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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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How to Find an Affordable Home in Today’s Market
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(StatePoint) Affordable housing is in high demand in cities and counties nationwide. Experts say that areas grappling with affordable housing issues may find factory-built homes to be a powerful tool in addressing this need.

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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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How to Prepare for Your Next Adventure or Stay-cation
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(StatePoint) Whether you seek adventure from the comfort of an armchair or the top of a mountain, great books can either help you get your travel fix or prepare you for that next big trip.

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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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Smart Home Savvy: 6 Ways to Add Technology to Your Living Spaces
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(StatePoint) A smart, connected home is what’s in style. In fact, since 2014, research shows smart technology has increased in priority during renovations, especially for first-time home buyers.

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How to Find the Ideal Holiday Gift for Her
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(StatePoint) A holiday gift is much more than a simple present. It’s a reflection of the relationship being celebrated. While finding the perfect gift may seem intimidating, it doesn’t have to be.

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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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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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How to Be More Creative in the New Year
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 (StatePoint) Those with creative or artistic aspirations know that consistently staying motivated and inspired is easier said than done.

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How to Cut Through the Chaos and Stay Organized in the New Year
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(StatePoint) Want to be better organized this year? From making and keeping appointments, to completing your to-do list, there’s no reason to get overwhelmed. Try these tips and tools for a more organized 2018, no matter how much chaos is thrown at you.

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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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5 Rules for a More Organized Home in the New Year
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(StatePoint) After the hectic holidays, it’s no surprise that many people commit to getting better organized in the new year.

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Are You Carrying the Right Credit Card for Your Financial Goals?
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(StatePoint) If you’ve ever been confused by how to find the right credit card, you’re not alone. A recent national survey found that consumers are overwhelmed by the many credit card offers they receive, and find the process of selecting the right card difficult to navigate.

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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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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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Last Minute Holiday Gift Ideas
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(StatePoint) Holiday shopping can be a source of stress for anyone, but particularly for procrastinators. Need some last-minute gift ideas? Think about readily accessible, yet thoughtful items that don’t require a lengthy shipping process.

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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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5 Ways to Create Ambiance in Your Home
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(StatePoint) If your home interiors lack charm, don’t worry. These five simple additions and updates can add ambiance and character to your home.

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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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How to Celebrate with Sparkling Wine this Holiday Season
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(StatePoint) With the holidays here, it is time to celebrate, and sparkling wines go hand-in-hand with special occasions. If you are looking for something new to serve this year, consider swapping your usual bubbles for Cava, a delicious and wallet-friendly Spanish sparkling wine that is made using the same traditional methods as Champagne.

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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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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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Festive Tips to Set a Holiday Mood at Home
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(StatePoint) It’s the most festive time of the year. Be sure to fill your home with the classic scents, sounds and sights of the holiday season in the following ways.

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Food and Wine Pairing Ideas for Memorable Holiday Meals
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(StatePoint) To create a delicious and memorable experience at your holiday gathering, seek some inspiration from the vintners and chefs of one of the most impressive wine and food destinations worldwide, Napa Valley.

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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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How to Pick a Retirement Account
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(StatePoint) Whether you’re starting your career, approaching retirement or you’re somewhere in between, it’s important to understand the various options available to help you reach your retirement goals.

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5 Reasons to Consider a Home Theater System Now
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(StatePoint) When it comes to entertaining ourselves at home, there are more options than ever before. Whether you are looking to upgrade your family’s existing movie night experience or you are just getting started in assembling a home theater system, here are five reasons to consider doing so now.

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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 for Taking Care of Your Winter Wardrobe
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(StatePoint) It’s time to find that box marked “winter” at the back of your closet and rediscover all of your favorite layered looks. But, it’s important that you know how to treat your winter wardrobe so each piece stays comfy, stylish and warm throughout the season.

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Holiday Budgeting Tips for Savvy Consumers
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(StatePoint) Sticking to one’s budget is important all year long, but doing so during the holiday season can be especially tricky, when expenses run high and festive cheer makes it difficult to put the brakes on over-spending.

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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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5 Game Day Tips for the Ultimate Tailgate
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(StatePoint) Whether you’re tailgating at the stadium or a viewing party at home, a true football fan is always prepared for game day fun.

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Great Ideas for Holiday Gifts that Keep on Giving
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(StatePoint) The holidays come and go so quickly, and while many tokens of love and friendship are enjoyed and then forgotten, this year, consider items that make a more lasting impact.

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Great Holiday Gift Ideas for Foodies
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(StatePoint) The holiday season is the perfect opportunity to outfit foodies with all the tools they need to make cooking more efficient and delicious. Not sure where to start? Here are a few smart ideas.

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How to Save Time and Money this Holiday Season
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(StatePoint) From decking the halls to hosting the perfect party, holiday-time expenses can add up quickly.

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Tips to Make Your Holiday Decorating Very Merry
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(StatePoint) Nearly 70 percent of Americans say their favorite part about the holidays is spending time with family and friends, according to the Pew Research Center. So, during the hectic holiday crunch, you may be looking for ways to simplify the many tasks on your to-do list.

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STEAM Books Make Great Gifts for Kids This Holiday Season
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(StatePoint) Add joy to the holiday season with exciting books for kids. Think about choices focusing on STEAM subjects (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) that encourage the pursuit for knowledge and offer opportunities for immersive, learning experiences.

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Crowd-Pleasing Holiday Potluck Ideas
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(StatePoint) Indulging in delicious food is one of the best parts of the holidays, and you’ll likely be in constant need of something tasty to take along to all those holiday potlucks.

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Coffee Table Books for Holiday Gift-Giving
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(StatePoint) While book lovers sometimes turn to digital for their literature fix, when it comes to coffee table books, print rules. Coffee table books are not only sources of knowledge, but also high impact art statements. For this reason, they make great holiday gifts.

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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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4 Things Vets and Service Members Need to Know When Buying a Home
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(StatePoint) If you’re a veteran, reservist or active duty service member, it’s important to know that there are special benefits you may be eligible for when buying a home.

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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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Hearty Food and Wine Ideas for Winter
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(StatePoint) When cool weather makes you wish for rich hearty meals, let New Zealand be the source of your culinary inspiration. The country’s dishes make for delicious feasting. Think earthy meats like lamb and rich roasted vegetables, paired with juicy medium-bodied red wines.

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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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Pet Owners: Tips to Maintain a Beautiful Home
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(StatePoint) For all the companionship pets provide, it’s fair to admit that they can mess up a clean, tidy home pretty quickly.

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Tips to Throw the Best Movie Night Ever
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1. Know your audience. Will it be a family-friendly night? Will the movies screened have a theme -- such as all being by one director or set in the same city? Know who your audience is and select movies that best fit the bill.

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How Libraries Are Changing in Communities Nationwide
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(StatePoint) As we become increasingly reliant on digital content available on-demand, what happens to our repositories for printed material? The answer may be simpler than you think: Libraries aren’t just about books any more. Most have shifted focus from their collections to the communities they serve, and adjusted their designs to match.

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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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Home Cleaning Do's and Don’ts
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(StatePoint) Now and then, every home gets to the point at which a quick tidy-up here and there just isn’t cutting it anymore. You take a look around, notice all of the surfaces that have gone untouched for far too long, then sigh as you pick a day dedicated to cleaning from top to bottom.

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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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Why More Americans Should be Talking about Retirement
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(StatePoint) More than half of Gen X-ers and 40 percent of Baby Boomers have never given advice to their children about planning for retirement, according to a new study from North American Company for Life and Health Insurance.

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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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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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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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3 Home Projects to Transform Your Yard into a Refuge for Birds
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(StatePoint) Millions of wild birds are killed each year flying into windows, including private homes. Birds face other dangers, too, in your yard, whether they are migrating or flying locally.

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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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3 Mini-Makeover Ideas to Refresh a Room
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(StatePoint) Looking to bring new energy to a space? Hoping to update that outdated décor? These easy tips can help you revitalize any space in your home with minimal time and effort -- utilizing color, accessories, accents and more.

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10 Ways to Add Colorful Curb Appeal to Your Home
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(StatePoint) Want to give your home a dash of curb appeal? Focus on color, say experts.

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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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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 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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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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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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