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Why adults should prioritize vaccines this winter

(BPT) - With COVID-19 cases on the rise and flu season underway, it is more important than ever to prioritize your health.

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Thursday 01/14/2021
What to expect from Economic Impact Payment Cards
Posted: January 14, 2021

(BPT) - With the enactment of the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act of 2021, millions of eligible individuals will receive a second Economic Impact Payment (EIP). The Bureau of the Fiscal Service (Fiscal Service) is distributing these payments on behalf of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). To speed delivery of payments, some individuals will receive their payment in the form of an EIP Card, which is a safe, convenient and secure prepaid debit card. EIP Cards were mailed beginning the week of Jan. 4, 2021.

Wednesday 01/13/2021
How to tackle deep-cleaning tasks around the house
Updated: January 15, 2021 - 2:34 am

(BPT) - You know it must be done, but you just don't want to. It's been on the to-do list for far too long. You may try to ignore it, dodge it or even cover it up. It's your mess nemesis — your least-favorite cleaning task — and you dread having to tackle it.

Tuesday 01/12/2021
6 top medicine safety reminders for your home
Updated: January 15, 2021 - 2:34 am

(BPT) - With families spending more time than ever working, playing and studying at home, it’s a good time to review best safety practices when it comes to using and storing medicines. This is especially true during the cold and flu season — while the nation is also in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic — when many families may have more over-the-counter (OTC) medicines in the home than usual.

Monday 01/11/2021
Stroke awareness: It’s always an emergency
Updated: January 15, 2021 - 2:34 am

3 tips to make this the cheesiest year ever
Updated: January 15, 2021 - 2:34 am

(BPT) - Looking for a stress-free and undeniably delicious snack for your family game night? Want to surprise a special person you haven’t seen in a while with a gift delivery? Or do you simply want to kick grandma’s recipes up a notch this year? The solution is simple: cheese. Not just any cheese; awesome cheese.

Thursday 01/07/2021
5 reasons it’s still important to get your flu shot
Updated: January 15, 2021 - 2:34 am

(BPT) - As our country grapples with the COVID-19 pandemic, the threat of the pandemic will become more complicated by increasing cases of the flu, making more people ill and putting further strain on the U.S. health care system.

The top health benefits of beef
Updated: January 15, 2021 - 2:34 am

(BPT) - Recent diet trends encourage balancing food sources for optimal health. If you’re following the Mediterranean, Keto or Paleo diets, you’re probably aware that lean meats like beef play a vital role as part of an overall healthy eating plan, balanced with plant-based foods like vegetables and legumes.

Review Your Insurance Options at AARP Converge powered by Softheon
Updated: January 15, 2021 - 2:34 am

(BPT) - It is important to assess your current health insurance coverage and review new insurance options to ensure that you have the coverage that fits your individual needs. However, there are myriad options and fragmented information in many places, not to mention that plan offerings can change from year to year. For many older Americans and their families, it can lead to confusion and frustration.

Wednesday 01/06/2021
Study: Most Americans say they're optimistic about a brighter financial future in 2021
Updated: January 15, 2021 - 2:34 am

(BPT) - As we enter 2021, here’s one more essential item to put on your list in addition to canned goods and masks: a financial checkup. According to Fidelity Investments’ 2021 New Year Financial Resolutions Study, more than two-thirds of Americans experienced financial setbacks in 2020, often from the loss of a job or household income or another emergency expense. Even those lucky enough to maintain their income still may have had to tap savings to help others, as nearly one in five attribute their financial setback to providing “unexpected financial assistance to family members or friends.” Despite this, many Americans remain optimistic and determined to make their money work harder in the New Year, with 72% confident they’ll be in a better financial position in 2021.

Tuesday 01/05/2021
5 quick tips for prioritizing health and wellness
Updated: January 15, 2021 - 2:34 am

(BPT) - Making it through a day, month and especially the busiest time of year, deserves a pat on the back these days. The new year brings a time to reset and look at new ways to put your wellness — and your family’s — front and center. Now, when focusing on your health and wellness is more important than ever, it can also be difficult to manage. Fortunately, there are easy solutions and helpful tools available that can help you prioritize these almost effortlessly.

5 tips to help seniors exercise during the pandemic
Updated: January 15, 2021 - 2:34 am

(BPT) - By now, most seniors are aware that they’re among the most vulnerable demographic groups when it comes to contracting COVID-19.

It's a win-win: 5 ways businesses can help themselves by giving back
Updated: January 15, 2021 - 2:34 am

(BPT) - Most businesses recognize the importance of finding ways to give back to their communities. But it often takes time for them to discover the full range of benefits they can realize when they commit to corporate giving.

Monday 01/04/2021
What are postbiotics and why should they be part of your daily routine?
Updated: January 15, 2021 - 2:34 am

(BPT) - Many of us are looking for ways to be more proactive about our health. One way to accomplish that is by adopting more healthy habits to support our immune systems.

Tips to bring joy to seniors all year long
Updated: January 15, 2021 - 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.

Friday 01/01/2021
New Year’s resolutions you can actually stick to
Updated: January 15, 2021 - 2:34 am

(BPT) - It’s always a good idea to commit to improving your well-being or creating healthy habits in the new year, but if you approach your resolutions as something you want to do versus something you should do, you’re much more likely to follow through on your goals. So, why not rethink the whole new year’s resolution premise? What have you always wanted to do, but never given yourself permission to spend time pursuing? Here are a couple nontraditional resolutions that you might actually want to stick to.

Thursday 12/31/2020
Feeling a cold coming on? Do these 3 things right now
Updated: January 15, 2021 - 2:34 am

(BPT) - Colds can make you feel run down and miserable. The last thing you want is the coughs, the sneezes and a run-down, foggy head feeling to hang on for weeks on end.

Why you might need more than a multivitamin
Updated: January 15, 2021 - 2:34 am

Wednesday 12/30/2020
Without hesitation: Joel navigates the long road of aTTP
Updated: January 15, 2021 - 2:34 am

(BPT) - Joel made his living driving a semi-truck cross country. He loved the scenic beauty and the feel of 18 wheels of rubber as he traveled across the United States. Unfortunately, after four life-threatening medical emergencies while he was on the road, Joel knew his career as a truck driver had to come to an end.

Tuesday 12/29/2020
A registered dietitian’s 5 steps for better health in 2021
Updated: January 15, 2021 - 2:34 am

(BPT) - The New Year always spurs a renewal of personal goals, whether you make resolutions or not. The blank slate of a new calendar year offers a sense of possibilities for making the next year great — and health goals usually top the list.

Study: Social isolation among seniors is widespread, but these resources can help
Updated: January 15, 2021 - 2:34 am

(BPT) - Because of the pandemic, we’ve all experienced social isolation — the loss of close contact with family and friends. We’re feeling that isolation even more acutely during the winter season, when we typically get together with those we love.

Monday 12/28/2020
Silver&Fit Expands Free Senior Exercise Classes to 54 Per Week
Updated: January 05, 2021 - 2:32 am

(NewsUSA) - For those seeking new exercise options in 2021, the Silver&Fit® program is expanding its free, public Facebook Live and YouTube senior exercise classes from four classes a day to nine, including Saturdays, for a total of 54 classes a week. These half hour classes include cardio, strength/bodyweight, yoga, dance, tai chi, mixed formats, and flexibility and balance at the beginner, intermediate, and advanced levels. Additional daily free workouts feature an international location and a 'my favorites' option. The new roster of free exercise classes will premiere Monday, January 4th, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. For added convenience, classes can be replayed at any time on Facebook or YouTube for two weeks after the premiere date.

Thursday 12/24/2020
How to make extra money by selling locally through resale: 4 popular trends this year
Updated: January 15, 2021 - 2:34 am

(BPT) - This year, people leveraged the convenience of online shopping more than ever. One of the main reasons is that buying and selling through resale marketplaces makes it easier for people to find deals or make money to supplement their income.

Wednesday 12/23/2020
"Queer Eye" star Karamo's Five Tips in Spreading Joy and Cheer
Updated: January 15, 2021 - 2:34 am

(BPT) - This year's holidays have already been and continue to be dramatically different, and no one is expecting anything to change come the start of 2021.

How to gift happiness in 2021
Updated: January 15, 2021 - 2:34 am

(BPT) - There are no two ways about it: 2020 was a lot to take in. We forged ahead and made amazing things happen in the face of enormous uncertainty, but it wasn’t an easy task. In 2021, everyone’s looking to grow their happiness and share it with others. It’s only natural, and fortunately research has given us some solid ideas of where to start.

Are there benefits to buying a timeshare in this day and age?
Updated: January 15, 2021 - 2:34 am

(BPT) - Once upon a time, if you said you owned a timeshare, you might get a side eye from a well-meaning friend who was concerned you caved to a hard sell for a vacation option. But times have changed, and a quiet revolution in the industry now shows that timeshares can be a savvy vacation strategy.

Tuesday 12/22/2020
The pet effect: Facts about the incredible human-animal bond
Updated: January 15, 2021 - 2:34 am

(BPT) - Do you ever notice how fulfilled you feel when you spend time with your pet? How your pet can inspire joy while also somehow helping you feel less stressed? Or maybe you are thinking of getting a pet hoping for companionship, affection and love? These and many more positives are the result of the pet effect, also known as the human-animal bond.

5 benefits of weighted blankets, including better sleep
Updated: January 15, 2021 - 2:34 am

(BPT) - Quality sleep is essential to good health, but daily life — the stresses of work and family, too much screen time, caffeine or alcohol — disrupts our body’s natural sleep cycle.

How pharmacogenetic (PGx) testing is revolutionizing mental health treatment
Updated: January 15, 2021 - 2:34 am

(BPT) - If you or a family member have sought care from a mental health professional, or are considering seeking help for depression, anxiety, ADHD or other conditions, you want the best treatment available. Multiple treatment options now exist for many of these conditions, ranging from medications and psychotherapy to alternative treatments. It can be confusing to sort through your choices and determine what approach will give you or your loved one the ideal outcome.

How to Pay Your Mortgage Off Faster.
Updated: January 15, 2021 - 2:34 am

(BPT) - Paid Content by Vanderbilt Mortgage and Finance, Inc.

Monday 12/21/2020
Resolve to achieve healthy sleep in 2021
Updated: January 15, 2021 - 2:34 am

(BPT) - According to a recent survey from the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM), 85% of U.S. adults do not get the recommended seven hours or more of sleep every night. After a challenging and stressful year, the New Year provides Americans with the opportunity to refocus on the importance of making healthy sleep a priority.

Having trouble hearing? 5 tips to still stay connected during the holidays
Updated: January 15, 2021 - 2:34 am

(BPT) - This holiday season may look very different from years past — more family get-togethers on video rather than in-person — but one thing remains true: these times can be stressful and difficult for those managing hearing loss, which impacts 48 million Americans, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Thursday 12/17/2020
Heart-related deaths increase at the holidays – what you need to know
Updated: January 15, 2021 - 2:34 am

(BPT) - Heart-related deaths peak in December and January, including spikes on Christmas and New Year's Day. Some people ignore the signs and symptoms of a cardiac event, such as a heart attack, or they dismiss their chest pain or other symptoms as stress-related, heartburn or a result of having too much to drink. Others may fail to act because they are worried about "ruining" a holiday with a trip to the emergency room.

Wednesday 12/16/2020
Enrich home design with a timeless sense of style
Updated: January 15, 2021 - 2:34 am

(BPT) - The worlds of fashion and interior design intersect in more ways than one. From thoughtful details to bold palettes and shapes, both disciplines play an important role in evoking personal style. In order to ensure home design demonstrates a bespoke sense of style that lasts, one must consider how all elements involved work together to create a cohesive look for a unified and timeless aesthetic.

How to stay active and connected while remaining safe during the pandemic
Updated: January 15, 2021 - 2:34 am

(BPT) - As 2021 approaches, the importance and urgency of physical and mental health are at an all-time-high due to COVID-19.

Tuesday 12/15/2020
Spotting the Signs: Loneliness and Isolation in Older Adults
Updated: December 17, 2020 - 2:32 am

(NewsUSA) - While the holiday season can be a busy and hectic time for many, it presents the perfect opportunity to reconnect with family and friends. But with the presence of COVID-19, holiday plans may look different this year as many families host virtual celebrations or small gatherings with increased safety measures.

Do you have a COVID-19 Preparedness Plan?
Updated: January 15, 2021 - 2:34 am

(BPT) - If you’re concerned about getting COVID-19, you have good cause.

3 steps to better eye health in 2021
Updated: January 15, 2021 - 2:34 am

(BPT) - January is Glaucoma Awareness Month, a great opportunity to spread the word about a disease that affects more than 3 million people in the United States. Since glaucoma often strikes without symptoms and can cause significant vision loss before a person notices changes in their eyesight, it’s critical to learn what you can do to protect your eyes.

7 trending reasons why Sherry is ideal for winter celebrations
Updated: January 15, 2021 - 2:34 am

(BPT) - Sherry is a classic wine that's been around for hundreds of years, yet is recently receiving renewed interest among people of all ages and is being embraced in new and inventive ways. Sherry isn't just great for sipping — it has loads of potential as a cocktail ingredient and more, making it a wonderful option for winter celebrations.

Monday 12/14/2020
7 signs you might need new water pipes
Updated: January 15, 2021 - 2:34 am

(BPT) - While spending more time at home, you’ve probably started noticing repairs you need to make. You may have even tackled a few home improvement projects. However, there are some improvements you might not consider, because they're hidden until they reach their breaking point — like your home's plumbing system.

COVID-19: What is an Emergency Use Authorization?
Updated: January 15, 2021 - 2:34 am

(BPT) - Sponsored by Pfizer.

Easy ways to make your holiday dishes the star of the show
Updated: January 15, 2021 - 2:34 am

(BPT) - The holiday season is upon us, and while it may look and feel a bit different from holidays past, there’s still just as much to do. Even if it’s mostly online, we’re busy searching for the perfect presents, decorations galore, favorite festive movies and so much more. And, as always, joyful moments will be celebrated gathered around the table. With this season seemingly busier than ever, Panera knows that it can be hard to find the time (and energy!) to cook a homemade feast for your holiday celebration. To help, Panera has created a collection of festive, delicious recipes that are easy to make and sure to impress everyone at the table.

Sunday 12/13/2020
Budgeting for pets: How to prepare for ongoing and unexpected expenses
Updated: January 15, 2021 - 2:34 am

(BPT) - Sixty-seven percent of U.S. households own a pet, or about 85 million families, according to the American Pet Products Association (APPA). This number is poised to increase because many households have added pets during the pandemic, helping aid in the physical and emotional well-being of families nationwide.

Friday 12/11/2020
6 tips to lower your out-of-pocket medication costs in January
Updated: January 15, 2021 - 2:34 am

(BPT) - January is right around the corner. Whether or not you stay up to mark the new year, an expensive reality hits many Americans on Jan. 1: medical insurance deductibles reset to zero and out-of-pocket costs go up.

Thursday 12/10/2020
Underwear through the years: How styles evolved
Updated: January 10, 2021 - 2:35 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.

Tips to craft your own holiday decorations
Updated: January 15, 2021 - 2:34 am

(BPT) - Holiday decorations bring a smile to everyone’s face, and that is needed now more than ever. Crafting seasonal décor instead of shopping for it gives you and your family something to occupy your extra time at home and helps you avoid big crowds and shopping stress.

5 digital gifts perfect for 2020
Updated: January 15, 2021 - 2:34 am

(BPT) - One of the big challenges of this holiday season is figuring out how to get the right gift delivered on time. How are savvy holiday shoppers solving this problem? They’re sending digital gift cards.

Give the gift of plasma this holiday season
Updated: January 15, 2021 - 2:34 am

(BPT) - It’s no secret that the holidays look much different this year, but those changes may be even more noticeable for individuals who are at high-risk for COVID-19. No one knows this better than Dayna, a mother and caregiver to four children with a rare disease which has caused them to be immune compromised. This leads to an increased chance of an infection, which may be harder to fight off. A diagnosis can be difficult, but once identified, treatments are available, such as therapies developed from plasma. While Dayna and her children — Charlie (20), Kate (18), Thomas (16) and Grace (8) — are taking extra safety precautions this holiday season, the pandemic hasn’t stopped them from raising awareness of the urgency for new plasma donations that will make their therapies possible.

There is No Time to Wait When Experiencing Symptoms of a Potentially Serious Condition
Updated: January 15, 2021 - 2:34 am

(BPT) - Many people may think that swelling, pain, tenderness or redness in the leg, thigh or pelvis are seemingly minor symptoms, but they could point to a potentially serious condition such as deep vein thrombosis (DVT).1 It’s critical to not brush off these symptoms.

More About DVT

DVT is a blood clot in a deep vein, usually in the leg, thigh, or pelvis and can also occur in the arm. A DVT clot, or part of it can travel through the bloodstream to the lungs, leading to a pulmonary embolism (PE).1,2 PE may cause difficulty breathing, chest pain or discomfort, rapid heartbeat, coughing up blood or low blood pressure — and can be deadly.1,3 Symptoms related to DVT/PE can be representative of many conditions. Only a healthcare provider can determine whether these symptoms indicate DVT or another condition.

“It’s understandable why patients may feel compelled to avoid visiting hospitals and healthcare facilities right now. But it’s integral for them to know that not addressing symptoms may have serious consequences,” said Jenice Baker, M.D., associate emergency medicine director in Camden, NJ. “For people with symptoms that may be associated with deep vein thrombosis or pulmonary embolism, talking to a doctor is imperative.”

Since around 50 percent of people who have DVT may not experience symptoms, it’s also important to know the risk factors of DVT, which can include: fractures, severe muscle injury, major surgery, immobility/limited movement, paralysis, birth control pills, hormone replacement therapy, pregnancy for up to 3 months after giving birth, heart disease, lung disease, cancer and its treatment, inflammatory bowel disease, inherited clotting disorders, age (risk increases as age increases), obesity, family history of DVT/PE, and previous DVT/PE.1

According to CDC data from 2010, approximately 900,000 Americans can be affected by DVT/PE each year, so it is important for people to pay attention to symptoms that could be due to DVT/PE and talk to a healthcare provider to learn more.4

If Experiencing Symptoms, Talk to a Doctor

“Seeking medical attention early — by phone, online or in person — may help reduce the chance of DVT/PE becoming more serious,” said Dr. Baker. “If experiencing symptoms, there is no time to wait — contact your doctor.”

To find out more information about DVT or PE, visit


  1. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). What is Venous Thromboembolism? Accessed November 9, 2020.
  2. American Heart Association. What is Venous Thromboembolism (VTE)? thromboembolism-vte. Accessed November 9, 2020.
  3. Johns Hopkins Medicine. Pulmonary Embolism. Accessed November 9, 2020.
  4. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Data and Statistics on Venous Thromboembolism. Accessed November 9, 2020.

5 not-so-secret ways to make the most of your money
Updated: January 15, 2021 - 2:34 am

(BPT) - The holidays are approaching, and New Year’s resolutions are top of mind. For many, this means thinking about how to be smart with your money. Whether you’re shopping for loved ones, looking to start a new hobby or treating yourself to something special, a little purchase planning goes a long way.

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