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National Health Center Week: Recognizing community health centers that help millions of Americans every year
(BPT) - It’s National Health Center Week - a time to reflect on the commitment of health centers across the country to provide access to affordable, high quality, cost-effective services, including those that help prevent chronic diseases such as diabetes, heart disease and hypertension. The services they offer are critically important for more than half of all Americans who suffer from one or more chronic diseases. Every year chronic diseases continue to be the leading causes of death and di...
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Simple steps to packing a better school lunch
(BPT) - As kids get ready to head back to school, it’s time for parents to break out the lunch boxes and start planning for school lunches. The good news is that packing a healthy, nutritious school lunch - that’s also kid-approved - may be easier than most parents think. “Packing the perfect school lunch is about ensuri...
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What Gen Z knows - and should learn - about saving for college
(BPT) - Is it ever too early to start saving for college? Is it ever too late? Finance experts say the answer to both questions is a resounding “no,” and an annual Gen Z & Money survey released by TD Ameritrade Holding Corporation (NYSE: AMTD) indicates that members of Generation Z are hearing the message loud and clear....
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Competing against the odds: Special Olympics athlete with rare disorder succeeds on and off the track
(BPT) - At a recent Special Olympics Summer Games, one athlete took center stage to receive a gold medal – something that symbolized much more than winning a sporting event. For Ryan Groves, a 26-year-old from Michigan, the award meant he was confronting a lifelong challenge that started when he was diagnosed with a rare disorder called tuberous sclerosis complex, or TSC, right before his first birthday. Tuberous sclerosis complex is a genetic disorder that can affect many areas of the body, ...
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Last minute tips to find those back-to-school deals
The school bell will be ringing soon but summer activities have kept your family far too busy to find time to shop for school supplies. Don’t panic if you notice the store shelves looking a little bare: There are still some really great deals to find and you can easily get all of your back-to-school needs filled. If you have a list of all the school supplies your children need, you can get started immediately with your shopping. But if you haven’t thought about creating a list, take the time ...
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Parents urged to get kids vaccinated against meningococcal disease for new school year
(BPT) - Moms do all they can to prepare their kids for a healthy transition from summer vacation to the new school year, which brings new teachers, homework and demanding sports practices. But, when gearing up for the transition, there is one thing moms might be forgetting to protect their children against: potentially f...
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Family in the kitchen [Infographic]
You eat dinner as a family, so why not make preparing that meal a family affair as well? Even the youngest children can have some role in the upcoming feast. Learn more about the tasks children in other families handle at meal time and see if they’re right for your aspiring chef.  
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Lunchbox classics get a better-for-you update … and that's no baloney
(BPT) - Can kids enjoy their favorite lunchtime standbys and be healthier too? Yes, says Liz Weiss, registered dietitian and founder of MealMakeoverMoms.com. The key to a homerun for lunch, according to Weiss, is to throw a few curveballs into the mix. “There’s a reason kids love classics like bologna sandwiches and PB&J...
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Hiring tips to help avoid nanny nightmares
(BPT) - Movie nannies might work for a spoonful of sugar, and hugs and kisses, but in the real world nannies – no matter how loving and attentive they are – need to get paid a salary. When you’re ready to hire a nanny, you can go through the most rigorous background checks, confirm references, interview extensively and h...
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Tips to help kids stay dry and confident through overnight occasions
(BPT) - For the estimated 6 million-plus American children who experience bedwetting, sleepovers, sleep-away camp and vacation can trigger embarrassment, not to mention stress and worry for parents. Compounding the problem, many parents don’t understand that bedwetting is a developmental phase that occurs as a child grow...
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Entertaining with a fresh, local twist
(BPT) - The pleasant weather of late summer and early fall is ideal for outdoor gatherings. Instead of a go-to meal of burgers and potato salad, explore your culinary side and try something fresh and different. Entertaining with local vegetables and flavorful garden herbs can be easy, healthy and delicious. Farmers marke...
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Making wellness programs work for your wallet and lifestyle
(BPT) - By now you’ve probably heard the message loud and clear: Staying well through preventive steps is cheaper, healthier and easier for everyone than waiting until a health condition becomes an issue. From the government to your own employer, many organizations spend millions of dollars every year on wellness program...
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A rescued passenger from a ferry sinking off South Korea's southern coast, is carried by police and rescue teams on his arrival at Jindo port in Jindo, south of Seoul, South Korea, Wednesday, April 16, 2014. Dozens of rescue boats and helicopters are scrambling to save more than 470 people, including many high school students, caught on a ferry sinking off South Korea's southern coast, officials said. There are no immediate reports of causalities. (AP Photo/Park Chul-heung, Yonhap) KOREA OUTMessages to parents offer glimpse into desperate situation aboard sinking S. Korean ferry.


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Robert Rizzo, left, leaves court after being sentenced, Wednesday April 16, 2014 in Los Angeles. Rizzo, the former city manager of Bell, was sentenced Wednesday to 12 years in prison and ordered to make restitution of $8.8 million in a corruption scheme that nearly bankrupted the small, blue-collar city. (AP Photo/Nick Ut)LOS ANGELES (AP) — A former city official who became a symbol of municipal greed was sentenced Wednesday to 12 years in prison — less than half the time it will take the nearly bankrupt Los Angeles suburb of Bell to dig itself out of the estimated $150 million in debt he left behind.


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FILE - In this undated file photo, Amelia Earhart stands next to a Lockheed Electra 10E, before her last flight in 1937 from Oakland, Calif., bound for Honolulu on the first leg of her record-setting attempt to circumnavigate the world westward along the Equator. American aviator Earhart’s disappearance in 1937 is among aviation’s most enduring mysteries. Earhart, the first female pilot to cross the Atlantic Ocean, vanished over the Pacific with Fred Noonan during an attempt to circumnavigate the globe. Seven decades later, people are still transfixed with the mystery. Theories range from her simply running out of fuel and crashing to her staging her own disappearance and secretly returning to the U.S. to live under another identity. (AP Photo/File)CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Experts retained by an aircraft preservation group say underwater video shot in the South Pacific yields no evidence of the wreckage of the missing plane piloted by aviation pioneer Amelia Earhart.


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