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Edward E. Hodgson Jr.
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Busy Schedule? Tips for Staying Healthy When Things Get Hectic

October 3, 2013 2:42 am

(Family Features)--Life can sometimes feel a little too jam-packed with work, errands, carpools, cooking dinner and more. When that happens, healthy habits often fall by the wayside in favor of convenience. Fast food can replace home-cooked meals and exercise makes way for the television.

Registered dietitians and authors Lyssie Lakatos and Tammy Lakatos Shames, who are also known as "The Nutrition Twins," have advice for feeling good and staying healthy despite a busy schedule.

Drink up: People often mistake thirst for hunger, prompting them to overeat. Keep seltzer, iced green tea or water with lime in the fridge. The next time you want a nosh between meals, drink a glass first and see what happens.

Sneak in exercise: If it feels like too much of a task to get to the gym each day, sneak in exercise wherever you can. Take the stairs instead of the elevator at work or push your kids on the swings for an arm workout. Even if you walk around the neighborhood for 15 minutes, it counts. Just get moving!

Bite into some energy: You might think a sugary candy bar from the office vending machine will perk you up, but a healthy, balanced snack will keep you on your toes longer. Make sure your snack has a quality, high-fiber carbohydrate, like fresh fruit, oatmeal or whole-grain crispbread, for long-lasting energy and a lean protein, such as a hardboiled egg or Greek yogurt, to help you feel satisfied. The two will work together to keep your energy up and your desire to visit the snack machine down.

Sleep tight: Sleep deprivation slows your metabolism down and negatively affects your immune system. When you're busy, that's the last thing you need. Set yourself a bedtime that's eight hours before you have to wake up and start getting ready for bed 30 minutes prior to that. The last step is tough, but don't bring your phone or computer to bed with you.

Source: www.Vitamints.com

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Survey Finds Adults are Just as Excited for the Fun this Halloween Season

October 3, 2013 2:42 am

This Halloween, fun never grows old. In fact, 65 percent of American adults are looking forward to enjoying a Halloween treat this year, with one in three adults planning to dress up in a costume. As families prepare for Halloween fun, other survey results revealed:

• Parents Get Into the Halloween Spirit: According to the survey, parents are more likely than non-parents to spook their friends, play a trick and host a haunted house.

• Home is the Halloween Hot Spot: With 41 percent of adults planning to watch a scary movie and almost one-third of all adults planning to host their own parties, Halloween is a great reason for a fun night in.

• Men Enjoy Tricks Over Treats: Men are even more excited to celebrate, with one in three men planning to spook their friends and/or play a trick on someone this Halloween.

Source: Cheetos

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Seasonal Maintenance Tips and Tricks for Consumers this Fall

October 3, 2013 2:42 am

Earth-Kind is offering simple fall home maintenance tips as part of its First Saturday initiative. The quarterly campaign provides expert tips and reminders about what can be done to prevent or repair damage and keep everything running in tip-top shape for the coming season.
Whether you live in the heart of the city or the heartland, there are simple, yet effective ways to prepare for the seasonal changeover. Earth-Kind founder and farmer-in-charge Kari Warberg Block offers the following tips to ensure that everything from pets to smoke detectors are prepared.

• Urbanites: As the season changes, so should your wardrobe. Bring out your sweatshirts, boots and long sleeves, and pack away your bathing suits until next year.

• Small Town Life: As you bundle up for the fall, be sure to test your carbon monoxide and smoke detectors. Be sure to stock your medicine cabinets with first aid kits and dispose of expired medicines.

• Rural Review: If you live on a large piece of property, do lawn maintenance to prepare your property for the cold. Trim grass and shrubbery and dispose of leaf piles. After cleaning farm equipment, use a rodent repellent such as Fresh Cab to protect from damage during the off season.

As the weather cools, rodents will begin to look for a warm place to stay this season. In fact, 50 percent of the world's population struggles with rodents. Protecting your home, car, RV, boat and even farming equipment from mice and other rodents requires just a few easy steps:

• Check area for gaps, and fill small openings with steel wool and caulk.
• Make sure grass is cut short and shrubbery within 100 feet of the home is well trimmed.
• Buy rodent-proof containers such as garbage cans and recycling bins.
• Prevent problems before they start with an all natural repellent option like Fresh Cab, an EPA-certified, long-lasting botanical rodent repellent which is 100 percent guaranteed, safe for humans, pets and the earth.

Source: Earth-Kind, Inc.

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Top Auto Care Tips for Fall Car Care Month

October 2, 2013 2:39 am

At the beginning of the summer, savvy travelers visited their trusted automotive service professionals for a car care check-up. Now that the summer travel season is over, it's time to take another look under the hood. Firestone Complete Auto Care offers five tips to help drivers keep their cars running newer and longer.

1. Check your tire pressure monthly – Tires can lose one psi (pound per square inch) per month under normal conditions. Lower pressure increases heat, which results in tire wear and damage.

2. Rotate your tires as recommended by the vehicle manufacturer or every 5,000 miles – For maximum mileage from your tires, stick to a rotation schedule.

3. Keep your car washed – Keep the exterior washed and waxed to protect your vehicle from the elements as the seasons change.

4. Don't forget the filters – Oil, fuel, transmission and air filters are important to keep your engine running well. Check your owner's manual to see how often they should be changed.

5. Drive smart – Maintain good driving habits. They not only affect how long your car will last, but improve fuel economy. Place less stress on your vehicle by avoiding sudden acceleration and braking.

Source: Bridgestone Retail

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Living with Diabetes? Watch your Mouth!

October 2, 2013 2:39 am

(Family Features) According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, people with diabetes are two times more likely to develop gum disease. In fact, about one-third of people with diabetes have severe gum disease.

Why are those with diabetes more vulnerable to gum disease? High blood glucose levels impair the body’s ability to heal from oral infections and uncontrolled diabetes can make treating gum disease more difficult, according to the American Diabetes Association. The Association is joining with Colgate to launch a new “Watch Your Mouth!” campaign to help raise awareness surrounding the often over-looked link between oral health and diabetes. Here are some tips to help you live well with diabetes:

• Watch your mouth! Begin to develop healthy oral care habits, like brushing, flossing and visiting the dentist regularly. Research shows that brushing twice a day can help improve gum health in as little as four weeks.

• Don’t miss out on your favorite foods. Just eat healthier versions that everyone in your family can enjoy. Making simple substitutions to most dishes can help increase nutritional value, while not sacrificing on taste.

• Use the right tools. Stay organized with a journal large enough to keep your diet, exercise goals and health information together. Keep a week’s worth of prescriptions in one place with a handy pill case.

• Know your risks. The American Diabetes Association lists the common risk factors for diabetes as being 45 or older, being overweight, not exercising regularly, having high blood pressure and being a part of certain racial and ethnic groups.

• Visit your dentist. While your doctor and certified diabetes educator play an important role in helping with your diabetes, so does your dentist. If you don’t see a private-practice dentist, you can visit dental schools that provide services at a fraction of the cost to help you keep your mouth healthy.

For more expert tips and information, visit www.OralHealthAndDiabetes.com.

Source: Colgate Total

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Survey Uncovers Surprising Bathroom Habits

October 1, 2013 2:39 am

Americans are spending more time checking emails, posting updates or surfing the Web – all while on their home toilet – according to a recent survey commissioned by Delta Faucet. With nearly half of respondents admitting to dedicating at least five minutes at a time to their bathroom business and ninety percent to multitasking while they "go", it's fortunate that today's newer toilets are designed to offer a more comfortable experience for bottoms and a homeowner's bottom line.

According to expert craftsman Chip Wade, host of HGTV's hit show "Elbow Room," installing a new toilet is one of the simplest updates a homeowner can do on their own to ensure the bathroom is a comfort-driven retreat.

"In most homes, the bathroom serves as one of the most frequently visited rooms, so functionality is just as important as design when considering new fixtures like a toilet," said Wade.

According to the survey, other reasons to consider installing a more comfort-friendly toilet include:

Master Multi-taskers. Nearly half of respondents admitted to setting aside five minutes or more to catch up on reading, answering emails or playing their favorite video game while sitting on their toilets.

Posting on the Go. Furthermore, nearly one third of Americans say they update or check their social status while using the pot.

Sticking to Stereotypes. Men admit to spending more time on the toilet; of survey respondents who reported they spent – on average – more than 10 minutes "going" while at home, 75 percent were male.

Age Matters. People ages 25-34 are nearly twice as likely to spend upwards of 10 minutes on the throne compared to respondents 45 and older.

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College Success Tips for 'Later in Life' Students

October 1, 2013 2:39 am

It's back-to-school time. In the old days, that meant that many high school graduates packed up their VW buses and headed for college, depending on mom and dad to pay the bills for four steady years of campus life.

But today, according to the National Center for Education Statistics, 75 percent of college students are older than age 24, work part or full time, commute to school, pay for their own college expenses and even juggle family life.

According to Jesse Hafen, company director of admissions for Stevens-Henager College, a nonprofit college dedicated to providing higher education for these "new-traditional" students, the path to getting a college degree can be stressful for many, and may even prevent some from finishing their degrees.

"The longer it takes to get a degree, the more life gets in the way of success," said Hafen. "Research shows that more than half of full-time students who enroll in a traditional four-year university take five to six years to graduate, but institutions such as Stevens-Henager offer many bachelor's degrees in three years, associate’s degrees in 20 months and master's degrees in 15 months."

To help today's new-traditional college students shorten the time to graduation, Hafen offers the following tips:

Find a college that caters to your needs with flexible class schedules, frequent enrollment periods (such as monthly), accelerated course formats, and a large selection of on-campus and online courses.

Find a program: You know you want to get an education in order to make a good living, but if you aren't sure what career you want to pursue, find a school with free online aptitude assessments and counseling to help you choose.

Find a schedule: Most four-year universities require students to plan their own class schedules each semester, but some colleges actually map out a full course of study for each student, figure costs and identify scholarship and financial aid options for those who qualify — all up front.

Find and use campus counseling and student services as a resource. Schools that cater to "new-traditional" students will provide information on jobs, transportation, housing, child care and more.

Seek a college with instructors with real-world experience who offer practical coursework during class, and one-on-one tutoring to help guide you.

Get a career: Before you start your job search after graduation, work with a career counselor to learn how to write a professional resume, dress professionally and interview well. A counselor will also help place you in a job in your field.

"My final recommendation for the new-traditional student is to take the time to thoroughly research the schools you are considering. It's free and well worth your time," added Hafen. "In my career, I've seen students who are single moms, working heads of households and more, who have graduated and gone on to have wonderful careers because they've put these kinds of strategies into play."

Source: www.stevenshenager.edu

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Keep It Simple to Move Seniors Successfully

October 1, 2013 2:39 am

According to experts, from 2000 until 2011, senior citizens 65 years and older grew nearly 18 percent, up to 41.4 million. Nearly 81 percent of that age group owned homes at the end of 2011.

Children and families of the Baby Boomer generation — people born between 1946 and 1960 — will soon find themselves helping elderly loved ones move.

Moving a senior family member is challenging. No one wants to upset that person, and everyone wants the move to go as smoothly as possible. This can sometimes seem like an impossible task.

The important thing to remember when moving a senior is to stay organized and calm throughout the move, say the experts at Two Men and a Truck®. When moving a senior into a living facility, consider contacting management to find out what can be brought onto the campus, what are appropriate moving hours, and do they have any best practices for the move.

Remember:

Start packing several weeks in advance. Pack early to avoid being overwhelmed as moving day draws near.

Wrap small items in colored paper. This prevents items such as knick-knacks from becoming lost or thrown out.

Label boxes on top and sides. Mark the top and sides of boxes as they're packed. Make sure to label boxes containing breakable or sentimental items with "fragile."

Pack all electronic equipment in original boxes. Otherwise use low-static bubble wrap when packing these items.

Always use packing paper. When wrapping fine china and precious items, the ink from printed newsprint may bleed onto valuables.
Sealing all boxes with packing tape. This makes it easier to stack and protect belongings.

Use boxes designed for the items you are packing. Use dish pack boxes for dishes and wardrobe boxes for clothing.

Source: Two Men and a Truck

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Gluten and Food Labeling: FDA's New Regulation

September 30, 2013 2:39 am

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued a regulation that defines the term "gluten-free" for food labeling. This new standard, which is voluntary for use by food manufacturers, provides consumers the assurance that "gluten-free" claims on food products are reliable and consistent across the food industry.

For those consumers seeking a gluten-free diet, the new regulation also eliminates uncertainty by providing a standardized tool for managing their health and dietary intake.

"Gluten-Free" Labeling is Critical for Some Consumers
What is Gluten? Gluten is a protein that occurs naturally in wheat, rye, barley, and crossbreeds of these grains. Foods that typically contain gluten include breads, cakes, cereals, and pastas. Gluten is the ingredient that gives breads and other grain products their shape, strength, and texture. But for someone suffering from celiac disease, consuming gluten can have serious health consequences.

Celiac Disease is a Chronic Illness: As many as three million Americans may have celiac disease – an inherited, chronic, inflammatory auto-immune digestive disorder. It is often silent, latent or misdiagnosed. When someone afflicted with celiac disease consumes gluten, his/her body's natural defense system triggers the production of antibodies that attack and damage the lining of the small intestine. This damage limits the ability to absorb nutrients and can lead to other very serious health problems.

Definition of "Gluten-Free": FDA has set a gluten limit of less than 20 parts per million (ppm) for foods that carry the label "gluten-free." This level is the lowest that can be reliably detected in foods, and most people with celiac disease can tolerate foods with very small amounts of gluten. The new regulation also applies to foods labeled with the terms "no gluten," "free of gluten," and "without gluten."

Timing for Label Compliance is One Year: Many foods that were labeled as "gluten-free" prior to the new regulation may already meet the federal definition. For those that do not yet comply, manufacturers have until August of 2014 to make whatever changes are needed in the formulation or labeling of the foods bearing a gluten-free claim in order to legally market them in the United States.

Source: US FDA

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Tips for Picking the Right Water Heater for Your Home

September 30, 2013 2:39 am

There are more than enough brands, shapes and sizes of water heaters around. The fuel types and energy ratings vary as well. There are also tank and tankless heaters. Review tips provided by top rated plumbers on how to find the most efficient water heater for you and your family or business.

Conventional Storage Tank Water Heaters
The first step is to understand the workings of an average water heater. Know the best kind of fuel source to use. The gas heater produces a flame and emits fumes through vents. It is a popular system because it heats water quickly and maintains heat for hours.

Natural Gas, LP Gas and Electrical Water Heaters
Due to the use of gas, this heater must contain safety features that prevent the ignition of flammable fumes. An electric water heater does not require vents and works as long as there is electricity.

Solar Water Heaters May Qualify for Rebates and Tax Incentives
A solar water heater may seem expensive, but it saves thousands of dollars in annual energy bills. This system draws in heat from sunlight that hits solar panels on the roof. For the greatest energy efficiency, use a solar heater along with a traditional gas or electric heater to reduce the utility bill. Overall, choose the right fuel source based on your location. If natural gas is easily available, use this source. Living in a hot, sunny area with little rain is ideal if you want to use a solar heater.

Tankless Water Heaters Provide Unlimited Amounts of Hot Water
A tankless water heater makes hot water as needed and does not have a storage tank that must be heated and reheated until there is a demand. There is either a point-of-use model that works attached to a sink or other fixture, or a whole-house model that heats water for the entire house. The point-of-use heater is small enough to appear under a sink cabinet.

The tankless heater has a number of advantages for the homeowner. Since it is more energy efficient than the tank model, look for tax savings. The tankless unit heats water continuously so that hot water never runs out. They are often warranted for more than a decade and with maintenance, can last more than 20 years.

To choose the right home water heater, the homeowner and plumber should analyze the hot water needs of you and everyone in the house. Compare the energy efficiency ratings and customer reviews. A tankless heater usually lasts longer than a tank one. Consider the size of the heater and where you plan to install it. Review all the choices you have when it comes to the modern water heater.

Source: Silverstate Plumbing

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