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Wireless Tips for Boomers
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(StatePoint) There are currently more than 93 million Americans in the U.S. over age 55, according to Census data, and the vast majority (74 percent) of them have a smartphone. And that number keeps growing.

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National Preparedness Month: Keep Your Family Safe in an Emergency
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(StatePoint) When it comes to emergency and natural disaster preparation, clean, uncontaminated water should be top-of-mind. September, which is National Preparedness Month, is an ideal time for individuals and families to make certain that they will be able to hydrate safely throughout the duration of an emergency.

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Top Tips for Staying Connected While In-Flight
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(StatePoint) Over 2.2 million Americans fly every day, according to Airlines for America. Whether they are heading to a Disney-themed family adventure or jetting off for a romantic rendezvous, the most indispensable companion for many of these modern, mobile travelers is their smartphone.

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It’s Not Too Late to Plan Your Summer Road Trip
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(StatePoint) Road trips are the most popular type of vacation in the U.S., with one in three Americans slated to hit the open road this summer, according to AAA. With the season coming to a close, there’s still time to take a last-minute summer road trip.

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What to Know if You Are Trying to Get Pregnant
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(StatePoint) The journey to parenthood is not always easy. For some, it is definitely a harder process. But there are many natural steps you can take to boost your fertility, say experts.

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Back-to-School Checklist for Parents of Children Living With Asthma
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(StatePoint) While heading back to school may mean buying supplies, for parents of children with asthma, getting ready requires additional steps. Asthma accounts for more than 10 million lost school days every school year. 

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How Smart Home Technology Can Help You Eliminate Stress this School Year
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(StatePoint) Many parents have worries around the back-to-school season, especially if kids will be alone for a portion of the afternoon or in the morning before catching the bus.

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Families are Getting Savvier Paying for College
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(StatePoint) College costs may be on the rise, but families are as determined as ever to make higher education a reality for their children. What’s more, families are becoming savvier about how they meet the expense, suggests a new study.

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How New Treatments for PTSD are Helping American Veterans
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(StatePoint) When U.S. servicemen and women return from war, they often return home plagued by anxiety, depression and sometimes Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), a disorder that develops in some people who have experienced shocking, frightening or dangerous events. And while the number of affected veterans is high, emerging treatments are improving their chances for recovery.

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Don’t Let Your Wireless Bill Ruin Your Big Trip
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(StatePoint) Travel can be rife with inconvenience, from delayed flights to lost luggage and more. And the high cost of staying connected via mobile devices is an additional headache for a growing number of travelers, especially those with international adventures ahead.

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How to Help Your Child Prepare for Kindergarten
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(StatePoint) Kindergarten is an exciting time for children, but it can also be a stressful time of change -- not just for little ones, but for parents, too. Although each child is unique and develops at his or her own pace, most educators and experts agree that four key areas of development are essential for further growth and achievement in school.

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6 Family Activities to be Enjoyed Indoors and Outside
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(StatePoint) If spending more time together is on your family’s to-do list, consider the following tips and ideas to make the most of each experience.

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Back-to-School Tips to Save You Time and Money
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(StatePoint) From shopping for school supplies to lunch meal prep, getting ready for the first day of school can be overwhelming.

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Back-to-College: Design Tips for Small Living Spaces
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(StatePoint) Moving on to college is an exhilarating first taste of true independence. It’s a time for self-directed growth, transformative lessons and the beginning of lifelong friendships. For many students, moving into a dorm or off-campus housing is the beginning of another quest: achieving a Pinterest-perfect setting in not-so-spacious quarters.

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How to Manage the Symptoms of Menopause
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(StatePoint) Menopause is often associated with troublesome symptoms like hot flashes and mood swings, yet even more serious health issues may be part of this life stage, such as heart disease.

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Tips to Save Money and the Planet by Reducing Food Waste
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(StatePoint) Nearly 50 percent of produce in the US is thrown away before it reaches your plate, according to USDA estimates. This waste not only affects the environment, it impacts shoppers’ wallets, as well. The average family of four discards $1,600 of food each year, according to a study published by the International Journal on Food System Dynamics.

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Starting a Band? 5 Things to Think about
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(StatePoint) Starting a band? Way before getting up on stage or into a recording booth, there’s a lot of work to do. Here are five things all bandleaders need to think about as they get their acts together.

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5 Easy Ways Families Can Go Green When Packing School Lunches
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(StatePoint) While packing lunch for the kids can seem like a daily grind, you can use the task as an opportunity to help kids form great lifelong habits.

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Soothing Tips for Fussy Babies
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(StatePoint) Parents dealing with a fussy baby -- especially one that has been recently fed, changed and loved -- are eager to find ways to soothe them.

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Tips to Flip Furniture on a Back-to-College Budget
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(StatePoint) College is an exciting time. Whether your child is starting as a freshman or returning for senior year, new friends, new roommates and new places to call “home” await.

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How to Make Practicing Music Fun for Kids
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(StatePoint) While many children enthusiastically elect to study music, not all of them stick with the program. This is because many kids are surprised by the challenges associated with learning to play an instrument.

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Patients, Doctors and Researchers Embracing New Plan to Deal with COPD
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(StatePoint) Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), a lung disease that afflicts millions of Americans, haunts families, and frustrates doctors and researchers, is now the third leading cause of death in the US, behind heart disease and cancer, costing Americans more than $32 billion a year.

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Tips to Keep Outdoor Summer Fun Going After Dark
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(StatePoint) Your outdoor summer fun doesn’t have to stop after sundown.

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Back-to-School Tips to Help Reduce Stress
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(StatePoint) School can be a stressful place, from finding a seat at lunch to making new friends, but don’t let supplies be one of those stressors. Make life just a bit easier with the right supplies, so students have more time to focus on the important things. To help reduce stress, consider the following tips and tricks.

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Three Simple Steps that Can Help You Achieve Your Financial Goals
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(StatePoint) Americans have mixed emotions around financial planning, a new study suggests. But setting specific goals can help you achieve the financial outcomes you want. Forty-eight percent of individuals with specific financial goals say they expect to be in a much better place in the next four years, versus only 12 percent of those without goals.

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Win the Battle Against Back-to-School Germs
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(StatePoint) Did you know that, on average, elementary school children get eight to 12 colds or cases of the flu each school year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention? This school year, follow some healthy habits to avoid the back-to-school plague.

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Back-to-School Tips for Upgrading Students’ Devices
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(StatePoint) Back-to-school season is a popular time to replace tablets, smartphones and other mobile devices. However, while you’re busy paying for books, student fees and other education-related expenses, tech costs don’t have to be a burden.

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New Ways Classrooms are Changing
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(StatePoint) Today’s classroom are in flux. And these changes, rooted in technological innovation, are making it easier for students to become more engaged and collaborative.

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Great Books to Get Kids Excited for School
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(StatePoint) As kids head back to school, you can help put them in a learning mindset by beefing up your home library.

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Fun Ways to Get Kids to Enjoy Math
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(StatePoint) For some kids, one of the toughest parts of the back-to-school season is getting back into the swing of math class. You can help ease the transition this fall and beyond by making math a wholly integrated part of the day.

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Back-to-School: Top Car Buying Tips for Young Drivers
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(StatePoint) During back-to-school season, students are often on the hunt for what may be their first car. There are many factors to consider beyond budget, and experts say this can be a difficult process to navigate.

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Tips to Improve Your Child’s Math Scores
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(StatePoint) At a time when math is becoming an increasingly important subject for students to master, students are exploring ways to better understand the subject of math and improve their test scores.

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Back-to-School Organization Tips for Busy Families
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(StatePoint) The new school year brings hectic mornings, piles of homework, endless events, practices, games and school conferences. When you’re a busy parent, day-to-day tasks can consume your thoughts and energy. Stay organized and sane by following these simple tips to handle the crush of the school year.

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Tips for Students Moving to College
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(StatePoint) Moving into your own place is a milestone that makes you feel like a grown-up. And with the new school year approaching, you may be thinking about signing a lease for your first apartment or sharing a house with roommates. So now what? As you head to campus, here are important tips to consider before and after you sign on the dotted line:

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Tips to Prevent Slips, Trips and Falls
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(StatePoint) Slips, trips and falls that cause injury and death are all too common, and they disproportionately affect older people. Indeed, one-third of older U.S. adults suffer falls each year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. What’s more, a fear of falling can alter habits, negatively impacting one’s quality of life.

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5 Tips for Balancing Family, Work and Education
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(StatePoint) It’s an age-old conundrum. To advance professionally, often one must go back to school. However, earning a degree might seem like an insurmountable challenge because of the demands of a current job.

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New Ways to Save and Enjoy Your Photos
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(StatePoint) People are taking more photos than ever before, of friends, family, vacations and their food. And while they don’t always like to admit it, they are also taking selfies.

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Is Your Child’s School Prepared for the Next Academic Year?
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(StatePoint) Unfortunately, classroom needs cannot always be matched by school budgets. If you are a concerned parent, consider getting involved in the PTA. It’s one of the best ways help ensure your school is equipped with the academic tools that teachers need most.

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Get Tire Savvy to Help Your Family Stay Safe on the Road
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(StatePoint) Today’s cars come with some impressive features. But no matter what up-to-date tech your car boasts, it’s your tires that connect it to the road, playing a crucial role in safety and performance.

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More Grandparents are Raising Grandkids: 3 Things They Need to Know
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(StatePoint) From single parents to traditional and multigenerational households, modern families come in all shapes and sizes. But did you know there’s an uptick in the number of grandparents raising grandkids? According to data from The Pew Charitable Trusts, 2.9 million grandparents were raising their grandchildren in 2015 compared with 2.5 million in 2005.

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How to Best Cope with Summer Heat: Be Weather Ready
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(StatePoint) Summer can be hot, sticky and downright uncomfortable. It can also be dangerous if you are not prepared.

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5 Essential Travel Hacks for On-the-Go Parents
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(StatePoint) Getting from point A to point B with young kids is an adventure within itself. Whether by plane, train or automobile, parents are on the search for ways to make family travel a little less stressful.

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Study Tips for Busy College Students
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(StatePoint) With seemingly endless reading, lengthy term papers and make-or-break exams, the academic life of a college student can be nothing short of demanding. What’s more, many students hold down part-time jobs and participate in extracurriculars during the semester.

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Doctor’s Orders: How to Protect Your Skin this Summer
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(StatePoint) The summer can really take a toll on skin, when more of it is exposed to sun, bugs and poisonous plants.

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Tips to Avoid ‘Summer Brain Drain’
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(StatePoint) It’s only natural that kids get excited for summer vacation. However, parents may be concerned about “summer brain drain,” which occurs when students lose the knowledge they gained during the school year.

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Aging Eyes: 3 Ways Seniors Can Protect Their Vision
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(StatePoint) While you may take healthy eyes for granted, it’s important to know that as you age, you become more susceptible to conditions that can impair your vision. The effects of vision loss can be devastating, harming one’s quality of life and independence.

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Tips to Incorporate Music into Your Family's Daily Routine
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(StatePoint) The benefits of music education are endless. Studies have associated music education with higher test scores, improved concentration and more. But if you are a parent, you probably know how it goes: many children will begin a music program with enthusiasm, only to complain about practicing a short time later, sometimes even asking to quit.

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6 Tips for Throwing a Great Outdoor Party
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(StatePoint) Throwing the perfect party outdoors requires a bit of precision. Here are six great ways to keep guests happy, comfortable and entertained.

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Tips for Protecting Your Family Against Bug Bites
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(StatePoint) From hikes to picnics to relaxing in the hammock, nothing ruins summer fun quite as fast as bug bites. Unfortunately, bug bites are more than just a nuisance. They can trigger allergic reactions in some people, and may transmit diseases like Zika Virus, Dengue Fever, West Nile Virus and Lyme Disease.

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New Tips to Ease Recovery from Addiction
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(StatePoint) Those recovering from an addiction know what a major challenge the process can be on the body and mind, as well as on the wellness of friends and family supporting your endeavor.

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Moms: Common Reasons You May be Packing on Pounds
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(StatePoint) A pizza crust here, a chicken nugget there. Can eating leftovers off your child’s plate really add up? The answer is yes. Eighty-one percent of moms with kids under 18 admit to eating off their kids’ plates before, during or after a meal. What’s more, one in three say they eat less healthfully now than they did before they became a parent, according to a new survey conducted on behalf of Nutrisystem by Harris Poll.

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Safe Summer Driving Tips for Teens and Young Adults
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(StatePoint) Warm weather means more young drivers on the road as they head to summer jobs, parties and embark on road trips. Often, young drivers feel invincible, but they shouldn’t take their safety for granted.

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6 Non-Motor Symptoms of Parkinson’s Disease That May Surprise You
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(StatePoint) Those familiar with Parkinson’s disease (PD) are likely aware of the disorder’s most visible symptoms, including slower movements, impaired balance, rigidity/stiffness and involuntary shaking. However, Parkinson’s, which is a neurodegenerative brain disorder, can cause a range of non-motor symptoms, which can bring about a new set of challenges for people with Parkinson’s and their caregivers.

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Tips to Step Up Your Patio Experience this Season
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(StatePoint) Ready to step up your outdoor living experience this season? You’re not alone. Nearly 70 percent of design and build firms report an increased demand for outdoor living space, according to the American Institute of Architects.

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DIY Projects to Improve Your Outdoor Living Space
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(StatePoint) Are you taking advantage of your yard and maximizing its potential as a living space? All you need is a bit of time and energy to transform your yard into the perfect place to spend time with family and friends.

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Natural Ways to Support Infant Health During Pregnancy
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(StatePoint) In the last 10 years, scientists have learned that having enough beneficial gut bacteria is a critical component of overall health. Now, research shows that ensuring newborns have sufficient exposure to probiotic bacteria during infancy and early childhood can give them a head start on lifelong wellness.

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Keep Your Cool This Summer with These Organization Tips
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(StatePoint) Summer is often associated with lazy days spent picnicking and swimming, but most of us know that these months are often the most action-packed, making organization as important as ever.

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What to Know about Your Tuna Sandwich
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(StatePoint) Americans love their tuna. Indeed, the U.S. is the largest market for canned tuna in the world. But according to experts, much of the nation’s canned tuna is not produced sustainably or ethically.

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Before Buying a Home, Learn the Lingo!
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(StatePoint) Buying a home for the first time? You may discover that one of the biggest obstacles is learning the lingo. Homebuying can be overwhelming and perhaps a bit intimidating if you aren’t familiar with the terminology.

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Make Your Summer Barbeques Sizzle
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(StatePoint) With family and friends gathering to celebrate all summer long, try a new and healthy twist on some backyard barbeque essentials.

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Make Your Home Safer in Wicked Weather
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(StatePoint) Wicked weather can happen anytime, anywhere. Being prepared will offer you, your family and your home greater protection. Here is what to know.

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3 Financial Must-Do’s for College-Bound High School Families
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(StatePoint) One challenge looms large for many American families as students approach high school graduation: how to pay for college.

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Early Childhood Education is Crucial: How You Can Help
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(StatePoint) New research shows that many pre-K classrooms could benefit from more resources, especially for the most vulnerable children. Ninety-four percent of Head Start teachers report needing more resources to enrich their classrooms, and 84 percent say they are unable to fund experiences they want to provide, in a recent study by the National Head Start Association.

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5 Great Ways to Reduce Stress
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(StatePoint) The constant juggle of work, family and other responsibilities can cause anybody to feel stressed. And stress is not only unpleasant, it can have negative ramifications on your health, including stomach upset, fatigue, headache and even depression and drug abuse, according to the Mayo Clinic.

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Checklist: 5 Camping Essentials for a Safe and Enjoyable Adventure
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(StatePoint) More than 30 million Americans camp in tents yearly, according to the Outdoor Foundation. As with any outdoor adventure, having the necessary equipment is crucial.

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Do You Practice Safe Sun Habits?
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(StatePoint) Summertime is all about trips to the pool, beach and park. And it also means time spent in the sun.

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4 New Technologies to Help You Protect and Appreciate Nature
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(StatePoint) The possibilities of new technology to improve the world are seemingly boundless. And these days, the state-of-the-art can help you protect and appreciate nature in your daily life.

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Tips to Make Math Your Child’s Favorite Subject
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(StatePoint) For many students, math can seem like a chore. Not only are the concepts sometimes tough at first, but teachers are required to keep their lessons moving at a particular pace, making it easy for any student to get lost in the classroom shuffle.

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5 Helpful Hints for a Clean and Clutter-Free Home
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(StatePoint) Papers piling up? Toys taking over?  If your home is more cluttered than clean, you’re not alone -- 85 percent of homeowners say that organization and storage is the most desired feature in a home, according to OrganizedLiving.com.

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3 Ways Seniors Can Get More from their Smartphones
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(StatePoint) With the rapid pace of new developments in smartphone technology, it can be hard to keep up with all the changes, especially if you grew up in an era when phones were attached to a cord.

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4 Ways to Help Raise Kids' Grades
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(StatePoint) School can be tough, but parents can help by making sure students have all the tools and study habits they need to succeed. Here are four ways to help raise children’s grades.

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Tips to Teach Your Children about Money
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(StatePoint) It’s never too early to think about the lessons your children are learning about money. Setting a good financial example is just the start. Parents should also actively engage children on the topic. These lessons can help put kids and teens on the right path towards a financially responsible adulthood.

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Simple Ways to Incorporate Exercise into Your Daily Life
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(StatePoint) When constantly struggling to juggle the unending daily responsibilities of both work and family life, trying to squeeze in time to exercise can be a daunting task.

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Lamb Chops and Red Wine: A Delicious Pairing
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(StatePoint) At your next dinner party, enjoy a glass of rich red wine and a tempting yet easy-to-prepare meal to match.

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Books for Kids to Enjoy this Summer
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(StatePoint) Whether you are heading out of town on vacation or sticking around the neighborhood pool, kids need diversions in summer. Take some time to restock kids’ bookshelves with great reads.

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How Digital Technologies Can Help Students Learn
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(StatePoint) Did you know that advanced digital technologies can help grade school and high school students become better prepared for college and careers?

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Tips to Make Lasting Healthful Changes to Your Eating Habits
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(StatePoint) Do you find it difficult to maintain healthy eating habits? Remember that small changes, made over time, can add up.

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Dental Health is Important for Children's 'Baby Teeth'
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(StatePoint) Parents and caregivers may be underestimating the importance of dental care for children’s “baby teeth.” According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, only 63 percent of children ages two to four see the dentist at least annually.

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