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Fishing for a healthy meal? Seafood is a smart choice
(BPT) - When it comes to mealtime, are you thinking fish? You should! Fish is the premiere natural source of omega-3 fatty acids, which are not naturally produced by the body and, therefore, must come from food. If you're an expecting or breastfeeding mom, it's even more important to eat fish becau... More >>


Protect your sight with this little known nutrient
(BPT) - There’s an existing nutrient that is incredibly important to your eye health. However, odds are you’ve probably never heard of it.The nutrient is called zeaxanthin (pronounced Zee-ah-zan-thun). The antioxidant, along with lutein, is found in the back of the eye as a component of... More >>


Why bad science isn't good for anyone
(BPT) - There is an old adage that the squeaking wheel gets the most oil. If you need proof that adage still rings true, consider where we are with food science research. Much of the time, the loudest are heard, regardless of qualifications, while the more informed and experienced are silenced.For ... More >>


Surgery and anesthesia: Making it safer at any age
(BPT) - Anesthesia today is safer than ever. But try telling that to a nervous parent of a 5-year-old about to have surgery, or to a patient in his 70s in poor health.Talking to your surgeon and physician anesthesiologist before surgery is an important step in making sure your experience is as safe... More >>


It's peak flu season: Help protect you and your family by getting vaccinated
(BPT) - Many dread winter – the darkness, frigid weather and snowstorms. For everyone, especially elderly individuals and children, winter also carries one major health concern — seasonal influenza (the flu).The flu is a contagious, highly communicable infection that predominantly attac... More >>


A tisket a tasket a Valentine's Day basket: 5 ways to send a message of love
(BPT) - Valentine’s Day is a time for building memories and connections with your child to show the special people in your life you care. With so many options for gifts and little ways to show how you feel, it’s hard to decide where to start… and why limit the fun? This year, sta... More >>


To grandmother's house we go: The hazards of a grandparent's home
(BPT) - It is no secret that grandparents play an important role in the lives of their grandchildren. From giving encouragement and life advice, to helping out as a caretaker, many turn to their grandparents for support. In fact, 72 percent of grandparents take care of their grandchildren on a regu... More >>


Proper flu etiquette to help keep you and your family flu-free
(BPT) - It came out of nowhere. The sudden fever, aches, and chills you’re experiencing are unbearable. You crawl into bed, thinking there’s not much you can do. You already feel guilty for bringing the flu home to your kids and spouse. You can try to fight it, but the virus will likely... More >>


Tips on using a balance transfer to become debt-free
(BPT) - If you’re carrying a balance on your credit card, don’t worry — most Americans are too. In fact, the average U.S. household carries just over $15,000 of credit card debt, which isn’t a bad thing when managed properly. Let’s look at the big picture.You most like... More >>


Think 'inside the box' to protect your financial well-being
(BPT) - From complicated passwords to smart home security systems, it seems like everyone these days is coming up with novel ways to protect themselves and their family, and keep their valuables secure.We all want to feel safe. However, almost 60 percent of adults believe the overall level of risk ... More >>


A resolution to keep: Save more money
(BPT) - Almost every New Year, money-related goals rank near the top of resolution lists, right alongside “eat healthier.”The struggle is real. Many try to save money — at least for a few weeks — by bringing a sack lunch to work, driving past their fancy coffee shop or ignor... More >>


New year, new boat: Why winter is one of the best times to buy a boat
(BPT) - Post-holiday sales aren’t the only deals to be found this winter. Winter boat shows offer some of the best pricing and incentives of the year — a major draw for the estimated 87 million Americans who take to the water each year, according to the National Marine Manufacturers Ass... More >>


Making the most of college financial aid: 7 tips you should know
(BPT) - What do parents of toddlers and parents of high school students have in common? Both worry about paying for college. With the constantly rising costs of higher education, financial aid becomes more important than ever for making the dream of a college education possible. So if you’re ... More >>


The road to recovery: What you need to know about addiction
(BPT) - Drug and alcohol addiction can destroy careers, tear apart families and ruin lives. With 43,982 total drug-induced deaths each year, addiction continues to be a problem in the United States.“Experiencing or watching a loved one battle an addiction is heartbreaking,” says JJ Bush... More >>


Honoring the legacy of mentorship
(BPT) - Growing up in Florida, Whitney Stewart never thought at any point in her life she would climb a mountain. That changed when she was 13 and took a trip with her local Boys & Girls Club to Colorado. At first she thought the mountains were just there to look upon, but then one of her Club ... More >>


Help your family's health while giving back this holiday season
(BPT) - The holidays are full of stressful tasks such as event planning, gift buying and last minute errands. But when you get to see your family, all of the business seems worth it.As the caretaker of the household, you often take this time to check in with your loved ones. Are they getting enough... More >>


Football players face more than just concussion worries, little-known neurologic condition also prevalent
(BPT) - There’s been a lot of attention recently on the effects of sports-related brain injuries. However, PseudoBulbar Affect (PBA), a neurologic condition that causes uncontrollable, sudden outbursts of crying and/or laughing in people with brain injuries or certain neurologic conditions, i... More >>


4 ways to go green this new year
(BPT) - This new year means fun-filled celebrations, spending time with loved ones and the excitement of new changes in the coming year. It’s also the perfect opportunity to break old habits and create new, healthy ones. While many put exercising, eating healthy or traveling at the top of the... More >>


5 tips for creating a sound financial strategy
(BPT) - Many people want to know the secret to financial success. Whether they should be saving more, protecting more, investing more or spending less — everyone wants a silver bullet to set them on the road to financial success. There is no silver bullet.The key is to have discussions with y... More >>


5 things to leave behind in the New Year
(BPT) - “Should auld acquaintance be forgot…” (insert music emoji)It’s that time of year again, when you cast off those bad habits and recreate the new, better you. If you’re ready to recreate yourself and save a little money in 2016, here are five things you’re... More >>


Healthy 5-minute breakfast ideas the whole family will love
(BPT) - The alarm goes off and the morning mayhem begins. You quickly wake the kids from their dreamy slumber before jumping in the shower. As everyone hurries to get ready and out the door on time, there’s one critically important part of the day that often gets overlooked: a healthy breakfa... More >>


Discover the power of a smartphone with these 5 tips
(BPT) - As with all technology, mobile phones have come a long way in a short amount of time. Gone are the days of big, bulky phones. Today, phones are sleek and slender and, in most cases, smart, allowing users to surf the Internet, watch movies and keep in touch with friends and family. The ... More >>


Terrible Tantrums: 5 Parent Mistakes That Make Them Worse
(BPT) - One minute your toddler is giggling with delight and in the next, he’s having an uncontrollable meltdown. Overwhelmed with emotion, he won’t listen to reason. As a caregiver, you feel embarrassed, helpless and upset. What do you do?“It’s easy to become overwhelmed wh... More >>


Off-beat, inspiring and controversial: The 10 most-talked about science stories of 2015
(BPT) - The new Star Wars movie, Adele’s new album or the latest tech gadget  — what headlines grabbed your interest in 2015? For many, the most riveting stories didn’t come out of pop culture, they came from the world of science.The hottest science headlines of 2015 encompas... More >>


Domestic violence knows no holiday: Give the gift of support to a survivor
(BPT) - The holidays are a time for joy and peace. You can help keep it that way.For millions of domestic violence survivors, the holiday season is especially stressful. As you gather with friends and family, pay special attention to those around you. If you suspect someone you care about is being ... More >>


How do you rate? 10 traits of positive parenting
  (BPT) - Many parents joke that kids don’t come with instructions, but the truth is, being a parent is challenging at times. Parents who decide to parent in a positive way share a number of specific traits that help them get through the good times, and the not-so-good, so their fam... More >>


Resolve to make difficult times easier for your loved ones
(BPT) - There are few traditions as optimistic in spirit as resolution setting. Every Jan. 1, millions of Americans make resolutions. In 2015, the second most popular resolution — behind dieting — was to become better organized, according to the Statistic Brain Research Institute rankin... More >>


Top travel trend for 2016: Dude ranches
(BPT) - Planning a trip for 2016? While the beach is warm and a cruise ship is lovely, you’ve done those trips before. This year you want something unique that will create lasting memories and bring you closer to your family.“More people are visiting dude ranches due to the desire to do... More >>


College: Footing the bill without sacrificing your financial future
(BPT) - Families who have children heading off to college are likely navigating an array of options when it comes to actually paying for higher education. A new white paper by Prudential Financial titled Paying For College: A Practical Guide for Families, seeks to dispel some of the misconceptions ... More >>


Financial resolutions: Are you saving for retirement?
(BPT) - The start of a new year is a great time to look forward with a fresh outlook, as well as to set goals. As you think about what you want to accomplish next year, consider your financial savings habits. How much are you putting away for the future? Could you begin to save for retirement, or i... More >>


Last minute gifts for the 4 types of people on your list
(BPT) - Inevitably it happens — no matter how much you plan, how meticulous you are in making a list with all your friends, family and co-workers on it, you forget to buy a gift for someone and have to scramble to come up with a last minute gift idea.While people try to avoid being stuck with... More >>


Make your new house feel like home to your family pets
(BPT) - Moving into a new home is exciting — for the humans in the family. It can be less comfortable for pets who need time to adjust to a new environment, learn their way around and discover the best nap spots in their new home. As a loving pet parent, you want every member of your family t... More >>


Which video games and mobile apps are appropriate for children? 6 tips for parents
(BPT) - Whether it’s a new video game console, a mobile device or the hottest new video game, interactive entertainment is sure to top your kids’ wish lists this holiday season. For many parents, it’s not always easy to determine which video game or app is right for their child. I... More >>


Think outside the basket [Infographic]
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Working parents: Think your employer doesn't 'get' you? You may be right, but there is still hope
(BPT) - More American families than ever before have two parents working, but recent studies show many employers haven’t adapted to this change in the workforce demographics. Working parents feel burnt out and unloved at work, making them less creative, less productive and more likely to quit... More >>


Infantile spasms: What parents need to know about a rare seizure disorder
(BPT) - Your new baby starts nodding her head sharply several times in a row after naps. Soon, it’s happening more often and for longer stretches throughout the day. Your friends point to underdeveloped neck muscles—or maybe it’s the infant startle reflex? It’s unlikely anyo... More >>


5 tips to make the holidays magical, not stressful
(BPT) - It’s the most wonderful time of the year; if only you had a moment to enjoy it. While there are plenty of reasons to cherish the holidays, there are also an overwhelming number of things to do, people to see, gifts to buy, appointments to make and trips to take. All that combined can ... More >>


Cats are pet of choice for many millennials, survey says
(BPT) - Move over, Rover. While dogs have long been considered the most popular pet in the United States, cats are a pet of choice for many in the millennial generation, according to research conducted earlier this year by Nestlé Purina.Close to half of 1,000 survey respondents in the millen... More >>


6 foolproof ideas for everyone on your holiday gift list
(BPT) - Giving gifts can be one of the biggest stressors during the holidays. Store after store, website after website, you try to find the perfect something for everyone on your list. Seeing the smiles on the faces of your loved ones as they open their presents is one of the best feelings in the w... More >>


Winter family traditions to keep you warm all season long
(BPT) - Dark mornings, cold days and snowy roads are all things that might bring you down this winter. But winter doesn’t have to be a time of hibernation. With all of the holidays and celebrations throughout the season, your entire family can get involved in activities to keep the winter day... More >>


5 DIY holiday crafts
(BPT) - It’s time to deck the halls with tinsel, snowflakes and, of course, a steaming cup of holiday cheer. Get in a festive mood and gather the family to craft unique DIY holiday decorations — and make some fun memories together, too.Festive holiday garlandWhat better way to welcome t... More >>


5 ways to say goodbye to bad family photos
(BPT) - Nowadays, it seems like everyone’s a photographer. This isn’t just because the cameras on our smartphones are always at our side, it’s because digital cameras have advanced in such a way that it’s easier and more affordable to snap great photos.However, having the te... More >>


Brush up on dental hygiene: 6 tips for teaching your kids healthy habits
(BPT) - Eat your vegetables. Never skip breakfast. Wash your hands before eating. There are many important habits to teach your children to help lay the foundation for a long and happy life. But one crucial aspect of a child’s overall well-being that is often neglected is their oral health.&l... More >>


Think you're too young for retirement planning? Think again
(BPT) - More than half of Americans are at risk of being unable to maintain their pre-retirement standard of living in retirement, with younger households in worse shape than those approaching their retirement years.The younger generation has already seen a reduction in their future Social Security... More >>


Preparing your teen to manage their health
(BPT) - The transition from childhood to adulthood can be overwhelming for parents and teens alike. Parents know how important it is to manage their child’s health when they are young, ensuring they receive necessary medical care. However, as children become teens and young adults, and begin ... More >>


Too soon? 5 reasons why many secretly love rushing the holidays
(BPT) - You roll your eyes when your hometown’s holiday lights go up the day after Halloween, cringe when the mall decks its halls before Thanksgiving and scoff at the neighbors who’ve already begun Christmas shopping. But secretly, you love the early arrival of the holiday season &mdas... More >>


Embrace the holiday spirit and fight hunger in your hometown
(BPT) - Imagine helping feed 500 people in order to fight hunger in your hometown. Jill Chandler of Fayette, Missouri, does this twice every month. Her efforts through the Fayette Ministerial Alliance Food Pantry help feed approximately one-sixth of the city’s 3,000 population. In this rural ... More >>


Living with asthma? Get smart about the flu
(BPT) - It’s that time of year again — cold and flu season. Across the country, Americans are arming themselves by receiving the annual flu vaccine, defending themselves against the telltale sniffles, sneezing, chills and fever. While the flu virus can be unpleasant for anyone who contr... More >>


New moms face new challenges: tips to prioritize your wellness
(BPT) - The smiles, the soft coos and yes, even that now all-too-familiar cry – it’s only been a few months but already you can’t picture life without your little one. You’re constantly focused on their every movement and will do anything to make sure they have what they nee... More >>


Pregnant or planning a pregnancy? 5 risk factors for preterm birth to know
(BPT) - Preterm birth continues to be a public health concern in the United States and in many other countries around the world. In the United States, preterm birth is more common than you may think: approximately one in 10 babies is born premature. Preterm birth can prevent growth and development ... More >>


Your holiday shopping guide: 4 ways to cut through the clutter this holiday season
(BPT) - It’s the most wonderful time of the year, but for you and your family, it’s also the busiest. The holidays bring trips to book, parties to plan, meals to cook, homes to clean and of course, work and school schedules to manage. On top of that, you have to tackle perhaps the most ... More >>


Meaningful, efficient ways to give back this holiday season
(BPT) - Americans donate billions of dollars and millions of hours of their time to charity every year — and much of that generosity occurs during the holidays.Here are some ideas for meaningful ways to give back during the hustle and bustle of this holiday season – that won’t wre... More >>


The 4-step plan to make your day more efficient
(BPT) - Remember free time? You used to have so much of it. But these days, work and family obligations have you running around constantly and you don’t know what to do first. You don’t even have time to do everything you have to do, let alone what you want to do.So how do you take back... More >>


5 ways to reconnect with your loved ones this holiday season
(BPT) - For many people, reconnecting with loved ones is the highlight of the holiday season. This is especially true if it’s the only time of the year they see distant friends or family. Enjoying time with loved ones near and far poses unique challenges but the rewards are certainly worth it... More >>


5 tips to boost baby's skin health
(BPT) - Winter weather can wreak havoc on baby’s delicate skin, so Dr. William Sears, trusted pediatrician, author and Huggies consultant, offers up his top five tips for keeping your baby’s skin healthy as the seasons change.Apply a moisturizer. With winter weather here, it’s imp... More >>


Reading: The best thing about winter
(BPT) - This winter, instead of getting swept away in holiday shopping stress or cold weather blues, try digging into a great book. With more time spent indoors, many find winter to be the perfect time to get lost in a book, so why not join them? The only problem: you may find that there are so man... More >>


Take your medicine: 5 steps to make sure you don't miss a dose
(BPT) - Did you remember to take your medication today? If the answer is no, you’re not alone. People all over the country make the same mistake every single day. Research shows more than 50 percent of prescription medication users fail to take their medications when they are supposed to. And... More >>


5 ways to increase your productivity and turn 'due' to 'done'
(BPT) - Take a look at your to-do list and ask yourself how many things on the list can be finished when you get around to them. Now how many things on that list need to be done as soon as possible or should have been finished yesterday? Chances are the second list is longer.These days you’re... More >>


Is financial fear making it difficult for you to give?
(BPT) - What do you do to give back? Do you volunteer your time, your skills or your knowledge? Do you pride yourself on being a generous person?Generosity has always been seen as a positive virtue, and new research from Thrivent Financial shows Americans are placing more emphasis on being generous... More >>


Double check your medicine labels; don't double up on acetaminophen
(BPT) - You know when cold and flu season has arrived. The temperature drops, and you can hear sniffles and sneezes everywhere you go. You see over-the-counter (OTC) medicine aisles at neighborhood pharmacies and grocery stores quickly fill with people buying cough syrup, throat lozenges, and nasal... More >>


Lighten your load: Knowing your laundry personality can make the chore a cinch
(BPT) - Chic, trendy, sporty, bohemian, sophisticated, fun, classic — you probably have a clear vision of your fashion and style personality. But do you know your laundry personality? How you wash the clothes you wear is every bit as personal and unique to you as the clothes themselves. And k... More >>


Can't Sleep? Ever wonder why you feel so awake? Change your understanding of insomnia
(BPT) - If you are struggling with insomnia, it can seem like you have many questions that are often hard to answer: “Will I ever get enough sleep? What am I doing wrong? What can I do to help get more rest?”  But experts’ understanding of insomnia is evolving, so why am I so... More >>


Protect your family's valuables like the rich and famous
(BPT) - Where can you find more Olympic gold medals and Oscar awards than anywhere else? Here’s a hint: It’s the same place where more precious jewelry, gold, moon rocks, Super Bowl rings, lottery tickets and priceless art are located than any other place in the world.The answer is less... More >>


Dealing with the Dark: 6 tips to boost your mood this winter
(BPT) - The days have grown shorter and the weather has become colder. Approximately 45 million Americans are negatively affected by the change of seasons and darkening of the summer light. They experience a drop in energy, have trouble getting up, feel down, crave carbs and become irritable or wit... More >>


Dirty house got you steamed? The trick to cleaning with steam
(BPT) - Did you ever wonder how people cleaned their homes before the invention of commercial cleaning products? Good old-fashioned hot water and elbow grease did the trick long before mops, vacuums and buckets of cleaning products became a staple in American homes. Today, you can still harness the... More >>


3 things you should know before taking cold and flu medicine
(BPT) - Between headaches, stuffy noses, cough and the occasional fever, chances are you’ll at some point reach for over-the-counter medicines (OTC) to combat cold and flu symptoms. OTCs are a safe and effective way to relieve minor ailments when taken as directed, but a new survey suggests A... More >>


The season of 'ew': Tips and tricks for conquering unavoidable winter germs
(BPT) - From pencils and paper to snacks and show-and-tell treasures — kids share virtually everything at school. While parents agree sharing is a good skill for kids to learn, it’s certainly not the case when it comes to germs, particularly during cold and flu season. Germs are lurking... More >>


Get your vehicle ready for fall with these 8 tips
(BPT) - Families across the country have returned from their carefree summer road trips and are already back to the grind of daily school commutes. With such a heavy reliance on the family vehicle, fall car care should be at the top of every driver’s fall priority list.Americans hold on to th... More >>


Reduce seasonal allergies and improve your home's air quality
(BPT) - Affecting almost 50 million people in the United States, seasonal allergies like hay fever primarily start to escalate as fall progresses, according to the American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology. Now is the perfect time to start to take measures to reduce and potentially elimi... More >>


3 ways to bring a touch of nostalgia to modern holiday celebrations
(BPT) - Fond memories of holidays past are one of the many gifts of the seasons, and it turns out a bit of nostalgia is good for you. It can make you feel less lonely, bored or anxious, and more generous, tolerant and happy, according to a New York Times report on nostalgia research. You don’... More >>


Bottle service: 5 ways to alleviate fussy feedings
(BPT) - As a new parent, you want to make sure everything is right from the moment your baby is born. Your baby’s feeding habits have a profound impact on his or her growth and development, but what do you do when your baby always seems to fuss and cry during feeding times?“Infant feedi... More >>


Dietary differences? Keep breakfast satisfying with smart substitutions
(BPT) - When it comes to breakfast, the options are truly endless. However these days, dietary sensitivities to dairy, eggs, nuts and meat-free lifestyle choices can make it challenging to serve a breakfast that’s nourishing and satisfying for everyone.Fortunately, making smart substitutions ... More >>


5 easy ways to reduce food waste in your daily life
(BPT) - “What’s for dinner?”For many, the question is uttered nearly every evening, and the answer is easy.But for 795 million people in the world — those who don’t have a reliable meal to look forward to according to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United... More >>


Young heroes across the nation are using this life-saving program
(BPT) - Emergencies strike without warning and when they do, they often make heroes of the people who respond to them, including thousands of young people. From dialing 911 when an emergency arises to administering the Heimlich maneuver on a friend who is choking, children are being taught to handl... More >>


Getting ready for senior portraits? What you need to know and do for awesome pictures
(BPT) - Your senior year of high school changes everything, including how you handle school picture day. For 11 years, having your picture taken for school has meant putting on a nice shirt, combing your hair and trying to look like you’re not grimacing as you stand in rows with your classmat... More >>


No time to pack your child's lunch for school? No worries
(BPT) - The school year is well underway and your best laid plans for coordinated family schedules, home-cooked dinners together and a bag lunch packed from home have evolved to an acceptable level of managed chaos. Time is short and usually double-booked.One thing you don’t need to worry abo... More >>


Welcome fall with simple and stylish décor tips that are child friendly
(BPT) - As families prepare and adjust to kids going back to school, play dates, fall festivities and more, it can be a sprint going from one activity to the next. With all that goes on, it is important to still keep safety top of mind.With all of the educational parenting material available today,... More >>


The most treatable serious senior health issue: loneliness
(BPT) - While Americans tend to associate the holidays with togetherness, joyful occasions and feelings of warmth and happiness, the season can also worsen feelings of loneliness and isolation for some people — especially older adults. Loneliness is not only bad for seniors’ mental heal... More >>


Florida vacation ideas to make everyone happy
(BPT) - In one of the world’s great ironies, planning a vacation can be one of the most stressful and vacation-demanding activities you can take on — especially if you have kids. With everyone clamoring to do something different, finding the perfect spot can feel impossible. The simple ... More >>


5 ways to support a friend diagnosed with cancer
(BPT) - Learning a good friend or family member has been diagnosed with cancer can be shocking news. You want to do anything you can to help and support her, but it’s difficult to know what to say and do.Cancer patients with strong emotional support tend to have a more positive outlook and ad... More >>


Car talk: Americans and their car conversations
(BPT) - Americans like company when they’re driving, as long as the talk isn’t centered on thorny topics. However, family talk — especially talk surrounding black sheep family members — is a favorite conversation topic. These were the recent findings in the latest Hankook Ti... More >>



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