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(BPT) - With people being more active and healthier than ever at any age, today's retirement isn't about slowing down. It's about having the time for growth, discovery and expanding horizons. For retirees, or those looking ahead to retirement, one place to find all of the above is in North C…

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(BPT) - Kory Hagen, who runs a 1,000-acre corn farm in Iowa, had to take over the family business in his early 20s when his father suffered a stroke. Unexpected tragedies, like Hagen’s, can be challenging but proper planning can ease the burden of passing down a business from one generation …

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(BPT) - In what seemed like an instant, the COVID-19 pandemic turned the world upside down. In addition to completely changing the way we work, shop and interact with others — just to name a few — it’s also forcing seniors to rethink their living arrangements and plans for the future, and ch…

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(BPT) - Your backyard or local park is home to ballgames and barbecues with family and friends. But did you know that it is so much more? The trees, grass, plants and flowers in your yard, local parks and ballfields play an important role in fighting climate change.

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(BPT) - With everything going on in our lives, plus staying home more due to the pandemic, it may be easy to put off appointments for preventive screenings, check-ups and immunizations. But as you get older, these visits become even more important — and many of them come at no additional cos…

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(BPT) - Thanks to the pandemic, many people have gone from working in an office to working from home, giving cat owners a chance to spend more time with their furry friends. With all this extra time, you have the opportunity to strengthen the bond you share with your cat while helping them g…

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(StatePoint) As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, many older adults are following the advice of public health experts and remaining at home to limit risk of exposure. Bad weather conditions can also keep people inside for days at a time. But a strong body and mind are as important as ever, an…

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(BPT) - While there may be no “cure” for the common cold, there are certainly a number of ways you can help you or your family feel more comfortable while battling a cold. There are a plethora of tips and advice for coping with cold symptoms, but following a few tried-and-true methods to ove…

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(BPT) - Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, you have probably wondered what kind of face mask provides the most effective protection but is also easy and comfortable. You have probably also heard that double masking provides better protection against the more easily transmissible v…

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(BPT) - "You are what you eat" is a phrase you probably heard growing up, and while it's a broad statement, the overall sentiment holds true: The foods you ingest have the ability to support or detract from your overall health. This doesn't necessarily mean you need to completely overhaul yo…

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(BPT) - Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD) Month serves as an important reminder for people to stay on top of their eye health. AMD is one of the most common causes of vision loss later in life, affecting millions of Americans.

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(BPT) - You don’t have to choose between foods that taste good and foods that are good for you. In fact, America’s most loved vegetable — the potato — loves you right back. Whether you’re fixing a romantic dinner for two, a family meal or a tasty snack, this versatile nutrient-dense vegetabl…

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(BPT) - Recent diet trends encourage balancing food sources for optimal health. If you’re following the Mediterranean, keto or paleo diets, you’re probably aware that lean meats like beef play a vital role as part of an overall healthy eating plan, balanced with plant-based foods like vegeta…

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(BPT) - When you considered New Year’s resolutions this year, were getting healthier and more fit on your list? According to Statista, exercising and eating healthier are the top two resolutions for 2021. It’s not surprising that more people than ever are focused on their health and well-bei…

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(BPT) - The way we interact and socialize with others in our everyday lives has changed — and so have special dates, whether with a romantic partner, an activity with your children or grandchildren, or a lunch date with a friend. One solution to spending more time with our loved ones: set as…

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(BPT) - Did you know high blood pressure (hypertension) is a major risk factor for heart disease and stroke? According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and "The Surgeon General’s Call to Action to Control Hypertension," nearly half of U.S. adults have high blood pressu…

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(BPT) - The past year has presented countless challenges, and for many, a reassessment of goals — especially when it comes to finances. A new survey shows attitude shifts including a renewed effort to gain control of finances, especially through increased saving and getting professional advice.

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(BPT) - A stabbing toothache is a special kind of pain. It keeps you awake, inspires dread for your next meal and makes it darn near impossible to think about anything else. The mouth is a sensitive area, and those pain receptors are on high alert when it comes to infection and other maladies.

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(BPT) - With COVID-19 vaccination underway in the United States, many Americans are preparing to get the vaccine to protect themselves and help slow the spread of COVID-19. If you're able to get the vaccine, you probably have a lot of questions. Knowing what to expect and how to properly pre…

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(BPT) - Rare diseases have long been difficult for doctors to diagnose and treat. Symptoms can be vague or confusing and the diseases are often not widely known. People living with rare diseases called primary immunodeficiencies (PIDs), including neutropenia, face challenges with diagnosis a…

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(BPT) - Everyone faces adversity at one point or another that may affect happiness and overall well-being. And adversity has not been in short supply during the COVID-19 pandemic. In many cases, you are given opportunities to adapt or grow from these experiences, in order to come out stronge…

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(BPT) - Love is what makes the world go round. And for that matter, it's how everyone got here. And it’s how everyone gets up every morning. Love has been a big part of how people have made it through this year — together, even when they are apart. So here is a love letter to you: There are …

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(BPT) - Healthy bodies need healthy bones. Bones support our weight, protect our internal organs and provide a platform for our muscles to work. Unfortunately, we don’t always treat our bones right. There are many common behaviors or attributes that weaken the skeletal structure, including:

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(BPT) - Due to the pandemic, everyone's lives have been turned upside down. This is especially true for families coping with altered routines at school, learning from home or both. Children are stressed about their routines, and parents are anxious, too.

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(BPT) - Robinhood was built for a new generation of investors. For millions of people who have felt left behind by America’s financial system. For people who felt turned away by the big Wall Street financial institutions. For those who are making their voices heard through the markets and sh…

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(BPT) - Protein is essential to well-being. The very origin of the word protein first appeared in scientific literature in 1838, derived from the Greek word “protos” — meaning “first rank or position,” in recognition of how important protein is to life. Every cell in the human body contains …

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(BPT) - As we kick off the new year, many people are experiencing high levels of stress due to ongoing uncertainty and countless new demands. While you may think you don't have time for wellness and self-care, experts say it only takes a few minutes a day and the benefits are plentiful.

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(BPT) - 2020 was a tough year for everyone, so it’s more important than ever to develop positive physical, mental and emotional wellness routines as you tackle a new year and new challenges. As Americans continue to spend an increased amount of time in front of screens, these new routines ca…

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(BPT) - This year’s big game day may be quite different than previous ones, but that shouldn’t stop you from going all-out with your appetizers. Tasty snacks and sports go hand in hand, so use this event to score a touchdown using bite-sized finger foods!

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(BPT) - Amid the new normal where health and the health of loved ones is top of mind for many Americans, prioritizing wellness activities on a daily basis can be key to feeling in control and maintaining immune health. Our immune system is a critical part of our overall health and well-being…

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(BPT) - A primary care physician is more than just a doctor. Over time, he or she learns the nuances of your medical history, your reaction to medications, your health goals, your lifestyle, your treatment preferences and whether a caregiver is supporting you in managing your health.

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(BPT) - You feel it again — that nagging back pain. Or maybe it’s an earache that won’t go away. With COVID-19 restrictions making many of us reluctant to leave the comforts of home, it’s good to know there are other ways to see your health care provider and get your medical questions answered.

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(NewsUSA) - The first month of the New Year is galloping by and many folks are still sorting out their goals and resolutions for 2021. Hooray for you if you've already set your goals. For those hesitating to set new fitness goals after having last year's sidetracked by gym closures, it's tim…

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(BPT) - When former NBA player Caron Butler was in the league, exercise wasn’t something he needed to worry about during his 14-year professional career. These days, in his new role as an assistant coach at Miami Heat, he’s learned to be more mindful about incorporating physical activity int…

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(BPT) - What do you do with uncertainty? Much less a year of it or more? The COVID-19 pandemic has presented us with challenges, hardships and instability of every kind — important events canceled, travel put on hold, businesses striving to stay open, kids and parents adjusting to virtual le…

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(StatePoint) Social isolation among seniors is not only linked to numerous negative health consequences like depression and cardiovascular disease, but it’s also a primary contributing factor in financial exploitation and scams. Estimated to affect one in 10 older adults and cost billions an…

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(BPT) - Last year was a difficult year as the COVID-19 pandemic swept through our country, impacting families and communities nationwide. The health challenges of the pandemic also provided a crucial reminder about the importance of health care.