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

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

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Tuesday 07/28/2020
Foster Care And The Pandemic
Updated: July 30, 2020 - 2:33 am

(NAPSI)—Recent surveys of youth in foster care found nearly half (49%) expressed an immediate resource need during the COVID-19 pandemic—and you can help reverse that. Distance Learning Access (15%) was the top survey response, with Enrichment Activities (14%), Food Support (4%) and Cell Phones (4%) also discussed.

“The demand for resources is greater than ever,” said Lisa Chin, CEO of Treehouse, which conducted the study. “Whether school is in the classroom or online, our youth continue to grow. They need new clothes, school supplies and other essentials.” 

The nonprofit organization partners with youth in care so they have a childhood and a future. Collaborating with social workers, foster care liaisons and caregivers to ensure access to resources is critical to success. When there are gaps, Treehouse provides tangible resources, but it can’t do it alone. 

“Community is such a key part of what we do here, and it’s going to take all of us to address this crisis and continue moving forward,” Chin said. 

Treehouse also has shifted to connecting with high school students in its Graduation Success program using remote strategies. Even before the pandemic, only about 50 percent of youth in care graduated compared to more than 75 percent who stick with Treehouse. 

One student in the program, Karizma, thrives as she completes her schoolwork from home. Last year, she started working with Ruby Zarate, a Graduation Success Coordinator at Treehouse. The two would usually meet weekly in person at school, and have now been staying in touch through frequent phone calls, texts and FaceTime. Although it’s going well, Karizma looks forward to everything eventually returning to normal.

“I never thought I would have to sit at home and wish to be at school,” Karizma said with a laugh. “It is a little different. Having Ruby there to remind me and look out for me has definitely helped a lot as I look to my future. I really do think Treehouse is amazing.”

Anyone who’d like to support Treehouse as they partner with youth in foster care to weather the pandemic can make a gift at www.treehouseforkids.org/donate.

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Friday 07/24/2020
Everyone Can Help Stop the Spread of COVID-19, Here's How
Posted: July 24, 2020

(StatePoint) As businesses and services reopen nationwide, the death toll from COVID-19 continues to rise, and experts warn that Americans must continue taking precautions to help stop the spread of the virus.

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Thursday 07/23/2020
Tips to Help Erase Bullying This Back-to-School Season
Posted: July 23, 2020

(StatePoint) This back-to-school season may look a little different, but no matter what learning environment kids find themselves in this fall, bullying is a real cause for concern.  

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Thursday 07/16/2020
Let's Keep It Local, New Mexico
Posted: July 16, 2020

(NewsUSA) - Good ideas often start in your own backyard

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Monday 07/06/2020
How to Make a Positive Impact in Your Community by Donating Plasma
Posted: July 06, 2020

(StatePoint) Plasma donations are essential. Used to produce life-saving medicines that treat rare and serious diseases, your plasma donation can help save lives. Experts say that during the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s not only safe to donate plasma, but that doing so is vital. By donating plasma today, you can help make a difference not only for patients that need plasma therapies, but to your local community.  

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Thursday 07/02/2020
How to Help Friends Vote Absentee From Anywhere in the World
Posted: July 02, 2020

(StatePoint) For military members and their families stationed away and U.S. citizens living abroad, family and friends are vital connections to life back home. For the 2020 general election, those friends can be an important source of voting information, especially for young people voting for the first time. And this year it’s even more important to register and request an absentee ballot early to avoid potential mail delays or other disruptions resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Wednesday 06/24/2020
Great Online Content Can Let You ‘Visit’ a Museum This Summer
Posted: June 24, 2020

(StatePoint) If you are looking for new things to this summer do while staying home or social distancing, the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian has you covered.

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Wednesday 06/17/2020
Feeding A Global Need: Youth Hunger And Malnutrition Continue To Grow
Updated: June 19, 2020 - 2:31 am

(NAPSI)—According to the United States Department of Agriculture, in the U.S., more than 12 million children receive free or reduced-price breakfast at school, and more than 29.7 million get lunch through the national school lunch program. For many, school meals are the only consistent food they get in a day and, while many school districts have continued distributing meals during the pandemic shutdown, when the school year ends, so do school meals. But there is hope and help.  

Nationally, companies and non-profit organizations are partnering to help meet the needs in the community. One such partnership between Herbalife Nutrition and Feed the Children, a nonprofit organization, aims at solving the issue of food insecurity. The two organizations have united under the shared commitment to defeat hunger worldwide. 

The Importance of Nutrition 

The most vulnerable members of our society, children, rely on school meals and feeding programs to survive. Families living paycheck to paycheck may not have savings or support systems to help them. When children are guaranteed proper health and sanitation measures, they are able to prevent and fight disease, enabling them to develop both physically and mentally into strong children who become contributing members of their communities. 

“As a nutrition company, we know that without adequate food and nutrition, children are unable to reach their full development potential both physically and mentally,” said Dr. Kent Bradley, Chief Health and Nutrition Officer, Herbalife Nutrition. “In working with Feed the Children, we’ve learned the extent of the issue of food insecurity.” 

Disturbingly, 66 million school-age children attend classes hungry across the developing world, according to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations. As the world continues to experience fear and uncertainty, resources become scarcer. The reality is that food-insecure families, especially kids, are going to be affected more than most. 

Dr. Bradley adds, “as a global company providing healthy nutrition to millions of people around the world, we have a responsibility to help those in need of good nutrition.” 

According to the Food Research and Action Center, many of the children who face a nutrition gap when the school year ends also are affected disproportionately by summer learning loss. Also known as the “summer slide,” this refers to the loss of academic skills and knowledge over the summer. This means these children return to school in the fall academically behind their peers and struggling to catch up before classes even begin.  

Partnering Together 

Companies, individual donors and community organizations are coming together to help vulnerable families and communities to ensure that millions who have lost access to food, don’t go hungry. In addition to programmatic support for Feed the Children, the Herbalife Nutrition Foundation has already donated $50,000 to the organization for its pandemic response efforts, through the company’s Nutrition for Zero Hunger initiative.  

“Through our vast network of community and corporate partners, Feed the Children continues to work each day to ensure that no child is hungry. There are a variety of ways our community partners are delivering food and household essentials including door-to-door home delivery and drive-thru product pick-ups (food, water, hygiene items). Some community partners even have a call-in number to ensure those who are homebound or quarantined receive the items they need.” says Travis Arnold, CEO and President of Feed the Children. 

Feed the Children is taking action to ensure communities aren’t forgotten. Eighty percent of their standard domestic work involves supplying community partners (such as food pantries and soup kitchens) with the bulk of the items they need to do their daily work.  

To help Feed the Children in these efforts by donating cash, visit www.feedthechildren.org. Businesses that can donate product (food, hygiene items, and the like) can call (800) 627-4556. 

 

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Friday 05/29/2020
Hands-Only CPR Can Save Someone You Love
Updated: August 07, 2020 - 2:30 am

(NewsUSA) - Each year, June 1-7 is designated as CPR and AED Awareness Week. This year, the significance is especially striking. As most Americans continue to spend more of their time at home during the COVID-19 pandemic, the odds of cardiac arrests in a home setting are likely to increase, according to the American Heart Association.

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Thursday 05/28/2020
‘Breathe Easier’ Healthcare Donation Program
Updated: June 06, 2020 - 2:32 am

(NAPSI)—Healthcare workers on the front lines of the pandemic are in desperate need of creative solutions to the lack of personal protective gear and supplies that help block harmful airborne pathogens. But civic-minded companies can help. 

For example, NasalGuard Airborne Particle Blocker, an electrostatic topical nasal gel that prevents airborne particles from entering the nose, created the “Breathe Easier Healthcare Workers Donation Program.” The firm offers free nasal gel to any healthcare professional who’d like to try it. Requests can be sent via www.NasalGuard.com.

“NasalGuard is drug-free and safe for children, the elderly, pregnant or nursing women, and those concerned about potential drug interactions with other medications,” says Kanika Wahi, a biomedical engineer and co-inventor of the micriofiltration technology. “As people take protective measures to help themselves during this time, NasalGuard is another tool in their arsenal of prevention. We at NasalGuard are proud to support the frontline healthcare workers as well as anyone else in need of preventative products.” 

The company has long believed in giving back and has donated thousands of units of NasalGuard Airborne Particle Blocker nationally and internationally through a number of well-known charitable organizations. 

 

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Friday 08/07/2020
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.

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Thursday 08/06/2020
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.

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Wednesday 08/05/2020
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.

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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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Back-to-School Support
Updated: August 07, 2020 - 2:30 am

Providing teachers and families tools for in-person and at-home learning

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Friday 08/07/2020
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.

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Thursday 08/06/2020
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.

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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.

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Wednesday 08/05/2020
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.

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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.

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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.

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Tuesday 08/04/2020
Need Medicare? Easy ways to get the benefits you – or your loved ones – deserve
Updated: August 08, 2020 - 2:32 am

(BPT) - Some 60 million Americans receive Medicare benefits each year to help pay for health care and prescription drugs, according to the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), the federal agency that runs the program. Yet, many don’t get the right benefits for their health needs and their budget.

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100 years of suffrage: How the ALA continues to empower female voters
Updated: August 08, 2020 - 2:31 am

(BPT) - It came down to one vote. One hundred years ago, on Aug. 18, 1920, the 19th Amendment was ratified with the vote of a young Tennessee senator — breaking a tie to tip the scales. American women had won the long, hard-fought right to vote. After a 70-year movement and a four-year war, their voices were being heard across the country. On the 100th anniversary of this major accomplishment, we take note of how our country’s past resembles its present as we mobilize toward a better future.

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Meet the voice-activated diabetes expert for free 24/7 help and support
Updated: August 08, 2020 - 2:32 am

(BPT) - Managing insulin-dependent diabetes is no easy task. Often, people living with diabetes could really use an expert close by who can answer questions and motivate them to stay on their management plans. Now, that someone is Sulli the Diabetes Guru.

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Monday 08/03/2020
8 ways your family can cure cabin fever
Updated: August 08, 2020 - 2:32 am

(BPT) - It’s not always easy to be at home with kids day after day, but with a little creativity, you can beat cabin fever. Whether you're in your own backyard or venturing out, there are plenty of things you can do to have fun together. Make sure to choose activities that are age-appropriate and that follow your current local guidelines for social distancing.

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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.

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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.

 

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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

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Thursday 08/06/2020
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.

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Wednesday 08/05/2020
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.

 

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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:

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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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Back-to-School Support
Updated: August 07, 2020 - 2:30 am

Providing teachers and families tools for in-person and at-home learning

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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.

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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.

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More Health And Wellness
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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Monday 07/20/2020
Helping all victims of abuse escape and heal together [Infographic]
Posted: July 20, 2020

(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 07/02/2020
4 ways to help keep your dog protected and happy this summer
Posted: July 02, 2020

(BPT) - With the country beginning to reopen, don’t forget about your pet. While you return to your favorite summer activities including hiking and swimming with your dogs, it is important to be aware of a few things first. Senior Technical Services Veterinarian at Bayer Animal Health, Dr. Zach Miller, shared these four simple tips to keep your pets happy and active in the coming months:

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Thursday 06/18/2020
5 smart strategies for cleaning and refreshing your home
Updated: August 08, 2020 - 2:31 am

(BPT) - With more of us spending time at home over the last few months, you’re probably noticing every bit of dust, pet hair and dirt accumulating on the floor and in nooks and crannies. And it’s harder than ever to keep up with regular cleaning while the whole family is together inside.

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Monday 06/15/2020
Tips for Keeping “Pandemic Pets” as Things Get Back to Normal-ish [Infographic]
Posted: June 15, 2020

(BPT) - Pets helped us cope with the pandemic by easing stress, fighting depression and loneliness, giving us reasons to exercise and play, and just being great companions. Now that stay-at-home orders are lifting, America’s pet care community is sharing an infographic to help people transition pandemic pets to a lifelong part of the family.

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U.S. Postal Service Offers Tips To Stop Dog Attacks On Mail Carriers
Updated: June 17, 2020 - 2:30 am

(NAPSI)—Can you picture a member of your family attacking a mail carrier? Of course, you couldn’t, but it happened 5,803 times last year across the nation.  

Dearborn, MI, Letter Carrier Tameka Toliver recalls being pinned on a porch by a dog that bit her above her knee. “It happened so fast, even with all my training, I barely had time to react,” Toliver told co-workers at an event at the Dearborn Post Office. “I’m still scared when I get close to that house because I remember the attack so vividly. It takes a long time to get over the fear.”  

When a dog attacks a letter carrier, the dog owner could be held liable for all medical expenses, repayment of lost work hours, replacement of the uniform and other costs, which can run into thousands of dollars. The Postal Service places the safety of its employees as a top priority and dedicates a week each year to Dog Bite Awareness. (about.usps.com/what/corporate-social-responsibility/activities/dog-bite-awareness.htm

Here are four simple tips to prevent dog bite injuries that should be enforced all year round:  

Door Delivery: If a carrier delivers mail or packages to your front door, place your dog in a separate room and close that door before opening the front door. Some dogs burst through screen doors or plate-glass windows to attack visitors. Dog owners should keep the family pet secured. Parents should remind their children and other family members not to take mail directly from carriers in the presence of the family pet, as the dog may view the person handing mail to a family member as a threatening gesture. 

Electronic Fencing: Carriers may assume, when they see no physical fence around a property, the property is animal-free. This can be a dangerous mistake. Postal officials request that you keep your dog restrained or inside when the mail is delivered. Although the electronic fence may keep your dog from wandering, it does not protect your Postal Service carrier, who must enter your property to deliver the mail. Even homes with curbside mailboxes may have oversized packages or signature-needed items that require the carrier to approach a doorstep and cross the boundaries of the electronic fence. This poses a serious risk to carrier safety.

Dog in Yard: Make sure your dog is properly restrained on a leash away from where your mail carrier is delivering the mail. Mail delivery service can be interrupted at an address or neighborhood the carrier deems unsafe because of an unrestrained dog. When service is interrupted at an address or neighborhood, all parties involved will have to pick up mail at their local Post Office. Service will be restored once assurance has been given that the animal will be confined during regular delivery hours. 

Tracking: Dog owners who have access to postal notification features such as Informed Delivery (informeddelivery.usps.com) for letter mail and package tracking are urged to use this as a way to gauge when the carrier is on the way and to ensure the dog is properly restrained. Expecting a postal package delivery on Sunday? Postal officials urge dog owners to restrain their animals on Sundays as well, as more residences are receiving deliveries throughout the weekend.

 

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Thursday 04/09/2020
Top tips for sanitizing your home
Updated: August 08, 2020 - 2:31 am

(BPT) - As you’re spending more time at home, you’re probably looking for the best ways to keep your living environment clean, safe and healthy. Where do you start? What kinds of tools or products work best for sanitizing? Fortunately, achieving and maintaining a cleaner, more germ-free home is within your grasp.

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Monday 08/26/2019
3 Tips for Finding a Lost Dog
Posted: August 26, 2019

(StatePoint) Dogs are important and adored members of their families, however, millions go missing every year. The reasons are varied and probably not all that surprising. A curious dog might jump over a fence or dig a hole under one. A pup might sneak out a door or gate inadvertently left open. Worn or broken leashes or collars could also allow a dog to escape your control.

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