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    5 important facts to teach kids about pet ownership

    (BPT) - Kids instinctively love animals. Children begin learning about animal species, their habitats and behavior during elementary school, and this is when children also become more interested and involved in caring for family pets. They may even become pet owners for the first time at this age. Learning about animal care is fun for kids, while also teaching them life lessons about empathy, compassion and responsibility.

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5 surprising things you'll find on your Midwest vacation

A winter escape to Wisconsin offers some surprisingly luxurious amenities. Visiting cooler temperatures gives you the chance to focus on the beautiful scenery as well as an opportunity to destress, at a location that offers equal parts wellness and indulgence. Read on for five things you'll find on your relaxing Midwest vacation:

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Thursday 12/13/2018
How a healthy lifestyle and open communication may help with psoriatic arthritis
Posted: December 13, 2018

(BPT) - Content provided by Pfizer Inc.

New insulin help center offers options to reduce patient costs
Posted: December 13, 2018

(BPT) - Some people with diabetes in the U.S. face increasingly high out-of-pocket costs for insulin, a medicine that regulates the level of sugar in the blood and allows cells to use and store sugar for energy. Some people are confronted with difficult financial choices and healthcare consequences that can prove dire. Some even ration their insulin to offset costs, which can be dangerous.

'Tis the Season for Mental Health Wellness [Infographic]
Posted: December 13, 2018

(BPT) - Although the holiday season is known to be “the most wonderful time of year,” for many, this time of year can also come with stress. 

El nuevo centro de ayuda de insulina ofrece opciones para reducir los costos para los pacientes
Posted: December 13, 2018

(BPT) - Algunas personas con diabetes en los EE. UU. enfrentan costos de bolsillo cada vez más altos para la insulina, un medicamento que regula el nivel de azúcar en la sangre y permite que las células utilicen y almacenen el azúcar para obtener energía. Algunas personas se enfrentan a decisiones financieras difíciles y consecuencias del cuidado de la salud que pueden resultar serias. Incluso, algunos racionan su insulina para reducir los costos, lo que puede resultar peligroso.

Patient thanks her caregiver after successful transplant
Posted: December 13, 2018

(BPT) - The holiday season presents the opportunity to pause and express gratitude to those that have touched our lives. For former dialysis patient and recent kidney transplant recipient Ingrid Codrington, her biggest “thank you” is to a woman who changed her life when she needed it the most.

How to Keep Your Health in Check This Holiday Season
Posted: December 13, 2018

(NewsUSA) - The holidays are known for taking a toll on our bodies . Between the chilly temperatures, onset of flu season and the overabundance of sweet treats at every turn, it's easy for physical health to fall to the wayside.

Ease Gift-Giving Anxiety with This Simple Tip: Ask a Bookseller
Posted: December 13, 2018

(NewsUSA) - Between the planning, gift-buying and parties, the holidays can be a stressful time.

3 steps for your end-of-year financial checkup
Posted: December 13, 2018

(BPT) - Amidst a frenzy of holiday parties and family gatherings, it can be easy to lose sight of your financial goals. But the end of the year is an ideal time to reflect on your financial plan and review your savings and investing approach. Before you say goodbye to 2018, take these steps to maximize your savings and help position your portfolio favorably for the coming year:

Protein-Packed Breakfast Foods to Energize Your Busy Family During the Holiday Season
Posted: December 13, 2018

(BPT) - Families trying to navigate through a busy holiday season — whether it’s running to planned activities or hosting out-of-town guests — often engage in unhealthy breakfast habits or skip breakfast altogether. Studies show on-the-go families that eat a healthy, protein-packed breakfast can enjoy improved energy levels and stay full longer.

5 health evaluations you shouldn't put off
Posted: December 13, 2018

(BPT) - In the new year, lots of people will make resolutions to get healthier. When it comes down to it, no one is in charge of your health but you. Sure, you can use technology to track some health issues, but that will only get you so far. At the end of the day, it’s up to you to ensure you get the checkups that are key to your health care. Here are the top five health evaluations you shouldn’t put off.

Cold brew coffee: How to enjoy this top 2019 food trend at home
Posted: December 13, 2018

(BPT) - Cold brew coffee is popping up everywhere, poised to be a top food trend in the new year. You may have seen it on the menu of your favorite coffeehouse or in the refrigerated section of your local grocery store, but what exactly is cold brew coffee, and why are people raving about it?

No Arms, No Legs, No Worries
Posted: December 13, 2018

(NewsUSA) - One might not think that someone with no arms and no legs could swim, much less scuba dive, but with the help of one non-profit organization based in the Chicagoland area, children, veterans and people of all abilities around the world can benefit from zero gravity and scuba therapy.

Forget The Halls...Deck The Driveway
Posted: December 13, 2018

(NAPSI)—The sales associate at Park Place Lexus in Plano, Tex., remembers clearly the look on the woman’s face when she opened the front door. The associate—holding a beautifully wrapped gift box containing a set of keys—visited the woman’s house to deliver a shiny, new Lexus.

Reuniendo familias alrededor del mundo
Posted: December 13, 2018

(NAPSM)—Considerando todas las tristes noticias sobre conflictos y desesperación por todo el mundo, es alentador escuchar sobre seres queridos que se han reunido.

Bolsas de aire peligrosas afectan a millones de conductores
Posted: December 13, 2018

(NAPSM)—Aproximadamente 37 millones de vehículos, de todas las marcas y modelos, tienen bolsas de aire peligrosas, ya fueron retiradas del mercado y se deben reemplazar inmediatamente; es más, las nuevas bolsas son GRATUITAS.

Snow Thrower Usage: Questions To Help You Keep Safety In Mind
Posted: December 13, 2018

(NAPSI)—Clearing driveways, sidewalks and parking lots of snow is no small job but home and business owners can keep safety in mind.

Last-Minute Holiday Gift Ideas
Posted: December 13, 2018

(StatePoint) We’ve all been there before. Procrastinated or overscheduled our holiday season to the point where we leave ourselves little to no time to shop for loved ones. But great gifts don’t necessarily need to be planned months in advance.

Wednesday 12/12/2018
5 ways to refresh your winter style
Updated: December 14, 2018 - 2:39 am

(BPT) - With cold weather already here, the winter season has officially started early for most Americans. As the weeks drag on, you’re bound to get sick of bundling up in your sweaters and puffy coats. It’s the perfect time to refresh your style.

6 maneras de ahorrar en Amazon esta temporada festiva (¡y en el 2019!)
Posted: December 12, 2018

(BPT) - En esta época del año, familiares y amigos se reúnen para celebrar la temporada festiva. Son días llenos de alegría, pero pueden resultar estresantes, especialmente si no se dispone de mucho dinero. Eva Macías, experta financiera y escritora, especializada en ayudar que familias puedan nivelar sus finanzas, independientemente de sus ingresos. Ella afirma que es posible liberarse del estrés y disfrutar las fiestas aunque sus presupuestos no sean abundantes. Todo lo que se necesita es buscar ofertas y tener una estrategia.

Security experts explain how to stay safe shopping online
Updated: December 14, 2018 - 2:38 am

(BPT) - More people are doing their holiday shopping online than ever before. Last year consumers spent $453.46 billion on the web for retail purchases, which was a 16 percent increase over 2016. Unfortunately, when it comes to online shopping, people are more concerned about finding the lowest price than potentially jeopardizing their personal cybersecurity in the process.

Inspired gifts for a magical holiday (shhh, you can find them all online!)
Updated: December 14, 2018 - 2:38 am

(BPT) - The holidays are sneaking up on us and, for many people with hectic lives, there are school programs and work holiday parties to attend, trees to decorate, cookies to bake and halls to deck. It seems like there aren't enough hours in the day to do all of that and shop for the perfect gift for everyone on your list, even if you could manage to snag a parking spot at the mall.

Seis cosas para chequear en su carro: Un regalo que sigue dando
Posted: December 12, 2018

(NAPSM)—Como dice el Concilio de carros o Car Care Council, chequear seis cosas clave en su vehículo es como recibir un regalo que sigue dado, tanto en el mejor rendimiento del carro y menos gastos en reparaciones inesperadas.

Going Back To School On Your Company’s Dime
Posted: December 12, 2018

Corporate Tuition Assistance Programs Are Growing In Popularity.

The Ins and Outs of Birth Control
Updated: December 14, 2018 - 2:37 am

(Family Features) When looking at options for pregnancy prevention, your healthcare provider will likely share details about several options, along with information about which options might be appropriate for you. More likely than not, oral contraceptives –  a birth control method that has been available since the early 1960s – will be discussed.

Clever Kitchen Upgrades
Updated: December 14, 2018 - 2:37 am

Fresh colors and textures for a functional kitchen style

Winter Weather Emergency Preparedness
Updated: December 14, 2018 - 2:37 am

(Family Features) As temperatures drop, the risk of severe winter weather conditions and sudden power outages rise. Preparing your family ahead of time can help minimize the impact of a power loss.

5 Ways to Rev Up for a Travel Adventure
Updated: December 14, 2018 - 2:37 am

(Family Features) Hitting the open road continues to be an increasingly popular vacation option for families. As spring approaches, the idea of exploring the country in full bloom encourages many families to begin planning an RV travel adventure.

The Art of the Perfect Gift
Updated: December 14, 2018 - 2:37 am

(Family Features) Even in a world where just about anything is a few clicks away, finding the perfect gift for everyone on your list can still be a difficult task. One trick to winning the holidays is bringing back the basics by choosing presents you know your loved ones need and can actually use.

Thoughtful, Stress-Free Gift Giving
Updated: December 14, 2018 - 2:37 am

(Family Features) When in need of inspiration during gift-giving season, focusing on thoughtful presents that align with the personalities and interests of your intended recipients can be a surefire way to delight even the hard-to-buy-for friends and family on your list.

A Photo-Worthy Home Decorated for the Holidays
Updated: December 14, 2018 - 2:37 am

Tips for creating a festive space while leasing your home

Perfect Picks for the Holidays
Updated: December 14, 2018 - 2:37 am

Practical presents for everyone on your list

Tuesday 12/11/2018
5 winter driving tips from the tune-up to the tunes
Updated: December 14, 2018 - 2:40 am

(BPT) - "From Atlantic to Pacific, gee, the traffic is terrific" … because it’s time to head home for the holidays! No matter their destination, Americans are more than twice as likely to drive as fly this year (76 percent vs. 24 percent), according to Hankook Tire’s newest Gauge Index Survey.

How to get the most from your cellphone plan
Updated: December 14, 2018 - 2:39 am

(BPT) - Picking a cellphone plan is like picking toppings for a pizza ­— everyone has different preferences. Some people only need a basic plan for making a few phone calls now and then. Others find their cellphones absolutely indispensable, and need access to a steady and fast stream of data all the time. It takes multiple ingredients to satisfy everyone!

Tips and tactics for buying a home in a seller's market
Updated: December 14, 2018 - 2:39 am

(BPT) - If you've been in the process of buying or selling a home this past year, or even considering it, you know it's been a seller's market for the most part. Inventory of homes available for sale has been low, creating more demand than the market can supply. Couple that with low interest rates, which make it a great time for prospective buyers to get more bang for their mortgage dollar, and you've got a marketplace in which buyers have been competing for nearly every listing. The forecast for 2019 is rolling in, and RE/MAX and others are predicting the seller's market trend will continue throughout the coming year, with millennials fueling the home-buyer pipeline.

Make traveling somewhere exciting your New Year's resolution
Updated: December 14, 2018 - 2:40 am

(BPT) - Have you ever made a New Year’s resolution before? If you have, chances are you’ve tried to lose weight, advance your career, learn a new hobby or achieve some other such goal to reinvent yourself. All of these goals require a long-standing commitment and many fizzle out, leaving you feeling unsatisfied.

Breaking the Silence of Hepatitis C: The Importance of Treating a Disease that May Not Show Symptoms
Updated: December 14, 2018 - 2:36 am

(BPT) - Travel, music festivals, ziplining, touring breweries with friends — Tim Steele always enjoyed a life full of adventure. His health was generally good, but before partially retiring from his career as a computer salesman he decided to schedule some checkups for peace of mind. That's when he was surprised to learn he had hepatitis C.

6 value-adding upgrades for your home
Updated: December 14, 2018 - 2:37 am

(BPT) - Faced with a tight U.S. housing market, many people are looking to improve the looks, comfort and value of homes they might otherwise sell. Renovating with hardwood is an excellent way of achieving these goals.

A Dozen Great Gifts For The Gearheads On Your List
Updated: December 14, 2018 - 2:36 am

(NAPSI)—You can be known for having a gift for giving when you celebrate the holidays, birthdays, anniversaries or any occasion—and even no occasion at all—by showing you appreciate the recipients’ special interests.

Planning For A More Successful Year
Updated: December 13, 2018 - 2:36 am

(NAPSI)—Your organization can be more profitable—and even more fun to work at—when the board is running well. Yet even the best board can sometimes do with a little improvement. Dysfunctions can range from challenges with different personalities and agendas to lacking a unified system of record, or rather, an inefficient, ambiguous approach to documenting goals and milestones, measuring performance and demonstrating accountability.

Winning Attitudes
Updated: December 13, 2018 - 2:31 am

by Tom Charlier

It’s Never Too Late To Achieve A Healthy Weight
Updated: December 13, 2018 - 2:31 am

(NAPSI)—People often think of the New Year as a time to set new goals for healthy eating and physical activity. But weight management requires ongoing effort, during the holidays and every day. That’s why the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK), part of the National Institutes of Health, is promoting simple tips and tools to help Americans start and maintain healthy habits.

Monday 12/10/2018
Living with Knee Pain - Regaining a Positive Outlook
Updated: December 14, 2018 - 2:36 am

(BPT) - Living with knee pain can become part of a daily routine for many, and some resign themselves to thinking it’s just part of the aging process. Often, people live with the pain for years and delay having important conversations with their doctors.

The Gift That Tops Parents' Holiday Wish Lists May Surprise You
Posted: December 10, 2018

(NewsUSA) - The one gift that may secretly top most parents' holiday wish lists? Help with paying college costs for their kids. 

Take the family on an RV adventure [Video]
Updated: December 14, 2018 - 2:39 am

Go from red to red carpet ready in 30 minutes
Updated: December 14, 2018 - 2:39 am

(BPT) - Ruddy, red complexions or blotchy skin can mar your red carpet look, and there was little that could diminish this redness and erase broken blood vessels in time for your big event — until now. 

5 Water-Saving New Year’s Resolutions
Posted: December 10, 2018

(StatePoint) It’s that time of year to start setting New Year’s resolutions: work out more; get a new job; save money. While these are admirable goals, have you considered how your resolutions might make a bigger impact?  

Saturday 12/08/2018
Cinco consejos para ahorrar dinero para una temporada navideña sin estrés
Posted: December 08, 2018

(BPT) - Las compras navideñas pueden ser una carga financiera para muchas familias. De hecho, el estadounidense promedio gastará más de $1000 en regalos navideños, según la Asociación de Comerciales Minoristas. Es probable que muchos sobrepasen su presupuesto de diciembre solo en alimentos y decoraciones.

Savvy Tips for Your Holiday Spending
Posted: December 08, 2018

(StatePoint) We are in the midst of the holiday season, and if you are like many people, you’ve probably already spent more than you anticipated.

Decorating A Photo-Worthy Home for the Holidays
Updated: December 11, 2018 - 2:30 am

(Family Features) Seasons change, and so do rental contracts and housing arrangements. If you’re leasing, you can still make your rental feel like home for the holidays with seasonal decor.