly useful. The real value comes from translating that data into personalized and actionable information and putting it into the... Read More

The best way to clean wood floors might surprise you
(BPT) - Although most people envision their dream home with shiny wood floors, many consumers are unaware of the best way to care for them, according to a 2017 survey conducted by the National Wood Flooring Association.“Not surprisingly, many homeowners are unsure of the best way to effective... Read More

Poison safety tips to keep your family safe this winter
(BPT) - According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there are approximately 2 million poisoning incidents per year within the U.S., and more than 90 percent of these occur within the home. This winter, keep your family safe by learning more about the potential for poisoning, how to... Read More

House hunting? Use this handy checklist before you make the offer
(BPT) - House hunting can feel like an adventurous new chapter in your life. If you're lucky enough to find the property that checks off all the "must have" boxes — appearance, size, price, location — it’s easy to fall in love.Not so fast. Before making an offer on any property, i... Read More

7 ways to stay committed to your fitness goals
(BPT) - In January, when many people make New Year’s resolutions to get fit, they’re full of energy and excitement to start and see results.But by the end of February, that intensity and interest start to slip. Gold's Gym has identified this as the Fitness Cliff, or the time that gym ch... Read More

One cause of heart disease that might surprise you
(BPT) - One in four deaths in the U.S. is caused by heart disease. More than 610,000 people die of heart disease in the U.S. every year, making it the leading cause of death for both men and women, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. It's no surprise heart health is a prior... Read More

Henry Johnson: The story of an unsung hero
(BPT) - As you know, February is recognized as Black History Month. This is an opportunity to reflect on all of the brave African-American men and women throughout our country’s history. As the Purple Heart Foundation is a veteran service organization, we wanted to reflect on African-American... Read More

5 questions to ask before making a charitable contribution
(BPT) - Giving back by donating to a nonprofit can help you feel more connected to your community and have a lasting impact for someone else. In many cases, deciding where to donate your hard-earned funds can be overwhelming. After all, the array of groups requesting donations is substantial and in... Read More


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