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New Benefits and Insurance Options You Can Expect in 2018
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(StatePoint) Ever wondered whether your insurance policy was actually working for you? You may be in luck, as your insurance plan may start to follow the same trends being adopted in other industries: simpler, more convenient and personalized products – all supported by the latest mobile technology.

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3 Simple Ways to Give Back This Season
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(StatePoint) Want to give back to your community during the holidays, but it’s just not in the budget? With total holiday sales forecasted to hit over $1 trillion this season, it’s good to know that there are plenty of ways to give back without spending another dime.

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Winter Wellness Tips
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(StatePoint) A busy lifestyle and cooler weather can take a toll on the body, especially for those who suffer from chronic aches and pains. Whether the cause of your pain is due to injury, stress, or poor sleep, there are many ways to feel better while avoiding future pain.

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What New Research Shows About Probiotics and Baby Health
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(StatePoint) A new clinical trial shows that parents can safely improve gut health in that crucial first year of life while a baby’s metabolism and immune system are developing.

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Ordinary People Making Extraordinary Differences for Children with Cancer
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(StatePoint) When it comes to helping children with cancer, amazing new things are possible -- as long as there is funding. And it’s not just doctors and researchers who can make a difference, it can be anyone volunteering at their local hospital, planning fundraisers, or simply just spreading the word – all paving the way for a brighter future for children with cancer.  

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Deep Vein Thrombosis: A Pain That Cannot Be Ignored
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(StatePoint) Fifty-three-year-old Bernie McKay never would have guessed that the pain he thought was a simple muscle cramp was actually a serious medical condition that could have stopped him in his tracks forever. 

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Stuck in the Middle: What You Need to Know About Caregiving
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(StatePoint) As the population ages, more people (particularly women) will be “sandwiched” in between taking care of their parents or other family members in need, and their children.

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Ways to Turn Your Weight Loss Resolution into a Reality
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(StatePoint) If you have a lot of weight to lose in the New Year, it may feel like an insurmountable challenge, especially if you have struggled with weight loss before. Here are a few ways to turn your resolution into a reality.

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4 Steps to a Healthier You this New Year
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(StatePoint) Want to make resolutions you’ll keep this new year? Think simple, sustainable changes. Follow these four steps for a healthier you, inside and out.

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Tips to Boost Your Baby’s Health from Day One
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(StatePoint) New moms want to give their babies everything they need to grow up healthy and strong -- and the first six months are some of the most important, helping determine the course of their health trajectories.

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Resolve to Better Organize Your Medical Information in the New Year
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(StatePoint) A fresh new year presents a great opportunity to reorganize your medical information and files as part of a greater effort to prioritize your health and wellness in the coming year.

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Tips to Refresh Yourself in the New Year
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(StatePoint) Planning some New Year’s resolutions? Instead of simply resolving to lose weight or drop a clothing size, consider placing a more positive spin on your objectives. Whether your stated goal is to try new sports and hobbies or to get in touch with nature, you can better refresh yourself this new year with resolutions that help you get in shape while appreciating your surroundings and having fun.

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Simple Tips for Managing Everyday Pain
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(StatePoint) Many people suffer from low-grade aches and pains stemming from common activities such as housework, yardwork or even sitting too long.

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Men and Women: A Different Outlook on Work and Cancer
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(StatePoint) The challenges surrounding life with cancer, particularly in the workplace, are complex, and new findings show that male and female experiences can differ. In a recent survey commissioned by Cancer and Careers and conducted by Harris Poll, more women than men say they need to work for financial reasons and employed women were more likely to feel they had no choice but to work during their cancer treatment. The survey also found women are more likely to be concerned about health insurance. 

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Tips to Avoid Scams After Storms and Natural Disasters
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(StatePoint) As if the damage from a natural disaster isn’t enough, consumers trying to rebuild after a natural disaster often face a different danger: a flood of fly-by-night contractors -- ultimately raising the risks of sub-par repair work and outright scams.

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5 Hacks for Living with Diabetes
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(StatePoint) According to the American Diabetes Association (ADA), approximately 30.3 million Americans are living with diabetes, which affects people of all ages.

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5 Overlooked Items for Your Family’s Emergency Supply Kit
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(StatePoint) If you prepped an emergency supply kit for your family, you most likely have the basics covered: batteries, first aid and non-perishable foods. Here are five often overlooked items that can help keep your family safe, comfortable and informed should the unexpected occur.

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A Doctor’s Tips to Stay Healthy During Holiday Travel
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(StatePoint) More than 100 million Americans will travel this holiday season, according to AAA estimates. Holiday travel can seem daunting, between flight delays and bumper-to-bumper traffic. What’s more, it has potential health impacts, including leg swelling and increased risk for cold and flu.

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Easy Ways to Stay Healthy Through the Holidays
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(StatePoint) Between all those holiday festivities and extra seasonal chores, it can be difficult to always stay on top of your health. Here are some easy ways to prioritize wellness this time of year.

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Gift and Stocking Stuffer Ideas for Those with Active Hobbies
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(StatePoint) It’s the gift-giving season and rather than give generic presents to everyone you love, consider thoughtful items that will make their lives easier and hobbies more fulfilling.

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5 Things to Know this Benefits Enrollment Season
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(StatePoint) Benefits open enrollment season can be a confusing time for many employees. But rather than make decisions you don’t feel confident about, take a bit of extra time to become better informed. Luckily, these days, there is a wealth of resources available online, and getting your questions answered is easier than ever, according to experts.

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Tablets and Kids: What to Know
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(StatePoint) If you’ve handed over your tablet to your children more than once, it may be time to consider getting them their own device. There are a lot of great children’s tablets that offer so much more than passive games and videos.

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5 Surprising Facts about Pneumonia
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(StatePoint) Pneumonia can strike anywhere and anytime, the American Lung Association reminds us. A serious, potentially life-threatening lung infection, pneumonia is primarily caused by viruses, bacteria or fungi that are transmitted from one person to another. The most common type of bacterial pneumonia is pneumococcal pneumonia.

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Tips for Tackling Age-Related Skin Issues
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(StatePoint) Aging is a fact of life, and your skin is no exception. However, experts say that there is a lot you can do to help your skin at all stages of life.

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Simple Tips to Reduce Suffering this Flu Season
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(StatePoint) U.S. health officials are predicting a harsh flu season. While there is still no cure for flu, there are steps you can take to reduce suffering while the virus takes its course. Some experts suggest starting the quest to feel better by exploring your local health food store.

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How Digital Technology is Helping Patients Manage Chronic Pain
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(StatePoint) Digital apps have long existed to help people lose weight or track exercise, and now, developers are providing new high-tech ways for those living with chronic pain to track key measures of their conditions -- providing a solution to one of the biggest challenges patients face.

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Small Changes in What You Eat Can Make a Big Difference
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(StatePoint) Not everyone is inclined to think about the global impact of their food choices, particularly when they are not in their own kitchens. But experts say that average consumers can learn more about what’s on their plate and how it got there no matter who’s doing the cooking, and use this knowledge to make responsible choices.

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5 Tips for Healthy-Looking Skin All Winter Long
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(StatePoint) The cold, dry winter months are a good time to change your daily skin care regimen. The low humidity dries out skin, and without extra care, this may contribute to premature aging.

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Tips to Safely Enjoy the Great Outdoors in Cooler Months
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(StatePoint) It may be chilly, but that’s no reason to stay indoors. Some of the best opportunities for outdoor exploration can only take place during the coldest months of the year; it just requires special preparation.

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COPD Awareness Rising: What to Know
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(StatePoint) Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), a progressive lung disease that makes it hard to breathe, is the third leading cause of death in the U.S. and a leading cause of disability.

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Immune Boosting Tips for a Healthy Holiday Season
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(StatePoint) The hectic holidays and chill in the air can take a toll on the immune system and make one more susceptible to cold weather challenges. Stay healthy and vital all season by taking the following steps.

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Easy Ways to Cut Back on Sugar
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(StatePoint) Nationwide, 30 million children and adults have diabetes, and 86 million are prediabetic, according to the American Diabetes Association (ADA). A leading risk factor for Type 2 diabetes is being overweight. But the good news is, according to the ADA, losing just seven percent of your body weight can decrease that risk by 58 percent.

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Great Holiday Gifts that Give Back
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(StatePoint) The holiday season is all about giving. This year, consider combining thoughtful gifts for loved ones with charitable efforts that benefit the larger community. There are many great ways to do so. Here are a few.

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Give Yourself the Gift of a Smart Home this Holiday Season
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(StatePoint) You can make this holiday season a bit merrier by giving your family the gift of a smart home. A gift that keeps on giving, connected devices can add security and convenience to your home easily. Start with a few basic smart home products and add to or change your tech over time as needed.

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Fireplace Safety Tips for this Holiday Season and Beyond
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(StatePoint) Gathering around the hearth this holiday season? While you may be taking time off from work and school to celebrate, don’t take a vacation from practicing basic safety guidelines. Stay safe with the following tips.

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Are You Financially Prepared for an Emergency or Natural Disaster?
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(StatePoint) Being financially prepared for an emergency or natural disaster is about more than just having savings set aside. Having access to critical personal and financial information will help you on the road to recovery.

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Will You Be Able to Afford an Unexpected Health Crisis?
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(StatePoint) Young people may not give much thought to the cost of an unexpected crisis, particularly when it comes to serious accidents or illnesses. Should an emergency occur, you don’t want to be caught off guard and have to cut back on other essentials or miss out on those special experiences that bring a smile to your face.

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Need New Glasses? Don't Overlook These Ways to Enhance Your Lenses
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(StatePoint) When it comes to buying new eyeglasses, many people focus on frames, spending hours trying on multiple shapes and colors. With so many styles to choose from, it’s easy to forget that glasses are used for a medical purpose and they need to do more than just look good -- they need to work.

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Be ‘Bowled’ Over by These Satisfying, Healthful Lunches
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(StatePoint) Strapped for time? By stocking the pantry well and setting aside some weekend prep time, you can create a whole week of great lunches in just an hour.

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3 Things Everyone Living with Arthritis Should Know
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(StatePoint) Arthritis includes more than 100 rheumatic diseases and conditions that affect joints. If you are living with arthritis, here are a few things you should consider.

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Steps to Save Energy in Your Home
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(StatePoint) Reducing your energy use at home is a win-win for your wallet and the planet. Not only can it save you money on your bills now, but it could also improve your home’s resale value, if you know which steps to take.

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5 Home Maintenance Projects Everyone Should Tackle
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(StatePoint) If you’ve been putting off chores, you’re not alone, but it could cost you. In fact, a national survey from Erie Insurance shows many Americans are putting themselves and their homes at financial risk by delaying important home maintenance tasks.

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Does Where You Live Determine How Long You Live?
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(StatePoint) From one corner of a city or county to another, life expectancy can vary by five, 10 or even 20 years, according to a report from the Center on Society and Health.

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How Art and Poetry Can Help People Deal with Challenging Times
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(StatePoint) Whether you are dealing with personal tragedy and loss in your life, or are concerned about current events, some experts believe that creating and appreciating art can help you cope with the emotional fallout of challenging times.

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Peripheral Artery Disease: Are You at Risk?
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Do you blame “getting older” for your leg pain or difficulty walking? Do you just accept it and do the best you can? You could actually be suffering from a condition called peripheral artery disease (PAD). PAD now affects more than 8.5 million American adults, according to the American Heart Association, and if left untreated, can increase your risk of losing a portion of your toes, feet and legs to amputation. The good news is that PAD can be managed when diagnosed early.

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Weight Loss Tips to Fit into Your Favorite Jeans
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(StatePoint) Are your favorite pair of jeans sitting in your closet waiting to be worn again? If so, you’re not alone.

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Surprising Ways to Improve Your Skin
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(StatePoint) If you’ve spent any energy devoted to improving your complexion, you may think you understand all the strategies for achieving clear and healthy-looking skin. However, there are some surprising skin care facts you may not know about that can help you rethink your routine.

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What to Know if You Have Chronic Pain
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(StatePoint) For a dose of reality on the impact of opioid abuse, consider this: In the U.S., illicit and prescription drug overdoses now kill more people than cars or guns, more than HIV/AIDS did at its peak, and from 1998 to 2015 overdoses rose by more than 500 percent. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 91 Americans die daily from an opioid overdose, totaling more than 33,000 people a year.

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Facts and Myths About Germs at School
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(StatePoint) Everybody seems to have an opinion about germs -- what causes them, where they’re located, how to avoid them -- especially when it comes to children.

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Tips to Get Your Family Moving and Boost Fitness
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(StatePoint) Regular exercise is an important part of helping to keep your family healthy and strong. Indeed, physical activity can help you live longer, improve your mood, reduce your risk for life-threatening diseases and strengthen bones and muscles, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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Protect Your Heart Health by Getting Vaccinated
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(StatePoint) While getting vaccinated is important for people of all ages, it’s especially important for adults with heart disease. They are more likely to have serious complications from common diseases such as influenza (flu) or pneumonia that vaccination can help prevent.

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School Checklist for Parents of Children Living With Asthma
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(StatePoint) Asthma accounts for more than 10 million lost school days every school year. If you know a child living with asthma, you may be concerned about his or her activity during sports and at recess, especially if the asthma is exercise-induced.

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How Smart Home Technology Can Eliminate Stress for Parents
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(StatePoint) Many parents have worries about kids who are home alone in the afternoon or in the morning before catching the bus.

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Is Your Family Prepared for a Disaster or Emergency?
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(StatePoint) When it comes to emergency and natural disaster preparation, clean, uncontaminated water should be top-of-mind. Being prepared ahead of time is essential to make sure your household will be able to hydrate safely throughout the duration of an emergency.

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Gearing Up for Sports and Exercise
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(StatePoint) Outdoor athletes are continually pushing new boundaries and venturing farther than ever. Whether you are hiking a trail or training for a marathon, this great gear can help you before, during and after your next big activity.

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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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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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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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At Work All Day? How to Incorporate Exercise into Your Life
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(StatePoint) Leading a sedentary lifestyle can have a serious impact on one’s health. In fact, too much sitting can increase your risk of cardiovascular disease, according to the American Heart Association, which cites a study that showed that adults who watch more than four hours of television daily had a 46 percent increased risk of death and an 80 percent increased risk of cardiovascular disease.

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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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Purpose Beats Perks in Workplace Satisfaction
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(StatePoint) New research shows that happiness abounds for those working at small businesses. Indeed, 75 percent of small-business employees are either very or extremely satisfied working for a small business, according to the study conducted by Aflac.

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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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Win the Battle Against 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? By following some healthy habits, you can avoid getting sick.

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Top Car Buying Tips for Young Drivers
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(StatePoint) Young people and students on the hunt for what may be their first car should now that there are many factors to consider beyond budget, and experts say this can be a difficult process to navigate.

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Tips for Moving Away from Home for the First Time
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(StatePoint) Moving into your own place is a milestone that makes you feel like a grown-up. Before you sign that lease for your first apartment, here are some important tips to consider:

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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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Tips to Make the Most of Your Next Outdoor Adventure
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(StatePoint) Spending time enjoying nature is good for the body and mind, helping to reduce stress, increase focus and provide opportunities for physical activity, say studies. Unfortunately, our busy schedules sometimes don’t allow us to get outside as often as we’d like.

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