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Thursday 06/21/2018
How to Build the Perfect Playlist
Updated: June 25, 2018 - 5:09 am

(Family Features) Music can set the mood, no matter the occasion. Whether you’re playing jazz classics to give your dinner party a sophisticated ambience or blasting the latest dance-pop tracks for motivation on the treadmill, music is able to provide the soundtrack to different aspects of peoples’ lives.

5 Tips for Raising Resilient Kids
Updated: June 25, 2018 - 5:09 am

(Family Features) Parenting, while providing plenty of excitement, comes with a certain set of challenges. With years of outdoor playtime ahead, one of those challenges is ensuring safety while still promoting an adventurous spirit. 

Cool Summertime Kitchen Hacks
Updated: June 25, 2018 - 5:09 am

(Family Features) Summer is a time for relaxing, enjoying the outdoors and spending time with family and friends. Yet for some, the warmer months can be hectic and busy, and often go by too quickly.

Create an Accessible Lifestyle
Updated: June 25, 2018 - 5:09 am

Enhance independence with mobility in mind

Summer Learning Activities for Kids
Updated: June 25, 2018 - 5:09 am

(Family Features) Summer may be a break from formal education, but keeping kids excited about learning can be an easy way to keep them active and engaged instead of zoned out on screen time.

5 Tips to Take Pets on Trips
Updated: June 25, 2018 - 5:09 am

(Family Features) If your next big excursion is on hold until you can make arrangements for your four-legged friend, a solution may be closer than you think. Pet-friendly accommodations can be easier to find than ever, making it possible to simply take your pet along for the ride.

A Fit, Fun Summer
Updated: June 25, 2018 - 5:09 am

Make smart fitness choices with post-workout recovery and hydration

Make the Most of Summer College Visits
Updated: June 25, 2018 - 5:10 am

(Family Features) For students entering their senior year of high school or current college students considering a transfer, there’s no better way to determine whether a college or university is the right fit than a college visit. Summer is a great time to make those journeys, when campuses are less chaotic and the demands of the school year are on hold.

Treatment Options for Men with Enlarged Prostate
Updated: June 25, 2018 - 5:10 am

(Family Features) If you’re a male over the age of 45, chances are you may be suffering from a condition more common than prostate cancer – benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH). More commonly known as enlarged prostate, BPH can cause bothersome urinary symptoms that can worsen with age. In fact, nearly 40 million men in the United States are affected by enlarged prostate, according to research published in the “Journal of Urology.”

Tips for Safe Summer Travel with Pets
Updated: June 25, 2018 - 5:10 am

(Family Features) With warmer weather, people often spend more time on summer trips with family. These trips can be more enjoyable when your four-legged friends tag along, but it can be less of a vacation if your pets are uncomfortable on the road.

8 Tips for Safer Power Tool Performance
Updated: June 25, 2018 - 5:10 am

(Family Features) For many homeowners, a list of seasonal chores and home improvement projects can add up to a whole lot of work. Power tools often get called on for heavy use to whittle away at that list, but the batteries used to power these devices can pose certain risks.

Make Summer Safer
Updated: June 25, 2018 - 5:10 am

Tips for portable power use

Wednesday 06/20/2018
Ignite Ambition
Updated: June 25, 2018 - 5:10 am

How women can inspire other women

Fight the Beg
Updated: June 25, 2018 - 5:10 am

Proper feeding habits can help with pet obesity

Healthy Summer Hair Care
Updated: June 25, 2018 - 5:10 am

(Family Features) While the sun, pool days and warmer temperatures are often a welcome change come summer, they can be brutal on your hair. It’s important to give your locks some extra love this season.

Where to Catch Your Favorite Stars this Summer
Updated: June 25, 2018 - 5:10 am

New and classic shows and movies available in June

Tuesday 06/19/2018
What You Need to Know Before Firing up the Grill
Updated: June 25, 2018 - 5:09 am

(StatePoint) Summer is officially here and with seven in 10 U.S. adults owning a grill or smoker, according to the Hearth, Patio & Barbecue Association, for many, that means it’s time to cook up mouth-watering dishes and invite friends and family over for a barbeque.

Wednesday 06/13/2018
Coupling Finances: What All Newlyweds Should Know
Updated: June 25, 2018 - 5:09 am

(NewsUSA) - Coupling finances.

Easy Ways to Boost Your Family’s Veggie Intake
Updated: June 25, 2018 - 5:09 am

(StatePoint) Nutritious, delicious and low-calorie, vegetables should be the star player of all your meals. But sometimes providing veggies for your family can be time consuming and costly. Luckily, there are a number of simple ways to boost your veggie intake, and it all starts in your grocery store’s freezer aisle.

5 Fun, Educational Summer Activities for Kids
Updated: June 25, 2018 - 5:10 am

(Family Features) Summer may be a break from formal education, but keeping kids excited about learning can be an easy way to keep them active and engaged instead of zoned out on screen time.

10 Steps to Help Prevent Cancer
Updated: June 25, 2018 - 5:10 am

(Family Features) Nearly 4 out of 10 Americans will be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetimes, and it remains the second-leading cause of death for Americans, but nearly half of all cancer cases can be prevented.

Tuesday 06/12/2018
Yes, Homeowners, It's Time to Prepare for Storm Season
Updated: June 25, 2018 - 5:09 am

(NewsUSA) - Sponsored by GAF - Here we go again?

New to Parenthood? Smart Tech Can Help
Updated: June 25, 2018 - 5:09 am

(StatePoint) Being a new mom or dad can be tough. But smart tech is revolutionizing the way parents care for their little ones, alleviating common parenting worries, such as sickness, the baby sleeping through the night and proper feeding.

Thursday 06/07/2018
Outdoor Spaces Offer Style And Comfort
Updated: June 25, 2018 - 5:09 am

(NewsUSA) - If you enjoy relaxing and entertaining on your porch or patio, you are not alone.

Wednesday 06/06/2018
Future of agriculture grows at fairs
Updated: June 25, 2018 - 5:09 am

The Latest Job Benefit Helps Employees Pay Off Student Debt
Updated: June 25, 2018 - 5:09 am

(NewsUSA) - What perk would most entice you to accept one job offer over another?

How to Inspire Summer Reading
Updated: June 25, 2018 - 5:10 am

(Family Features) While summer is the perfect time for kids to take advantage of days spent away from the classroom, remember not to put valuable skills, like reading, on the backburner. In fact, research estimates that 1-2 months of learning loss can occur during the summer months.

Millions of People with Medicare Are Getting New, More Secure Cards
Updated: June 25, 2018 - 5:09 am

(Family Features) Millions of people with Medicare will receive new, more secure Medicare cards in the mail in 2018. The new cards replace Social Security Number-based Medicare numbers with a new unique, personalized Medicare Number, known as the Medicare Beneficiary Identifier. Each person with Medicare will have his or her own number. The cards will be mailed automatically, free of charge, and there will be no changes to Medicare users’ current benefits.  

A Deserved Day for Dad
Updated: June 25, 2018 - 5:09 am

6 gracious Father’s Day gift ideas

5 Tips for Healthy Summer Hydration
Updated: June 25, 2018 - 5:10 am

(Family Features) Summer provides countless opportunities to get outside for hiking, biking and running around with friends and family. However, having fun in the sun also requires proper hydration.

Tuesday 06/05/2018
Scuba Therapy Helps Veterans Heal
Updated: June 25, 2018 - 5:09 am

(NewsUSA) - Many of America's military veterans struggle with injuries and disabilities.

Top Tips for New, On-the-Go Parents
Updated: June 25, 2018 - 5:09 am

(StatePoint) Parenthood doesn’t mean putting the brakes on your on-the-go lifestyle.

Monday 06/04/2018
Achieving balance: 5 tips to manage work, school and family
Updated: June 25, 2018 - 5:09 am

(BPT) - It may not be easy, but many are doing it, balancing school, work and family. It’s a difficult task and those who do it will tell you they sometimes feel as though they are being pulled in three directions at the same time. If you are already struggling to achieve balance, or are considering adding school to your already busy life, there are things you can do to not only survive but thrive in managing these demands.

Road Trippin'! Summer Travel Means Hitting The Open Highway
Updated: June 25, 2018 - 5:09 am

(NewsUSA) - Ah, the familiar chant of "Are we there yet?" echoing from the back seat of a car. It's a refrain that has stood the test of time and one that sends most parents cringing while taking a family road trip.

Friday 06/01/2018
How universities are revitalizing urban areas
Updated: June 25, 2018 - 5:09 am

(BPT) - In the middle of the country, between two coasts and the two metropolises of New York and Los Angeles, is the friendlier, more mild-mannered version of the two: Chicago.

Thursday 05/31/2018
From Fantasy to Free-falling: Orlando's New Summer Attractions
Updated: June 25, 2018 - 5:09 am

(NewsUSA) - It should come as no surprise that Florida remains a hot spot for summer travel - especially Orlando, home to Walt Disney World and Universal Studios.

Defining Luxury: American Hardwoods
Updated: June 25, 2018 - 5:09 am

(NewsUSA) - For everyone seeking to transform lackluster into extraordinary, the product choice is American hardwood. Distinctive, characterful, and unmatched in function, flexibility and sheer beauty, products made from American hardwoods are redefining "luxury," and adding warmth and grand style to both the charmingly rustic and the sleekly sophisticated.

Wednesday 05/30/2018
AngelPay Returns Wealth and Power to the Creators of Value
Updated: June 25, 2018 - 5:09 am

(NewsUSA) - In a world full of aggressive financial services companies, it's refreshing to find a payment processor with a global reach that you can trust.

Prepare Your Car for Summer
Updated: June 25, 2018 - 5:10 am

(Family Features) Summer is a time for sunshine and road trips. No matter the length of the trip, you’ll want your car safe and functional, especially with your family and friends in the passenger seats.

Dietary Solutions for Pets
Updated: June 25, 2018 - 5:09 am

Understanding and treating food intolerances in pets

It’s Never Too Late to Stay Protected from the Sun
Updated: June 25, 2018 - 5:09 am

(Family Features) It’s a common myth that most sun damage happens before the age of 18, but does this mean sun damage becomes less of a threat as we get older? Although many think most sun damage happens at a young age, the majority of sun exposure actually occurs after the age of 40.¹ However, it’s never too late to make a difference in your skin health.

Get Involved in the Game of Chess
Updated: June 25, 2018 - 5:10 am

(Family Features) Chess, once a game considered to be reserved for the affluent and older men, is creating a cooler image with a younger demographic. The ancient game has seen a rising level of involvement among young people in the United States, and there’s even a growing interest in watching tournaments, where big money is at stake.

5 Summer Outdoor Entertaining Tips
Updated: June 25, 2018 - 5:10 am

(Family Features) Summer brings plenty of opportunities to enjoy time outdoors entertaining family and friends. The key to a successful summer party is simplicity: keep things easy so you can enjoy the festivities right along with your guests.

5 Ways to Step Up Date Night Without Breaking the Bank
Updated: June 25, 2018 - 5:10 am

(Family Features) Most relationship experts agree that making time for date night is important, whether it’s the early days of a blossoming romance or decades into a comfortable marriage. Spending that valuable time together doesn’t have to be expensive as long as you take the time to make it special.

Tuesday 05/29/2018
What Has Bean on Farmers' Minds During Planting Season?
Updated: June 25, 2018 - 5:09 am

(NewsUSA) - For America's agricultural producers, springtime means planting season - and soybeans are on the agenda.

Saturday 05/26/2018
4 Ways to Make Summer Easier for Children With Autism
Updated: June 25, 2018 - 5:09 am

(StatePoint) Transitional times of the year mean shifting schedules, which can be particularly challenging for children with autism and their families.

Friday 05/25/2018
Student Preparation Program Yields College Scholarships
Updated: June 25, 2018 - 5:09 am

(NewsUSA) - Many high school students who might not have seen college as an option are now ready to pursue advanced education as Dell Scholars, thanks to a unique nonprofit education program.

Road Trip! Summer Means Hitting The Open Highway
Updated: June 25, 2018 - 5:09 am

(NewsUSA) - "Are we there yet?"

Wednesday 05/23/2018
New Medicare Cards are Designed to Reduce Medicare Fraud
Updated: June 25, 2018 - 5:10 am

(Family Features) Millions of people with Medicare will receive new, more secure Medicare cards in the mail in 2018. The new cards replace Social Security Number-based Medicare numbers with a new, unique, personalized Medicare Number, known as the Medicare Beneficiary Identifier. Each person with Medicare will have his or her own number. The cards will be mailed automatically, free of charge, and there will be no changes to Medicare users’ current benefits.

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