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(BPT) - This fall millions will head to the polls to cast their vote in the mid-term elections, but they have another important choice to make as well: their health care coverage for 2019.

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Monday 09/17/2018
10 ways to beef up your tailgating game
Updated: September 18, 2018 - 4:22 am

(BPT) - The leaves are turning, the temperature is dropping and tailgaters are coming out in droves to support their favorite team — but more importantly, show off their grilling skills with beef as the star of the show. Tailgaters young and old converge in the wee hours of the morning outside stadiums across the country to share in the revelry of game day. Pre-game hours are spent in parking lots playing bean bag toss, connecting with friends, and setting up and eating a spread of food.

Friday 09/14/2018
Know a youth volunteer? Awards deadline is Nov. 6
Updated: September 18, 2018 - 4:24 am

Thursday 09/13/2018
Things to know if you have COPD
Updated: September 18, 2018 - 4:20 am

(BPT) - COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) is a serious lung disease that affects more than 15 million Americans and is the third leading cause of death in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

What does the shortfall of truck drivers mean for the economy?
Updated: September 18, 2018 - 4:24 am

(BPT) - To truly understand the impact the trucking industry has on our economy, walk into any business, retail shop or grocery store and take a look around. Nearly everything you see was delivered there by a truck. In fact, according to the American Trucking Associations’ (ATA) Freight Transportation Forecast, 70 percent of all freight in the U.S. is handled by trucks. It is awe-inspiring to realize one industry has such an enormous impact on everything we do, purchase and consume in our everyday lives. Quite simply, trucks keep America moving, and without them, America stops.

Recipes to make your school year lunches fast and delicious
Updated: September 18, 2018 - 4:22 am

(BPT) - The school year is underway once again and for you the race is on. If you’ve been down this road before, then you know these nine months feel like a full-blown sprint where you are constantly running from one obligation to the next. And that doesn’t leave a lot of room to prepare meals and eat good-for-you foods, does it?

Are Americans saving enough for retirement?
Updated: September 18, 2018 - 4:24 am

(BPT) - The answer you get to this question will depend on who you ask. The amount households have accumulated for retirement is not hotly debated, but the amount needed in retirement is. The Investment Company Institute (ICI) is working to make sure that everyone has the facts through its new website — Much of the academic research and the ICI’s analysis of the retirement data indicate that most Americans are properly preparing for retirement, and with some very small changes, the retirement system can be even stronger.

4 things you should do to boost your fat IQ
Updated: September 18, 2018 - 4:24 am

(BPT) - If you've struggled with your weight, you know that fat can be a bad three-letter word. You've warded against it, tried to reduce it and agonized over what fat can do to your self-esteem and your waist line. But how much do you really know about fat? And how much could you improve your life if you knew just a little bit more?

Wednesday 09/12/2018
30-minute Mediterranean meals with grapes
Updated: September 18, 2018 - 4:23 am

(BPT) - With the onset of fall, new schedules and an invigorating pace, eating nourishing meals is an important way to keep up energy levels. With few having the time to devote to cooking an elaborate meal, a collection of delicious and dependable 30-minute recipes for a quick but satisfying meal can be handy. What else keeps things simple? Having fresh staples such as California table grapes on hand helps brighten up any recipe and fuel up after activities.

The truth behind food labels
Updated: September 18, 2018 - 4:24 am

(BPT) - When we visit the grocery store, we’ve become accustomed to a dizzying array of options. There are labels touting everything from food safety to environmental and ethical standards. Making the best decision for your family, your health and the good of the planet is important, but how can you possibly keep track of what all these labels really mean?

How to spot and treat 4 common children's health Issues
Updated: September 18, 2018 - 4:22 am

(BPT) - From a cough that won’t go away to a sore throat they caught from the classroom, children and their vulnerable immune systems can fall victim to common illnesses quicker and more often than adults. However, while these health issues are typical, it is not always easy to identify what they are when symptoms strike.

Choose wisely: Complete vs. incomplete proteins
Updated: September 18, 2018 - 4:22 am

(BPT) - Now that more people are aware of the health benefits of eating protein — and the effectiveness of low-carb diets — they’re increasingly seeking ways to enjoy that nutritional powerhouse in their daily diets.

How to properly store summer clothes to avoid a pest infestation
Updated: September 18, 2018 - 4:24 am

(BPT) - As colder weather approaches, you may decide to store some of your summer clothes. However, when warmer temperatures roll around again, you might not find those shorts and tank tops exactly as you left them. Certain insects that feed on fabrics and textiles can leave your carefully stored clothing damaged and full of holes. But don’t despair! Your shirts aren’t necessarily doomed. With some tips from Terminix, you can learn what kinds of bugs damage fabric and how you can best protect your outfits in storage.

Tuesday 09/11/2018
Give pets the ultimate mealtime experience
Updated: September 18, 2018 - 4:22 am

(BPT) - Dogs and their owners have many things in common. For example, they both love to eat! When preparing a meal for your four-legged family members, make sure it’s packed with flavor and nutrients, and you are creating a dining experience they enjoy and look forward to. Help give your pets the ultimate mealtime experience with these tips:

Monday 09/10/2018
Regular eye checkups key to cognitive health
Updated: September 18, 2018 - 4:24 am

(BPT) - Regular eye exams have always been an important part of maintaining healthy vision, but it turns out they can help keep your brain healthy, too. New research is revealing just how connected eye health and brain health are, and how receiving regular eye treatment might mean the difference between a healthy brain and cognitive decline.

Thursday 09/06/2018
Why probiotics are good for your health
Updated: September 18, 2018 - 4:24 am

(BPT) - According to probiotic entrepreneur Heather Holmes, the human body naturally contains trillions of good and bad bacteria that must stay in balance for optimal health.

3 common triggers for elevated vaginal pH and why it matters
Updated: September 18, 2018 - 4:22 am

(BPT) - Many women do not realize the vagina is an ecosystem that requires a balanced environment to remain healthy; and events like menstruation, sex and hormonal changes can throw off that balance.

Want better workplace results? Research says take it outside
Updated: September 18, 2018 - 4:24 am

(BPT) - From standing desks and team-building events to onsite services and remote work opportunities, companies have adapted over the years to adopt new solutions that will grow their company, improve employee retention and increase productivity.

Wednesday 09/05/2018
Uncommon - but important - baby safety steps
Updated: September 18, 2018 - 4:20 am

Your eyes as you age: Tips to help reduce the risk of Age-related Macular Degeneration
Updated: September 18, 2018 - 4:23 am

(BPT) - Aging is a fact of life, so it’s important to understand how our health may be impacted as we get older — and our eyes are no exception. Age-related Macular Degeneration (AMD) is the leading cause of vision loss in people age 50 and older and affects 1 in 5 people over the age of 65. The condition is characterized by changes in the macula, which is the part of the eye required for central vision, allowing us to see objects straight ahead of us.

How a healthy gut can be good for your well-being
Updated: September 18, 2018 - 4:23 am

(BPT) - Whether it’s eating too many slices of pizza or constantly getting takeout, most of us have slipped on our good eating habits at one time or another. But is avoiding unhealthy foods enough to keep our bodies in top shape?

Tuesday 09/04/2018
Using Land in lieu of A Mortgage Down Payment
Updated: September 18, 2018 - 4:23 am

(BPT) - Sponsored Ad Content from Vanderbilt Mortgage and Finance, Inc.

Friday 08/31/2018
National Medicare Education Week: Get ready for Medicare Annual Enrollment with these online resources
Updated: September 18, 2018 - 4:21 am

(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.

Wednesday 08/29/2018
7 Dip Recipes to Make This Fall
Updated: September 18, 2018 - 4:22 am

(BPT) - Sponsored By Cape Cod® Potato Chips

New home? 6 steps for preventing pests from moving in
Updated: September 18, 2018 - 4:22 am

(BPT) - Moving into a new home is chaotic. You’ve got decorating to do, a neighborhood to explore, and a house to keep in tiptop shape. The last thing you need in the midst of all that commotion is the added headache of household pests like ants, cockroaches or rodents. With a few tips from Terminix, you can keep your move running smoothly and ensure no unexpected pests move in with you.

7 healthy, kid-approved lunchbox ideas
Updated: September 18, 2018 - 4:20 am

(BPT) - Kids' school days are packed with learning, laughing and lots of fun. To get the most out their time in class, it's important their bodies and minds are properly fueled. Packing a healthy lunch is on of the easiest ways parents can support their child's education during the day while they can't be there. Healthy foods keep distracting hunger pangs at bay while providing important nutrients to support focus and learning.

Dialysis, transplants and endless ambition: Nurse's path from patient to provider
Updated: September 18, 2018 - 4:23 am

(BPT) - When Fallon Bell was only 19 years old, she was diagnosed with chronic kidney disease, the same disease that both her mother and aunt lived with. Chronic kidney disease, or CKD, is when a person’s kidneys no longer provide the function of filtering toxins from the blood. Shortly after her CKD diagnosis, Bell began dialysis, which performed the function of her kidneys. Dialysis is a necessary, life-saving treatment when the kidneys are no longer able to function, but can be demanding because patients usually require treatment three times a week, four hours at a time.

Most people are eating the right amount of salt
Updated: September 18, 2018 - 4:24 am

(BPT) - More research seems to be contradicting the oft-stated notion that we eat too much salt. The latest such study appeared in The Lancet, one of the oldest and most prestigious medical journals. The study found that for the vast majority of people there is no health benefit from a low-salt diet and no harm from the average salt consumption of most people around the globe today.

Tuesday 08/28/2018
Don't have time to walk and meditate? Try them together
Updated: September 18, 2018 - 4:21 am

(BPT) - The mental and physical merits of walking are well established, from helping ward off depression to preventing heart disease. Meditation, likewise, can help reduce anxiety symptoms and improve sleep quality. Have you considered combining these seemingly very different activities?

5 ways play and learning go hand-in-hand
Updated: September 18, 2018 - 4:21 am

(BPT) - Children are hard-wired to play. However, busy schedules, homework, classes and structured activities like sports and dance classes can often get in the way of allowing kids to feel free to express that natural behavior.

Remake your bathroom with these luxurious hotel-inspired trends
Updated: September 18, 2018 - 4:24 am

(BPT) - Life can get hectic. While it is easy to become overwhelmed with busy schedules and everyday challenges, it is important to carve out personal time for relaxation and renewal. The practice of self-care and personal wellness is becoming a trend on the rise.

5 tips to help party guests feel welcome
Updated: September 18, 2018 - 4:22 am

(BPT) - At this time of year there is plenty to celebrate, and any celebration is best done with a collection of your closest friends. So, who’s up for a party? You are. Your house is ready, the food is prepped and your guests should be showing up any minute. When they do, you want them to have the best time possible and that starts by making them feel comfortable.

Monday 08/27/2018
3 tips to make meal prep into an enjoyable family activity
Updated: September 18, 2018 - 4:20 am

(BPT) - We all love sitting down together for a hot meal. Unfortunately, preparing the meal itself turns into a chore that usually falls to one family member (Mom).

Opioid crisis illuminates the need to see pain medicine specialists
Updated: September 18, 2018 - 4:20 am

(BPT) - The opioid crisis has made physicians increasingly wary about prescribing the potentially addictive drugs to their patients in pain. But there is a silver lining — experts in pain medicine, such as physician anesthesiologists, can create individualized pain management plans that include alternatives to opioids that are not only safer, but often work better.

Friday 08/24/2018
Battling back-to-school pest problems
Updated: September 18, 2018 - 4:22 am

(BPT) - A new school year means backpacks stuffed with school supplies and the return to classrooms. It also means an increased chance of your child encountering pests or unknowingly bringing them home. From sweaty locker rooms to classroom floors riddled with food scraps, schools provide a whole host of tempting places where pests like insects and rodents may be. The experts at Terminix have a few pointers on common pests your young scholar may come into contact with while at school and how to limit interaction with them.

Thursday 08/23/2018
3 reasons fall is a great time for roofing
Updated: September 18, 2018 - 4:23 am

(BPT) - Cool breezes and falling leaves are around the corner, and for many parts of the country those telltale signs of fall signal the best possible season for roofing.

Wednesday 08/22/2018
What does the color of your home reveal about you?
Updated: September 18, 2018 - 4:22 am

(BPT) - A home’s curb appeal leaves a powerful first impression. Yet, according to the recent poll conducted by Ply Gem Building Products, only half of homeowners say their home’s exterior reflects their personality. This is an especially surprising statistic since 81 percent of Americans say the exterior of a home shapes their view of the homeowner.

Tuesday 08/21/2018
7 surprising benefits of doing jigsaw puzzles
Updated: September 18, 2018 - 4:24 am

(BPT) - There's a quiet movement going on in this country, and it doesn't involve apps, data or the latest fad. Following the lead of vinyl record albums, coloring books and traditional board games, jigsaw puzzles are seeing a resurgence in popularity. Perhaps, because it's an opportunity to unplug and give yourself and family an escape from the information overload that is buzzing through the very fabric of our lives 24/7.

Monday 08/20/2018
The making of the mobile man cave for football tailgate season
Updated: September 18, 2018 - 4:23 am

(BPT) - It’s football time, and many Americans are making the annual pilgrimage to man caves forged in living rooms, basements or garages. There, fans hunker down for hours in the extreme comforts of recliners, snacks and drinks, and of course, mega-sized TV screens.

Saturday 08/18/2018
Three tax savings strategies for a secure retirement to try right now
Updated: September 18, 2018 - 4:24 am

(BPT) - Individuals who rushed to prepay property taxes after the passage of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act may have saved some money in 2018 — but that’s pennies compared to the long-term tax savings taxpayers should take advantage of before the TCJA’s individual tax provisions are expected to expire in 2026, according to Robert Fishbein, vice president and corporate counsel at Prudential Financial.

Friday 08/17/2018
5 back-to-school tips for parents with young athletes
Updated: September 18, 2018 - 4:21 am

(BPT) - The transition between summer and going back to school can be tough, especially for families with student athletes who are participating in fall sports. Whether your athletes are in high school or grade school, it’s difficult to balance schoolwork, practice, games, proper nutrition and rest. Mitzi Dulan, registered dietitian and nutrition consultant to professional athletes, has some great tips on how to help your child eat adequate, nutritious foods for their best performance in the classroom and on the field.

Thursday 08/16/2018
Four simple ways to tune up your nutrition and live healthier longer
Updated: September 18, 2018 - 4:21 am

(BPT) - Just about everyone feels like they could use a little extra pep in their day, that surge of energy to get things done and enjoy their favorite activities. This is especially true as we age.

Good gut gone bad: The C. diff Invasion
Updated: September 18, 2018 - 4:23 am

(BPT) - Trillions of bacteria, viruses and other tiny organisms — called "microbes" — live inside our bodies and make up a community known as the microbiome. The diversity of microbes is like a rainforest in our gut, helping us digest food and keep diseases at bay. Like bulldozing a rainforest, taking antibiotics can sometimes destroy that microbial landscape and allow dangerous bacteria like Clostridium difficile to take over.

Wednesday 08/15/2018
Take control of your personal information
Updated: September 18, 2018 - 4:21 am

(BPT) - Understanding and managing your personal information is essential to achieving your life goals such as owning a home, financing an education, getting your next job or simply having the convenience of credit cards for everyday purchases.

A child's wish to help save lives
Updated: September 18, 2018 - 4:23 am

(BPT) - This past July marks one year for Jack. Just one year ago, the 15-year-old was unable to go outside — he was bound to his home because of his blood disorder. He missed time with friends, school and sports. A bone marrow donation was his only hope, but matches sometimes aren’t easy to find, particularly for those of Asian heritage. So, Jack waited patiently — nine months to be exact — until thankfully a match was found.

6 simple tips to prevent a fall
Updated: September 18, 2018 - 4:22 am

(BPT) - Overwhelmingly, people say that they want to stay independent and in their own home as they age. One way to ensure they can is to learn about fall risks and make changes to reduce their chances of falling. Because, while one in four older adults falls each year, there are ways to be prepared for the changes of aging in order to prevent falls.

Pickled onions are gaining popularity
Updated: September 18, 2018 - 4:22 am

(BPT) - At America’s restaurants, you may have noticed more appetizers and entrees draped with pickled onions in the last couple of years. You may have been adventurous enough to try them, learning how their tartness coupled with onion flavor kick every dish up a notch, bringing tired flavors into a new era.

Bathroom customization: Stylish options for styling needs
Updated: September 18, 2018 - 4:22 am

(BPT) - The kitchen may be the heart of your home, but don't underestimate the importance of your bathrooms. If you think about it, bathrooms are one of the most frequented spaces in the home. It's where you go to rejuvenate and get ready for the day. It's the place where you take the time to make yourself look and feel your best. A thoughtfully designed bathroom can start your day on a positive note and end it in a calm, relaxing and stress-free manner.

10 tips to design a stylish bathroom for living in place
Updated: September 18, 2018 - 4:23 am

(BPT) - According to AARP, 87 percent of adults age 65 or older and 71 percent of those age 50 to 64 want to stay in their current home and community as they age. The message is clear: Baby Boomers and Gen-Xers prefer to "live in place" as they get older. How can you best prepare your home's bathrooms for the future? Here are 10 tips to enhance any size bathroom with safety and style top of mind.

Monday 08/13/2018
More Than Half of Those Approaching Retirement Believe They Will 'Unretire'
Updated: September 18, 2018 - 4:13 am

(NewsUSA) - Reflecting a changing post-retirement landscape, a new survey by Home Instead, Inc., franchisor of the Home Instead Senior Care network, reveals that 53 percent of workers approaching retirement in the next five years believe they will likely "unretire," or return to work.