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Thursday 07/11/2019
The Test Every Kid Needs Before Going Back to School
Posted: July 11, 2019

(StatePoint) Before schedules get too hectic, experts say that parents should prioritize a visit to the eye doctor this back-to-school season.

5 Ways to Set Up the Perfect Workstation
Posted: July 11, 2019

(StatePoint) Before the school year kicks into high gear, it’s important to give yourself the tools needed for academic success and maximum organization.

Monday 07/08/2019
How to add truck rental services to your business
Updated: July 15, 2019 - 2:31 am

(BPT) - Successful entrepreneurs are always looking for new opportunities to expand their business and increase their revenue, with minimal time commitment, overhead and expenditure. For business owners looking to grow their bottom line, becoming a truck rental agent can provide a profitable opportunity.

Friday 06/28/2019
Increasing access to computer science education for students
Updated: July 15, 2019 - 2:32 am

(BPT) - For today’s students, learning how to code is becoming just as important as learning how to read. The Bureau of Labor Statistics says computer science is the fastest growing profession within the science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) field. They also project that, by 2020, there will be 1.4 million computer science-related jobs available and only 400,000 computer science graduates with the skills to apply for those jobs.

Wednesday 06/26/2019
How to Combat Summer Brain Drain Through Reading
Posted: June 26, 2019

(StatePoint) Brain drain is a common problem among students during the long summer months spent outside the classroom.

Monday 06/24/2019
How to avoid hidden dangers in home and office furniture
Updated: July 15, 2019 - 2:32 am

(BPT) - Awareness of health risks from potentially harmful chemicals has grown exponentially in recent years. Consumers are demanding transparency regarding what’s in the food, personal care products and household items we use every day.

Friday 06/21/2019
Good health for men often depends on wellness awareness and early screenings
Updated: July 15, 2019 - 2:32 am

(BPT) - The statistics for men’s health are alarming. For men, life expectancy is 76.3 years; for women, it’s 81.2 years. The Kaiser Family Foundation points out that nearly 71 percent of men are at risk of being overweight or obese, compared to 59 percent for women. Far more women than men are likely to go to a physician office visit, according to the Centers for Disease Control.

Tuesday 06/18/2019
4 Ways Being an Independent Insurance Agent Isn’t Your Typical Sales Job
Updated: July 15, 2019 - 2:30 am

(BPT) - Many of us dream of being our own boss and setting our own schedules, but making the leap out on our own can be daunting. You may feel like you lack adequate business knowledge or resources to get off the ground — and then there is the notoriously high rate of startups failing. It is understandable to feel like the risk may not be worth taking.

Tuesday 06/11/2019
7 tips to hire smart for your small business
Updated: July 15, 2019 - 2:30 am

(BPT) - Ever heard the expression, "One bad apple spoils the barrel?" In business this is especially true because hiring the wrong person can negatively affect everyone working around them, as well as potentially harming the reputation of your company.

Agriculture insight: Major players nurture innovation by supporting startups
Updated: July 15, 2019 - 2:30 am

(BPT) - Environmental pressures like drought confront growers across the globe, and they can exacerbate the many other demands growers face. The challenges are intertwined, coming from every direction, including profitability requirements, food-supply-chain demands and nutrient shortages.

Friday 06/07/2019
Report: Financial fraud is targeting older adults at record levels
Updated: July 15, 2019 - 2:30 am

(BPT) - The financial exploitation of older people is a rampant epidemic in America. A recent report by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau revealed that each incident of financial fraud cost older adults ages 70 to 79 an average of $45,300. And when the older adult knew the suspect, the average loss rose to about $50,000.

Thursday 06/06/2019
Moms, make time for yourself this summer
Updated: July 15, 2019 - 2:31 am

(BPT) - With summertime upon us and kids out of school, moms are heading into one of the busiest times of year. When summer schedules get hectic, it’s more important than ever for moms to take time for themselves and keep up their energy.

Tips for the perfect cross-country move
Updated: July 15, 2019 - 2:33 am

(BPT) - Summer is back and that means Americans are on the move. Whether it’s spending some time at the cabin or going to visit relatives, travel always picks up when the weather gets warmer. But with a stable housing market and a strong economy, lots of people are planning more than a weekend outing — they’re moving across the country. Taking on a cross-country move is never a walk in the park. But there are things you can do to avoid the major headaches and even make it a fun adventure. So whether you’re a family looking to make a change or a new graduate getting your start in a new city, here are some tips to make your cross-country move a successful one.

Wednesday 06/05/2019
Pittsburgh: Pull up a chair. You are welcomed here
Updated: July 15, 2019 - 2:33 am

Tuesday 06/04/2019
The Best-Kept Secret: 529 Education Savings Plans
Updated: June 28, 2019 - 2:31 am

(NewsUSA) - What you don't know really can hurt you when it comes to paying for your child's college education.

How to Prepare for and Tackle Unexpected College Costs
Posted: June 04, 2019

(StatePoint) Smart financial decisions can help your family make good college investment decisions. Unfortunately, unexpected costs throw many families for a loop. To plan realistically, consider the following:

Friday 05/31/2019
What's more realistic, Bigfoot or a secure retirement?
Updated: July 15, 2019 - 2:30 am

(BPT) - Did you know nearly 1 in 3 people think they're more likely to learn Bigfoot is real than to save enough to retire comfortably, according to a recent survey from AARP and the Ad Council?

New Technology Strives to Ensure a Properly Fit Football Helmet For Every Player
Updated: July 15, 2019 - 2:32 am

(BPT) - The NFL receives the highest television ratings of all pro sports, and football continues to have the highest rates of participation for high school boys in the country (compared to other sports), yet the dangers of playing the game have never been more visible. As a result, parents are hesitant to give their kids permission to play. The irony of this safety ‘enlightenment’ for the game of football is that coaches, community leaders and companies are stepping up to plate to deliver solutions that make the game safer than ever before.

Wednesday 05/29/2019
How to display the U.S. flag with respect and pride
Updated: July 15, 2019 - 2:32 am

(BPT) - Flag Day is celebrated every year on June 14 to commemorate the adoption of the U.S. flag on June 14, 1777, by resolution of the Second Continental Congress. After decades of state and local celebrations across the country that date as far back as the early 1900s, Flag Day was officially established by President Woodrow Wilson in 1916. However, the designation was not written into law until 1949 when President Harry S. Truman signed an Act of Congress officially establishing June 14 as Flag Day.

Tuesday 05/28/2019
Pledge to listen: How a free trip to Egypt changed lives, attitudes
Updated: July 15, 2019 - 2:32 am

(BPT) - The familiar phrase “random acts of kindness” has its origins on a placemat in Sausalito in 1982, on which writer Ann Herbert wrote, “Practice random kindness and senseless acts of beauty.” The idea took on a life of its own, with stories of strangers buying groceries for others or feeding someone else’s parking meter. The idea is simple: Doing something selfless, with no other thought than to brighten someone’s day, creates a ripple effect. Kindness spreads, making the world a happier place.

High-Speed Internet Access Critical for Students and Job Seekers
Posted: May 28, 2019

(StatePoint) The job market is rapidly changing, thanks to new and emerging technologies. As a result, job training has become highly specialized, even at the high school level.

Monday 05/27/2019
10 movies that connect generations
Updated: July 15, 2019 - 2:31 am

(BPT) - Movies both bring us together and bridge generational divides. They help us relate to each other and understand past eras. Great movies also shape a generation, creating a common experience. They reflect the hopes and dreams of their audiences.

Sunday 05/26/2019
Small businesses are looking beyond banks for loans
Updated: July 15, 2019 - 2:31 am

(BPT) - Growing a business requires strategy, persistence and money. Even the most successful business owners occasionally need extra cash to expand their operations. However, getting this funding through a bank can be an uphill battle.

Wednesday 05/22/2019
Tires keep America rolling
Updated: July 15, 2019 - 2:33 am

(BPT) - Off to work. Heading to the gym. Going to see the latest superhero movie … again. Taking the kids to soccer practice. Road trip! Wherever you’re driving to, the last things on your mind when you jump into your car are the tires.

How colleges are adapting for today’s students
Updated: July 15, 2019 - 2:32 am

(BPT) - Today’s college students bring a wide variety of needs and manage a constant juggle of responsibilities while pursuing a degree. According to the Department of Education, 74 percent of undergraduate students, described as the “new normal,” have at least one nontraditional characteristic such as being a first-generation student, having at least one dependent, or working either full or part time. Further, nearly half of students enrolled today are age 25 or older and are working to complete an unfinished degree, returning to advance their career or re-skill for a new opportunity.

3 reasons to go fishing on your next day trip
Updated: July 15, 2019 - 2:33 am

(BPT) - When the weather warms up, it’s the perfect time to spend a day casting on the water. Whether you’re an experienced fisherman, a novice or a family looking for a fun, all-ages activity, fishing is an easy and enjoyable choice.

How to improve your credit score before applying for a mortgage
Updated: July 15, 2019 - 2:30 am

(BPT) - In today’s world, lenders use many different types of credit scoring models. There are virtually hundreds of different models out there for lenders to choose from.

How companies are creating healthier worksites
Updated: July 15, 2019 - 2:32 am

(BPT) - Worksite hurdles are the issues or hassles that prevent employees from being engaged, successful and happy at their jobs. To help overcome these hurdles, and for more satisfied, productive employees, an increasing number of employers are looking to their employee well-being programs for answers.

Tuesday 05/21/2019
Tire blowout 101: What to do when your tire fails on the road
Updated: July 15, 2019 - 2:32 am

(BPT) - As seasons change and temperatures rise, so do the number of tire blowouts around the country. The truth is a blowout can happen anywhere and at any time. Tire failures put drivers in an unexpected, frightening and dangerous situation. And, while it’s an experience no motorist wishes to endure, it’s important to understand how to react when and if it happens.

Monday 05/20/2019
6 ways to save money when shopping on Amazon
Updated: July 15, 2019 - 2:30 am

(BPT) - These days, everyone's looking for bargains and ways to save while shopping online from the comfort of their own homes. With low prices, a wide selection and fast shipping for customers, Amazon has a lot to offer to save you both time and money. Below are six easy ways to save when shopping on Amazon:

Friday 05/17/2019
The home fire safety feature you probably haven't thought about
Updated: July 15, 2019 - 2:31 am

(BPT) - Home is supposed to be a safe space, so it can be scary to think about things like fires. Unfortunately, fires are a real threat. Seven people die each day due to home fires, so it's important to be ready.

4 tips to help college grads buy the perfect vehicle
Updated: July 15, 2019 - 2:31 am

(BPT) - Congratulations, college graduates! You’re all set to enter the job market, but do you have what it takes to get to and from interviews or work? It might be time to move on from worn-out, hand-me-down vehicles for your fresh start in life.

Wednesday 05/15/2019
Health tips: Treat your hair and scalp with care
Updated: June 27, 2019 - 2:40 am

(BPT) - The changing seasons, environmental factors, overuse of harmful products and ingrained grooming habits can damage your hair. Getting the strong, shiny hair you want can be as easy as following a few simple tips for hair and scalp health.

Summertime cuts and scrapes: 3 simple steps to help prevent infection
Updated: July 15, 2019 - 2:30 am

(BPT) - Summer is a time to get the family back outside to play after a long winter of being stuck inside. Those outdoor adventures — for kids big and small — may also bring a few unexpected injuries. Parents never want to see their kids hurt, but when those minor cuts or scrapes do occur, it's important to know what to do — and what to use — to help prevent infection and get little ones back to their adventures.

3 ways leaders can help employees embrace AI
Updated: July 15, 2019 - 2:32 am

(BPT) - Most people may be unaware how much Artificial Intelligence (AI) has become part of their lives. From GPS and predictive text on smartphones to search engines and customer service chatbots, AI is changing the way people live and work. AI involves the process of using algorithms to make sense of large amounts of data beyond human capacity to manage, with the potential to tackle more tasks than ever before imagined.

Tuesday 05/14/2019
6 smart ways to digitally declutter
Updated: July 15, 2019 - 2:32 am

(BPT) - This time of year, as our focus turns to spring cleaning, there's an aspect of tidying up that most of us may be forgetting: our digital clutter. Women’s lifestyle outlet How Does She partnered with Walmart Family Mobile to share some excellent technology tidying tips (say that five times fast!). From Christmas pictures that are still taking up memory on your phone, to hundreds of old texts that are eating up your gigabytes, to needless folders that make your computer desktop messier than a 10-year-old's room, there are plenty of things you can digitally declutter, and once you get started, you'll be amazed at how zen you'll feel.

Home flipping experts reveal the story of their first renovation
Updated: July 15, 2019 - 2:31 am

(BPT) - Like a first kiss, first car or first day of school, entrepreneurs and home renovation experts Ashley and Andy Williams will never forget completing their first home renovation project.

Monday 05/13/2019
Study up on student scams
Updated: July 15, 2019 - 2:30 am

(BPT) - If you’re in college or high school, chances are you’re working hard to get good grades and earn a little extra money. And while you’re cutting corners living on ramen and frozen pizza, would you want to risk losing any of your hard-earned money to a scam?

Friday 05/10/2019
5 steps to prepare for natural disasters
Updated: July 15, 2019 - 2:31 am

(BPT) - Whether it’s hurricanes, tornadoes or snowstorms, natural disasters can occur anywhere at any time. When they do, it’s often sudden, so being prepared ahead of time is key. However, only 39% of Americans are prepared for an unexpected natural disaster, according to a study by the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

Thursday 05/09/2019
The building blocks to a more beautiful outdoor-living space
Updated: June 28, 2019 - 2:37 am

(BPT) - Segmental retaining wall units are one of the most versatile landscaping tools in the homeowner’s and professional landscaper’s toolbox. Retaining wall units have evolved from just retaining soil, transitioning slopes and preventing erosion. Today’s SRWs can do all that plus serve as multipurpose building blocks for outdoor-living features, including stairs, columns, freestanding walls, tiered walls, curved walls, seating and more.

6 tips every parent should know about autism diagnosis and treatment
Updated: July 15, 2019 - 2:30 am

(BPT) - An estimated one in 59 children has been identified with Autism Spectrum Disorder, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Despite this prevalence, if you think your child might have autism, it can feel very isolating. Venturing into the unknown is stressful, but there are some important steps you can take now to make a big impact for your child in the future.

5 ways you can help fight child hunger
Updated: July 15, 2019 - 2:31 am

(BPT) - Did you know more than 13 million youth in the U.S. don’t know where their next meal is coming from? This is especially true during the summer, when children and teens don't have access to free or reduced-cost lunches or breakfasts offered during the school year. In fact, over 22 million kids receive free or reduced-cost lunch during the school year, yet only 3.8 million kids have access during the summer, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Tuesday 05/07/2019
National Poppy Day marks the 100th anniversary of 'The Poppy Lady'
Updated: July 15, 2019 - 2:32 am

(BPT) - One hundred years ago, a selfless young school teacher with a big heart and unwavering commitment to our nation’s veterans started a national movement that continues today — brightening the lives of those who served our nation.

Friday 05/03/2019
5 steps to preparing for an obstacle course race
Updated: July 04, 2019 - 2:43 am

(BPT) - With popular obstacle- and ninja-style shows taking over TV, you might be curious what it takes to become a part of the competition. One expert ninja says this curiosity can springboard you quickly to the next level.

Thursday 05/02/2019
New ways HOAs are communicating with residents
Updated: July 05, 2019 - 2:38 am

(BPT) - Without thoughtful communication, relationships between board members, residents and property managers of community associations can go from smooth to contentious in a hurry. From single-family communities to high-rise condos, everyone has their own ideas about what’s best for the neighborhood. But despite what most headlines will have you believe, the reality is that homeowner satisfaction in managed communities and HOAs is reported to be at an all-time high. Embracing the right communication style to connect with their community is a key reason.

Wednesday 05/01/2019
5 fun and easy ways to help your kids keep learning all summer
Updated: July 15, 2019 - 2:31 am

(BPT) - Did you know 96% of teachers say that each fall, students appear to have forgotten or lost some of the knowledge or skills they learned the previous school year?

How the trucking industry is changing with the times
Updated: July 15, 2019 - 2:32 am

(BPT) - The food you purchased at the grocery store and cook for dinner tonight might have come from other locations around the world. Your clothes bought online might come from a manufacturing plant across the country. That package sitting outside in your entryway when you get home from work could have traveled coast-to-coast before arriving at your door.

Tuesday 04/30/2019
5 financial wellness moves every family should master
Updated: July 15, 2019 - 2:32 am

(BPT) - If you had to grade your financial literacy, what would it be? Are you an A+ saver, investor and planner, or do you think you could do better? If you grade yourself average at best, you’re not alone.

Monday 04/29/2019
Real estate ready: Smart tips for first-time homebuyers
Updated: July 15, 2019 - 2:32 am

(BPT) - Today’s first-time homebuyers face a variety of hurdles when trying to enter the real estate market. While interest rates have declined recently and there are signs that more inventory may be coming onto the market, many buyers continue to feel frustration in finding and financing a home.

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