Mission Senior Living’s Caregivers Recognized by Nevada Caregivers Coalition

January 1, 2018 by · Comments Off on Mission Senior Living’s Caregivers Recognized by Nevada Caregivers Coalition
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RENO, Nevada, Dec. 15, 2017 – During the 12th annual Caregiver Recognition Luncheon on Nov. 29 at the Atlantic Resort, 10 Mission Senior Living (MSL) team members were among 93 caregivers recognized by the Nevada Caregivers Coalition for enhancing the quality of life for those in their care. Carson City-based Mission Senior Living offers assisted living and memory care services at locations in Nevada, Oregon, and Arizona.

Recognized from MSL were Eleanor Clark and Teri Gooch from Summit Estates in Reno; Tiffany Bell and E.D. Crouser from Skyline Estates in Carson City; Flor Vargas, Ana Hernandez , Krista Evans and Rosa Hoyt from Carson Valley Senior Living in Gardnerville; and Terri Minor and Delia Vargas from Fernley Estates in Fernley.

Vargas also received the In-Facility Paid Caregiver award, one of seven special recognitions bestowed to those providing exceptional and compassionate care. She has worked at Fernley Estates as a caregiver for 3.5 years.

“Caring people, serving people, improving lives, that’s our mission,” MSL President Darryl Fisher said. “We care for our residents just as we would our own family members, with compassion and respect. For this dedicated and caring team of caregivers, this recognition is much deserved and we’re proud they are part of the MSL family.”

The Caregivers Coalition serves northern Nevada by providing caregivers with resources, information and support. Members include agencies, businesses and individuals that provide care to individuals and loved ones across the life span, according to the organization.

About Mission Senior Living

Carson City-based Mission Senior Living (MSL) offers assisted living and memory care services at locations in Nevada, Oregon, and Arizona. MSL’s dedicated team of professionals provides compassionate care and services, and resident-centered programming, activities, and events that enrich the lives of residents and their families. Through the Ageless Dreams program, residents’ lifelong dreams come true with help of MSL team members. For more information on MSL, visit http://www.missionseniorliving.net or call 775-468-6114.


Mission Senior Living (MSL) team members celebrated a job well done by 10 MSL caregivers who were recognized by the Nevada Caregivers Coalition for enhancing the quality of life for those in their care.  The caregivers were recognized during the 12th annual Caregiver Recognition Luncheon on Nov. 29 at the Atlantic Resort. Delia Vargas from MSL’s Fernley Estates in Fernley, Nev., received the In-Facility Paid Caregiver award, one of seven special recognitions bestowed to those providing exceptional and compassionate care.

How to Set a Fantastic Holiday Table

December 3, 2017 by · Comments Off on How to Set a Fantastic Holiday Table
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(Family Features) The holidays are about making memories with friends and family. When it’s your turn to host, you can set a truly memorable holiday table – without breaking the bank.

Celebrity chef and event planner Travis London, of Healthy Chic Eats, shares three great ideas for creating fantastic holiday table settings and a great recipe:

  • Don’t be afraid to mix and match. It’s okay to mix patterns andtextures because it adds another level of interest to the table. Mikasa offers many different dinnerware patterns that can be easily mixed with each other to create a great look. For example, start with red metallic chargers and add white Cameo Platinum dinner plates and festive salad plates such as Love Story Holiday. Or go for a fun, contemporary look by layering Christmas Cheers Dots and Christmas Candy Cane dishes.
  • Be creative with table decorations. Try using what you have in new ways. Fill a Pfaltzgraff Winterberry serving bowl with cranberries, or line a Winterberry platter with pretty votives and evergreen sprigs you snip from the back yard.
  • For an easy, long-lasting centerpiece usepotted plants. Many supermarkets sell potted plants at great prices. Rosemary plants make a beautiful and fragrant addition to the holiday table. Try setting out two pots of rosemary wrapped in red foil, then put them on either side of a glass vase or jar filled with red ornaments.

No matter how you dress your table for the holidays, the food is the real star of the show. This delicious cheesecake recipe from Travis will look good on any plate – and taste even better. For more entertaining tips and recipes, visit www.facebook.com/mikasadining.

Holiday Bliss Low Calorie White Chocolate and Ricotta Cheesecake

Serves 8-10

12        ounces low fat cream cheese
1 1/2    cups fresh ricotta
2          tablespoons sugar
5          ounces chopped white chocolate, melted
1          large egg
2          egg whites
1          tablespoon pure vanilla extract

Preheat oven to 325°F and lightly spray a 10-inch spring form cake pan with vegetable oil.

Using a mixer, beat together cream cheese, ricotta and sugar until soft. With the mixer set to low speed, beat remaining ingredients into mixture and mix until completely smooth.

Pour cheesecake mixture into prepared cake pan and place in oven to bake until set, 30 minutes.

Once done, remove from oven and allow cheesecake to cool completely before removing sides.

Place in refrigerator for at least 4 hours to continue to set before serving.

Tip: When serving, use a round mold to create individual portions, or cut slices and top each with mixed berries and a mint spring.

Santa’s Handy Hints For everyone on your list

November 30, 2017 by · Comments Off on Santa’s Handy Hints For everyone on your list
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(Family Features) Make holiday shopping a little easier this year with a few hints from the big man himself. Whether they love music, technology, fashion or fun, these gifts will put a smile on everyone’s face — and turn you into a holiday hero.

For the music lover

HTC One V — $269.99


The HTC One V phone — available at Cricket Wireless —

combines the vibrant authenticity of Beats Audio with the no-contract carrier’s unlimited Muve Music service, for the best possible sound quality on songs downloaded directly to the phone. Cricket’s all-inclusive Android rate plans include unlimited talk, text and data plus unlimited music, starting at $50 per month.


For the young at heart

LEGO Bricks & More Basic Bricks Deluxe Set — $29.99


A perfect gift for a family that loves to spend quality time being creative and building together. This open-ended LEGO construction set comes with 650 colorful LEGO bricks and photo inspiration to provide endless play possibilities at a great value. Take the fun beyond the box at the Build Together website, where you’ll find more building inspiration as well as monthly (seasonal and holiday) building instructions.

For the fashionista

Fashion: The Definitive History of Costume and Style — $50.00


Containing everything you need to know about changing fashion and style, this beautiful book catalogs 3,000 years of fashion evolution. With stunning visual clarity, attention to detail, and information on icons from Marie Antoinette to Alexander McQueen, “Fashion: The Definitive History of Costume and Style” offers an invaluable overview of the history of fashion and costume.

For the audiophile

AUVIO Bluetooth Portable Speaker — $79.99


Get rich, full and dynamic sound with no cord to tie you down. This sleek, compact speaker is compatible with most Bluetooth-enabled tablets, laptops, MP3 players, and smartphones running iOS or Android platforms. The built-in speakerphone makes picking up calls easy when paired with your mobile phone. Already a great value compared to similar products, save even more with $10 back for every $50 you spend at RadioShack starting November 4, 2012. Exclusively at RadioShack.

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End Holiday Gatherings with a Slice of Decadence 

November 26, 2017 by · Comments Off on End Holiday Gatherings with a Slice of Decadence 
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(Family Features) Savoring a flavorful, homemade pie is the perfect way to end any gathering during the holidays. While apple, pecan and pumpkin are go-to favorites this time of year, introducing holiday-inspired flavor twists is perfect for those who crave a little variety.

“You’ll love the smooth layers of rich chocolate and the crunch of pecans seasoned with cinnamon and allspice in this easy-to-make pecan pie,” said Mary Beth Harrington of the McCormick Kitchens. “I like to bring this pie as a hostess gift, too – the additional ingredients give it a unique, memorable touch.”

Make any pie holiday-worthy by topping each piece with an extra-special homemade whipped cream flavored with Vanilla Extract. Try other festive varieties like candy cane, cocoa cinnamon and eggnog.

For more holiday-inspired recipes, visit www.McCormick.com, www.Facebook.com/McCormickSpice, or www.Pinterest.com/mccormickspices.

Decadent Chocolate Pecan Pie

Serves: 10


1          refrigerated pie crust, (from 14.1-ounce package)

1          cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

3          tablespoons milk

4          eggs

3          tablespoons butter, melted

2          teaspoons McCormick® Pure Vanilla Extract

1          cup dark corn syrup

1          cup sugar

1/2       teaspoon McCormick® Ground Cinnamon

1/4       teaspoon McCormick® Ground Allspice

1/4       teaspoon salt

1 1/2    cups pecan halves

1.      Preheat oven to 425°F. Line 9-inch deep dish pie plate with pie crust. Bake 7 minutes. Remove crust from oven. Reduce oven temperature to 325°F.

2.      Meanwhile, microwave chocolate chips and milk in medium microwavable bowl on HIGH 1 to 1 1/2 minutes. Stir until smooth. Pour chocolate evenly over crust.

3.      Beat eggs in large bowl. Add remaining ingredients; mix well. Slowly pour mixture over chocolate layer. Place ring of foil around edges of crust to prevent over-browning.

4.      Bake 55 to 60 minutes or until filling is puffed and center is still soft enough to move when shaken gently. Cool completely on wire rack.

Holiday-Flavored Whipped Toppings

For Vanilla Whipped Cream, beat 1 cup heavy cream, 1/4 cup confectioners’ sugar and 1 teaspoon McCormick® Pure Vanilla Extract in medium bowl with electric mixer on high speed until stiff peaks form.

For Candy Cane Whipped Cream, beat 1 cup heavy cream, 1/4 cup confectioners’ sugar, 1/2 teaspoon McCormick® Pure Vanilla Extract and 1/4 teaspoon McCormick® Pure Peppermint Extract in medium bowl with electric mixer on high speed until stiff peaks form.

For Cocoa Cinnamon Whipped Cream, beat 1 cup heavy cream, 2 teaspoons unsweetened cocoa powder,1/2 teaspoon McCormick® Ground Cinnamon and 1/2 teaspoon McCormick® Pure Vanilla Extract in medium bowl with electric mixer on high speed until stiff peaks form.

For Eggnog Whipped Cream, beat 1 cup heavy cream, 1/2 teaspoon McCormick® Pure Vanilla Extract, 1/4 teaspoon McCormick® Ground Nutmeg and 1/4 teaspoon McCormick® Imitation Rum Extract in medium bowl with electric mixer on high speed until stiff peaks form.

Impress Your Guests with Pork

November 23, 2017 by · Comments Off on Impress Your Guests with Pork
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(Family Features) Looking to impress your guests this party season? Treat their taste buds to a pork loin dish that is as versatile as it is delicious.

This Simply Saucy Bacon-Wrapped Pork Loin is sure to be a crowd pleaser since, after all, everything is better when wrapped in bacon. This delectable dish offers a new and memorable approach to standard party food with four different accompanying sauces to suit any party goer’s palate. Add a fruity twist with crushed pineapple sauce, or spice things up with a kick of jalapeño chilies. Go savory with a touch of Dijon, or smoky with chipotle chilies in adobo sauce. Whatever type of event you are planning, your guests will leave with mouthwatering memories.

For more seasonal inspiration and pork recipes, visit the National Pork Board at www.PorkBeInspired.com, www.Facebook.com/PorkBeInspired and www.Pinterest.com/PorkBeInspired. Also, be sure to follow @allaboutpork on Twitter for timely recipes and tips.

Simply Saucy Bacon-Wrapped Pork Loin
Serves 10 (6-ounce portions )

4 pound boneless center-cut pork loin roast, (untied), fat and silver skin trimmed
1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
1 teaspoon black pepper, freshly ground
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
8 to 9 slices bacon
1 cup barbecue sauce, purchased

Preheat oven to 450ºF.

Sprinkle pork with salt and pepper.

Heat oil in large skillet over medium-high heat. Add pork and brown on all sides, about 6 minutes. Transfer to plate and cool for 10 minutes.

Wrap bacon slices vertically around pork roast; do not overlap bacon. Tie lengthwise and crosswise with kitchen string to hold bacon in place; tuck loose ends of bacon under string. Place on a rack in a roasting pan, tucked-bacon side down.

Roast on rack for 15 minutes. Turn pork over and reduce temperature to 350ºF and roast for 15 minutes. Remove rack and return pork to pan, tucked-end side up. Roast, turning occasionally until bacon is browned and an instant-read thermometer inserted in the center of the roast reads 145ºF, about 50 minutes. Remove from oven and let stand for 10 minutes.

Skim fat from pan juices, leaving browned juices in pan. Add barbecue sauce and preferred ingredient (*see below) and bring to simmer over medium heat, stirring to loosen browned bits in pan; simmer 2 minutes. Remove strings, carve pork, and serve with sauce.
*Preferred Ingredient

• Savory: Whisk 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard into the sauce.
• Spicy: Stir in 2 tablespoons pickled jalapeño chilies (nacho sliced), drained and finely chopped, into the sauce.
• Fruity: Stir one 8.25-ounce can crushed pineapple, drained, into the sauce.
• Smoky: Stir in 1 or 2 minced canned chipotle chilies in adobo into the sauce.

Stir up Some Party Fun

November 19, 2017 by · Comments Off on Stir up Some Party Fun
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(Family Features) No matter what the reason for the party, you can stir up some fun with easy-to-make appetizers that are sure to please the whole crowd.

These four recipes are a breeze to make and all share one simple secret ingredient – Musselman’s Apple Butter. Here are some delicious ideas for turning these dips and sauces into great party appetizers.

Quick and Easy BBQ Sauce: Brush on chicken wings or shrimp during the last few minutes of grilling. It is simple to make BBQ pulled pork, as well as the sauce for a crockpot of meatballs or bacon-wrapped smoked sausages.

Apple Butter Mustard Dip: Delicious with just hard or soft pretzels. Set out a plate of cheese cubes or mini egg rolls for dipping, and you have easy snacking.

Kickin’ Horseradish Sandwich Spread: This tastes great with roast beef, chicken, or pork – try mini sandwich sliders or pinwheel wraps. Another great idea is to use the spread as a dip for chicken tenders, sweet potato fries or even veggie chips.

Caramel Apple Dip: Set a dish of this warm dip on a pretty tray and surround it with freshly sliced apples or pears, and simple gingersnap cookies. For a family fun dessert, dip marshmallows and then roll them in chopped nuts.
For more ways to stir up some fun at your party, visit www.musselmans.com.

Quick and Easy BBQ Sauce
Makes: 6 to 8 servings

1          cup Musselman’s Apple Butter
1          cup chili sauce

Mix ingredients.

Apple Butter Mustard Dip
Makes: 6 to 8 servings

1          cup Musselman’s Apple Butter
1/2       cup Dijon mustard

Mix ingredients.

Kickin’ Horseradish Sandwich Spread
Makes: 6 to 8 servings

1          cup Musselman’s Apple Butter

Creamy horseradish sauce depending on spice level (1/4 cup for light, 1/2 cup for mild, 1 cup for hot)

Mix apple butter with desired amount of horseradish.

Caramel Apple Dip
Makes: 6 to 8 servings

1          cup Musselman’s Apple Butter
1/2       cup caramel sauce

Mix ingredients.

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Caramel Apple Dip, Quick and Easy BBQ Sauce, Kickin’ Horseradish Sandwich Spread, Apple Butter Mustard Dip


Quick and Easy BBQ Sauce

Quick Ways to Perk Up Your Day

November 16, 2017 by · Comments Off on Quick Ways to Perk Up Your Day
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(Family Features) Let’s face it, between work deadlines, shuttling the kids back and forth to school and activities, and household chores, sometimes those to-do lists can be overwhelming. Here are a few quick tips to keep you moving throughout the day.

Take time for a snack. A good assortment of snacks can help keep you going between meals. Keep a stash of easy, on-the-go items on hand so you don’t need to hit the vending machine or fast food drive through. Some ideas include whole fruits like bananas, apples, oranges or blueberries; yogurt; whole grain crackers and your favorite peanut butter; veggie sticks and hummus.

Enjoy a cup of coffee. A short coffee break is a great way to help break up the day. Quick and convenient coffees, such as Folgers® Instant Coffee Crystals, in a newly redesigned ergonomic jar with an easy to open flip-top lid, make it even easier for coffee lovers to enjoy the rich, flavorful taste and aroma of Folgers Coffee no matter what the occasion. If you have a little more time during your coffee break, you can also enjoy an Iced Mocha Latte or Triple Berry Café Mocha – these recipes let you make a cool treat in just minutes.

Take a breather. Whether you work at an office or are busy at home, plan a 5- or 10-minute break a few times a day. Put down what you’re doing and stretch, or take a stroll around the house or office. You’ll be able to clear your head and reprioritize – which will make it easier for you to conquer the next thing on your list.

To learn more about creating instant coffee to your liking, visit www.Folgers.com.

Iced Mocha Latte

Yield: 5 cups

1/2   cup cold water

2       tablespoons Folgers Classic Roast® Instant Coffee Crystals

1        14-ounce can Eagle Brand® Sweetened Condensed Milk, chilled

2       tablespoons Smucker’s® Sundae Syrup™ Chocolate Flavored Syrup, chilled

Ice cubes

COMBINE water, coffee crystals, sweetened condensed milk, and chocolate flavored syrup in blender container until crystals are dissolved. Process until smooth.

POUR over ice in tall glasses. Serve immediately.

Triple Berry Café Mocha

Yield: 1 serving

1 / 1-ounce package hot chocolate mix

1   tablespoon Folgers Classic Roast Instant Coffee Crystals

1   cup boiling water

2   tablespoons Smucker’s Triple Berry Syrup

Whipped cream

COMBINE hot chocolate mix and instant coffee in large mug. Carefully pour boiling water into mug and stir until dissolved. Stir in fruit syrup.

GARNISH with whipped cream, if desired. Serve immediately.

©/® The Folger Coffee Company.  Smucker’s, Sundae Syrup and Eagle Brand are trademarks of The J.M. Smucker Company.


Grab Life by the Handlebars with Expert Cycling Tips

November 14, 2017 by · Comments Off on Grab Life by the Handlebars with Expert Cycling Tips
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(Family Features) When the weather is warm, bikers everywhere hear the trails calling their name. Well-known endurance sports coach Chris Carmichael and award winning professional cyclist George Hincapie share nine tips to help you gear up for your ride. Whether you’re hitting the pavement, dirt trails or rugged terrain, these two cycling superstars promise to help you cycle further, longer and safer this summer.

Build Strength: In between rides, build strength in your legs, arms and back. Bulking up these muscle groups will prevent injury and increase endurance every time you get back on your ride.

Go The Distance: Perseverance is half the battle when it comes to cycling, so with every ride, tell yourself you’ll go a little farther. Every extra mile will add up to give you much-needed endurance, which will come in handy whether you’re exploring a new trail or taking on your first triathlon.

Get Loose: Relax your arms and keep your elbows unlocked. Keeping your body loose while riding helps you better absorb the shock from bumps in the road.

Gear Up: When it comes to tracking your goals, today’s technology offers a variety of ways to measure your progress, making it easier than ever to reach your peak and go beyond it. Our personal favorite is Motorola’s MOTOACTV, the all-in-one GPS touch screen cycling computer and smart MP3 player, helping you to stay focused and motivated on any ride.

Stay Seated: Trying to scale an incline? It’ll be harder if you’re standing up. When biking uphill, resist the urge to stand and pedal, and instead shift your gears down and conserve energy by staying in your seat.

Hydrate: The more you cycle the more your body craves fluids in order to replace what you lose in sweat. During the summer, it’s particularly important to stay hydrated throughout the duration of your ride.

Release the Power of Your Playlist: Your playlist is more than just songs to workout to; they’re songs that push you to work – up a hill, during that last mile, on a sweltering day. Before hitting the trail, create your ultimate get-moving playlist to ensure you stay pedaling hard your whole ride.

Switch It Up: Change up your body position while riding to avoid cramps and stressing specific muscles.

Remember, while it’s great to test your boundaries and achieve your goals, be sure to put your health and safety first. Armed with the right mentality and tips, there’s no limit to what you can achieve. Visit www.MOTOACTV.com for more cycling advice from the experts and to learn more about MOTOACTV.

(riding into sunset photo)

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Where to Find Your Retirement-Planning Confidence

November 12, 2017 by · Comments Off on Where to Find Your Retirement-Planning Confidence
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(Family Features) With the leisure and reward of retirement a few short years away, the majority of baby boomers – born between 1945 and 1966 – are confident they have adequately planned and saved for their golden years. This is according to new research from investing services company Scottrade, Inc., which also found that 56 percent of baby boomers expect to fully retire between the ages of 55 and 74.

DIY Retirement Planning

Overall, 72 percent of Americans report a strong level of confidence in their ability to plan their own retirement. That confidence comes from two actions: discussing retirement plans and savings strategies with others, and monitoring the news. Thirty-nine percent also said their self-assurance came from the fact that they preserved most of their retirement savings through the economic downturn.

“More online and in-person investment education opportunities are available to Americans than ever before,” said Kim Wells, Scottrade’s executive director of product development and chief marketing officer. “The availability of easy-to-use online trading and investing tools is empowering investors to build their portfolios and take charge of their financial futures themselves.”

Retirement Fund Trends
Scottrade’s research found that more than half of Americans, at 55 percent, are actively planning their retirement without the help of an advisor. This do-it-yourself action plan seems to be working. The majority of Americans did not see the value of their retirement accounts decline last year, and 73 percent reported the value of their retirement accounts either increased or stayed the same.

For Americans who saw a decline in their account value, 67 percent expect to recover those losses within 10 years. In response, a growing number of Americans are looking to save more in order to rebuild their retirement accounts, and 35 percent of Americans plan to save up to 10 percent more.

Staying on Track

For those who are uncertain whether they’re contributing enough to their retirement fund, online calculators make it easy to determine how much should be contributed annually, based on age, income and retirement plan. Check out the retirement calculator in Scottrade’s online Knowledge Center at www.scottrade.com, to help determine how much to save for retirement.

Learn more about self-directed investing at www.scottrade.com, and find more information on the Scottrade 2012 American Retirement Study at http://about.scottrade.com/.


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Caring for Problem Skin

November 9, 2017 by · Comments Off on Caring for Problem Skin
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(Family Features) According to the National Institutes of Health, skin is the largest organ of your body. Skin can be a very delicate thing, and as the outermost layer, it needs to be cared for in order to look and feel its best. Unfortunately, for those who suffer from highly prevalent skin conditions, such as eczema, caring for and maintaining skin can be a daily challenge.

What is eczema?
Eczema is a chronic, inflammatory skin condition characterized by dry, itchy skin and visible skin rash. Over 35 million Americans, both children and adults, suffer from eczema. The prevalence of eczema has increased nearly 400 percent over the past 30 years and is projected to continue to increase due to environmental and other factors such as stress, according to the National Eczema Association.

In a healthy state, the external layer of your skin acts as a protective barrier. For eczema sufferers, the skin has a deficiency in the external layer that allows the moisture to escape and causes chronic dryness. When skin is dry and unprotected, irritants can reach the sensitive layers below and cause uncomfortable itch flare-ups.

Common triggers

There are a number of things that can trigger an eczema flare-up:

  • Irritants such as synthetic fibers, detergents, perfumes, rough or poor fitting clothing, dust or sand.
  • Environmental factors such as hot or cold temperatures, humidity, or dry air.
  • Emotional factors such as anxiety or stress.

Tips for managing eczema

The National Eczema Association says that daily skin care is essential to help manage eczema.

  • When bathing, wash in warm water for 5 to 10 minutes.
  • Use a non-irritating and fragrance-free wash. Do not scrub skin harshly.
  • Moisturize within 3 minutes after every shower. It helps lock in your skin’s natural moisture to help prevent eczema-related dryness.
  • In addition to your daily skincare routine, try applying a cold compress to soothe your skin.

When choosing skincare products, look for gentle, fragrance-free washes and moisturizers, such as Neosporin Essentials products, a line of skincare products which includes a daily body wash, daily moisturizing cream and anti-itch cream specifically designed for people with eczema. Each product has a unique Relipid formula, which contains a lipid, humectant, emollient and botanical blend to help retain the moisture essential for healthy-looking skin. Plus, the daily moisturizing cream contains colloidal oatmeal and was clinically shown to restore visibly healthier skin in three days. Use all products as directed.

Eczema can be stressful and make daily living challenging and uncomfortable. With diligent skin care and good habits, you can help maintain healthy skin and effectively manage symptoms when they do flare up.

To get more information on living with eczema, daily management tips and money-saving coupons, go to www.neosporinessentials.com.


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How to Make Your Online Shopping More Social

November 7, 2017 by · Comments Off on How to Make Your Online Shopping More Social
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(Family Features) Finding new products and gifts can often mean spending hours shopping at the mall or searching through different websites. But as the Internet has become more social, many people are now tapping into their personal networks to get recommendations on which products to buy for themselves, their family and their friends. In addition, users now have the option of easily sharing a wish list with their social connections to get what they really want.

One way to decide what to buy friends and family is to use a social recommendation site such as www.shopsquad.com, which allows you to get product advice from a community of experts. The site is set up in such a way as to take the salesperson out of the store and put them onto the web. Just type in your shopping question and hit the “Get Advice” button.

You can also let people know what you want by publicizing your wish list from popular websites such as www.Amazon.com. Once you’ve added products to your list, simply click the Facebook and Twitter icons to post your list to these social networks, so your friends and family will see a link to your list in their news feeds.

Facebook itself has also become a vibrant social shopping destination and even has its own virtual “Shopping Mall.” Introduced a year ago by social commerce company Payvment, the Shopping Mall on Facebook allows you to browse millions of products – everything from original artwork to vehicles and electronics – and make purchases with just a few clicks.

The Shopping Mall, which you can find by searching on Facebook or by visiting www.fbmall.com, also lets you see what your friends like so you can discover and evaluate new products. Products your friends “Like” are prominently displayed as you enter the mall, and with a few clicks you can browse the mall through their eyes.

The Shopping Mall also makes the gift-giving process more social. By clicking the “Want” button on products in the Shopping Mall, you add these items to a social “Wish List” that you can share with your friends in their Facebook stream. Your wish list is also posted on your profile page in the mall so friends and family can use it when it’s time to pick out just the right gift for you.

With all these new social shopping tools, you can pick out the perfect gift for friends and family and make sure you get what you really want – eliminating the hassle of returns.

Learn more about the Facebook Shopping Mall at www.fbmall.com.



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Daily Dental Care Tips

November 5, 2017 by · Comments Off on Daily Dental Care Tips
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(Family Features) While regular visits to the dentist’s office for routine cleanings are important for dental health, taking care of your teeth and gums each day is paramount to keeping your mouth healthy. Here are some brushing-and-beyond tips to help prevent oral health problems down the road.

Preventative care is imperative. Basic hygiene practices can help maintain the health of your mouth. Remember to:

  • Regularly brush with toothpaste, floss and visit your dentist. Brush at least twice a day.
  • Purchase a brush with soft bristles and make sure to use light pressure while brushing so you don’t wear away tooth enamel. A great option is a battery-powered toothbrush like the ARM & HAMMER® Spinbrush® ProClean®.
  • Pay attention to your toothbrush. Does it need to be replaced? A good rule is to purchase a new toothbrush every three to four months.
  • Speak with your dentist about best brushing and flossing practices, as well as the recommended number of visits to the dentist’s office each year. The number of necessary visits may vary depending on specific patient needs. 

Preventing enamel loss. Consuming too many acidic foods or soft drinks, and a long list of other factors, can weaken enamel. Enamel loss can lead to cavities, tooth sensitivity, discoloration and other oral health problems. To help maintain your tooth enamel, try to avoid drinks such as soda and fruit juices, and foods such as those high in citric acid or sugar content whenever possible.

You can also look to products such as ARM & HAMMER® Complete Care™ Enamel Strengthening Toothpaste, which is specially formulated with Fluoride and Liquid Calcium® to help rebuild enamel. In addition, the baking soda within the toothpaste will help neutralize acids left behind by food and liquid.

When to call the dentist. Between dental visits, patients may experience symptoms of oral health problems. Make sure you call a doctor if you notice:

  • Tooth pain
  • Tooth decay or cavities
  • Receding gum lines
  • Bleeding of the gums
  • Increased tooth sensitivity
  • Discoloration of teeth
  • Lumps on the lip or in the mouth or throat

To learn more about how to protect your teeth, visit www.myoralcare.com.

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Bright Ideas for Entertaining

November 2, 2017 by · Comments Off on Bright Ideas for Entertaining
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(Family Features) When the weather is nice, many people get the urge to entertain just a little more frequently. Interior design expert and TV personality Genevieve Gorder says the best approach to warm-weather entertaining is to make your space shine with a comfortable, approachable style. Genevieve has partnered with Mirassou Winery® to help brighten up entertaining spaces for sharing good times and making good memories. Try one of her easy entertaining ideas to make your home feel warm and welcoming – putting your guests at ease as they raise a glass to your hosting skills:

  • Create a home bar on any surface of your home. Arrange beautiful wine bottles on a vintage silver or brass tray, add wine glasses and two taper candle holders. With a bit of mood lighting, glassware and beverages, a bar is just that simple and guests know they can pour their own wine.
  • Put every surface to use when entertaining large groups, such as stacking coasters on the mantle to expand your typical entertaining space. Add a pop of color, such as the bright yellow sun on a bottle of Mirassou wine, so guests know they can use the mantle as a gathering place.
  • The next time you have guests over for wine and cheese, create a buffet table that works your guests along the line visually. Start at the highest point with flatware and rolled linen napkins in tall vessels, then use cake tiers for flatbreads and crackers, followed by cutting boards for cheeses and accompaniments at the lowest point in the middle. Move the eye line back up again at the finish with vases of nuts and bottles of wine.
  • Don’t be afraid to mix elements on your dining table to make your presentation really shine. Think about mixing metals like brass and silver with white glass to create a powerful triad. Then use mismatched plates and chairs to bring a homey and casual feeling to a gathering.
  • A fun activity is hosting an at-home wine tasting. Ask guests to bring a bottle of wine from the same region – such as California – and then spend the evening trying different wines and learning which you like best.

For more entertaining tips and to download materials to help with hosting an at-home wine tasting, visit www.facebook.com/MirassouWinery or www.mirassou.com.

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Spring Flavor Inspiration

October 29, 2017 by · Comments Off on Spring Flavor Inspiration
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(Family Features) Do your spring recipes need a little inspiration? To liven up seasonal gatherings, look to simple dishes with flavorful variations that will surprise the palate for everyone’s favorite course – dessert.

“I like to choose an easy dessert with creative twists that can carry me through the season,” says Mary Beth Harrington, a McCormick Kitchens flavor and baking expert, “That way, when it’s time to celebrate – whether I’m playing host to a large party or bringing a dessert to a spring gathering – I never have to wonder what I’m making, and I never serve the same dish twice.”

Lemon Cheesecake Bars are Mary Beth’s sweet inspiration for the season. A classic spring flavor, lemon adds a unique twist to simple cheesecake bars, making them a refreshing hit for all ages. For a new take, substitute the lemon extract with other seasonal tastes, like fragrant orange or fruity raspberry extracts. And, for a special garnish, top the cheesecake with a fresh berry topping, which can be personalized with your favorite blend of berries and a touch of vanilla extract.

You can find more flavorful twists on go-to recipes on www.McCormick.com. While you’re there, take a peek at the “My Look Book” feature. These digital scrapbooks are a hub for spring inspiration, featuring a collage of dazzling images and mouthwatering recipes.

Lemon Cheesecake Bars

Makes 24 servings

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 45 minutes

Refrigerate Time: 4 hours

1 1/2    cups graham cracker crumbs

1/3       cup butter, melted

1/2       teaspoon McCormick Ground Ginger

3          packages (8 ounces each) cream cheese, softened

1          cup sugar

1/4       cup milk

2          tablespoons flour

1 1/2    teaspoons McCormick Pure Lemon Extract

1          teaspoon McCormick Pure Vanilla Extract

3          eggs

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Mix graham cracker crumbs, butter and ginger. Press firmly onto bottom of foil-lined 13 x 9-inch baking pan. Refrigerate until ready to use.
  2. Beat cream cheese and sugar in large bowl with electric mixer on medium speed until well blended. Add milk, flour and extracts; mix well. Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating on low speed after each addition, just until blended. Pour over crust.
  3. Bake 40 to 45 minutes or until center is almost set. Cool completely on wire rack.
  4. Refrigerate 4 hours or overnight. Lift out of pan onto cutting board. Cut into bars. Garnish as desired. Store leftover bars in refrigerator.

Flavor Variations: Prepare as directed. Use 1 1/2 teaspoons McCormick Pure Orange Extract or 2 teaspoons McCormick Raspberry Extract in place of the Lemon Extract.

Nutritional Information per Serving: Calories: 198, Fat: 14g, Carbohydrates: 15g, Cholesterol: 63mg, Sodium: 159mg, Fiber: 0g, Protein: 3g

Cold Sore Relief is On Its Way

October 26, 2017 by · Comments Off on Cold Sore Relief is On Its Way
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(Family Features) Tingling. Itchiness around the mouth. Tightness and soreness. If you’re a cold sore sufferer, these are symptoms with which you are all too familiar. These feelings mean that a cold sore is on its way. And, if you’re part of the 40 percent of people that suffer from cold sores, you know that you have to start treatment right away. It’s never too soon to say ‘see you later’ to that pesky friend.

Cold sores, which are caused by a virus, can be brought on by many factors including stress, fatigue, and exposure to sun, wind or cold. With so many triggers, it may be difficult to understand when or why you’re getting cold sores. As such, it may be a good idea to keep a log of what you were doing, how you were feeling, and what happened in your life just before an outbreak occurred. You may just find a pattern that can help monitor flare-ups.

Beyond monitoring the breakouts, try treating cold sores with Orajel™ Single Dose Cold Sore Treatment. With this revolutionary product, healing begins with one dose. The patented formula numbs the affected area for instant pain relief, and the one-time use Touch-Free applicator is convenient and easy to use.

Typically, cold sores last 8 to10 days. During this time, remember to avoid skin-to-skin contact with others and keep your hands off the sore. By doing this, in combination with caring for the sore, you will have relief in no time. Then, you can wave ‘goodbye’ to cold sore pain.

Learn more about cold sores and their treatment, and get a coupon, at www.OrajelSingleDose.com.

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Simple Tips for Getting Fit In the New Year

October 24, 2017 by · Comments Off on Simple Tips for Getting Fit In the New Year
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by Laura Garrett, RD

(NAPS)—For many, controlling their weight starts with getting control of impulse eating. Often, in order to change behaviors, people must first acknowledge the patterns of behavior that lead them to eat impulsively.

It Starts With a List

One of the biggest culprits is going to the grocery store without a list. Supermarkets set up their aisles for impulse buying and quick hunger fixes. Breaking the behavior chain that leads to bad decisions often starts with changing routines. For example:

  • Eat a piece of fruit before shopping.
  • Create a shopping list template—keep copies in the car and add additional items as needed.
  • Stick to the shopping list.
  • Use coupons only for items on the list.

Learn How to Lunch

Workday lunches can be another opportunity for impulse eating to take hold. If you’re one of those workers who waits until 11:30 (after hunger has already set in) to decide where to go out for lunch or what to order in, you may find yourself often resorting to high-fat, high-calorie options like fast food. Here are some suggestions to make better choices:

  • Have fruit at 10 a.m.
  • Pack a brown-bag lunch the night before. This will also save money.
  • Pack or purchase lunches on sliced bread. Rolls can have twice the calories of sliced bread.
  • Salads are great, but measure the salad dressing or use vinegar.

Make Mealtime Meaningful

Sometimes, simple things can make a difference at mealtime. For instance:

  • Choose carbohydrates that are low on the glycemic scale, such as fruits, veggies and whole grains.
  • Take a supplement containing a white bean extract, Phase 2 Carb Controller, found in Natrol’s Carb Intercept, before eating a carb-rich meal.
  • Count to 10 before grabbing something to eat.
  • Make the slogan “The kitchen closes at 9 p.m.” a mind-set.

Today Is a Good Day to Begin

Making positive behavior changes to avoid impulse eating is an essential factor in health and weight management. Start today by becoming aware of those behaviors that lead you astray from your weight management goals.

For more information about health and wellness, visit www.livesowell.com.

Ms. Garrett is an RD and a certified diabetes educator.

Breaking the behavioral chain that leads to bad food decisions often starts with changing unconscious behaviors and habits.

Tips On Maintaining Healthy Levels Of Vitamin D

October 22, 2017 by · Comments Off on Tips On Maintaining Healthy Levels Of Vitamin D
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(NAPS)—Anytime of year can be the right time to make sure you are getting enough of the “sunshine vitamin”—vitamin D.

Vitamin D not only helps maintain strong bones and ­calcium levels in the blood, but there is growing evidence linking this important nutrient to overall good health. In fact, if you are among the 77 percent of American adults who are vitamin D deficient, ­research shows you may be at an increased risk for rickets, osteoporosis, cardiovascular disease, autoimmune disease and certain types of cancer.

To help, here are four tips to help you achieve and maintain healthy vitamin D levels:

  1. Know your number. A simple blood test ordered by your physician can assess your vitamin D sufficiency level compared to federally recommended guidelines. Some tests even help doctors obtain a more accurate, reliable measurement of your total vitamin D level, which looks at the two most important forms of vitamin D to humans: D2, which is found in plants, and D3, which is produced in human skin when it’s exposed to sunlight.

By knowing your total vitamin D number, you and your physician can develop a plan to help you maintain healthy vitamin D levels.

  1. Get some sun. Sun exposure plays a crucial role in the daily production of vitamin D. However, too much unprotected exposure increases the risk of skin cancer. Research finds that as little as 10 minutes of direct sunlight a day in certain populations can help to prevent deficiencies.
  2. Eat right. Regularly eating foods rich in vitamin D such as salmon, canned tuna fish in oil, white mushrooms, carrots, dark leafy greens and fortified brands of milk, juices, and cereal products helps maintain adequate levels.
  3. Consider supplements. Taking daily vitamin D supplements is another way to help maintain adequate amounts. Your doctor can help you determine which supplement type and amount is right for you.

As always, check with your doctor before making any significant changes to your lifestyle or diet.

For more information on ­vita­min D, vitamin D deficiency and the importance of measuring total vitamin D levels, visit www. siemens.com/VitaminD.



Vitamin D not only helps maintain strong bones and calcium levels in the blood, but there is growing evidence linking this nutrient to overall good health.

Volunteers: A Key To Curing Alzheimer’s Disease

October 19, 2017 by · Comments Off on Volunteers: A Key To Curing Alzheimer’s Disease
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(NAPS)—Although more than 5 million people age 65 and older in the U.S. are currently living with Alzheimer’s disease (AD), and while that number is expected to jump to 13.5 million by 2050, there is reason to hope. That’s good news for the almost 15 million more Americans—family members, friends, neighbors and volunteers—currently caring for their loved ones with AD without any real options to help them get better.

Alzheimer’s is the only disease in the top 10 causes of death without a way to prevent, cure or even slow the progression of the disease. In fact, between 2000 and 2008, deaths from AD in­creased by 66 percent, while deaths from HIV, stroke, heart disease and prostate cancer all declined significantly.

Scientists have learned a great deal about potential underlying causes of AD, and advancements in treatments have been accomplished in recent years. To spur more breakthroughs and speed discoveries, scientists are focusing on early detection through neuroimaging of the brain.

“We have to understand Alz­heimer’s from its earliest signs in order to treat it effectively,” said Michael Weiner, M.D., principal investigator of the Alzheimer’s Disease Neuroimaging Initiative (ADNI). “If we can get a fuller picture of the brain and identify signs of the disease before someone gets ill, we can develop better treatment options, which could slow the progression and one day even prevent or cure Alzheimer’s.”

ADNI, the largest Alzheimer’s study of its kind, is now in its second phase (ADNI 2). Scientists are looking for volunteers ages 55–90 to participate in the study to allow them to continue their research at the pace needed to be successful against the disease. They are seeking healthy individuals, those with some memory concerns and people with diagnosed AD.

Participants will not only be contributing to the search for treatments and a cure for AD, they will also have the benefit of access to leading medical experts in the field. In many communities, it is difficult to find someone who knows specifically about Alz­heimer’s disease, so clinical trials can be a great way to work with specialists.

“We cannot cure what we do not understand,” said Dr. Weiner. “But with the help of volunteers across the nation, we’re on the right path and making great strides to end the Alzheimer’s epidemic.”

To volunteer or learn more about the study, contact the National Institute on Aging’s Alzheimer’s Disease Education and Referral (ADEAR) Center at (800) 438-4380 or visit www.adni-info.org.

Changing the face of AD is possible, but we can’t find the answers we need without volunteers. Consider being part of the historic ADNI study.

Faces Of Skin Cancer

October 15, 2017 by · Comments Off on Faces Of Skin Cancer
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(Family Features) Summer is here, which means swimming, picnics and barbecues. These warmer days encourage many people to go outside and enjoy the sunshine. However, many are unaware of the serious consequences that can develop from sun exposure, including advanced skin cancer.

An estimated one in five Americans will develop some form of skin cancer in their lifetime. Most cases can be cured if caught early and treated when the disease is restricted to a small area. However, in some instances the cancer may come back or spread to other parts of the body. When skin cancer becomes advanced, the disease can be debilitating and, in some cases, may even become deadly.

A diagnosis at this advanced stage can be devastating. According to a recent online survey of people affected by advanced skin cancer, *people diagnosed with this disease often feel scared, overwhelmed and isolated.

However, a new online resource called Faces of Skin Cancer provides resources that can help. The program offers people with advanced skin cancer and their caregivers an opportunity to hear from others and share their experiences with those who’ve been affected.

Faces of Skin Cancer aims to make a difference in the lives of those affected by advanced skin cancer by offering a platform for sharing stories.

The website features stories of people affected by advanced skin cancer and their experiences, including ways they have coped with this disease. The website also allows for visitors to share their own stories about advanced skin cancer. For each story submitted, $1 will be donated to advanced skin cancer programs.

To learn more about the lives of those affected by advanced skin cancer, please visit www.facesofskincancer.org and view the Faces of Skin Cancer video. One dollar will be donated to advanced skin cancer programs for each video view.

Remember, it is always important to be mindful of the sun’s harmful rays even when the sun is not out. Skin should be protected by wearing tightly woven clothing and a wide-brimmed hat, applying sunscreen that has a sun protection factor (SPF) of 15 or higher and seeking shade.

*Survey of 238 respondents was conducted in March 2012 on behalf of Genentech, The Skin Cancer Foundation and Melanoma Research Foundation.

Did You Know?

  • More than 65 percent of those with advanced skin cancer did not know what advanced skin cancer was at diagnosis.
  • Those polled said the best resources were from their doctor and online.
  • More than 75 percent don’t believe or aren’t sure there is enough information available about advanced skin cancer.

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Tips for Whiter Teeth and a Brighter Smile

October 12, 2017 by · Comments Off on Tips for Whiter Teeth and a Brighter Smile
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(Family Features) Are you proud of your smile? Or do stains on your teeth keep you from smiling as much as you’d like?

According to an American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD) survey, 99.7 percent of adults feel that a smile is an important social asset. Yet, when asked what they’d like to improve most about their smiles, the most common response was to have whiter and brighter teeth.

Teeth whitening procedures and products have become a rapidly growing business. A separate survey conducted by the AACD in 2011, found that 91 percent of cosmetic dentists said that they performed whitening procedures on their patients. And 32 percent said they expected that number to increase in 2012.

Although getting teeth whitened by a professional may be popular, it can also be expensive. The good news is there are many affordable and convenient alternatives that will help you achieve a bright, white smile.

  • Start with a checkup. A professional cleaning and mouth exam is your first step to whiter teeth. Make sure you get any cavities treated and talk to your dentist about which whitening methods you should use. Bleaching isn’t for everyone and your dentist will help determine if you’re a good candidate.
  • Watch what you eat. Darker foods and beverages can stain your teeth. Limit your exposure to coffee, tea, red wine, colas, and dark foods like beets and berries. When drinking beverages that stain, use a straw to help minimize discoloration. Lastly, brush or rinse as soon as you can after eating or drinking stain-causing foods.
  • Practice good oral hygiene. Brush at least two times a day, and floss at least once a day.
  • Use a whitening toothpaste. These products contain polishing or chemical agents that help remove surface stains. Toothpastes such as the new line of ARM & HAMMERÒ toothpaste with Stain DefenseÔ are specially formulated to gently remove plaque and surface stains with baking soda, while targeting tough stains with peroxide. The new Stain DefenseÔ technology also helps prevent new stains from setting. Learn more at www.armandhammer.com.

Achieving a healthy, white smile is easy to do if you follow these tips. Overall, it is important to watch what you eat and drink, and make sure to keep your teeth and mouth clean. By practicing good oral hygiene you can achieve a smile of which you can be proud.

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Chocolate and Health Benefits: It’s in the Flavanols

October 8, 2017 by · Comments Off on Chocolate and Health Benefits: It’s in the Flavanols
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(Family Features) Every day, more and more health benefits are being associated with chocolate and Americans are in the know – nine in ten Americans are aware of the health benefits associated with cocoa and dark chocolate, according to HealthFocus. But, the truth is, the benefits come from the cocoa flavanols – not from how dark the chocolate is or the percent of cocoa, also known as cacao.

As you age, your blood vessels may become less flexible and less able to expand when needed to keep circulation running smoothly. Cocoa flavanols are scientifically proven to help support healthy circulation by helping your blood vessels stay flexible and expand as needed.

Guaranteed cocoa flavanol levels can be found in CocoaVia, a powdered daily cocoa extract supplement that delivers 250 mg of powerful cocoa flavanols in every serving. It is offered in both chocolate and fruit flavors.

To learn more and to win daily prizes, connect with CocoaVia via its Facebook page at www.Facebook.com/CocoaVia and play the “You. Renewed.” instant win game for a chance to collect free samples, discounts and a $5,000 grand prize. You can also follow CocoaVia on Twitter at @CocoaVia or visit www.CocoaVia.com for more information.

Chill Smoothie

Makes: 1 smoothie

1/2       cup nonfat vanilla Greek yogurt

1/2       cup skim milk

1/2       ripe banana

1/2       cup frozen raspberries

1          packet dark chocolate unsweetened CocoaVia Cocoa Extract Supplement

1          tablespoon almond butter

3          ice cubes

What to Do with Your Old Electronics

October 5, 2017 by · Comments Off on What to Do with Your Old Electronics
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(Family Features) Mobile phones, laptops, tablets, game consoles, cameras – electronic devices are a big part of American life. In fact, Americans own an average of 24 electronic products per household, according to the Consumer Electronics Association. With technology changing so rapidly and new “it” devices hitting the market every few months, a lot of those devices get discarded quickly. That adds up to a lot of potential e-waste.

In fact, a recent survey sponsored by RadioShack found:

  • More than 90 million American adults 18 and over have unused technology products lying around the house.
  • As part of that pile of retired tech, a third of mobile phone users report owning unused phones — and more than half of those with unused phones own two or more.

Some unused electronics just collect dust, but many get thrown away. The Environmental Protection Agency’s most recent report showed that nearly 1.8 million tons of e-waste was simply trashed.

Fortunately, it’s easier than ever to keep old electronics out of the waste stream.

Donate. Donations give schools, nonprofits and lower-income families access to equipment they might not otherwise afford. Before donating, check with the organization to see what they need.

Trade Up. If you are ready to upgrade to something new, programs such as RadioShack’s Trade & Save let you swap retired technology for store credit toward your purchase. Simply bring eligible working electronics and accessories to a participating store or log on to www.radioshacktradeandsave.com for appraisal information. When you complete your trade in a store, you’ll immediately receive the appraised value in the form of a store gift card (except where prohibited by law). Trade-ins may also be completed via mail by requesting a free shipping label available on the program website. In that case, a store gift card for the trade-in value will be mailed after the product is received. There’s even a free Trade & Save app available to appraise your unused technology using iOS and Android devices. Products traded in are refurbished or recycled.

Recycle. Electronics in nonworking condition should be recycled. Check www.Earth911.com or www.e-stewards.org to find a recycling center near you. Many states have regulations about disposing and recycling electronics. Learn more about your state’s laws at www.electronicstakeback.com.

Don’t Forget the Batteries. Recycling your rechargeable batteries is another easy step you can take. Retailers like RadioShack also recycle rechargeable batteries. To date, the company has collected more than 5 million pounds in rechargeable batteries through Call2Recycle (www.Call2Recycle.org).

Don’t let your old electronics gather dust or add to the waste stream. It just takes a few simple steps to put your devices to better use.

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Cooking for One? Use Your Freezer

October 1, 2017 by · Comments Off on Cooking for One? Use Your Freezer
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(Family Features) If busy nights have family and friends eating at different times, the freezer can be your greatest asset. With a little planning and some freezer space, you can create great meals for yourself in no time.

Buy in Bulk – One great way to save yourself time and hassle is to purchase items you’ll use again and again in bulk. Breads, meats, vegetables, fruits, nuts and seeds all store well in the freezer. Purchasing these ingredients in bulk, and freezing them in small quantities will allow you to grab and thaw what you need, when you need it. Resealable freezer bags are a great way to store small portions flat, so they stack up neatly and won’t take up a lot of room.

Batch Cook – Cooking several options at once is a great way to ensure you’ll save time throughout the busy week. Spend a weekend afternoon cooking your favorite soups, stews or casseroles. Then divide them up into single serving portions and freeze. Write the date and contents on each package, and as you add food to the freezer, move older packages to the front, so you don’t forget about them. With the freezer, you can avoid purchasing fast food or foods heavy with preservatives.

Take Advantage of Convenient and Delicious Meals – An even easier and more time efficient way to cook for one is to prepare tasty, fuss-free, and preservative-free meals such as new Stouffer’s® Farmers’ Harvest® steam meals-for-one. With these flavorful steam meals that are available in five varieties, you can enjoy the freshly-prepared taste of crisp vegetables, tender premium meats, indulgent sauces, and perfectly steamed pastas that are ready in minutes.

Buy Versatile Ingredients – Sometimes all you need for a week’s worth of great food are a few key items that can be adapted to fit your favorite meals. Chicken and other lean meats can be stored in your freezer until needed and are great in soups, quesadillas, casseroles, salads and more. Frozen mixed vegetables can be included in pot pies, stews and as a side dish. Make sure you stock your spice rack with seasonings that can help kick up your dishes.

Plan for Spontaneity – Having a well-stocked freezer and pantry lets you create a delicious recipe whenever the mood strikes. Keep a variety of pastas and rice on hand, along with canned tomatoes, beans, broth, cheeses, herbs and spices. You’ll become a weeknight gourmet cook in no time.

To learn more about the flavorful Farmers’ Harvest steam meals for one and other entrees from Stouffer’s, visit www.stouffers.com.

Life Lessons for Dogs and Pet Parents

September 28, 2017 by · Comments Off on Life Lessons for Dogs and Pet Parents
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(Family Features) Leash pulling, potty training issues, pet anxiety – these are just a few everyday challenges that trouble many pet parents. In fact, behavioral problems are cited in the list of top reasons dogs are put in shelters, according to the American Humane Association.

Dogs are always learning, whether you’re intentionally teaching them or not. Teaching pets rules and using proper training techniques will prevent them from making up their own house rules and creating frustrating situations.

In order to help pets learn appropriate behavior, pet parents need to take an active role in canine education. Some of that learning can be accomplished at home, but many pet parents have found working with a professional dog trainer is much more effective – for them as well as their dogs.

“The goal of a good training program is to teach pet parents how to communicate effectively with their dogs,” said Debbie McKnight, training expert with PetSmart. “Positive, consistent communication helps create better relationships between dogs and their pet parents.”

McKnight says that professional training is not an alternative to training your dog at home, it complements it. “Pet training works a lot like education for children,” she said. “A teacher provides her students with basic knowledge, and then the student does homework to further learn the materials.”

While a number of different training methods are available, McKnight says that PetSmart’s six-week training classes are based on the effective principles of operant conditioning, which concentrate on positive reinforcement. In the simplest terms, positive reinforcement means rewarding the dog for doing the behaviors you want in order to get him to do those behaviors more often. “Not only is it the most effective way to train, but positive reinforcement is also the most humane and fun for both you and your pet.”

When you begin a training program, the Association of Pet Dog Trainers recommends that you:

  • Have your dog wear the type of collar and leash specified by the trainer.
  • Use high-quality training treats.
  • Wear comfortable, flat, close-toed shoes and comfortable clothes allowing you to move easily.
  • Make sure your pet relieves itself before class so they won’t need to go during the training session.
  • Forgo feeding or only feed a very light meal before training so the treats will be desired by the dog.

“Proper pet training is key to your dog becoming a socially well-adjusted family member,” said McKnight. “Whether you have a new puppy or an adult dog, you and your pet can both learn some new tricks that will ensure a happy, healthy relationship.”

To learn more about training programs, and to find a program near you, visit www.petsmart.com/training.

Change Up Your Routine

September 24, 2017 by · Comments Off on Change Up Your Routine
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Healthy ways to reinvent yourself

(Family Features) Aging gracefully is as much about feeling good on the inside as feeling good on the outside. It’s never too late to make changes to reinvent yourself and maximize your mental and physical wellbeing.

Self-improvement is at the top of many women’s to-do lists, and doing so can take many forms. According to a recent survey by Post Great Grains Cereal, 73 percent of women said they’d reinvented themselves since they turned 40 by improving their health, finding a new passion or changing their career.

Eighty-three percent of survey participants (women, ages 40-plus) think the greatest obstacle to reaching their full potential is what they think of themselves, rather than what others think of them. Follow these tips to become your own best friend and take steps toward creating a happier, healthier you.

Give proper attention to your diet. A common form of reinvention is improving your eating habits. A balanced diet that promotes a healthy digestive system is an important step in creating a healthier you. Starting each day with a nutritious breakfast is one easy change. Fill your menu with nutrition you can see and wholesome ingredients, such as those in Great Grains Digestive Blend cereals, which have active cultures in addition to whole grains and natural fiber.

Take time to understand yourself. Digging deep to understand your true passions may help reveal a new, more fulfilling path in life, whether it be in the form of new hobbies or even a new career. If you’re not sure where to start, begin by making a running list of situations, which capture your attention, such as news articles or engaging conversations. Over time, look for patterns to emerge. Topics or themes rising to the top could signal a special interest you may have overlooked in the past.

Nurture valuable relationships. Knowing (and loving) yourself comes first, but having a strong support system is also important for overall wellbeing. While it’s important for women to surround themselves with people who will boost them up, that boost doesn’t always have to come from another woman. When they need a good laugh, 59 percent of women in the Great Grains survey said they turn to their significant other. Investing time to strengthen your personal connections improves not only the health of those relationships, but the effects of those relationships on your physical health, as well.

While charting a new path may seem daunting, focusing on your physical and mental health as you work to introduce change into your life can smooth the way to reinventing a better and brighter you.


A Colorful, Crunchy Salad

September 21, 2017 by · Comments Off on A Colorful, Crunchy Salad
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(Family Features) As days get longer and the weather gets warmer, take your meal outdoors for some tasty al fresco dining featuring a fresh and easy-to-prepare salad.

With minimal ingredients and maximum flavor, this combination of radicchio, California green ripe olives, chickpeas and Parmesan is sure to find its way into your seasonal meal occasions, from at-home dinners to garden parties.

Boasting vibrant purple hues, radicchio not only looks beautiful on the plate but packs a unique and pleasing, bitter flavor that is complemented by the texture added to each bite by toasted sunflower seeds and chickpeas.

Completing the salad are California Ripe Olives, which are grown by farming families across California. The California green ripe olive is similar to the black ripe olive but features a more mild and buttery flavor profile.

Find more tasty recipes at calolive.org.

Radicchio Salad with Olives, Chickpeas and Parmesan

Recipe courtesy of the Simply Recipes blog

Prep time: 15 minutes

Resting time: 10 minutes

Serves: 4-6

1/4       cup sunflower seeds

1          large head radicchio (10-12 ounces)

1          can (16 ounces) California green ripe olives, drained, rinsed and roughly chopped

1          can (16 ounces) chickpeas, drained and rinsed

1          cup finely grated Parmesan cheese, divided

3          tablespoons balsamic vinegar

4          tablespoons olive oil

1/4       teaspoon salt, plus additional, to taste

1/8       teaspoon fresh-ground black pepper, plus additional, to taste

Add sunflowers seeds to small, dry skillet. Toast over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until seeds are toasted around edges and smell fragrant.

Transfer seeds to bowl to cool.

Peel away and discard a layer or two of outer radicchio leaves if they look wilted or battered. Cut head of radicchio into quarters through root. Trim away root.

Cut each quarter crosswise into strips, 1- to 1 1/2-inches thick. Transfer to large mixing bowl.

Add olives, chickpeas and 3/4 cup cheese to bowl with radicchio.

Whisk together balsamic vinegar, olive oil, salt and pepper. Pour over salad and toss gently until ingredients are evenly coated. If cheese clumps together, break apart with spatula and stir in.

Let salad stand at least 10 minutes, or up to an hour. 

Add additional salt and pepper, if desired. Serve salad on individual plates or one shared platter. Top with remaining cheese and toasted sunflower seeds.

Substitution: If radicchio is unavailable, try frisee, endive or another bitter green.

Note: Salad is best served within one hour of preparation, but can be stored in airtight container in fridge for several days.

Natural Sleep Solutions to Dream About

September 17, 2017 by · Comments Off on Natural Sleep Solutions to Dream About
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(Family Features) It’s no secret: Americans are desperate for sleep. In fact, the U.S. sleep aid market is expected to grow to $44 billion by 2020, according to data from Persistence Market Research. However, achieving better sleep may be as easy as changing what you eat.

A survey commissioned by the Cherry Marketing Institute and conducted online by Harris Poll in January 2017 among more than 2,000 adults suggests that Americans may be open to alternate sleep solutions. An overwhelming 83 percent of Americans would prefer to improve their sleep through diet rather than using over-the-counter sleep aids.

One promising solution that doesn’t require a trip down the pharmaceutical aisle: Montmorency tart cherry juice, which has been scientifically studied for its ability to help improve sleep quality and duration. Montmorency tart cherries are one of the few food sources of melatonin, a sleep-regulating hormone.

“Melatonin plays a big role in the sleep equation,” said Dr. Michael Breus, a nationally renowned sleep expert. “Without it, our bodies aren’t triggered to regulate the sleep cycle and therefore, we can’t get the rest we need. One simple, delicious and natural way to incorporate melatonin into your sleep routine is with Montmorency tart cherry juice. Research has shown adding two glasses of Montmorency tart cherry juice to your daily routine can improve your sleep quality and duration.”

A growing body of research suggests Montmorency tart cherry juice may help with sleep-related concerns, such as:

  • Improving sleep efficiency
  • Reducing the severity of insomnia and sleep disturbances
  • Increasing sleep time

Tart cherries are available year-round in dried, frozen and juice forms at retailers across the country and online. For additional information, including more recipes like this soothing bedtime tea, visit choosecherries.com.

Tart Cherry Turmeric Bedtime Tea

Recipe courtesy of Kristina LaRue of LoveandZest.com

Prep time: 2 minutes
Cook time: 7 minutes
Yield: 2 cups

1          cup Montmorency tart cherry juice

1          cup water

1/2       teaspoon ground turmeric

1/8       teaspoon freshly grated ginger

2          bags chamomile tea

1/4       cup frozen Montmorency tart cherries

In small pot or tea kettle, bring tart cherry juice and water to boil. Stir in turmeric and ginger, and pour over tea bags and frozen Montmorency tart cherries. Steep 5 minutes. Remove tea bags and drink warm, at room temperature or chilled.

Health Help for Your Feline Friend

September 14, 2017 by · Comments Off on Health Help for Your Feline Friend
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(Family Features) Cats are typically self-sufficient family members, but owners tend to forget that those furry feline friends do need help when it comes to their daily nutrition. To keep your cat healthy, it’s important to look for a cat food with high-quality ingredients to help with their nutrition needs, from head to tail.

“It’s important to periodically re-evaluate what your cat is eating and make necessary changes to ensure you both are on the right path for a happy, healthy life,” said Dr. Jeff Werber, registered veterinarian. “Like humans, cats need a balanced diet to be healthy; look for a premium food that has animal protein as the No. 1 ingredient to help satisfy their nutritional needs and carnivorous appetites.”

Other key elements to look for in your cat’s food include:

  • Optimal levels of fatty acids for a soft and shiny coat.
  • A fiber blend, including prebiotics and beet pulp, for healthy digestion.
  • A good mix of premium, high-quality ingredients to contribute to healthy energy levels.

Keeping your cat healthy and happy doesn’t stop with general nutrition. It’s also important to pay close attention to other health concerns, like oral care, which is often overlooked.

“In my experience, one of the most common health concerns I see cats face today is oral care,” Werber said. “That’s why I was happy to see that IAMS released a great-tasting cat food, IAMS Oral Care Complete, specifically designed to help reduce plaque and tartar while also providing cats with a 100 percent complete and balanced nutrition. It’s a win-win.”

With the proper nutrition from a quality food, your cat can be healthier inside and out, which means more energy and vitality for playing and bonding. Whether you’re starting a kitten on a new eating routine or reassessing your adult or senior cat’s nutrition, remember the importance of supplying them with a premium cat food that includes high-quality ingredients for lifelong health.

For more nutritional information for cats of all sizes and ages, visit IAMS.com.


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Giving to the Next Generation

September 12, 2017 by · Comments Off on Giving to the Next Generation
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(Family Features) From self-expression to self-direction, there are countless ways to age out loud. Some of the most rewarding ways for older adults involve passing on experiences, wisdom and skills to others.

Everyone has something to share, and these ideas from the Administration of Community Living can help you get started.

Mentor. Use professional or personal experiences to guide a child, young adult or peer. Example: Visit Senior Corps at nationalservice.gov to learn about becoming a foster grandparent.

Volunteer. Put skills to use while giving back to your community. Example: Sign up to collect food or clothing donations, serve meals at a local soup kitchen or help older adults with daily tasks at home, such as paying bills.

Teach. Impart expertise via formal or informal education and tutoring opportunities. Example: Check with local schools that may need reading, math or science tutors.

Speak. Sign up for speaking engagements, paid or unpaid, as well as storytelling events. Example: Open-mic events, often at theaters and libraries, welcome speakers of all ages.

Engage. Visit a senior center or organize a gathering focused on connecting with others. Example: Book clubs attract participants of all ages and encourage the exchange of ideas.

Write. Pen an article, op-ed or even a book to communicate wisdom and lessons learned. Example: Start with something you know the most about, such as a career, hobby or historical event, and submit a column to your local newspaper.

Create. Pick a medium and use art to express yourself and share your perspective. Example: Paint, draw, sculpt, play music, dance, make crafts – whatever suits you.

These ideas and many others can help amplify the voices of older Americans and raise awareness of vital aging issues in communities across the nation. Find more ideas at oam.ACL.gov.



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Help Your Dog Fight Flu Season

September 10, 2017 by · Comments Off on Help Your Dog Fight Flu Season
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(Family Features) People who have suffered from the flu know how exhausting the fever, chills and upset stomach can be. Your dog may be at risk for the same symptoms. One type of canine influenza virus – CIV H3N8 – has been around for years, and a new type (CIV H3N2) was identified in Chicago in March 2015. Since then, the virus has spread to more than 25 states, according to the Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine Animal Health Diagnostic Center.

CIV H3N2 is spread through direct contact with respiratory secretions from infected dogs and from contact with contaminated objects, such as toys, clothing, water bowls, etc.

According to the American Veterinary Medical Association, dogs frequently in contact with other dogs are at high risk of infection. This includes dogs that are boarded, enrolled in day care and visit groomers or dog parks.

“I take my dogs to dog parks and because they’re social, I’m concerned they’ll catch the virus and it will spread in those areas,” said Kelsey Risher, a Chicago-area owner of two active dogs.

In the initial phase of infection, the dog appears healthy, but can spread the virus to other dogs. Symptoms include: coughing, sneezing, loss of appetite, lethargy, fever and discharge from the eyes and nose.

Most dogs recover in two to three weeks. However, because CIV H3N2 can be difficult to diagnose and in severe instances may be fatal, effective prevention is critical.

In November 2015, Zoetis, the world’s largest animal health company, was the first to be granted a conditional license for a vaccine for CIV H3N2.

“I’ll be telling clients I recommend the vaccination,” said Dr. Scott Rovner, a Chicago veterinarian. “I’ll be vaccinating my own two dogs who go to day care. I think it’s going to be a great product to help slow down and lessen the clinical signs that we see with our patients.”

Preventive measures to help protect your dog include:

  • Washing toys, bowls and bedding regularly.
  • After contact with other dogs, wash your hands thoroughly before handling your own pet.
  • Consulting with your veterinarian regarding the appropriate vaccination protocol for your dog.

By following these simple measures and consulting your veterinarian, this flu season can be easier for your canine companions.

Visit DogFluFacts.com for more information about preventing canine influenza.

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Don’t Let Cold and Flu Ruin the Season

September 7, 2017 by · Comments Off on Don’t Let Cold and Flu Ruin the Season
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(Family Features) As the holidays approach, many are gearing up for Thanksgiving dinners, holiday shopping and celebrating with family and friends. But with the unpredictable cold and flu season, it’s equally important to add staying healthy to your list.

To help answer your most pressing queries, Dr. Travis Stork, emergency room physician and host of the Emmy Award-winning talk show “The Doctors,” has partnered with Church & Dwight Co., Inc., the maker of Arm & Hammer™ Simply Saline™ nasal mists, on a new online tool called “Congestion Questions,” inviting people to ask questions and get the answers they need, such as these:

Q: Do nasal mists cause the rebound effect?

A: Nasal mists are drug-free and derived from natural ingredients – they contain only salt, sodium bicarbonate and water. They are non-addictive and do not cause any rebound congestion.

Q: I have been experiencing nasal congestion for days. It’s so bad that now I’m unable to blow my nose. How can I find quick relief?

A: Saline irrigation is an excellent way to relieve this sort of nasal congestion. Using either a nasal spray like Arm & Hammer Simply Saline Nasal Relief or a neti-pot ought to help flush out your nasal passages and help loosen your congestion.

Q: I use saline mists and other medications when I need to for my children, but how else can I ease the symptoms of stuffy noses and sore throats?

A: Helping little ones feel better when they are sick is always a priority for parents.  How best to help is often dependent on the cause. Some traditional treatments that can help soothe and clear stuffy noses include chicken soup or warm drinks with a little lemon or honey, although you should not give honey to a child less than one year of age. You should also make sure the house is kept at a comfortable temperature and perhaps consider a humidifier if you are in a dry climate. Finally, always make sure your children are staying hydrated and eating well.

Q: Why do I get congested mostly at night?

A: Many people find that their congestion gets worse at night. This may be because when you lie in bed, gravity is no longer playing its part in clearing your nasal passages naturally, so you should try propping your head up with an extra pillow or two to find some relief. You may also want to reduce the allergen levels in your bedroom by keeping pets off your bed and buying hypoallergenic pillows. A saline spray like Arm & Hammer Simply Saline Extra Strength Nighttime Relief with natural eucalyptus can help quickly clear congestion so you can breathe easier and comfortably fall asleep, with no day-after effect.


To submit your own questions and learn more about easing your cold and flu symptoms, visit www.CongestionQuestions.com.


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Simple Ways to Manage Pain

September 5, 2017 by · Comments Off on Simple Ways to Manage Pain
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(Family Features) Sooner is better when it comes to managing nagging aches and pains that can hamper your healthy lifestyle. In fact, the coming winter months are when pain pops up the most for people of all ages, according to celebrity trainer Ramona Braganza. Keys to keeping active and pain-free are getting ahead of pain and preventing it from becoming a larger problem that is harder to handle.

To help reduce and prevent pain, Omron has partnered with Braganza to provide five easy tips to keep you doing the things you love while helping minimize pain and keeping that spring in your step this winter:

Sit Tall: If you have a desk job, proper posture can help to reduce back pain as you age. Sit with your back straight with your shoulders back; distribute your body weight evenly on both hips, bend your knees at right angles and keep your feet flat on the floor.

Be Flexible: Whether it’s weekly yoga, or standing up and stretching between long periods of sitting, flexibility can help you stay fit and strong. One simple stretch: stand with your feet shoulder width apart, place hands on your lower back with finger tips pointing down, slowly lean back as far as comfortable while looking up at the ceiling, then return to start. Repeat five times.

Eat Smart: Reduce the risk of inflammation by incorporating anti-inflammatory foods such as tomatoes, olive oil, nuts, fatty fish, fruits and vegetables into your diet as much as possible.

Master the Basics: Shoveling, pushing furniture and even gardening can be hard on your muscles, so it’s important to keep them strong in order to prevent pain. For safe and proper training techniques, visit ramonabraganza.com.

Power Up to Reduce Pain: A proven therapy often used by physical therapists that you can get without a prescription is TENS (Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation), which offers a practical solution to your everyday pain management needs because it’s portable and can help lessen the need for pain medication. Omron offers one of the most powerful TENS units on the market and it is 100 percent drug free.

For more ways to keep those aches and pains at bay, especially as the temperature drops, visit omronhealthcare.com.

Ways to Welcome a Shelter Dog

September 3, 2017 by · Comments Off on Ways to Welcome a Shelter Dog
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(Family Features) Animal shelters are full of lovable dogs of all breeds, sizes and ages deserving of a good home and ready to become your next four-legged family member. In fact, according to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, nearly 2 million dogs are adopted into new families each year.

However, choosing the right dog is just the beginning. The first weeks after bringing home an adopted pet are critical. It’s a time to get to know one another and build a lifelong connection. Here are some steps to help ease the transition:

Create a pet-friendly environment. Keep items that are unsafe, such as chemicals and certain house plants, out of reach. Cords and objects that invite chewing also should be tucked away. If certain areas will be off limits, use baby gates to block them.

Expect accidents. While house training a puppy is to be expected, you may find that an older dog needs help in this area as well. The stress of transitioning into a new household can lead to accidents, so keep this in mind and be sure to provide your new pet with lots of potty breaks, patience and instruction.

Start with smart nutrition. Providing your new dog with a high-quality diet from the beginning can contribute to a lifetime of whole body health. Chose a complete, balanced food with real meat as the No. 1 ingredient, such as Purina ONE SmartBlend, so that you can be confident you’re giving them the best nutrition available.

Introduce a schedule. Providing dogs with a consistent routine right off the bat can help ease their stress during the transition. Set a schedule for walks, feeding time and training so he can settle into a routine that feels a bit more familiar.

Approach training with patience. Without knowing how your pet was trained, it can be difficult to predict how he will respond in his new environment. For example, he may be used to receiving treats for good behavior, while you prefer to reward with praise. Plan to be flexible, and soon you’ll come to a shared understanding.

Emmy-nominated actor Jesse Tyler Ferguson recently began putting these tips into practice after adopting his new dog, Fennel. The television star partnered with Purina ONE to promote its ONE Difference campaign, which celebrates those making a positive difference in the life of shelter dogs, and he ended up finding a forever friend in the process. The 8-month-old Cockapoo mix joins Ferguson’s 3-year-old Maltese-Yorkie mix, Leaf. The pair are currently taking the Purina ONE 28 Day Challenge, and encouraging others to do the same.

Learn more, and find out why more than 90,000 dog owners have decided to switch to Purina ONE, by visiting www.PurinaONE/MakeONEDifference.

With Eggs, the Choices Are Many

August 31, 2017 by · Comments Off on With Eggs, the Choices Are Many
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(Family Features) Cage-free? Organic? Local? When purchasing eggs, many people read the carton to help understand how the hens were housed when producing those eggs. But is the label on the egg carton a good indicator of the hens’ well-being?

The variety of options can make determining the eggs best for you and your family difficult. To help support consumer choice and provide information to sort through the confusion, the Coalition for Sustainable Egg Supply recently completed a three-year research study. Researchers assessed hens’ well-being, egg safety and quality, affordability, worker health and safety, and environmental impact as elements of sustainability in cage-free, conventional and enriched colony hen housing.

What the researchers found might be surprising, with positive and negative aspects associated with each housing system. For instance, while conventional cage housing limits the ability of hens to exhibit natural behaviors, it also has the lowest mortality rate. Conversely, cage-free housing allows hens to nest, perch and even attempt flying, though hen mortality was more than double that of the other housing options researched. By understanding which findings are most important to them, shoppers can be confident in choosing eggs that are right for them.

“Hen well-being is an important aspect of producing eggs, but it should be considered along with many other elements of egg production,” said Darrin Karcher, Extension Specialist in the Department of Animal Science at Michigan State University and CSES Project Director. “This research allows us to better understand how each housing system affects not only the well-being of the hens, but a variety of other factors. This is a valuable tool consumers, restaurants and retailers can use to make more informed decisions about which eggs are best for them.”

When choosing what’s best for you and your family, whether you prioritize egg cost, hens being able to exhibit natural behaviors, environmental impact or another element of sustainability, making an informed choice begins with understanding which eggs best meet your needs.

For more information about sustainable egg production, as well as videos, interactive infographics and the CSES research results, visit sustainableeggcoalition.org.

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Tips to Save Money at the Pump

August 27, 2017 by · Comments Off on Tips to Save Money at the Pump
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(Family Features) As gas prices continue to drop, motorists should take advantage of their savings at the pump and invest it back into their vehicles. By spending a little now to increase fuel efficiency, drivers can multiply fuel savings and save more money at the pump, according to the Car Care Council.

Here are a few simple steps for motorists to be car care aware to improve fuel efficiency and save money in the long run:

  • Engine performance: Keep your car properly tuned to improve gas mileage by an average of four percent.
  • Tire pressure: Keep tires properly inflated and improve gas mileage by up to 3.3 percent.
  • Motor oil: Improve gas mileage by 1 to 2 percent by using the grade of motor oil recommended by the manufacturer.
  • Air filters: Replacing clogged air filters on older vehicles can improve fuel economy and will improve performance and acceleration on all vehicles.
  • Gas cap: Damaged, loose or missing gas caps allow gas to vaporize into the air.

For more tips to increase savings and fuel efficiency for your vehicle, visit www.carcare.org.

Fight the Flu with Healthy Habits

August 24, 2017 by · Comments Off on Fight the Flu with Healthy Habits
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(Family Features) With cold and flu season upon us, it may be tempting to hibernate until the danger of red, puffy eyes and a stuffy nose disappears. Waiting for a cold or flu to run its course can truly feel like an eternity, especially when the symptoms have you looking as bad as you feel.

While there is no guaranteed strategy for avoiding the flu or sniffles, there are steps you can take to safeguard yourself and your family. And if you do fall ill, taking extra care will help ease you through until you’re on the mend.

While the Centers for Disease Control recommends the flu shot as the single best preventive measure, you can also help ward off illness with healthy habits like these:

  • Keep yourself and your belongings away from others who may be sick to prevent the spread of germs. Don’t share dishes and utensils in the kitchen, and provide sick family members with their own hand towels in the kitchen and bathroom.
  • Wash your hands frequently using soap and water or an alcohol-based rub. Avoid unnecessarily touching your eyes, nose and mouth, which are easy portals for germs to enter your body.
  • Keep your immune system running strong by eating sensible and nutritious meals, exercising regularly, managing stress in a healthy way and getting plenty of sleep.

If your prevention falls short and you find yourself combatting sniffles, take these steps to nudge yourself back to good health:

  • Consult with your pharmacist or doctor about which medications may help relieve your symptoms.
  • Use a soft facial tissue on your irritated skin. Puffs Plus Lotion is dermatologist-tested to be gentle and helps soothe irritated skin by locking in moisture
  • Stay home for at least 24 hours after a fever passes. This will help you catch up on much-needed rest and prevent the chance of passing anything contagious on to your friends and co-workers.
  • Calm stuffy sinuses with the steam of a long, hot shower. Take the sinus soothing a step further by using Puffs Plus Lotion with the Scent of Vicks.
  • Cover your nose or mouth with a tissue like Puffs when sneezing or coughing to minimize the spread of germs.

As your symptoms ease, remember to take it easy and allow your body to fully recover so you don’t suffer a setback that needlessly prolongs your illness.

For more tips for warding off discomfort from a cold, flu or allergies, visit www.puffs.com.

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Inspirational Stamps Teach History of Civil Rights

August 17, 2017 by · Comments Off on Inspirational Stamps Teach History of Civil Rights
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(Family Features)  The influence of family can be a powerful thing. When asked who inspired her as a child, Rosa Parks, an extraordinary American activist, answered, “My family, I would say, my mother, and my maternal grandparents. I grew up with them.”

On December 1, 1955, Parks was arrested in Montgomery, Alabama, for refusing to give up her seat on a municipal bus to a white man. Her arrest sparked a boycott of the Montgomery bus system that lasted longer than a year, posing an ultimately successful challenge to racial segregation and inspiring others to similar action.

Rosa Parks’ lifelong dedication to civil rights has influenced generations of Americans. The U.S. Postal Service wants its 2013 Civil Rights set of stamps to continue to educate and inspire. It released the Rosa Parks Forever® Stamp this year, along with a stamp commemorating the day 50 years ago when nearly a quarter of a million people came together in Washington, DC, to participate in the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. A third stamp in the Civil Rights set celebrates the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation on Jan. 1, 1863, by President Abraham Lincoln.

Parents looking for ways to teach their children about historic American events like these can turn to stamps for fun, interactive ways to discuss national milestones and iconic figures with their children outside the classroom. Since 1893, the U.S. Postal Service has issued limited-edition stamps that honor prominent people, places, icons and events of contemporary American life. These miniature works of art serve as excellent resources for teaching about our country and our culture in a new and exciting way that reaches beyond a textbook.

In addition, the U.S. Postal Service has developed a worksheet to help guide exploration into civil rights and equality. The worksheet features a “how to” guide for making a family tree, as well as a coloring sheet and exercise that empowers children to think about what equality means to them. Download the worksheet and find other resources at http://blog-stampofapproval.com.

Educators will want to explore the U.S. Postal Service’s Community Connection website, found at www.uspsconnection.com, which brings the history and heritage of the Postal Service’s 238 years into elementary grade classrooms, using stamps as a catalyst to spark conversations and learning opportunities for students.

Twelve civil rights pioneers, including Mary Church Terrell and Mary White Ovington, have also been honored in the past with their own postage stamp. Every year the Postal Service commemorates notable leaders and cultural milestones through other stamp collections, such as the Black Heritage series and the American Treasures series.

Photos courtesy of Daniel Afzal/United States Postal Service

Living with diabetes? Watch your mouth!

August 13, 2017 by · Comments Off on Living with diabetes? Watch your mouth!
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Why are those with diabetes more vulnerable to gum disease? High blood glucose levels impair the body’s ability to heal from oral infections and uncontrolled diabetes can make treating gum disease more difficult, according to the American Diabetes Association. The Association is joining with Colgate to launch a new “Watch Your Mouth!” campaign to help raise awareness surrounding the often over-looked link between oral health and diabetes. Here are some tips to help you live well with diabetes:

  • Watch your mouth! Begin to develop healthy oral care habits, like brushing, flossing and visiting the dentist regularly. Research shows that brushing twice a day with Colgate Total toothpaste can help improve gum health in as little as four weeks.*
  • Don’t miss out on your favorite foods. Just eat healthier versions that everyone in your family can enjoy. Making simple substitutions to most dishes can help increase nutritional value, while not sacrificing on taste.
  • Use the right tools. Stay organized with a journal large enough to keep your diet, exercise, goals and health information together. Keep a week’s worth of prescriptions in one place with a handy pill case.
  • Know your risks. The American Diabetes Association lists the common risk factors for diabetes as being 45 or older, being overweight, not exercising regularly, having high blood pressure and being a part of certain racial and ethnic groups.
  • Visit your dentist. While your doctor and certified diabetes educator play an important role in helping with your diabetes, so does your dentist. If you don’t see a private-practice dentist, you can visit dental schools that provide services at a fraction of the cost to help you keep your mouth healthy.

For more expert tips and information, visit www.OralHealthAndDiabetes.com.

*Results improve with continued twice daily use, as shown in 6 month clinical studies of the general population.

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Try a Tartine

August 10, 2017 by · Comments Off on Try a Tartine
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(Family Features) Tartines are trending in restaurants nationwide, but technically you’ve probably been eating them for years. Originating in France, a tartine is simply a slice of buttered bread, topped with jam or preserves.

Tartine toppings have become more imaginative these days, running the gamut from melted Gruyere cheese and prosciutto to ricotta and fresh fruit, even a sunny-side-up egg with a sprinkle of Parmesan and chives. That’s the fun of these trendy, tasty sandwiches, which can also double as appetizers: you can customize them however you like, using your favorite ingredients.

To get started, try this easy Beet, Shrimp and Avocado Tartine recipe. It is a perfect lunch for one with no cooking involved except for the toaster. Creamy garlic-avocado mash is spread on rustic whole grain toasts then topped with sweet, tangy beets and cooked shrimp. Voila. It’s on the table in about 10 minutes. Individual serving cups of Aunt Nellie’s Diced Pickled Beets are ready to use and one cup provides just the right amount of beets for the recipe. No peeling, chopping or measuring required.

These sandwiches are colorful and appetizing on the plate and satisfying to eat. For additional recipes and serving ideas for Aunt Nellie’s single-serve beets and other jarred vegetables, visit AuntNellies.com.

 Beet, Shrimp and Avocado Tartine

Servings: 1

Preparation time: 10 minutes

1          single-serve cup Aunt Nellie’s Diced Pickled Beets

1/2       medium avocado

1          small clove garlic, minced

2          oval slices whole wheat or whole grain bread (approximately 1/2-by-4-inch slice), toasted

4-6       cooked small to medium shrimp

shredded basil

Drain zeet cup.

Coarsely mash avocado with garlic. Spread onto one side of each toast slice. Top each with equal amounts of diced beets, shrimp and shredded basil, as desired.


  • For vegetarian tartine, omit shrimp.
  • Top with crumbled blue cheese, goat cheese, feta, queso fresco or other favorites.
  • Top with toasted walnuts, almonds or hazelnuts.
  • Sprinkle with other herbs or seasoning, such as parsley, chives, smoked paprika, cilantro or minced red onion.

Nutrition information per serving: 350 calories; 15 g protein; 44 g carbohydrate;

13 g total fat; 660 mg sodium; 60 mg cholesterol; 9 g dietary fiber; 3 mg iron; 0.29 mg thiamin;

196 IU vitamin A; 53 mg vitamin C.

Learn More, Breathe Better

August 6, 2017 by · Comments Off on Learn More, Breathe Better
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Early Intervention Key to Preventing and Managing COPD

(Family Features) Only a few years ago, about one third of the population had not heard of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), despite its status as one of the leading causes of death in the United States. Now, nearly a decade later, awareness of COPD is on the rise.

Because one key to managing COPD is early intervention, the more people are familiar with the symptoms, the greater the chances for earlier diagnosis and starting a treatment plan to help improve quality of life.

COPD is a serious respiratory disease that over time makes it increasingly difficult to breathe. In people with COPD, airways – tubes that carry air in and out of the lungs – become partially blocked. When severe, COPD can make the most basic of activities, such as taking a walk, doing light housework or even washing and dressing oneself, a challenge. Increased awareness of COPD is an important part of early detection and treatment efforts, as more than 15 million people are currently diagnosed with the disease in the United States and it is estimated that millions more have it without realizing.

About half of both primary care physicians and nurse practitioners cite the challenge of patients not fully disclosing symptoms as a barrier to diagnosis. Many people suffering from the signs of COPD – such as shortness of breath, chronic cough and wheezing – often chalk them up to seasonal allergies, the common cold or simply consequences of growing older. Luckily, in 2015, among those who have exhibited the symptoms, about three-quarters indicated they had spoken to their health care providers about these breathing issues, according to the results of the annual DocStyles and HealthStyles surveys of public health attitudes, knowledge, practices and lifestyle habits conducted each year by Porter Novelli. A majority of patients left these discussions with simple action items intended to help them manage their symptoms and prevent them from worsening.

One-in-seven American adults know someone suffering from the symptoms. The National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI), part of the National Institutes of Health, encourages anyone at risk to become familiar with COPD and talk to a health care provider as soon as possible. Early detection and intervention can greatly help improve outcomes.

Despite being the third leading cause of death, COPD, also known as emphysema or chronic bronchitis, is by no means a death sentence. While at present there is no cure, a variety of treatment options exist that can lead to an improved quality of life. For more information and resources, visit COPD.nhlbi.nih.gov, NHLBI’s COPD Learn More Breathe Better program.

Bring Global Flavor to Your Table with Pork

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(Family Features) Explore new flavors and cuisines and take a tasty trip around the world with pork – all from the comfort of your own home. Pork’s versatility and savory taste make it the perfect pairing with global ingredients and dishes, giving you a passport to delicious mealtimes you will want to share with family and friends.

Need some inspiration? Create a Pork Bucket List and fill it with ideas for global-tasting meals with pork. Try:

  • Making your own marinade using a new ingredient from a far-off place, like chiles.
  • Visiting a new ethnic restaurant that serves dishes like dim sum or Korean barbecue and then find recipes at PorkBeinspired.com to replicate your favorites at home.
  • Discovering pork dishes from all seven continents, starting with Asia and these Thai Ribeye Pork Chops.

For Thai Ribeye Pork Chops, mix up a slightly tangy Asian-inspired marinade before grilling. And remember, for juicy, tender results that you, your family and friends will love, grill your pork chops to an internal temperature between 145°F (medium rare) and 160°F (medium), followed by a three-minute rest.

Serve these chops on top of a bed of noodles for a Thai pork noodle bowl, or alongside an herb salad of fresh basil, mint, scallions and cilantro for a meal packed with a world of flavor.

Keep your grilling and cooking fresh and exciting with more global recipes. Visit www.PorkBeinspired.com and www.Pinterest.com/PorkBeinspired for recipes, ideas, tips and more.

Thai Ribeye Pork Chops

Servings: 4

1/4       cup soy sauce

1/4       cup cilantro, chopped OR 1 tablespoon dried cilantro

3          cloves garlic, crushed (about 3 tablespoons)

3          tablespoons brown sugar

1          tablespoon vegetable oil

1          lime, juiced

4          boneless ribeye pork chops, about 3/4- to 1-inch thick

Whisk together soy sauce, cilantro, garlic, brown sugar, vegetable oil and lime juice in bowl.

Change Up Your Routine

August 1, 2017 by · Comments Off on Change Up Your Routine
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Healthy Ways to Reinvent Yourself

(Family Features) Aging gracefully is as much about feeling good on the inside as feeling good on the outside. It’s never too late to make changes to reinvent yourself and maximize your mental and physical wellbeing.

Self-improvement is at the top of many women’s to-do lists, and doing so can take many forms. According to a recent survey by Post Great Grains Cereal, 73 percent of women said they’d reinvented themselves since they turned 40 by improving their health, finding a new passion or changing their career.

Eighty-three percent of survey participants (women, ages 40-plus) think the greatest obstacle to reaching their full potential is what they think of themselves, rather than what others think of them. Follow these tips to become your own best friend and take steps toward creating a happier, healthier you.

Give proper attention to your diet. A common form of reinvention is improving your eating habits. A balanced diet that promotes a healthy digestive system is an important step in creating a healthier you. Starting each day with a nutritious breakfast is one easy change. Fill your menu with nutrition you can see and wholesome ingredients, such as those in Great Grains Digestive Blend cereals, which have active cultures in addition to whole grains and natural fiber.

Take time to understand yourself. Digging deep to understand your true passions may help reveal a new, more fulfilling path in life, whether it be in the form of new hobbies or even a new career. If you’re not sure where to start, begin by making a running list of situations, which capture your attention, such as news articles or engaging conversations. Over time, look for patterns to emerge. Topics or themes rising to the top could signal a special interest you may have overlooked in the past.

Nurture valuable relationships. Knowing (and loving) yourself comes first, but having a strong support system is also important for overall wellbeing. While it’s important for women to surround themselves with people who will boost them up, that boost doesn’t always have to come from another woman. When they need a good laugh, 59 percent of women in the Great Grains survey said they turn to their significant other. Investing time to strengthen your personal connections improves not only the health of those relationships, but the effects of those relationships on your physical health, as well.

While charting a new path may seem daunting, focusing on your physical and mental health as you work to introduce change into your life can smooth the way to reinventing a better and brighter you.

For more information, visit www.greatgrains.com.

Unprotected Heroes

July 31, 2017 by · Comments Off on Unprotected Heroes
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Vests Save K-9s Lives as They Protect and Serve Communities



(Family Features) A German Shepherd named Kilo was shot multiple times during a gun battle in Florida between police and a man suspected of shooting at officers earlier in the night. Fortunately for Kilo, he was wearing a protective vest, which saved his life. Unfortunately, thousands of other K-9s officers across the country perform their duties without proper protective wear, putting them in harm’s way.


Bullet and stab protective vests cost around $1,000 each and many departments simply do not have the means to outfit their dogs. PetArmor®, known for its products that protect pets from fleas and ticks, is helping to ensure more K-9s are protected while in the line of duty. Through a yearlong partnership with Vested Interest in K-9s, PetArmor® is providing funding for bullet and stab protective vests for law enforcement teams throughout the United States.


“These dogs are out 30 feet in front of us and need these vests,” said Officer Vinnie Curcio, with the Jupiter, Fla., Police Department, which is one of the police departments benefiting from the donation. “They’re leading us into dark, wooded areas after some of the most violent people.”


Police forces in most major cities use police dogs to track criminals, sniff out illegal materials, search buildings, and do other jobs human police officers can’t do as well as a dog can. Additionally, their sense of smell is tens of thousands of times more sensitive than that of humans, making them ideal for their duties.


Beyond their sense of smell, successful police dogs have exceptional intelligence and strength. Most police dogs are male, and are frequently left unneutered so that they maintain their natural aggression. This aggression must be kept in check with thorough and rigorous training.


The most popular breeds used as police dogs are German Shepherds, Belgian Malinois, Dutch Shepherds, and occasionally mixes of these breeds. Other breeds used include Bloodhounds for detection and scent work, and Labrador Retrievers for narcotics and explosives detection.


“Police K-9 units provide an invaluable service to their community and deserve the same kind of protection as their human counterparts,” said Sandy Marcal, founder of Vested Interest in K-9s, Inc.  “Thanks to PetArmor®, many more police dogs will be protected from harm while they protect their neighborhoods and towns.”


For more information on PetArmor® product offerings, visit www.petarmor.com. Additional information on Vested Interest in K-9s, Inc. can be found on their website, www.vik9s.org/.

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