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    Ed’s Story—Everyone With ALS Counts

    (NAPSI)—Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is a fatal neurological disease that attacks the nerve cells. It first gained national attention as Lou Gehrig’s disease, named after the famous baseball player who was diagnosed with ALS in 1939. To date, the cause of ALS is unknown, and there is still no known cure. The disease strikes quickly, usually leading to death within 2–5 years of diagnosis. But every person with ALS has an individual story, and understanding these stories will help researchers ultimately piece together clues about the disease. Ed Tessaro was diagnosed with ALS in 2009. As he learned to cope with this diagnosis, he reflects, “I’ve never considered myself a victim of the disease, because I believe in my heart all of us have a wheelchair. In my case, it’s quite literal, but with everything that goes on in my life, I realize that every family has had a crisis.” One of the things that helps him and others with ALS is reaching out for community support and resources. “The ongoing struggle is to encourage newly diagnosed people to come in and talk about their condition. I want to help people learn about the National ALS Registry, clinical trials, and other resources that can provide support and hope.” The National ALS Registry helps gather information from those who are living with this disease. Researchers from all around the world can access the Registry data to help scientists learn more about what causes this disease. Everyone’s story is different, and everyone’s piece of the puzzle is essential. The Registry has found that more than 16,000 people with ALS live in the United States. It is important to include as many people as possible living with the disease to get the most accurate information. When patients join, it helps give researchers more information. This could lead to a better understanding of the causes of ALS, because learning more about the disease is one step further in the battle to defeat it.If you or someone you care about has ALS, consider learning more about the National ALS Registry by visiting: www.cdc.gov/als.  

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    High School Success Stories: Helping All Students Thrive

    By Carrie Goux For NewsUSA

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    Could Long-Term Blackouts and Outages Become the New Normal?

    (StatePoint) While you may take electricity for granted in today’s world, you might not in the future -- that is, if current trends continue. As a new report highlights, the U.S. electrical workforce is aging out and not being sufficiently replaced -- a trend which could have potentially devastating and far-reaching impacts nationwide. The report’s authors say that the time to fill the pipeline of new electrical workers and invest in training and retention is now.

Pet Central

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Having a pet is a lot of responsibility, and we’ll help by giving you lots of tips and tricks! More >>

Fitness

Fitness

Our fitness articles will help teach you how to work out with gym- and home-based exercises. More >>

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Crosswords

Enjoy the crosswords challenge in our free daily puzzles, from the harder Sunday crossword to the quicker daily. More >>

Sudoku

Sudoku

Every Sudoku has a unique solution that can be reached logically. Enter numbers into the blank spaces so that each row, column and 3x3 box contains the numbers 1 to 9. More >>




Pet Central

pets

Having a pet is a lot of responsibility, and we’ll help by giving you lots of tips and tricks! More >>

Fitness

Fitness

Our fitness articles will help teach you how to work out with gym- and home-based exercises. More >>

Crosswords

Crosswords

Enjoy the crosswords challenge in our free daily puzzles, from the harder Sunday crossword to the quicker daily. More >>

Sudoku

Sudoku

Every Sudoku has a unique solution that can be reached logically. Enter numbers into the blank spaces so that each row, column and 3x3 box contains the numbers 1 to 9. More >>




Thursday 10/15/2020
5 tips to celebrate friends and family virtually
Updated: October 25, 2020 - 2:35 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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Thursday 07/02/2020
The Return of the Great American Road Trip
Updated: October 25, 2020 - 2:35 am

(BPT) - Road trips offer exploration, discovery and adventure at your own pace. Car picnics, roadside attractions, historical sites, lake visits, rolling through the Great Plains or canyons, up to the mountains or down to the beach — regardless of where you go, memories are sure to be made at any age. The pandemic has prevented many from traveling these past few months and the summer offers the opportunity to test drive socializing again with family and friends who may live far away.

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Thursday 10/22/2020
Ed’s Story—Everyone With ALS Counts
Updated: October 24, 2020 - 2:30 am

(NAPSI)—Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is a fatal neurological disease that attacks the nerve cells. It first gained national attention as Lou Gehrig’s disease, named after the famous baseball player who was diagnosed with ALS in 1939. To date, the cause of ALS is unknown, and there is still no known cure. The disease strikes quickly, usually leading to death within 2–5 years of diagnosis. But every person with ALS has an individual story, and understanding these stories will help researchers ultimately piece together clues about the disease. 

Ed Tessaro was diagnosed with ALS in 2009. As he learned to cope with this diagnosis, he reflects, “I’ve never considered myself a victim of the disease, because I believe in my heart all of us have a wheelchair. In my case, it’s quite literal, but with everything that goes on in my life, I realize that every family has had a crisis.” One of the things that helps him and others with ALS is reaching out for community support and resources. “The ongoing struggle is to encourage newly diagnosed people to come in and talk about their condition. I want to help people learn about the National ALS Registry, clinical trials, and other resources that can provide support and hope.” 

The National ALS Registry helps gather information from those who are living with this disease. Researchers from all around the world can access the Registry data to help scientists learn more about what causes this disease. Everyone’s story is different, and everyone’s piece of the puzzle is essential. The Registry has found that more than 16,000 people with ALS live in the United States. It is important to include as many people as possible living with the disease to get the most accurate information. When patients join, it helps give researchers more information. This could lead to a better understanding of the causes of ALS, because learning more about the disease is one step further in the battle to defeat it.

If you or someone you care about has ALS, consider learning more about the National ALS Registry by visiting: www.cdc.gov/als

 

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Could Long-Term Blackouts and Outages Become the New Normal?
Posted: October 22, 2020

(StatePoint) While you may take electricity for granted in today’s world, you might not in the future -- that is, if current trends continue. As a new report highlights, the U.S. electrical workforce is aging out and not being sufficiently replaced -- a trend which could have potentially devastating and far-reaching impacts nationwide. The report’s authors say that the time to fill the pipeline of new electrical workers and invest in training and retention is now.

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Wednesday 10/21/2020
Mutt Mulligan, TurfMutt Spokesdog, Celebrates Adoptaversary, Her First Year Wearing The Superhero Cape
Updated: October 23, 2020 - 2:35 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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Water Infrastructure Investment Critical to Future Accessibility
Posted: October 21, 2020

(NewsUSA) - Clean, safe, reliable water is more important now than ever. With the global health emergency still posing challenges, clean water is essential for maintaining personal hygiene at home and in the community to help prevent the spread of illness.

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Monday 10/19/2020
Burdens of COVID Hit Hardest Among Marginalized Students
Updated: October 22, 2020 - 2:35 am

(StatePoint) Students are the greatest hope for the future, but for many, their plans are threatened due to burdens posed by COVID-19. Here are just a few of the issues students and families face today, and steps being taken to address these concerns:

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Tuesday 10/13/2020
BookTrib's BookBites: Three Moving Personal Stories, and an Rx for Healthcare
Updated: October 16, 2020 - 2:35 am

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Saturday 10/10/2020
5 Tips for Thanking Your Heroes this Holiday Season
Updated: October 16, 2020 - 2:35 am

(StatePoint) Those who go above and beyond to make a difference in the lives of others are rarely in it for recognition. However, in this especially challenging year, the holiday season is a perfect time to not just show these selfless people your appreciation, but also take inspiration from their kindness. Here are five simple ways to thank the everyday heroes in your life.

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Friday 10/09/2020
How to Retain Well-Respected Lawyers at A Big Discount
Updated: October 15, 2020 - 2:32 am

(NewsUSA) - Almost everyone needs a lawyer at some point, but legal fees can be expensive, and finding a lawyer during a crisis can be stressful. However, if you want to make sure you have a well-respected lawyer when you need one, you may want to consider a monthly retainer program.

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Thursday 10/08/2020
2020 to Save America: Calling It The Way He Sees It
Updated: October 14, 2020 - 2:35 am

(NewsUSA) - What happened to America? According to Charles Pearlman, it all started "that election night in November 2016. That's when the National Nightmare began."

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Wednesday 10/07/2020
Housing Instability and COVID-19: New Help is on the Way
Updated: October 10, 2020 - 2:30 am

(StatePoint) The economic downturn caused by the pandemic has created widespread housing insecurity for both renters and homeowners. However, advocates say that free and low-cost legal assistance and other support is helping people remain in their homes.

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Thursday 10/22/2020
High School Success Stories: Helping All Students Thrive
Posted: October 22, 2020

By Carrie Goux For NewsUSA

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Wednesday 10/21/2020
Why Getting a Flu Shot Makes Sense
Posted: October 21, 2020

(NewsUSA) - COVID-19 may be grabbing most of the headlines, but flu season has arrived as well, and unlike the novel coronavirus, there are safe and effective vaccines to reduce the risk of flu.

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Un Intestino Sano Comienza al Momento del Nacimiento
Posted: October 21, 2020

(NewsUSA) -Los adultos pueden estar familiarizados con los alimentos probióticos y los efectos positivos que tienen para mantener el equilibrio de bacterias buenas en el intestino, pero es posible que no comprendan que la salud intestinal y sus beneficios para la salud a largo plazo comienzan desde el momento del nacimiento.

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A Healthy Gut Begins at Birth
Posted: October 21, 2020

(NewsUSA) - Adults might be familiar with probiotics and the positive effects they have on supporting a balance of good bacteria in the gut, but they may not realize that gut health and its long-term health benefits begins at birth.

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Water Infrastructure Investment Critical to Future Accessibility
Posted: October 21, 2020

(NewsUSA) - Clean, safe, reliable water is more important now than ever. With the global health emergency still posing challenges, clean water is essential for maintaining personal hygiene at home and in the community to help prevent the spread of illness.

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Make Virtual Learning Fun and Easier
Updated: October 23, 2020 - 2:35 am

(Family Features) Learning remotely from home is now the norm for many families across the country. Kids and caregivers alike have settled into a routine, though keeping children engaged can still be challenging.

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Level Up Your At-Home Oral Care Routine
Updated: October 23, 2020 - 2:35 am

(Family Features) With many people hyper-focused on their health, there’s no better time than now to level up your oral care routine. In just a couple minutes each day, you can work your way toward a healthier mouth.

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Financial Tips to Help Prepare for the Unexpected
Updated: October 23, 2020 - 2:35 am

(Family Features) Over the past year, most people have noticed how truly unpredictable life can be. While it’s impossible to predict what the next few months have in store, practicing a few fundamental financial skills can help you and your family prepare for whatever comes next.

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4 Tips to Celebrate Halloween with Your Pet
Updated: October 23, 2020 - 2:35 am

(Family Features) Halloween is going to look different this year for many, and you might be looking for costume inspiration for you and your furry quarantine companion along with ways to celebrate virtually at home. You don’t have to have a black cat or werewolf to celebrate the spooky holiday or get in on the festive fun – there are many ways you can include your pet in your haunted (virtual) activities.

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Save Time with Easy Meal Hacks
Updated: October 23, 2020 - 2:35 am

(Family Features) If it feels as though your life is too busy, you're not alone. Many families experience the feeling of constant busyness, but there are ways to save time around the house and lift some of those burdens.

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More Family Living
Thursday 10/22/2020
Tips and tricks to embrace election season
Updated: October 25, 2020 - 2:35 am

(BPT) - From debates and town halls to non-stop news coverage, election season can be fraught with conflict and commotion. Whether you’re an avid political junkie or just a concerned citizen, you’re probably looking for positive, upbeat ways to survive — and even embrace — election season.

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Wednesday 10/21/2020
Fitness Has a New Focus During Medicare Open Enrollment Time
Updated: October 23, 2020 - 2:35 am

(NewsUSA) - Regular exercise is an important part of healthy aging. That's why many Medicare plans offer affordable exercise programs among their benefits. Today, in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, a flexible fitness option is more essential than ever in helping seniors stay fit, strong, and healthy.

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Everyone can save on vital energy costs
Updated: October 25, 2020 - 2:35 am

(BPT) - It’s something everyone in the U.S. needs and uses in their everyday lives — energy to keep the lights on, appliances working and homes cool or warm enough to be comfortable. Now that Americans are spending more time at home, energy needs — and costs — for households across the country are going through the roof.

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Home cleaning: Tips for tackling your mess nemesis
Updated: October 25, 2020 - 2:35 am

(BPT) - You know it has to get 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're dreading having to tackle it.

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Tuesday 10/20/2020
Glaucoma: What you need to know about 'the sneak thief of sight'
Updated: October 25, 2020 - 2:35 am

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

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5 ways to make a difference in a senior’s life
Updated: October 25, 2020 - 2:35 am

(BPT) - Did you know that by 2040, 20% of Americans will be 65 and older? As the population of older adults increases, it’s crucial to recognize and celebrate the rich depth of experience, talents and unique perspectives of such a large segment of the country. Yet, all too often, older people are overlooked and undervalued.

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Monday 10/19/2020
Prepare for Flu Season During COVID-19: Tips for Older Adults
Updated: October 22, 2020 - 2:35 am

(NewsUSA) - With COVID-19 still looming this fall, the upcoming flu season will be more challenging and complicated than in years past. Flu vaccine manufacturers recently projected they will provide as many as 198 million doses this year, surpassing the record set by last winter's flu season (175 million doses).

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Study: Minority-owned small businesses in the U.S. are better at adapting to COVID-19 and showing more optimism than others
Updated: October 25, 2020 - 2:35 am

(BPT) - It’s not surprising that many small businesses are struggling to maintain operations, earn profits and sustain their work forces in the wake of the economic downturn caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Friday 10/16/2020
4 Things to Know When Shopping for a Medicare Prescription Drug Plan
Updated: October 25, 2020 - 2:35 am

(BPT) - About 10,000 Americans turn 65 every day and by 2050, seniors will represent more than 20% of the population.[i] If you are 65 or older, staying healthy is more important than ever. One step includes picking a Medicare prescription drug plan during Open Enrollment, which began Oct. 15.

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5 ways a weighted blanket can improve your life
Updated: October 25, 2020 - 2:35 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. One tool to promote better sleep is a weighted blanket, but the benefits go beyond sleep. Here are five benefits weighted blankets provide.

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More Senior Living
Saturday 10/24/2020
Take Your Dental Hygiene Routine to a New Level
Posted: October 24, 2020

(StatePoint) Patient volumes are hitting only 74 percent of pre-pandemic levels, according to the American Dental Association. With many people delaying dentist office visits, at-home oral care routines are more important than ever.

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Friday 10/23/2020
Generic and Biosimilar Prescriptions Mean Smooth Sailing and Big Savings for Americans of All Ages
Posted: October 23, 2020

(BPT) - Now that Rich Lichty is semi-retired, he loves to go boating on the Chesapeake Bay. His 15-year-old boat is equipped with a diving board to entice the grandchildren.

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Grieving mom urges parents to promise to get flu vaccinations
Updated: October 25, 2020 - 2:35 am

(BPT) - Two-year-old Reese Pena was an energetic, healthy toddler loved dearly by her entire family when her life was tragically cut short by the flu. Now, her mom is urging other parents to make a promise to vaccinate their families this year and every year.

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What to know about higher-risk myelodysplastic syndromes (HR-MDS) [Infographic]
Posted: October 23, 2020

(BPT) - Sponsored by Takeda Oncology

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Thursday 10/22/2020
Ed’s Story—Everyone With ALS Counts
Updated: October 24, 2020 - 2:30 am

(NAPSI)—Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is a fatal neurological disease that attacks the nerve cells. It first gained national attention as Lou Gehrig’s disease, named after the famous baseball player who was diagnosed with ALS in 1939. To date, the cause of ALS is unknown, and there is still no known cure. The disease strikes quickly, usually leading to death within 2–5 years of diagnosis. But every person with ALS has an individual story, and understanding these stories will help researchers ultimately piece together clues about the disease. 

Ed Tessaro was diagnosed with ALS in 2009. As he learned to cope with this diagnosis, he reflects, “I’ve never considered myself a victim of the disease, because I believe in my heart all of us have a wheelchair. In my case, it’s quite literal, but with everything that goes on in my life, I realize that every family has had a crisis.” One of the things that helps him and others with ALS is reaching out for community support and resources. “The ongoing struggle is to encourage newly diagnosed people to come in and talk about their condition. I want to help people learn about the National ALS Registry, clinical trials, and other resources that can provide support and hope.” 

The National ALS Registry helps gather information from those who are living with this disease. Researchers from all around the world can access the Registry data to help scientists learn more about what causes this disease. Everyone’s story is different, and everyone’s piece of the puzzle is essential. The Registry has found that more than 16,000 people with ALS live in the United States. It is important to include as many people as possible living with the disease to get the most accurate information. When patients join, it helps give researchers more information. This could lead to a better understanding of the causes of ALS, because learning more about the disease is one step further in the battle to defeat it.

If you or someone you care about has ALS, consider learning more about the National ALS Registry by visiting: www.cdc.gov/als

 

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Amid COVID-19 Pandemic, Stop the Spread of Flu
Posted: October 22, 2020

(StatePoint) Amid the backdrop of the COVID-19 pandemic, with hospitals and health care workers already overburdened, medical experts say it’s more important than ever to slow the spread of the flu. In a typical year, the flu causes tens of millions of illnesses, hundreds of thousands of hospitalizations, and tens of thousands of deaths in the U.S.

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Wednesday 10/21/2020
Take Back Your Bones: Simple Steps and Recipes to Strengthen Your Bones
Updated: October 23, 2020 - 2:35 am

(BPT) - Did you know that 1 in 3 women and 1 in 5 men globally will suffer from an osteoporotic fracture? In fact, an osteoporotic fracture is estimated to occur every 3 seconds. That’s nearly 8.9 million fractures annually, but the good news is there are many ways to help prevent osteoporosis before a fracture occurs with a healthy lifestyle.

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Why Getting a Flu Shot Makes Sense
Posted: October 21, 2020

(NewsUSA) - COVID-19 may be grabbing most of the headlines, but flu season has arrived as well, and unlike the novel coronavirus, there are safe and effective vaccines to reduce the risk of flu.

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Fitness Has a New Focus During Medicare Open Enrollment Time
Updated: October 23, 2020 - 2:35 am

(NewsUSA) - Regular exercise is an important part of healthy aging. That's why many Medicare plans offer affordable exercise programs among their benefits. Today, in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, a flexible fitness option is more essential than ever in helping seniors stay fit, strong, and healthy.

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COVID-19 Elevating Concerns About Food Safety and Security
Updated: October 23, 2020 - 2:35 am

(NewsUSA) - The latest fallout from the coronavirus pandemic? Food safety and security now rank among consumers' top global concerns. 

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More Health And Wellness
Wednesday 10/21/2020
Mutt Mulligan, TurfMutt Spokesdog, Celebrates Adoptaversary, Her First Year Wearing The Superhero Cape
Updated: October 23, 2020 - 2:35 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: October 25, 2020 - 2:35 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 - 2:35 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: October 25, 2020 - 2:35 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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Thursday 08/13/2020
5 ways to protect your family – people and pets – from germs
Updated: October 25, 2020 - 2:35 am

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Tuesday 08/11/2020
Top 5 ways to encourage your cat to drink more water
Updated: October 25, 2020 - 2:35 am

(BPT) - Water is an essential nutrient for humans — and it’s the same for our pets as well. Cat owners might not know that felines are inefficient at drinking fluids compared to dogs or other pets, which can lead to dehydration or other issues.

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Monday 08/10/2020
Study finds 1 in 5 dogs has parasites: How to stop the spread of worms
Updated: October 25, 2020 - 2:35 am

(BPT) - If you’re like 68% of dog owners, your pup has become even more of an emotional companion during the pandemic. You love your pup so you’ve stayed on top of tick and flea medication and are trying to remain diligent in scheduling annual exams with your veterinarian. But even great dog owners may not put much thought into other, less talked about health risks like intestinal parasites and worms which can not only make your pup really sick, but can also infect humans.

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Monday 07/27/2020
New recipes that mirror cats' meat-rich evolutionary diet [Infographic]
Posted: July 27, 2020

(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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