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    New recipes that mirror cats' meat-rich evolutionary diet [Infographic]

    (BPT) - Learn more about offerings from the new ACANA Cat line, including four new recipes and three enhanced recipes, crafted in ACANA’s Kentucky kitchen with fresh regional ingredients and real meat as the first ingredient. For more information, visit https://acana.com/en_US/acana-for_cats.html.

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    Common Moving Myths - Busted!

    (StatePoint) You’ve finally found the perfect home. Now comes the hard part: moving. But don’t let misconceptions complicate the process. To keep frustrations to a minimum and make your move more manageable, here are five common moving myths, debunked.

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8 ways your family can cure cabin fever

(BPT) - It’s not always easy to be at home with kids day after day, but with a little creativity, you can beat cabin fever. Whether you're in your own backyard or venturing out, there are plenty of things you can do to have fun together. Make sure to choose activities that are age-appropriate and that follow your current local guidelines for social distancing.

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Having a pet is a lot of responsibility, and we’ll help by giving you lots of tips and tricks! More >>

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Fitness

Our fitness articles will help teach you how to work out with gym- and home-based exercises. More >>

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Crosswords

Enjoy the crosswords challenge in our free daily puzzles, from the harder Sunday crossword to the quicker daily. More >>

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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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Monday 08/03/2020
Let’s Chill with Frozen Margaritas [Infographic]
Posted: August 03, 2020

(BPT) - We took the country's most popular cocktail — The Original Margarita — and went below zero! The Original Margarita you know and love is now frozen. Be sure to try some of the fruity twists for an added burst of flavor.

More Lives are at Risk Now – And Not Just Due to COVID-19
Posted: August 03, 2020

(BPT) - Many Americans have adjusted to a “new normal” during the COVID-19 pandemic, from embracing takeout, avoiding crowds and mastering virtual get-togethers to delaying elective healthcare procedures. Yet at least one important thing hasn’t changed: if you experience a serious health condition, like a heart attack, you should seek immediate care to save your life. Even now that some restrictions are being lifted, patients may still be wary of seeking treatment.

Finding Support After an NTM Lung Disease Diagnosis: Facing Challenges with a Care Team and Loved Ones
Posted: August 03, 2020

How to use the noir aesthetic in home design
Posted: August 03, 2020

65th Birthday Brings Key Decisions Regarding Health Care
Posted: August 03, 2020

(StatePoint) Your 65th birthday is an important milestone. That’s when you become eligible for the federal Medicare health insurance program.

Foot Care Tips for Those With Diabetes
Updated: August 04, 2020 - 2:31 am

(StatePoint) For those with diabetes, a seemingly insignificant foot problem can produce dangerous consequences. Experts say that managing this risk is an important part of diabetes care.

Saturday 08/01/2020
Bidet Seat 101: A guide for newbies
Updated: August 04, 2020 - 2:31 am

(BPT) - When it comes to buying a personal care item like a bidet seat, you should be choosy. Maybe you like the idea of using water for better cleanliness, or using an appliance that lets you be gentler on the environment, or you want to bring a luxurious element to your bathroom retreat.

Friday 07/31/2020
Epic fashion moments: Take a brief peek at the evolution of underwear
Updated: August 04, 2020 - 2:31 am

(BPT) - From tag-free boxer briefs and seamless bikinis to weightless cotton fabrics and moisture wicking technology, there’s a go-to type of underwear for everyone. Influenced by notable pop culture moments and the evolving fashion industry, underwear styles have taken huge leaps throughout the years. In celebration of National Underwear Day on Aug. 5, Fruit of the Loom, the trusted underwear brand for over 160 years, is looking at the pivotal transformations of underwear, one of the most essential pieces of clothing.

Find peace during pandemic uncertainty with Kundalini yoga and meditation
Updated: August 04, 2020 - 2:31 am

(BPT) - The COVID-19 pandemic has made the world far more uncertain. It’s impacted our work and finances, our relationships, and of course, our physical and mental health. Finding the sense of surety we all crave is almost impossible, which leads to stress, anxiety and powerlessness that drains us emotionally. These feelings of helplessness can be traumatic, putting our body and mind in a constant "flight or fight" state. Staying in this tense state for too long not only hurts our quality of life but makes our immune systems more vulnerable.

Back to school tips and tricks to ace this school season [Video]
Updated: August 04, 2020 - 2:31 am

For Businesses, Being Offline Is Not An Option—Satellite Can Reach Almost Anywhere Your Business Is
Updated: August 02, 2020 - 4:38 am

(NAPSI)—Modern satellite Internet means small and medium businesses can get a connection no matter where they are. Satellite is driving innovation across industries as diverse as construction, nonprofits, agriculture, retail and more in even many of what may seem to be the hardest-to-reach places.

How It Works

The Internet signal is delivered via radio waves from the satellite. The signal comes down to your office, store, farm or work site and is captured by a small dish-shaped antenna outside connected to a modem inside.

Satellite Internet streamlines operations with fast speeds and reliable connectivity. It doesn’t need an existing address to connect customers—it can, for example, service a mobile construction trailer via latitude and longitude. And it can be available within days instead of the months other systems can take.

Satellite internet has come a long way in the past 10 years. It now provides broadband speeds of 25 Mbps or faster with monthly rates that are just as affordable as other internet services. In fact, it has become a lifeline for many local auto repair and maintenance shops that are using internet to order parts, answer customer questions, and process payments. Viasat Business Satellite Internet has given those types of businesses and many others a new affordable and faster connection, with the flexibility to set up shop in the community of their choosing, not having to worry about the existing infrastructure. 

For other small businesses, such as independently owned farms, Satellite Internet has given them a competitive edge to compete with the big guys. Helping them use Internet of Things (IoT) and smart farming tech, such as sensors that detect when crops need water or a cold front is coming. 

From the factory floor to the farm, satellite Internet enables businesses of all types to connect to game-changing services from almost any location. As daily business tasks continue to move online, knowing that your business is connected is more than a convenience—it’s practically a requirement.

Satellite Internet supports a business’s critical applications: email, video conferencing, point-of-sale, inventory, security and more. Being offline even for a few hours can cost a business a great deal, which is why satellite is also regularly used as a back-up connection to ensure business systems never go offline. A reliable secondary service is excellent insurance against service interruptions from a primary ISP.

As the digital economy expands, businesses need to adopt an online strategy to remain competitive. That’s one reason more and more businesses across the U.S., including rural locations, need a reliable Internet solution to ensure they’re able to serve their customers and their community. Satellite Internet delivers a primary or secondary connectivity option for small and medium businesses to remain competitive. 

Learn More

For further facts about the only satellite ISP to make U.S. News & World Report’s Best ISP of 2020, visit www.ViasatForBusiness.com.

 

Car Buying Tips
Updated: August 02, 2020 - 4:38 am

(NAPSI)—The U.S. auto industry estimates about 17 million cars are bought in the United States every year. If you’re hoping—or just dreaming—of buying one of them anytime soon, there are a few facts and stats that can make car shopping a better experience for you.

Quality Cars To Consider

First, you should know that, based on input from tens of thousands of drivers, J.D. Power named Kia the highest-ranked, mass market brand for initial quality overall in the industry. The vehicles were evaluated on driving experience, engine and transmission performance and a broad range of quality issues reported by vehicle owners—and for the sixth consecutive year, Kia is the number one mass-market automotive brand. 

Two of Kia’s most popular models, Forte and Soul were named among the top 10 vehicles in the industry and also took top honors in the Compact Car (Forte) and Small SUV (Soul) segments.  In addition,  the Kia Sorento and Sedona models placed first in the Upper Midsize SUV and Minivan segments, respectively. “With 4 segment winners—and 4 additional models ranking among the top three in their respective segments—Kia’s ‘Give It Everything’ brand philosophy continues to bear fruit in the extremely competitive automotive market,” said James Bell, director, corporate communications, Kia Motors America.

What Else You Should Know

Next, think about these four suggestions:

1.Be aware of book value. Look up the current market value of any car you’re thinking of getting in a pricing guide such as Edmunds.com or KBB.com

2.Get a pre-approved car loan and tell the salesperson you’re a cash buyer. That will keep the up-selling down and help you stay within your budget.

3.Take a test drive. Make sure it’s a vehicle you’ll be comfortable in. 

4.Before visiting the lot, visit the Internet. Check out the company’s website. There may be specials, coupons or discounts it will pay you to know about. Also, look up the car manufacturer’s website. For example, you can learn a lot about quality cars at www.kia.com.

 

Safe Entertaining Tips in a COVID-19 World
Updated: August 03, 2020 - 2:36 am

(eLivingtoday.com) Depending on where you live, restrictions on social gatherings may become less strict in the coming weeks and months. However, many experts caution that care should still be exercised when groups of people gather.

Thursday 07/30/2020
¿Tiene Epilepsia? Trate Estos 5 Temas En Su Próxima Cita Médica.
Posted: July 30, 2020

Got a weekend? Add a weathered stone fireplace or grill station to your yard
Posted: July 30, 2020

(BPT) - The coronavirus continues to keep people at a distance, which is why many are turning to outdoor entertaining as a safer option to get together. Being outside lets people enjoy food and each other’s company, all while maintaining a social distance. That’s why homeowners are feeling the inspiration to update their outdoor living spaces.

Have Epilepsy? Bring Up These 5 Topics In Your Next Medical Appointment.
Updated: August 04, 2020 - 2:31 am


A Different, More Severe Form of Asthma. GSK’s Doctor Nestor A. Molfino, Shares Signs You May Be Living With Severe Asthma and an Option to Manage the Condition
Updated: August 04, 2020 - 2:31 am

(BPT) - This content was sponsored by GSK.

Here To Stay, Online Fitness Offers Multiple Benefits
Updated: August 01, 2020 - 2:30 am

(NAPSI)—You may know regular exercise and physical activity enhance your physical health and emotional well-being, boost your energy level and quality of life, but recent developments in fitness may shake things up.

What’s New

With more people now working from home or juggling the multiple responsibilities of busy lifestyles, online workouts are more popular than ever. Whether you’re interested in HIIT, yoga, strength training or trampoline workouts, you can find streaming services and virtual sweat sessions as close as your phone or computer. 

Why It Makes Sense

Online fitness classes deliver many benefits, including:  

1.Maximum convenience. You can access workouts on your own time, according to your schedule. You may love Group-X classes at the gym, but it’s faster to squeeze in a workout at home during packed days. Plus, you can choose whatever class you want instead of being limited by your gym’s schedule. Many websites offer video workouts that can be done in a tiny apartment or outside, with or without accessories. In addition to website offerings, some services even offer Apple TV® or Roku® Apps for additional access. 

2.Cost-effective. The average health club membership can cost $500/year or more, which is a lot to pay if you aren’t using it regularly. Online streaming services typically cost a fraction of the price of gym memberships. For example, JumpSport® Fitness TV, which provides extensive professional fitness trampoline workouts, offers a free trial period and costs only $59.99/year (or $9.99/month). Even if you did only six workouts a year (and you know you’d do more than that), the subscription easily pays for itself. 

3.Variety. Cross-training has never been easier with the sheer volume and types of exercise sessions available today. You can choose from livestream or on-demand, with formats such as boot camp, Pilates, interval training, core conditioning, trampoline classes and more, available through websites, streaming services or apps. Many boutique clubs deliver workouts that vary by modality, intensity level (beginners versus advanced, for example), equipment utilized and duration, and organize classes so that it’s simple to search or filter offerings based on specific criteria.  

4.Privacy. With social distancing the new normal, some people may prefer to exercise alone versus in larger group settings. Plus, using online workouts mean you don’t have to worry about getting to class early and saving your favorite spot. Not only that, you can bypass the locker room for the privacy of your home. And you get to wear what you want; there’s no judgment for bed head or your favorite ratty T-shirt. You’ll find that some instructors record workouts in professional studios, while others show you their more personal side and record from their living room, with or without their pets hanging around. Even through a screen, you can get a comfortable, more personal, private session.

“The online streaming boom for fitness is here to stay,” points out Forrest Bless, VP of Marketing at JumpSport. “JumpSport Fitness TV [Video.JumpSport.com] collaborates with clubs all over the nation, so people streaming from home can choose workouts from a boutique club in NYC to a personal trainer in LA, which is great for variety and to accommodate different preferences.” 

Get Started 

If you’d like to take on fun and effective online workouts at home with fitness trampoline sessions, you can start with a 90-day free trial of JumpSport Fitness TV, and begin reaping the benefits of low-impact bounce sessions for your body and mind. 

Visit www.JumpSport.com/Free90.

Emotionally Preparing Your Children for Back-to-School Season
Updated: August 03, 2020 - 2:36 am

(Family Features) Between sheltering-in-place, online learning and time away from friends, many children will need a little extra support as they head back to school this fall.

How You Can Help Fight Lyme Disease
Updated: August 03, 2020 - 2:36 am

(Family Features) Summer means it’s time to check for ticks, especially if you have recently spent time outdoors, taking part in activities such as hiking, camping, gardening, dog-walking or more.

3 Tips to Support Your Pet's Immune System
Posted: July 30, 2020

(Family Features) Up to 70% of a pet’s immune system is contained within his or her digestive system.

Strengthen Mental Health by Embracing Culture
Updated: August 03, 2020 - 2:36 am

(Family Features) One in five U.S. adults experience mental illness each year, according to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, and adult African Americans are 20% more likely to experience mental health issues compared to the general population.

Fire Safety for Furry Family Members
Updated: August 03, 2020 - 2:36 am

(Family Features) If you have a fire escape plan in place for your home, you’re steps ahead of many Americans. According to the National Fire Protection Association, only 30% of American households have developed and practiced a home fire escape plan. It’s important for families to stay ahead of the curve and be prepared in the event of a fire.

Advances in Treating Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer
Updated: August 03, 2020 - 2:36 am

(Family Features) Despite progress in treating lung cancer, it is the leading cause of cancer deaths and impacts communities across the United States. The most common form of lung cancer is non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC). NSCLC is a complex disease that can be challenging to treat, which may feel overwhelming and unsettling for people facing the disease.

Protect Your Pets from Summer Pests
Posted: July 30, 2020

(Family Features) As the weather warms up, many people like to take their dogs for long walks or let their cats frolic outside. While you’re having fun in the sun, however, pests like fleas, ticks and mosquitoes can tag along for the ride.

Simple Recipe Hacks for Time-Saving Meals
Updated: August 03, 2020 - 2:36 am

Seek help from the store to make showstopping dishes in a flash

Take the Fear Out of Fish
Updated: August 03, 2020 - 2:36 am

7 tips for buying, storing and cooking frozen seafood

New Food Trends Can Save Time and Money
Posted: July 30, 2020

(Family Features) As families continue to adjust their meal routines amidst a worldwide pandemic, there are trends you and your loved ones can follow to improve your general health, maintain a budget and spend more time together.

Add a Splash of Flavor to Your Summer
Updated: August 03, 2020 - 2:36 am

Asian-inspired small plates for the entire family

Scary Good
Updated: August 03, 2020 - 2:36 am

Take the fear out of trying unfamiliar produce

Flavorful, Fun Japanese-Inspired Lunches to Cook with Your Kids
Updated: August 03, 2020 - 2:36 am

Learn to prepare authentic pantry-friendly meals and bento boxes

Master Family Meals with Ease
Updated: August 03, 2020 - 2:36 am

(Family Features) Comforting family meals are a tradition in many homes with time spent around the table sharing stories and laughs while enjoying great food. These meals can include lavish or complicated recipes, but you can also enjoy dinner with loved ones by turning to easy-to-make dishes that still follow through with delicious flavor.

Shake Up Your Grilling Menu This Summer
Posted: July 30, 2020

(Family Features) Summer means it’s time to heat up the grill. If you’re looking to add some sizzle to your summer grilling menu, shake things up all summer long with the convenience and versatility of fresh pork. From tender ribs to juicy pork loins, chops, roasts and more, the possibilities are endless.

On-Trend Kitchen and Bath Upgrades
Updated: August 03, 2020 - 2:37 am

(Family Features) Kitchens and bathrooms remain among the top picks for homeowners looking to upgrade because their functional contributions to the household can’t be overstated and they typically provide high return on investment.

5 Time-Saving Laundry Tips
Updated: August 03, 2020 - 2:37 am

(Family Features) Between sorting, washing, pouring, transferring, drying and folding, laundry can often feel like a daunting chore.

Identifying Your Kitchen Style
Posted: July 30, 2020

(Family Features) With so many different styles of kitchens and cabinets, sometimes it can be hard to decide on a favorite. While you may see kitchens in a variety of styles and find them all beautiful in their own way, finding inspirations for your dream kitchen often requires sorting through many different considerations.

Factor Pets into Fire Safety Planning
Updated: August 03, 2020 - 2:37 am

(Family Features) Pets are not just animals, they’re members of the family. While four-legged friends bring joy, it’s important to protect them in the event of a home emergency.

5 Tips for Creating a Low-Maintenance Home
Updated: August 03, 2020 - 2:37 am

(Family Features) Because most people are spending more time at home than usual, ensuring your living spaces are clean and uncluttered can make being home more comfortable and enjoyable. However, not everyone has the time, or desire, to devote to constant maintenance.

5 Ways to Add Luxury to Your Laundry Room
Updated: August 03, 2020 - 2:37 am

(Family Features) Updating your laundry room with a distinctive design and increased functionality can be one of the most exciting ways to refresh your home. Chic decor and elements of personal style can transform a dull, tired space into a luxurious retreat you may find yourself sneaking off to. Use these five tips to breathe new life into a room that is often forgotten.

Make Your House a Home
Posted: July 30, 2020

Tips for adding personality to your leased living space

Make Disability Insurance Work for You When You Can't
Updated: August 04, 2020 - 2:31 am

(Family Features) Millions of Americans are out of work right now, but even without the pandemic, millions more are sidelined every year by something more common: an accident, illness or injury that causes a disability.

Wednesday 07/29/2020
Todo el mundo puede ayudar a detener la propagación de la COVID-19, veamos cómo
Posted: July 29, 2020

(StatePoint) A medida que las empresas y los servicios se reactivan en todo el país, el número de muertos por COVID-19 sigue aumentando y los expertos advierten que los estadounidenses deben seguir tomando precauciones para ayudar a detener la propagación del virus.

How do you prepare for the future when life is so uncertain now?
Updated: August 04, 2020 - 2:31 am

(BPT) - As the ongoing coronavirus pandemic continues to present health and economic challenges, it is difficult to focus on anything other than the present. It’s important, though, not to lose sight of the years ahead and to take steps that can put you in a better position when we emerge on the other side.

Savory Summer Grilling
Updated: August 03, 2020 - 2:36 am

(Family Features) There’s not much that tastes better during the summer than a meal hot off the grill. If you’re in the mood for a delicious backyard dish, try adding versatility to your grilling game with a few simple tips.

Smart Summer Snacks
Updated: August 03, 2020 - 2:36 am

(Family Features) A busy summer schedule requires plenty of energy, and while relaxation is sure to help, what you eat is your essential source of fuel. Just like filling up your gas tank, food is what makes your body go.

Safe Grilling Tips for a Sizzling Summer
Updated: August 03, 2020 - 2:37 am

(Family Features) When temperatures soar this summer, many American families may be seeking a break from the monotony of their everyday routines. To make the most of the extra time at home, firing up the grill can be a simple solution for relatively quick food preparation that also allows for spending time with loved ones in the comfort of your own backyard.

Create a Family-Friendly 'Staycation'
Updated: August 03, 2020 - 2:37 am

5 ways to fill your home with happiness

Starting a Home Remodeling Project
Updated: August 03, 2020 - 2:37 am

7 tips for choosing a qualified contractor

Creating a Spa Oasis
Updated: August 03, 2020 - 2:37 am

(Family Features) Transforming your bathroom into a personal home spa allows you to come home to a relaxing environment every day. By making space and removing clutter, along with adding decorative touches, you can achieve a stylish spa-like atmosphere in the comfort of your own home.

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