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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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Think outside the lunch box to make school lunches they'll love
(BPT) - Many parents prefer packing their kids’ school lunches for a number of reasons, from cost savings to the confidence of having better control over what their children eat. But packing the same-old, same-old every day can get tired fast – for both parent and child. By adding a dollop of creativity to packed lunches...
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Back to college survival guide [Infographic]
College truly is survival of the fittest. Students face quite an uphill battle, as 38 percent live on campus; they sleep less than six hours per night; gain 6.5 to 9 lbs. their freshmen year; often are required to have roommates; and rank roommate conflict among the top five reasons they drop out of school. From organizing their technology to equipping them with tools to eat, sleep and work – students can take a few simple steps and gear up with high-tech accessories to get started right as t...
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Throw a perfect party - without costs and clutter
(BPT) - Whether it’s your child’s birthday or your relatives are flying in from overseas to take part in a family reunion, your life is filled with special events worth celebrating. Of course, you’d love to salute every one of them with a once-in-a-lifetime party, but how do you do that without winding up with a garage f...
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Lunch box 101: 10 nutritious tips and tricks for parents
(BPT) - Lunch box nutrition has come a long way from bologna on white bread with a juice drink pouch. As parents get ready to send their kids back to school, an easy lesson on lunch box nutrition may be just the thing to help kids get to the head of the class. Packing a winning lunch is not only about health and nutritio...
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Smart solutions for managing hectic family schedules during the school year
(BPT) - School days mean hectic schedules for most families. Older kids head to the classroom, younger ones go to day care, and parents try to manage the early mornings and increased extracurricular activities. How can parents stay organized, reduce stress and stay involved in their kids’ education and care? The increase...
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South Korean medics help a collapsed family member of a missing passenger who was on South Korean ferry Sewol which sank in the sea off Jindo, as she cries while waiting for news from a rescue team, at a gym in JindoFrustrated parents of the missing passengers blame the ship's captain.


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Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov gives a press conference in Geneva on April 17, 2014Russia, Ukraine and the West reached a surprise deal aimed at easing the worst East-West crisis since the Cold War, but US President Barack Obama cautioned it was uncertain if Moscow would stand by the agreement. While not spelt out explicitly, that was a likely reference to pro-Kremlin separatists who have taken over parts of Ukraine's restive southeast. The deal appeared to mark a sharp change from the tone taken by Russian President Vladimir Putin earlier in the day, when he left the door open for armed intervention in Ukraine. At the same time, Obama said he was coordinating with leaders in Europe about further sanctions against Moscow if progress was not evident within days.


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Security men stand guard in front of a bus conveying All progressives Congress opposition governors after visiting victims of at the Accident and Emergency unit of Asokoro hospital where injured people from Monday's explosion at a bus station are receiving treatment in Abuja, Nigeria, Wednesday, April 16, 2014. Scores of peopledied in the the blast that destroyed more than 30 vehicles and caused secondary explosions as their fuel tanks exploded and burned. The Monday attack just miles from Nigeria's seat of government increases doubts about the military's ability to contain an Islamic uprising that is dividing the country on religious lines as never before. (AP Photo/ Sunday Alamba)MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (AP) — Able-bodied men from the Nigerian town of Chibok have taken to the dangerous Sambisa Forest to search for more than 100 abducted girls and young women whom the military claimed to have freed from their Islamic extremist kidnappers, an education official said Thursday.


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