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Monday 06/05/2017
5 hacks to get hitched without financial hiccups
Posted: June 05, 2017

(BPT) - Planning a wedding is an emotional experience: joy that you’ll be marrying your true love, nostalgia for the life you’re leaving behind, worry over the details and anxiety about how much money you’ll spend. While the average wedding costs more than $27,000 according to TheWeddingReport.com, it is possible to make it to — and through — your big day with minimal financial worries.

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Wednesday 05/03/2017
Sizzling-hot wedding trends for summer 2017
Posted: May 03, 2017

(BPT) - Long, sunshine-filled days and warm, star-studded nights make summer the ideal season to say "I do!" If you're planning an upcoming wedding, you can make your special day that much more unique with these seven top trends taking the summer bridal scene by storm.

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Wednesday 03/08/2017
The top 2017 spring wedding ideas
Updated: March 10, 2017 - 3:31 am

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Wednesday 02/22/2017
Newlyweds: Money-saving tips for your first move together
Updated: February 23, 2017 - 3:32 am

(BPT) - With the average wedding costing upwards of $30,000, starting your new life together takes a lot of careful budgeting. After you’ve finished paying for the flowers, reception hall, caterer, photographer and everything else related to your big day, you may not have much money left over when it comes time to move into a new home together. However, managing your move can be your first big DIY home project together, and it’s one that’s very doable on a budget.

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Borrow these wedding planner tricks for a polished event on a budget
Updated: February 23, 2017 - 3:32 am

(BPT) - Planning your wedding is one of the most important management jobs you’ll ever take on. A professional wedding planner could help make the day go smoothly, but you can also achieve the same effect yourself for less money.

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Tuesday 10/25/2016
The Good, Bad and Ugliest Wedding Gifts Ever
Updated: October 25, 2016 - 3:31 am

(StatePoint) For many couples, there’s nothing more exciting than creating wedding wish lists. Almost half (45 percent) of U.S. adults who are or ever have been married or engaged have had a bridal registry, according to a recent Moen survey conducted online by Harris Poll.

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Tuesday 09/06/2016
Tips for Planning Your Wedding and Beyond
Updated: September 06, 2016 - 3:31 am

(StatePoint) While making the wedding day spectacular may seem like the main goal for engaged couples, savvy twosomes are also considering how they will build their home and life together after the honeymoon.

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Tuesday 08/15/2017
Volunteer Fire Departments Work to Reach Next Generation
Updated: August 15, 2017 - 3:32 pm

(NewsUSA) - Volunteers make up more than two-thirds of the nation's fire service and protect their communities from a wide range of emergencies. Yet many fire departments are having difficulty meeting the staffing needs that an all-hazards department requires.

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Monday 08/14/2017
Lady Gaga Stars in New PSA to Support Education and Inspire Positive Classrooms
Posted: August 14, 2017

(NewsUSA) - Students today face not only academic challenges, but also the emotional challenges of stress brought on by negative classroom environments, according to data from a recent survey by the Sesame Workshop. In the survey, 86 percent of teachers and 70 percent of parents reported worrying that "the world is an unkind place for children."

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Friday 08/04/2017
The Cowboy Way Highlighted In New TV Series
Updated: August 04, 2017 - 3:32 pm

(NewsUSA) - Much of cowboy culture focuses on the more glamorous aspects of riding across the range into the sunset. While the lives of real cowboys in America today retain some of those romantic elements, there's plenty of daily drama and struggle, as well as friendship and fun.

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Fire Departments Look to Community for Volunteers
Updated: August 04, 2017 - 3:32 pm

(NewsUSA) - Fire departments across the country rely on the service of dedicated volunteers, but department membership rosters may not always reflect the demographics of the communities they serve.

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Wednesday 07/26/2017
Two Decades Strong—Family Place Libraries Celebrate A Milestone
Updated: July 27, 2017 - 3:32 pm

(NewsUSA) - Libraries are no longer just spaces filled with books and movies to borrow. They are places of wonder and imagination and, if they happen to be affiliated with Family Place Libraries (FPL), they are fun, interactive early learning and family support destinations for families with very young children. And they are celebrating their 20th anniversary.

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Helping The Helpers
Updated: July 27, 2017 - 3:33 am

(NAPSI)—According to a recent Rand report, there are 5.5 million caregivers—family and friends—who look after those who are wounded, ill or injured as a result of their service to the country.

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Wednesday 07/19/2017
Championing the Right to Age Well
Updated: July 20, 2017 - 3:32 pm

(NewsUSA) - In 1967, one of today's most iconic runners made her mark in history.

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Monday 07/17/2017
Vets Can Make A Difference Through Volunteer Firefighting
Updated: August 01, 2017 - 3:32 pm

(NewsUSA) - Patriotism is in the air during the summer months. It starts with Memorial Day and flows into July 4th. But it's not just about fireworks, cookouts and parades.

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Wednesday 07/12/2017
Join Fujitsu In Supporting Military Families
Updated: July 14, 2017 - 3:32 am

(NAPSI)—A new way to honor America’s veterans and military families can be at your fingertips. That’s because Fujitsu General America launched a Facebook campaign to help military families.

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Tuesday 07/11/2017
So Your Company Went Mobile ... Now What?
Updated: July 11, 2017 - 3:32 pm

(NewsUSA) - Most companies know the need to go mobile to make their workforce more productive and efficient, but many don't know what is needed outside of buying some tablets and software.

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Tuesday 08/15/2017
Volunteer Fire Departments Work to Reach Next Generation
Updated: August 15, 2017 - 3:32 pm

(NewsUSA) - Volunteers make up more than two-thirds of the nation's fire service and protect their communities from a wide range of emergencies. Yet many fire departments are having difficulty meeting the staffing needs that an all-hazards department requires.

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Monday 08/14/2017
Lady Gaga Stars in New PSA to Support Education and Inspire Positive Classrooms
Posted: August 14, 2017

(NewsUSA) - Students today face not only academic challenges, but also the emotional challenges of stress brought on by negative classroom environments, according to data from a recent survey by the Sesame Workshop. In the survey, 86 percent of teachers and 70 percent of parents reported worrying that "the world is an unkind place for children."

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Thursday 08/10/2017
Bringing Nostalgia Back to Road Trips
Updated: August 14, 2017 - 3:32 am

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A Closer Look at Dry Eye
Updated: August 14, 2017 - 3:32 am

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Be Prepared for Inclement Weather
Updated: August 14, 2017 - 3:32 am

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Why Everyone Should Plan for Long-Term Care
Updated: August 14, 2017 - 3:32 am

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Back-to-School Health Check
Updated: August 14, 2017 - 3:32 am

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5 Fun Ways to Promote Tween Confidence
Updated: August 14, 2017 - 3:32 am

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Operation Organization
Updated: August 14, 2017 - 3:32 am

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Back-to-School Tips that Save Time and Money
Updated: August 14, 2017 - 3:32 am

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Monday 08/14/2017
Pets help seniors stay healthier and happier, wherever they live, studies show
Updated: August 16, 2017 - 3:32 am

(BPT) - French novelist Sidonie-Gabrielle Collette once said, “Our perfect companions never have fewer than four feet.” Pets provide meaningful social support for owners, and they can be especially beneficial for seniors. Ample research shows pet ownership delivers physical and mental health benefits for seniors, regardless of whether they’re living on their own or in a senior living community.

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Wednesday 08/09/2017
Daughters in the Workplace Need More Support
Updated: August 09, 2017 - 3:32 pm

(NewsUSA) - For the millions of women caring for an aging adult while balancing a full-time job, it can be a struggle to juggle conflicting demands.

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Tuesday 08/01/2017
Looking for balance? Fighting fatigue? Your diet might be a place to start
Updated: August 09, 2017 - 3:32 am

(BPT) - Adults today are constantly searching for balance in life. While balance can be broadly defined, in simple terms it is rooted in equal proportions. The human body demands an equilibrium in order to sustain proper mental, physical and spiritual health. But, achieving balance can be difficult when everyday personal and environmental stresses (such as work, poor diet, harsh sunlight and pollution) expose the body to cell-damaging oxidative stress.

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Tuesday 07/25/2017
One man's struggle with PTSD, 40 years later
Updated: August 02, 2017 - 3:32 am

(BPT) - Bobby Barrera’s career as a Marine ended abruptly at age 21. While in Vietnam, on his first mission, a land mine explosion took his right hand at the wrist and left arm at the shoulder, and left him with severe burns over 40 percent of his body and face.

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Friday 07/21/2017
Take precautions in the heat - lifesaving tips
Updated: July 29, 2017 - 3:32 am

(BPT) - From tornadoes and floods to hail and lightning storms, the United States experiences a broad array of extreme weather. Fatalities do occur, but many people are surprised to learn that the weather event that causes the greatest number of deaths is heat.

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Wednesday 07/19/2017
Championing the Right to Age Well
Updated: July 20, 2017 - 3:32 pm

(NewsUSA) - In 1967, one of today's most iconic runners made her mark in history.

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Tuesday 07/11/2017
This simple test can set you on the road to a lifetime of better health
Updated: July 19, 2017 - 3:32 am

(BPT) - Here's a sobering statistic for you: 20 percent of all deaths in the United States can be attributed to poor lifestyle factors and behavioral choices. It's difficult to swallow, but fortunately new research also finds that those who take the time to establish a simple screening routine improve their chances of modifying their behavior toward a healthy lifestyle.

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Thursday 06/29/2017
Pancreatic cancer: Know your family, know your risk
Updated: July 07, 2017 - 3:32 am

(BPT) - Pancreatic cancer is one of the most deadly cancers, with a mere 29 percent one-year survival rate. In 2016, pancreatic cancer became the third leading cause of cancer death in the United States, surpassing breast cancer.

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Tips to Prevent Slips, Trips and Falls
Updated: June 29, 2017 - 3:32 am

(StatePoint) Slips, trips and falls that cause injury and death are all too common, and they disproportionately affect older people. Indeed, one-third of older U.S. adults suffer falls each year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. What’s more, a fear of falling can alter habits, negatively impacting one’s quality of life.

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Friday 06/23/2017
4 laundry personalities: Where do you fit?
Updated: July 01, 2017 - 3:32 am

(BPT) - Chic, trendy, sporty, bohemian, sophisticated, fun, classic you probably have a clear vision of your fashion and style personality. But do you know your laundry personality? How you wash the clothes you wear is every bit as personal and unique to you as the clothes themselves. Knowing your laundry personality could help ease the load and make the chore easy and fail-proof.

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Tuesday 08/15/2017
Screen To Keep Spine Trouble From Getting Worse
Updated: August 16, 2017 - 3:32 am

(NAPSI)—The end of summer is a good time to re-establish healthy habits and back-to-school routines. In addition to dental checkups and annual physicals, pediatric medical specialists recommend adding a scoliosis screening to back-to-school checklists.

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When Veterans' Caregivers Are Left Behind
Updated: August 16, 2017 - 3:32 am

(NAPSI)—Dave Riley doesn’t take a step without his wife, literally.

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Monday 08/14/2017
Understand what you need to do to stay healthy over 65
Updated: August 15, 2017 - 3:32 am

(BPT) - Today’s Boomer generation feels young at heart. They’re living an active lifestyle, they have no intention of slowing down, they’re booming. Many Boomers feel that because they are healthy and taking care of themselves, they are not at risk for potentially serious infectious diseases, such as pneumococcal pneumonia. But if you are over 65, even if you are healthy, you are at increased risk. August is National Immunization Awareness Month, and a great opportunity for anyone over 65 to learn about the myths and facts of adult immunization and to get a new attitude toward vaccine-preventable diseases.

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Living with Psoriasis - The Inside Story
Posted: August 14, 2017

(BPT) - Are you living with psoriasis? Did you know it affects more than 7.5 million people? While your diagnosis can be daunting, you don’t need to let this stop you from living your life and doing things you love – spending time with family, traveling and building relationships. Every psoriasis journey is different, but those living with psoriasis understand it shows on the skin, but it does not define you. Hear about three psoriasis patient advocates who opened up to share their inside story.

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Friday 08/11/2017
5 baby formula myths debunked
Updated: August 16, 2017 - 3:32 am

(BPT) - The MythBusters on TV’s Discovery channel tackled hundreds — if not thousands — of myths in their 19 seasons on the air, but many questions still surround one topic never covered: infant feeding. Baby feeding has many pervasive myths, especially about infant formula. Here are five of those myths debunked by Rallie McAllister, MD, MPH, family physician and co-author of The Mommy MD Guide to Your Baby’s First Year:

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Back-to-School Checklist for Parents of Children Living With Asthma
Updated: August 11, 2017 - 3:32 am

(StatePoint) While heading back to school may mean buying supplies, for parents of children with asthma, getting ready requires additional steps. Asthma accounts for more than 10 million lost school days every school year. 

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Thursday 08/10/2017
Bringing Nostalgia Back to Road Trips
Updated: August 14, 2017 - 3:32 am

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A Closer Look at Dry Eye
Updated: August 14, 2017 - 3:32 am

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Be Prepared for Inclement Weather
Updated: August 14, 2017 - 3:32 am

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Why Everyone Should Plan for Long-Term Care
Updated: August 14, 2017 - 3:32 am

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Monday 08/14/2017
5 tips to solve separation anxiety in your pet
Updated: August 16, 2017 - 3:32 am

(BPT) - With good weather and flexible work schedules, summer time is the best season for spending some extra time with your pet. However, once fall comes, the kids aren’t the only ones in the family that experience the back-to-school blues. Separation anxiety can happen for many reasons among pets, but with the changing routine and lack of attention due to busy schedules, back-to-school is a common time when pet owners may start noticing changes in their dog or cat’s behavior. To support them during this time Dr. Kurt Venator, Purina’s Chief Veterinary Officer offers five tips to address separation anxiety in pets.

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Tuesday 07/25/2017
Fraud alert: Internet puppy purchase scams rising
Updated: July 26, 2017 - 3:32 am

(BPT) - That cold, wet nose. Those adorable little paws. The undeniable sweet scent of puppy breath. You have a soft spot for dogs and have your eye on a rare breed.

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Friday 07/14/2017
Have A Dog Who Wets Her Bed? Your Vet Can Help
Updated: July 14, 2017 - 3:31 pm

(NewsUSA) - As a pet owner, have you ever had a female dog who always finds the outdoor bathroom during the day, but wets her bed at night?

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Friday 06/30/2017
A happy pet is a hydrated pet
Updated: July 08, 2017 - 3:32 am

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Friday 06/16/2017
From farm to family: 7 things to consider before living with livestock
Updated: June 24, 2017 - 3:31 am

(BPT) - Animals play a meaningful role in the lives of their owners. In fact, most people consider their furry friends part of the family. And while dogs and cats tend to be the most common companions, nowadays, the beloved family pet can come in many different shapes, sizes and species.

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Wednesday 06/07/2017
Working like a dog: Companies find benefits in going pet-friendly
Updated: June 15, 2017 - 3:32 am

(BPT) - It’s fair to call Charger a bull in a china shop. Well, at least a pit bull. The charming nine-year-old has a full-time job in the marketing department at dinnerware giant Replacements, Ltd.

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Wednesday 05/31/2017
Improve your dog's emotional life
Updated: June 08, 2017 - 3:31 am

(BPT) - For millions of pet parents, their beloved dog is more than just a four-legged friend — he’s a member of the family. When looking at products for their pet they are willing to explore all options to ensure they provide the very best items like organic foods, therapeutic bedding, unique and innovative toys, on-trend collars and leashes, electronic feeding and watering items and more. Although our pets are treated as family members there is one issue that is often overlooked and undertreated in dogs — anxiety.

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Tuesday 05/16/2017
Outward signs of aging in your pet and how to take action
Updated: May 17, 2017 - 3:32 am

(BPT) - It seems like just yesterday you brought her home and made her a part of the family. If you own a cat or dog, you have fond memories of your furry family member from day one.

Fast forward to today. Just like with people, age sometimes creeps up slowly on pets. Every pet is unique, so changes happen at different times. What's more, age-related changes can be easy to miss because they appear so gradually over time.

Being aware and proactive is the best thing pet parents can do to help their pets stay healthy as they age. The American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) recommends that pets have a senior screening at about age 7. This allows the veterinarian to address any current concerns or potential health risks, including nutritional considerations.

Aging in pets can potentially impact the relationship you have with them, so being aware of the signs and what to do can help keep your older pet in the game. To help you understand what to look for, Hill’s Pet Nutrition has developed the "Tell TAILS" signs of aging in cats and dogs.

T = Thinking

Your pet gets confused by ordinary things, like how to find their bed.

A = Activity

Your pet is less active. Naps are now more appealing than playing or exploring.

I = Interactions

Your pet doesn't socialize with you as much as before.

L = Loss of control

Your pet is well-trained, but has started to have accidents.

S = Sleep-wake cycle

Sleeping patterns have changed, with more awake time during the night.

You’re the one who spends the most time with your pet, so it's important to note any of these changes and communicate them to your veterinarian. Consistent vet visits and changing your pet’s food are just two things that can help older pets to continue to remain healthy in their later years.

“As pets grow older, aging occurs inside every cell in their body and Hill’s studies these changes down to the gene level,” says Kathy Gross, Director of Clinical Nutrition at Hill’s Science Diet. “Our research shows that gene expression and activity are different in pets aged 7 and older compared to their younger counterparts. Through this research we’ve identified natural ingredients and nutrients that change gene activity and used that knowledge to create pet foods for pets of this age."

When selecting food, consider key nutrients important for pets aged 7 and older. A high-quality food like Hill’s Science Diet Youthful Vitality, developed from over a decade of extensive research, includes:

* High-quality protein with balanced levels of essential amino acids to support muscles.
* L-carnitine to help the body convert nutrients into energy to move, run and play.
* Right balance of phosphorus and sodium, not too much and not too little, helps maintain a healthy bladder, kidneys and heart.
* Antioxidant vitamins E and C along with beta-carotene and selenium to protect cells and support healthy immune function.

In addition to making nutritional adjustments, consider these smart tips for helping your pet get the most out of life and unlock their ageless spirit:

1. Providing regular exercise and opportunities to interact with family members helps keep older pets in shape and their minds actively engaged.

2. Just as with people, maintain a healthy body weight and body proportion (more muscle, strong bones, less body fat) by avoiding overfeeding, doing regular weigh-ins and avoiding unhealthy snacks.

4. Regular veterinary checkups (once per year for middle-aged pets and twice per year for senior pets over the age of 7) are recommended so any concerns or potential health risks can be addressed.

For more information about pet health for cats and dogs, visit www.HillsPet.com. For more information about pet aging and the cutting-edge food science in Science Diet Youthful Vitality, visit www.ScienceDiet.com/YouthfulVitality.

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3 cornerstones to a longer, healthier, happier life for your pet
Updated: May 24, 2017 - 3:35 am

(BPT) - Your pets are members of the family. They are the source of some of your best memories, they are your travel companions, your confidantes and your evening snuggle partners. You love them and you want them to live the longest, healthiest and happiest life possible.

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Monday 05/08/2017
Do you know what to include in a pet emergency go-kit?
Posted: May 08, 2017

(BPT) - It’s no secret that Mother Nature can be unpredictable. Research shows that weather patterns are in flux across the United States, making it more important than ever to think ahead and be proactive in order to stay safe. Advanced planning is not just for humans. While you may already have an emergency plan in place for your family, it's important to remember the needs of your pets too.

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