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Connecting Military and Family During and After Long Deployments
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(StatePoint) It was a long-awaited homecoming for the USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78), which returned to Naval Station Norfolk on January 17. The U.S. Navy aircraft carrier operated for an additional 76 days in the Mediterranean Sea due to the Israel-Hamas conflict, for a total of 8 months deployment.

What Every Mom and Soon-to-be-Mom Needs to Know About Their Heart
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(StatePoint) Over the last three decades, the United States has seen pregnancy-related deaths rise nearly 140%, and heart disease continues to be the leading cause. Furthermore, women who have prenatal complications, such as high blood pressure or gestational diabetes, have a significantly higher risk of heart disease and stroke later in life, yet many are not getting the care they need.

Expert Tips to Simplify Household Shopping in 2024
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(StatePoint) It’s time to stock up on all the supplies you need to spring clean your home, as well as look and feel your best in a new season. But while the days may be growing longer, there aren’t extra hours to sift through endless product reviews.

How New Support is Helping Indigenous Families Nationwide
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(StatePoint) Tribal elders have traditionally been seen as sources of wisdom, comfort and guidance for younger generations, including for their grandchildren. Nearly 2.5 million children in the United States live in grandfamilies, which are families in which children are being raised by grandparents, other extended family members, or adults with whom they have a close family-like relationship. American Indian and Alaska Native children are more likely to live in grandfamilies than children of any other racial or ethnic group.

Try This at the Grocery Store to Reduce Stress and Save Time
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(StatePoint) With grocery store shelves loaded up with new and unfamiliar products, and social media influencers touting this or that food brand, a trip to the supermarket is not always quick or easy. After all, there are few consumer decisions more important than what you feed your family.

Helping Infants, Toddlers and Families Thrive
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(StatePoint) A bipartisan package that recently passed in the U.S. House of Representatives, would expand the child tax credit (CTC). As the Senate decides whether to follow suit, advocates press that the CTC is a critical policy vehicle to help all infants, toddlers and their families thrive, and it should be implemented as soon as possible.

How Military Spouses Can Find Connection and Support
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(StatePoint) Military spouses sacrifice stable careers and time with loved ones due to constant moves to new duty stations, and hold down the fort at home during their spouses’ deployments. That’s why the USO prioritizes providing community and support to military spouses. Here are some of the ways their programs are making an impact:

Must-Have Tech Upgrades for Your Life
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(StatePoint) Want to simplify your life, boost your productivity and work smarter? Incorporating some of the latest tech developments into your routine may be the answer. According to Authority Hacker, 77% of devices use some sort of Artificial Intelligence (AI), and 50% of consumers are becoming more optimistic about using the technology.

How to Prep the Night Before the SAT or ACT Exam
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(StatePoint) Taking the SAT or ACT exam is the culmination of months of test-specific preparation, and in truth, years of schooling. While knowing that can feel like a lot of pressure, there are steps you can take the night before the exam to calm your nerves and enter the testing site with confidence:

How To Talk about Anti-Transgender Prejudice with Your Family
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(StatePoint) Have you ever wanted to talk about the anti-transgender movement with your family but are unsure how? The conversation may start off pleasantly, but as it progresses, people may say things you don’t agree with, including hateful comments in support of anti-transgender prejudice and legislation.

Everyday Habits to Help Protect Against Illness This Season
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(StatePoint) With only 8% of children and 21% of adults reporting receipt of the 2023-24 COVID-19 vaccine, less than half the population reporting receipt of a flu vaccine and just 20% of adults 60 and over reporting receipt of the respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) vaccine, it’s no surprise that rates of respiratory illnesses are at elevated levels this season.

5 Life-Improving Goals and Apps to Help You Accomplish Them
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(StatePoint) Setting a goal that will improve your life is simple, but holding yourself accountable and tracking progress can make it difficult to stick with your objectives. Make your new attempts at reaching your goals different by utilizing apps to stay on track.

How to Build a Healthy Money Mindset for a Stable Financial Future
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(StatePoint) Building and managing your wealth is a lifelong process that can have major implications for you, your children and other beneficiaries. While your path to building wealth should be tailored to your circumstances, this three-pronged approach from Freddie Mac can help you plan for a stable financial future.

Closing the STEM Skills Gap to Create New Possibilities for Kids
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(StatePoint) Over the next decade, it’s projected that nearly 3.5 million manufacturing and STEM-related jobs will be available, yet 2 million are expected to go unfilled due to a skills gap, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor and Statistics. Advocates are addressing systemic educational barriers that impact student success in order to fill this skills gap and expand opportunities for young people.

Wellness Tips for a New You
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(StatePoint) If your to-do list is a mile long, you may be feeling overwhelmed and unsure where to start. Let these three essential wellness tips set you up for success and give you the power, energy and determination you need to reach all your goals.

Are These Common COPD Myths Preventing You From Living Your Best Life?
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(StatePoint) Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a lifelong chronic lung disease that makes it difficult to breathe, and is a leading cause of death and disability in the United States. According to experts, the more knowledge a patient with COPD has about the disease, the better off they will be.

How to Support Early Readers at Home
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(StatePoint) Recent data indicate that over 60% of fourth graders in the United States are reading below grade level, with performance particularly low due to the lingering effects of the pandemic. The good news? Learning experts say that the trend is reversible. One key factor is to make sure that young children have a strong foundation in early language skills when they begin kindergarten. Here are a few tools and ideas for supporting the literacy journey at home and on-the-go:

Amplifying the Voices of Caregivers and Families
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(StatePoint) Advocates say it’s important to not only honor caregivers’ dedication, compassion, and resilience, but to also acknowledge their challenges and aspirations. Doing so can help families thrive. Here are three ways that can happen:

It’s Time to Care About Long-Term Care
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(StatePoint) While many people picture retirement as an opportunity to relax, retirees can face many challenges, including the potential need for long-term care. A 2022 report from the Department of Health and Human Services projects that over half (56%) of Americans turning 65 today will develop a disability serious enough to require long-term care and, for some, the costs of long-term care may impact their retirement savings.

America Rallies for Afterschool Programs
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(StatePoint) Afterschool programs keep children safe, inspire them to learn, and give working parents the peace of mind that comes with knowing their kids are supervised and learning after the school day ends. There is an urgent need for greater investments in these programs, as U.S. children and youth try to recover academically and socially from the pandemic.

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