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Afterschool nutrition and activities improve educational success
(BPT) - Millions of students are heading back to school with high hopes for a great school year. When it comes to educational success, most parents and caregivers focus on what happens in the classroom, but what takes place after school is equally important to academic success. According to the U.S. Department of Agricul...
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Essential tools for parents to navigate teen health issues
(BPT) - Parents of teenagers face a delicate balancing act between taking care of their teens and allowing them freedom to make their own decisions. Teens themselves seem to understand the importance of good health; in a survey by the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases (NFID) two out of three surveyed teens said...
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Be aware of food allergies in the school when bringing treats
(BPT) - Back-to-school season is in full effect and parents are preparing their children for a safe and successful school year. At the beginning of the school year, many teachers organize a list of parents who will supply treats for special occasions throughout the year. For students, treat time at school is a big deal. ...
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Germaphobes 101: Expert tips to stay healthy
(BPT) - Before you know it, the chilly weather will be here and so will the dreaded cold and flu season. While even the most avid germaphobes can’t control every germ from reaching their family, you can take extra precautions to keep a healthy home this year. Follow these expert tips to get rid of germs – once and for al...
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The real cost of car theft [Infographic]
Auto theft is one of the most common crimes in the U.S., and if it happens to you, the hidden costs can easily break the bank. With thieves becoming more brazen every day, your best defense is a high-tech recovery device that gets your car back quickly and with less damage. A speedy recovery makes a huge difference in cost and convenience, and helps police nab the criminals.    
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How to save big with last-minute vacation planning tips
(BPT) - Sometimes the vacation bug bites without much notice. If you find yourself craving a travel adventure in the near future, you might worry it will be too complicated or costly to plan without adequate time. But the truth is, sometimes last-minute trips offer the best opportunity to score big bargains, if you know ...
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Eat smart, play safe [Infographic]
Eat Smart, Play Safe encourages parents to learn about nutrition and sports safety to help kids succeed on and off the field. Because active children need proper nutrition to stay healthy and optimize performance, this program's mission is to provide nutrition and safety tips, sports and health information and recipes as families and kids start fall sports. The program is sponsored by DSM Nutritional Products, a leading nutrition and supplement company, and Pop Warner, the largest youth footb...
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Raising the bar on bath safety
(BPT) - The bathroom is your daily sanctuary to retreat to and enjoy a few moments alone. For that reason, it should be serene, stylish and of course, safe.  Think that words “safety” and “style” can never go together? Think again. Fortunately, it’s easy to incorporate essential bath safety elements that will leave your ...
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Risk of concussion increases with back-to-school sports
(BPT) - When the school season begins, more students will be riding bikes and participating in sports such as football, hockey and soccer. Events such as a bike accident, quick fall or collision with another student during athletic practice resulting in a concussion could cause serious consequences both during the school...
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Online learning, career prep gain popularity for high school students
(BPT) - Two popular trends in American education are converging to support the academic and career interests of high school students nationwide: online learning and Career Technical Education (CTE) courses. Once considered an option for higher education only, online learning continues to attract younger students in kinde...
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Is your home's air making you sick? [Infographic]
Air pollutants, such as dust mites, pollen and bacteria, can cause or contribute to an array of health problems including headaches, nausea and allergic reactions. Installing an Aprilaire whole-home air purifier eliminates 98 percent of airborne contaminants down to one micron in size - cleaning indoor air and reducing the health risks to your family.
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New Resource Introduced for Families Living with ADHD
(BPT) - Many families relish summer, weekends and holidays as opportunities to reconnect with each other through vacations, special events and relaxed schedules. But changes in schedule and travel can often be disruptive for children and make it difficult to get back in the swing of things for school, particularly childr...
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South Korean rescue helicopters fly over a South Korean passenger ship, trying to rescue passengers from the ship in water off the southern coast in South Korea, Wednesday, April 16, 2014. The South Korean passenger ship carrying more than 470 people, including many high school students, is sinking off the country's southern coast Wednesday after sending a distress call, officials said. There are no immediate reports of causalities. (AP Photo/Yonhap) KOREA OUTEfforts are underway to rescue the 476 people aboard the ship.


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A member of the bomb squad inspects an object after a controlled detonation at the finish line of the Boston Marathon in Boston, Tuesday, April 15, 2014. Police have blown up two unattended backpacks found near the Boston Marathon's finish line on Tuesday. They say they've taken a man into custody in connection with them. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)BOSTON (AP) — A man taken into custody near the Boston Marathon finish line late Tuesday, the anniversary of the deadly pressure cooker bombings, had a rice cooker in his backpack and was being charged with possession of a hoax device, police said.


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A Ukrainian soldier stands next to armoured personnel carriers (APC) near Izium on April 15, 2014Izyum (Ukraine) (AFP) - Russian leader Vladimir Putin warned that Ukraine is on the verge of civil war, the Kremlin said Wednesday, after the Kiev government sent in troops against pro-Moscow separatists in the east of the country. "The Russian president remarked that the sharp escalation of the conflict has placed the country, in effect, on the verge of civil war," the Kremlin said in a statement on telephone talks between Putin and German Chancellor Angela Merkel.


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