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    Not Just for the Dogs: Pet Parents Love Their Dog Walkers

    (StatePoint) Americans don’t just love their dogs – they also love their dog walkers, with a whopping 85 percent of pet parents affording their dog walkers equal importance to their nanny or childcare provider, according to a recent survey by Wag!, the inventor of on-demand mobile dog walking.

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5 Tips to Bring Your Home’s Wi-Fi ‘Dead Zones’ to life

(StatePoint) Whether it’s to stream a movie from the bedroom or lock the front door using smart home technology, you’ve likely come to expect Wi-Fi to reach every corner of your house. The reality is that there are certain locations in many homes where Internet-connected devices and smartphones are unable to receive a steady Wi-Fi signal (or any signal at all) from the router. These sad places are called “dead zones.”

Pet Central

pets

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

Fitness

Fitness

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

Crosswords

Crosswords

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

Sudoku

Sudoku

Every Sudoku has a unique solution that can be reached logically. Enter numbers into the blank spaces so that each row, column and 3x3 box contains the numbers 1 to 9. More >>




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Tuesday 09/18/2018
Forget Calorie Counting: New Guidelines for Losing Weight
Updated: September 18, 2018 - 3:58 am

(StatePoint) For years, the general wisdom was that the only scientifically proven way to shed pounds and inches was to consume fewer calories than one burned each day. Unfortunately, that formula doesn’t work for everybody. Why? Experts say that this is because successful weight loss is associated with a wider range of factors.

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Quick Tips to Beat Smelly Feet
Updated: September 18, 2018 - 4:02 am

(StatePoint) It’s an issue that can affect anyone, but one that not everyone likes to talk about: smelly feet. Caused when sweat accumulates on the skin and fuels the growth of odor-causing bacteria, it’s an embarrassing situation that can afflict anyone, from professionals who spend all day in dress socks to weekend warriors on the hiking trail to gym rats.

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Keeping Your Baby Safe While Sleeping
Updated: September 18, 2018 - 4:02 am

(StatePoint) Bringing home a new baby is a big adjustment and can feel overwhelming for parents, particularly when it comes to safety.

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Monday 09/17/2018
Making it count: 5 tips for choosing a health plan
Updated: September 18, 2018 - 4:06 am

(BPT) - This fall millions will head to the polls to cast their vote in the mid-term elections, but they have another important choice to make as well: their health care coverage for 2019.

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10 ways to beef up your tailgating game
Updated: September 18, 2018 - 4:07 am

(BPT) - The leaves are turning, the temperature is dropping and tailgaters are coming out in droves to support their favorite team — but more importantly, show off their grilling skills with beef as the star of the show. Tailgaters young and old converge in the wee hours of the morning outside stadiums across the country to share in the revelry of game day. Pre-game hours are spent in parking lots playing bean bag toss, connecting with friends, and setting up and eating a spread of food.

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Beyond the Liberty Bell: Exploring Western Philly
Updated: September 18, 2018 - 4:11 am

(BPT) - A visit to Philadelphia is sure to be steeped in American history and culture. It doesn't get more American than the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall, where the Founding Fathers signed the Declaration of Independence in 1776. And it doesn't get more authentically Philly than cheesesteaks at competing Geno's Steaks and Pat's King Of Steaks, and the oldest farmers market in the country, Reading Terminal Market. But, when you've been there, done that, what else can you explore?

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How one state is fighting food waste
Updated: September 18, 2018 - 4:05 am

(BPT) - Up to 40 percent of food grown, processed and transported in the United States is never eaten, yet one in eight Americans suffers food insecurity. The average four-person family wastes $1,500 a year on food.

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What You Can Do About 'Education Deserts'
Updated: September 18, 2018 - 3:55 am

(NAPSI)—The U.S. Department of Education reports that nearly 57 million children will go to shool in America this year. Some of them live in what are known as “education deserts,” but fortunately, there are solutions.

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Managing Your Mental Health With Or Without Insurance Coverage
Updated: September 18, 2018 - 4:00 am

by Transamerica Center for Health Studies

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Harnessing Research Discoveries For Patient Benefit
Updated: September 18, 2018 - 4:01 am

(NAPSI)—There’s encouraging news for people facing—or who may one day face—a cancer diagnosis: A new annual report highlights how federally funded research discoveries are fueling the development of new and even more effective ways to prevent, detect, diagnose and treat cancer.

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Top Tips for Trying New Wines
Updated: September 18, 2018 - 3:59 am

(StatePoint) Are you ready to add something new to your standard wine repertoire? To help expand your palate, two-time James Beard Award winning sommelier, Belinda Chang, is offering some expert insight into one of her go-to varietals.

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Friday 09/14/2018
Know a youth volunteer? Awards deadline is Nov. 6
Updated: September 18, 2018 - 4:10 am

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It's anniversary time for this fun-loving digital dragon
Updated: September 18, 2018 - 4:11 am

(BPT) - What entertained you in the 90’s? Was it the last episode of Seinfeld? The first episode of Friends or big, exciting adventure films like Titanic, Saving Private Ryan or Armageddon? Maybe you remember something else, and no, we don't mean heading out to the mall in your flannel, your overalls, and your jelly shoes.

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Simple, Satisfying Weeknight Solutions
Updated: September 18, 2018 - 3:58 am

(Family Features) Hectic daytime schedules can often lead to even busier evenings, which makes putting dinner on the table in less than an hour a valuable time-saver for home chefs. Balancing a busy lifestyle with healthy food choices can certainly become a tall task, but making filling, nutritious meals a priority starts with planning and preparation.

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Exquisite Eating
Updated: September 18, 2018 - 3:58 am

Small plates to make for appealing dishes

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Life Insurance: What Everyone Needs to Know
Updated: September 18, 2018 - 4:05 am

(StatePoint) No matter if you’re single or married, in your twenties or your forties, a parent or not, life insurance coverage is important in ways you may not realize, and costs less than you’d expect. And experts now stress that employer-sponsored coverage typically isn’t sufficient to cover most people’s needs.

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Not Just for the Dogs: Pet Parents Love Their Dog Walkers
Updated: September 18, 2018 - 4:05 am

(StatePoint) Americans don’t just love their dogs – they also love their dog walkers, with a whopping 85 percent of pet parents affording their dog walkers equal importance to their nanny or childcare provider, according to a recent survey by Wag!, the inventor of on-demand mobile dog walking.

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Bring Tuscany to the Table
Updated: September 18, 2018 - 3:59 am

Simple, flavorful recipes for fall entertaining

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Fresh Flavors with Friends
Updated: September 18, 2018 - 3:58 am

(Family Features) Nothing beats a meal filled with flavorful ingredients fresh off the farm – unless you add a table filled with your closest friends to enjoy the bounty. From sides to main dishes to desserts, these recipes show you how to transform wholesome farm-raised foods into a crowd-pleasing menu you can enjoy from start to finish.

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Hosting and Toasting
Updated: September 18, 2018 - 3:59 am

(Family Features) Whether you’re hosting a small weekend get-together, a large gathering or anything in between, entertaining friends and family will always provide an opportunity to create memories that last a lifetime. However, no host wants to miss out on the highlights because of an endless to-do list in the kitchen. With the right recipes and refreshments, it’s easy to throw a successful, enjoyable dinner party for both you and your guests.

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5 Recipes that Can Help Improve Your Health
Updated: September 18, 2018 - 4:00 am

(Family Features) When it comes to nutritious eating, finding and creating tasty yet healthy recipes is key for many people.

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Burrito Bake
Updated: September 18, 2018 - 4:00 am

This hearty casserole is full of meat, onion and cheeses, sitting on top of a crescent roll dough crust.  Add even more flavor and top your casserole with olives, green onions, lettuce, tomatoes and jalapenos with a side of sour cream, chips and salsa.

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New Research Links Refrigerator Staple to Teenage Height
Updated: September 18, 2018 - 4:00 am

Study finds drinking more milk growing up is associated with increased height at 17

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Thursday 09/13/2018
Wisconsin landmark celebrates 100th birthday
Updated: September 18, 2018 - 4:11 am

(BPT) - Many travelers seek out cultural enclaves to explore the fascinating stories of how Americans lived, thought and dreamed in the past. That helps explain the $762 million in revenues logged by U.S. historic sites in 2013, according to Statista. Other research predicts the revenues realized by U.S. museums and historic sites will more than double between 2018 and 2022.

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New survey emphasizes need for weather preparedness [Infographic]
Updated: September 18, 2018 - 4:04 am

(BPT) - Cummins recently conducted a survey to understand the financial and emotional toll hurricanes and power outages can have on homeowners and their families.

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Important facts about rabies worldwide
Updated: September 18, 2018 - 4:01 am

(BPT) - In the US, laws pertaining to rabies vaccinations in dogs and cats vary considerably between states (and even between counties in certain states). These laws may drive pet owners to visit their veterinarian to have their dogs and cats vaccinated against rabies.

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Things to know if you have COPD
Updated: September 18, 2018 - 4:06 am

(BPT) - COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) is a serious lung disease that affects more than 15 million Americans and is the third leading cause of death in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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What does the shortfall of truck drivers mean for the economy?
Updated: September 18, 2018 - 4:09 am

(BPT) - To truly understand the impact the trucking industry has on our economy, walk into any business, retail shop or grocery store and take a look around. Nearly everything you see was delivered there by a truck. In fact, according to the American Trucking Associations’ (ATA) Freight Transportation Forecast, 70 percent of all freight in the U.S. is handled by trucks. It is awe-inspiring to realize one industry has such an enormous impact on everything we do, purchase and consume in our everyday lives. Quite simply, trucks keep America moving, and without them, America stops.

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Over 40? 3 things to know about your vision
Updated: September 18, 2018 - 4:02 am

(BPT) - Dinner menus, smartphones and computer screens are all things you encounter daily. But have you noticed that since turning 40, you’re having issues seeing them clearly? If you’ve found yourself holding the menu at arm’s distance, increasing your phone’s font size to read text messages, or taking more frequent breaks from the computer screen during the work day, you might be among millions of Americans with presbyopia.1

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Recipes to make your school year lunches fast and delicious
Updated: September 18, 2018 - 4:08 am

(BPT) - The school year is underway once again and for you the race is on. If you’ve been down this road before, then you know these nine months feel like a full-blown sprint where you are constantly running from one obligation to the next. And that doesn’t leave a lot of room to prepare meals and eat good-for-you foods, does it?

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4 things you should do to boost your fat IQ
Updated: September 18, 2018 - 4:10 am

(BPT) - If you've struggled with your weight, you know that fat can be a bad three-letter word. You've warded against it, tried to reduce it and agonized over what fat can do to your self-esteem and your waist line. But how much do you really know about fat? And how much could you improve your life if you knew just a little bit more?

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Are Americans saving enough for retirement?
Updated: September 18, 2018 - 4:09 am

(BPT) - The answer you get to this question will depend on who you ask. The amount households have accumulated for retirement is not hotly debated, but the amount needed in retirement is. The Investment Company Institute (ICI) is working to make sure that everyone has the facts through its new website — FactsOnRetirement.org. Much of the academic research and the ICI’s analysis of the retirement data indicate that most Americans are properly preparing for retirement, and with some very small changes, the retirement system can be even stronger.

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"Alexa, Lower My Energy Bill!" Finding Your "Smart" Home Climate Control Voice
Updated: September 18, 2018 - 4:03 am

(NAPSI)—“Alexa, lower my energy bill!” While it might not be quite that simple, did you know that now your home heating and cooling system can be controlled through a smart home device, such as Amazon Alexa? In fact, homeowners can combine “smart” home climate control technologies with the latest air-conditioning systems to significantly increase energy efficiency and take customized comfort to new levels.

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Farmer's Casserole
Updated: September 18, 2018 - 3:58 am

Plan ahead for your weekend brunch with this delicious Farmer's Casserole recipe.  You'll enjoy this hearty combination of meat, cheese, eggs and a little bit of spice with some jalapenos.  You can also prepare this recipe the night before and let it chill till you are ready to pop it in the oven.

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Good Friends, Good Food
Updated: September 18, 2018 - 3:57 am

Dog owners dish on how food factors into pet bonding

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Waking up to go to the bathroom multiple times per night? It’s not because you’re ‘getting old’
Updated: September 18, 2018 - 3:58 am

(Family Features) It’s a common misconception: the older you get, the more frequently you need to use the bathroom at night. Did you know waking up more than once per night to urinate is a medical condition known as nocturia? Shockingly, 64 percent of American adults do not know.

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Taking Steps to Prevent Falls
Updated: September 18, 2018 - 3:58 am

(Family Features) When you’re young, an injury from a fall may sideline you for a few days or weeks, but a full recovery is usually quick. As you get older, the consequences of falls can become more serious, setting up a sequence of events that can have longstanding implications on independence and health.

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It’s Time to Learn More About Your Loved Ones
Updated: September 18, 2018 - 3:58 am

(Family Features) With days of family picnics, vacations and reunions in the rearview mirror, it’s easy to move full steam ahead into the busy fall season and forget to make time for meaningful conversations with family members.

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Healthy Kids Are Better Students
Updated: September 18, 2018 - 3:56 am

(Family Features) There is a strong connection between academic performance and a student’s health. Medicaid and the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) provide school-age children (ages 6-18) with the care they need to improve their ability to fully participate in the classroom and fulfill school health requirements.

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Science Made Magical
Updated: September 18, 2018 - 3:56 am

(Family Features) When you see something you can’t explain, it can be easy to mistake those moments for magic, such as a balloon floating into the sky or water disappearing from a surface right before your eyes. However, the truth is these moments aren’t magic but scienceat play. Observing the laws of physics or chemistry can, at first glance, seem too fantastical to be explained, but science can explain a lot.

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How to Help Prepare Young People for the Workforce
Updated: September 18, 2018 - 3:55 am

(StatePoint) Student loan debt is on the rise and, unfortunately, the high cost of tuition doesn’t mean that graduates are guaranteed to find high-paying, meaningful work after earning a degree.

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Shake Up Your Dinner Routine
Updated: September 18, 2018 - 3:59 am

(Family Features) If you find yourself stuck in a rut with the same recipes, remember a little change can add a lot of flavor. By simply using fresh pork in dishes that usually consist of chicken or beef, there are countless ways to switch up your dinner routine.

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4 Benefits of Pet Adoption
Updated: September 18, 2018 - 4:03 am

(Family Features) Pets have an incomparable ability to improve owners’ lives in a number of ways, so it’s only right that pet parents do the same for them. That’s why, if you’re considering adding a pet to the family, adoption can be a great choice.

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Concerned About Rising Mortgage Rates? Borrowers Have Options
Updated: September 18, 2018 - 4:06 am

(StatePoint) While mortgage interest rates remain near historic lows, they have been slowly rising over the last year, increasing the cost of 30-year loans for borrowers.

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At Your Service
Updated: September 18, 2018 - 3:57 am

Fast facts about service dogs

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Help Kids Falling Short on Nutrients They Need this School Year
Updated: September 18, 2018 - 3:57 am

Milk is one of the most requested, but least donated items at food banks, meaning children in need may be missing out on essential nutrients

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Home Upgrades that Really Work
Updated: September 18, 2018 - 4:04 am

Ideas and inspiration to create more functional spaces

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Enjoy Your Outdoor Kitchen All Year Long
Updated: September 18, 2018 - 4:04 am

(Family Features) Building an outdoor kitchen is a significant investment that can be rewarding for years to come. It’s important to take advantage of nice days and temperate seasons as much as possible, no matter in which part of the country you live. However, with proper planning and preparation, you can fully maximize the enjoyment of your outdoor kitchen all year long, even when temperatures drop.   

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Kitchen and Bath Remodeling Trends to Watch
Updated: September 18, 2018 - 4:04 am

(Family Features) Investing thousands of dollars in a kitchen or bathroom remodel can be daunting, but it doesn’t have to be.

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