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Lunchbox classics get a better-for-you update … and that's no baloney
(BPT) - Can kids enjoy their favorite lunchtime standbys and be healthier too? Yes, says Liz Weiss, registered dietitian and founder of MealMakeoverMoms.com. The key to a homerun for lunch, according to Weiss, is to throw a few curveballs into the mix. “There’s a reason kids love classics like bologna sandwiches and PB&J...
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Hiring tips to help avoid nanny nightmares
(BPT) - Movie nannies might work for a spoonful of sugar, and hugs and kisses, but in the real world nannies – no matter how loving and attentive they are – need to get paid a salary. When you’re ready to hire a nanny, you can go through the most rigorous background checks, confirm references, interview extensively and h...
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Tips to help kids stay dry and confident through overnight occasions
(BPT) - For the estimated 6 million-plus American children who experience bedwetting, sleepovers, sleep-away camp and vacation can trigger embarrassment, not to mention stress and worry for parents. Compounding the problem, many parents don’t understand that bedwetting is a developmental phase that occurs as a child grow...
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Entertaining with a fresh, local twist
(BPT) - The pleasant weather of late summer and early fall is ideal for outdoor gatherings. Instead of a go-to meal of burgers and potato salad, explore your culinary side and try something fresh and different. Entertaining with local vegetables and flavorful garden herbs can be easy, healthy and delicious. Farmers marke...
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Making wellness programs work for your wallet and lifestyle
(BPT) - By now you’ve probably heard the message loud and clear: Staying well through preventive steps is cheaper, healthier and easier for everyone than waiting until a health condition becomes an issue. From the government to your own employer, many organizations spend millions of dollars every year on wellness program...
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Think outside the lunch box to make school lunches they'll love
(BPT) - Many parents prefer packing their kids’ school lunches for a number of reasons, from cost savings to the confidence of having better control over what their children eat. But packing the same-old, same-old every day can get tired fast – for both parent and child. By adding a dollop of creativity to packed lunches...
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Back to college survival guide [Infographic]
College truly is survival of the fittest. Students face quite an uphill battle, as 38 percent live on campus; they sleep less than six hours per night; gain 6.5 to 9 lbs. their freshmen year; often are required to have roommates; and rank roommate conflict among the top five reasons they drop out of school. From organizing their technology to equipping them with tools to eat, sleep and work – students can take a few simple steps and gear up with high-tech accessories to get started right as t...
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Throw a perfect party - without costs and clutter
(BPT) - Whether it’s your child’s birthday or your relatives are flying in from overseas to take part in a family reunion, your life is filled with special events worth celebrating. Of course, you’d love to salute every one of them with a once-in-a-lifetime party, but how do you do that without winding up with a garage f...
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Lunch box 101: 10 nutritious tips and tricks for parents
(BPT) - Lunch box nutrition has come a long way from bologna on white bread with a juice drink pouch. As parents get ready to send their kids back to school, an easy lesson on lunch box nutrition may be just the thing to help kids get to the head of the class. Packing a winning lunch is not only about health and nutritio...
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Smart solutions for managing hectic family schedules during the school year
(BPT) - School days mean hectic schedules for most families. Older kids head to the classroom, younger ones go to day care, and parents try to manage the early mornings and increased extracurricular activities. How can parents stay organized, reduce stress and stay involved in their kids’ education and care? The increase...
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Cool car upgrades: How to enhance your ride and ease back-to-school stress
(BPT) - Fall has finally arrived, meaning it’s time for the kids to hit the school books. And as the leaves gradually morph from green to gold, your driving schedule quickly accelerates from leisurely cruising to nonstop go, go, go. Besides taking the kids to and from school, there are plenty of after-school activities –...
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Your back-to-campus cyber security checklist
Computers, tablets and mobile devices are fundamental for college students to learn, study and stay connected. With more and more devices being used on campus, college officials are feeling the pain of trying to keep their networks and data safe from ever-increasing threats. Cyber security is a big concern in higher educ...
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national news

A weeping relative of a missing passenger aboard the sunken ferry Sewol struggles with a policeman as he tries to march toward the presidential house to protest the government's rescue operation at a port in Jindo, South Korea, Sunday, April 20, 2014. Divers recovered more bodies from inside the ferry that sank off South Korea, pushing the confirmed death toll to over three dozen. The discovery came after rescuers finally gained access to the inside of the ship following three days of failure and frustration caused by strong currents and bad visibility due to inclement weather. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)More than 250 people, most of them high school students on a holiday trip, remain missing.


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Johnny Di Francesco's award-winning margherita pizza (ABC News)If you want to try the world's best margherita pizza, you'll have to head down under.


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An American flag flutters in the wind next to signage for a U.S. Social Security Administration office in BurbankBy Mark Miller CHICAGO (Reuters) - Paper Social Security benefits statements, which used to be mailed out every year and then fell victim to budget cuts, are going to make a partial comeback. Starting this September, the Social Security Administration (SSA) will resume mailings at five-year intervals to workers who have not signed up to view their statements online, an agency spokesman told Reuters. The statements will be sent to workers at ages 25, 30, 35, 40, 45, 50, 55 and 60, he said, adding the agency would continue to promote use of the online statements. The SSA stopped mailing most paper statements in 2011 in response to budget pressures, and saved the SSA $70 million annually - about 50 cents per mailed statement.


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