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December 4, 2020

5 Ways Real Christmas Trees Can Make Fun Holiday Memories in a Tough Year
(BPT) - Pandemic or no pandemic, people are determined to keep the holiday spirit alive and joyful. Here are five ways to keep that Christmas spirit alive and real this year:Go Ahead, Enjoy Your Tree All Season Long. Get your Christmas tree and fill your house with joy (and scent!) all season long.... More >>

Can a vacation save your life?
(BPT) - If you’ve ever wondered whether there are benefits to taking a vacation or traveling, there is good news. Research shows that vacations can help you live longer and improve your mental and physical health.According to a 2016 Harvard study, when travelers planned out their vacations at... More >>

For People Living with Follicular Lymphoma, Routine Medical Check-ins are a Must—Here’s Why
(BPT) - The global COVID-19 pandemic is affecting nearly every part of daily life, and many people are choosing to skip or forgo their medical visits, screenings and tests. For people living with follicular lymphoma (FL), a typically incurable blood cancer that has to be closely managed, the import... More >>

Holiday hints: Gift wrapping and shipping tips from the experts
(BPT) - It’s that time of year again — when gift-givers everywhere struggle to get presents wrapped and shipped ahead of the holidays. If you are one of the many who need tips, inspiration or a little nudge, why not turn to the experts for great ideas this year?Wrap artisticallyUp your ... More >>

Pain doesn’t discriminate: Study finds young people experience pain as frequently as older people
(BPT) - A sore back. That stiff joint. Another headache. With so much time being spent at home, you're probably noticing more of your daily aches and pains. Many people tend to envision pain only impacting older people, and while everyone's pain is unique, you might be surprised to learn that pain ... More >>

6 refrigeration trends that will make your life easier
(BPT) - The kitchen is one of the most important rooms in the house — especially now, when we’re all at home more than ever. And while we’re cooking more meals in and stocking up on necessities, having the right features and appliances can help make our lives in the kitchen easier... More >>

4 questions to ask before getting a new pet
(BPT) - One good thing about 2020? More people are fostering and adopting pets who need homes. And during the holidays, pet adoption increases even more because families have more time away from work and school.Before you foster or adopt — and especially when considering a pet as a gift &mdas... More >>

A Closer Look at the Impact of COVID-19 on Hispanic and Latino Communities
(BPT) - Sponsored by Pfizer.Developing a vaccine that could decrease rates of infection, disease and death worldwide is a critical part of addressing the COVID-19 global health crisis. Equally important is helping ensure vaccines reach the people and communities that are disproportionately impacted... More >>

3 truths about the glycemic index from a registered dietitian
(BPT) - It is recommended by nutrition experts that fruits and vegetables should be part of everyone’s daily eating pattern. However, only one in 10 Americans meets the recommendations for fruit and vegetable intake according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). Confusion around the Glyc... More >>

Survey: Americans don’t follow through on crucial annual eye exams
(BPT) - If you’ve fallen behind in scheduling and keeping your regular eye exams, you’re not alone. In fact, eye health is not an important enough priority for most people, according to a recent study by Johnson & Johnson Vision.That’s a problem, since annual eye exams are the... More >>

Oral steroids for asthma: An unequal risk
(BPT) - More than 25 million Americans live with asthma, but people across the country are affected differently. For example, people from Black and Hispanic communities are more likely to visit the hospital due to asthma symptoms and less likely to discuss an asthma action plan with their doctor. T... More >>

5 easy tips for healthy eating
(BPT) - It’s natural to want to eat healthy and fuel your body with the nutrients it needs to feel good. Figuring out how to actually eat healthy and make smart choices can be difficult if you don’t know where to begin! Start the new year off strong with these five simple tips to introd... More >>

5 quick tips for improving the airflow in your home
(BPT) - With COVID-19 cases up in most parts of the country families are weighing the pros and cons of gathering. Experts encourage maintaining a steady flow of fresh, quality air within your home to help slow the transmission of coronavirus.Proper air circulation is crucial in any home, because ai... More >>

Screening for spinal muscular atrophy, the leading genetic cause of infant death, can save lives
(BPT) - Regina Philipps’ son, Shane, was born a happy, healthy and strong baby — holding his head up on his own, rolling, and pushing himself up on his arms. But at six months old, Regina noticed something might be wrong.“He started moving less, and some of the strength he had see... More >>

Safety first: Tips for pet-proofing your home
(BPT) - Welcoming a four-legged friend into your family is an exciting time for everyone, but puppies, kittens, dogs and cats can easily find themselves in serious trouble while exploring their new surroundings. It is important to remember that pets are naturally curious and explore their worlds wi... More >>

4 ways to protect your finances and investments in 2021
(BPT) - Finances are consistently a top concern for many Americans, with “saving money” a top-10 most common New Year’s resolution. This year, Americans are more concerned than ever before due to the uncertainty created by the COVID-19 pandemic. USE Credit Union reported that more... More >>

Jumping on the real estate boom? Do your homework first
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COVID-19 vaccine development: Key facts you want to know, from Pfizer’s Chief Patient Officer
(BPT) - The COVID-19 global pandemic has impacted many people around the globe in some way, and as a result, all eyes are on the biopharmaceutical companies that are working to develop safe and effective COVID-19 vaccines. As the Chief Patient Officer at Pfizer, Dr. Dara Richardson-Heron describes ... More >>

Tips to help you shop safely amid COVID-19 this holiday season
(BPT) - It’s a shopping season like no other. Fifty-seven percent of shoppers surveyed report that they are likely to change their gifting habits this holiday season because of COVID-19[1]. As a result, shoppers are relying on a long-time favorite — gift cards — as a gift that can... More >>

End 2020 on a high note with these holiday hacks!
(BPT) - While 2020 has been a rollercoaster of emotions for all of us, this year’s holiday season doesn’t have to be. These hacks will help you navigate the new norm this holiday shopping season — and make sure 2020 ends on a stress-free note.Channel your inner Clark Griswold. Go ... More >>

Cooking fires increase over the holidays: How to keep your kitchen safe
(BPT) - According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), cooking is the leading cause of home fires and home fire injuries — and the second leading cause of home fire deaths. Cooking fires increase during the holiday season. The type of cooking appliances used makes a difference;... More >>

Great eggspectations: Surprising holiday gift ideas
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Doctor's insight: Debunking toddler nutrition myths
(BPT) - The transition from breast milk or formula to food can be a stressful one for parents of toddlers. Keeping track of the newest information about adequate nutrition is difficult enough, not to mention you're now dealing with toddler food preferences that can seemingly alter overnight."Guidel... More >>

Tips to help manage holiday stress during COVID-19
(BPT) - Feeling stressed? You’re not alone. Stress levels are rising due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the numerous disruptions in our daily lives.The American Psychological Association recently reported that “we are facing a national mental health crisis that could yield serious health ... More >>

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

4 money moves to kick off 2021
(BPT) - Just imagine: Holiday shopping is behind you, the eggnog has officially worn off and the seasonal coffee drinks have lost their allure. A new year is beginning and it’s time to prepare.“As you gear up for a new year, it’s important to take a hard look at your finances, and... More >>

How digital engagement can offer more control over personal finances in unpredictable times
(BPT) - Since the coronavirus pandemic began taking hold in early 2020, global stock markets have taken investors on a rollercoaster ride, with aggressive climbs in value, precipitous drops and an overall queasy feeling in the pits of our stomachs about what’s next.COVID-19’s impact on ... More >>

The caregiver difference: One man’s journey caring for his father’s COPD
(BPT) - When Justin found out his dad had been diagnosed with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), he wasn't sure what to expect. Without knowing anything about the condition, he didn't realize that becoming a primary caregiver at age 30 would mean uprooting his lifestyle to support caring... More >>

How to get the most out of open enrollment
(BPT) - The COVID-19 pandemic means as a parent, you may be 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 ... More >>

Feel-good food: 5 facts you may not know about watercress
(BPT) - As we move into the winter season, it’s important to strengthen our immune systems by making fresh fruits and vegetables a key part of our diets.After all, eating a diet rich in fresh produce is one of eight important steps we can take to ward off potential illness, according to Harva... More >>

7 great reasons to eat more grapes
(BPT) - It’s possible that grapes are already high on your list of snackable foods, but there are so many reasons to eat grapes beyond just their irresistible juicy-sweet taste. You may not know that grapes also have many properties that can help you maintain a fresher, healthier diet. With t... More >>

Delicate harmonies create balance in the bath
(BPT) - The bath space should feel spa-like in nature and create a sense of tranquility. To establish balance within the bath, coordinate different design styles and incorporate striking natural details. Bathrooms that push the boundaries on contrast, while maintaining a minimalistic tone, create t... More >>

Get a clue about the flu: What you need to know
(BPT) - As flu season collides with the COVID-19 pandemic this year, it’s critical to think about how to best protect yourself, your loved ones and the members of your community from getting sick and overburdening an increasingly strained healthcare system. Getting a flu shot each season is a... More >>

Looking for support during this pandemic? A new mental health community supports, inspires and connects people during these challenging times
(BPT) - This article was sponsored and developed by Neurocrine Biosciences. We are living in an unprecedented time, where everyone’s mental health is being put to the test. Recent research has shown that stress and worry related to the pandemic have had a negative impact on mental health, tak... More >>

5 noteworthy travel trends in the age of a pandemic
(BPT) - COVID-19 has changed the way we travel. When the pandemic began, many people put vacations on hold, shelving their wanderlust. As the pandemic continues, people are starting to travel again, but in different ways that prioritize health and wellness. This has led to some interesting travel t... More >>

4 ways to turn holiday gifts into shared experiences
(BPT) - It’s no secret this year’s holiday season is bound to be different. But what hasn’t changed is the search for unique gift ideas — and fun new activities — to share with the ones we love, whether we’re together or apart.If you want to make an impression on... More >>

Why a bidet is the perfect gift for that special person on your list
(BPT) - Looking for an original gift for that extra special person this holiday season? This year, go for something that can elevate their personal care routine. Bidets can offer the perfect gift for every person on your list. They come as seats as well as standalone appliances, and they come with ... More >>

New rules, new procedures, new normal: How you can help teachers
(BPT) - Our nation’s teachers are facing unprecedented challenges this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.Some teachers are implementing new rules, procedures and classroom configurations to limit the spread of the illness. Others are creating entirely new online curricula for students who are... More >>

What will Santa Bass bring your favorite angler this holiday season?
(BPT) - Was your favorite angler a good angler this past year? Did they cry? Did they pout? Santa Bass is coming to town and he’s been checking his list, twice. He sees all the times when an angler acted with kindness at the boat landing as well as those anglers who cut off another angler at ... More >>

How a child's wish brings hope while fighting cancer during COVID-19
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How the rest of the world sees America in 2020
(BPT) - The United States of America is confusing in the best of times. Tax returns. Fifty different legal systems. Why we still use pounds, inches and Fahrenheit. Daylight saving time. We could go on.And in the worst of times? From political debates about wearing masks in a pandemic to a contested... More >>

5 positive tips: Show teachers they have your support this school year
(BPT) - Teaching has always been a challenging job, but this year our nation’s teachers are working harder than ever to ensure student success — online, offline and in combinations thereof.In addition to their usual tasks, educators are having to quickly learn unfamiliar technologies. T... More >>

5 questions to ask before giving your tween a smartphone
(BPT) - If you've considered gifting your son or daughter a smartphone, you’re not alone. In a survey by SellCell last year, about 41% of parents thought a smartphone was the top holiday or birthday gift choice for their teenager. But with Common Sense Media reporting that most (53%) kids hav... More >>

People living with diabetes may feel more in control of their condition with the help of technology
(BPT) - In the United States today, more than 30 million people live with diabetes — a challenging condition that requires individuals to constantly, and diligently, manage their body’s needs. Those who use insulin know that carefully logging glucose (blood sugar) readings is necessary ... More >>

Bring joy back into a family's life this holiday season
(BPT) - 2020 has been a year of change, reflection and resilience. But most of all, 2020 has been a year of seeking new ways to connect — with your family and loved ones, or with others in your community who need support.Now more than ever, hope is essential. And for a family of a child fight... More >>

How probiotics can support your pet’s health
(BPT) - You’ve probably heard the buzz about probiotics helping to support gut health for humans — but did you know that probiotics can also help support the health of your pet? It turns out that both dogs and cats can benefit from probiotics as a regular part of their overall healthy, ... More >>

Are you susceptible to pandemic-related anxiety?
(BPT) - Since the pandemic began, many have felt the effects on their mental health. The CDC reported in June that over 40% of Americans suffered an adverse mental or behavioral health condition, with anxiety and depressive disorders topping the list. By mid-July, 53% of U.S. adults said their ment... More >>

5 ways to salute moms and moms-to-be this National Diabetes Awareness Month
(BPT) - Moms are often the driving force behind their children’s health, helping them make good choices and practice self-care so they grow into healthy adults. Diabetes can add a unique and full-time challenge to what is already a 24/7 job.According to the Centers for Disease Control and Pre... More >>

Seasonal allergies? 6 steps to help you sleep well
(BPT) - Having seasonal allergies is a struggle all day, both in the spring and fall, but for many it's evening when problems intensify. Runny nose, sneezing, itching, tossing and turning disrupt your ability to rest. Fortunately, with a few simple lifestyle changes to help keep fall allergies at b... More >>

Quarantine fatigue? Use the power of play to engage kids and encourage learning
(BPT) - You love spending time at home with your kids, but you might not have anticipated just how much time this would be at the start of the pandemic. Now that cold weather is sweeping the nation, families will be at home and indoors even more. Fortunately, the magic of imaginative play not only ... More >>

Why eggs are a great first baby food
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3 lessons in resilience to help you get through 2020
(BPT) - Billionaire Mark Cuban was fired from his first job in software. Actress Jameela Jamil endured three life-changing medical diagnoses before breaking big in Hollywood. Musician John Legend was receiving unemployment checks while waiting for his big break.Life is rarely linear or straightforw... More >>

Recognizing how a change in schizophrenia treatment can help
(BPT) - Tim is like any other 26-year-old — he lives on his own and has a job. He is also one of the 2.8 million adults living with schizophrenia in the United States.For those in his small community, Tim may be the first person living with schizophrenia that they have ever met. According to ... More >>

Veterans Day 2020: A different time, and a time to make a difference
(BPT) - We hear a lot today about recognizing those people who have made a difference for our country and for our citizens. On Veterans Day, we recognize the many Americans who have made a profound impact on our nation and our future through their service in the U.S. military.In 1918, at the 11th h... More >>

Tips to help navigate health benefits open enrollment amid COVID-19
(BPT) - The COVID-19 pandemic has prompted people nationwide to live differently, including new challenges when it comes to navigating the health system and accessing care.Whether people are enrolling in a health plan offered through an employer, state-based exchange or government-sponsored program... More >>

Election overload? Fun ways to escape politics at home
(BPT) - The election season is a lot to handle no matter where you land on the political spectrum. It can be draining on many levels, which is why now is the perfect time to escape the political drama and make up your own political fun at home.Idea 1: Embrace the household monarchyForget democratic... More >>

5 safety tips for medications in your home
(BPT) - Did you know that 70,980 Americans died from drug overdoses in 2019? The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that figure, citing over 194 drug-related deaths in the U.S. every day last year. And unfortunately, the COVID-19 pandemic has only increased the dangers posed by mis... More >>

Headlight savings time: Switch today, see better tonight.
(BPT) - Daylight saving time is coming to an end, but Headlight Savings Time is just starting.Headlight Savings Time is an annual campaign sponsored by Sylvania, a leading aftermarket automotive brand with more than 100 years of industry experience, to remind drivers that headlights, just like brak... More >>

How to spread joy to everyone from anywhere this holiday
(BPT) - COVID-19 restrictions mean the 2020 holiday season will be different this year, but that doesn't mean you have to become a Grinch. Although extensive travel, large group gatherings and many traditional activities can't happen, you can find imaginative ways to be just as joyful with a dash o... More >>

How small businesses can be ready for this holiday shopping season amidst the pandemic
(BPT) - Nearly every business has been disrupted by COVID-19 in some way, which makes this year’s holiday shopping season more important than ever for many small businesses. Small business owners have demonstrated incredible resilience and creativity this year, and there are ways they can pre... More >>

4 Simple Tips for a Safe and Healthy Holiday Season
(BPT) - Traditionally, the holiday season is a time to gather with family and friends to reminiscence and celebrate all that has happened throughout the year. But with an ongoing pandemic, many are left looking for new and unique ways to enjoy those time-honored traditions in a way that keeps every... More >>

Get crafty this year and spread a bunch of holiday cheer
(BPT) - Holiday decorations bring a smile to everyone’s face, and this year, we could all use that now more than ever. Crafting seasonal décor instead of shopping for it gives you and your family something to occupy your extra time at home and helps you avoid big crowds and shopping st... More >>

3 fire safety tips that could save your life
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5 tips: How to create your own private spa at home
(BPT) - As Americans are spending more time at home in response to the pandemic, many are looking for ways to turn their living spaces into retreats of calm, comfort and well-being.For some people, that means major renovations. For others, it means making select improvements designed to add more tr... More >>

Families find an unlikely remedy for pandemic stress
(BPT) - There’s no doubt these are stressful times. Due to the pandemic, everyone's lives have been turned upside down. This is especially true for families coping with altered routines at school, learning from home or both. Children are stressed about their routines, and parents are anxious,... More >>

5 ways to become a better remote citizen
(BPT) - Whether working from home for the first time, helping kids navigate the new madness of Zoom classes, or simply trying to connect online with relatives, our newfound pandemic-driven remote lifestyles are creating a completely new relationship between ourselves, our homes and our technology. ... More >>

Driving Program for Teens and Parents Created to Save Lives [Video]
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Make meals more festive with a unique fall ingredient
(BPT) - Looking for new ways to elevate fall favorites? Add a ruby red pop of color and sweet burst of flavor to your dishes with a unique seasonal ingredient: pomegranates. Known for their sweet taste, brilliant red color and antioxidants, pomegranate arils, or seeds, bring a touch of sweetness th... More >>

5 at-home habits that can cause new discomforts
(BPT) - Now more than ever, Americans are spending extended periods of time at home. From sitting for long hours working and logging more time in front of the TV, to uncontrollable snacking and changing bathroom habits, the behavioral changes resulting from more time at home are impacting overall h... More >>

10 tips to help you choose the right smartphone
(BPT) - Quality smartphones come in all configurations and price points these days. Here are some of the key things you’ll want to look for to make sure you find one that works best for your needs. Happy shopping!Operating system (OS): There are two different operating systems to choose from.... More >>

5 ways to reinvent your scrambled eggs
(BPT) - Easy to make, packed with nutrients and great for the entire family, scrambled eggs are a breakfast staple in households across the country. While the classic scramble is a great go-to, these days you might be looking to jazz things up a bit. You can excite taste buds with interesting addit... More >>

7 signs your water pipes are in trouble
(BPT) - While spending more time at home, you’ve probably started noticing repairs you need to make. You may have even tackled a few projects to improve your home. However, there are some home improvements you might not consider, because they're hidden until they reach their breaking point &m... More >>

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

Plan for these college costs
(BPT) - If your son or daughter is a high school senior this year, you're probably in the midst of applying to colleges right now. There’s a lot for everyone to think about — where to apply, the steps involved in the application process — and of course, the finances.This year thin... More >>

Save money with these 3 holiday shopping hacks
(BPT) - The holiday shopping season may look a little different this year, but one thing that hasn’t changed is the importance of saving money. Whether you’re shopping online or in store, these tips can help you spend less and set you up for long-term financial success.Know when to use ... More >>

A pediatric dermatologist shares ways to protect baby’s skin this season
(BPT) - Seasons are changing, which means more than just swapping baby’s summer bonnet for a beanie. Cooler weather can also take a toll on their skin. You may start to notice dryness, irritation and itchiness on your little one, which can be a sign of ceramide depletion in the skin barrier, ... More >>

How Technology Is Helping People Better Manage Diabetes During COVID-19
(BPT) - The impact of COVID-19 has changed many aspects of our everyday lives, particularly for those living with a chronic condition like diabetes. Even under normal circumstances, managing diabetes can be difficult, but with the added challenges of the pandemic, access to medical care, medication... More >>

3 ways to give and get the best tech this holiday
(BPT) - Heading full speed toward winter, we all know holiday shopping won’t look the same as years past. But that doesn’t mean you should let the latest trends pass you by this gift-giving season. These tips from UScellular will keep you from missing out on the best gifts and gadgets f... More >>

Parenting advice from real moms: Managing the morning rush
(BPT) - Nobody ever said parenting was going to be easy. But as many real-life parents discover, it doesn’t have to be so serious, either. Getting through tough times — from the morning rush to bedtime routines — is a little easier if you can try to relax and even find humor in ev... More >>

Grieving mom urges parents to promise to get flu vaccinations
(BPT) - Two-year-old Reese Pena was an energetic, healthy toddler loved dearly by her entire family when her life was tragically cut short by the flu. Now, her mom is urging other parents to make a promise to vaccinate their families this year and every year.Reese became ill with what her family as... More >>

Halloween week is here! How to celebrate in a safe and fun way
(BPT) - Every year, you count down the days until Halloween. You love selecting costumes for your whole family, indulging in all your favorite treats and celebrating with friends. But this year is different — while you long to celebrate the holiday to the fullest, you also want to make choice... More >>

Navigating a new normal: Health and safety tips for kids in sports
(BPT) - This year when it comes to youth sports, seasons have shifted, practices may look different and competitions may be postponed, all of which have been difficult for kids who simply want to enjoy their time on and off the field, court, rink, mat or pool deck. As parents navigate this new norm... More >>

Are there benefits to buying a timeshare in this day and age?
(BPT) - Once upon a time, if you said you owned a timeshare, you might get a side eye from a well-meaning friend who was concerned you caved to a hard sell for a vacation option. But times have changed, and a quiet revolution in the industry now shows that timeshares can be a savvy vacation strateg... More >>

Home cleaning: Tips for tackling your mess nemesis
(BPT) - You know it has to get done, but you just don't want to. It's been on the to-do list for far too long. You may try to ignore it, dodge it or even cover it up. It's your mess nemesis — your least-favorite cleaning task — and you're dreading having to tackle it.Not all cleaning is... More >>

5 ways to make a difference in a senior’s life
(BPT) - Did you know that by 2040, 20% of Americans will be 65 and older? As the population of older adults increases, it’s crucial to recognize and celebrate the rich depth of experience, talents and unique perspectives of such a large segment of the country. Yet, all too often, older people... More >>

Food prices: Why they’re rising and how to save
(BPT) - The COVID-19 pandemic has affected food prices more than nearly any other part of the household budget. In April, the Food-at-Home Consumer Price Index increased 2.7%, which was the largest monthly jump since 1974. From June 2019 to June 2020, food prices are up 5.6%. Why is this happening,... More >>

4 ways to make holiday shopping a breeze this year
(BPT) - This year more than ever, we’re all ready to kick back and enjoy a relaxing holiday season. Shopping online is a great way to get your shopping done safely and conveniently this year — in fact, the majority (59 percent) of holiday shoppers plan to shift more of their shopping on... More >>

Stress making you queasy? 5 tips that can help
(BPT) - Face it, this is a stressful time. Everyone is coping with a lot — from anxiety about the pandemic and financial worries to stress around work and family schedules, and so much more. According to a CDC survey this June, over 30% of the respondents reported symptoms of an anxiety or de... More >>

62% of teens experiencing COVID-19 related disruption in driver education/licensing [Infographic]
(BPT) - Michelin North America, Inc. partnered with Governors Highway Safety Association to provide resources to parents during National Teen Driver Safety Week.A newly released survey of parents reveals that many teens are experiencing a COVID-19 related disruption in driver education/licensing, b... More >>

What you need to know to prepare for a low blood sugar emergency
(BPT) - When Alejandra Marquez was 12 years old, she suddenly started to scream during an otherwise typical Sunday church service. There was a loud buzzing that only she could hear, and she soon began to have trouble standing.“It sounded like a mosquito loudly humming in my ear,” Marque... More >>

How to keep the Halloween spirit going in 2020
(BPT) - Halloween has always been a favorite holiday for people of all ages, but this year it will undoubtedly look and feel different. In a year like no other, how can you create festive celebrations that you and your family will enjoy right at home?Looking for inspiration on how to celebrate with... More >>

3 surprising foods that fuel your immune system
(BPT) - Cold and flu season, combined with an ongoing pandemic, is motivating many Americans to do everything possible to support immune health. Fortunately, simple lifestyle habits, like a healthy diet, can make a big difference in strengthening the body’s defense system. But what foods are ... More >>

5 reasons doctors urge everyone to get a flu shot now
(BPT) - As our country grapples with the COVID-19 pandemic, a potentially dangerous season is beginning: flu season. The threat of the pandemic will become more complicated by increasing cases of the flu, making more people ill and putting further strain on the U.S. health care system.Pediatric epi... More >>

Worried about the COVID learning slide? 4 steps parents can take
(BPT) - School is so unpredictable this year, it's hard not to worry about the what ifs. What if my child falls behind due to distance learning? What if my kids have trouble getting back to in-person learning? It's an anxious time for many parents.In fact, a recent Understood/YouGov survey of 2,000... More >>

DIY project to celebrate safely this Halloween – and beyond
(BPT) - This year may have felt like a bunch of tricks, but that doesn’t mean we should miss out on the treats! This DIY Halloween candy holder is a great solution for celebrating the holiday safely, if trick-or-treating is allowed in your area, or if you are having a small outdoor get-togeth... More >>

What All Puppy Owners Should Know About Feeding Their Puppies
(BPT) - New puppy owners have plenty of questions when it comes to their new pet — about training their puppy, puppy-proofing their home and what behaviors are considered “normal” for a growing dog. Perhaps the most important question, which is commonly misunderstood, is how to fe... More >>

Fun ways to enjoy a spooktacular Halloween at home
(BPT) - Halloween 2020 may look different than in years past, but that doesn't mean you can't have tons of fun with your family and friends. The traditional door-to-door trick-or-treating may not happen as many people prefer to stay socially distant, so consider these fun and easy ideas for making ... More >>

3 things you need to know about biomarker testing and genetic mutations in breast cancer
(BPT) - This year alone an estimated 276,000 women and 2,620 men in the United States will be diagnosed with breast cancer. While breast cancer continues to impact a significant number of people each year, scientific advancements have led to more personalized treatment options. Researchers have dev... More >>

Take on your acne
(BPT) - If you’re one of the 85% of teens or young adults suffering from acne, you know how tough it can be. Having acne can sometimes make you self-conscious, affecting your social life and self-esteem.It can be especially difficult if you have “severe recalcitrant nodular acne” ... More >>

Fresh ideas for making cooking at home easier
(BPT) - With family members on different schedules, virtual learning in full swing and working from home showing no signs of slowing, it’s challenging to have meals and snacks ready when hunger strikes. And when time is short and your crew is tired, the last thing you need to be doing is spen... More >>

‘I never got to say goodbye’: The heartbreak of losing a child to a vaccine-preventable disease
(BPT) - “I received a phone call one day that devastated my life forever. My son, Nico, had been diagnosed with meningococcal disease, and was at the hospital for only eight minutes before losing consciousness. He never woke up — and as a father, I never got to say goodbye.”GSK sp... More >>

New survey: How do Americans feel about traveling now?
(BPT) - The COVID-19 pandemic has upended the lives of Americans in many ways, including making families from coast to coast cancel or postpone their vacation plans. However, a new survey reveals that nearly half of U.S. adults are planning to get out and take a trip again soon and a road trip is t... More >>

‘Meningococcal disease almost killed my healthy daughter’: One mother’s story
(BPT) - “I got the call every parent fears. My daughter, Jamie, was in the hospital and I needed to get there immediately. When I got to the hospital, Jamie was already in an induced coma — fighting to survive,” said GSK spokesperson and meningitis advocate Patsy Schanbaum.Jamie h... More >>

6 ways to reduce single-use plastic during a pandemic
(BPT) - The COVID-19 pandemic has increased in the consumption of single-use plastic as disposable mask and glove usage has skyrocketed. Additionally, many businesses have eliminated the option to use reusable shopping bags at a store or to bring your own mug to a coffee shop.There’s no doubt... More >>

Americans share hopeful stories of recovery from opioid use disorder
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Dentist offers tips for a less spooky Halloween
(BPT) - While Halloween will be different this year, you'll still likely be enjoying all your favorite Halloween candies — at least from the comfort of your own home. And face it, it's not just kids who like to indulge in sweet treats.While enjoying your favorite sticky candy and sugary choco... More >>

Pros and cons of using credit cards today
(BPT) - One of the many changes spurred by the COVID-19 pandemic is a fundamental shift in how people are paying for the goods and services they need. Due to both health and safety concerns, consumers and retailers are more frequently choosing credit cards for online and in-person payments in an ef... More >>

5 do's and don’ts of fire safety
(BPT) - A fire department responds to a fire every 24 seconds, and a small flame can turn into a major fire rapidly. With Americans spending more time at home than ever before, it is important to be ready before disaster strikes. To ensure your family is prepared for the unexpected, make sure you k... More >>

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

5 tips for online grocery shopping success
(BPT) - Online grocery shopping is on the rise, and the options are plentiful — from having a shopper deliver goods at your door to curbside pickup and more. But even the most experienced grocery shoppers may find they need to learn some new tricks to achieve online grocery shopping success.T... More >>

4 tips to help juggle difficult family schedules
(BPT) - Due to the coronavirus’ impact on our daily routines, we’re juggling more than ever. From complex school schedules, to working and living in the same place — it can be difficult to control what’s on our plates.In this environment, small steps to improve safety and ge... More >>

How to do laundry during COVID-19: Do's and dont's
(BPT) - Good laundry practices in the home are more important than ever. Recommendations from the North American Cleaning and Sanitization Expert Panel, which recently convened in a workshop hosted by the University of Arizona, offer guidelines to help reduce the spread of infections and illness wh... More >>

How you can make a difference in an animal’s life
(BPT) - According to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA), approximately 6.5 million companion animals enter shelters nationwide every year, and of the total amount of animals in shelters, only about 3.2 million are adopted each year. That means millions of pets are... More >>

How education institutions can stay agile while facing uncertainty
(BPT) - Educational institutions at every level, from preschools to universities, are facing even more challenges than most businesses in today’s fast-changing environment. But businesses and schools use a variety of strategies and resources both inside and outside their organizations so that... More >>

New ways to save more with your FSA or HSA
(BPT) - If you currently have a flexible spending arrangement (FSA) or a health savings account (HSA) through your employer, you probably appreciate knowing that you have some pre-tax savings stashed away in case you need them for a healthcare expense. FSAs and HSAs aim to provide convenient, affor... More >>

3 ways to embrace me-time this fall
(BPT) - Fall is officially here, and with it comes the opportunity to hit the reset button on busy schedules and remind yourself to take a moment to relax and recharge with some “me-time.”Whether you’re taking time to celebrate a small win from your day or simply need a break from... More >>

Multigenerational households provide outstanding benefits during COVID-19 & beyond
(BPT) - Eighty-two percent of multigenerational families say that living together has increased their bonds among family members, according to a study published by Generations United. As COVID-19 has led to increased hardships throughout the United States, many families have taken the opportunity t... More >>

Taking NSAIDs for arthritis pain relief? Make sure you know the risks
(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).Many physicians suggest O... More >>

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

Is a master’s degree worth it?
(BPT) - The economic impact of COVID-19 has hit U.S. employees hard, causing millions to lose their jobs or be furloughed, while others switched to all-remote work — and still others risk their health to stay employed. The pandemic has also affected some sectors much harder than others.Since ... More >>

Is it safe to travel during a pandemic?
(BPT) - According to the CDC, traveling safely during a global pandemic comes down to two basic things: avoiding close contact with strangers and following a few common-sense precautions.With much of the United States slowly easing travel restrictions, research from the U.S. Travel Association reve... More >>

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Wyoming’s road trip revival: Your guide to responsible recreation
(BPT) - People want to start traveling again, yet many are understandably unsure about how that looks. The desire to satisfy wanderlust but in a safe manner has inspired the revival of the great American road trip, where your vehicle is your guide to expansive destinations and unique locations. The... More >>

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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