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Tips for Students and Teachers to Get Through the Midyear Slump
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(StatePoint) There comes a certain point during every school year when students and educators alike are at risk of suffering from a midyear slump. One solution to staying motivated? Adding some color and vibrancy to everyday tools used in the classroom. Here are five ideas for doing so:

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How to Tell if You Have Severe Asthma
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(StatePoint) While the majority of the more than 25 million Americans living with asthma enjoy active, healthy lives, for others, severe symptoms are part of daily life, despite using high dose asthma medicines and avoiding triggers.

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Great Ways to Make Education More Affordable
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(StatePoint) As most parents know, even a free public school education comes with certain expenses that over the course of a school year can really add up. While many of these expenditures feel unavoidable, there are certain ways that families can save money on the hidden costs of schooling.

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What Does a Recession Mean for You? 6 Ways to Protect Your Future
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(StatePoint) Financial experts agree that no one is completely immune from risk when a recession occurs, and that an economic downturn can have a significant impact on your personal and financial situation. However, they also agree that it is important to avoid panicking and to remain focused on your long-term financial plans and strategies.

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Tips to Easily Shift to Daylight Saving Time
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(StatePoint) Spring is just around the corner, which means that so too is Daylight Saving Time (DST). While many people look forward to the start of DST all winter long seeing it as a marker of warmer, longer days ahead, making the actual shift is not always so simple for your body, mind or schedule.

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This Pi Day, Make Math Fun for Kids
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(StatePoint) Pi Day, is not only an annual opportunity to celebrate math, it’s also a day to honor the renowned scientist and mathematician, Albert Einstein, born on March 14.

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Write More Letters to Friends and Family
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(StatePoint) In an age of instant messages, video chats and social media, the art of letter writing has become rare. But sitting down to write correspondence by hand can be a much more personal way to connect than some of the modern modes of communication. Not only does it give you ample opportunity to express yourself, it gives your recipient something tangible to hold onto and revisit.

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6 Tips for Avoiding Emotional Spending
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(StatePoint) Decisions about spending money are often driven by emotions, even if what your heart is telling you goes against logic. Emotional financial choices may provide you with short-term happiness, but they are just as likely to result in long-term regret or debt.

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Looking for a Healthy Goal? Don’t Overlook Your Eyes
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(StatePoint) Setting healthy habits and intentions should make you feel good -- that’s the whole point, right? So, consider this twist on the standard goal format: opt for a few, small lifestyle wins with clear start and end points rather than mounting an all-out assault on your current habits -- more goal-lite if you will.

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10 Doctor-Recommended Tips for Improved Overall Health
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(StatePoint) Four in 10 adults in the U.S. have two or more chronic diseases, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. While certain conditions and risk factors are beyond one’s control, there is no shortage of lifestyle choices you can make for improved health.

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Tips to Protect Your Winter Wardrobe
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(StatePoint) If you are like many people, your winter wardrobe requires a bit of extra care. Between fine cashmere sweaters, favorite woolen outerwear and your snazziest cocktail attire, your special care garments should look as crisp at the end of the season as they do today.

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Best Flu Hacks Every Traveler Should Know
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(StatePoint) While everyone wants to make the most of their vacation, travel can do a number on one’s health, and during flu season, the risk of feeling unwell is even higher. Feel your best with these tips:

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Tips for Hosting Houseguests
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(StatePoint) Hosting houseguests? For happier guests and hosts alike, you’ll want to be sure you’re equipped to accommodate all your overnighters. Here are a few pointers:

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Are You Ready for College Entrance Exams?
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(StatePoint) While a student’s long record of academic achievement is generally the most important measure that colleges take under consideration during the admissions process, getting as prepared for one’s college entrance exams as possible is a great idea.

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How to Help Young Adults Build Credit History
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(StatePoint) As young adults establish their financial independence, they may be overwhelmed with enticing credit card offers. Free airfare, cashback and special introductory rates may be tempting, but choosing the right card is more important than snagging some fun freebies.

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What Everyone Should Know About Colorectal Cancer Screenings
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(StatePoint) Colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of cancer-related death in men and in women in the U.S., making screening one of the most important preventive health measures to take as an adult. While no one relishes cancer screenings, new recommendations can help those of average risk for colorectal cancer learn more about the importance of screenings, and the most effective strategy for completing them.

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Great Ways to Honor Native Veterans
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(StatePoint) Today, American Indians, Alaska Natives and Native Hawaiians (AIAN) serve in the U.S. military at one of the highest rates per capita of all population groups, according to the Smithsonian Institution. In fact, the AIAN veteran cohort served in the Pre-9/11 period of service in a higher percentage than veterans of other races (19.9 percent vs. 13.3 percent, respectively).

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How to Navigate the Challenges of Caregiving
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(StatePoint) As the population of older U.S. adults grows, more Americans are taking on long-term caregiving duties for loved ones. An estimated 43.5 million adults in the U.S. have provided unpaid care in the past 12 months, according to AARP.

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Could My Child’s Epilepsy Be Genetic?
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(StatePoint) While there are many different causes of epilepsy -- a brain condition diagnosed when a child has two or more seizures with no known cause -- over half of epilepsy types are linked to genetics. Understanding the cause of your child’s epilepsy matters, as it has the potential to deliver more targeted care.

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How to Save Big on Tech Upgrades
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(StatePoint) If you’re in the market for a smartphone, tablet, smart watch or other gadget, you may be preparing to pay through the nose. Experts say that you don’t have to go broke on tech if you shop wisely.

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Schools Can Play an Instrumental Role in Empowering Young Leaders
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(StatePoint) From encouraging dialogue on mental health to initiating grassroots fundraising efforts for pediatric cancer, students across the country are choosing issues they’re passionate about and generating real change. Parents, educators and community members may ask a pertinent question: how can we develop this initiative in every child?

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How Kids Can Make a Difference by Including Others
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(StatePoint) Bullying among kids continues to be the number one social issue facing this demographic, according to YouthBeat research. This is why Cartoon Network, PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center and 826 National are taking action to promote inclusion, acceptance and kindness to unite communities and help keep kids safe.

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Books Make Great Gifts for Young and Old Alike
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(StatePoint) For young and old alike, books make great gifts. To wow your favorite readers on the next birthday or special occasion, consider the following titles, which will allow them to become armchair explorers, travel back in time, or even take an inner journey to learn more about themselves.

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Unique Gift Ideas for the Sports Fans in Your Life
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(StatePoint) Shopping for a sports enthusiast? If you’ve gifted some of the standard items in the past -- t-shirts, jerseys, hoodies -- you may be looking for some clever new ways to show your love. Check out these fun ideas for brightening the next special occasion of your favorite sports fans.

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What Every Family Needs to Know About Parkinson's Disease
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(StatePoint) Debbie, 63, and Doug Chambers, 72, had always been a social couple, enjoying travel, dinners with friends and going to the movies. But their active lifestyle began to change in 2016 when Doug’s gait became slower and he had difficulty concentrating. He was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease soon thereafter.

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Dentist-Approved Tips for Healthier Smiles
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(StatePoint) Candy and sweets are fun to eat, but too much can take a toll on dental health. Families can do some damage control with a check-in to make sure everyone’s dental health routine is up to par.

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Why the ‘Real Feel’ Really Matters When It Comes to Weather
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(StatePoint) Picture this: you’re getting ready for the day and check your phone to see what the weather will be like. Your weather app shows 58 degrees, so you throw on a light jacket and head out the door. By the time you reach the end of the block you’re hit in the face with a blast of wind and cold air. It feels more like 35 degrees.

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3 Surprising Things That Happen to Women’s Bodies After Giving Birth
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(StatePoint) Along with the joy of bringing a baby into the world, physical changes from pregnancy and postpartum conditions may cause unexpected effects on the body. It’s important to proactively discuss these topics with friends and physicians to stay informed, know you aren’t alone and understand what effective solutions are available.

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How New Tech Could Help You Manage Your Money
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(StatePoint) From fitness apps monitoring daily activity to calendar apps that send appointment reminders, having high-quality, real-time information in the palm of your hand can be an effective way to stay accountable to your goals. So if you’re looking to better manage your money, it may be time to consider how an app can help.

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Could You Pay Your Mortgage on One Income? Here’s What to Know
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(StatePoint) For many people, getting married and buying a house is still part of the American Dream. That’s reflected in the numbers. The homeownership rate among married couples in the U.S. is 80 percent, according to recent data reported by Statista. But what if something were to happen to you or your spouse? Would the person left behind still be able to afford the mortgage?

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Adulting: Financial Tips for Gen Z
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(StatePoint) As more states nationwide adopt laws requiring high schools to offer personal finance classes, a new survey suggests that generation Z is on board with the trend.

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Tips to Make the Most of Playtime
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(StatePoint) With the right games, toys and activities on-hand, playtime can pull double duty, being an opportunity both to have fun and help kids reach important milestones.

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Are You Prepared for the Next Natural Disaster?
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(StatePoint) The devastation of recent hurricanes has left an indelible mark and also served as a reminder of the importance of being prepared for the unexpected. Worldwide, 281 natural disasters impacted more than 60 million people in 2018, according to the Centre for Research on the Epidemiology of Disasters. As unexpected occurrences continue around the globe, it is important to plan how to keep your family healthy and safe in the event an emergency or national disaster strikes close to home.

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How to Prepare Young Adults for Financial Independence
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(StatePoint) As you prepare your young adult for college and beyond, it’s important to talk about the road to financial independence, which includes building healthy credit. This is vital for big life moments like getting a car, apartment, house or job, and your child’s credit report will be the financial resume necessary to help him or her achieve these goals.

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Helpful Hacks to Ease School Hassles
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(StatePoint) Whether your life revolves around cubby holes and recess or rolling campus hills and term papers, helpful hacks can ensure students, teachers and families are organized in dorm rooms, classrooms and households.

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What Parents Need to Know About Their Baby’s Skin Health
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(StatePoint) A baby’s skin is extra sensitive, and if you’re like many parents, you may be looking for ways to reduce your child’s exposure to potential irritants while maximizing skin health. This can be particularly difficult when the products you see on store shelves contain the very ingredients you prefer to avoid: namely, petroleum, brighteners, artificial fragrances, fillers and synthetics.

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Tips for Parents to Help Teens Make the Most of Doctor’s Visits
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(StatePoint) The transition from childhood to adolescence is a complex time for kids, but it’s also a complex time for you, and you may find yourself unsure how to give your children more independence and when to stay involved. But when it comes to doctor’s visits, medical experts emphasize the importance of empowering teens to talk to their doctors one-on-one.

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Tackling the Housing Affordability Crisis
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(StatePoint) As housing prices soar nationwide, a growing number of Americans are unable to find affordable housing. Experts say that the problem has reached a crisis point, and is harming the welfare not only of individuals and families, but of communities and the economy at-large.  

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3 Tips for Finding a Lost Dog
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(StatePoint) Dogs are important and adored members of their families, however, millions go missing every year. The reasons are varied and probably not all that surprising. A curious dog might jump over a fence or dig a hole under one. A pup might sneak out a door or gate inadvertently left open. Worn or broken leashes or collars could also allow a dog to escape your control.

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Tips for Dealing with Home Insect Invasions
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(StatePoint) While a pest problem can cause embarrassment and concern, you can take comfort in the fact that not only is the problem is more common than you may think, but there are new ways of dealing with insects that can help you manage the problem without using harsh chemicals.

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