• August 1, 2014

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  • Teenager danger: Five rules for young drivers

    (BPT) - If you’re feeling nervous about handing the car keys to your teenager for the first time, you’re not alone. It’s a common sentiment given some sobering statistics. According to teendriversource.org, 20 percent of all 16-year-old drivers will be involved in an accident during their first year behind the wheel.  And studies show more teenage motor vehicle fatalities happen during the summer than any other time of year. But there are some things you can do to help keep your teenager from becoming a statistic. The National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) has some tips and tools to keep your teen safe.

  • Erase Strokes From Your Golf Game -- No Pencil Required

    (NewsUSA) - "To shave strokes from your golf game, the only equipment you need is a good eraser."

  • Technology Can Inspire Kids' Outdoor Adventures

    (StatePoint) With today’s engaging technology, it can be hard to get kids off the couch and outside. But no matter what your child’s interests are, outdoor time is important.

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Wednesday 07/23/2014
Turn your fantasy fairytale wedding into reality
Updated: July 24, 2014 - 2:32 am

(BPT) - Every girl dreams of her fantasy wedding. It usually includes a Prince Charming standing next to her at the altar, saying “I do,” while surrounding by friends and family in a fairytale atmosphere.

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Inject fun personality into a wedding ceremony and reception
Updated: July 25, 2014 - 2:32 am

(BPT) - When planning a wedding, you’ll receive plenty of advice via to-do lists in bridal magazines, from friends and coworkers who’ve already been through the wedding process and even from professionals in the industry who have helped many couples achieve their “I dos.”

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Thursday 02/13/2014
Tips to Build the Perfect Wedding Registry
Updated: February 13, 2014 - 2:32 am

(StatePoint) A great registry is the first step to planning your happily ever after. As you make your way to the “I Do’s,” it’s also a time to plan for your new lives together. From hosting your first holiday dinner to lazy Sundays on the couch, making your house a home starts with building a great registry.

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Thursday 07/24/2014
A Moving Way To Honor A Fallen Hero
Updated: July 25, 2014 - 2:32 am

(NAPSI)—Traveling 12,000 miles in 31 days, four Navy SEAL bikers honored one of their own—and you can go along for the ride.

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Moroccans Celebrate Leadership And Reforms
Updated: July 25, 2014 - 2:32 am

(NAPSI)—Citizens of Morocco are marking a period of significant change and progressive developments. July 30th marks the 15th anniversary of King Mohammed VI ascending to the throne.

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Help Send Girls To Summer Camp
Updated: July 25, 2014 - 2:32 am

(NAPSI)—This summer, enjoying a sweet treat can be more than an indulgence, it can also be an opportunity to contribute to the future success of hundreds of girls. That’s the word from Nestlé Crunch, which is collaborating with Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA) on a new campaign to help send girls to summer camp.

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Thursday 07/17/2014
Showing A Love Of Science Can Pay Off
Updated: July 18, 2014 - 2:32 am

(NAPSI)—Statistics indicate that the U.S. is falling behind in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education and careers. With that in mind, National 4-H Council and HughesNet® have partnered to introduce more American youths to hands-on, community-based STEM learning.

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Thursday 06/19/2014
Got An Hour? Give It Back
Updated: June 20, 2014 - 2:34 am

(NAPSI)—Volunteering is easy way to give back the increasing number of older Americans who rely on services and social activities within their community.

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Teaching Kids to Be More Caring
Updated: June 19, 2014 - 2:37 am

(StatePoint) In today’s hectic world, simple acts of care can often be overlooked. However, more parents are taking steps to help kids become more caring.

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Monday 06/16/2014
Survey: Americans Like Their Community Associations
Updated: June 17, 2014 - 2:36 am

(NewsUSA) - The vast majority of the 65 million Americans who live in condominiums and homeowners associations are satisfied with their communities, according to a national survey conducted by Public Opinion Strategies for the Foundation for Community Association Research.

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Thursday 06/12/2014
Future Army Museum To Salute Service Groups
Updated: June 13, 2014 - 2:41 am

(NAPSI)—A foundation that honors the U.S. Army has found a new way to salute the efforts of organizations that serve veterans.

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Volunteers Are Key To Serving Blinded Veterans
Updated: June 13, 2014 - 2:41 am

(NAPSI)—Thanks to dedicated volunteers, an organization that was created to serve blinded veterans has been able to carry out its mission and steadily expand its range of services for nearly 70 years.

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Thursday 05/29/2014
Community Fundraising Made Easy
Updated: May 29, 2014 - 6:51 pm

(NAPSI)—Warm weather is here and that means youth sports teams, nonprofits, schools, church groups and other community causes are raising money for the season. Through the Schwan’s Cares fundraising network, these groups have discovered a convenient way to earn funds.

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Wednesday 07/30/2014
Teenager danger: Five rules for young drivers
Updated: August 01, 2014 - 2:32 am

(BPT) - If you’re feeling nervous about handing the car keys to your teenager for the first time, you’re not alone. It’s a common sentiment given some sobering statistics. According to teendriversource.org, 20 percent of all 16-year-old drivers will be involved in an accident during their first year behind the wheel.  And studies show more teenage motor vehicle fatalities happen during the summer than any other time of year. But there are some things you can do to help keep your teenager from becoming a statistic. The National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) has some tips and tools to keep your teen safe.

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Tuesday 07/29/2014
Erase Strokes From Your Golf Game -- No Pencil Required
Updated: July 30, 2014 - 2:33 am

(NewsUSA) - "To shave strokes from your golf game, the only equipment you need is a good eraser."

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Technology Can Inspire Kids' Outdoor Adventures
Updated: July 29, 2014 - 2:32 am

(StatePoint) With today’s engaging technology, it can be hard to get kids off the couch and outside. But no matter what your child’s interests are, outdoor time is important.

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Why all kids should have the opportunity to go to camp [Infographic]
Posted: July 29, 2014

(BPT) - Nestle USA is collaborating with Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA) on the Nestle Crunch Girl Scout Candy Bars “Let’s Get Her to Camp” campaign, making it possible for hundreds of girls to attend Girl Scout camp.

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Monday 07/28/2014
More Secure Shopping Ahead
Updated: July 28, 2014 - 2:32 am

(Family Features) Following several high-profile security breaches in recent years, consumers have more reason than ever to be concerned about their privacy when using debit and credit cards. Fortunately, an effort is underway to implement new technology across the United States that will better protect shoppers and their private information.

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Serve Eggs With Safety in Mind
Updated: July 28, 2014 - 2:32 am

(Family Features) In today's information age, when news of a food recall travels fast, consumers are more conscious than ever before about the importance of food safety. Fortunately, providing safe food is the top priority for those in food production. But it's not always obvious to know how that focus translates into how foods like eggs are actually produced. 

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Hungry Children Miss Out on Nutrients During Summer Recess
Updated: July 28, 2014 - 2:32 am

(Family Features) For many kids, the last school bell of the academic year rings in a summer of fun in the sun. But for millions of children in every corner of the country, it could mean not knowing where their next meal will come from. 

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3 Tips for Staying Hydrated This Summer
Updated: July 28, 2014 - 2:32 am

(Family Features) As warmer temperatures heat up the summer nationwide, being prepared for the season’s outdoor activities means more than sunscreen protection and appropriate dress. Health experts state that keeping yourself hydrated by drinking enough water and other beverages when temperatures rise is critical to safely enjoying the fun of the season.  

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No More Free Checking?
Updated: July 28, 2014 - 2:32 am

(Family Features) For everything from paying for lunch to paying the water bill, a checking account is the primary tool many Americans use to make day-to-day financial transactions. But for many consumers free checking is becoming a thing of the past as banks notify their customers that “free” accounts are being discontinued. 

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Back-to-school shopping a great time to bond with teens [Infographic]
Posted: July 28, 2014

(BPT) - Parents say they reminisce a bit when taking their teens back-to-school shopping, and find the experience a great way to bond, according to a recent survey conducted by Staples. So as you look forward to finding great deals on back-to-school supplies, see how you compare to other parents with your thoughts on prices, styles and timing for shopping.

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Monday 07/28/2014
Tame that ringing in your ears and rock on, boomers
Updated: August 01, 2014 - 2:33 am

(BPT) - Bob Dylan. The Rolling Stones. Led Zeppelin. Music helped define an entire generation of baby boomers. It expressed their fresh world view and energized them as they set the world in a new direction.

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Friday 07/25/2014
Taking responsibility for your health: Ask for yourself. Do it for your family
Updated: August 01, 2014 - 2:33 am

(BPT) - Every day you sit around the dinner table with your loved ones and ask about their lives−“How was your day? What’s new at work? Do you have any plans for this weekend?” But how often do you ask the truly important questions, like−“Are you taking care of your health?”

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Friday 07/18/2014
Enjoying retirement in a home suited for an active life
Updated: July 30, 2014 - 2:33 am

(BPT) - When it’s time to retire, do baby boomers just sit back and watch life pass them by? Not anymore. Boomers are known for getting involved in their communities, enjoying the outdoors and starting new - or restarting older - hobbies. They also love spending time with family.

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Tuesday 07/15/2014
Stay on top of your rheumatoid arthritis with these helpful tips
Updated: July 22, 2014 - 2:33 am

(BPT) - Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is an incurable, progressive disease in which the body’s immune system mistakenly attacks a person’s joints, causing inflammation and damage. Approximately 1.3 million people have RA. This condition strikes about three times as many women as men and most commonly appears in people between 40 and 60 years old.

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Monday 07/14/2014
Does your bladder control your life? What you should know about your options
Updated: July 23, 2014 - 2:33 am

(BPT) - Do you feel like you spend your life in the bathroom?  Do your night-time potty runs keep you from getting a good night’s sleep? Nearly one in five adults struggles with an overactive bladder (OAB), according to the National Association for Continence (NAFC). The condition results in an overwhelming urge to urinate, frequent bathroom visits and accidents. OAB is linked to hypertension, obesity and arthritis in women, and an elevated risk of regular sleep disturbances, overeating and poor self-esteem in both sexes, the NAFC says. Many people suffer in silence, too embarrassed to talk to anyone, even their doctor.    

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Wednesday 07/09/2014
Hospice care: separating fact from fiction
Updated: July 16, 2014 - 2:33 am

(BPT) - In the living room, a grandfather laughs and plays video games with his granddaughters. Later, he joins the rest of his family to say grace before enjoying a meal together. Moments of life like these may seem ordinary to most; so you may be surprised to learn this grandfather, Robert Mihelbergel from Buffalo, New York, was dying and on hospice care.

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How to build your nest egg and ensure it lasts throughout retirement
Updated: July 16, 2014 - 2:33 am

(BPT) - As you approach retirement, are you feeling good about your finances? Kudos to you if you feel comfortable with the amount you’ve saved. Now it’s time to start thinking about how you will manage your savings so it provides you with income throughout your retirement years.

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Tuesday 06/24/2014
Seniors willing to discuss driving abilities, yet conversations rarely happen
Updated: July 01, 2014 - 2:32 am

(BPT) - There are currently more than 23 million licensed drivers aged 70 and older, and with baby boomers beginning to reach 70 years of age, the number of seniors on the road will rise steadily over the next two decades.

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Living each moment of life with hospice
Updated: July 01, 2014 - 2:32 am

(BPT) - Life is about living each moment to the fullest. A father’s wedding dance with his daughter, a veteran’s visit to the World War II Memorial and the opportunity to bring a newborn grandchild home ... these are only some of the moments made possible thanks to hospice care.

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Wednesday 06/18/2014
Struggling for breath: Why people with COPD may be putting themselves at unnecessary risk
Updated: June 25, 2014 - 2:32 am

(BPT) - Imagine experiencing shortness of breath, wheezing, and a cough so severe it requires you to visit the emergency room. This is a frightening potential reality for an estimated 24 million Americans with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), a progressive and debilitating lung disease that makes it difficult to breathe. Many COPD patients will experience an event like this called an exacerbation (or flare-up), a time when symptoms suddenly get worse and breathing becomes more difficult.

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Friday 08/01/2014
See how a fitness expert stays fit and healthy with a daily dose of fun
Updated: August 01, 2014 - 2:32 am

(BPT) - Keoni Hudoba wasn’t always the renowned New York City fitness trainer he is today. A native of Hawaii, he came to New York as a performer, and developed a love for fitness through a series of healthy steps that led to a radical transformation.

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Thursday 07/31/2014
Raising Autism Awareness for Better Lives
Updated: August 01, 2014 - 2:32 am

(NewsUSA) - NewsusaInfographic - While there is currently no cure for autism, early detection and intervention can result in critical improvements for many young children. Learn more at www.autismspeaks.org.

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Tips On Keeping Your Family Fit This Fall
Updated: August 01, 2014 - 2:32 am

(NAPSI)—If there's one thing parents and kids can agree on, it's that when vacation is over, it's time to get back down to business.

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The New Terms Every Mom-to-Be Needs To Know
Updated: August 01, 2014 - 2:32 am

(NAPSI)—The National Institutes of Health (NIH) and leading medical groups have important news for parents-to-be. A pregnancy is not “full term” until 39 weeks. Research shows that babies do best when they are born at 39 or 40 weeks.

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Helping Athletes Perform Up To Their Potential
Updated: August 01, 2014 - 2:32 am

(NAPSI)—There’s good news for those who get a kick out of soccer and are trying out for a team in the near future. Taking a few practical steps before the tryout can help them stand out on the field and make the most of their opportunity.

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Wednesday 07/30/2014
Help your kids make the grade with healthy back-to-school snacks
Updated: August 01, 2014 - 2:32 am

(BPT) - School means big adjustments and big demands for everyone involved: shopping for supplies, shuttling here and there, studying – or overseeing the studying – special projects, and more. It’s easy to forget nutrition in all the hustle and bustle.

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Healthy lunch and snack ideas for back to school
Updated: August 01, 2014 - 2:32 am

(BPT) - If schools and parents received report cards on the lunches they’re serving kids, most wouldn’t receive a passing score. Many lunches, whether served at school or brought from home, are made with bleached flour, artificial sweeteners, food coloring, high-fructose corn syrup, artificial preservatives, hormones and trans fats. Studies have shown that these ingredients are linked to weight gain, defects in insulin and lipid metabolism, hyperactivity, increased risk of tumors, cancer, digestive issues, asthma, premature heart attacks, diabetes, and overexposure and resistance to antibiotics. Some of these ingredients are even banned in other countries.

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Tuesday 07/29/2014
Natural stress relievers for families busy with school
Updated: August 01, 2014 - 2:32 am

(BPT) - Many moms say back-to-school season rivals the holidays as the most stressful time of the year. The whirlwind spans from shopping for supplies to scheduling new fall activities. Whether you’re a single mom, a Mr. Mom or a traditional parent, nearly everyone can benefit from reducing stress during this busy time of year.

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Plateau-busting tips for avoiding common workout pitfalls
Updated: August 01, 2014 - 2:32 am

(BPT) - That stubborn muffin top that does not want to budge, the extra 20 minutes you can’t manage to add to your workout – when plateaus occur they can leave you feeling frustrated and discouraged, and make it even harder to stick to your get-in-shape goals. What’s the secret to beating a plateau?

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10 incredibly simple ways to ease back-to-school stress
Updated: August 01, 2014 - 2:32 am

(BPT) - Helping your child ease into the school year sets them up to succeed both academically and socially. But making the transition from the lazy days of summer to the hectic pace of back to school can be overwhelming, for you and your kids. Between school supply shopping, extracurricular activities, homework, and the daily lunch box routine - where’s a busy parent to start?

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Friday 07/25/2014
Look what the cat dragged in: Pests your pets bring home
Updated: August 01, 2014 - 2:33 am

(BPT) - Keeping pests out of your home is important, but it can be an uphill battle if you aren’t intercepting them at the source, and in some cases, the source may be your pets.

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Monday 07/21/2014
Thinking of buying a puppy? You may want to think again
Updated: July 28, 2014 - 2:33 am

(BPT) - Your family is ready for a pet, so you head out to the local pet store. Within moments of walking into the shop, an energetic, sweet-eyed puppy steals your heart. You plunk down your money – possibly hundreds of dollars – and take him home, unaware that your new darling began his life in circumstances that most Americans would find horrifying, circumstances that will possibly cause him long-term health and psychological problems. He’s the product of a puppy mill.

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Friday 07/18/2014
Make the big move less stressful for the 4-legged members of the family
Updated: July 25, 2014 - 2:33 am

(BPT) - When moving houses, you make a checklist of the utility companies you need to contact for stopping and starting services. You also schedule all the volunteer or professional movers to pack, transport and unpack your belongings, and you let all your friends and family members know your new address. Additionally, you need to remember to make plans for your special family members, too – your pets.

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Thursday 07/03/2014
Decoding pet food claims to find the ideal nutrition for your furry family member
Updated: July 10, 2014 - 2:31 am

(BPT) - In the United States, 62 million households have at least one pet, including 83 million dogs and 95 million cats. That’s a lot of people who love their pets, and one of the key aspects of caring for a furry family member is providing the right nutrition. Unfortunately, with so many pet foods available, labels and claims can quickly get confusing.

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Thursday 06/26/2014
A New Survey Weighs In On Pet Obesity
Updated: June 27, 2014 - 2:32 am

(NAPSI)—Much as with humans, too many calories and a lack of exercise can spell trouble for pets.

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Monday 06/23/2014
Vet-approved tips for keeping your pet out of the ER
Updated: June 30, 2014 - 2:32 am

(BPT) - Picture this: It’s late in the evening when you realize that something is very wrong with your dog. Your normal veterinary clinic is closed, but you’re not sure if the problem can wait until tomorrow. You rush your pet to the closest ER and hope for the best.

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Thursday 06/19/2014
Calming Cats And Dogs
Updated: June 20, 2014 - 2:34 am

(NAPSI)—With road trips, fireworks and thunderstorms, summer can be a tough time for some pets. Fortunately, there are several steps you can take to ease your animal’s stress, whether at home or on the road

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Friday 06/13/2014
Fireworks and Thunderstorms: A Summer Guide to Keeping Cats Calm
Updated: June 13, 2014 - 2:42 am

(StatePoint) The majority of pet owners say they have at least one dog or cat with behavioral problems, which easily can be exacerbated by such startling things as July 4th fireworks and summer thunderstorms.

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Wednesday 06/11/2014
Help Your Pets Avoid the Threat of Fleas
Updated: June 12, 2014 - 2:42 am

(NewsUSA) - Pet owners love their four-legged friends. In fact, many are considered a part of the family. However, one thing that dog and cat lovers hate are the fleas that ultimately find their way onto their beloved pet and into the home.

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Thursday 05/29/2014
Getting Paid To Play: Dog Sitting And The Sharing Economy
Updated: May 29, 2014 - 6:51 pm

(NAPSI)—A growing number of people are finding it may be to their benefit to have their career go to the dogs.

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Lane closure today on Elms Road near Ellison High
Posted: August 01, 2014

The westbound right lane of Elms Road will be closed from just east of the Trimmier Road intersection to the Ellison High School entrance from 6 a.m. to noon today.

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Belly dance workshop set for Sunday in Heights
Posted: August 01, 2014

A belly dance workshop by Najla is from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday at the Harker Heights Activities Center, 400 Indian Trail.

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