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Back to school in the new normal: What teachers need most this fall

(BPT) - Heading back to school during the COVID-19 pandemic means most of our nation’s teachers are facing unprecedented challenges this year.

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Thursday 09/17/2020
BookBites: A Reading Potpourri of Fiction, Nonfiction and Spiritual
Posted: September 17, 2020


Finding the Perfect Powersports Adventure for Your Bucket List
Updated: September 21, 2020 - 2:32 am

(Family Features) Traditional getaways may seem like a thing of the past due to travel restrictions and safety concerns, but that doesn’t have to be the case. Many people are considering ways to create new experiences, take in landscapes and make memories with friends and family, and are looking for options.

4 Ways Pets Help Impact Health and Wellness
Updated: September 21, 2020 - 2:32 am

(Family Features) Daily life across the country has been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, and in times of isolation, relationships – human or animal – are as important as ever before.

Stream Hollywood Classics at Home
Updated: September 21, 2020 - 2:32 am

(Family Features) While Hollywood may not be delivering its usual batch of blockbusters in theaters, there are still ways for movie fans to get their fix at home. Streaming media has made it more convenient to binge watch favorite shows and movie series on your own time.

Build Heart-Healthy Behaviors for Preschoolers at Home
Updated: September 21, 2020 - 2:32 am

Building an Emergency Kit with Disability in Mind
Posted: September 17, 2020

(Family Features) Creating a supply kit is part of being prepared for emergencies and disasters. Kits should include basic survival items but also things specific to your needs. Kits can have equipment to help with communication, things that reduce stress and more.

Manage Medical Conditions During COVID-19
Updated: September 21, 2020 - 2:32 am

(Family Features) Diabetes and heart disease are two pre-existing medical conditions that researchers believe contribute to elevated risk of severe complications from COVID-19. In fact, patients with two or more pre-existing conditions have 4.5 times greater risk of needing treatment at a hospital if they contract COVID-19, according to estimates by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Understanding the Signs of Carbon Monoxide Poisoning in Pets
Updated: September 21, 2020 - 2:32 am

(Family Features) In most pets, the signs and symptoms of carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning are nonspecific and could easily be attributed to other illnesses. To protect yourself and your pets from the dangers of CO, it’s important to keep working alarms throughout the home, test and replace them as recommended and understands the signs. Learn more about protecting your two- and four-legged loved ones at

Celebrate Halloween Safely and Help a Good Cause
Posted: September 17, 2020

(Family Features) This Halloween, fewer families will be going door to door as the pandemic enters its predicted second wave. Seventy-three percent of people do not anticipate taking their children trick-or-treating at all, according to a Harris Poll survey. However, Halloween is not canceled, and there are ways parents and kids can still celebrate safely while also giving back to a good cause.

A Family-Friendly Vacation Destination
Updated: September 21, 2020 - 2:32 am

Legacy International Center provides something for everyone

Wednesday 09/16/2020
Ease Into Education
Updated: September 21, 2020 - 2:32 am

(Family Features) If there’s one constant this year, it’s change. With another school year comes even more change, but you can help your family make a smooth transition with some planning and preparation.

Creating a Stable Back-to-School Routine for Children
Updated: September 21, 2020 - 2:32 am

(Family Features) If there’s one thing parents know, it’s children thrive on routines. When it seems like everything is changing, routines can create stability.

Easy Ways to Enjoy Life's Everyday Moments
Updated: September 21, 2020 - 2:32 am

(Family Features) For many people across the country, carving out time from busy schedules to spend with loved ones can be difficult. However, when opportunities arise to experience bonding activities together, the results can be fond memories and a deeper sense of security.

Protect Yourself Against the Unexpected
Updated: September 21, 2020 - 2:32 am

(Family Features) A financial emergency may have previously seemed like a “not me” scenario, but it’s now a reality many families across America are dealing with as the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic continues to affect the economy.

Tuesday 09/15/2020
BookBites: Four Great Characters You're Going to Want to Get to Know
Posted: September 15, 2020

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Monday 09/14/2020
How to Smooth 'Crepey' Skin on Arms and Legs
Updated: September 18, 2020 - 2:32 am

(NewsUSA) - Managing the effects of skin aging includes tackling the common complaint of skin crepiness. Crepiness refers to a sagging appearance caused in part by lack of moisture in the skin; women are especially affected by skin crepiness on the upper arms and above the knees.

Friday 09/11/2020
Great Ways to Celebrate National Piano Month
Updated: September 14, 2020 - 2:30 am

(StatePoint) September is National Piano Month, a month-long celebration of a versatile and beautiful instrument. Whether you are a novice, a virtuoso or just a fan, there are many ways to celebrate pianos and the music that they make.

Thursday 09/10/2020
BookBites: Swing into Fall with Four Stirring Stories
Updated: September 16, 2020 - 2:34 am

(NewsUSA) - "The Lines Between Us"

Wednesday 09/09/2020
COVID-19 Fallout: Americans Changing Their Higher Ed Plans
Updated: September 16, 2020 - 2:34 am

(NewsUSA) - The move to online classes at colleges and universities to deal with COVID-19 isn't making the grade with many Americans.

Get Curious About Your Cat's Health
Updated: September 14, 2020 - 2:30 am

(Family Features) Adopting and fostering pets continues to trend as people across the nation add furry friends to their families for company during these unprecedented times. However, building a bond is just the first step to pet ownership; curiosity and care for your pet’s health lasts its entire life.

Find a Grill to Fit Your Style
Updated: September 14, 2020 - 2:30 am

(Family Features) Whether you’re ready for a grilling marathon or want an easy way to elevate each meal, there’s an outdoor grill to fit your style. Beyond your eating habits and schedule, understanding the many styles of outdoor grills and the benefits of each is crucial to choosing the right one for you.

Make Hydration and Heat Safety Workout Musts
Updated: September 14, 2020 - 2:30 am

(Family Features) Whether this season has your teen athlete in training mode or competing, it’s important to understand the importance of heat safety and staying hydrated. This is especially true when it’s hot and they’re working up a sweat – athletes are at greater risk for dehydration.

Tuesday 09/08/2020
Falling for overalls: how to style this wardrobe staple
Posted: September 08, 2020

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Drug-Free Device Simplifies Sinus Pain Relief
Updated: September 15, 2020 - 2:33 am

(NewsUSA) - Sinus pain is a persistent problem for many allergy sufferers. The pain makes it hard to focus and enjoy the outdoors. The chemical side effects associated with some allergy over-the-counter and prescription medications can be as annoying as the sinus pain itself. However, Tivic Health, a bioelectronic device company, has developed a simple, handheld device designed to relieve allergy-related sinus pain with no drugs or chemical side effects. The device, known as ClearUP Sinus Pain Relief, runs on a rechargeable lithium battery and can be used at home, at work, or while traveling.

Saturday 09/05/2020
Keeping Kids Safe Online This School Year
Updated: September 11, 2020 - 2:32 am

(StatePoint) Between schoolwork, socialization and gaming, kids will likely be online more than ever this year, especially with many students continuing to learn remotely. Families are yet again facing the challenge of ensuring children’s online usage is balanced, healthy, and safe. Here are a few of the issues around increased screen time:

Thursday 09/03/2020
How to Prepare Youth for a Digital Workforce and an Uncertain Future
Updated: September 21, 2020 - 2:32 am

(BPT) - For young people preparing to enter the workforce, knowing how to secure a job is challenging enough — but now there are even more obstacles to overcome due to the COVID-19 pandemic. People around the country are experiencing greater difficulty adapting to everchanging work environments and ongoing economic shifts. Pew Research Center recently shared that 90 percent of jobs lost during COVID-19 were positions that could not telework.

Wednesday 09/02/2020
Don't Let COVID-19 Impact Your Credit Score
Updated: September 10, 2020 - 2:32 am

(NewsUSA) - Since March, the COVID-19 pandemic has turned millions of Americans' financial situations upside down.

How to Make Kids’ Birthdays Special While Social Distancing
Updated: September 04, 2020 - 2:31 am

(StatePoint) While some of the traditions of a typical birthday are not possible these days, parents can find new ways to celebrate these important milestones. Here are a few ideas for making your child’s upcoming birthday feel special:

Tips to Get the Whole Family Moving at Home
Updated: September 07, 2020 - 2:30 am

(Family Features) With many families stuck at home juggling working remotely, homeschooling and trying to keep everyone happy and healthy, it can be easy to let an otherwise active lifestyle fall by the wayside.

Smart Start
Updated: September 07, 2020 - 2:30 am

Savvy tips to kick off a new school year

Snack on Your State's Favorite Bar
Updated: September 07, 2020 - 2:30 am

(Family Features) While many people may not be able to travel much this year, they can still get a taste of each state by snacking on their favorite Quest Bar. With 19 flavors, there’s one to feed just about anyone’s cravings without nutritional compromise. Find your state’s favorite flavor based on a survey of 2,000 respondents at

Monday 08/31/2020
Ease the transition from fun in the sun to bustling fall schedules [Video]
Updated: September 21, 2020 - 2:32 am

5 simple ways to support teachers all year long
Updated: September 21, 2020 - 2:32 am

(BPT) - A love of learning and a passion for children is what makes teachers special. As COVID-19 impacted schools across the country earlier this year, teachers proved their agility in shifting gears quickly to teach students as effectively as possible. Now schools begin the 2020-21 school year, and teachers again are critical in shaping children's education during uncertain times.

Friday 08/28/2020
Lifetime Celebrates 30 Years of Original Movies
Updated: September 09, 2020 - 2:31 am

(NewsUSA) - Lifetime celebrates 30 years of its iconic Lifetime Original Movies in 2020 and continues to be a premier entertainment destination for women, offering award-winning movies that viewers love, popular non-fiction series such as "Married at First Sight," and compelling "beyond the headlines" documentaries.

Wednesday 08/26/2020
Back-to-School Support
Updated: August 31, 2020 - 2:32 am

Providing teachers and families tools for in-person and at-home learning

Travel Smart in a COVID-19 World
Updated: August 31, 2020 - 2:32 am

(Family Features) Many Americans’ summer vacation plans have been delayed or canceled due to safety concerns. However, making time for a mental break is important as individuals attempt to manage ongoing stress related to COVID-19.

Try a New Way to Travel
Updated: August 31, 2020 - 2:32 am

(Family Features) Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, families are still finding ways to make the most of unusual schedules to plan a getaway. With more flexible work and school arrangements, many families are embracing the idea of a “flexcation,” an emerging travel trend where families rent vacation homes later in August, September and October, consider staying longer to mix work and play, and often get better value in high-demand locales.

4 Tips for Welcoming a New Dog into Your Home
Updated: August 31, 2020 - 2:32 am

(Family Features) As people continue to navigate the world of social distancing, animal shelters across the country have seen an increase in pet adoptions. People are craving connection and companionship, and few things compare to the loyalty of dogs – from their affectionate snuggles on the couch to their wagging tails when you walk through the door.

5 Ways to Save Big on Everyday Essentials
Updated: August 31, 2020 - 2:31 am

(Family Features) With many Americans spending more time at home, they are also using more common household items such as cleaning supplies, pantry items and snacks, among other things.

Support Students Through Community Programs
Updated: August 31, 2020 - 2:31 am

(Family Features) As kids prepare for the upcoming school year, school supplies remain critical to their success. While school districts struggle with the challenge of delivering education and resources to students amid a pandemic, many parents are working to determine how they will ensure their children have the necessary supplies.

Tuesday 08/25/2020
Know Your Health As You Head Back to Campus
Updated: September 04, 2020 - 2:31 am

(NewsUSA) - As college students return to campus during these challenging times, COVID-19 will be their greatest health concern, but there are other important health issues they should not ignore. For example, many women heading off to college may be selecting a method of birth control for the very first time.

New Remote Learning Resources Support School Year Uncertainty
Updated: September 02, 2020 - 2:33 am

(NewsUSA) - The Covid-19 pandemic has driven education for children of all ages from school to home, and often a hybrid of both. As remote learning stretches into the new school year in many areas, parents are worried, with parents of young children especially concerned about writing.

"Keep Up The Rates" Campaign Encourages Vaccination Amidst COVID-19
Updated: August 29, 2020 - 2:31 am

By William Schaffner, MD

Monday 08/24/2020
New Guitar Show Goes Virtual, Crowd Goes Wild
Posted: August 24, 2020

(NewsUSA) - Guitar fans, mark your virtual calendars., a media leader in all things guitar, has announced a three-day virtual guitar show to be held on October 2-4, 2020.

Saturday 08/22/2020
School Season Tips for Productive Days and Restful Nights
Posted: August 22, 2020

(StatePoint) Whether your child is learning in a classroom or digitally, establishing a steady family dynamic is essential to a successful school year.

Thursday 08/20/2020
How to Save Time and Money Preparing for Back-to-School Season
Posted: August 20, 2020

(StatePoint) As the summer draws to a close, many families are prepping for the new back-to-school season. While this academic year might look a little different from previous years, there are still many ways to save on the essentials your family needs.

Wednesday 08/19/2020
5 Common Questions About Life Insurance
Posted: August 19, 2020

(StatePoint) COVID-19 has significantly impacted our lives in many ways. It has even led some people to start reconsidering the importance of life insurance to protect loved ones who would be left behind should something happen.

3 Tips to Support Your Pet's Immune System
Updated: August 24, 2020 - 2:31 am

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

Tuesday 08/18/2020
3 Tips for a Safe Roof Repair or Replacement
Posted: August 18, 2020

(NewsUSA) - Defending against the elements, a home's roof helps protect against water infiltration that could threaten structural integrity and lead to mold or indoor air-quality issues. Timely roof repair or replacement is essential to protecting the home and its occupants. The following tips can help homeowners safely repair or replace a damaged roof:

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