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(BPT) - A recent study shows your perception of your own image has a profound effect on how you present yourself to the rest of the world.

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Friday 12/15/2017
Women in agriculture are challenging stereotypes
Updated: December 16, 2017 - 3:36 am

(BPT) - About a third of the nation’s farmers are women, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. And most of these women are working family farms, since 99 percent of all American farms are family-owned and operated. Just under 1 million women farmers contribute $12.9 billion to the nation’s economy and are responsible for farming more than 301 million acres.

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Thursday 12/14/2017
The most wonderful (and stressful) time of year. Could you be suffering from seasonal anxiety? Find out how to cope.
Updated: December 16, 2017 - 3:36 am

(BPT) - Hot cocoa by a crackling fire. The sounds of family and friends’ laughter heard throughout the house. Your favorite holiday movies on the television. This is the idyllic holiday scene. But what’s the reality? Statistics show us that the holiday season, portrayed as the most wonderful time of year, can also be a time when a few uninvited guests come knocking — stress, anxiety and depression.

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Say goodbye to winter blues with vitamin D-rich foods
Updated: December 16, 2017 - 3:36 am

(BPT) - Winter got you down? Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is estimated to affect 10 million Americans, according to Psychology Today. Another 10 percent to 20 percent may have mild SAD.

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Wednesday 12/13/2017
3 simple tips to get delicious, balanced weeknight meals on the table
Updated: December 16, 2017 - 3:36 am

(BPT) - Weekday schedules get crazy, which is why the first casualty of all that chaos is the family dinner.

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Senior guest? How to prepare your home for older visitors
Updated: December 16, 2017 - 3:36 am

(BPT) - Whether it's for a special occasion or just because, hosting an older adult in your home can be a wonderful experience with lots of memory-making potential. However, for a safe and successful visit, you may want to make a few adjustments to your home before they arrive to make it more senior-friendly.

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Tuesday 12/12/2017
6 home cleaning tips for pet owners
Updated: December 13, 2017 - 3:36 am

(BPT) - Having a pet may seem like the beginning of a never-ending mess, but the key to living with furry friends is preparation. Whether combating odor, keeping surfaces free of dirt and fur or removing pesky stains, taking preventative measures and using the right products can turn any mess into a simple task.

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New Books Offer Retirees The Way To Plan For Retirement
Updated: December 13, 2017 - 3:31 pm

(NewsUSA) - Social Security, Medicare and supplemental insurance, long-term care, IRAs, life insurance, post-retirement investments and income taxes can all affect the success of your retirement. To that end, an easy-to-understand book and workbook are now available to help guide you in this process.

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5 Must-know Investing and Retirement Tips
Updated: December 16, 2017 - 3:36 am

(BPT) - Parents and grandparents typically pass down many things to the next generation — jewelry, furniture and other family heirlooms. But what if the best thing that the preceding generation passed along was their financial wisdom? Through years of investing and saving for retirement, Baby Boomers have experienced a lot and learned many helpful lessons along the way.

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Boomers: 10 reasons to go nuts
Updated: December 16, 2017 - 3:36 am

(BPT) - For the roughly 75 million Americans who make up the baby boom generation, a healthy diet and lifestyle are the best weapons against age-related diseases.

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Monday 12/11/2017
Top trends for the 2018 housing market identified
Updated: December 16, 2017 - 3:36 am

(BPT) - In the real estate market, springtime is go time. It’s the busiest time of the year for home sales, and with this year’s stable economy and low unemployment rate, the spring of 2018 has the potential to be especially active.

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Friday 12/08/2017
Brain drained? These habits can help maintain a healthy brain
Updated: December 16, 2017 - 3:36 am

(BPT) - Everyone has those days. You’re operating in a fog, or perhaps you spaced out on a family member’s name in the middle of dinner, or maybe you just find it hard to concentrate on work or hobbies. When these unwanted situations begin to come up more often, you may start to worry. Aging has long been associated with a slow mental decline.

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5 ways to jump-start your heart health
Updated: December 16, 2017 - 3:36 am

(BPT) - If you’re looking to improve your heart health, each day is all about making a choice that moves you in the right direction. You’d rather stay in with a big bowl of ice cream. But maybe today, you could click off the TV set and take a walk with a friend.

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Thursday 12/07/2017
Top 4 nutrition predictions in the New Year
Updated: December 15, 2017 - 3:36 am

(BPT) - Several food and nutrition trends were in the spotlight this year, including the continued rise of plant-based diets, non-dairy ice creams and superfoods that are blasts from the past — legumes, apples and cabbage. It can be easy to experience nutrition whiplash in the New Year, but don’t be a victim. Get a jump-start on understanding the top nutrition trends that will impact quality of life and make it easier to add important vitamins and nutrients to the body.

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5 budget-friendly master bathroom upgrades you'll cherish for years
Updated: December 15, 2017 - 3:36 am

(BPT) - What does your bathroom mean to you? Is it an oasis, a place to unwind, relax and let the cares of the day simply melt away? Or is it just another room in your house?

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Tuesday 12/05/2017
Healthy eating at holiday parties? It's possible
Updated: December 08, 2017 - 3:36 am

(BPT) - The holidays bring a lot of temptations from every direction if dieting or watching your weight. Holiday parties and get-togethers can be a healthful-eating challenge. Caught up in conversation among friends and family, surrounded by tasty food and drinks, it’s easy to lose track of what and how much is being eaten. Registered Dietitian Sarah Galicki offers tips for staying the course through the holidays.

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From cancer nurse to cancer patient: One woman's story
Updated: December 13, 2017 - 3:36 am

(BPT) - Throughout her career, Lindsay Norris had a close connection with cancer, helping others battle the disease. Then one day, it became even more personal.

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Monday 12/04/2017
SilverSneakers Fitness Program Improves Older Adult's Physical and Mental Health
Updated: December 05, 2017 - 3:34 am

(NewsUSA) - Joanne C. was 74 when she had a stroke two years ago that left her paralyzed on the entire right side of her body. She refused to accept that she'd end up in a wheelchair and began rehabilitation, determined to get her life and body back to where it was before her stroke.

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5 tips for staying healthy this holiday season
Updated: December 12, 2017 - 3:34 am

(BPT) - As the holiday season approaches, it is as important as ever to stay healthy.

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6 fast fixes for a fresh, cozy home
Updated: December 12, 2017 - 3:34 am

(BPT) - As temperatures drop, you and your family will be spending more time living indoors — working, playing, relaxing and staying warm. More time indoors means it's more important to keep your home fresh by staying ahead of the continual buildup of dirt, dust and allergens. Plus, taking a few simple steps to prepare your home for winter weather will ensure your home is comfortable and efficient, too. Tackle these key areas now so your home will feel fresh and cozy throughout the winter.

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5 steps for a successful holiday gathering
Updated: December 12, 2017 - 3:34 am

(BPT) - The holiday season is about spending quality time with family and friends. Many people will host gatherings and parties during this time of year. Keep stress levels at an all-time low by taking some seamless shortcuts to pull off a get together of any size – whether a football watch party, gift exchange or even a low-key movie night with friends.

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Friday 12/01/2017
Entertaining tips: Worry-free ways to clean before your guests arrive
Updated: December 09, 2017 - 3:34 am

(BPT) - For many of us, this is the best time of the year to spend with friends, family and lots of food. The weather has turned colder, the clocks have shifted back and we’re ready to invite guests over to eat, laugh and make new memories for the new year.

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Thursday 11/30/2017
4 great gifts for your green-living friend
Updated: December 08, 2017 - 3:36 am

(BPT) - Here’s a stat for you: More than 145 million Americans report being alarmed or concerned about climate change, according to the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies.

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Wednesday 11/29/2017
Easing Senior Loneliness - It's More Important Than We Think
Updated: November 29, 2017 - 3:30 pm

(NewsUSA) - Social isolation is a little-thought-of, but growing, factor in the health and well-being of people 65 and older - and it may play a greater role than obesity as a public health hazard, according to research at Brigham Young University.

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Monday 11/27/2017
Is It a cold or the flu? When to seek care
Updated: December 05, 2017 - 3:34 am

(BPT) - Your nose is running. You are coughing and tired. Are you sure it’s just a cold? You could have influenza, commonly referred to as “the flu.” Although common, the flu can be serious and even lead to hospitalization or death. Knowing the difference between a cold and the flu is very important so you can get the right care, prevent worsening symptoms, and help prevent the spread to family, friends and coworkers.

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Embrace life's simple pleasures - like home-cooked meals
Updated: November 30, 2017 - 3:34 am

(BPT) - As temperatures continue to drop, it’s time to embrace all the simple and cozy pleasures the season offers: gatherings with friends, fuzzy socks, hanging strings of lights to bring ambiance to those early evenings.

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Shortage of truck diesel technicians and truck drivers is countrywide
Updated: December 05, 2017 - 3:34 am

(BPT) - As the transportation industry continues to grow and baby boomers continue to retire, the need for trained diesel mechanics and truck drivers has never been greater. Job openings span the U.S., and many sit open while businesses feel the stress of a massive talent shortage.

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Friday 11/24/2017
A cup of tea can be the best solution for everyday wellness
Updated: December 02, 2017 - 3:33 am

(BPT) - Before medicine and pharmaceuticals filled our remedy box, food and food ingredients were considered healing agents. Hippocrates was wise in his understanding of the special powers of food, beyond satisfying our appetites: “Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.”

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Tuesday 11/21/2017
Seize the holidays with 4 festive twists on decadent desserts
Updated: November 29, 2017 - 3:36 am

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Friday 11/17/2017
Prepare the perfect turkey for your holiday meal
Updated: November 22, 2017 - 3:38 am

(BPT) - Think of the holiday season and answer this question: The holidays are the only time of year I do … what?

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Homeowners liable for snow and ice control
Updated: November 25, 2017 - 3:32 am

(BPT) - Whenever it snows, it is common to see shopping center employees and business owners out and about clearing pathways, parking spaces and entrances of snow and ice. But this isn’t just good business to help customers get in the door, it is also a liability issue should someone slip, fall and injure themselves. Homeowners, too, face similar, albeit more limited, liability if they fail to take adequate steps to remove such slippery hazards from their property.

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Wednesday 11/15/2017
5 questions about applying for disability benefits
Updated: November 23, 2017 - 3:35 am

(BPT) - Age and chronic illness can take a toll. A June 2017 study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention finds that the most costly health conditions in the U.S. include: heart disease, cancer, arthritis, stroke and type 2 diabetes. An estimated 117 million people have one or more chronic health conditions.

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Monday 11/13/2017
Veterans fought for freedom; struggle with lung health
Updated: November 21, 2017 - 3:36 am

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Thursday 11/09/2017
Tips for helping reduce the burden of Alzheimer's caregiving
Updated: November 10, 2017 - 3:36 am

(BPT) - Caring for someone with Alzheimer’s or other dementias is exceptionally demanding, and especially challenging. The caregiving needs of people living with Alzheimer’s are not only often more extensive, but are often needed over many years — even decades.

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Friday 11/03/2017
Tips for Tackling Age-Related Skin Issues
Updated: November 09, 2017 - 3:33 pm

(StatePoint) Aging is a fact of life, and your skin is no exception. However, experts say that there is a lot you can do to help your skin at all stages of life.

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Thursday 10/26/2017
Flu facts: Top 5 things you need to know about the flu shot this year
Updated: November 09, 2017 - 3:32 pm

(BPT) - You hear about it on the news. You see the signs in the pharmacy windows. Even your friends and co-workers are talking about it. The flu shot is a highly discussed topic, and for good reason!

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Tuesday 10/24/2017
How you and your behavior affect your car insurance rates
Updated: November 01, 2017 - 3:37 am

(BPT) - The average American driver pays more than $1,300 per year for car insurance, but some pay a third of that average while others pay nearly 30 times that amount, according to research by The Zebra, an auto insurance search engine. High prices, wide disparity in rates and a number of misunderstandings could be why a survey by the same company found nearly 61 percent of Americans think their auto insurance is too expensive, and nearly 29 percent think it’s an outright scam.

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A New Kind of Life Insurance for Those Living with Diabetes
Updated: November 01, 2017 - 3:37 am

(BPT) - For people living with diabetes, the condition is a part of their everyday life and one that impacts many of their decisions, from balancing what they eat to taking care of their health. One area that might not be top of mind for people living with diabetes is life insurance. That’s because many people with diabetes believe they won't be able to get life insurance if they have the condition.

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Friday 10/20/2017
Creative arts help veterans reclaim their voice
Updated: October 28, 2017 - 3:33 am

(BPT) - For Angela Walker, music was her first love, her passion and her whole identity. “Once a singer, always a singer,” she often says. That was true even after she joined the U.S. Navy in 1985. But what happened next forever changed Walker’s perspective on what it means to have a voice.

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Wednesday 10/18/2017
Understanding how medications interact with vitamins
Updated: October 25, 2017 - 3:36 am

(BPT) - Technology, science and research are offering a personalization powerhouse at our fingertips, including products made specifically for us delivered to our doorsteps. We wear personal fitness trackers to track our steps, sleep and heart rates. Personal trainers design fitness routines made just for us. We understand that our family history, lifestyle choices and even genetics are predictive of our health needs and this information is integrated into our health care plans. But with all of this personalization, nutritional supplement options still deliver the same cookie-cutter solutions.

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Looking for a Medicare Part D plan? Consider these 3 things
Updated: October 26, 2017 - 3:36 am

(BPT) - Many people are surprised to find out that Original Medicare doesn’t cover prescription drugs. For help with the cost of your medications, you can choose a standalone Part D plan or a Medicare Advantage plan with prescription coverage, but navigating your options can be complicated.

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Tuesday 10/17/2017
Make the most of your brain as you age
Updated: October 25, 2017 - 3:36 am

(BPT) - It is important to remember the health of our most complex organ: our brain. While the brain constantly changes throughout our lives, it’s critical that we take steps to help us stay on top of our game as we age.

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Thursday 10/12/2017
5 Mistakes to Avoid When Choosing a Medicare Advantage Plan
Updated: October 12, 2017 - 3:31 pm

(NewsUSA) - The Medicare Annual Election Period takes place this fall from Oct. 15 through Dec. 7. It's a time for people with Medicare to make important decisions about their health care.

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Wednesday 10/11/2017
Fitness Program Keeps Older Adults Physically Active, Socially Engaged
Updated: October 11, 2017 - 3:30 pm

(NewsUSA) - Joanne C. was 74 when she had a stroke in 2015 that left her paralyzed on the entire left side of her body. She refused to accept that she'd end up wheelchair-bound and began rehabilitation, determined to get her life and body back to where it was before her stroke.

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Stopping at Nothing: A 69-Year-Old BMX Racer Overcomes Her Joint Pain
Updated: October 19, 2017 - 3:34 am

(BPT) - Ever since her 20s, Kittie Weston-Knauer had experienced osteoarthritis (OA) pain in her hips and knees, but it never stopped her from staying active. In her 40s, she even picked up a new, exciting hobby: BMX, or bicycle motocross racing. Gradually though, despite her active lifestyle, the joint pain increased to the point where, in her 60s, even every day activities, like getting out of bed became nearly impossible.

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Tuesday 10/10/2017
Find Medicare Confusing? Start Here
Updated: October 18, 2017 - 3:35 am

(BPT) - Navigating Medicare can be challenging. In fact, according to a 2017 UnitedHealthcare survey, nearly 40 percent of Medicare beneficiaries find the program confusing. Learning the basics can help you cut through the confusion and make an informed decision about which coverage option may be the right fit for you.

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Friday 10/06/2017
Don't let the flu bug you this year
Updated: October 14, 2017 - 3:34 am

(BPT) - Flu season is upon us, and many healthcare facilities are urging you to start preparing now with vaccines. Ironically, one of the places where you need to be careful is at the doctor’s office or healthcare clinic.

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Wednesday 10/04/2017
The simple plan that can keep your cholesterol in check
Updated: October 12, 2017 - 3:36 am

(BPT) - For legendary TV personality and Emmy-award winner Regis Philbin, everything changed on a seemingly ordinary day back in 1992. While in Miami shooting a television commercial, the popular host — who usually plowed forward with his various commitments as though nothing could stop him — experienced something that day that almost did.

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Thursday 09/28/2017
Busting myths and misconceptions about osteoporosis
Updated: October 06, 2017 - 3:36 am

(BPT) - One in two women over the age of 50 will suffer a fracture caused by osteoporosis in her remaining lifetime. Despite its prevalence, there are many myths and misconceptions about this "silent" disease. These myths may be a reason why osteoporosis is underdiagnosed and undertreated.

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Know thrombosis: Tips to prevent deadly blood clots
Updated: October 06, 2017 - 3:36 am

(BPT) - When you think of potentially deadly health issues, do you think of a blood clot? According to a recent U.S. survey, only 7 percent of people say they are concerned about blood clots, known by the medical term thrombosis. However, what they might not know is one in four people worldwide die from conditions caused by thrombosis, making it a leading cause of global death and disability.

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