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    Ways to Keep Your Community Safer

    (StatePoint) Whether you’re single and live on your own, or you’re raising a family, feeling secure in your community is likely an important priority to you. As an average citizen, there are several steps you can take to make your community safer.

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    Sensible Snacking Solutions for Kids

    (Family Features) A day in the classroom, playing out on the field after school, and completing homework at night requires the right foods to fuel such activities. But unhealthy choices lurk around every corner, making the task of getting kids to eat a balanced and healthful diet a daunting one.

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    Tailgate Tips That Add Flavor, Nutrition

    (Family Features) Soon, parking lots of colleges, high schools and professional stadiums across the nation will be filled with fans gearing up for another sporting season - and the tailgating celebrations that go hand-in-hand.

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Tuesday 07/22/2014
Turn your fantasy fairytale wedding into reality
Updated: July 26, 2014 - 1:33 am

(BPT) - Every girl dreams of her fantasy wedding. It usually includes a Prince Charming standing next to her at the altar, saying “I do,” while surrounding by friends and family in a fairytale atmosphere.

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Inject fun personality into a wedding ceremony and reception
Updated: July 26, 2014 - 1:33 am

(BPT) - When planning a wedding, you’ll receive plenty of advice via to-do lists in bridal magazines, from friends and coworkers who’ve already been through the wedding process and even from professionals in the industry who have helped many couples achieve their “I dos.”

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Wednesday 02/12/2014
Tips to Build the Perfect Wedding Registry
Updated: February 13, 2014 - 1:32 am

(StatePoint) A great registry is the first step to planning your happily ever after. As you make your way to the “I Do’s,” it’s also a time to plan for your new lives together. From hosting your first holiday dinner to lazy Sundays on the couch, making your house a home starts with building a great registry.

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Sunday 09/14/2014
Ways to Keep Your Community Safer
Updated: September 15, 2014 - 1:34 am

(StatePoint) Whether you’re single and live on your own, or you’re raising a family, feeling secure in your community is likely an important priority to you. As an average citizen, there are several steps you can take to make your community safer.

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Thursday 09/04/2014
New Ways to Volunteer in Your Community and Beyond
Updated: September 05, 2014 - 1:33 am

(StatePoint) If you want to help a local non-profit organization, but are strapped for time, making a difference is easier than ever.  In fact, there are a variety of new ways you can make an impact in your community even from your computer or mobile device, as a “virtual volunteer.”

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Warrior-Athletes Competition Inspires International Imitation
Updated: September 06, 2014 - 1:36 am

(NAPSI)—For the fifth consecutive year, warrior-athletes from across the country compete in Paralympic-style competitions—demonstrating their resilience, camaraderie and courage.

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Monday 08/25/2014
Water and oil do mix [Infographic]
Posted: August 25, 2014

(BPT) - Did you know it takes between 10 and 60 gallons of water to make one barrel of oil? And that the oil, petrochemicals and other materials in a barrel can produce a cornucopia of products ranging from gasoline to motor oil to polyester shirts? Water isn’t just what you drink when you’re thirsty, it’s used to produce the energy and oil we use to produce goods.

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Friday 08/22/2014
Fall Foes: Watch out for These Stinging Insects
Updated: August 23, 2014 - 1:31 am

(NewsUSA) - Many stinging insects become more aggressive in late summer and fall. Their hives are near maximum capacity, and they are scavenging for food to sustain the colony into the colder months. Being able to recognize different types of stinging pests can help determine whether there is an actual threat.

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Thursday 08/21/2014
Organization Serving Today's Girls Needs Volunteers
Updated: August 22, 2014 - 1:33 am

(NAPSI)—If you think the Girl Scouts of today are just about camping and cookies, you’re in for a big surprise; fun, new experiences are the main focus.

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Thursday 08/14/2014
Arts And Crafts Can Help Children Learn Important Skills
Updated: August 15, 2014 - 1:36 am

(NAPSI)—Whether it is with finger paint, chalk, crayons or construction paper, children love crafting and creating their own special works of art. Not only are crafts an enjoyable activity for children, simple crafting can also help children learn important skills that affect their overall development and is a way through which parents can observe their children’s developmental progress to make sure they are school ready. It’s important for parents to be in tune with their child’s development during their early years because the first five years of life lay the foundation for a child’s long-term success.

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Thursday 08/07/2014
Brawny Brand Extends Partnership With Wounded Warrior Project To Help Support Our Nation's Heroes
Updated: August 08, 2014 - 1:36 am

(NAPSI)—After soldiers return home from demanding tours of duty, they’re eager to resume the simple pleasures of life, like spending time with family, enjoying abandoned hobbies or reconnecting with friends. But the warriors—as well as their caregivers—often learn that resuming “normal” life can be a challenge.

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Thursday 07/24/2014
A Moving Way To Honor A Fallen Hero
Updated: July 26, 2014 - 1:33 am

(NAPSI)—Traveling 12,000 miles in 31 days, four Navy SEAL bikers honored one of their own—and you can go along for the ride.

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Moroccans Celebrate Leadership And Reforms
Updated: July 26, 2014 - 1:34 am

(NAPSI)—Citizens of Morocco are marking a period of significant change and progressive developments. July 30th marks the 15th anniversary of King Mohammed VI ascending to the throne.

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Sunday 09/14/2014
Sensible Snacking Solutions for Kids
Updated: September 15, 2014 - 1:34 am

(Family Features) A day in the classroom, playing out on the field after school, and completing homework at night requires the right foods to fuel such activities. But unhealthy choices lurk around every corner, making the task of getting kids to eat a balanced and healthful diet a daunting one.

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Tailgate Tips That Add Flavor, Nutrition
Updated: September 15, 2014 - 1:34 am

(Family Features) Soon, parking lots of colleges, high schools and professional stadiums across the nation will be filled with fans gearing up for another sporting season - and the tailgating celebrations that go hand-in-hand.

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Date Night 101
Updated: September 15, 2014 - 1:34 am

(Family Features) Date night doesn't have to require reservations at an overpriced restaurant or an over-the-top production. You can easily turn your own home into the perfect romantic setting for a special night you both deserve.

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From Vine to Bottle
Updated: September 15, 2014 - 1:34 am

(Family Features) Wine is the perfect complement to any occasion, whether celebrating with friends or enjoying your favorite meal. With the grape harvest kicking off, now is the perfect time to learn more about the winemaking process to deepen your enjoyment of this beverage. Here are three ways to get the most out of this exciting season.

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Simple Tips to Replenish Your Body
Updated: September 15, 2014 - 1:34 am

(Family Features) The environment's natural elements can take a toll on the body. However, taking time to refill what has been depleted from your body, such as moisturizing skin and hair, can make you feel healthier and more beautiful. A similar approach can also help make your teeth stronger and make your smile healthier.

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Fall in Love with Fashionable Crafts
Updated: September 15, 2014 - 1:34 am

(Family Features) Each new season brings fresh trends in fashion and style. As you're exploring new arts and crafts ideas this year, fall in love with new looks that celebrate luxurious coziness you can wear, and embrace the outdoors with nature-inspired gifts with a masculine flair with these project ideas from the crafting experts at Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores.

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Create a Crafty Bistro at Home
Updated: September 15, 2014 - 1:34 am

(Family Features) This fall, toast the coming of cooler nights by gathering friends to enjoy an assortment of wines and refreshments against the backdrop of your very own Bordeaux bistro. You can recreate this simple warmth and elegance in your home with craft projects that set the mood for an evening of intimate laughter and decadent indulgence.

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Smart Snacking Tips for Better Health
Updated: September 15, 2014 - 1:34 am

(Family Features) Snacks are a common aspect of most Americans' daily diets. Although you may feel like stealing nibbles between meals is a guilt-worthy offense, making smart snacking choices can actually contribute to a healthy eating plan. 

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Fashion-Forward Frames for Fall
Updated: September 15, 2014 - 1:34 am

(Family Features) While there's no magic way to transform your appearance overnight, you can freshen up your look through your eyewear. If you've worn the same glasses for years, a simple frame change can revitalize your face and style - and even take years off of you.

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Sunday 09/07/2014
The Art of Barbequing
Updated: September 08, 2014 - 1:35 am

(Family Features) Americans love barbequing. There's something great about inviting friends and family over, firing up the grill, sitting back and eating a juicy burger with veggies in the backyard.

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Tuesday 09/02/2014
Healthy tips and advice for lowering your risk of heart disease
Updated: September 10, 2014 - 1:37 am

(BPT) - Every year in the United States, about 600,000 people die of heart disease – that’s one in every four deaths. Coronary heart disease (CHD), which can lead to heart attack, remains the most common type of heart disease amongst Americans – killing nearly 380,000 annually. What’s more – heart disease does not discriminate by race or gender and people of all ages and backgrounds may be at risk.

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Taking control for healthier aging
Updated: September 10, 2014 - 1:37 am

(BPT) - As adults age, they often face different health challenges than those experienced during their youth; however, there are several key steps that can be taken to improve their chances of maintaining good health.

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Monday 09/01/2014
Prostate cancer and bladder leakage: Tips to live a fulfilling lifestyle
Updated: September 09, 2014 - 1:34 am

(BPT) - If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. This philosophy is fine when applied to home improvement, but it isn’t a good approach for men’s health and wellness. Fortunately, in recent years, male health issues like prostate cancer have received greater attention thanks to more men vocalizing how to live life to the fullest through diagnosis, treatment and recovery.

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Tuesday 08/19/2014
Don't make these common mistakes when something hurts
Updated: August 27, 2014 - 1:34 am

(BPT) - Managing pain can be tough, whether you’re one of the 100 million Americans with chronic pain, or only suffer from the occasional backache or headache. September is National Pain Awareness Month, the perfect time to make sure you’re managing your pain the best way possible.

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Not your mother's menopause: new ways to manage symptoms
Updated: August 27, 2014 - 1:34 am

(BPT) - Although menopause is a milestone event for an estimated 50 million-plus women each year, there is an increased focus on the topic during September, which is National Menopause Awareness Month. And while this topic previously was a taboo subject for many years - something women have been shy to discuss, even with their health care provider - today’s women are entering into a new generation and seeing a shift. Nowadays women are beginning to talk more about their menopausal concerns and their body changes, and they are becoming more educated on their treatment options.

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Award winning actress, S. Epatha Merkerson, urges people with type 2 diabetes to accept America's Diabetes Challenge
Updated: August 27, 2014 - 1:34 am

(BPT) - S. Epatha Merkerson is well-known for her award-winning roles on the stage and screen. But what you may not know is that she is one of the 29 million Americans living with diabetes.

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Sunday 08/17/2014
For Older Adults, Regular Exercise May Stem Aging Effects
Updated: August 18, 2014 - 1:33 am

(StatePoint) One out of every three adults over 65 years old falls each year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. And for older adults with dementia, the risk of falling is three times higher than those with no cognitive impairment, according to the AARP Bulletin.

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Wednesday 08/13/2014
Planning for your 20-year vacation
Updated: August 21, 2014 - 1:34 am

(BPT) - Are you ready to be on vacation for 20 or 30 years?

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How to recognize the signs of elder financial abuse
Updated: September 13, 2014 - 1:33 am

(BPT) - Financial abuse of the elderly is on the rise and not only is it getting worse, but for every reported case of elder financial exploitation, 43 others go unrecognized.

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Tuesday 08/12/2014
Easy ways to make senior living affordable
Updated: August 20, 2014 - 1:32 am

(BPT) - Kathy Hesselgrave’s 90-year-old mother’s health declined to the point where she was no longer able to live in her home by herself. Because her mother needed help cooking and taking her medication, Hesselgrave found herself taking care of her mom, splitting the days and nights with her niece. Other family members pitched into help, too, but it became too much.

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Sunday 09/14/2014
Sensible Snacking Solutions for Kids
Updated: September 15, 2014 - 1:34 am

(Family Features) A day in the classroom, playing out on the field after school, and completing homework at night requires the right foods to fuel such activities. But unhealthy choices lurk around every corner, making the task of getting kids to eat a balanced and healthful diet a daunting one.

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Tailgate Tips That Add Flavor, Nutrition
Updated: September 15, 2014 - 1:34 am

(Family Features) Soon, parking lots of colleges, high schools and professional stadiums across the nation will be filled with fans gearing up for another sporting season - and the tailgating celebrations that go hand-in-hand.

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Date Night 101
Updated: September 15, 2014 - 1:34 am

(Family Features) Date night doesn't have to require reservations at an overpriced restaurant or an over-the-top production. You can easily turn your own home into the perfect romantic setting for a special night you both deserve.

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From Vine to Bottle
Updated: September 15, 2014 - 1:34 am

(Family Features) Wine is the perfect complement to any occasion, whether celebrating with friends or enjoying your favorite meal. With the grape harvest kicking off, now is the perfect time to learn more about the winemaking process to deepen your enjoyment of this beverage. Here are three ways to get the most out of this exciting season.

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Simple Tips to Replenish Your Body
Updated: September 15, 2014 - 1:34 am

(Family Features) The environment's natural elements can take a toll on the body. However, taking time to refill what has been depleted from your body, such as moisturizing skin and hair, can make you feel healthier and more beautiful. A similar approach can also help make your teeth stronger and make your smile healthier.

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Fall in Love with Fashionable Crafts
Updated: September 15, 2014 - 1:34 am

(Family Features) Each new season brings fresh trends in fashion and style. As you're exploring new arts and crafts ideas this year, fall in love with new looks that celebrate luxurious coziness you can wear, and embrace the outdoors with nature-inspired gifts with a masculine flair with these project ideas from the crafting experts at Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores.

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more »
Create a Crafty Bistro at Home
Updated: September 15, 2014 - 1:34 am

(Family Features) This fall, toast the coming of cooler nights by gathering friends to enjoy an assortment of wines and refreshments against the backdrop of your very own Bordeaux bistro. You can recreate this simple warmth and elegance in your home with craft projects that set the mood for an evening of intimate laughter and decadent indulgence.

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Smart Snacking Tips for Better Health
Updated: September 15, 2014 - 1:34 am

(Family Features) Snacks are a common aspect of most Americans' daily diets. Although you may feel like stealing nibbles between meals is a guilt-worthy offense, making smart snacking choices can actually contribute to a healthy eating plan. 

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more »
Fashion-Forward Frames for Fall
Updated: September 15, 2014 - 1:34 am

(Family Features) While there's no magic way to transform your appearance overnight, you can freshen up your look through your eyewear. If you've worn the same glasses for years, a simple frame change can revitalize your face and style - and even take years off of you.

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Hispanics learn 'the recipe' to manage type 2 diabetes and reach their A1C goal
Updated: September 15, 2014 - 1:34 am

(BPT) - Did you know that Hispanics are at a higher risk for developing type 2 diabetes? U.S. Hispanics are nearly twice as likely to be diagnosed with diabetes as non-Hispanic whites, and diabetes is the fifth leading cause of death within the Hispanic community, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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Tuesday 09/09/2014
Pet-proofing your home in preparation for adopting a shelter animal
Updated: September 15, 2014 - 1:34 am

(BPT) - The addition of a new pet to the family is always a cause for celebration. Stress can occur, too, no matter how welcome the new addition. When you’re thinking about adopting a pet from an animal shelter, some preparation can help ensure he or she is as safe and happy as possible.

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Thursday 08/21/2014
The right flea and tick treatment can protect your pet from little bugs ... and big problems
Posted: August 21, 2014

(BPT) - If you’re a pet owner, you know parasites - particularly fleas and ticks - can be a frustrating problem. That’s why you keep your pet out of tall grass and brush, and do routine flea and tick checks inside. You’re probably also using a flea and tick product to ensure your pet and family are safe from the parasite-borne diseases these pests can carry into your home.

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Wednesday 08/20/2014
Boost your pet's health with these preventive measures
Updated: August 28, 2014 - 1:32 am

(BPT) - Taking active, preventive measures to support your health is one of the most important things you can do to ward off serious illness. You eat right, exercise, brush your teeth and make sure to get plenty of sleep, all to keep your body running at its very best.

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Sunday 08/17/2014
Passion pays off: No-kill movement saves millions of animals per year
Updated: August 25, 2014 - 1:32 am

(BPT) - Americans like to think of themselves as a pet-loving society; today, nearly 70 million dogs and 74 million cats live in U.S. households, according to the American Veterinary Medical Association. Yet as recently as 30 years ago, animal shelters across the country routinely killed an estimated 17 million companion animals a year as a means of population control.

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Thursday 07/24/2014
Look what the cat dragged in: Pests your pets bring home
Updated: August 01, 2014 - 1:39 am

(BPT) - Keeping pests out of your home is important, but it can be an uphill battle if you aren’t intercepting them at the source, and in some cases, the source may be your pets.

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Sunday 07/20/2014
Thinking of buying a puppy? You may want to think again
Updated: September 13, 2014 - 1:33 am

(BPT) - Your family is ready for a pet, so you head out to the local pet store. Within moments of walking into the shop, an energetic, sweet-eyed puppy steals your heart. You plunk down your money – possibly hundreds of dollars – and take him home, unaware that your new darling began his life in circumstances that most Americans would find horrifying, circumstances that will possibly cause him long-term health and psychological problems. He’s the product of a puppy mill.

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Thursday 07/17/2014
Make the big move less stressful for the 4-legged members of the family
Updated: July 26, 2014 - 1:35 am

(BPT) - When moving houses, you make a checklist of the utility companies you need to contact for stopping and starting services. You also schedule all the volunteer or professional movers to pack, transport and unpack your belongings, and you let all your friends and family members know your new address. Additionally, you need to remember to make plans for your special family members, too – your pets.

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Wednesday 07/02/2014
Decoding pet food claims to find the ideal nutrition for your furry family member
Updated: July 10, 2014 - 1:34 am

(BPT) - In the United States, 62 million households have at least one pet, including 83 million dogs and 95 million cats. That’s a lot of people who love their pets, and one of the key aspects of caring for a furry family member is providing the right nutrition. Unfortunately, with so many pet foods available, labels and claims can quickly get confusing.

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Thursday 06/26/2014
A New Survey Weighs In On Pet Obesity
Updated: June 27, 2014 - 1:34 am

(NAPSI)—Much as with humans, too many calories and a lack of exercise can spell trouble for pets.

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Sunday 06/22/2014
Vet-approved tips for keeping your pet out of the ER
Updated: June 30, 2014 - 1:34 am

(BPT) - Picture this: It’s late in the evening when you realize that something is very wrong with your dog. Your normal veterinary clinic is closed, but you’re not sure if the problem can wait until tomorrow. You rush your pet to the closest ER and hope for the best.

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