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Fact or fiction? What you need to know about today's TVs
Separate the myths from reality when purchasing a new television this summer.
 
Catch a glimpse of fall colors on these awesome off-road trails
There's no better way to experience the vibrancy of fall but to immerse yourself and the family in the brilliance, and an off-road vehicle provides a front-seat view.
 
Shopping for a new vehicle? 5 questions to ask yourself before signing on the dotted line
Buying a car is a big financial commitment and you want to make sure you do your homework. These five questions can help you find a vehicle that fits your lifestyle.
 
5 secrets to keeping your sanity this school year
Keep the school year going strong with these easy tips.
 
Make this football season a smarter one
Football season is here, and it's vital for parents, coaches and players to take steps to ensure player safety.
 
5 foods for better moods, and 5 more that only bring you down
Nutrition can affect your mood, for better or for worse. Here are foods to boost your mood, and those to avoid.
 
Simple steps people with diabetes can take to improve their quality of life
One of the ways people with diabetes can help manage their disease is balancing food with physical activity. Here are five tips to help you get started.
 
Sports concussions generate attention with start of school year
Concussions are generating a lot of attention these days as an increasing amount of research highlights the difficulties in treating them.
 
Preparing for back-to-school: backpacks, new jeans and vaccines
Preparing for the upcoming school year? Don't forget to make sure your kids' vaccinations are up to date.
 
The 5 essentials to a happy school lunch
 
Hospice reminds grieving children they are not alone
Grieving for a lost loved one is difficult for anyone but it is especially tough for children. Learn how hospice helps children cope.
 
Personalize your health and wellness to help meet your goals
Experts say the more you customize your wellness plan for your personal needs and style, the more likely you'll support your fitness and health goals.
 
Keeping pre-teens safe as they grow older
As children grow up, it can be difficult for parents to know how to stay connected and keep them safe.
 
Stress-free back-to-school shopping tips for parents of teens
Planning, cooperation and a few tricks can make back-to-school shopping stress-free for parents and a learning opportunity for teens.
 
Make peace with fall: Get over your love-hate relationship with autumn allergies
People who suffer from fall allergies no doubt love the fall colors and the festive time of year, while hating the sneezing, sniffling, wheezing and itching.
 
Make sportsmanship part of your child's (and your) game plan
Do you wonder where has sportsmanship gone in youth sports?
 
Back-to-school snacking done right
Find some easy back-to-school snacks that are perfect for your busy kids.
 
3 tips to keep technology safe and accessible while traveling
Using technology while away often requires some advance prep to reduce potential disruptions to Web-based email, apps and cloud storage to reduce the risk of criminal activity.
 
Making health a family affair
Life is busy. And sometimes - in all of its craziness - it's easy to lose track of what's really important: health and family.
 
Who's taking charge of the back-to-school shopping? [Infographic]
Teens have a big say in the back-to-school items that appear on their shopping lists, and they're using this to make a bold statement about their personality.
 
Allergy and asthma preparation: an important item on the back-to-school checklist
Don't let your child's allergies or asthma stand in the way of a great school year.
 
Easy ways to make senior living affordable
Affordability is a chief concern for many families seeking senior living arrangements. Here are some tips to help make securing care as affordable as possible.
 
Young adults are getting serious about money sooner than you think
More evidence has emerged that parents are doing a better job teaching kids about money, and young adults are getting better at managing it.
 
Dirty cleaning secrets exposed [Infographic]
Cleaning silverware at restaurants, using paper towels to open public doors and more - Americans have a lot of dirty cleaning secrets.
 
Modern parents look to mobile devices for hassle-free meals
Today, more people than ever before are diving into their smartphones and tablets to remove a bit of stress from their day-to-day routines, including planning healthy meals.
 
New national health initiative focuses on Parkinson's patient engagement
Each year, 60,000 people in the US are diagnosed with Parkinson's disease (PD), a chronic, degenerative neurologic disorder that each person experiences differently.
 
3 reasons now is the time to get vaccinated
Vaccines protect you from serious and sometimes deadly diseases. Yet most adults in the United States are not fully vaccinated. Here is what the experts recommend.
 
Grown up snack substitutions to satisfy your inner child's taste buds
Step back into your childhood with these delicious, healthy taste substitutions.
 
Beyond the backpack: Back-to-school shoe-shopping tips to keep kids healthy and parents happy
Shoes are one of the most important back-to-school purchases parents will make. Follow these tips to keep kids healthy and parents happy.
 
Why salt is essential to human life
Learn why salt not only helps your food taste great but is also an important ingredient for your good health.
 
Keeping your teens healthy this back to school
Most people know little about meningococcal meningitis or how a simple vaccination can protect kids from this deadly disease.
 
Have you gone mobile with your money? Survey says most Americans have
More Americans than ever are using their mobile devices for banking. You may be surprised at the complex transactions you can do through mobile banking.
 
Preparing to survive: considerations for life after cancer
As cancer survivorship improves, people everywhere are learning new ways to enjoy life after cancer.
 
What's it take to pack the perfect lunch? [Infographic]
Want to pack the perfect lunch for your kids? Find out what it takes.
 
Spice up your menu with these unique recipes
These new recipes will put a flavorful spin on any menu.
 
It's never too early to start teens on a budget
For teenagers with a limited income and plenty of interests that cost money, learning to manage a budget can never come too early.
 
Ick factor - Why you may be struggling to get rid of those pesky head lice
Head lice are a reality of back-to-school season. Here are some tips for parents dealing with the pests.
 
Teenagers not driving safe cars, study shows
Used cars can help a teenage driver stay on budget, but new research from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety shows that many teenagers are not driving vehicles that have good crash-protection features.
 
Savvy parents share back-to-school lunchbox and snack tricks
Tips and tricks for parents who want to get an A+ from their kids for lunch and snack-time tastiness.
 
The ABCs of a good balanced diet
Learn more about hidden hunger and who's at risk.
 
How to make the start of the school year healthy and happy
Families get busier when kids go back to school and it can be difficult to make healthy choices. Here are some ways to keep things healthy during this busy season.
 
Gimme some more! A dozen fun facts about s'mores
One of the quintessential flavors of summer, s'mores have been enhancing bonfires and bringing families together for decades. Do you know these 12 fun foodie facts?
 
Planning, communication and cooperation help reduce back-to-school worry for parents of students with diabetes
Parents of children with diabetes can take steps to ease back-to-school worries.
 
Deck support: It's what's beneath the surface that counts
Learn why steel framing should be an integral part of your next deck.
 
Why it's critical to make eye exams part of your back-to-school routine
Find out how an eye exam can tell you if your child's vision is ready for the upcoming school year.
 
Resourceful ways to keep living the American dream [Infographic]
Americans are finding ways to be financially flexible while still obtaining the items they need.
 
Help your kids make the grade with healthy back-to-school snacks
It's easy to forget nutrition in all the hustle and bustle of getting ready for school each day. Make a pact to embrace healthful eating, whether breakfast on the run, packed lunches or after-school snacks.
 
Teenager danger: Five rules for young drivers
Share these tips with your teen for a safe driving experience.
 
Back-to-school nutrition primer: Give kids a healthy head start on academic success
One of the most important components of academic success is often overlooked: nutrition. Here are some super foods and ideas for picky eaters so your child is eating healthy and excelling academically.
 
Smart parent tricks for cutting chaos, streamlining school days
Keep these tips in mind to streamline busy autumn days so the entire family can stay organized and productive while getting back into a daily routine.
 
Natural stress relievers for families busy with school
Back-to-school season can be stressful. Take these natural steps to relieve stress.
 
Nomophobia: When a modern smartphone affliction leads to addiction
For people who are extremely connected to their mobile devices, going without them, even for only a few minutes, can be an anxiety-filled experience. Nomophobia, or the pathological fear of remaining out of touch with technology, is a relatively modern affliction.
 
Why all kids should have the opportunity to go to camp [Infographic]
Learn more about the benefits of Girl Scout camp and how you can help young girls enjoy camp this year.
 
5 simple ways to inspire and improve your inner 'making' skills
Tips to bring your next DIY project to the next level.
 
Plateau-busting tips for avoiding common workout pitfalls
Plateaus can derail your workout and weight loss. Here's how to avoid them.
 
10 incredibly simple ways to ease back-to-school stress
Helping your child ease into the school year sets them up to succeed both academically and socially. Consider these tips for a seamlessly transition from summer to back-to-school season.
 
Back-to-school shopping a great time to bond with teens [Infographic]
School supply shopping is a great way for parents to bond with their teens. It also gives parents an opportunity to relive their high school days.
 
Promoting peer engagement through afterschool programs
Interacting with their peers in an afterschool classroom setting can help alleviate some of your child's back-to-school anxiety.
 
Carpools and school buses: tips for arriving to school safely and on time
Follow these safety precautions to make sure your independent student arrives at school safely each and every morning.
 
Expert tips for making peer learning part of your child's academic success
A growing body of evidence proves peer learning and study groups are main drivers for academic success.
 
What to collect at Comic-Con and beyond
Learn what some of the most popular collectible items are each year at Comic-Con.
 
The college car-safety checklist [Infographic]
Before sending your child off to college, be sure to run his or her car through this safety checklist.
 
Taking responsibility for your health: Ask for yourself. Do it for your family
A simple conversation could help encourage your loved ones to take responsibility for their health.
 
Keep your family organized with these helpful tips
Follow these simple tips to keep your family organized and running efficiently.
 
Tips for making real, pure ingredients a part of everyday life
Look for these opportunities to incorporate plant-based, nutrient-rich foods into your daily diet.
 
5 tips to improve reading skills over the summer
Each summer, three-quarters (some 43 million) of America's kids miss out on expanded learning programs, leaving them at risk of falling behind before the next school year begins.
 
Learn how to help college students take control of their health
College may provide the first opportunity for many young adults to make important health decisions for themselves. Learn how to help college students take control of their health.
 
5 tips to keep your family healthy and your house clean this school year
Keep your kids healthy so they get the most out of this school year.
 
Thinking of buying a puppy? You may want to think again
Most pet stores sell puppy mill animals. If you're thinking of getting a pet, here's why adoption should be your first choice.
 
Why nutrition is just as important for mom as it is for baby after birth
After baby arrives, all of the attention goes to him, especially when it comes to eating, but many moms may not realize how important it is for them to eat well during this critical time - especially if they are breastfeeding.
 
Make the big move less stressful for the 4-legged members of the family
When moving, you need to remember to make plans for the special members of your family - your pets.
 
How 'big data' is changing your movie-viewing experience
What do movie-kiosk offerings, marketing campaigns and Godzilla have in common? The obvious answer is "the movie industry," but another equally important common element ties all three together: they're all the product of big data.
 
6 tips for a safe and enjoyable summer
Whether you're hitting the road or taking a trip to the local park, summer is time for fun in the sun. And when you're preparing for fun outside, remember that there are safety concerns to consider as well.
 
Calling all junior chefs: Expert tips make cooking an enjoyable family affair
When kids learn to cook - from meal prep to cleanup - they gain valuable skills and make lifelong memories. Fortunately, inspiring kids in the kitchen is simple with a few expert tips.
 
Help kids get organized and inspired
With the right tools, creating good organization habits in the spaces kids use the most, is easy and can help prepare them to be more independent later in life.
 
5 things parents should be aware of when it comes to kids and digital devices
Kids are exposed to blue light from digital devices nonstop, and eye doctors are reporting a 50 percent increase in digital eye strain because of it.
 
Veggies galore? Make the most of your garden goodies
Growing vegetables doesn't end when they're harvested. Use these tips to share and enjoy your produce all winter long.
 
Wholesome snacks for back to school
The new school year shouldn't stop you from offering your children healthy snacks. Try these easy creations.
 
Seven tips for a greener back-to-school season
You can ensure your family remains eco-friendly this back-to-school season with some simple tips.
 
Fun fall fashions for the entire family
This year's fall styles feature denim for every member of the family, and they all come in some fun colors as well.
 
Safety essentials so you can enjoy the great outdoors
Learn what you need to pack to turn your outdoor adventure into an amazing summer vacation.
 
Hospice care: separating fact from fiction
Many people think that being on hospice means lying in a bed, barely conscious. This is just one myth about hospice care. Read on to learn other facts.
 
Smart tips to keep your student and their possessions safe this school year
Find easy tips to help your student protect their expensive technology during the upcoming school year.
 
Build a lasting memory with your backyard project
Looking for an amazing backyard project to do with your family? Try one of these.
 
Tricks for less mess and stress this summer - indoors and out
By tackling a few projects around the home now, you'll be able to sit back, relax and enjoy the beautiful weather and carefree days ahead. Here are some simple ideas.
 
Keeping kids stimulated all summer can help prevent the summer learning slide
Try these six fun, educational activities to help your children avoid the summer slide.
 
Teaching kids to give back
Find out how you can encourage your kids to volunteer and give back to your community.
 
A strong father and son-in-law relationship is important for wedded bliss [Infographic]
Establishing a good relationship with the in-laws might seem like a monumental undertaking. Check out these reasons why a strong father and son-in-law relationship is important.
 
Balancing active duty and pursuing an online degree
Online degree programs provide flexibility that can help active-duty service members achieve the educational goals.
 
Game on: Kid tested, parent approved?
Video games can be a great teaching tool for kids. Here's how to pick ones that children will love while they're learning.
 
Simple, smart ways to spend less time on chores, more on fun this summer
Summer is short. Spend more time enjoying it and less on chores with these time-saving tips.
 
Why kids and nutritionists reject new school lunches
Find out how new school lunch restrictions may be denying your child important nutrients.
 
3 myths about microwave foods
Finding out what's true and what's not about your favorite snacks.
 
Living each moment of life with hospice
Hospice care is not about the end of life, but about living every remaining moment to its fullest. Here's help for choosing a hospice provider.
 
The tween years: How to survive as a parent
The tween years are tough for everyone. Some expert advice can help parents cope with the trials of tweenhood.
 
Vet-approved tips for keeping your pet out of the ER
Visiting a veterinary emergency room is a pet parent's worst nightmare. Here are tips to help reduce the risks.
 
Create a more natural summer with safe, effective household cleaning tips
Give your family a healthier, fresher summer with these tips for natural household cleaning.
 
Teenagers believe legalization of marijuana encourages experimentation and may lead to further drug use
With legalization of marijuana occurring in states across the country, it's more important than ever for parents to talk to teenagers about the realities of substance abuse.
 
Keeping your eyes (and tires) on the road
Learn what you can do to make sure you and your vehicle are road ready for a safe driving experience.
 
Good habits to keep teens safe on the road
Learn some simple tips to help teens stay safe while riding in cars.
 
Parents, prevent heatstroke by never leaving a child alone in a car
One child dies every 10 days from heatstroke. Learn how to keep your child safe.
 
Combining virtual and real-world toys into hours of fun playtime
Children often play with imaginary friends, but now video games are bringing toys to life for children to play with.
 
Tips to make outdoor play a priority this summer
Keeping your kids active and playing during the summer months is important. Here are a few creative ways to inspire families to put down the devices and get outdoors this summer.
 
Tips to find great gifts for kids that will keep them engaged for hours
Finding toys and games that will capture and hold a child's interest takes a little bit of talent, some luck and knowledge of what's happening in the industry. Here are some tips.
 
It's time to acknowledge the ways dads care [Infographic]
New campaign reveals caring moments of fatherhood that often go unrecognized.
 
7 reasons your teen needs an annual checkup
With teens and parents leading lives that are busier than ever, it may seem hard to find the time to schedule an annual checkup - but don't forget that it's one way to help your teen live a healthier life.
 
Home organization starts with the right tools: How to get everyone on the same page
No home is truly in order if the people who live in it are disorganized. Tips, tools and tricks to get your family organized.
 
4 reasons to make the move to a medical home
Find out what it takes to make a home a medical home.
 
Fight childhood hunger to keep kids healthy this summer
Many children who rely on free or reduced cost meals during the school year are at risk of going hungry during the summer months.
 
Disconnect to reconnect: Ideas for memorable outdoor family vacations
This summer, it's time to disconnect from technology and reconnect with family. There's no better way to do this than with a family vacation that brings everyone closer to nature.
 
Seeing the USA? Summer travel that includes unique hardwood hotspots
Finalizing your summer travel plans? Thinking outside the box to find destinations that combine history, architecture and nature can make travel that much more memorable.
 
Prevent theft from being the story of your vacation with these security tips
Keep your belongings safe at home and on vacation this summer.
 
Teach your kids the value of money
Children who learn money management at an early age can grow up to be more financially savvy adults.
 
Home safety tips that put families at ease
Learn what you can do to keep your home and your family safe this summer.
 
Save energy and money by catching these invisible energy thieves
Find out how to save money and energy on the items that cost you even when you aren't using them.
 
Not getting through? How to talk to your guy about your health concerns
If your guy has trouble listening when you talk about your health concerns, a fundamental difference in communication styles and lack of information (not empathy) may be to blame. Here's how to communicate better.
 
Take these steps to keep your kid's information secure on school computers
Check out what you need to ask to make sure your child is safe while getting the most out of today's digital classroom.
 
Putting herself first: Easy tips to help women to focus on their own health
This is the perfect time of year for women to focus on their own health, especially as schedules slow down for the summer months.
 
Which life insurance do you need at each stage of your life?
Life has many stages offering challenges and rewards. Make sure your loved ones are cared for financially through these life stages.
 
Fun kids' activities reverse summer learning loss
Research shows students can lose two to three months of learning over the summer break, meaning parents should take steps to keep kids' math, reading and science skills fresh. Here are some fun ideas.
 
Laboring under misconceptions: Epidural myths may keep women from reliable pain management
It's one of the most effective, safest and widely used forms of pain management for women in labor, yet there are misconceptions about epidurals.
 
Health coverage is available that fits the family budget: Enrollment in Medicaid and CHIP is year-round
Medicaid and the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) provide free or low-cost health coverage for children and teens in families with low and moderate incomes. Parents and other adults may qualify for Medicaid as well.
 
5 easy tips for throwing the ultimate summer party
If you're looking forward to throwing a summer party but you're not sure how to get started, these tips will have you outside enjoying a warm breeze with your friends in no time.
 
Take the hassle out of moving your boxes to a new home
Moving is exciting and worrisome at the same time. Some planning and organizing can help take the stress out of moving day.
 
Expert tips for a delicious grilling season
Looking to bring your grilling to the next level? Try these amazing tips.
 
Essential swim safety tips
Summer is a time to be spent in the pool, however, that pool time can be dangerous for infants and young kids. Keep youngsters safer in the water with these tips.
 
Named your car? Then treat it like a good friend with these tips
Thirty-five percent of Americans have named their car. If you love it enough to give it a name, take care of it with these tips.
 
Add a burst of flavor to summer meals with grapes
Looking to add a unique taste to your summer dishes. Here's what you can do with grapes.
 
Best way to handle aggressive drivers? Model better behavior
While the majority of motorists describe others' driving as "aggressive," they are often unaware of their own discourteous driving. Modeling better behavior can inspire improvement in everyone.
 
Craving an unplugged vacation? Secrets to keeping the family road trip fun
It's possible to keep everyone happy and engaged in the car on summer road trips -- without resulting to electronics. Here are tips for keep family road trips fun.
 
Hot or cold, Americans crave coffee
Coffee lovers: investing in a reusable bottle feeds your craving while doing something good for the environment.
 
Finding balance: creating functional family living spaces
With piles of paper from school and toys creating obstacle courses in the family room, parents wonder how they'll ever take back control of the house. A few experts share their ideas.
 
Home improvement tips to prepare for the summer storm season
Make sure your home is ready for whatever Mother Nature has planned.
 
Have a 'PEP Talk' to help prevent life-threatening pregnancy complications
Discussing three of the most common, severe pregnancy complications and a simple way to raise awareness.
 
What's motherhood really like for mom? Learn how real moms feel about this important job [Infographic]
Motherhood is different than many mothers thought it would be. Learn how here.
 
Dare to dream: Feed your imagination to add flavor to life
Looking to create some new life-lasting memories, learn new ways to feed your imagination for the trip of your dreams.
 
Find the right tools to invest in a healthy smile
Looking to improve the health of your smile? There are plenty of things you can do right at home.
 
The best budget-friendly baby gear buys
Find the perfect things for your baby without sacrificing your budget at the same time.
 
Kid-friendly foods that are also healthy appearing in restaurants across the country
In an effort to meet the growing demand among consumers for more healthful menu options, a number of restaurants are offering more nutritious and great-tasting menu options for kids.
 
Don't be stuck in the heat walking on your feet: how to prep your car for summer driving
Planning to make that big summer trip? Make sure your car is ready with these easy tips.
 
Entertaining at home? These easy tips will ensure your place is guest-ready in no time
Looking to throw the perfect house party? Follow these tips to make sure your event is a success.
 
Learn what hospice care really means to patients and their families
Hospice care supports living all the moments of one's life to the fullest with dignity regardless of how much time remains.
 
Lighten up summer with delicious salads and fun activities
It's easy to get outside for activities the entire family will enjoy and to revamp your eating routine to help the family shape up for the summer.
 
Create a safer environment for summer swimming fun
Drowning accidents tend to happen very, very quickly. The CDC reports that in most cases, the children involved were out of their parents' sight for less than five minutes. The good news: drowning can be prevented.
 
Life after the Olympics: Luger offers insight on balancing work, school and life
Everyone needs a plan for balancing work, home and school demands. A 2014 Winter Olympian shares her insight.
 
Swings, slides, swimming, supper and stains: How to enjoy everything summer has to offer
Get out and enjoy the warm weather with these event ideas.
 
Diaper disasters to ketchup squirts: How to laugh through life's messiest moments
Mess and ick are an inevitable part of everyday life, especially if you are a parent, but they are also part of what makes life interesting and humorous.
 
Family turns grief into action; offers advice for raising awareness for a cause
Learn how one family is turning a tragedy into an opportunity to raise awareness for a rare genetic disease.
 
5 ways for borrowers to keep their cool in a warming mortgage market
The housing marketing is heating up. Find out what you need before you apply for a loan.
 
5 gifts for the modern mom
Looking for the perfect present for that special mother in your life? Here are some ideas you may not have thought about.
 
Colorful and creative outdoor activities for summer fun with kids
Take craft time outdoors! Instead of sitting inside at the kitchen table with paper, crayons, glue bottles or water color paints, bring the color and creativity outside for some DIY fun.
 
The 5 nutritional supplements that should be on everyone's shopping list
Hardly anyone gets all the nutrients they need from diet alone. Here are five essential supplements to help meet nutritional needs.
 
Reading and playing can increase your child's imagination
Do you know how to grow your child's imagination? Find out.
 
Make the most of summer: 4 easy ways to go boating
Boating is a popular American pastime. This spring and summer, don't get left on the dock and take advantage of the warmer weather aboard a boat.
 
How to be a sun-savvy super hero for your family
Protecting skin from sun damage is important throughout life. Parents can help kids establish sun-safe habits with these fun summer activities.
 
Simple tips to keep busy families organized
Keeping your family organized is harder now than it ever was before. Learn how technology can help you and your family stay ahead of the game.
 
Protect kids from dangers lurking online
What parents should know to protect kids from the dangers lurking in the Deep Web.
 
Parents: How to pick the right cost-effective technology device for your child's learning
Parents considering buying a chromebook for their children to use in school should keep these pointers in mind.
 
Children's health concern: Every minute poison control answers a call about young kids getting into medicine
Children's health concern: Did you know every minute poison control answers a call about kids getting into medicine? Here's what you need to know about this growing problem and how to prevent it.
 
What's the top learning style in America? Hands-on wins hands down, survey says
A majority of Americans say hands-on training is the hands-down winner when they want to learn something new in an educational environment.
 
10 tips to help your kid speed to good dental health with NASCAR's Greg Biffle
Getting children to brush their teeth can be challenging. No parent wants to struggle with their child every morning and night to ensure they develop good dental habits and a healthy smile. Consider these tips.
 
Fascinating facts about everyone's favorite sweet treat: Caramel
There are many confections available to satisfy a sweet tooth, but one that melts the hearts of many is rich, creamy caramel. Read fascinating facts about caramel's history as well as two new exciting dessert recipes.
 
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