10 simple ways to instantly improve your finances in 2014
(BPT) - Do you wonder how you could better manage finances? You're not alone. When it comes to money, most people are far from perfect. Whether you make $20,000 a year or $200,000, some simple steps can start you on the right financial path, and some of them only take a few minutes to complete. 'Personal finance is an in...
Using your Health Insurance Marketplace coverage on Jan. 1, 2014
(BPT) - With the start of the new year, millions of Americans will have access to health coverage for the first time or have improved coverage because of the health care law. There are steps you can take now to ensure you have access to coverage beginning Jan. 1. Coverage begins on Jan. 1 for anyone who signed up by Dec. 24. Don't worry, if you didn't sign up by then, there's still time for you to apply through March 31, 2014. But if you did sign up and your insurance card has not yet arrived...
How Well Do You Know the Flu?
(BPT) - About half of US adults incorrectly believe that antibiotics or flu vaccines will treat the flu, according to a new survey from the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases (NFID). The good news is that two-thirds of those surveyed know that people should be vaccinated against the flu each year. 'It is reassur...
A resolution you can keep all year: The one-day identity checkup
(BPT) - Exercise. Lose the weight. Answer every incoming email. Those are the hard kinds of New Year's resolutions, because you have to think about them every day for the rest of the year. Many are forgotten long before Valentine's Day. But here's one important resolution, one you can fulfill today and easily keep all ye...
Cold weather pushes rodents into homes
(BPT) - With the holidays over for another year, you may think you won't have any more surprise guests until spring. Think again. Nearly a third (29 percent) of Americans have had a 'visit' from one of winter's least-welcome 'guests' - rodents - according to a survey from the National Pest Management Association . In fac...
Rats! Winter rodent problems are prevalent, survey shows [Infographic]
When temperatures drop, rodents head indoors. America's rodent problems peak in winter, but aren't restricted to a specific region, a recent survey by the National Pest Management Association found. Each year nearly a third of all American households experience rodent problems, the survey revealed. Beyond the sheer 'ick factor' of discovering rodent droppings or hearing their scurrying sounds at night, Americans need to beware of the potential health and safety impact of a rodent infestation....
The trouble with trapped air [Infographic]
Did you know lingering, musty smells are an indicator of poor ventilation in your home? Smart ventilation from Aprilaire is the most energy efficient way to exchange stale, contaminated indoor air for fresh, outdoor air. It's a solution that will help you protect the investment you've made in your home, as well as the people who live in it.
Eating well at any age: How to fuel your mind, body and soul
(BPT) - It's common knowledge that children should eat plenty of fruits and vegetables, consuming all the nutrients needed to grow up strong. Many adults don't know that it's just as crucial to continue those healthy habits throughout adulthood and well into the 'golden years.' Regardless of age, we should all make nutri...
Growing number of parents turn to police to report cyberbullying
(BPT) - As more people become aware of the harmful consequences of cyber bullying, parents are more likely to report cyber bullying incidents directly to their local police than local school officials. That's the finding of a new national survey of 642 American parents conducted by the Fraud Prevention and Investigations...
Give the gift of hope this holiday season
(BPT) - For most, childhood is a time of innocence. It is a time when wonder and excitement exist around every corner. Children view the world as an open book of infinite possibilities where they can be or do anything they want, limited only by their imagination. For children battling a life-threatening illness, childhoo...
Don't Hesitate…Vaccinate Children against the Flu This Year and Every Year [Infographic]
The National Foundation for Infectious Diseases' (NFID) Childhood Influenza Immunization Coalition urges parents to get their children vaccinated now to protect themselves and others against influenza (flu). The NFID infographic provides a compelling snapshot of childhood flu in the US, including rates of hospitalization and death. It reinforces the importance of annual vaccination and reminds parents to ask their health care provider whether their child needs a second dose. To learn more vis...
Gifts that stick: Tips to giving holiday gifts with staying power
When buying holiday gifts, we seek to find something that our loved ones will not only enjoy, but also keep. Unfortunately, many gifts are headed straight from under the tree back to store shelves. In fact, more than half of holiday shoppers expect to return gifts this holiday season, according to a recent national surve...