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Health & Fitness

  • Family Living

    5 Tips to Aid Performance in the Classroom

    (Family Features) With all the stress of a new school year, it can be difficult for students to readjust to a healthy routine, but many experts agree that sleep is among the most important parts of that routine. Numerous studies demonstrate that children who sleep better learn better.

  • Family Living

    Make the Most of Outdoor Concerts

    (Family Features) For many music lovers, there are few things better than an evening spent at a concert, sprawled out on the lawn with friends. Concerts and interesting venues can also be reasons for traveling and excuses to explore a new city or revisit a favorite location.

  • Family Living

    5 Ways to Make Mealtime Meaningful

    (Family Features) Coming together for a shared meal is a simple, yet important way for family members to bond and create memories with one another. There’s no better time than right now to bring everyone together around the dinner table – including your four-legged friends – for a delicious meal.

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 >>




Wednesday 08/15/2018
Back to School, Back to You: A Parent’s Survival Guide
Updated: August 16, 2018 - 4:24 am

(StatePoint) Parenthood is a demanding and busy job, particularly during back-to-school season. With lunches to pack, homework to check, projects to oversee and activities to drive the kids to and from, it’s no wonder many parents find it challenging to squeeze in time for self-care.

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Monday 07/30/2018
The Cure For AIDS Is In Your Hands
Updated: August 16, 2018 - 4:24 am

(NAPSI)—What do a motorcycle ride taking place August 6 through August 10, a hand cream, an Instagram photo, an exercise class and a skincare company have in common? Surprisingly, they can all help fight HIV/AIDS.

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Tuesday 07/10/2018
3 Hacks to Solve Your Workout Woes
Updated: August 16, 2018 - 4:24 am

(StatePoint) Is your workout causing you grief? Check out these hacks below that address some of the most common workout woes.

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Monday 07/09/2018
Drew Barrymore's top 10 must-have summer essentials
Updated: August 16, 2018 - 4:24 am

(BPT) - Golden Globe Award-winning actress, producer, director, author and mother Drew Barrymore knows summer is the perfect time to kick back, enjoy life and embrace the possibilities of the season. Of course there's no better time to let your personality shine, whether that means trying a new summer activity, bonding with the kids or feeling comfortable in your own shoes.

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Wednesday 07/04/2018
The Ultimate Summer Dining Out Guide: 10 Tips for a Healthier You
Updated: August 16, 2018 - 4:24 am

(StatePoint) With summer, comes BBQs, beach days and dining out with family and friends. And if you’re trying to lose weight or maintain your healthy lifestyle, a big part of being successful is having the freedom to enjoy the things you love and not feel deprived. Strike the right balance with this ultimate summer dining out guide from Mandi Knowles, dietitian for South Beach Diet.

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Wednesday 06/20/2018
Don't Let a Vacation Derail Your Diet
Updated: August 16, 2018 - 4:24 am

(StatePoint) Vacation season is here and it’s no surprise that what you eat can have an impact on your weight. In a study from the University of Georgia, 61 percent of the participants gained weight while on vacation, with an average gain of 0.7 pounds. Some even gained up to 7 pounds.

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Friday 05/25/2018
Slim Down Tips for a Healthier Summer
Updated: August 16, 2018 - 4:24 am

(StatePoint) Summer means BBQs, beach time and swimsuits, but it could also mean a change in eating habits and not necessarily for the better. Many people work hard throughout the winter in hopes of losing weight before summer, but when summer arrives, they abandon their healthy lifestyle and risk gaining weight.

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Monday 05/21/2018
5 ways to turn back the clock on your skin
Updated: August 16, 2018 - 4:24 am

(BPT) - If you have started to notice changes in your skin in your late 30s or early 40s, you’re not alone. This is when most people see their skin start to sag around the forehead and jowls, and some areas may look more sunken, such as around the eyes and cheek area. These changes tend to make your face look older. Fortunately, there are many treatments that can help forestall and reverse the aging process that do not involve invasive cosmetic surgery.

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Thursday 04/05/2018
3 Fun, Fashionable Color Trends This Summer
Updated: April 05, 2018 - 4:37 am

(StatePoint) Whether you’re looking forward to attending a few special events or have a fun getaway planned, you’re probably wondering what key items you’ll need to add to your wardrobe for summer.

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Tuesday 04/03/2018
The Search for Extraordinary Women of Worth During National Volunteer Month
Updated: April 04, 2018 - 4:37 am

(BPT) - Throughout the month of April — National Volunteer Month — L’Oréal Paris is calling on men and women throughout the country to nominate extraordinary women who find beauty and strength in giving back to their communities. Women like Shandra Woworuntu, a survivor of human trafficking, who founded the program Mentari to provide resources, advocacy, education and mentoring initiatives to help other survivors reintegrate into society.

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Wednesday 08/15/2018
5 Benefits of Having a Dog
Updated: August 16, 2018 - 4:23 am

(Family Features) Few things compare to the feelings of love and companionship that come with owning a dog. Many owners even call their dogs “fur babies” or say they’re a “pet parent.” While having a pet comes with responsibilities and commitment, the physical and emotional benefits can make bringing a pet into the family a worthwhile experience.

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5 Ways Dogs Can Improve Lives
Updated: August 16, 2018 - 4:23 am

(Family Features) Whether playmates or protectors, the human-animal bond is often a powerful connection that goes beyond pure companionship. Dogs typically have many talents and personas – they can be man’s best friend, a canine companion during a difficult time or even a service dog helping veterans and others through daily routines. No matter the relationship between dog and human, these animals can improve lives in numerous ways.

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Off to School and Into a New Routine
Updated: August 16, 2018 - 4:23 am

(Family Features) The fall season is met with many transitions, from cooler weather to time changes to more time spent indoors. Among these transitions is the immediate shift from packing beach bags for a day in the sun to packing suitcases to head back to campus for a new semester. As every student’s routine faces an overhaul this time of year, it is important to bear in mind any health needs that may come into play while away from home.

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School Bus Safety 101
Updated: August 16, 2018 - 4:23 am

(Family Features) For millions of school-age children in the United States, each day begins – and ends – with a bus ride. While the school bus is the safest way to travel to and from school, according to the National Association of Pupil Transportation (NAPT), it’s important for parents to teach their children how to stay safe in and around the school bus as obstructed views, distracted drivers and more can put kids at risk.

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5 Back-to-School Shopping Tips to Buy More Time
Updated: August 16, 2018 - 4:23 am

(Family Features) It's that time of year again. Parents are preparing for the rush of back-to-school with a seemingly never-ending to-do list. As you run around to purchase school supplies, uniforms and sneakers it can be a busy and expensive time of year.  

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5 Tips for a Smooth Back-to-School Transition
Updated: August 16, 2018 - 4:27 am

(Family Features) Just when it seems like you have gotten into your summer groove, it’s time to get back into your school routine, which can be cause both relief and stress at the same time for parents and students alike. Even if your kids are fairly adaptable, big changes like heading back to school after a summer of limited scheduling can be stressful.

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Set for Success
Updated: August 16, 2018 - 4:26 am

Back-to-school shopping essentials

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5 Ways to Squash Back-to-School Stress
Updated: August 16, 2018 - 4:26 am

(Family Features) Heading back to school is exciting for both kids and parents, but with all the thrill and anticipation, there can be quite a bit of stress, too. As a parent, you can approach the impending school year with a positive attitude and these tricks can help minimize stress and give your kids extra confidence when heading into the classroom.

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Tuesday 08/14/2018
What days are best to conceive?
Updated: August 16, 2018 - 4:25 am

(BPT) - When a couple is planning to have a baby, understanding the 28-day cycle can mean the difference between success and disappointment, says Dr. Gloria Richard-Davis, Ob/Gyn, fertility specialist and author of Planning Parenthood.

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Struggling to find an epinephrine auto-injector before school starts?
Updated: August 16, 2018 - 4:26 am

(BPT) - AUVI-Q® (epinephrine injection, USP) is still available by prescription for children with life-threatening allergies.

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