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Winter weatherproofing: Preparing your home to stay safe and save energy

(BPT) - The heat will certainly be on this winter. With winter storms hitting many parts of the country early in the winter season, furnaces are plugging away, causing heating bills across the country to increase. According to the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), the typical U.S. family spends at least $2,200 per year on energy bills — with nearly half of that going toward heating and cooling. 

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Our fitness articles will help teach you how to work out with gym- and home-based exercises. More >>

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Tuesday 11/13/2018
At-home hacks: When cough or cold strikes, strike back
Posted: November 13, 2018

(BPT) - If you’re hearing the people around you start to sniffle and hack, you may feel a sense of impending doom about your chances of avoiding a cough or cold.

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Flu season is coming. Are you prepared to stop its spread?
Posted: November 13, 2018

(BPT) - Every year, fall heralds the arrival of the dreaded flu season: a long, six-month stretch of coughs, aches, fevers and stuffy noses. But make no mistake — it is far more than a case of the sniffles. It can be very serious business. The flu can be deadly for even healthy individuals, and the CDC estimates that the unusually aggressive 2017-18 flu season saw upwards of 80,000 deaths. That means we all have a stake in preventing its spread and protecting our communities.

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Play Through the Pain: 5 Tips to Minimize Sports-Related Pain
Posted: November 13, 2018

(BPT) - Pain is a part of everyday life for active Americans — whether as a result of their athletic pursuits or due to silly mishaps. Though pain can occur in the blink of an eye, it can linger for years and prevent sufferers from fully enjoying the sports and exercises they so love.

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Five Show House Trends to Inspire Your Renovation
Posted: November 13, 2018

(BPT) - When it's time to remodel and renovate your home, you're no doubt on the lookout for the freshest takes in design and color choices, so you can ensure your renovation is a lasting investment.

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Medicare Plans Offer More Health And Wellness Benefits for 2019
Posted: November 13, 2018

(NewsUSA) - Beginning next year, Medicare Advantage plans will be allowed to cover a broader array of health-related services that may help people with Medicare improve their health.

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Tips for embracing the benefits of natural light
Posted: November 13, 2018

(BPT) - With daylight saving time in full effect, sunlight can be harder to come by. According to a recent study by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), humans spend an average of 90 percent of their days indoors, so savoring every opportunity for natural sunlight is more important than ever, especially during winter months. However, more time spent indoors and longer nighttime hours can mean fewer opportunities to soak up the benefits of natural light. But did you know that you can enjoy all the perks of natural lighting through simply upgrading or adding windows into your home?

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Monday 11/12/2018
From boots to business: Veterans give tips to fellow entrepreneurs
Updated: November 14, 2018 - 2:32 am

(BPT) - If you’re a veteran interested in opening your own small business, you’re far from alone.

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Unique budget-friendly gifts for $20 or less
Updated: November 14, 2018 - 2:32 am

(BPT) - What do you get the person who has everything? Furthermore, what do you get all those people while still sticking to your holiday budget? 

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Sunday 11/11/2018
5 must-do tasks for any home maintenance checklist
Updated: November 14, 2018 - 2:32 am

(BPT) - Ongoing home maintenance is important to keep the home efficient and safe; however, it can be easy to forget or put off important household tasks. As we prepare for winter, now is the perfect time to conduct key maintenance checks in the home.

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Friday 11/09/2018
Tips to honor veterans on Veterans Day ... and every day
Updated: November 14, 2018 - 2:32 am

(BPT) - Hostility ceased on the 11th hour, on the 11th day of the 11th month in 1918 after World War I. Armistice Day was then celebrated on the 11th day of November to mark the beginning of this peaceful era. Nationwide there were celebrations, parades, public meetings and suspension of business for two minutes at 11 a.m. Over the years, Congress has changed the date on which Armistice Day was celebrated, but in 1975 President Gerald Ford returned Armistice Day to Nov. 11, due to the significance and importance of the date.

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Mexican Cheese is Hot Right Now: A Queso Primer
Updated: November 14, 2018 - 2:32 am

(BPT) - Queso, anyone? With tortillas outselling hamburger and hot dog buns while salsa dethrones ketchup, Mexican food is more popular than ever in the United States — and cheeses are a key component of America’s favorite Mexican dishes. But are all cheeses created equally? Queso is not just that ubiquitous, neon cheese sauce you might sometimes see in the grocery store. In Spanish, the word simply means cheese, and Hispanic cheeses rival anything else you might see in the supermarket aisles, with a wide range of flavor profiles to tempt any palate.

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6 simple ways to lower your sugar intake
Updated: November 14, 2018 - 2:31 am

(BPT) - It’s no secret — consuming too much sugar can have a negative effect on your health. Sugar consumption is associated with obesity, type 2 diabetes, heart disease, cancer and tooth decay. According to the 2017 National Diabetes Statistics Report, 30.3 million people have diabetes. November is American Diabetes month, which is a great opportunity to get your sugar habits in check. Follow these tips to lower your sugar intake and prioritize your health:

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Supporting our veterans, now and in the future
Updated: November 14, 2018 - 2:32 am

(BPT) - According to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, close to 40 million men and women have served our country and risked their lives to protect our freedoms and the way of life we hold dear since the dawn of the 20th century. They have put themselves in harm's way to protect, defend and serve countless individuals in countries around the world who face threat or harm from outside forces, and to stabilize and protect citizens and the vulnerable.

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Thursday 11/08/2018
How to assemble a holiday cheeseboard guaranteed to impress
Updated: November 14, 2018 - 2:32 am

(BPT) - 'Tis the season for getting together with friends and family to celebrate. Food is at the heart of the holidays, so whether you're hosting an event or attending as a guest, you'll want to whip up something to impress a wide variety of taste buds. The perfect solution: A holiday cheeseboard.

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4 tips to keep pantry pests off your holiday invite list this year
Updated: November 14, 2018 - 2:32 am

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6 things you should know about your health savings account (HSA)
Updated: November 14, 2018 - 2:31 am

(BPT) - For many families, health care is a major expense, even with health insurance coverage. There’s a great solution that can help financially prepare you for out-of-pocket costs, and it may be right there in your wallet: A health savings account.

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What's making noise in your attic?
Updated: November 14, 2018 - 2:32 am

(BPT) - Was that a squeak you just heard? A thump? What could possibly be making those noises inside your house, and what can you do to help get rid of whatever pest has decided to move in? The experts at Terminix have some information on what might be going bump in your attic.

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Wednesday 11/07/2018
Deck the halls with cherry preserves! Give your holidays a healthy twist
Updated: November 14, 2018 - 2:31 am

(BPT) - Bring the gift of nutrition to holiday gatherings by incorporating sweet cherries into your favorite menu. It may not seem the season for cherries, but this is the time to raid the summer stash that has been frozen, dried or canned. Adding a bright, festive touch, sweet cherries will provide a boost of flavor and nutrition to power you into the new year.

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Tips to protect your 'tail'gate
Updated: November 14, 2018 - 2:31 am

(BPT) - Ready … set … hike! Football season is one of the most exciting times of the year — from tailgates in the parking lot to cheering on your team in the stands to watching at home with friends and family, there are plenty of ways to enjoy the game.

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7 succulent spices that can support your healthy lifestyle
Updated: November 14, 2018 - 2:32 am

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Monday 11/05/2018
Top exterior trends to inspire your 2019 home projects
Updated: November 14, 2018 - 2:31 am

(BPT) - Thinking of adding a deck? How about replacing the tired, worn siding on your house? Now that the weather is colder, it’s the perfect time to curl up with a hot beverage and start planning your 2019 home projects so you can nail the budget and settle on the look you’re after.

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Friday 11/02/2018
Family farmers from across the country talk turkeys
Updated: November 14, 2018 - 2:31 am

(BPT) - It’s 6 a.m. in Bell County, Texas. The sun is yet to peek over the horizon on what will become a steamy summer day, but Darrell Glaser is already strolling through his turkey houses to ensure the birds on his family farm are comfortable. The farm has been in Glaser’s family for nearly 100 years, and Darrell and his family have spent nearly every day tending to their turkeys.

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Can too much potassium be harmful? What you need to know if you have a chronic condition
Updated: November 14, 2018 - 2:32 am

(BPT) - For people with chronic illnesses, nutrition is important — but some nutrients present risks for certain patients. Potassium, for example, has many benefits, but can be fatal for people with kidney disease if the level of potassium in their blood spikes. In the United States, there are more than three million patients who are living with hyperkalemia — a condition that refers to having abnormally high blood potassium levels. As the number of people with these diseases is expected to climb, so too are the number of people at risk for hyperkalemia.

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Thursday 11/01/2018
I care for my 100-year-old mom, and here's how I've learned to take care of myself too
Updated: November 14, 2018 - 2:31 am

(BPT) - According to AARP, more than 40 million people in the United States are providing care for an older or aging loved one — and 7 million of us are Latinos. That doesn't come as any surprise to members of our community. It's simply what we do for family. For many, caregiving starts with simple errands and to-do items, like scheduling a doctor's appointment or helping out with grocery shopping, and then expands to more responsibilities over time. It's a beautiful thing to do what we can for the people we love, but there are also moments when we can feel worn out or stretched too thin.

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Veterans and Medicare: Myths Debunked
Updated: November 09, 2018 - 3:50 am

(NewsUSA) - For military veterans with Medicare and their caregivers, the Annual Election Period (AEP) for Medicare Advantage and Prescription Drug Plans is a critical time. You'll want to assess that your health care coverage to ensure you select the best possible health plan to cover your doctor visits, medical equipment, medications and other needs, within your budget in the coming year. To help you with this process, which runs from Oct. 15 to Dec. 7, let's set the record straight on four common misperceptions about veterans and Medicare.

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Merry Merry Meatballs! 5 Ways to Serve Up Meatballs for the Holidays
Updated: November 14, 2018 - 2:32 am

(BPT) - The holiday season is here, which means less time to cook but more time to make merry! And nothing makes people smile more than a dish made with one of America’s favorites: meatballs.

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Wednesday 10/31/2018
5 tips for navigating Medicare Open Enrollment
Updated: November 14, 2018 - 2:31 am

(BPT) - Medicare Open Enrollment is in full swing. For most people enrolled in Medicare, the annual Open Enrollment period (Oct. 15 through Dec. 7) is the only opportunity to make changes to your existing Medicare coverage.

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5 Medicare mistakes that could cost you
Updated: November 14, 2018 - 2:31 am

(BPT) - You have a lot of choices when it comes to Medicare. And the most important might be choosing to take charge of your Medicare decisions in the first place. 

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Alzheimer's and dementia caregivers: What you need to know
Updated: November 14, 2018 - 2:31 am

(BPT) - Peggy Lavender, 63, of Brookhaven, Georgia, knew her life would change when her husband, Jim, 66, was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s five years ago, but she never expected it to be this challenging.

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Despite Challenges, Caregiving Comes with Many Rewards [Infographic]
Updated: November 14, 2018 - 2:32 am

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Tuesday 10/30/2018
How to save on your healthcare costs in 2019
Updated: November 14, 2018 - 2:31 am

(BPT) - Your cable bill, entertainment expenses and travel extras — these often top the list when families sit down to discuss where they can save money.

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Hepatitis C testing important for veterans
Updated: November 14, 2018 - 2:32 am

(BPT) - When you go to the doctor for a physical, you'll probably have a variety of tests done to check for health concerns like blood pressure and cholesterol. One important test you should consider requesting is for hepatitis C. Why? A simple blood test now could save your life and potentially the lives of others.

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Avoiding Dangers of the Flu for Older Adults
Updated: November 09, 2018 - 3:46 am

(NewsUSA) - It's the time of year everyone dreads: flu season.

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Sweet, warm and nutritious: 5 baked fruits that can stand alone as dessert
Updated: November 14, 2018 - 2:32 am

(BPT) - If you have a sweet tooth but are trying to eat healthy and avoid extra calories, you may be overlooking the appeal of a warm, flavorful dessert based on your favorite baked fruit.

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Monday 10/29/2018
Fighting the good fight: 5 misconceptions about U.S. poverty
Updated: November 14, 2018 - 2:31 am

(BPT) - Many Americans will pass right by the Red Kettles and ringing bells of The Salvation Army this season.

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Long-term HIV survivors reassure others: 'You are never alone'
Updated: November 14, 2018 - 2:31 am

(BPT) - In 1990, after Michelle Lopez left a domestic violence situation, she and her infant daughter were homeless and were both diagnosed with HIV. “If I had not found community, I truly believe I would have been dead,” remarks Michelle. Today, Michelle, a 51-year-old mother and grandmother, reminds people that “You’re not alone, you’re never going to be alone.”

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Access to Safe and Affordable Drugs is a Right, Not a Privilege
Updated: November 14, 2018 - 2:32 am

(BPT) - The exorbitantly high cost of prescription medications is an ongoing, serious health crisis for millions of Americans who are desperate for relief and desperately need the government to act.

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Treating Mental Illness in the United States: Go Beyond Healthcare
Updated: November 14, 2018 - 2:32 am

(BPT) - According to the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), nearly one in five adults in the United States lives with mental illness. That’s over 43 million Americans — more than the populations of New York and Florida combined.

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Friday 10/26/2018
5 tips for a mobile man cave that rivals home
Updated: November 14, 2018 - 2:32 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.

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Couple Faces Unpredictability of MS Together
Updated: November 14, 2018 - 2:31 am

(BPT) - Author and cook Ronda Giangreco woke up one morning with numbness on the left side of her body. When the sensation didn’t go away, she and her husband, Michael, went to the emergency room. A few weeks and multiple doctor visits later, Ronda learned she had multiple sclerosis (MS). 

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4 insurance myths and misconceptions dispelled
Updated: November 14, 2018 - 2:32 am

(BPT) - There are several myths and misconceptions that exist when it comes to insurance. For example, true or false? It costs more to insure red cars. 

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Thursday 10/25/2018
Love your leftovers with these smart and safe tips
Updated: November 14, 2018 - 2:32 am

(BPT) - From family feasts to office parties, the holidays bring an abundance of leftovers. Think mountains of turkey, buckets of gravy and stacks of side dishes.

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High-tech appliance trends from the House Beautiful Whole Home Project Concept House
Updated: November 14, 2018 - 2:32 am

(BPT) - On a tree-lined street in the Brookhaven neighborhood of Atlanta, a house built with the goal of better living through design opens its doors to the public this fall. Each space was created with comfort, peace and serenity in mind, from the decluttered entryway, to the intuitive kitchen with luxurious state-of-the-art appliances designed to easily bring healthy choices to a family's nightly dinner and provide flexibility in food preparation, to the laundry room with (seemingly) space-age appliances that make the chore a breeze, to the fitness room that puts wellness at the heart of a family's life.

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Wednesday 10/24/2018
The power of play
Updated: November 14, 2018 - 2:31 am

(BPT) - Play is fun for children, but it's serious business when it comes to their health and development. From peek-a-boo as a toddler to jigsaw puzzles, dolls and toy trains as an older child, play enriches not only their lives at the moment, but their brain development and a whole host of other things, too.

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How women can take control of the retirement income gender gap
Updated: November 14, 2018 - 2:32 am

(BPT) - Women are a force to be reckoned with in the economy. They own 10 million businesses in the U.S., control an impressive $11.2 trillion in investable assets and are increasingly the primary breadwinner and financial decisionmaker in households.

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Three workouts everyone over 60 needs
Updated: November 14, 2018 - 2:31 am

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5 ways to prep your home's exterior for cold weather pest problems
Updated: November 14, 2018 - 2:31 am

(BPT) - One of the last things you want to deal with as temperatures get chilly is an infestation of cockroaches or mice. With a few tips from Terminix, you can help protect your home from these critters so that you can spend more time relaxing and staying warm indoors.

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5 secrets to brewing the perfect cup of coffee at home
Updated: November 14, 2018 - 2:32 am

(BPT) - A cup of steaming rich coffee is one of life’s simple pleasures, especially if you have some extra time to linger over those roasty aromas and flavors at your favorite coffee shop.

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Monday 10/22/2018
The Value of Prescription Drug Benefits for Medicare Enrollees
Updated: November 09, 2018 - 3:42 am

(NewsUSA) - If you are eligible for Medicare, prescription drug benefits should be an important consideration when it comes to choosing among various Medicare coverage options.

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