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    (BPT) - Whether you're dreaming of a complete home remodel or a simple decor update, you may not be factoring your pets in your decision-making and overall design process. But how many times have you regretted a furniture or upholstery choice once Fido or Fluffy got their paws (and fur) on it?

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    (BPT) - Learn more about offerings from the new ACANA Cat line, including four new recipes and three enhanced recipes, crafted in ACANA’s Kentucky kitchen with fresh regional ingredients and real meat as the first ingredient. For more information, visit https://acana.com/en_US/acana-for_cats.html.

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    (StatePoint) With families spending more time at home, messes are on repeat and cleanups are often an hourly routine. At the same time, many households are looking to reduce their environmental impact affordably.

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    What to Know About Selecting Materials for Your Home Exterior

    (StatePoint) Whether you’re building a new home or making exterior updates, there are many decisions you’ll have to make. Perhaps topping the list in importance is what materials you select for your roofing and siding. Not only do your selections impact your home’s curb appeal, but some choices have the potential to save you money and help increase your family’s safety.

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Fun in the sun: 5 things you should know to ride a watercraft

(BPT) - In this new era of staycations and social distancing, there has been a heightened interest in outdoor recreational activities, especially with watersports and watercraft. According to the National Marine Manufacturers Association, watercraft sales are up as much as 75% compared to last year, making it one of the fastest growing activities out there. With the rise in popularity of watercraft and more boats out on the water, Sea-Doo maker BRP is offering tips to those who are ready to venture out in the open water.

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Friday 08/07/2020
Know your own mind like never before – improving mental health with genetic insights
Posted: August 07, 2020

(BPT) - With the spotlight on wellness these days, it’s normal to want to use every possible tool to keep yourself and your family healthy.

Yogic breathing techniques support respiratory health
Posted: August 07, 2020

(BPT) - Because it happens automatically, you probably don't put much thought into your breathing. However, the COVID-19 pandemic has brought focused attention to respiratory health. Conscious breathing — the yoga practice of pranayama — can help support respiratory health, mental wellness and the body’s physical ability to protect itself.

4 simple ways to keep indoor air fresh at all times
Posted: August 07, 2020

(BPT) - Americans today are more focused on cleaning and sanitization — not to mention the air they breathe — than ever. Indoor air quality has already been a growing concern in the United States for some time. According to a study published in the journal Science of the Total Environment, indoor air quality can be worse than the air outdoors. You may not realize that simply by doing normal things like cooking, cleaning, personal hygiene or enjoying a hobby, invisible pollution is being added to the air.

7 simple tips to stay organized for back-to-school 2020
Posted: August 07, 2020

(BPT) - Whether it's the first day of middle school or the first day away at college, students of all ages are preparing for a new school year. Students might be learning at home, in the classroom or a combination of both, so now is the time to get organized and prepared to help you tackle the year ahead. Here are some useful tips and tricks to help you succeed this school year.

Expert Series: A Post-Pandemic Playbook: Lessons for Small Businesses from Financial Advisors
Posted: August 07, 2020

(BPT) - By Richard Whitworth, Cetera Financial Group

Pet-friendly design tips
Posted: August 07, 2020

(BPT) - Whether you're dreaming of a complete home remodel or a simple decor update, you may not be factoring your pets in your decision-making and overall design process. But how many times have you regretted a furniture or upholstery choice once Fido or Fluffy got their paws (and fur) on it?

A New Reason To Quit Smoking Calls For New Ways To Quit Too
Posted: August 07, 2020

(NAPSI)—While you may already be aware of the many reasons to stop smoking, vaping, and chewing—from health risks (like heart disease, cancer and other illnesses) to the increasing cost of these products—many young Minnesotans are discovering a new one: they can no longer buy commercial tobacco if they’re under 21.

The state’s new Tobacco 21 law raises the legal sales age for commercial tobacco to 21. 

This new piece of legislation has many thinking that now’s a better time than ever to quit. While quitting is hard, especially during these stressful times, you can find healthy ways to manage it all without using commercial tobacco. 

One such resource is Quit Partner, Minnesota’s new family of free programs for people who are ready to quit smoking, vaping or using smokeless tobacco. Those interested in quitting can try what appeals to them, including quit coaching over the phone and quit medications that are delivered by mail, such as nicotine patches, gum or lozenges. In addition to this free support, Quit Partner also offers Minnesota’s first quit-nicotine program just for teens, My Life, My Quit. Along with other resources, teens can confidentially talk and text with coaches.

Whatever your reason for quitting, here are six tips that can help you stick to your quit: 

1.Keep trying. Everyone has one thing in common: hitting a few bumps along the way. Keep trying; it takes most people several attempts to quit.

2.Stay positive. Focus on the benefits of quitting and what you’re gaining instead of what you’re giving up. Write these down to remind yourself. 

3.Reach out. Connect with friends and family to share your goals—and your struggles. They can help you stay strong and remind you of your reasons for quitting. You don’t have to go it alone. 

4.Relax. Relaxing may be more difficult these days if you’re out of your typical routine or not able to see friends and family as often. Try reading, talking on the phone, taking deep breaths, getting outside or practicing yoga. 

5.Stay active. You may be sticking around the house more these days, but that doesn’t mean you have to be inactive—try going for a walk, riding your bike, or doing an at-home workout. Doing something that gets you moving helps clear your mind and makes it easier to deal with new challenges. Start small and keep moving until you feel better. 

6.Fuel your body. Find the right mix of foods—including treats—to keep yourself full of energy. Try different recipes to find something that’s both healthy and tasty. 

Interested in more helpful tips and free resources to quit smoking, vaping or using smokeless tobacco? Visit QuitPartnerMN.com or call 1-800-QUIT-NOW for judgement-free support.

 

Editor’s Note: This article is for use in Minnesota only.

 

How A Very Low Blood Sugar Emergency Changed One College Student’s Mind About Being Rescue Ready
Posted: August 07, 2020

(BPT) - Sponsored by Eli Lilly and Company

Thursday 08/06/2020
Creating connections in a high-tech world: 3 tips to improve customer service
Updated: August 08, 2020 - 2:32 am

(BPT) - In customer service, as in many other areas of life, as technology becomes more sophisticated, relationships get more complex. While technology makes it easier for customers to interact with businesses, an action as simple as finding an auto repair shop can quickly overwhelm consumers with multiple channels, opinions, advertisers and behind-the-scenes engagement systems.

Want to Impact Cancer Care Beyond Medicine? 5 Reasons to Apply for the Astellas Oncology C3 Prize
Updated: August 08, 2020 - 2:32 am

(BPT) - Sponsored by Astellas Oncology

Bar cart essentials for your next socially distant patio party
Posted: August 06, 2020

(BPT) - Entertaining and socializing have become a bit more challenging these days as society continues to navigate through the pandemic. If COVID-19 is causing you to miss out on regular dining experiences and hanging out with friends, why not explore new ways to have fun out on your patio, deck, porch or yard? It's easy to host a successful — and socially distant — soiree with a few friends or family members, as long as you plan ahead and comply with the group gathering rules set for your community. A great place to start is to stock up your bar cart with all the essential ingredients needed for the perfect cocktail or mocktail.

Epic fashion moments: Take a brief peek at the evolution of underwear
Updated: August 08, 2020 - 2:31 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. Fruit of the Loom, the trusted underwear brand for over 160 years, is looking at the pivotal transformations of underwear, one of the most essential pieces of clothing.

Vacation Safety Tips from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission
Posted: August 06, 2020

(BPT) - For many Americans, vacation plans look different from years prior, due to COVID-19. As a result many vacationers are opting to rent properties with features such as kitchens and private space that allow for social distancing rather than staying in hotels or motels. In the past several years, it’s been increasingly popular to book a stay through online companies that connect vacationers to individual rental property owners.

Heart Valve Disease: 5 Questions to Consider Before Treatment
Updated: August 07, 2020 - 2:31 am

(BPT) - More than five million Americans are impacted by heart valve disease each year. Of those, 1.5 million suffer from aortic stenosis, which occurs when the aortic valve does not open properly and affects how oxygen-rich blood leaves the heart with each beat. This increases pressure within the heart and causes it to weaken.

Foundation Funds School Supplies for Military Families
Posted: August 06, 2020

(NewsUSA) - Going back to school, whether online, in-person, or a combination, is a yearly expense that can be especially challenging for military families.

Ease budget burdens by switching cellphone carriers — here's how
Updated: August 08, 2020 - 2:32 am

(BPT) - Access to cellular service during the COVID-19 pandemic has become more essential than ever, whether for staying connected to family and friends as you remain socially distant, getting the latest news, or reaching medical providers.

Protecting your eyesight against the silent advance of glaucoma
Updated: August 08, 2020 - 2:31 am

(BPT) - “Will I go blind?” It’s a frightening thought that most people have when they are first told they have glaucoma.

Grilling Secrets for Your Labor Day Weekend
Posted: August 06, 2020

(StatePoint) You’ve been grilling all summer long, which means you may be in need of some new ideas this Labor Day Weekend. Experts say, no matter what equipment you’re using, the secret to making a big impact on the flavor of your food is BBQ pellets.

What to Know About Selecting Materials for Your Home Exterior
Posted: August 06, 2020

(StatePoint) Whether you’re building a new home or making exterior updates, there are many decisions you’ll have to make. Perhaps topping the list in importance is what materials you select for your roofing and siding. Not only do your selections impact your home’s curb appeal, but some choices have the potential to save you money and help increase your family’s safety.

Eco-Friendly Home Cleaning Hacks
Posted: August 06, 2020

(StatePoint) With families spending more time at home, messes are on repeat and cleanups are often an hourly routine. At the same time, many households are looking to reduce their environmental impact affordably.

Tips to Enhance Your Backyard With Water Features
Posted: August 06, 2020

(StatePoint) Enhancing your backyard? Experts say that the sights and sounds of water features make them one of the most impactful additions to consider.

Combatting Cybersecurity Threats of the COVID-19 Era
Posted: August 06, 2020

(StatePoint) New data reveals that in uncertain times, consumers and businesses need even greater vigilance when it comes to their cybersecurity.

5 Home Improvements You Can Make to Keep Pests at Bay
Posted: August 06, 2020

(StatePoint) What might seem like one little pest sighting can be a much more extensive invasion than you realize. For starters, a single roach can lay up to 50 eggs at one time!

Wednesday 08/05/2020
How Internet From Space Brings Faster Internet To Rural Areas
Updated: August 07, 2020 - 2:31 am

(NAPSI)—For many in the American countryside, signals from space have been most welcome for some time. That’s because, in many places, that’s the best way to get Internet service: via satellite.

Then and Now

While early systems may have been only a little better than dial-up, enormous improvements in high-capacity satellites mean they can deliver faster speeds and more data at a more affordable price. 

How It Works

Satellite Internet doesn’t rely on terrestrial connections. That’s why it can keep people connected every day and even during disasters when other systems may be down. Instead, the Internet signal is delivered to a connection, which then sends the signal via radio waves up to the satellite over 20,000 miles in the sky. The signal comes back down to your home or office and is captured by a dish-shaped antenna, outside your home, which is connected to the Wi-Fi modem.

The Benefits

•Closing the digital gap: Even though the technology is complex, Viasat’s goal is simple: to make high-speed internet accessible just about anywhere, even the most hard to reach places. Many people are seeking the joys of rural living, but remote communities may not have the infrastructure needed to access traditional Internet service at home. Viasat is available where traditional internet service providers don’t go. 

•Keeping people connected: This is more important than ever these days with so many working and attending school from home, accessing telemedicine, watching videos, playing games and connecting remotely with family and friends. You can use Viasat Internet to email, chat, collaborate on documents, pay bills, do research, and much more. 

•Continuous improvements: More satellites are under construction, Viasat will add even more capacity throughout the U.S. in the next few years. That means faster speeds and the ability to handle more and more data from applications such as video streaming.

•Availability: In many places where cable and fiber don’t go, satellite is there. For example, Viasat reaching some of the most remote parts of the country.

Learn More

For further facts about the only satellite ISP to make U.S. News & World Report’s Best ISP of 2020, visit viasat.com/internet.

 

Don’t Let COVID-19 Delay Your Dental Visit—Dentists Warn Patients About the Importance of Preventive Care
Updated: August 07, 2020 - 2:31 am

(NAPSI)—The COVID-19 pandemic has changed many aspects of our lives, including dental appointments and other important medical care. 

With dental clinics now open once again for non-emergency procedures—with enhanced screening and safety measures in place based upon expert guidance and research—many dentists are reporting that their patients have been slow to return, and it has them sounding a warning about the importance of preventive care.

“The COVID-19 pandemic has made us put many of our routines on pause, but with dental clinics now reopened, visiting your dentist should not be one of them,” said Dr. Kyle Dosch, dental director at Delta Dental of Washington.

The Washington State Dental Association (WSDA) and Delta Dental join dentists in urging people not to further delay preventive dental exams, particularly for children (53% of which already experience tooth decay by the time they reach third grade) and for those who are pregnant or have a medical condition which puts them at higher risk for dental problems.

In addition to routine preventive treatments such as teeth cleanings, careful exams of the teeth, gums and tongue can provide dentists an early look at signs of arthritis, diabetes, diet deficiencies, liver disease and even some auto-immune diseases. 

“A look inside a patient’s mouth can provide great insight to what’s happening in other parts of the body. It’s important to place a high priority on oral hygiene routines, including regular visits to the dentist,” said Dr. Dosch. “Your oral health is important to your overall health, and protecting that is our shared top priority.”

The dentists’ warnings come on the heels of a recent Kaiser Family Foundation poll in which 52 percent of adults surveyed said they or a family member in their household had skipped or delayed dental or medical care due to COVID-19.

The poll’s findings are consistent with an American Dental Association (ADA) national survey which found patient visits are nearly 60 percent of what they were before the mid-March shutdown of dental clinics for non-emergent care. In Washington state, Delta Dental’s statewide claims data indicates that people are again beginning to prioritize their oral health, with 99 percent of dental offices now open statewide.

In the state’s largest county (King County), the number of people returning to the dentist increased significantly in June. But the numbers aren’t all smiles in many of the state’s rural areas, some of which are down more than 15 percent. 

Nearly half of the 1,300 Kaiser poll respondents who skipped or postponed their dental visits reported not feeling safe returning to their dental clinics. However, the WSDA notes that dental offices have always been a very safe place to visit—and have put even more Centers for Disease Control/ADA-approved infectious disease measures in place to keep patients protected, including:

•To make sure patients are healthy, dental team members will call patients to ask health-related screening questions before scheduled appointments. A dental team member will take your ­temperature upon arrival and may repeat health-related screening questions before your appointment.

•Staggered appointments to allow more time to disinfect exam rooms between visits—you may even be asked to wait in your car until the dentist is ready to see you.

•Reconfiguration of dental office waiting rooms (including removal of toys and magazines) and clinic spaces to provide additional physical separation.

•More personal protective equipment worn by staff.

•Face mask requirement for all who enter the dental office.

“It’s important to remember that dentists are health professionals who manage infection and control risk on a daily basis, even in normal times dentists have been required by law to follow very specific safety protocols to prevent the spread of viruses while keeping your safety and protection a top priority,” added Dr. Dosch. 

“You can be confident that as you return to the dentist, he or she is getting a lot of guidance along the way and that the dentist offices are safe to visit,” says Dr. Christopher Delecki, vice chair, King County Board of Health and past president, WSDA. “Conversely, neglecting regular dental exams—for yourself and your children—can put your oral and overall health at risk, at a time when staying healthy is more important than ever.”

“For those who are looking to find a dentist—or who have lost their job—there are many resources available to help care for your oral health, regardless of your benefits provider,” said Dr. Delecki.

To locate a dentist near you, visit wsda.org and use the “Find a Dentist” tool. And for those who have recently lost their job, Delta Dental members can visit DeltaDentalWA.com/MySmile for an overview of what is still covered under your plan, or DeltaDentalCoversMe.com to help you find a new individual or family plan that fits your needs and budget. Those who qualify for Apple Health can visit Arcora Foundation’s Dentistlink.org for help in finding a nearby community clinic or dentist.

 

Cómo encontrar paz con yoga y meditación Kundalini durante la incertidumbre de la pandemia
Posted: August 05, 2020

(BPT) - La pandemia del COVID-19 ha sembrado una mayor incertidumbre en el mundo. Una incertidumbre que ha ejercido impacto en nuestro trabajo y finanzas, en nuestras relaciones humanas, y, por supuesto, en nuestra salud física y mental. Como encontrar el sentido de seguridad que todos ansiamos es casi imposible, sentimos estrés, ansiedad, y una impotencia que nos agota emocionalmente. Estos sentimientos de impotencia pueden ser traumáticos, y ponen a nuestro cuerpo y mente en un estado constante de «lucha o huida». La permanencia en ese estado tenso por demasiado tiempo no solo afecta nuestra calidad de vida. También hace que nuestro sistema inmunitario sea más vulnerable.

Grandes ideas de asados para comidas caseras fáciles
Posted: August 05, 2020

(BPT) - Cualquier día de verano es perfecto para hacer un asado. Todo tipo de asador ya sea sencillo o sofisticado, de gas o carbón, puede lograr sabores y texturas que le dan una cualidad especial a las comidas hechas en casa. No hay necesidad de cocinar dentro de casa y encender el fogón cuando el asador está listo afuera para hacer su trabajo.

How to make sure your vehicle is ready to get back on the road
Updated: August 08, 2020 - 2:32 am

(BPT) - During a season that’s usually devoted to adventure, many have been forced to stick a little closer to home. When it’s finally time to return to your globetrotting ways, it’s vital to make sure your vehicle is ready.

Cocktail railing and more: 5 trends for your deck
Updated: August 08, 2020 - 2:31 am

(BPT) - When determining the look of your outdoor living space, decking is only half of the equation. In many cases, it’s the deck railings that are most visible and the design element that makes the first impression.

Surprisingly, Older Americans Are Coping Best During the Pandemic
Posted: August 05, 2020

(NewsUSA) - Older Americans have actually been coping far better than younger ones during the coronavirus pandemic, according to new research.

From Garden to Glass: Three Steps to Fresh, Seasonal Cocktails [Infographic]
Posted: August 05, 2020

(BPT) - The Botanist Gin provides three simple steps to hone your cocktail making skills for creating refreshing summer sips.

The smart guide to personal finance in a post-COVID world
Posted: August 05, 2020

(BPT) - From job loss and unexpected medical costs to economic swings and volatile stock markets, everyone has experienced some level of financial impact from COVID-19. It's important to know there are simple steps you can take to manage your money throughout challenging times and position yourself for a secure future.

4 reasons why pre-planning your funeral Is the best gift you can give your kids
Updated: August 08, 2020 - 2:31 am

(BPT) - Death and dying can be a challenging subject to broach, even with loved ones. No one likes to consider the possibility of losing a mother or father, and parents don’t want to leave their children in a predicament during incredibly challenging times. As parents, the best gift to give your children is the peace of mind that your final arrangements, including the kind of memorial service you desire, are taken care of, with every detail remembered.

Why Your Child’s Back-to-School Eye Exam is So Important
Posted: August 05, 2020

(StatePoint) This year, going back to school may mean attending class physically or virtually, with states and districts deciding on a case by case basis. Wherever your child attends school this fall, eye exams are essential for a successful academic year. Here’s what to know:

Emotionally Preparing Your Children for Back-to-School Season
Updated: August 07, 2020 - 2:30 am

(Family Features) Between sheltering-in-place, online learning and time away from friends, many children will need a little extra support as they head back to school this fall.

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How You Can Help Fight Lyme Disease
Updated: August 07, 2020 - 2:30 am

(Family Features) Summer means it’s time to check for ticks, especially if you have recently spent time outdoors, taking part in activities such as hiking, camping, gardening, dog-walking or more.

Travel Smart in a COVID-19 World
Posted: August 05, 2020

(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.

3 Tips to Support Your Pet's Immune System
Updated: August 07, 2020 - 2:30 am

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

Strengthen Mental Health by Embracing Culture
Updated: August 07, 2020 - 2:30 am

(Family Features) One in five U.S. adults experience mental illness each year, according to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, and adult African Americans are 20% more likely to experience mental health issues compared to the general population.

Fire Safety for Furry Family Members
Updated: August 07, 2020 - 2:31 am

(Family Features) If you have a fire escape plan in place for your home, you’re steps ahead of many Americans. According to the National Fire Protection Association, only 30% of American households have developed and practiced a home fire escape plan. It’s important for families to stay ahead of the curve and be prepared in the event of a fire.

4 Tips for Welcoming a New Dog into Your Home
Updated: August 07, 2020 - 2:31 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.

Advances in Treating Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer
Updated: August 07, 2020 - 2:31 am

(Family Features) Despite progress in treating lung cancer, it is the leading cause of cancer deaths and impacts communities across the United States. The most common form of lung cancer is non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC). NSCLC is a complex disease that can be challenging to treat, which may feel overwhelming and unsettling for people facing the disease.

Protect Your Pets from Summer Pests
Updated: August 07, 2020 - 2:31 am

(Family Features) As the weather warms up, many people like to take their dogs for long walks or let their cats frolic outside. While you’re having fun in the sun, however, pests like fleas, ticks and mosquitoes can tag along for the ride.

Simple Recipe Hacks for Time-Saving Meals
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New Food Trends Can Save Time and Money
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(Family Features) As families continue to adjust their meal routines amidst a worldwide pandemic, there are trends you and your loved ones can follow to improve your general health, maintain a budget and spend more time together.

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