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Cooking fires increase over the holidays: How to keep your kitchen safe

(BPT) - According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), cooking is the leading cause of home fires and home fire injuries — and the second leading cause of home fire deaths. Cooking fires increase during the holiday season. The type of cooking appliances used makes a difference; people using electric ranges showed a higher risk of cooking fires (and associated losses) than those using gas ranges.

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Monday 11/23/2020
Financial Planning Tips to Maximize Your Giving
Posted: November 23, 2020

(NewsUSA) - Everyone believes in a good cause. Especially now, when individuals and organizations are struggling in the wake of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. People want to support causes they care about, whether through volunteering, donating goods or services, or making a financial contribution.

Friday 11/20/2020
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Posted: November 20, 2020

By Lakelyn Hogan, MA

Combatting the Serious Effects of Digital Devices During COVID-19
Updated: November 21, 2020 - 2:34 am

(StatePoint) Screen time among children and teens has skyrocketed during the COVID-19 pandemic. In the cold-weather months, when families are more likely to be spending free time indoors, it’s especially important that parents and caregivers set schedules to help ensure safe, healthy and balanced use of digital devices, according to experts.

Thursday 11/19/2020
3 ways COVID-19 has changed pain management
Updated: November 24, 2020 - 2:34 am

(BPT) - When COVID-19 halted all non-essential health services, it begged the question — what types of care can’t be delayed? Treatment for chronic pain, for one. Not only is pain management essential care, it’s even more critical during stressful times.

Make the Most of Holiday Gatherings This Year
Updated: November 23, 2020 - 2:31 am

(Family Features) The holiday season may look different this year, but family, friends, gratitude and good food never go out of style. This year, you can make the most of your intimate holiday gatherings with new traditions, cooking shortcuts and creative ways to keep friends and family close, no matter how far apart you are. For more information and ideas to spice up your holiday meal this season, visit

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Updated: November 23, 2020 - 2:31 am

(Family Features) Before you can hang the stockings by the chimney with care, you have to figure out how you’re going to stuff them. Nearly every family has a different approach, but practical presents that match the personality of the recipient is almost always a winning strategy for filling out your loved ones’ stockings.

Help Others During the Holidays
Updated: November 23, 2020 - 2:31 am

(Family Features) Giving during the holiday season can mean more than gifts. It’s the time of year when giving back to your community can make an even bigger impact – especially this year when so many need a helping hand.

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Updated: November 23, 2020 - 2:31 am

(Family Features) For some, the holidays may be the happiest season of all, but for others the hectic pace and endless to-do lists can take a real toll on their mental health. This year, the impact is heightened by a global health pandemic.

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Updated: November 23, 2020 - 2:31 am

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Updated: November 23, 2020 - 2:31 am

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Updated: November 23, 2020 - 2:31 am

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Shop Small and Give Back This Holiday Season
Posted: November 19, 2020

(Family Features) This year has been tough for many. Despite the challenges, acts of compassion and generosity can bring together the global community. With this holiday season different than those before, it is important to remember the world’s shared humanity and help make the season brighter. 

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Wednesday 11/18/2020
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Updated: November 24, 2020 - 2:34 am

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Updated: November 23, 2020 - 2:31 am

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Updated: November 23, 2020 - 2:31 am

(Family Features) Perhaps more than usual, the centerpiece this Thanksgiving won’t be the turkey, the stuffing or even family-famous recipes for sweet potato casserole or pumpkin pie. Instead, when gathering around a table with loved ones, the precious moments of togetherness will be what many families treasure most.

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Updated: November 23, 2020 - 2:31 am

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Updated: November 23, 2020 - 2:31 am

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Updated: November 23, 2020 - 2:31 am

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Updated: November 23, 2020 - 2:31 am

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Updated: November 23, 2020 - 2:31 am

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Tuesday 11/17/2020
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Updated: November 21, 2020 - 2:34 am

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Updated: November 21, 2020 - 2:34 am

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Monday 11/16/2020
Financial Planning Organization Promotes Diversity at Annual Summit
Updated: November 18, 2020 - 2:33 am

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Friday 11/13/2020
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Updated: November 24, 2020 - 2:34 am

(BPT) - Our nation’s teachers are facing unprecedented challenges this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Thursday 11/12/2020
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Updated: November 24, 2020 - 2:34 am

(BPT) - Teaching has always been a challenging job, but this year our nation’s teachers are working harder than ever to ensure student success — online, offline and in combinations thereof.

Wednesday 11/11/2020
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Updated: November 17, 2020 - 2:31 am

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Updated: November 16, 2020 - 2:34 am

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Updated: November 16, 2020 - 2:34 am

(Family Features) An earth-friendly approach to your home isn't just good for the environment. Making minor adjustments with sustainability in mind can enhance your enjoyment and comfort while reducing expenses related to energy consumption.

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Updated: November 16, 2020 - 2:34 am

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Monday 11/09/2020
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Updated: November 12, 2020 - 2:31 am

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Wednesday 11/04/2020
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Updated: November 12, 2020 - 2:31 am

(NewsUSA) - Think this election season has been the craziest of all time? Think again. American elections have long been highlighted by drama, scandal and intrigue -- and the surprising twists and turns of presidential campaigns have a habit of repeating themselves.

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Updated: November 09, 2020 - 2:30 am

(Family Features) Whether this back-to-school season calls for at-home learning or heading back to the classroom, busy evenings are likely a constant for many families. One way to relieve stress and hit reset on hectic times is by enjoying a meal around the table with loved ones.

Tuesday 11/03/2020
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Updated: November 24, 2020 - 2:34 am

(BPT) - Did you know that 70,980 Americans died from drug overdoses in 2019? The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that figure, citing over 194 drug-related deaths in the U.S. every day last year. And unfortunately, the COVID-19 pandemic has only increased the dangers posed by misuse or abuse of drugs in the home. Beyond the fact that the pandemic has temporarily closed resources such as drug drop-box sites and take-back day events, opioid and other drug misuse risks have also increased due to financial and emotional stressors such as isolation and unemployment.

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It's Time for A New Political Movement
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Saturday 10/31/2020
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Updated: November 08, 2020 - 2:34 am

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Wednesday 10/28/2020
Caring for Your Nutrition When Caregiving
Updated: November 02, 2020 - 2:33 am

(Family Features) Family caregivers of people with illnesses, injuries or disabilities sometimes spend more time thinking about those they care for than themselves. It’s important to remember that self-care is essential to providing good care to others and must include eating well.

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