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January 28, 2015

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Identifying pain medication addiction in your friends; yourself

(BPT) - If you’ve ever taken them, you know prescription opioids can provide a clinically safe and effective solution to pain management. They can also be very addictive, however, and protecting against addiction requires vigilance on the part of the patient as well as his or her doctors, nurses, caregivers, pharmacists and benefits providers.

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Friday 01/23/2015
Forget the pricey trip to the spa with simple DIY tips and tricks
Updated: January 28, 2015 - 3:32 am

(BPT) - With a whole new year ahead, now is the perfect time to relax and refresh with at-home spa treatments that are easy, natural, luxurious and, best of all, affordable.

Tuesday 01/20/2015
Nutrition choices made easy in the grocery aisle
Updated: January 27, 2015 - 3:33 am

(BPT) - Should you buy eggs instead of cereal? Popcorn in place of pretzels? For consumers seeking “better-for-you” foods at the grocery store, these types of decisions can feel overwhelming, and for some, time-consuming.

Thursday 01/15/2015
7 big (but easy) ways businesses can reduce employee absenteeism
Updated: January 22, 2015 - 3:32 am

(BPT) - An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure – especially for small businesses grappling with the high costs of worker absenteeism. Employee time lost to health issues costs American businesses $84 billion a year. For U.S. businesses, helping workers stay healthy costs far less than the financial impact of having them miss work for illness or injury.

Monday 01/12/2015
Five essential elements that should be in every adult student's tool kit
Updated: January 19, 2015 - 3:33 am

(BPT) - The face of the average college student is changing, with more working adults heading back to school to complete degrees and enhance their careers. Being an adult learner means bringing life experience to the table, but it also means juggling more responsibilities alongside coursework – including working, managing a home and family commitments. That’s why there are five essential elements that every adult learner should have in their arsenal of tools to support educational success.

Teenagers want parents to be involved in their lives
Updated: January 19, 2015 - 3:33 am

(BPT) - Today’s changing social environment and confusing messages about drugs and alcohol may be making it even more difficult for teenagers to get their bearings as they move toward adulthood. That is why it is more important than ever for parents to know what is going on in their kids’ lives and have the skills to respond to their teens appropriately.

Wednesday 01/07/2015
Learn how to combat symptoms this cold and flu season
Updated: January 14, 2015 - 3:33 am

(BPT) - Nurse Barb Dehn offers tips on how to get the rest you need to stay healthy this cold, cough and flu season.

Tuesday 01/06/2015
Prepare for surgery: 5 steps every patient should take
Updated: January 13, 2015 - 3:33 am

(BPT) - Surgery and anesthesia are safer than ever, but can make even the most fearless patient a bit nervous. Most patients don’t know about the steps they can and should take to make their experience safer and more comfortable.

Moms in training: 3 sanity-saving tips for new mothers
Updated: January 13, 2015 - 3:33 am

(BPT) - From feeding to diaper changing, new moms and dads are flooded with information to learn and decisions to make for their new bundles of joy. A recent survey conducted by Harris Interactive found that nearly 75 percent of moms plan to return to work post-maternity leave. What many new moms may not yet fully realize is that becoming a mother is a full time job in and of itself. Like any profession, new moms deserve training, breaks and lots of support! 

Monday 12/29/2014
Easy tips to help beat calorie-overload this year
Updated: January 05, 2015 - 3:32 am

(BPT) - Did you make a New Year's resolution to eat better this year? Or are you thinking you might need to make some lifestyle changes to get ready for the summer swimsuit season? Although it may seem like a daunting task, getting started on a weight management plan can be easy. A few simple expert tips can help you watch your calories so you can accomplish your healthy living goals.

Tuesday 12/23/2014
Keep Millennial employees from leaving with better engagement practices
Updated: December 30, 2014 - 3:33 am

(BPT) - The Millennial generation encompasses the employees who will be tomorrow’s leaders in America’s companies. In just 10 years, they’ll make up 75 percent of the workforce. This generation of college graduates – buried under student-loan debt and entry-level income – is looking for ways to engage in the workplace and climb out of the recession that has plagued its members in recent years.

4 easy ways to plan for summer fun this winter
Updated: December 30, 2014 - 3:33 am

(BPT) - Picture this: warm wind blowing across your face, the sound of waves crashing, and all your worries left behind on land. This is you on a boat and now is the perfect time to make this dream a reality. Winter may be frigid for many, but it’s the best time to start planning for warmer days ahead. 

Monday 12/22/2014
Plumbing 101: Answers for your top 5 plumbing questions
Updated: December 30, 2014 - 3:33 am

(BPT) - Installing or fixing a faucet can seem like a daunting task. But, in many cases homeowners can update the kitchen and bath themselves – all you need are the right tools, good judgment and a little time to devote to the project.

Don't set yourself up for a foul at your next sports-watching party
Updated: December 30, 2014 - 3:33 am

(BPT) - Game day is just around the corner. You and your friends have been talking about the upcoming football game on Sunday afternoon for weeks. You’ve rescheduled everything to keep Tuesday night free for the basketball matchup between top rival teams. You could spend a lot of money and travel time to get tickets to the game, but you’d be stuck peering through binoculars to see the action or wrapped up in many layers of clothing to stay warm. Instead, you can catch every moment of the game comfortable and warm in front of a large-screen TV.

Friday 12/19/2014
The easiest thing you can do for your health and looks: drink more water
Updated: December 26, 2014 - 3:32 am

(BPT) - You probably already know that exercising and eating right are key ways to improve your health. But, you may be overlooking one major health necessity that is as close as your kitchen faucet – water. It’s vital all year long, even during winter months when you might think hydration is less important.

Thursday 12/18/2014
Don't play cat-and-mouse with rodents: Tips to keep your home pest-free
Updated: December 25, 2014 - 3:33 am

(BPT) - Though catching mice has been a popular theme in games and cartoons for decades, preventing rodent invasions is not child’s play. Even the most fastidious homeowners can fall victim to a pest invader at some point.

Fantastic fashion ideas for him and her this season
Updated: December 25, 2014 - 3:33 am

(BPT) - Whether you are shopping for yourself, updating a loved one’s look, or wondering what to wear to a holiday party in chilly temperatures, there are key items to look for when shopping this season that are sure to have you fashionably warm.

Friday 12/12/2014
Timeless or trendy? This year, achieve both in your home decor
Updated: December 19, 2014 - 3:32 am

(BPT) - Are you looking for ways to update your home this new year? With so many fresh interior ideas available, it can be difficult to balance current design trends with classic styles for a look that is both of-the-moment and everlasting. Follow these guidelines to find a way to blend now and forever for a look you will love today and tomorrow.

Friday 12/05/2014
4 simple steps to a happier, healthier 2015
Updated: December 12, 2014 - 3:33 am

(BPT) - Another year is upon us, leaving plenty of time to reflect on what went well (and not so well) in 2014. Before you start outlining your self-improvement plan for 2015, consider this: only 8 percent of people who make new year’s resolutions actually stick to them. Control the urge to recycle annual resolutions that you know you’ll never keep. Instead, identify new opportunities to keep your body fresh and your mind focused. Here are four simple steps to a happier, healthier 2015.

New year, new coat of paint: Success tips for DIY painting projects
Updated: December 12, 2014 - 3:33 am

(BPT) - Painting projects are more popular than ever with do-it-yourselfers with 94 percent planning a painting project in 2015, according to a Sherwin-Williams survey of homeowners. DIYers are also planning their painting projects earlier in the year, with January, February and March marked as popular months to upgrade homes with color.

Wednesday 12/03/2014
10 questions to ask before hiring your wedding photographer
Updated: December 10, 2014 - 3:34 am

(BPT) - Some moments are simply too important to trust to a camera phone.

4 small diet changes that can make a big difference
Updated: December 10, 2014 - 3:34 am

(BPT) - The new year is a great time to start fresh. Many people commit to exercise more, stress less or make healthier food choices. Incorporating small, sustainable changes, versus dramatic, large-scale lifestyle shifts, can make it much easier to stick to your resolutions. This year, instead of overhauling your entire diet, resolve to improve your health with simple tweaks to your everyday meal and snacking routine.

Tuesday 12/02/2014
Repurposing garage doors into stunning walls with a view
Updated: December 09, 2014 - 3:34 am

(BPT) - Have you ever admired a coffee table cleverly fabricated using a discarded door sitting on a frame? Or been surprised by the sight of an old refrigerator reborn as a bookshelf or TV cabinet? Even bathroom fixtures have been known to draw notice (and a snicker or two) when repurposed as garden containers.

Monday 11/24/2014
Simple tips to help pancreatic cancer patients eat well
Updated: December 01, 2014 - 3:34 am

(BPT) - What should you make for dinner? Most people ask that question at least once a week. For people with pancreatic cancer, however, daily meal-planning comes with particular challenges, such as ensuring they get enough nutrition and managing issues from their cancer or treatment. If you have pancreatic cancer or care for someone who does, you probably know that it’s not always easy to obtain the nutrients needed.

Friday 11/21/2014
Energy-efficient DIY projects that take just hours to complete
Updated: November 28, 2014 - 3:32 am

(BPT) - Did you know it takes just one afternoon to save money on your utility bills? Take on a few easy DIY projects this weekend to see immediate savings while making your home more comfortable and environmentally friendly for the long term. As cold months quickly approach, now is the perfect time to improve your home’s energy efficiency and set the stage for a warm, comfortable home this winter.

Do you know more about snack cakes than smoke alarms? Most Americans say 'yes'
Updated: November 28, 2014 - 3:32 am

(BPT) - Cold weather often brings many tasks to mind, such as shoveling snow, conducting car maintenance and preparing for holiday fun. However, one preparation often overlooked by many Americans is how to keep their families safe during the peak season for home fires.

Thursday 11/20/2014
Be a super shopper: where to splurge and save at the grocery store
Updated: November 27, 2014 - 3:33 am

(BPT) - Every time you walk into a grocery store you are hit with a barrage of options: fresh, frozen, canned, store brand, name brand, organic. Even with your shopping list in hand, the choices can be overwhelming. Knowing when you should splurge and where you can save can make all the difference in your grocery store shopping.

Monday 11/17/2014
Don't wing it: tips to help prepare for your next interview
Updated: November 24, 2014 - 3:34 am

(BPT) - So you put together a stellar resume, wrote a winning cover letter and landed an interview for your dream job. The hard work’s done, right? Wrong. Don’t think you can just rely on your dazzling personality to win over your interviewer. There’s no substitute for being prepared, and with some expert tips, you’ll ace the interview and be one step closer to a job offer.

Thursday 11/13/2014
Discover how bladder leaks can feel like no big deal
Updated: November 20, 2014 - 3:33 am

(BPT) - 5 tips on how to manage bladder leaks discreetly

Wednesday 11/12/2014
Fighting post-military unemployment on the home front
Updated: November 19, 2014 - 3:34 am

(BPT) - As the Department of Defense continues its drawdown of American military personnel after decades of major troop deployment, tens of thousands of American troops are preparing to transition out of the military and back into civilian life. The transition will be easier for some than others; but with a solid plan and access to helpful resources, returning heroes can find success and satisfaction in a post-military career.

Tuesday 11/11/2014
Drive safely with your newborn by following these tips
Updated: November 18, 2014 - 3:35 am

(BPT) - Babies change everything. Their arrival means that new parents need to become educated - quickly - on cribs, strollers and most importantly, child-safety seats and all their rules. And as federal recommendations on car seats continue to evolve, parents have one more thing to stay on top of.

Monday 11/10/2014
Meal-planning hacks to help you dine fast and healthy
Updated: November 17, 2014 - 3:37 am

(BPT) - A fast pace and busy schedule may make you think that frequenting restaurants and fast food spots is faster than cooking at home. But it is possible to reduce the time you spend in the kitchen – and the money you spend from your wallet. Planning meals ahead of time, making one large grocery trip each week and taking a few hours on the weekend to prep your food for the upcoming week can help ensure that you have dinner on the table quickly, no matter how busy your weeknights get.

Friday 11/07/2014
Beating Type 2 diabetes
Updated: November 14, 2014 - 3:33 am

(BPT) - More than 29 million Americans have diabetes and nearly 86 million others are on their way to a diagnosis. Type 2 diabetes has increased in prevalence simultaneously with the increase in consumption of processed foods and the rise in artificial sugars in American diets. Fortunately, evidence has shown Type 2 diabetes (or insulin resistance) can often be controlled – or even reversed – by proper eating and exercise.

Thursday 11/06/2014
5 essential remodeling rules
Updated: November 07, 2014 - 3:34 am

(BPT) - If you’re ready to hire someone for your first-ever home renovation, you’re likely focused more on the result of the project, not the process. If you could just get from Point A (your underwhelming kitchen, bath or living room) to Point B (a new, luxurious and useful new space), life will be so much better.

Wednesday 11/05/2014
Outsmart illness: 5 simple steps to boost your immune system naturally
Updated: November 12, 2014 - 3:35 am

(BPT) - Aches, pains, missing work and hours resting in bed – everybody dreads getting sick. Fortunately, the best defense against illness is a healthy immune system, and by doing a few simple things at home, you can make sure yours is in tip-top shape.

Easy, affordable and smart ways to protect your home from winter weather emergencies
Updated: November 12, 2014 - 3:35 am

(BPT) - Snow and ice, high winds, bone-chilling cold, heavy rains and flooding – no matter where you live, some form of weather-related crisis may put your home, family and belongings at risk this winter. Before the worst of it arrives, it pays to take some vital steps to ensure you’ll be protected throughout the season.

Tuesday 11/04/2014
6 important lessons everyone can learn from American veterans
Updated: November 11, 2014 - 3:35 am

(BPT) - Extraordinary courage, camaraderie, dedication, sacrifice: these characteristics epitomize the soldiers defending American freedom in warzones across the world. But those tremendous qualities do not disappear when our brave men and women return to the home front, and there’s much for us all to learn from their valor.

Monday 11/03/2014
The beauty of wood turns homes into architectural masterpieces
Updated: November 10, 2014 - 3:36 am

(BPT) - Ever since humans stopped dwelling in caves and started living in huts made of tree branches, wood has been an indispensible structural and decorative residential material. Man’s house-building relationship with wood - historically, culturally and experientially - is deep, long and universal. In part that’s because wood is abundant, economical, durable and flexible. But our enduring love affair with wood is also due to the fact that, like us, each piece of timber is unique - its color, texture and grain are as individual as a human personality, so we keep discovering new aspects of its beauty and versatility to delight in.

Thursday 10/23/2014
One in five children in America go to bed hungry - learn how you can help
Updated: October 30, 2014 - 3:34 am

(BPT) - You may consider child hunger to be a world away problem, however, the reality is there are 16 million children right here in America who are faced with hunger. That’s one in five children who don’t know where their next meal will come from. When you think about that statistic, one of these children can easily be your own neighbor – or even your child’s best friend.

Tuesday 10/21/2014
Curb energy loss with smart home renovation investments
Updated: October 28, 2014 - 3:33 am

(BPT) - While homeowners may not immediately think of their attic as a major source of energy loss, the reality is that as much as 25 percent of the energy lost in the average American home occurs there. As the weather begins to get cooler, you may be inclined to increase the thermostat to maintain a warm and comfortable home. However, air leakage, caused by numerous gaps and cracks throughout your home’s infrastructure, particularly the attic, can cause your HVAC equipment to work overtime and place a strain on your wallet every month.

Friday 10/17/2014
Why the next talk you have with your daughter should be about breast health
Updated: October 24, 2014 - 3:32 am

(BPT) - While breast cancer awareness has greatly increased over the last two decades, a recent national survey found that women and families are not talking enough about breast health. Eighty-seven percent of women said they could talk to their daughters about anything, but less than half said they have actually talked with their daughters about breast cancer. A person’s most influential health role models come from within the family, so it’s important that families - mothers, daughters, sisters and aunts - start talking to each other more about breast health.

Thursday 10/16/2014
The bedroom: the key to a restful night's sleep
Updated: October 23, 2014 - 3:32 am

(BPT) - Whether snuggling in for the night or just trying to catch a few quick winks, your environment plays an important role in determining if you’re counting sheep or counting Zzzs. From noise reduction to lighting, there are a few easy ways you can turn your bedroom into a tranquil oasis.

Wednesday 10/15/2014
Have a sweet tooth? Smart ways to indulge and still maintain your diet
Updated: October 22, 2014 - 3:32 am

(BPT) - Did you know that some of your favorite beverages can have upwards of 500 calories per serving due to high sugar content? With many adult women on a 1500 to 1800 calorie per day diet, that one sugary delight can quickly make up a big portion of your daily calorie allotment. Moreover, with two in three Americans overweight and 26 million with diabetes, watching calories and reducing sugar is an important step towards leading a healthier lifestyle.

Tuesday 10/14/2014
Fall foot health made easy
Updated: October 21, 2014 - 3:32 am

(BPT) - The days of summer living and relaxing are over and it’s time to get back on your feet! Whether you are exploring orchards, raking leaves or dodging rain puddles, autumn keeps you on your toes. The changing of seasons is the perfect time to remember the importance of foot health. Simple steps you take today can help keep feet healthy and comfortable so you don’t miss a beat this fall.

Monday 10/13/2014
Is fresher always better? 4 ways to know your produce
Updated: October 20, 2014 - 3:33 am

(BPT) - These days, when it comes to produce, the catch words are "local" and "seasonal." Local and seasonal, like fresh and organic, can mean a lot of different things, according to Jim Gallivan, department chair of Culinary Arts at The International Culinary School at The Art Institute of Atlanta and author of several cookbooks, including "The Adventure Cookbook" and "The New Spa Cuisine."

Fall into your home to-do list
Updated: October 20, 2014 - 3:33 am

(BPT) - The leaves and the weather don’t need to be the only things to change this season. As the cooler temperatures send you indoors, start adding home improvement projects to your to-do list.

Friday 10/10/2014
5 affordable entertaining ideas guaranteed to impress at holiday parties
Updated: October 17, 2014 - 3:33 am

(BPT) - The holidays are coming up quickly, and that means there’s plenty of reason to celebrate. Whether you’re throwing a party for the first time or you’re continuing a long-running annual tradition, hosting a festive celebration with friends and family is a lot of work and always worth it. This year, take your party to the next level to truly impress your guests – without breaking the bank.

Expand and enhance your job search with social media
Updated: October 17, 2014 - 3:33 am

(BPT) - If social media isn’t at the top of your list when starting your job-searching endeavors, you might find the process slow and tedious. That’s because social networks are the way nearly all U.S. companies are finding new employees, according to Jobvite.

Work-life effectiveness: It’s more achievable than you think
Updated: October 17, 2014 - 3:33 am

(BPT) - Having a successful and fulfilling job and life outside of work can present challenges. While the debate over achievable “work/life balance" and “having it all” wages on, one thing is for sure. Some companies are becoming quite adept at creating policies, programs and services that go a long way to help their employees find the right mix of personal and professional satisfaction.

Thursday 10/09/2014
5 job interview questions you must be prepared to answer
Updated: October 16, 2014 - 3:32 am

(BPT) - It’s a competitive market for all types of jobs, from entry level on up. If you have an interview scheduled, make certain you’re prepared for the questions you’ll be asked.

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