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(BPT) - Having working smoke alarms in your home is as important as wearing a seatbelt in your car. It’s a necessity that protects you and your loved ones. According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), approximately three out of five home fire deaths occur in residences with no working smoke alarms or without any smoke alarms at all. These cases can be avoided as smoke alarms are accessible and easy to install.

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Friday 09/20/2019
‘I knew I wasn’t alone’: North Carolina nurse looks back on Hurricane Florence
Updated: September 22, 2019 - 3:06 am

(BPT) - One year ago, North Carolina native and licensed practical nurse Shannon Lanier found herself caught in a storm that seemed otherworldly. Hurricane Florence had arrived. And with it came more than two feet of rain in her hometown of Wilmington.

Thursday 09/19/2019
Tips for getting your family organized this fall
Updated: September 22, 2019 - 3:05 am

(BPT) - Fall marks the beginning of a new school year and a perfect time to get you and your family organized. Use this fresh start as an opportunity to establish clear routines for scheduling, sorting papers and organizing everything your family needs for your work, school and home lives to run more smoothly.

How at-home allergy treatment is changing lives
Updated: September 22, 2019 - 3:06 am

(BPT) - More than 50 million Americans suffer from allergies, and as pollen production grows in intensity and duration due to longer freeze-free periods, that number is expected to rise. For chronic allergy sufferers, this can mean battling symptoms year-round, year after year.

Beef basics: Everything you need to become a pit master
Updated: September 22, 2019 - 3:06 am

(BPT) - Grilling is an American staple, and many home grill masters yearn to take it to the next level, impressing their friends and families with tasty, mouthwatering smoked beef. Smoking is a timeless technique that elevates the beef people crave by delivering rich flavor and tenderness.

Wednesday 09/18/2019
5 step fire safety checklist
Updated: September 22, 2019 - 3:08 am

(BPT) - When flames engulfed his 1940s beach bungalow without warning, actor Taylor Kinney was thankful to make it out alive. That experience, paired with his role as one of America’s favorite TV firefighters, inspired him to advocate for fire safety and is why he’s partnering with First Alert this fall to share important messages about fire safety preparedness.

CDC Foundation program makes a difference for people with cancer
Updated: September 22, 2019 - 3:04 am

(BPT) - Imagine being diagnosed with cancer, going through chemotherapy, and then getting sidelined by an infection.

The secret to recruiting top talent? Next-level office amenities
Updated: September 22, 2019 - 3:05 am

(BPT) - A recent report by the Bureau of Labor Statistics revealed that U.S. employment is projected to grow by 8.4 million jobs from 2018 to 2028. At the same time, employers are battling an ultra-competitive job market, in which candidates are being wooed by increased pay and enhanced medical benefits.

Mother Nature inspires 'new neutral' home design trends
Updated: September 22, 2019 - 3:05 am

(BPT) - Many interior designers gravitate toward grays or whites as a starting point when building a home’s look and feel, but a new trend is emerging. Homeowners are getting back to basics and finding ways to bring the outdoors in by using neutral earth tones as their blank slate. These wood tones have become the “new neutral” for those beginning their brand-new home design.

Tuesday 09/17/2019
Haylie Duff shares best tips for quick and healthy family meals
Updated: September 22, 2019 - 3:06 am

(BPT) - Every parent knows it can be a struggle to prepare a nutritious meal that the whole family will enjoy. Finding time to spend around the table during back-to-school season can be particularly challenging, but not impossible.

Monday 09/16/2019
4 steps to help you plan for wildfires
Updated: September 22, 2019 - 3:06 am

(BPT) - Wildfires and other disasters can be challenging because you rarely get enough warning to develop a plan to protect your family and minimize property damage, much less execute that plan. Thinking ahead can make all the difference — increasing your family’s personal protection and minimizing property damage and financial impact.

Sunday 09/15/2019
Ways to save at the start of the school year
Updated: September 22, 2019 - 3:06 am

(BPT) - The new school year is officially here, and although it’s an exciting fresh start for students and parents alike, it may also cause you financial stress. In fact, according to the National Retail Federation, the back-to-school season is the second largest shopping season of the year, after the holiday season. And for good reason — on top of the usual need for clothing and shoes that growing kids require at the start of every school year, parents and caregivers must also cope with lengthy school supply lists.

Cool weather, cool looks: Tips and tricks for styling top accessory trends
Updated: September 22, 2019 - 3:07 am

(BPT) - Cooler temperatures mean it's time to change up your wardrobe. While cozy attire, like a great pair of jeans and a favorite sweater, will always be in style, you can keep any outfit on trend by using accessories strategically.

Tuesday 09/10/2019
Tips and tricks for serving wine with holiday meals
Updated: September 22, 2019 - 3:06 am

(BPT) - The holidays are fast approaching, as are lots of festive meals to plan, prepare and serve. How can you reduce your own stress, and guarantee that you’ll have happy guests throughout the holidays? A few simple tips for choosing versatile wines — and how to serve them — will not only please everyone, but will make everything about your get-togethers easier and more fun. Pairing delicious wines to serve along with your meals does not have to be complicated.

Top tips to protect valuables from extreme weather disasters
Updated: September 22, 2019 - 3:08 am

(BPT) - Natural disasters cost Americans $91 billion in damages in 2018, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

‘Generation S’ PSA Calls Everyone to Help Raise Awareness of the Impact of Sickle Cell Disease
Updated: September 22, 2019 - 3:05 am

(BPT) - Despite being one of the most common genetic disorders in the world, patients with sickle cell disease frequently live their lives in the shadows — their voices going unheard, their condition may often go undertreated or ignored. A new public service announcement (PSA) campaign featuring Grammy®-nominated singer, film and Broadway star, Jordin Sparks, and five people touched by the disease, invites the public to get involved and help patients through understanding and support.

Speaking up to defeat depression: A survivor shares her story
Updated: September 22, 2019 - 3:06 am

(BPT) - Depression has impacted Kristen Davis’ life since she was a teen. It has caused her unbearable emotional pain, filled her mind with suicidal thoughts, and blocked her path to personal and professional fulfillment.

Monday 09/09/2019
Medicare Open Enrollment: How to save money next year
Updated: September 22, 2019 - 3:04 am

(BPT) - Medicare Open Enrollment is about to kick off. For most people already enrolled in Medicare, the annual Open Enrollment period (Oct. 15 through Dec. 7) is the only opportunity to make changes to your existing Medicare coverage.

Friday 09/06/2019
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Updated: September 22, 2019 - 3:08 am

5 Tips for Balancing A Career and Caregiving
Posted: September 06, 2019

(NewsUSA) - An estimated 34 million Americans provide unpaid care to adults age 50 or older every year, according to the National Alliance for Caregiving and AARP, and that number is rapidly growing. More than half of those caregivers feel they have to make compromises at work to care for their aging parents, according to a new survey from Home Instead, Inc., franchisor of the Home Instead Senior Care network.

Life insurance protects your family when you’re not there to do it
Updated: September 22, 2019 - 3:04 am

(BPT) - When a loved one dies unexpectedly, the last thing families should have to think about is how they’re going to pay the bills or whether they can stay in the house. But the reality is that, according to research from LIMRA1, 35% of households would feel the financial impact of losing a primary wage earner within 30 days. Half of households would feel the impact within six months.

The rise of crowdfunding to pay for funerals
Updated: September 22, 2019 - 3:05 am

(BPT) - You’ve seen them on your Facebook and Twitter feeds shared by friends and family members, the tragic stories of a loved one’s passing and a plea for help in covering the expense of a memorial or funeral. As crowdfunding has grown, it’s become a go-to resource for many families struggling to cover end-of-life expenses including funeral costs, and to provide finances to care for surviving family.

Thursday 09/05/2019
3 stylish ways to personalize your kitchen
Updated: September 22, 2019 - 3:08 am

(BPT) - From cooking to conversing to entertaining, the kitchen is the heart of the home. It’s also a space that homeowners often dream of renovating. A growing trend in kitchen design is personalization, where thoughtful updates go beyond stainless-steel appliances and standard cabinetry to incorporate a host of interesting design elements.

Try these refreshing – and nutritious – mocktail ideas
Updated: September 22, 2019 - 3:06 am

(BPT) - Skip the dehydrating alcohol, artificial flavorings and unhealthy refined sugar to serve up a natural, fruit-based drink — a mocktail — when you’re planning your next party. A mocktail not only replenishes your vital fluids, hydrating you and providing important nutrition your body needs, but it's yummy, fun and festive to drink.

5 age-specific ways to keep children safe during back-to-school
Updated: September 22, 2019 - 3:07 am

(BPT) - The back-to-school season comes with its share of excitement — including new classrooms, friends and routines — but it’s also a time to be thoughtful about safety. As schedules change and daily life takes on an added layer of complexity with trips to and from school, after-school activities, appointments, play dates and more, back-to-school is the right time for parents to think proactively and have important conversations with their kids about safety.

Wednesday 09/04/2019
Study: UTIs cause roller coaster of emotional pain and antibiotic overuse
Updated: September 22, 2019 - 3:06 am

(BPT) - Women are desperate for solutions to their frequent urinary tract infections, and they’re equally tired of the stigma that comes with them, reveals a new national survey.

6 ways to use newly popular pimento cheese
Updated: September 22, 2019 - 3:04 am

(BPT) - One of the South’s best-kept secrets for years, pimento cheese is catching on with the rest of the country. While pimento cheese and things made with it are still only on 4% of U.S. restaurant menus, according to, that’s an increase of 65% in the last four years.

How to keep your home and family safe from fires
Updated: September 22, 2019 - 3:06 am

(BPT) - According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), three out of five home fire deaths result from fires in properties without working smoke alarms — often due to missing alarm batteries or expired alarms.

What companies can do to adapt to rapid change
Updated: September 22, 2019 - 3:04 am

(BPT) - In this era of rapid change, companies need agility to meet customer needs — and to survive. Agility refers to a company's ability to respond quickly to challenges like new technology, competition, changing needs of consumers and sudden shifts in the business environment.

Tuesday 09/03/2019
Tips for picking the perfect pet
Updated: September 22, 2019 - 3:08 am

(BPT) - Choosing the perfect pet for your family begins with doing your homework beforehand to determine the age, size and temperament of your ideal dog or cat. The whole family can share in the matchmaking fun.

Survey reveals skyrocketing interest in marijuana and cannabinoids for pain
Updated: September 22, 2019 - 3:06 am

(BPT) - Millennials lead the escalating interest in marijuana and cannabinoid compounds for managing pain — with older generations not far behind — and yet most are unaware of potential risks. Three-quarters (75%) of Americans who expressed interest in using marijuana or cannabinoids to address pain are under the impression they are safer or have fewer side effects than opioids or other medications, according to a nationwide survey commissioned by the American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA).

Saturday 08/31/2019
Planning to retire on your 65th birthday? We didn't think so
Updated: September 22, 2019 - 3:07 am

(BPT) - The traditional notion of retirement — a switch from full-time work to full-time leisure — is becoming a thing of the past for millions of Americans. In fact, according to a recent UnitedHealthcare survey (conducted by Wakefield Research on behalf of UnitedHealthcare) of 1,000 nationally representative Americans 62 and older, 24% of those who did retire chose to re-enter the workforce.

Staying on track: 3 ways to kickstart a healthy fall
Updated: September 22, 2019 - 3:08 am

(BPT) - Lacking culinary inspiration as grilling season ends? Keep telling yourself that you will start going to the gym next week? Binge-watching TV rather than tackling a crossword puzzle?

Friday 08/30/2019
High-protein options: Tips for choosing the best beef
Updated: September 22, 2019 - 3:05 am

(BPT) - You know protein is essential to a balanced diet and maintaining energy and many products are now boasting protein content, but do you know what foods are healthful high sources of protein? And do you know how much protein you really need?

3 reasons why a bank account is important to financial health
Updated: September 22, 2019 - 3:05 am

(BPT) - A bank account is the start to truly be in charge of your finances. If you've never had a bank account before, or you've struggled with keeping one in the past, you have options.

Useful items to help launch your college-bound kid into their new pad
Updated: September 22, 2019 - 3:07 am

3 Tips for how to change the way you see Polycythemia Vera (PV) - a rare blood cancer
Updated: September 22, 2019 - 3:05 am

(BPT) - When you’re living with a rare, chronic blood cancer like polycythemia vera, or PV, you might look good on the outside even when you don’t feel good on the inside. That’s because for some people with PV, their symptoms may not be visible to others, despite having a serious impact on their lives.

Preparing for disaster: 9 things you can do now
Updated: September 22, 2019 - 3:07 am

(BPT) - Are you prepared if a disaster were to hit? If you aren’t, making sure to prioritize this initiative for you and your family is smart. Disasters don’t plan ahead, but you can.

Thursday 08/29/2019
Alzheimer’s: Early diagnosis can make a big difference
Updated: September 22, 2019 - 3:06 am

(BPT) - After 30 years of painting commercial buildings, Mario Martinez of San Jose, California, was used to grueling hours under a sun-soaked sky, doing back-breaking work. He loved his job, but after spending hours outside he was ready to go home.

3 ways to refresh your household routine at back-to-school time
Updated: September 22, 2019 - 3:05 am

(BPT) - Each year as summer ends, teachers, parents and students alike all begin their back-to-school preparations. Fall is a great time to start fresh, establish new and better routines, and to set family schedules that fit both your needs and the needs of your growing kids.

Active aging: 5 important questions to ask to help prevent falls
Updated: September 22, 2019 - 3:08 am

(BPT) - Despite the common belief, falls are not a normal part of aging, and they are largely preventable. In fact, the best way to prevent falls is with a proactive, team approach.

College students: Find the best song for any occasion
Updated: September 22, 2019 - 3:08 am

(BPT) - Music is a quintessential part of the college experience. Whether it’s getting you pumped for the big game or helping you focus while studying for those final exams, there’s no denying that good tunes can make all the difference.

Wednesday 08/28/2019
5 ingredients for a fantastic fall cookout
Updated: September 22, 2019 - 3:06 am

(BPT) - It’s time to invite friends over for a backyard BBQ or to tailgate before the big game.

How to tell when your roof needs repair
Updated: September 22, 2019 - 3:06 am

(BPT) - Four out of five homes in the U.S. have asphalt shingles. And it’s easy to see why. The wide variety of available colors and styles, combined with durability and affordability, have made asphalt shingles the leading choice for residential roofing in the country.

Tuesday 08/27/2019
5 easy ways to go green
Updated: September 22, 2019 - 3:05 am

(BPT) - 1. Go reusable.

After leukemia battle, teen wishes to visit historic WWII sites
Updated: September 22, 2019 - 3:08 am

(BPT) - Being 17 years old and battling leukemia was not easy for Johnny. He was forced to miss out on many opportunities with friends and family as his illness took a toll.

7 things you may not know about your child's safety in cars
Updated: September 22, 2019 - 3:08 am

(BPT) - Parents and caregivers want to keep kids safe in the car, but keeping up with the latest recommendations can be tricky, especially as your child grows and their needs change. It's sometimes hard to know if you're doing everything you can to keep children as safe as possible.

Significant student benefits of flexible classroom seating
Updated: September 22, 2019 - 3:08 am

(BPT) - Have you seen a modern classroom with a variety of seating options that allow kids to sit, stand, wiggle and wobble as they engage in learning throughout the day?

Reluctant to smile? You could be paying a higher price than you realize
Updated: September 22, 2019 - 3:05 am

(BPT) - For millions of individuals who are missing teeth, smiling is no easy task. The decision to get dental implants can prove to be life-changing. Several years ago, Dr. Natalie Wong, president of the American Academy of Implant Dentistry (AAID), treated a shy 18-year-old man whose front teeth were knocked out in a bullying incident — and she still feels grateful for the opportunity.

Tips for late-summer gardening
Updated: September 22, 2019 - 3:07 am

(BPT) - Summer may be winding down, but a new opportunity to garden is just beginning. Plenty of vegetables and flowers can be grown successfully in late summer and into fall, so it’s a great time to refresh with plants that either thrive in slightly cooler weather or are easy to bring indoors once the temperatures start to drop.

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