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October 23, 2017

'Untold Stories of the Desegregation of Baseball' documentary premieres
(BPT) - Did you know, that as a young man, Abraham Lincoln was a formidable wrestler and out of 300 matches, only lost one? Or that Congress voted for our independence from Britain on July 2, 1776, not on the Fourth of July?Like these facts, there are hundreds of other little-known stories of Ameri... More >>


Do vacations cause you stress? Try these tips
(BPT) - Vacation is supposed to be fun and relaxing, but more than half of Americans say vacations cause them stress, and 46 percent say stress interferes with their enjoyment of traveling, according to a survey by HomeAway. Vacation stress comes from crowded airports, making transportation arrange... More >>


Home improvement insight: 5 tips to redesign with kids' safety in mind
(BPT) - Smart homeowners take a strategic approach to home improvement projects such as redoing a playroom, living room or bedroom to keep kids' safety in mind during the redesign process.By being proactive today, you can ensure your entire family can safely enjoy the results of your home improveme... More >>


Arts and crafts go online
(BPT) - While it is hard for some to imagine a day without social media, smartphones and Wi-Fi, these were not available a mere 20 years ago. Technology has revolutionized the way we order food, purchase clothes and read books.“Technology used to be considered a separate entity from arts and ... More >>


10 tips to keep infants safe
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Don't get hacked! Time to get serious about password safety
(BPT) - We all know hiding your house key under the doormat is a terrible idea, but we do it anyway because it’s a convenient backup. When it comes to safeguarding passwords, especially in a family setting, people often choose convenience over safety.As families manage their digital informati... More >>


Tips to make sure your fire extinguisher is at the ready
(BPT) - You check your alarms regularly and practice your family escape plan — but are you overlooking an essential component of home safety? Having fire extinguishers and knowing how to use them is an important part of maintaining a safe home for you and your family.“In America, a fire... More >>


Paving the way to college: 4 things parents need to know
(BPT) - Senior year: It's a time to finish college applications, solidify friendships and look forward to the freedom and the responsibility that come once that final bell rings. A lot of feelings surface during that final year, especially for parents. While your son or daughter might be overjoyed ... More >>


Nail your next game day spread with these tips
(BPT) - It's that time of year again: the long-awaited season where football, food and team spirit reign. Every week offers another chance to kick back with family and friends and cheer on your favorite team.The time to host will be here before you know it, but are you prepared? Are you ready to th... More >>


Don't let the flu bug you this year
(BPT) - Flu season is upon us, and many healthcare facilities are urging you to start preparing now with vaccines. Ironically, one of the places where you need to be careful is at the doctor's office or healthcare clinic.The number of people in and out of clinics this time of year increases the cha... More >>


5 preparation tips to make any cruise smooth sailing
(BPT) - When it comes to a dream cruise, everyone has their own idea of the ideal vacation. The beautiful ocean waves breaking against the bow beneath you, the warm breeze blowing against your hair and the lure of new, unexplored destinations off in the distance. If you’re lucky, maybe your d... More >>


5 eco-friendly tips for cleaning your home
(BPT) - Log onto almost any news website and in just a few clicks you’ll probably come across some story about the environment. Whether it has to do with international agreements, alternative energy sources or fuel-efficient cars, the discussion around the environment is often abstract and fa... More >>


3 important areas to focus on when winterizing your home
(BPT) - From the holidays to cold-weather fun like ice skating and skiing, winter promises its share of good times. Preparing your home for winter’s weather extremes can help ensure that you get the maximum enjoyment out of the season, while protecting your home’s vital systems and indo... More >>


Cut the bull: Strategies to help kids with disabilities stand up to bullies
(BPT) - At least one in four American children will experience bullying at some point during their school years and children with disabilities are twice as likely to be bullied, according to the National Center for Education.Even those who are bound for celebrity status as award-winning actors can ... More >>


Why are you flushing that down the toilet?
(BPT) - It can be mind-boggling to think about what life must have been like before refrigeration, running water, disposable wipes and feminine hygiene products. Living without these essential items and comforts seems impossible, yet many of our ancestors grew up in such a world.With these convenie... More >>


5 Effortless DIY Projects to Prep Your Home for Fall -- and Beyond
(BPT) - The telltale signs are all there. Maybe it’s football season, the changing color of the trees right outside your door, or the crisp morning air that’s suddenly taken on a chill. Yes, there’s no denying it, fall is here and winter is quickly following behind.No matter where... More >>


Smart, kid-friendly options for after-school snacking
(BPT) - Whether they're in a club or after-school program, play on a sports team or go straight home, when the school day is done, all children have something in common — they could use a good snack!Children need healthy fuel after school, but often can be picky about what they’ll reach... More >>


Beyond the blue ribbon: Why 4-H is a golden opportunity for your child
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You need more fruits and veggies: 5 easy ways to get there
(BPT) - Most Americans understand the importance of including a variety of fruits and vegetables into their diets, but finding inspiration and fresh ideas for incorporating them into everyday meals can be challenging.Research shows that only 10 percent of Americans are meeting the MyPlate recommend... More >>


Is BPA a thing of Halloween nightmares?
(BPT) - Now that fall is underway and you’re already growing tired of all the pumpkin-flavored treats, Halloween must not be too far away. That means it’s time to head to the store to pick up the trendiest Halloween decor to guarantee a shocked response from trick-or-treaters. But befor... More >>


5 tips to keep ticks away
(BPT) - Researchers are predicting 2017 will be one of the worst years for ticks that we have seen in quite some time — and by all indications, those researchers are correct. People who have found themselves pulling ticks off their pets, children and their own bodies can readily attest to thi... More >>


The top 5 things to know about opioids
(BPT) - While a decade ago you may not have heard much about opioids, today they make headlines daily. The nationwide epidemic crosses generations and socioeconomic lines, and it's affecting your family, friends and neighbors."Opioids have long been used clinically to treat pain, but prior to the 1... More >>


American Legion Auxiliary (ALA) Foundation celebrates 10 years with renewed commitment to veterans
(BPT) - For many U.S. veterans, the drumbeat of daily life is hard to overcome. After tours in combat-heavy environments, some veterans struggle to find their way after they return home. Many do not know where to turn to or who will be a true advocate for care. Deb Becker is making sure that vetera... More >>


3 easy DIY STEM projects for kids
(BPT) - Looking for hands-on activities to engage your kids? It’s never too early to introduce them to important STEM subjects at home.STEM stands for science, technology, engineering and mathematics. These subjects are critical for all students to learn because they are required for so many ... More >>


Top 4 tips to help you get the sleep you need
(BPT) - If you're reading this, there's a good chance you're not getting enough sleep. You could probably use a nap, and you're not alone.Data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) shows that about 70 million U.S. adults report sleeping six hours or less on average. This is well... More >>


5 smart solutions when flying gets frustrating
(BPT) - Decades ago, taking a flight was truly a privilege. People looked forward to comfy seats, cold drinks and friendly service.Today? Not so much. With cramped seating and impossibly long security lines, flying is the unpleasant grunt work of travel — something you endure to make it to th... More >>


4 tips to send your kids back to school with total confidence
(BPT) - Back-to-school season is under way! While this is an exciting time for the whole family, it can be a hectic one, too. A recent survey conducted by Total Wireless found that almost two-thirds (63 percent) of moms agree that planning for back to school is more stressful than planning for the ... More >>


Organic is always non-GMO, but is non-GMO organic?
(BPT) - If you’re a parent, you’ve probably come across ongoing debates regarding the term “organic” and what should go into your child’s body. But, what about organic versus non-GMO? A recent study from Perrigo Nutritionals revealed that more than half of moms didn&rs... More >>


5 ways to keep in touch with grandparents near and far
(BPT) - There are laundry lists of reasons why grandparents are the best. They say yes when parents say no, they tell the best stories but make even better listeners, and often they’re the first people we call with news, both good and bad.That’s why each September, we celebrate National... More >>


6 simple steps to avoid distracted driving
(BPT) - Mobile phones have become an essential part of life for most people, helping them stay connected and increase productivity. However, this technology can also be a distraction when driving, which puts everyone on the road at risk.More than one-quarter of all car crashes involve phone use, bo... More >>


Tricks of the trade: How to maximize your kitchen renovation
(BPT) - Considering a kitchen renovation but not sure how to get the most out of your space and budget? Expert tips can help you focus your plans so you get the kitchen of your dreams for less money and less stress."Redesigning your kitchen is a big investment," says A-list designer Nate Berkus, Ar... More >>


Back-to-school lessons for drivers
(BPT) - With Americans around the country adjusting their daily commutes and driving habits to accommodate back-to-school schedules, it is a great time to brush up on Driving 101. Take the stress out of back-to-school travel by practicing these safe driving tips.Steer away from old habitsEven somet... More >>


A+ advice for a successful school year
(BPT) - The first days of school are filled with excitement and pangs of anxiety, but it doesn’t take long for high school and college students to fall into a routine. Adjusting to the new reality of school can be difficult, but it's the steps students take now that determine their success th... More >>


Teentastic: 5 tips to make any space perfect for young adults
(BPT) - Teenagers are at a point in their life where they are looking to make their own mark and find their own space. You want to give it to them, but as you start considering renovation ideas, how do you create a space your teen will appreciate?The Boys & Girls Clubs of America knows all abou... More >>


How to build healthy habits for the school year and beyond
(BPT) - Bells are ringing across the country as kids settle into classrooms for a year full of fun, friendship and plenty of learning.While exciting, adjusting to new school schedules is a hectic time. Healthy habits are often forgotten as the focus shifts to studies, assignments and extracurricula... More >>


Housework may be a key to improving your relationship
(BPT) - Cleaning the bathroom and emptying the dishwasher isn’t at the top of a couple’s “To Do Together” list, but it may be the true language of love. In fact, a recent survey from home appliance leader LG Electronics found most Americans (52%) get turned on by their partn... More >>


Teaching your child to be a responsible digital citizen
(BPT) - Parents have always had a lot to worry about when it comes to their children. It’s simply part of the job. Many of the issues parents face today are the same ones they've dealt with in the past, including safety, diet and how much independence to give their kids. But parenting in the ... More >>


5 ways to explore the 'final frontier' on Florida's Space Coast
(BPT) - When it comes to outer space, there is much to wonder over and dream about. Where else are there such colossal challenges paired with the infinite possibilities of discovery? For stargazers, dreamers and those who believe anything is possible, Florida has the perfect vacation spot for exper... More >>


3 things you'll need to throw the ultimate tailgating party
(BPT) - Football season is finally upon us and fans everywhere are getting revved up to cheer on their favorite team. Whether you watch the big game from the comfort of your home or head down to the stadium, it’s the perfect time to throw the mother of all football celebrations — a real... More >>


A mother's loss sheds light on need for better asthma control
(BPT) - For people living with asthma, managing the condition becomes part of their daily life. But some may not know that, in spite of their best efforts, their asthma may still be uncontrolled.Benjamin Buckley was one of those people. Ben, as he was known, was just 7 years old when he died from a... More >>


The key ingredient to a successful school year
(BPT) - Now that school is in session, you’ve likely returned to the routine of nightly homework and packing lunches in the morning. One thing that helps ensure a safe and successful school year is polycarbonate plastic made from bisphenol A (BPA).BPA is a building-block chemical used to make... More >>


Age ferociously with this eating game plan
(BPT) - A healthy diet and lifestyle are our best weapons against age-related diseases.Becci Twombley is sports dietitian for USC Athletics and Angels Baseball, overseeing the nutrition of 650 collegiate athletes and the 200 players within the Angels organization. The healthy practices she employs ... More >>


5 simple ways to stay connected as a family on a budget
(BPT) - School’s out, summer’s here and the family is ready for some fun-in-the-sun memory making! It’s the perfect time to bond, catch up and enjoy the slower pace of the season. However, with fun on the brain, it’s easy to find yourself dipping into pockets a bit more for ... More >>


5 must-have gadgets for heading back to school
(BPT) - Summer is almost over and the school bell is about to ring. To make sure you and your family are set up for success, equip your home with the best technology devices on the market. Consider this your gadget guide for the best school year yet.Big soundStudies show that listening to music whi... More >>


A celebrity chef's secrets to building a better sandwich
(BPT) - A great sandwich is a delicious meal choice, which could be why about 60 percent of American adults eat at least one for lunch every week and 70 percent pack one or more in their children’s lunches, according to food industry trend-watching company Datassential. In fact, sandwiches ar... More >>


Is your family expanding? Protect what matters most with these nursery safety checks
(BPT) - You may have chosen the perfect color palette and all of your nursery furniture, but have you thought about some key safety checks?“The arrival of a baby means you have to take a look at your home in a whole new light,” said Tarsila Wey, marketing director for First Alert, the m... More >>


Shared housework may be the true language of love, survey says
(BPT) - The key to a better relationship may not be in long walks on the beach or romantic dinners, it may actually be in discovering how your partner values chores. According to recent studies, chores have a direct impact on relationships more than previously thought.For example, a recent survey o... More >>


Enjoy the latest trend in swimming pools
(BPT) - It was supposed to be a community swimming pool, but many people stayed away because they couldn't tolerate the biting, nose-curdling odor of chlorine. Others experienced breathing and skin problems.So the Evergreen Commons senior center in Holland, Michigan, converted its 65,000-gallon chl... More >>


5 ways to stop mosquitoes from bugging you this season
(BPT) - Ask people what they love about the warm weather months and you’ll get a variety of answers. They love the sun, the warmth, camping, picnicking, boating and just being outside with family and friends. However, if you ask them what they like least about being outdoors during the warm w... More >>


5 baby formula myths debunked
(BPT) - Baby feeding has many pervasive myths, especially about infant formula. Here are five of those myths debunked by Rallie McAllister, MD, MPH, family physician and co-author of The Mommy MD Guide to Your Baby’s First Year:Myth 1: Breast is best.Fact: It depends on the mother and her bab... More >>


Top tips for making back to school a success
(BPT) - Summer days are getting shorter. Summer fun is winding down for the season. Bedtimes are starting earlier. And parents seem to be oddly excited.Back to school is right around the corner.For most kids, the thought of going back to school can be a drag. But it doesn’t have to be.Marley ... More >>


Diabetes impacts younger people more often: Are you at risk?
(BPT) - Every 17 seconds someone in the United States is diagnosed with diabetes. What's even more surprising is diabetes is growing fastest among younger people, outpacing the rate of heart disease, substance abuse and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.A new study by the Blue Cross Blue Shield... More >>


5 things parents need to know about HPV
(BPT) - Being a parent means looking out for your kids. When they were small it meant making sure they wore a helmet, crossed the street carefully and wore sunscreen. As they get older, the health challenges they face change. As they become adolescents, you can’t always be with them, so you w... More >>


Getting ready for back to school: How setting goals can help Generation Z students excel in the new school year
(BPT) - Generation Z, born between 1995 and 2012, is the first generation to grow up with a widespread use of digital tools. While technology is now part of everyday life, it’s important to remember that writing things down can be the first step to getting them done, especially when it comes ... More >>


Travel tips to keep bed bugs at bay
(BPT) - Planning an upcoming trip – maybe a long weekend getaway, or a family vacation before the kids head back to school, or perhaps you’re a road warrior who travels frequently for work? No matter what type of trip you have planned, you’ve probably already put together a packin... More >>


5 ways to help kids start the school year strong
(BPT) - The beginning of the school year isn’t just about getting backpacks and school supplies ready. It’s also a time when parents check to make sure their children are ready for success in their next classroom.According to a national survey of K-8 parents conducted by the parent orga... More >>


5 hassle-free tips for protecting your child's valuables at school
(BPT) - From phones and tablets, to computers and headphones, technology has quickly become an integral component within the daily lives of students of all ages.A departure from the contents of students’ backpacks as little as 10 years ago, these pieces of technology have, on the one hand, ma... More >>


5 late-summer road trip tips
(BPT) - Last call for your summer road trip. Grab the family, call your friends: The Great American Road Trip still awaits. Don’t let summer fade into the sunset without a last hurrah. According to the Auto Club, you won’t be alone: 37.5 million Americans hit the road during the Indepe... More >>


5 tips for taking the stress out of 'back to after school'
(BPT) - As kids and teens head back to school, working parents are also preparing for "back to after school." Despite the fact that 60 percent of parents report having flexible work hours that allow them to take care of their children once the school day ends, a survey from Boys & Girls Clubs o... More >>


Is your child protected from preventable illnesses at school?
(BPT) - Fall is an exciting time for kids — seeing old friends, getting to know new classmates, learning new skills and exploring classrooms. But with all this fun and interaction, it’s important to remember one of the best ways to keep your child safe and healthy is to make sure he or ... More >>


'Removable' labels present sticky situation for 8 of 10 shoppers
(BPT) - You know the feeling. You buy an item you’re excited to use or give as a gift. But that excitement quickly turns to frustration when you can’t remove the label. Even if you do manage to pry it off, a sticky glue-like substance remains, marring the item’s appearance.You are... More >>


6 sanity-saving tips to make college moves go smoothly
(BPT) - Every year, thousands of young Americans move out of their bedrooms in Mom and Dad’s house and into a college dorm or off-campus apartment. In fact, 68 percent of students at four-year colleges and 56 percent of two-year college students either live on campus or in off-campus residenc... More >>


5 ways to tame the back-to-school madness
(BPT) - It seems like you just adjusted to managing your children's summer schedules, juggling camps and making sure all that free time doesn’t get them in trouble. Now it’s time to switch gears. Summer is nearly over and school is about to begin.Back-to-school time might mean new outfi... More >>


Mandy Moore's Advice to Pursuing Life Goals
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Fighting the morning clock? 9 no-fail ways to get out the door on time
(BPT) - As the sun shines through the curtains, you hit the snooze button again. Suddenly you bolt up, realizing you're running late. You skip breakfast, grab your bag and rush out the door. Stress levels skyrocket and your day has barely begun.The race against the clock at the start of the day is ... More >>


Focusing on Family Health: August is National Immunization Awareness Month
(BPT) - National Immunization Awareness Month (NIAM), held each year in August, is a great time to review your family’s vaccination records. NIAM was established to encourage people of all ages to make sure they are up to date on the vaccines recommended for them and their family members.Vacc... More >>


7 ways to snack like a pro this football season
(BPT) - Football season is quickly approaching, which means it will soon be time for tailgating or watching the big game on TV. For many of us, this time of year is tough on our diet and exercise plans, but it doesn't have to be, according to Bryan Snyder, registered dietitian and director of team ... More >>


How the state you live in affects your college savings strategy
(BPT) - The cost of a four-year college degree now hovers around the $100,000 mark, according to data from the National Center for Education Statistics. While high college costs seem universal these days, college savings strategies are far from a one-size-fits-all. Many factors influence how you&rs... More >>


3 reasons to study abroad during high school
(BPT) - Think about how your teenager will spend their next summer vacation.What if their months off from school could include something much bigger than the usual lineup of part-time jobs, sports practices and hanging out with friends?Picture this: Your teenager wakes up in a different bedroom in ... More >>


Mangos bring families together around the world
(BPT) - Ayesha Curry was raised by great women who instilled in her a passion for cooking. This passion has helped Ayesha both launch her career and prioritize spending time with her family in the kitchen. But even as a celebrity chef, author and foodie, Ayesha sometimes struggles to think of new, ... More >>


Looking for an alternative to college? Pursue a well-paying trade career instead
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Higher education, higher expense: Budgeting tips for college students and their parents
(BPT) - (BPT) - Sponsored ad content by Vanderbilt Mortgage and Finance, Inc.High school graduation should be a time of celebration. But for a lot of families, it can also be a source of stress. College is a big step into the future for any student – and it comes with a hefty price tag.Accord... More >>


The ABCs of back-to-school budgeting
(BPT) - It’s natural to pack all you can into those few precious summer months, but inevitably they’re gone before you know it. As summer vacations, sleepovers and outdoor grilling come to a close, it's time to start thinking about going back to school.You may be working to pay off summ... More >>


6 tips to make the most of your visit to the zoo
(BPT) - Children can’t help but be drawn to animals, so a visit to the zoo is always a winning and memorable choice for a summer outing. Introducing children to animals of all kinds, especially endangered species, will help foster a lifelong appreciation of them. With more and more animals ne... More >>


Beat the heat: Tips to stay healthy and hydrated
(BPT) - Americans love summertime and with good reason. It is the best time for outdoor fun and travel with family. Many people enjoy outdoor activities such as bicycling, kayaking and hiking, and kids are more active with sports.One thing to keep in mind when out and about in the summer heat is to... More >>


5 reasons to make your summer road trip a flight instead
(BPT) - Summer break is an American institution, and that midyear break is often best enjoyed through travel. This year is no different; in fact, many experts expect this year’s summer travel season to be among the busiest ever. That is particularly true when it comes to air travel.According ... More >>


Allergens and indoor air quality: 4 steps to a healthier home
(BPT) - When at home, you're probably relaxing, playing with the kids or tackling chores. What you aren't likely doing is thinking about the air you're breathing. Unfortunately, the reality is poor indoor air quality in residential spaces is a major problem.The United States Consumer Product Safety... More >>


5 eye health tips that are easy to visualize
(BPT) - Writer Leigh Hunt once said, “The groundwork of all happiness is good health.” It’s a mantra you heed because nothing is more important than your health. That’s why you watch what you eat, you exercise at least three times a week and you avoid tobacco or excessive al... More >>


8 fast tips to fight fall allergies before they begin
(BPT) - You made it through a tough spring allergy season and are enjoying every moment of the summer. But just when you think your allergies are under control, a new problem is brewing. In the blink of an (itchy) eye, fall allergy season will be here.You may be thinking, "It's still summer. Why wo... More >>


4 laundry personalities: Where do you fit?
(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. Knowi... More >>


Young adults seek opioid alternatives for pain relief after wisdom teeth extraction
(BPT) - Summer vacation is the time of year students of every age look forward to. Warm weather, no school or homework, and summer travels — there are plenty of reasons to enjoy the break from the classroom. However, it's not all fun and games, especially for college students. Summer break is... More >>


5 clever hacks to simplify any family's morning routine
(BPT) - Getting the family out the door on time every morning is no small feat. Seemingly simple tasks like getting dressed, packing backpacks and making breakfast can quickly turn into chaos. Before you know it, you're running late and the kids haven't even eaten as you dash to the car.Stop dreadi... More >>


5 ways creativity-inspiring video games can help parents share quality time with kids
(BPT) - When winter arrives, parents eagerly anticipate taking kids on family vacations and spending more time with them during the holidays. Kids look forward to more free time for their favorite video games. However, a growing body of research indicates video gaming can actually be a good thing f... More >>


Farming program helps neighbors in rural America fight hunger
(BPT) - Although the United States produces much of the world’s food, 48 million people in the country are food insecure, lacking access to enough food to sustain a healthy, active lifestyle. What's even more surprising is that many of the counties with the highest rates of food insecurity ar... More >>



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