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(BPT) - Whether it's your first child or you've been around the baby block a few times before, having an infant in your life is an unforgettable experience. While there are countless joys you'll cherish forever, there are also a few challenges you'll likely face along the way.

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Thursday 01/16/2020
Tips to prepare you and your loved ones for an emergency
Updated: January 19, 2020 - 2:37 am

(BPT) - Fires can occur when you least expect it, leaving little time to plan your escape, so the time to prepare for an emergency isn’t when your alarm sounds. According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), only 32% of American households have actually developed and practiced an emergency escape plan. Make time to sit down with your family to plan and practice what you would do in case of a fire or carbon monoxide (CO) emergency. Consider the following tips when helping to prepare yourself and your loved ones:

Three ways to give youth hockey a boost in your hometown
Updated: January 19, 2020 - 2:37 am

(BPT) - Enrollment in youth hockey is at an all-time high in communities across the country. According to USA Hockey, a record 567,908 players registered to play in the 2018-2019 season, with 356,760 of those players ages 16 and younger.

Wednesday 01/15/2020
How to protect yourself from fraud this year
Updated: January 19, 2020 - 2:38 am

(BPT) - With a new decade upon us, it is natural to look to the past on lessons learned. When looking at cybercrime, criminals have advanced their techniques over the past 10 years and have become adept at stealing personal information and scamming innocent people. While we can’t control what they do, we can continue being smart and vigilant in protecting sensitive information like account numbers, expiration dates and three-digit security codes on the back of payment cards.

Tuesday 01/14/2020
Get your glow on: 6 tips to make your skin and hair shine
Updated: January 19, 2020 - 2:40 am

(BPT) - Face it, winter is brutal for your skin and hair. Between the harsh, cold wind outside and the dry, overheated air inside, it’s hard to look your best all winter long. On top of that, everyone tends to overindulge in unhealthy food and drinks during the winter months. Fortunately, there are strategies you can use to enhance your looks while boosting your body’s natural ability to fight off the ill effects of winter.

Monday 01/13/2020
Destress by bringing the outdoors in
Updated: January 19, 2020 - 2:39 am

(BPT) - This year you might have goals like ramping up your workout routine, increasing your self-care regimen or finding time to de-stress.

5 easy ways to help your local animal shelter
Updated: January 19, 2020 - 2:38 am

(BPT) - The winter months are often considered some of the busiest for animal shelters. According to the ASPCA, approximately 6.5 million companion animals enter shelters every year. Adding a shelter pet to your family can be fulfilling, but what if you’re not ready or able to adopt?

How to have a meaningful impact on the world this year
Updated: January 19, 2020 - 2:37 am

(BPT) - What if you could give loved ones a present that makes a meaningful impact on the world? If you want to make a difference this year, consider giving gifts that help others in a direct, effective way. You and the gift recipient will know you’re making a difference in the lives of people who really need it.

Wednesday 01/08/2020
2 simple questions may lower your pet's medication costs considerably
Updated: January 19, 2020 - 2:38 am

(BPT) - If you own a pet, you're in good company. In fact, 67% of U.S. households own a pet, according to the 2019-2020 National Pet Owners Survey by the American Pet Products Association. Pets provide unconditional love and countless memories, and in return they look to their humans to care for them as best as possible.

Tuesday 01/07/2020
Smart tips to manage high-deductible health plan costs
Updated: January 19, 2020 - 2:38 am

(BPT) - It's the same issue every year: Jan. 1 arrives and you need to meet an annual deductible again before your health care coverage takes full effect. For people with high-deductible plans, this can be a big expense at the start of the year.

Monday 01/06/2020
6 simple steps to take control of your finances
Updated: January 19, 2020 - 2:40 am

(BPT) - As we say goodbye to the holidays and hello to a new decade, it comes as no surprise that money is the No. 1 driver of stress for many of us in the Midwest. That’s according to the inaugural Midwest Money Mindset Survey conducted by Huntington.

6 menopause myths debunked
Updated: January 19, 2020 - 2:39 am

(BPT) - Many previously taboo subjects — like menopause — are more openly talked about today. But instead of discussing the real experience of menopause, it's often used as a punchline — like jokes about hot flashes. Myths about this stage of a woman’s life abound, making it hard to sort fact from fiction.

Hiring a Stranger from Craigslist for Home Care Could Be Trouble
Posted: January 06, 2020

(BPT) - At some point you may consider hiring a home care provider for assistance. The first place people usually look is on the Internet, and ultimately on Craigslist, where there are people looking for home care jobs. Hiring a stranger for this kind of important service isn’t easy. You need them to be caring, capable and reliable — and trustworthy enough to work in your home. People you encounter on Craigslist could be “anyone” — you simply don’t know, and you’re putting yourself at risk.

3 signs of discomfort to watch for in your dog
Updated: January 19, 2020 - 2:39 am

(BPT) - Dogs are the best. The best welcome home greeters. The best snuggle buddies. And, the best road trip companions. But, just like humans, dogs have ruff days and health problems from aging and their active lives. They don’t always know how to tell us where they hurt or why they are acting differently, but there are some signs that pet parents can watch for.

Lean and Mean: Turkey Helps Build a Balanced Lifestyle
Updated: January 19, 2020 - 2:38 am

(BPT) - As the calendar flips to a new year, many Americans try to tackle a tough task: building a healthier lifestyle. According to Statista, the sense of being unhealthy is especially strong among Millennials, with nearly 80% of adults under the age of 36 reporting that they “could be healthier.”

Friday 01/03/2020
Jigsaw puzzles – perfect for 'me' and 'we' time this winter
Updated: January 19, 2020 - 2:37 am

(BPT) - During the blustery cold days and cozy nights at home this winter, there’s no better time to rediscover the simple pleasures and quiet joys of indoor activities that help you relax and reconnect with family. Over the holidays, through winter break and beyond, families everywhere are eager to unplug, get away from screens, and spend quality time together.

Thursday 01/02/2020
7 ways to get creative with your FSA money
Updated: January 19, 2020 - 2:39 am

(BPT) - An employer-sponsored Flexible Spending Account (FSA) is a convenient option for saving on health care. You put pre-tax dollars into the account to spend throughout the year on health care related expenses. The downside? Most of your FSA funds expire at the end of the year.

Tuesday 12/31/2019
4 common fitness myths debunked
Updated: January 19, 2020 - 2:38 am

(BPT) - Weight-loss tips, fad diets and more — these days, they’re everywhere you look. And most of it is false information. In fact, the average American wrongly assumes a daily workout must be 95 minutes or more to be impactful, according to a new study conducted by Planet Fitness.

Monday 12/30/2019
Coping with the Challenges of Mental Illness During the Holidays
Updated: January 19, 2020 - 2:38 am

(BPT) - During the holiday season, many look forward to festivities and spending time with family, but for some, this time of year can be overwhelming and stressful. People living with mental health challenges may have an especially difficult time during this season as it can cause feelings of isolation and sadness. According to a survey conducted by the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), 64% of people with mental illness say the holidays make their conditions worse.

Sunday 12/29/2019
6 ways to focus on yourself in the new year
Updated: January 19, 2020 - 2:39 am

(BPT) - When setting New Year’s intentions, it’s easy to get caught up in career or physical health achievements. You strategize to work extra hours or get to the gym a certain number of days per week, but that’s not always the right mindset for success.

Saturday 12/28/2019
Resolving for a healthy 2020? Talking to your family is a great way to start
Updated: January 19, 2020 - 2:38 am

(BPT) - An estimated 130 million Americans make resolutions for 2020 — with more than half of them focused on health. However, most resolutions are broken by February.

Thursday 12/26/2019
5 ways to be more productive in the new year
Updated: January 19, 2020 - 2:37 am

(BPT) - When the calendar flips to a new year, many people are inspired to make resolutions, promising productivity, healthy lifestyles, self-care and more. But all New Year’s goals require making time for what you set out to do — and a little planning goes a long way.

Monday 12/23/2019
5 tips for winterizing your health routine
Updated: January 19, 2020 - 2:38 am

(BPT) - The arrival of the winter months brings an abundance of food, festive drinks and busy days celebrating with loved ones. While indulging in winter festivities, it’s important to stay on top of your healthy habits.

How to throw an unforgettable holiday party
Updated: January 19, 2020 - 2:40 am

Saturday 12/21/2019
6 tips every holiday baker needs to know
Updated: January 19, 2020 - 2:39 am

(BPT) - It’s the holiday season — and bakers everywhere are kicking into high gear, filling kitchens with stacks of cookies, cupcakes, pies and candies. Holiday baking should be a joyful experience, sweet, easy and filled with fun memories. Whether you’re baking for a few or a flock, here are six tips to help you bake like a pro:

Friday 12/20/2019
The winter wine you should be drinking (and sharing) this season
Updated: January 19, 2020 - 2:39 am

(BPT) - Chilly weather: Check. Cozy gatherings with friends: Check. Same old wine: Not so fast. Before you reach for your go-to red this winter, consider Chile’s answer to the season’s most toast-worthy pours: crimson-hued Carmenere (car-men-air).

Creating a game plan to manage a tough blood cancer
Updated: January 19, 2020 - 2:38 am

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Give your backside a break: 4 tips if you sit for extended periods
Updated: January 19, 2020 - 2:41 am

(BPT) - Sitting is nearly impossible to avoid. Whether during your daily commute, working hard at your desk or watching your favorite TV show on the couch, sitting can provide relief and give you the opportunity to relax.

How to make financial wellness your New Year’s resolution
Updated: January 19, 2020 - 2:39 am

(BPT) - While the holiday season is a wonderful time of year, it can also put great financial strain on individuals going into the new year. The demand of holiday spending can lead to worry of unpaid credit card bills, which can lead many to put themselves on a strict "money diet." As you reflect on the past year and the goals you want to set for yourself, you may want to put financial wellness at the top of your list of resolutions.

Host-with-the-most: A step-by-step guide to wow-ing holiday guests
Updated: January 19, 2020 - 2:40 am

(BPT) - With the holidays just around the corner, party planning is in full swing. Whether it be a traditional family gathering or friendly white elephant, consider these tips and tricks to stay organized throughout the holiday hustle to ensure festivities go off without a hitch.

8 tips to prep your home during (and after) the holidays
Updated: January 19, 2020 - 2:38 am

(BPT) - Hosting guests, baking treats, kids on school break and managing a packed social calendar — the holidays can be a stressful, busy time. And with so much to do, household chores can fall by the wayside, leaving your home messy and disorganized.

How scholarships can help today's companies encourage top talent
Updated: January 19, 2020 - 2:39 am

(BPT) - The demand for highly skilled employees continues to rise across various industries, spurring many of today's top companies to seek creative new ways to encourage and develop the best talent. One obstacle to that mission is the rising cost of higher education. To combat that, some businesses hope to foster tomorrow’s employees by supporting today’s students — in very concrete, targeted ways.

Thursday 12/19/2019
4 tips for nutritious meals when you are crunched for time
Updated: January 17, 2020 - 2:49 am

(BPT) - It can be a struggle to prepare a nutritious meal the whole family will enjoy. Finding time to spend around the table during back-to-school season can be particularly challenging, but not impossible.

Wellness tips for ringing in 2020
Updated: January 19, 2020 - 2:38 am

(BPT) - As we head into the next year, it's easy to feel pressured to conjure up insanely difficult resolutions — but much harder to follow them beyond January. Instead of being unrealistic about your wellness goals for 2020, why not choose simple, healthy priorities by making good choices and emphasizing better habits throughout your daily routine?

Meningitis nearly killed my healthy child: What parents need to know
Updated: January 19, 2020 - 2:38 am

(BPT) - GSK spokesperson Patsy Schanbaum’s daughter, Jamie, was a college freshman when she contracted meningococcal disease, also known as meningitis.

Self-care re-imagined: Achieve higher quality 'me time' in the bathroom
Updated: January 19, 2020 - 2:37 am

(BPT) - The long-overdue self-care movement acknowledges what you’ve known for years: Taking time for yourself gets you in a better state of mind to handle your crazy life and tackle your long to-do list.

Making a Difference: Why Finding the Right Schizophrenia Treatment Plan Matters
Updated: January 19, 2020 - 2:40 am

(BPT) - Schizophrenia is a complex and chronic brain disorder that can interrupt every aspect of an adult’s life. For adults living with serious mental illness, like Jason, the journey to finding the right treatment plan, including medication and supportive therapies, can take years. During that time, adults living with schizophrenia may experience multiple episodes, breakthrough symptoms or relapse. While it can be challenging for many individuals to remember to take their daily medication, it can be especially difficult for adults living with schizophrenia, who after missing doses of their treatment may increase their risk for breakthrough schizophrenia symptoms or relapse.

Wednesday 12/18/2019
Are you prepared for a natural disaster or state of emergency?
Updated: January 19, 2020 - 2:39 am

(BPT) - If emergency officials in your community issued a mandatory evacuation order to get out of the path of a wildfire, hurricane or other natural disaster, would you know what to take with you, the evacuation route you would take and where you would go until it was safe to return home?

Discounted access to Amazon Prime for customers on government assistance
Updated: January 19, 2020 - 2:37 am

Stake out special occasion meals in the beef aisle
Updated: January 19, 2020 - 2:37 am

(BPT) - Hosting dinner for a special occasion can be stressful. Whether you’re gathering with family for the holidays or making something new for friends, you want to deliver an entertaining evening and impress your guests with a pristine meal that everyone enjoys. A delicious beef cut is the focal point of a dinner that will treat guests to a night they will remember.

Prioritize your health in the New Year
Updated: January 19, 2020 - 2:38 am

(BPT) - Now is the time of year when people typically take inventory of their lives and set new goals. Relationships, finances, careers and health are all important aspects that impact overall well-being. For this New Year, consider making your health a top priority.

Tuesday 12/17/2019
Spotting the Signs: Alzheimer's Disease
Posted: December 17, 2019

(NewsUSA) - According to the Alzheimer's Association, nearly 5.8 million Americans are currently living with Alzheimer's disease. By 2050, that number is expected to rise to 14 million.

Spotting the Signs: Alzheimer's Disease
Updated: January 09, 2020 - 2:30 am

(NewsUSA) - According to the Alzheimer's Association, nearly 5.8 million Americans are currently living with Alzheimer's disease. By 2050, that number is expected to rise to 14 million.

Haylie Duff’s 4 tips to make brunch even better
Updated: January 19, 2020 - 2:39 am

(BPT) - "One of my favorite things to do is get together with friends for a cozy Sunday brunch," says mother, actress and chef Haylie Duff. "It’s the best way to spend some quality time together before jumping into the busy week ahead. Plus, kicking off the morning with a nutritious meal is an added bonus!"

Monday 12/16/2019
How to relax and enjoy holiday entertaining
Updated: January 19, 2020 - 2:37 am

(BPT) - When the holidays roll around, it can be easy to over-schedule, over-complicate and over-stress — especially when it’s your turn to be the party host. But if you look back on your favorite holiday memories, you probably don’t remember the centerpiece, the table settings or the menu. You just remember the people who were there and the fun you had spending that time together.

Top wine serving tips: Why the glass matters
Updated: January 19, 2020 - 2:39 am

(BPT) - Wine connoisseurs know something even more important than facts about vintages and varietals: It makes a big difference how your wine is served. From the correct temperature to the glass you drink from, how any wine is presented can change the entire experience.

Don't let winter sports injuries freeze your fun
Updated: January 19, 2020 - 2:40 am

(BPT) - For many people, dropping temperatures mean it's time to bundle up and head outdoors for their favorite winter activities. Whether you're a sports enthusiast hitting the ski slope, a casual skater heading to the local rink or a parent ready to tackle the nearby sledding hill with your child, great times and memories await. However, it's important to make sure your fun winter day isn't spoiled by an accident or injury.

Supporting a Loved One with a Chronic and Progressive Lung Condition
Updated: January 19, 2020 - 2:37 am

(BPT) - Having a friend or loved one with a chronic and progressive condition teaches you many things: patience, understanding and adapting to lifestyle changes after diagnosis. But for Mary, supporting her friend, Barbara, living with a serious lung condition called nontuberculous mycobacterial (NTM) lung disease taught her the importance of listening.

Friday 12/13/2019
How to keep your house warm – even in freezing temperatures
Updated: January 19, 2020 - 2:37 am

(BPT) - With the early arrival of winter, the grip of cold temperatures and snowfall that landed along with it, now is a good time to start thinking about keeping your home warm and cozy all season long.

Restore and look good: What to pack for your winter getaway
Updated: January 19, 2020 - 2:39 am

(BPT) - It's officially that time of year when everyone is stressed out, exhausted and overall in desperate need of some R&R. Whether your idea of restoration involves tearing up the ski slopes or drinking wine by a roaring fireplace, now is the time to prep and plan your exciting winter getaway! Where you go is ultimately up to you, but we’re here to help with your packing list.