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Thursday 10/15/2020
5 tips to celebrate friends and family virtually
Updated: November 15, 2020 - 2:31 am

(BPT) - For most people, 2020 is a year of change. Remote work, social distancing and more have challenged people to find new ways to connect with each other. Fortunately, humans are resilient and their spirit for finding innovative ways to connect is alive and well.

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Tuesday 11/17/2020
What Being a Peace Corps Volunteer is Really Like
Updated: November 18, 2020 - 2:33 am

(StatePoint) For many, Peace Corps service is a first step toward a career or the continuation of a life’s work.

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Thursday 11/12/2020
BookBites: True Crime, Historical Fact and Fiction, Learning Tips for Parents
Updated: November 17, 2020 - 2:31 am

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Craft Therapy Healing the Nation's Veterans
Updated: November 13, 2020 - 2:33 am

(StatePoint) Therapeutic and rehabilitation benefits of crafting are well-known to those who’ve experienced them firsthand, but advocates want more people to understand what a powerful healing tool it can be, particularly for the nation’s veterans during this time of increased isolation and anxiety.

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Thursday 11/05/2020
Water Stations Keep Kids Safe, Hydrated In School
Updated: November 17, 2020 - 2:31 am

(NAPSI)—If you’ve ever been the parent of a school-aged child, you know the drill. A new school year means a new list of required school supplies. And these days the list is definitely different.

Hoping to prevent the spread of coronavirus this year, most schools sent parents shopping for items such as face masks, hand sanitizers and personal water bottles. 

Normally, students can quench their thirst at school water fountains. But there’s nothing normal about this school year. And after the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction recommended schools discontinue the use of shared drinking fountains, many did just that.

But that meant some schools didn’t have a convenient, affordable way to keep students hydrated throughout the day. That’s one of the reasons the Delta Dental of Wisconsin Foundation decided to offer more water refill stations to schools in need through its Cool Water program. The foundation is the charitable arm of Delta Dental of Wisconsin.

Today, more people understand the importance of adequate water intake to overall health as well as dental health. Drinking enough water can help increase energy levels, decrease headaches, and improve cognitive function. Water, especially when fluoridated, can help reduce cavities and protect tooth enamel by washing away harmful bacteria. 

Youth who drink water during the day are also less likely to consume sugary beverages, which can help to reduce excess weight gain and diabetes. Yet over half of U.S.. children and teens are not properly hydrated. 

Through its Cool Water program, the Delta Dental of Wisconsin Foundation provided grants to dozens of Wisconsin schools to help them replace existing drinking fountains with water-bottle filling stations. The program covers the cost of installation and a supply of reusable water bottles for students and staff. 

This year, the Foundation paid for water bottle filling stations and their installation—valued at over $100,000—to dozens of schools across the state. 

The touchless systems ensure that learners stay well hydrated while helping to prevent the spread of germs. Many schools also have fluoridated water, adding extra protection for teeth.

Almost all water contains some of the naturally occurring mineral fluoride, but the levels are usually too low to prevent tooth decay. That’s why most U.S. communities—and dozens of developed countries worldwide—add very small amounts of fluoride to their public water supplies. 

“In optimal amounts, fluoride is proven to be a safe way to make teeth stronger and more resistant to cavities,” says Dr. Greg Theis, DDS, MBA, Dental Director at Delta Dental of Wisconsin. 

“In fact, every $1 invested in fluoridation saves $32 in costs to treat dental problems,” he adds. “As a parent and a dentist, I’m pleased to know more of Wisconsin’s students will have the advantage of fluoridated drinking water during the school day, and I’m proud that Delta Dental of Wisconsin can help make an impact.”

 

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Wednesday 11/04/2020
Three Lessons From the Past to Help You Understand the 2020 Election
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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Tuesday 11/03/2020
It's Time for A New Political Movement
Updated: November 05, 2020 - 2:32 am

By Marc Victor

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Monday 11/02/2020
Virtual Holiday Drives
Updated: November 17, 2020 - 2:31 am

(NAPSI)—There are two easy and fully virtual ways to ensure the holiday season is bright for youth in foster care this year through Treehouse. The nonprofit partners with thousands of youth to provide access to childhood experiences and critical resources as they plan for the future.

“It’s been a challenging year in so many ways, and youth in foster care have shouldered some of the heaviest burden,” said Spencer Sheridan, Treehouse’s Senior Event Coordinator.

“A meaningful holiday gift or warm clothes can make all the difference in a child’s confidence and determination to persevere.” 

Here are the two ways you can get involved: 

1.Host a Virtual Donation DriveIt only takes a minute to set up. Determine the goal, pick a name for the campaign and select a photo. “The donation drive is fun because you can set a goal as a group and easily see your collective impact. We’ll provide the proper materials and guidance for a successful virtual drive that gets everyone in the holiday spirit,” Sheridan said. Visit www.treehouseforkids.org to get started. 

2.Shop the Holiday Wish List—Treehouse’s online registry has been curated to match the ongoing winter and holiday needs of youth in foster care. All items will be shipped to Treehouse for distribution. Just visit www.treehouseforkids.org/wishlist. “The wish list is a way to do a little shopping and stay safe since it’s virtual. You can see the toys and clothes that are in demand for our youth,” Sheridan said.

Treehouse will be updating the wish list all holiday season long so it matches the latest requests. 

Any individual or organization interested in learning more can call Spencer at 206.498.3910 or contact drives@treehouseforkids.org

Learn more at treehouseforkids.org.

 
 "“A meaningful holiday gift or warm clothes can make all the difference in a child’s confidence and determination to persevere,” said Spencer Sheridan, Senior Event Coordinator at a nonprofit committed to youth in foster care.https://bit.ly/35WRkCr"

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What Kids Care About: Education And The Coronavirus
Updated: November 06, 2020 - 2:34 am

(NAPSI)—The debate over schools reopening during the pandemic has included a great deal of feedback from educators and parents. But what about the students themselves: How are they feeling? Are they worried about catching the virus—and what do they think about safety measures and about remote learning or coming back to the classroom? 

To find answers, the EdChoice Public Opinion Tracker and Morning Consult asked teens about their schooling, the pandemic and other hot topics.  

What Students Want 

Spoiler alert: Young people are just as uncertain as grownups. When asked for three words that describe going back to school, “nervous,” “excited” and “confused” were the most common responses. 

In all 76 percent of the students—and older and minority teens in particular—are concerned about the pandemic.  

The top two things students are worried about are infecting a family member (81 percent) or getting the virus (70 percent) but they’re also worried about not being able to see their friends, missing classes and taking classes online. A significant number of teens—25 percent—say they’re worried about not having access to the food they normally get at school. Nearly 70 percent think other students would take wearing masks seriously, but less than half believe their peers will socially distance and refrain from sharing objects with each other. 

As for returning to school, 64 percent said they’d prefer online only or with a mix of online and in-person learning. Just over three-quarters reported having Internet access at home to do their online class work. 

What Students Think 

The two most important issues on teens’ minds are the coronavirus outbreak (61 percent) and Black Lives Matter movement (60 percent). LGBTQ rights, police/criminal justice reform, climate change and this year’s presidential election werent nearly as important to the students. Falling to between 26 percent and 27 percent.

Teens reported being most comfortable discussing current events and social issues with their friends (84 percent), and parents or guardians (78 percent). They were less comfortable with teachers (56 prcent) and least comfortable with their friends’ parents or guardians (39 percent). 

As schools have reopened in varying degrees, it will be interesting to find out how American teens’ opinions and behaviors change throughout the remainder of this year and into the future. 

Learn More 

For further facts and stats and to see the whole survey, go to www.edchoice.org

 

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Wednesday 10/28/2020
As COVID Anxiety Grows, Tips to Avoid Crisis and Conflict
Updated: November 05, 2020 - 2:32 am

(StatePoint) Among mask mandates, social distancing, outspoken political views and personal challenges from the COVID-19 pandemic, there is a heightened risk for public spaces turning into places of conflict.

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Tuesday 10/27/2020
5G's Mainstream Moment: What That Means for You
Updated: October 29, 2020 - 2:34 am

(StatePoint) 5G is all over the news. So, what is it, anyway?

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Tuesday 11/24/2020
Top Tips for College Entrance Exam Success
Posted: November 24, 2020

(StatePoint) College entrance exams remain important, even in these unusual times. Fortunately, there are many ways you can help ensure you’re ready for test day. Here are a few tips to consider:

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Thursday 11/12/2020
Teacher of the Year Shares Distance-Learning Tips
Updated: November 16, 2020 - 2:34 am

(StatePoint) School closures and hybrid learning models have forced educators, parents and students to adapt to new forms of learning; the impact of this is not to be underestimated. Teachers and parents around the country have expressed concerns about the accessibility and quality of education under these conditions.

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Thursday 10/29/2020
How to Make Remote-Learning More Rewarding and Fun
Updated: October 31, 2020 - 2:30 am

(StatePoint) In the remote-learning environment of the 2020-21 academic year, certain types of classes have been deprioritized and the school day has lost some of the structure and sociability that in-person learning affords.

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Wednesday 10/28/2020
Massive Hiring Event That Could Turn a Seasonal Job Into a Career [Video]
Posted: October 28, 2020

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Thursday 10/22/2020
High School Success Stories: Helping All Students Thrive
Updated: November 17, 2020 - 2:31 am

By Carrie Goux For NewsUSA

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Friday 10/16/2020
How a master’s degree can boost your career
Updated: November 24, 2020 - 2:34 am

(BPT) - Returning to school for a master’s degree may seem like a daunting undertaking, no matter what your current situation is. However, it’s important to understand the many benefits of pursuing a master’s degree, and how those benefits can be applied to enhance your current job — or leveraged in a new career.

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Thursday 10/15/2020
New Study Spotlights Extraordinary Public High Schools
Updated: November 04, 2020 - 2:33 am

By Carol Lloyd For NewsUSA

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Wednesday 10/14/2020
4 ways you can help support veterans
Updated: November 24, 2020 - 2:34 am

(BPT) - According to the National Institutes of Health, up to 30% of American military veterans experience post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) after returning home from combat. Yet only about 40% of those individuals ever seek help.

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Thursday 10/08/2020
Breaking: Free movie and TV streaming service now has live news channels
Updated: November 24, 2020 - 2:34 am

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Wednesday 10/07/2020
Supporting Teachers on the Frontlines of COVID-19
Updated: October 08, 2020 - 2:30 am

(StatePoint) Educators are among the many on the frontlines of COVID-19. During a time of immense disruption, they are quickly adapting their teaching methods, testing new skills, and discovering solutions to advance learning in profound new ways.

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Monday 11/23/2020
Cooking fires increase over the holidays: How to keep your kitchen safe
Updated: November 24, 2020 - 2:34 am

(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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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.

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Friday 11/20/2020
Safe at Home: Care Options Abound for Aging in Place
Posted: November 20, 2020

By Lakelyn Hogan, MA

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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.

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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.

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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 BobEvans.com.

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Skip the Holi-daze
Updated: November 23, 2020 - 2:31 am

How to spend added time making memories

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Stocking Stuffers for Everyone on Your List
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.

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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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Improve Your Mental Health with Better Sleep
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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Monday 11/23/2020
Cooking fires increase over the holidays: How to keep your kitchen safe
Updated: November 24, 2020 - 2:34 am

(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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Prioritize Your Health and Wellness in 2021: A Checklist to Assess Your Healthcare Needs
Posted: November 23, 2020

(BPT) - As 2020 draws to a close, you are likely reflecting on the events of the past year and looking ahead to 2021. As we approach the end of the year and you are setting goals for yourself for 2021, now is a great time to do a thorough review of your overall health and well-being and consider any adjustments you may want to make going into the new year. Your health and wellness should be a priority, and you can start 2021 knowing you have fully assessed your healthcare needs.

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Don't miss these top seafood trends you can easily try at home
Posted: November 23, 2020

(BPT) - Are you spending more time cooking at home due to quarantine and social distancing? Perhaps you're indulging your inner foodie by trying new foods and recipes. These days, many people are flexing their culinary muscles and testing out different trends as a way to brighten up their every day.

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Friday 11/20/2020
Fighting for their future: One couple’s refusal to let lung cancer call the shots
Updated: November 24, 2020 - 2:34 am

(BPT) - In 2002, Xin Z. and Zhigang W. moved to the United States from China to pursue new academic opportunities. Throughout the next decade, they lived in several different states before settling in Michigan.

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Quarantine confidential: The unexpected ways social distancing impacted life for women with overactive bladder
Updated: November 24, 2020 - 2:34 am

(BPT) - In 2020, the phrase “social distancing” became mainstream, as many people around the world had to experience extended periods of quarantining. The mandate to keep distance, limit travel and stay home has left many people to feel anxious, isolated and lonely. Unfortunately, for the 30 million Americans that suffer from overactive bladder (OAB), the feelings are all too familiar.[i]

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Simple ways to safely bring joy to seniors during the holidays
Updated: November 24, 2020 - 2:34 am

(BPT) - Many seniors and their loved ones are taking special precautions to stay healthy, including limiting or eliminating visits and other activities that can cause COVID-19 to spread. That's because the older you are, the higher your risk of severe illness from the coronavirus, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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Safe at Home: Care Options Abound for Aging in Place
Posted: November 20, 2020

By Lakelyn Hogan, MA

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Tips to help manage holiday stress during COVID-19
Updated: November 24, 2020 - 2:34 am

(BPT) - Feeling stressed? You’re not alone. Stress levels are rising due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the numerous disruptions in our daily lives.

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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.

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Customizable bites: 4 tips for a brilliant holiday cheeseboard
Updated: November 24, 2020 - 2:34 am

(BPT) - As the weather turns colder and the season changes, your thoughts may be turning to the holidays and how you can make them extra special in this unique year.

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Tuesday 11/24/2020
Can You Recognize Signs of Stroke?
Posted: November 24, 2020

(StatePoint) Many people are avoiding in-person doctor’s visits to limit potential exposure to coronavirus -- or are simply ignoring health concerns altogether. However, when it comes to medical emergencies such as stroke, immediate medical attention is critical.

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4 Reasons Why Now is the Best Time Ever to Learn to Play Piano
Posted: November 24, 2020

(StatePoint) As the weather grows cold and the COVID-19 pandemic continues to impact communities nationwide, many people are spending more time at home.

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Monday 11/23/2020
5 expert tips to save money at the grocery store
Updated: November 24, 2020 - 2:34 am

(BPT) - Parents are struggling to provide for their families during these uncertain and challenging times. A recent survey conducted by the Brookings Institution finds 1 in 5 young children in the U.S. are not getting enough food during this pandemic, and food insecurity is rising at an unprecedented rate.

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3 tips to boost eye health during virtual learning
Updated: November 24, 2020 - 2:34 am

(BPT) - Whether students are attending class in person, virtually or a hybrid version of both, there's one thing everyone has in common: A lot more education is happening digitally. Screens are a valuable tool in education, but they also can have health implications, including stress on the eyes.

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Families face holiday humbug due to high medical costs
Posted: November 23, 2020

(BPT) - Many Americans look to the holiday season as a time of carefree family fun and rest — especially in a year as tumultuous as 2020. But recent studies suggest some families’ budgets may be facing lumps of coal in their stockings this holiday season.

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Supporting Children And Teens In Managing Their Diabetes
Posted: November 23, 2020

(NAPSI)—Diabetes is not just an adult disease. It’s one of the most common chronic conditions affecting children and teens in the United States. Today, it affects about 193,000 youth under 20 years of age and rates of newly diagnosed cases in young people are increasing.

When a young person has diabetes, it can be difficult to determine whether the disorder is type 1 or type 2. In either case, managing the diabetes is very important for long-term health.

Children and teens need support from their parents or other adult caregivers to manage their diabetes. Research shows that managing diabetes best works when adults and youth work as a team. The young person can gradually take on more responsibility, with the adult monitoring from a distance and making changes as needed. 

Here are the main tasks that need to be covered in a diabetes plan:

Manage blood glucose levels. An important goal for youth with diabetes is to take medicines as prescribed, at the right time, and in the right dose—even when they feel good or have reached their suggested target for blood glucose goals. Research shows that health complications can be greatly reduced, delayed, or possibly prevented by keeping blood glucose levels near normal. It’s also important to consistently take prescribed blood pressure or cholesterol medicines. 

•Adopt healthy habits. Youth with diabetes should follow a healthy eating plan that allows enough calories for growth but avoids added sugar and fat. Getting enough sleep is also important. Some strategies that parents and youth can negotiate are to turn off electronics before bedtime and to keep a regular sleep schedule. A third important healthy habit is regular physical activity. If possible, youth should check blood glucose levels before, during, and after a game or a sport, to help monitor blood glucose levels. 

•Stay prepared for emergencies. A “go kit” that young people can assemble with help from adults includes at least a week’s worth of medical supplies and equipment, a three-day supply of food, emergency and health care professional contact lists, a medication list including doses and dosing schedules, and an allergy list. During the COVID-19 pandemic, face coverings, hand sanitizer, and disinfecting wipes can be added to the go kit. Adults can reinforce with young people the value of social distancing, along with use of these go kit supplies, to prevent spread of infection. 

•Monitor for diabetes complications. Early diagnosis and treatment can help reduce risk for heart disease, vision loss, nerve damage, and other related health problems.

•Seek mental health support. It can be very helpful for young people with diabetes to connect with others their own age who also have diabetes. This can help reduce stress and anxiety and boost motivation for sticking to a plan to manage their diabetes. The young person’s health care team should have information on youth support groups (online or in-person) and other mental health resources. 

The National Institute on ­Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) spearheads research to help improve diabetes management and treatment in children and teens. “Our understanding of how type 2 diabetes affects youth is still maturing,” says NIDDK Director Dr. Griffin P. ­Rodgers. “We must continue to explore treatments to ensure that these young people can live long, healthy lives.” 

For more information on managing diabetes, visit the NIDDK website, www.niddk.nih.gov.

 

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The Importance of Targeted Treatments for Rare Forms of Lung Cancer [Infographic]
Posted: November 23, 2020

(BPT) - November is Lung Cancer Awareness Month — a critical moment to reflect on the progress made for patients living with this disease. Lung cancer is one of the most common cancers, impacting hundreds of thousands of people in the U.S. every year and appearing in many different forms. Check out the graphic below to learn more about a rare form of lung cancer called ALK+ non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) and a potential treatment option. Visit https://www.takedaoncology.com/patients/disease-education/ for more information.

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Saturday 11/21/2020
Steps Everyone Can Take to Help Prevent a ‘Twindemic’
Updated: November 24, 2020 - 2:34 am

(StatePoint) In the 2019-2020 flu season, influenza caused up to 22,000 deaths in the U.S. This year, with so many medical resources being used to care for COVID-19 patients, it’s especially important to protect yourself from the flu.

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Friday 11/20/2020
Living with recurrent C. diff? 5 tips to enjoying the holidays
Posted: November 20, 2020

(BPT) - Just when we all thought it was still March, the holidays have crept up on us. Let’s face it, we could all use a little joy right now to brighten up our holidays. Although the holidays may look different this year, many of us are hoping to keep a few normal traditions. Whether it’s gathering safely with family or enjoying a special meal, if you’re suffering from a recurrent diarrheal condition like C. difficile infection, those things can be anything but normal. Here are 5 tips Dr. Paul Feuerstadt of the PACT Gastroenterology Center in Connecticut recommends to help people with C. diff enjoy the holiday season.

1) Try your best to decompress

The holidays come with their own set of stressors. Gathering for meals with loved ones shouldn’t be one of them. Feuerstadt explains that those living with recurrent C. diff often show greater signs of stress in general, and frequently when it comes to mealtime.

Many C. diff patients often suffer a range of increased emotions which can be further elevated during the holiday season. Whether it’s grief, anger, fear, depression or anxiety, remember the holidays are a time to be kind to one another, including yourself.1

Take some time for yourself. Each day take 10 minutes to relax. Close your eyes and try your best to clear your mind.

Find outlets to help manage your stress and anxiety, such as through yoga, listening to music, reading a good book or just by getting enough sleep (7-8 hours per night).1

Listen to your body. It will tell you when you may need to take a minute for yourself. If the feelings are more intense than you feel you can consistently handle, follow up with your healthcare provider.

2) Don’t try to do it all yourself

The holidays can be a busy time of year. From picking out gifts for loved ones, to decorating the house, those suffering from C. diff can feel overwhelmed easily.

Rather than trying to do everything this year, why not focus on a couple of fun holiday traditions you enjoy? Maybe your one big activity is family baking and you ask a family member to help you decorate cookies. Whatever it may be, remember you don’t need to do it all. Focus your attention on one or two holiday traditions so you’re able to enjoy them to the fullest.

3) Know what’s on the menu

Whether you’re the chef or guest at a holiday dinner, know what’s on the menu. If there are certain foods or ingredients you must avoid, let your host know.

Although no two people are alike, there are foods that C. diff patients should generally avoid, including dairy products with lactose, greasy foods and any foods that may cause bloating (e.g., broccoli, onions, beans).2

Knowing it’s never good to arrive at a holiday gathering empty-handed, consider bringing a dish that you know will keep your gut calm and that you can eat without repercussions.

Remember to consult your healthcare professional for more information on nutritional advice for foods that are best suited for your body type and C. diff infection.

4) Practice health and safety guidelines

Anyone living with recurrent C. diff knows how contagious it is. That’s why it’s important to ensure you maintain standard health and safety measures, such as frequent handwashing. When using the restroom, be sure to always wash your hands with soap and water before touching surfaces such as doorknobs. Please be aware that alcohol-based hand sanitizer will not kill C. diff spores.3,4

Although already top of mind for most, COVID-19 is still on the rise in many parts of the country. Proper handwashing, social distancing and wearing of face coverings is essential for everyone. Many people living with C. diff have already been practicing many of these universal hygiene measures before COVID-19 so this will be less of an adjustment.

COVID-19 has opened the doors to telehealth, making it even easier and more common for people with C. diff to connect with both their local medical providers but also experts across the country who might be able to help. If you feel that you are not well, you should feel free to utilize these modern tools to communicate with providers to get the proper care you need, when you need it.

5) Try a new tradition

2020 has been a year unlike any other. We’ve all had to reimagine the expectation of being “together” and perhaps this year is the time to try a new tradition — like a virtual meal with family and friends who are far away. If you’re a big football fan, you may consider a Zoom football watch party. Or how about a recipe and meal prep virtual gathering? It’s normal for people with C. diff to feel isolated, so try turning social distancing into an opportunity to be more connected without the stress of, “What if I need to get to the bathroom quickly?" Embrace technologies like Zoom to safely connect with loved ones and take this opportunity to spin this constraint into a positive.

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Get Educated During Medicare’s Annual Enrollment Period
Updated: November 24, 2020 - 2:34 am

(NAPSI)—Over 61 million people are enrolled in Medicare. As of October 15, individuals age 65 and older can make changes to their coverage and enroll in a Medicare plan during the annual open enrollment period, which lasts until December 7.

During this time, consumers can change from one Medicare Advantage or prescription drug plan to another. If you’re already enrolled in original Medicare, you can switch to a private Medicare Advantage plan, or you can drop your existing Medicare Advantage plan to return to original Medicare. 

Making sense of Medicare may not be easy for many and can often be overwhelming if you don’t know where to find information. In fact, nearly half (47%) of Americans don’t have familiarity with Medicare Advantage insurance, according to research from The Center for a Secure Retirement and Bankers Life. 

How you enroll or switch Medicare plans may be different this year. Enrollment sometimes happens face-to-face where it’s easier to ask questions. However, whether you’re meeting in-person or virtually, you can familiarize yourself with the available options and make a more informed decision.

1.Get educated. Increase your confidence in your Medicare knowledge and decisions by getting educated. Boomers can view an interactive guide on myHealthPolicy.com to help them decide. This guide includes quizzes, infographics, and more to help consumers better understand Medicare and choose the best solutions for their needs.

2.Shop and Compare Plans. Review your current Medicare health and prescription drug coverage and make changes if it no longer meets your needs. There are a lot of resources on the Internet. You can check out myHealthPolicy.com, a new online health insurance marketplace, designed to help potential beneficiaries learn about and enroll in Medicare Advantage and prescription drug plans. This site helps consumers compare, buy or switch plans easily with personal assistance and one-on-one consultation with a licensed insurance agent.

3.Get consultations. An important feature of myHealthPolicy.com is that consumers can be helped – virtually or in-person – by a licensed insurance agent in their community who is familiar with local provider networks and can bring that knowledge into the decision process. Or you can also quickly connect with a telesales agent who can answer immediate questions.

Medicare is always a major topic for Boomers, and this year’s concerns about COVID-19 may complicate things. By using the tools and assistance provided by myHealthPolicy.com, you can begin receiving answers to your questions, as well as guidance on selecting the Medicare option that works best for you. 

myHealthPolicy.com is operated by K.F. Agency, Inc., which is a licensed and certified representative of Medicare Advantage HMO, PPO and PFFS organizations and stand-alone prescription drug plans with a Medicare contract. myHealthPolicy.com and K.F. Agency, Inc. are not connected with or endorsed by the United States government or the federal Medicare program.

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Monday 11/23/2020
Embracing pet care for life
Posted: November 23, 2020

(BPT) - While many people have found comfort during the COVID-19 pandemic by bringing home new dogs for companionship, a recent survey* found 73% of those who became dog owners for the first time are considering re-homing their dog once the pandemic ends. This decision is likely driven by a lack of knowledge of what it takes to care for a pet, as one in four (25%) said they don’t have enough information to properly care for their dog. With this in mind, below are some expert tips from Merck Animal Health to help dog owners embrace pet care for life.

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Monday 11/16/2020
Give A Box of "Chocolates" To Your Dog This Holiday
Updated: November 18, 2020 - 2:33 am

(NewsUSA) - The holidays are quickly approaching and lots of people gift their loved ones boxes of gourmet chocolates. However, can dogs eat chocolate? Of course they can't! So, how do we include our cherished furry family members in this loving tradition?

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Thursday 11/12/2020
5 Ways to Show Your Pet You Care This Holiday Season
Posted: November 12, 2020

(StatePoint) During the holidays, there are endless ways to show the humans around you how much you love them. Finding ways to extend the joy of the season to pets who are a part of the family takes a bit more creativity.

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Wednesday 11/11/2020
How probiotics can support your pet’s health
Updated: November 24, 2020 - 2:34 am

(BPT) - You’ve probably heard the buzz about probiotics helping to support gut health for humans — but did you know that probiotics can also help support the health of your pet? It turns out that both dogs and cats can benefit from probiotics as a regular part of their overall healthy, nutrient-rich diet.

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Wednesday 10/21/2020
Mutt Mulligan, TurfMutt Spokesdog, Celebrates Adoptaversary, Her First Year Wearing The Superhero Cape
Updated: November 03, 2020 - 2:33 am

(NAPSI)—Outdoor learning experiences, stewardship of green spaces, and care for all living landscapes, is the aim of the TurfMutt Foundation, now celebrating the one-year “adoptaversary” of its new spokesdog, Mutt Mulligan (a.k.a. Mo-Mo). Mo-Mo is a mixed breed pup who was adopted by Kris Kiser, the TurfMutt Foundation’s President and President & CEO of the Outdoor Power Equipment Institute (OPEI), at the 2019 Lucky’s Mutt Madness adoption event at GIE+EXPO, the national landscape, outdoor living and equipment exposition.

“Mulligan has had quite a year growing into the paw prints left behind by the original TurfMutt, my rescue dog, Lucky,” says Kiser. “The Foundation’s work has been important, even more so today. People are starting to realize what the TurfMutt platform has been saying for the past 10 years—your family yard, parks and schoolyards are safe spaces to de-stress and to reconnect with family, friends and nature.”

In addition to the typical puppy training, Mulligan has also learned how to take on her duties as a backyard superhero. Here’s what she’s up to:

1. Getting to Know Her Backyard: A dog’s favorite “room” is the family yard, and Mo-Mo is no exception. She loves exploring her living landscape. As TurfMutt the superhero, she encourages everyone to realize that nature starts in your own backyard and community parks. Having green space accessible is part of a balanced, healthy life.

2. Sharing with Backyard Wildlife: TurfMutt advocates the family yard as an important part of the local ecosystem, offering food and habitat for all kinds of backyard wildlife, insects and pollinators. Mo-Mo has had to learn to share her outdoor space with deer, foxes, birds, butterflies and bees, and encourages everyone to do the same.

3. Reminding Humans to Spend Time Outdoors: One of the top tasks for TurfMutt’s top dog is urging people to get outside, work in their living landscapes and enjoy the benefits of being in nature, starting in the safe space of our own backyards. Mowing the lawn, trimming bushes, playing fetch with the dog, planting a butterfly bush, or playing a game of tag with the kids are all ways to tap into the health and well-being the family yard can provide.  Reducing stress, improving memory, boosting heart health, and more are just a few of the benefits received when spending time outdoors.

4.Putting the Right Plant in the Right Place: Throughout the year, Mulligan has been busy “helping” Kiser take care of the family yard. (She likes to dig holes.) As TurfMutt’s spokesdog she advocates selecting plants that are native to local climate zones, which is good for the environment and will ensure the plants thrive. (For more information refer to the USDA’s Plant Hardiness Zone Map.)

5. Sharing Resources for Families Stuck at Home: During these turbulent times, Mo-Mo reminds families about the TurfMutt resources available to them. The TurfMutt Foundation, with the help of educational leader Scholastic, offers free, online activities, e-books, and games and STEM-based lesson plans, to teach kids in grades K to 8 basic science as well as get them outside.

6. Encouraging Families to Foster or Rescue a Pet in Need: Mo-Mo also is “pawing forward” her good luck in being adopted by encouraging families to consider fostering or rescuing a pet in need. Meanwhile, she has been a big help to Kiser and the other TurfMutt Foundation team members as they navigate this stressful time. According to a U.K. study, people who had relationships with pets had better physical and mental well-being during the lockdown period.

Learn More

To learn more about the TurfMutt Foundation, visit www.TurfMutt.com.

 

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Thursday 10/15/2020
Presenting: America's top 10 shelter dog makeovers of 2020
Updated: November 24, 2020 - 2:34 am

(BPT) - Need someone to hug? They’re there. Need a workout buddy? They jump at the chance. Need a sympathetic ear? They keep all our secrets. If we learned anything this year, it’s that dogs are invaluable. And while many people added a furry family member to their home in 2020, there are still millions of homeless dogs looking to share their love. Sadly, these deserving animals are often perceived as ‘damaged goods’ just because of their appearance. To better their chances at finding a fur-ever family, pet industry leaders Wahl and Greater Good Charities have teamed up to donate funds and grooming supplies to shelters nationwide. The goal: transform thousands of dogs so their lovable, adoptable personalities can shine through. Hundreds of these amazing makeovers can be seen in the Dirty Dogs Before & After Photo Gallery (DirtyDogsGallery.com) — including the following Top 10 Shelter Dog Makeovers of 2020.

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Friday 10/09/2020
From the Creator & Star of CHEATERS, Tommy Habeeb, “To The Rescue”: Saved Dogs and Their Grateful Families, Airs Weekly on Saturdays
Updated: October 22, 2020 - 2:33 am

(NAPSI)—The heartwarming stories of abandoned dogs and the grateful families who save them are documented in the half-hour weekly syndicated docu-series “To The Rescue.” Airing nationwide, the series is hosted by veteran TV producer-personality Tommy Habeeb (“Cheaters,” “STAG”).

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Tuesday 09/29/2020
Domestic Violence Shelters Helping Survivors Heal With Their Pets [Infographic]
Updated: November 24, 2020 - 2:34 am

(BPT) - Pets are family. They provide unconditional love and support. Unfortunately, many crucial resources for victims of domestic abuse don’t factor in their pets, creating a heartbreaking dilemma. Stay in an abusive situation, or leave a pet behind. That's why Purina partnered with RedRover to create the Purple Leash Project, a national initiative to help change the landscape of domestic violence services so that survivors and their pets can leave abuse and heal together.

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Thursday 08/27/2020
Celebrate National Pet Bird Day, September 17, 2020 [Infographic]
Posted: August 27, 2020

(BPT) - Mark your calendar for September 17 because it is National Pet Bird Day! This very special annual day of celebration was created in 2019 by the Bird Enjoyment Advantage Koalition (BEAK) to recognize all of the wonderful ways in which pet birds enrich our lives as well as educate on the responsibilities and commitment that come with having a companion bird. Post joyful pet bird photos, stories, stats and articles on social media using the hashtag #NationalPetBirdDay and join the celebration!

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Wednesday 08/26/2020
3 Easy Steps For Fast Relief to Heal Summertime Canine Hot Spots
Posted: August 26, 2020

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