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Having a pet is a lot of responsibility, and we’ll help by giving you lots of tips and tricks! More >>

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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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Enjoy the crosswords challenge in our free daily puzzles, from the harder Sunday crossword to the quicker daily. More >>

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Wednesday 11/13/2019
Veterans Commemorate 50th Anniversary Of Vietnam War With ‘Alive Day’ Stories
Updated: November 15, 2019 - 2:56 am

(NAPSI)—Army veteran Ron Hope was piloting a helicopter in Vietnam to extract a company of soldiers, when he was shot down. His left brachial plexus—the network of nerves that sends signals from the spinal cord to the arm and hand—was crushed. He also broke both legs, suffered compound fractures in six vertebrae and had third-degree burns covering 55 percent of his body.

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Tuesday 11/12/2019
5 Foster Care Facts
Updated: November 14, 2019 - 3:32 am

(NAPSI)—When a child or youth is placed into foster care, their safety and well-being become the shared responsibility of the community. Organizations such as the nonprofit Treehouse are an important part of the solution. Staff and volunteers work to provide childhood experiences everyone deserves, connection to resources and a successful launch into adulthood.

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Monday 11/04/2019
5 Ways to Thank Those Making a Difference This Holiday Season
Posted: November 04, 2019

(StatePoint) The people who go above and beyond in making a difference in the lives of others are rarely in it for recognition.  The holiday season is a perfect time to not just show these selfless people your appreciation, but also take inspiration from their spirit of generosity. Here are five simple ways to say thank you.

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Saturday 11/02/2019
How to Honor Native Veterans this Native American Heritage Month
Posted: November 02, 2019

(StatePoint) November is Native American Heritage Month, a great time to honor the legacy and service of Native American veterans of the U.S. military. Here are a few ways to do so this month and beyond.

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Friday 11/01/2019
Why Communities Nationwide Need More Afterschool Programs
Posted: November 01, 2019

(StatePoint) Research shows that afterschool programs not only help keep kids safe, but also help them succeed in school and life. Unfortunately, there aren’t enough such programs in the country today, experts say. 

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Wednesday 10/30/2019
Separated by Crisis, Reunited by Volunteers
Updated: November 02, 2019 - 3:17 am

(NAPSI)—Each year, armed conflicts and natural disasters wreak havoc on a global scale. Yet even after the immediate crisis passes, the devastation can last much longer—particularly when families are torn apart amidst circumstance and chaos.

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Friday 10/25/2019
Volunteers Needed To Answer The Call
Updated: October 29, 2019 - 2:45 am

(NAPSI)—When an emergency strikes, firefighters are there to answer the call. In fact, the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) reports that fire departments responded to over 35 million calls in 2016. What people may not realize is that the majority of these firefighters are volunteers, donating their time and energy to be there for those in need.

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Wednesday 10/23/2019
Pay Attention to the Warning Signs of Depression, Suicide Risk
Posted: October 23, 2019

(NewsUSA) - While it is common for everyone to feel down or sad at times, a person whose symptoms last for more than two weeks may be having a major depressive episode, according to The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMSHA).

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Tuesday 10/22/2019
Volunteers Needed To Answer The Call
Updated: October 25, 2019 - 3:04 am

(NAPSM)—When an emergency strikes, firefighters are there to answer the call. What people may not realize is that the majority of these firefighters are volunteers, donating their time and energy to be there for those in need.

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Thursday 10/17/2019
How Kids Can Make a Difference by Including Others
Posted: October 17, 2019

(StatePoint) Bullying among kids continues to be the number one social issue facing this demographic, according to YouthBeat research. This is why Cartoon Network, PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center and 826 National are taking action to promote inclusion, acceptance and kindness to unite communities and help keep kids safe.

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Thursday 11/14/2019
3 Warm and Fuzzy Holiday Activities to Try this Season
Posted: November 14, 2019

(StatePoint) Whether you’re braving the cold to find the perfect Hanukah gift or searching high and low for the ideal Christmas tree, there are plenty of opportunities to create special memories with your family this season. And there are ways to make each event a little warmer and fuzzier.

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Wednesday 11/13/2019
Christmas Dreams Come Early For Wife Of Work-Life Balance Expert
Updated: November 15, 2019 - 2:56 am

(NAPSI)—It could be said that everything Troy Amdahl learned to love he learned in kindergarten. No kidding. He met Kristen, his wife of 29 years, at age five, remained friends, took her to the senior prom, married and raised four children.

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It Pays to Compare Using Medicare’s New Plan Finder During Open Enrollment
Updated: November 15, 2019 - 2:56 am

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Are Your Lungs Trying to Tell You Something?
Updated: November 15, 2019 - 2:56 am

(Family Features) Do you get short of breath doing daily activities? Feel like you’re unable to take deep breaths? Are you constantly coughing or wheezing? If you said yes to any of these questions, you may be experiencing symptoms of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), a serious, potentially devastating lung disease also known as chronic bronchitis or emphysema. Though it’s easy to think of these symptoms as just part of “getting older’’ or as problems that come with allergies, often they are not.

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Bringing Communities Together
Updated: November 15, 2019 - 2:56 am

(Family Features) It’s important today to find ways to connect with others to help deepen your understanding of those around you. In a time when differences seem to dominate today’s culture, it can help to find similarities, draw connections and bridge worlds.

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5 Tips to Ward Off Cold Weather
Updated: November 15, 2019 - 2:56 am

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A Tailgating Game Plan
Updated: November 15, 2019 - 2:56 am

7 steps to a successful game day gathering

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Emerging Trends in Pet-Friendly Cities
Updated: November 15, 2019 - 2:56 am

(Family Features) From housing and business policies to overarching economic health, pets are making a profound impact on the lives of their owners. In its first Annual Report, Mars Petcare’s BETTER CITIES FOR PETS program highlights seven emerging trends as cities are working to make pets feel welcome. For a view of the full report and resources to help make your community more pet-friendly, visit BetterCitiesForPets.com.

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Simple STEM Activities to Do at Home
Updated: November 15, 2019 - 2:56 am

(Family Features) Winter is the season for family gatherings, snow days and breaks from school and work, but all this time indoors can lead to a serious case of cabin fever for both children and adults. Before you face another chorus of “I’m bored,” consider these simple activities you and your child can do together when winter weather or schedules have you stuck indoors.

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3 Tips for a Happier, Healthier You This Holiday
Posted: November 13, 2019

(StatePoint) During the holiday season, there tends to be a lot of focus on big celebrations and spending money. But during this festive time of year, it is also important to take steps that will keep your family, your home and your wallet healthy.  

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Thursday 11/14/2019
6 ways to turn your home into a natural oasis
Posted: November 14, 2019

(BPT) - As the year comes to an end, many people make resolutions to start the New Year strong. This might mean ramping up your workout routine, increasing your self-care regimen or finding time to de-stress.

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Wednesday 11/13/2019
Four reasons to pursue careers in nursing
Updated: November 15, 2019 - 2:57 am

(BPT) - As time and technology reshape the workforce, most professionals are not in the position to choose one career or one track and stick with it until retirement. Nursing offers relevant, future-focused opportunities for people of all ages and levels of experience, from those re-entering the workforce or making a career change, to registered nurses pursuing further education. Below, you’ll find for four key reasons students are pursuing licensure or a degree in nursing (RN to BSN and beyond), shared by Dr. Bonnie Stegman of Maryville University.

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Tuesday 11/12/2019
Honoring veterans and moving into a new era of service
Updated: November 15, 2019 - 2:58 am

(BPT) - Every day is a good time to honor veterans — and this year, to mark important milestones for the holiday and for service to these American heroes.

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Making your own jewelry is easier than you think
Updated: November 15, 2019 - 2:57 am

(BPT) - If you love jewelry, and you also love to tap into your artistic side, you’re in luck! Making jewelry is a gratifying hobby, and there are great resources available to help you learn how to craft unique pieces. With little or no previous experience, you can make beautiful jewelry for yourself, or make meaningful holiday gifts for others. Jewelry making is an engaging pastime and produces something truly one-of-a-kind.

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Monday 11/11/2019
Natural holiday baking tips
Updated: November 15, 2019 - 2:57 am

(BPT) - What are the benefits of baking from scratch? Mostly, it's fun, and your whole family can join in. On top of that, nothing tastes as good as fresh baked treats right out of the oven. For another bonus, it makes the whole house smell great. But perhaps the most important reason to bake from scratch is that you'll know exactly what’s going in everything you make.

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Stressed over open enrollment? Try these tips
Updated: November 15, 2019 - 2:58 am

(BPT) - It’s that time of year again — employers around the country are opening their benefits enrollment window, a defined period during which employees can assess and select benefits packages. For many, this will be a period of avoidance and stress, before the ultimate last-minute race to select options that seem to have the least impact on their paycheck.

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Fighting through the pain of a misunderstood skin condition - Hidradenitis Suppurativa
Updated: November 15, 2019 - 2:58 am

(BPT) - Imagine experiencing symptoms like pain so severe you may not want to do tasks like showering, going to work or even getting out of bed. For people living with hidradenitis suppurativa (HS), a chronic, debilitating, inflammatory skin disease, this can be their reality.

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6 parenting hacks to save time and money
Updated: November 15, 2019 - 2:57 am

(BPT) - Whether it's your first child or you've been around the baby block a few times before, having an infant in your life is an unforgettable experience. While there are countless joys you'll cherish forever, there are a few challenges you'll likely face along the way, too.

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Friday 11/08/2019
Survey: More Americans considering marijuana and cannabinoids for pain
Updated: November 15, 2019 - 2:57 am

(BPT) - Millennials lead the escalating interest in marijuana and cannabinoid compounds for managing pain — with older generations not far behind — yet most are unaware of potential risks. Three-quarters (75%) of Americans who expressed interest in using marijuana or cannabinoids to address pain think they are safer or have fewer side effects than opioids or other medications, according to a nationwide survey commissioned by the American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA).

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Thursday 11/07/2019
Holiday hacks: How to spend less time cooking and more time with family
Updated: November 15, 2019 - 2:58 am

(BPT) - The holidays are a time to celebrate and make priceless memories with friends and family. However, when you are the person tasked with preparing and cooking for everyone else, you may often have to miss out on all the family fun and those moments that matter most.

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Wednesday 11/13/2019
When Getting Your Wisdom Teeth Out, You Can Ease Pain Without Opioids
Updated: November 15, 2019 - 2:56 am

(NAPSI)—“Will it hurt?” is often one of the first questions people ask when told they need a medical procedure.

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It Pays to Compare Using Medicare’s New Plan Finder During Open Enrollment
Updated: November 15, 2019 - 2:56 am

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Are Your Lungs Trying to Tell You Something?
Updated: November 15, 2019 - 2:56 am

(Family Features) Do you get short of breath doing daily activities? Feel like you’re unable to take deep breaths? Are you constantly coughing or wheezing? If you said yes to any of these questions, you may be experiencing symptoms of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), a serious, potentially devastating lung disease also known as chronic bronchitis or emphysema. Though it’s easy to think of these symptoms as just part of “getting older’’ or as problems that come with allergies, often they are not.

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Bringing Communities Together
Updated: November 15, 2019 - 2:56 am

(Family Features) It’s important today to find ways to connect with others to help deepen your understanding of those around you. In a time when differences seem to dominate today’s culture, it can help to find similarities, draw connections and bridge worlds.

more »
5 Tips to Ward Off Cold Weather
Updated: November 15, 2019 - 2:56 am

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A Tailgating Game Plan
Updated: November 15, 2019 - 2:56 am

7 steps to a successful game day gathering

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Emerging Trends in Pet-Friendly Cities
Updated: November 15, 2019 - 2:56 am

(Family Features) From housing and business policies to overarching economic health, pets are making a profound impact on the lives of their owners. In its first Annual Report, Mars Petcare’s BETTER CITIES FOR PETS program highlights seven emerging trends as cities are working to make pets feel welcome. For a view of the full report and resources to help make your community more pet-friendly, visit BetterCitiesForPets.com.

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Simple STEM Activities to Do at Home
Updated: November 15, 2019 - 2:56 am

(Family Features) Winter is the season for family gatherings, snow days and breaks from school and work, but all this time indoors can lead to a serious case of cabin fever for both children and adults. Before you face another chorus of “I’m bored,” consider these simple activities you and your child can do together when winter weather or schedules have you stuck indoors.

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Understanding Medical Sharps and Safe Disposal Options
Updated: November 15, 2019 - 2:56 am

(Family Features) If you’re among the millions of people in the United States who suffer from a chronic illness, you may use “sharps” to manage your medical condition at home or on the go. For example, many people with diabetes self-inject at least two insulin shots every day, and conditions including allergies, arthritis, cancer, infertility, migraines and psoriasis, among others, may also require the use of a sharp to administer medication.

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Manage Grief with Grace this Holiday Season
Updated: November 15, 2019 - 2:56 am

(Family Features) Holidays are filled with traditions, but when someone you used to share those moments with has died, managing grief during the holiday season can be particularly challenging.

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More Health And Wellness
Monday 10/07/2019
Canine Osteoarthritis - What Every Pet Owner Should Know
Updated: November 07, 2019 - 2:38 am

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Tuesday 10/01/2019
Purina Offers Hope and Resources to Victims of Domestic Violence and Their Pets through Purple Leash Project
Updated: November 07, 2019 - 2:38 am

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Sunday 09/29/2019
9 common misconceptions about fleas, ticks and your pets
Posted: September 29, 2019

(BPT) - What you don't know about fleas, ticks and your pet might surprise you. A study by the Harris Poll on behalf of Merck Animal Health found U.S. pet owners hold some common misconceptions when it comes to keeping these pests away from their pets.

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Monday 09/16/2019
Lucky’s Legacy: 5 Important Lessons TurfMutt Taught Us
Updated: September 18, 2019 - 2:43 am

(NAPSI)—Lucky the TurfMutt is a real-life rescue dog who “pawed it forward” by spending a decade educating children and families about living landscapes—why they are important to people and the planet, how to take care of them, and encouraging everyone to get out and enjoy the nature around them. Lucky inspired people to look at their living landscapes through a dog’s eyes. After all, no one loves a yard like the family dog.

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Monday 08/26/2019
3 Tips for Finding a Lost Dog
Posted: August 26, 2019

(StatePoint) Dogs are important and adored members of their families, however, millions go missing every year. The reasons are varied and probably not all that surprising. A curious dog might jump over a fence or dig a hole under one. A pup might sneak out a door or gate inadvertently left open. Worn or broken leashes or collars could also allow a dog to escape your control.

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Thursday 08/22/2019
How (and why) to pick a pet food that's backed by science
Updated: November 15, 2019 - 2:57 am

(BPT) - There’s no doubt that pet owners want the best for their furry friends, including the best pet food to help them grow and fuel a long, healthy life together. But with increased confusion about what’s good, bad and just a fad, it’s no wonder many pet owners may not feel completely confident that the food they are feeding is healthy and safe.

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Wednesday 08/21/2019
Presenting: America's top 10 shelter dog makeovers
Updated: November 15, 2019 - 2:57 am

(BPT) - Millions of dogs enter shelters each year. Most are dirty and matted, and less than half get the grooming they so desperately need. Sadly, these deserving animals are being perceived as ‘damaged goods’ just because of their appearance. To better their chances at finding a fur-ever family, pet industry leaders Wahl and GreaterGood.org have teamed up to donate funds and grooming supplies to shelters nationwide. The goal this year: transform more than 20,000 dogs so their lovable, adoptable personalities can shine through. Hundreds of these amazing makeovers can be seen in the Dirty Dogs Before & After Photo Gallery — including the following Top 10 Shelter Dog Makeovers of 2019.

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Monday 08/19/2019
The Pet Boost: Furry Friends Help Seniors Feel Less Lonely
Updated: September 21, 2019 - 2:36 am

(NewsUSA) - Many older adults experience feelings of loneliness and isolation as they age, but pets can provide the companionship and love seniors desire. A new survey conducted by Home Instead, Inc., franchisor of the Home Instead Senior Care Network, found regular interaction with animals can help to reduce feelings of isolation and loneliness in older adults.

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Monday 08/05/2019
‘Fur-get’ About Stress When Moving With Pets
Updated: August 07, 2019 - 2:30 am

(NAPSI)—If you’re a pet parent, you’re far from alone. According to the American Veterinary Medical Association, nearly six in 10 American households have at least one pet.

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Tips to Take Great Pet Pics
Posted: August 05, 2019

(StatePoint) Whether you’re hoping to make your dog an Instagram sensation or you just want a nice portrait for the mantle, you’ve likely discovered pets, in general, can be elusive around cameras.

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