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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.

  • Home Improvement

    Smart Tech Upgrades to Improve Home Function

    (Family Features) When smart home technologies first emerged, their purpose was largely for convenience and operating the devices was often clunky. Today, smart devices seamlessly integrate into connected home systems to make living more efficient, improve home security and even offer advantages for your health.

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Fall Wine and Food Tips for Outdoor Entertaining

(StatePoint) Autumn is the ultimate time for outdoor dining. For your next gathering, bring the party out to the deck or patio for an evening of enjoyable light bites and delicious wines.

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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Thursday 09/20/2018
Simple, Satisfying Weeknight Solutions
Updated: September 20, 2018 - 3:11 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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Tips for an Active Outdoor Fall Season
Updated: September 20, 2018 - 3:11 am

(StatePoint) Whether you’re a sports enthusiast or a nature lover, you are likely going to be taking full advantage of the great fall weather by getting outdoors this season. Before heading out, consider the following tips to make the most of your time.

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Exquisite Eating
Updated: September 20, 2018 - 3:12 am

Small plates to make for appealing dishes

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Fresh Flavors with Friends
Updated: September 20, 2018 - 3:12 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 20, 2018 - 3:12 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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Bring Tuscany to the Table
Updated: September 20, 2018 - 3:12 am

Simple, flavorful recipes for fall entertaining

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Burrito Bake
Updated: September 20, 2018 - 3:13 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 20, 2018 - 3:13 am

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

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5 Recipes that Can Help Improve Your Health
Updated: September 20, 2018 - 3:13 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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Wednesday 09/19/2018
Menopausal Women Find Help for Painful Intercourse
Updated: September 20, 2018 - 3:10 am

(NewsUSA) - September marks the start of a new season and it's important for another reason: Menopause Awareness Month. When women enter menopause, they experience many physical changes - some like hot flashes and night sweats are widely known and are easier to discuss. Yet, other changes are harder to talk about.

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Chemical conundrum: 5 ways to keep pesticides away from your kids
Updated: September 20, 2018 - 3:24 am

(BPT) - As pesticides continue to be used on crops, in landscaping and in consumer products, many Americans are becoming more concerned about the effect of such chemicals on our children.

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4 fall wellness tips for the whole family
Posted: September 19, 2018

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The Top-10 Most Reviewed Software Categories
Updated: September 20, 2018 - 3:26 am

(NAPSI)—Getting the right software for your company doesn’t have to be hard if you heed the recent research.

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Taking Steps to Prevent Falls
Updated: September 20, 2018 - 3:11 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 20, 2018 - 3:11 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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Good Friends, Good Food
Updated: September 20, 2018 - 3:10 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 20, 2018 - 3:11 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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Healthy Kids Are Better Students
Updated: September 20, 2018 - 3:09 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 20, 2018 - 3:10 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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Smart Tech Upgrades to Improve Home Function
Updated: September 20, 2018 - 3:17 am

(Family Features) When smart home technologies first emerged, their purpose was largely for convenience and operating the devices was often clunky. Today, smart devices seamlessly integrate into connected home systems to make living more efficient, improve home security and even offer advantages for your health.

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5 Ways for New Parents to Get More Sleep
Updated: September 20, 2018 - 3:17 am

(Family Features) Between feedings, changing diapers and household chores, sleep is often put on the back burner for new parents at the end of a busy day.

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4 Benefits of Pet Adoption
Updated: September 20, 2018 - 3:17 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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Home Upgrades that Really Work
Updated: September 20, 2018 - 3:19 am

Ideas and inspiration to create more functional spaces

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Enjoy Your Outdoor Kitchen All Year Long
Updated: September 20, 2018 - 3:19 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 20, 2018 - 3:19 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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Refresh Your Space
Updated: September 20, 2018 - 3:18 am

5 steps to simplify your next paint project

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A Guide to Outfit Your Home
Updated: September 20, 2018 - 3:18 am

(Family Features) Whether you’re just starting out and filling your first home or looking to round out the missing pieces of a household you’ve lived in for years, this handy list can help give you a rundown of some must-have items for every room.

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What Everyone With Disabilities Should Ask Before Accepting a Job Offer
Updated: September 20, 2018 - 3:08 am

(StatePoint) October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month and a good time to focus on the issue of inclusion in the workplace. With historically low unemployment rates among the general population, those with disabilities may enjoy expanded opportunities, particularly as more employers discover the power of a diverse workforce. But finding the right job fit is important, say experts.

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Help Kids Falling Short on Nutrients They Need this School Year
Updated: September 20, 2018 - 3:10 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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At Your Service
Updated: September 20, 2018 - 3:10 am

Fast facts about service dogs

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Tuesday 09/18/2018
8 home security hacks recommended by police
Updated: September 20, 2018 - 3:28 am

(BPT) - Did you know that many police departments have a community affairs officer whose primary goal is to build a strong working relationship with the community? That means you have access to a trained safety expert who wants to give you ideas to keep your home and neighborhood safe.

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Shop like a local in Guadalajara
Updated: September 20, 2018 - 3:27 am

(BPT) - As one of Mexico’s top artisanal hubs, Guadalajara offers the best in culture, cuisine and shopping. Travelers can find everything from expertly crafted pottery to luxe leather goods in unique markets throughout the city. For those who travel the world in search of the best locally-produced, stylish souvenirs, Guadalajara provides the ultimate in retail therapy in a vibrant, festive atmosphere — after all, this is the birthplace of mariachi, tequila, and charrería, the Mexican rodeo!

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5 financial tips for millennials in the Southeast
Updated: September 20, 2018 - 3:20 am

(BPT) - Your financial health impacts your life, not only in the way you live today and in the future, but in the legacy you leave behind to those you love the most. Whether you’re paying off student loans, buying spin classes or caring for an aging loved one, the way you live today and in the future is shaped by your financial health.

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5 financial tips for millennials in the West
Updated: September 20, 2018 - 3:20 am

(BPT) - Your financial health impacts your life, not only in the way you live today and in the future, but in the legacy you leave behind to those you love the most. Whether you’re paying student loans, buying spin classes, or caring for an aging loved one, the way you live today and in the future is shaped by your financial health.

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The 5 podcasts you should be listening to right now
Updated: September 20, 2018 - 3:27 am

(BPT) - If you love a good podcast, you're not alone. According to Podcast Insights, 73 million Americans listen to podcasts regularly, seven per week on average. You can find a podcast about virtually any subject that strikes your fancy, so if you're looking for a new show to engage and delight you, there is no shortage of fun, information, news, controversy and commentary out there for you to choose from. But where do you start?

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5 steps to protect your home from rodents this fall
Updated: September 20, 2018 - 3:22 am

(BPT) - Once they’re inside, rats and other rodents can do a lot of harm to your home. This includes damage to electrical wiring, metal or plastic pipes and insulation found in walls and attics. On top of structural damage, the critters aren’t good for the people who live in your home, either: Some species of mice and rats can transmit diseases like hantavirus through their urine and droppings.

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Maximize Earning Potential With Vacation Rental Properties
Updated: September 20, 2018 - 3:27 am

(NAPSI)—It is often said that, in real estate, it’s all about “location, location, location.” However, when it comes to rental properties, the key to maximizing their potential is all about “timing, timing, timing.”

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The Florida Keys Deliver Experiences Unlike Anywhere Else
Updated: September 20, 2018 - 3:28 am

(NAPSI)—The most significant worldwide travel trend today is individuals’ desire for experiential travel.

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Managing Moderate Pain Three Ways
Updated: September 20, 2018 - 3:15 am

(NAPSI)—Latest research reveals that up to 90 percent of pain sufferers don't get the relief they're looking for with their current pain medication—but you don't have to be among them. While everyone experiences pain differently, managing it may be simpler than many people realize.

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Forget Calorie Counting: New Guidelines for Losing Weight
Updated: September 20, 2018 - 3:11 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 20, 2018 - 3:16 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 20, 2018 - 3:16 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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5 Tips to Bring Your Home’s Wi-Fi ‘Dead Zones’ to life
Updated: September 20, 2018 - 3:26 am

(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.”

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Monday 09/17/2018
Making it count: 5 tips for choosing a health plan
Updated: September 20, 2018 - 3:22 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 20, 2018 - 3:22 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 20, 2018 - 3:27 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 20, 2018 - 3:20 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 20, 2018 - 3:08 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 20, 2018 - 3:14 am

by Transamerica Center for Health Studies

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