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  • 9 Ways to Support Mental Wellness

    STATEPOINT|Feb 21, 2024

    When it comes to overall wellness, focusing on mental health is critical, especially for older adults, according to experts. “As people age, they may experience stressors such as serious illness, losing close friends and family members, managing life on a fixed income, and coping with concerns about their mortality. While seniors may show resilience to these dimensions of vitality when they’re compounded, these losses and stressors can result in a myriad of behavioral health issues, including depression, anxiety, stress, and insomnia,...

  • Want to Achieve Your Goals? Write Them Down

    STATEPOINT|Jan 31, 2024

    If you have a big idea, goal, or dream about helping others, writing down your vision can help. Studies show you’re 42% more likely to achieve your goals if you write them down. Take it from Marcy Bursac. After reviewing thousands of handwritten entries, Pilot Pen selected her as the newest winner of the G2 Overachievers Grant, which rewards an exceptional individual who goes beyond their everyday job and responsibilities to make a difference in the lives of others. A technical analyst at a cybersecurity firm by day, Bursac is also an...

  • Common Weatherization Myths - Debunked!

    STATEPOINT|Jan 17, 2024

    A new survey from Duck brand found that 80% of people who weatherize their homes notice a decrease in their energy bills – yet many homeowners and renters alike still aren’t taking advantage of these easy DIY solutions to create a more comfortable and energy-efficient home. Why? Some common myths about weatherization may be to blame. Read on for the truth about the home weatherization process. Myth #1: You need to hire a professional to properly weatherize your home. Weatherizing projects can be tackled over a weekend with a few do-it-yours...

  • 5 Tips for Getting Kids Involved in Holiday Traditions

    STATEPOINT|Dec 20, 2023

    The holiday season is a magical time of year filled with cherished traditions that bring families together. And while gift-giving is one of the most beloved customs (especially for children), it can sometimes overshadow the true spirit of the season. Here are a few festive winter activities that focus on quality time together and spreading joy. 1. Spread Joy with Kid-Created Cards. According to a recent survey from AmericanGreetings.com, nearly 90% of Americans say that season’s greetings bring them joy; and 92% say they specifically enjoy...

  • Tips to Ease the Stress of Upcoming Holiday Tasks

    Statepoint|Nov 29, 2023

    From greeting cards to seasonal to-do lists, there’s a lot to write down and keep track of during the holidays. Use these tips and recommendations to reduce stress while you complete these important tasks: • To-do lists: Whether you’re listing the gifts you must buy for loved ones, the groceries you need to prepare a holiday feast, or the tasks you must complete before your guests arrive, writing and referencing a lengthy to-do list can be anxiety-provoking. However, choosing the colors of your stationery and writing utensils wisely can...

  • New Tech Gifts for the Person Who Has Everything

    STATEPOINT|Nov 22, 2023

    Most of us have at least one loved one who’s hard to shop for. Maybe it’s because they insist that they have everything they need already or perhaps they simply have discerning taste. To get a jumpstart on your holiday shopping, consider these five, functional and fun gift ideas that promise to impress even the most challenging gift recipients: 1. Portable power: Whether your loved one is a world traveler, tailgater, beach bum, remote worker or hot desker, the new M150 Portable Power Station from Duracell will be a game changer. Unlocking p...

  • RECIPE OF THE WEEK: Give Your Guests "Pumpkin" to Talk About

    STATEPOINT|Nov 22, 2023

    Nothing evokes the spirit of the holidays more powerfully than the hearty aroma of seasonal dishes and treats. To help you share in the joy, nostalgia, and tastes of the season, while making meaningful new memories, the McCormick brand is putting twists on classic favorites with its recent release of a limited-edition collection of holiday-themed doughnut bites in partnership with Dough Doughnuts. As part of this reinvention of classic holiday dishes, they're sharing their Pumpkin Pie Spice Doughnut recipe inspired by the collection, so you...

  • Steps to a Safe and Accident-Free Holiday Season

    STATEPOINT|Oct 11, 2023

    As the holidays approach, you might be hosting guests, shopping for gifts, and decorating your home. While all these activities can bring a lot of joy into the season, they can also bring an increase in risks. Prepare by following these five tips to prevent damage. 1. Install a smart doorbell. Whether you want to see who just arrived or help keep packages secure, a smart doorbell will keep you updated on all activities in front of your home. From trick-or-treaters to carolers, you can easily view (and communicate) with your visitors, even if...

  • 4 Tech-Friendly Ways to Ace the School Year

    STATEPOINT|Aug 30, 2023

    American families are expected to spend record-high amounts this back-to-school season. According to the National Retail Federation (NRF), families with children in elementary, middle, and high school will spend $890 on average for school items, while those with college-aged students are looking at more than $1,360 in shopping expenses. Whether your kids are off to kindergarten or college, here’s how you can shop smarter and prepare for the school year: 1. Upgrade Your Devices. Electronics and tech are a top priority for families this school...

  • Keep Your Home Cozy in Cool Weather With Upgrades

    STATEPOINT|Aug 30, 2023

    When the temperatures drop and the precipitation turns cold, efficiently keeping your home cozy and warm is likely a top priority. As you make home upgrades this fall, be sure to use materials designed to withstand extreme weather events and which help manage indoor climate control. Doing so will mean greater comfort and more affordable energy bills, not only when it’s cold, but all year long. Roofing: As your first defense against all kinds of weather, your roof sustains a lot of wear and tear. Consider prioritizing durability, strength,...

  • It's BBQ Season: Do You Know Where Your Beef Came From?

    STATEPOINT|Jul 5, 2023

    As barbecue season heats up, you may be wondering how to square your love for T-bone steaks and spareribs with your concern for the environment. The good news? Science is delivering new, game-changing solutions to tackle the environmental footprint of the beef and livestock industries. The Problem: Approximately 9 million dairy cows, 90 million beef cattle, 60 million swine, and billions of poultry in the United States produce more than 100 times more organic waste than humans; but where human waste makes its way to a septic tank or sewage...

  • Brilliant Ways to Fight Allergens This Season

    Statepoint|May 10, 2023

    During allergy season, having a safe haven from the triggers that make you sneeze and wheeze is essential. While you can't completely control your surroundings in the great outdoors, you can take steps at home to reduce allergens and feel your best. • Fresh, cool air: The right air conditioning unit can help you breathe better indoors. For example, the Midea U delivers a cold airflow that can be felt up to 20 feet away and features full DC inverter technology to rapidly cool a room. Its remova...

  • 4 Misconceptions Homeowners Have About Floods

    Statepoint|Apr 19, 2023

    Many people look forward to spring when the weather warms up and flowers start to bloom, but it also marks the start of the peak time of year for flash flooding in the United States. According to NOAA, 75% of flash floods happen between late April and mid-September. And while you may not want to think about it, when water backs up and overflows, it generally goes where it doesn’t belong and can cause serious damage to your home. Unfortunately, many homeowners have misconceptions about floods, leaving them unprepared. Here are four of the...

  • 3 Ways to Prep Your Home For Bug Season

    Statepoint|Apr 19, 2023

    It can be tempting to think that bugs simply disappear in the cooler months. The truth is that many bug species have evolved to survive all year long, sometimes hiding in the warm nooks and crannies in and around homes. Others go into a hibernation-like state. “Bugs can be a lot smarter and more resilient than you may realize. Even if you don’t see household pests right now, some may still be waiting in your home for those first warm days to signal them to become active, search for food and find a mate,” says Emma Klingman, senior product...

  • Ensuring Good Nutrition & Better Health of Children and Caregivers

    Statepoint|Feb 8, 2023

    There are 2.5 million children in the United States growing up in “grand families,” meaning they’re being raised by relatives or close friends without their parents in the home, and they face higher rates of hunger and food insecurity, according to a new report. The Generations United report, “Together at the Table: Supporting the Nutrition, Health, and Well-Being of Grandfamilies,” highlights the particular struggles of such households, which are often unprepared financially for the unexpected job of raising a child, and may...

  • Confronting the Epidemic of Drug Overdose Deaths in Our Communities

    Statepoint|Nov 9, 2022

    As America’s drug overdose and death epidemic continues to impact communities of every size in every corner of the country, new challenges have emerged. In 2021, more than 107,000 people died from drug-related overdoses, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the bulk of which were from illicitly manufactured fentanyl, which shows up in fake pills, methamphetamine, and cocaine. Since its founding in 2014, the American Medical Association (AMA) Substance Use and Pain Care Task Force have brought together medical...

  • Living With Diabetes? Why You Need to Pay Attention to Your Feet

    Statepoint|Nov 9, 2022

    Diabetes can impact the body in a number of ways, especially creating potentially serious complications for your feet. “Foot care is a central component of overall diabetes care,” says Bryce Paschold, DPM, FACFAS, a board-certified foot, and ankle surgeon and a fellow member of the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons. “Without precautions, even small foot problems can lead to amputation or be life-threatening.” To help those living with diabetes understand potential complications and how to avoid them, ACFAS is sharing these...

  • 3G is Going Away – What it Means for You

    StatePoint|Sep 28, 2022

    Similar to how the ways we listen to music and watch movies have changed, cellular networks are evolving too. In fact, all major wireless providers plan to shutter their 3G cellular networks this year. 3G networks are the wireless equivalent of being on dial-up internet access years ago. Built in the early 2000s, 3G networks are slower, less efficient, and not equipped to support the way we use smartphones today. Americans increasingly depend on their ability to connect to the internet for just about everything and the latest generation of...

  • Study Shows Americans Aren't Planning for Future Healthcare Needs

    Statepoint|Jul 27, 2022

    If you haven’t spent time considering what your healthcare needs will be in the years or even decades from now, you’re not alone. Recent research suggests that many aging Americans aren’t aware of the full range of options available to them. As we age, our healthcare needs intensify, and experts say that the U.S. healthcare system will need to embrace home healthcare options to meet the demand of an aging population. The new national survey, titled “Aging in Place: Assessing Senior’s Understanding of Home Healthcare Options,...

  • Is Inflation Putting a Damper on Your Summer Travel?

    Statepoint|Jul 20, 2022

    After two years of restrictions, summer road trips are top of mind for those looking to get out of town. With rising inflation showing no signs of braking, soaring automotive costs, including gas prices, repairs, rental cars, and auto insurance, are threatening to put a damper on summer fun. This is why many consumers are preparing their budgets now to find ways to save. In a recent Experian survey, 76% of Americans say they are actively looking for ways to significantly trim expenses from their monthly budget. The same survey found that a...

  • Tips for Travelers to Save Money & Stay Connected this Summer

    Statepoint|Jul 6, 2022

    After more than two years of pandemic-related restrictions, Americans are ready to break free and travel again. According to Expedia's 2022 Travel Trends Report, more than two-thirds of Americans say they're planning to "go big" on their next trip. But planning and budgeting for a trip can be stressful. With inflation rising, many people are watching their wallets more closely, so finding ways to save money and stay connected while traveling this summer is more important than ever. Here are...

  • Summer Travel Safety Tips

    Statepoint|Jul 6, 2022

    While everyone looks forward to summer road trips, travel can come with unexpected safety emergencies. David Nance, founder of SABRE Personal Safety Academy and CEO of SABRE, the number one personal safety brand of consumers and law enforcement worldwide, provides travel protection tips for different scenarios. Driving: The National Safety Council says traffic death rates are three times greater at night. "If you can't avoid night driving, have at least one passenger stay awake to talk to the...

  • Kid-Friendly Tech Gear for a Season of Outdoor Fun

    Statepoint|Jun 15, 2022

    Warm weather has arrived and if you're seeking ways to promote family fun and activity, check out this round-up of kid-friendly tech gear, all of which can inspire creativity during outdoor adventures: Smartwatches: Featuring dual cameras for pictures, selfies, and videos so kids can capture bike rides, playground visits, and more on the go, the KidiZoom Smartwatch DX3 from VTech is a great outdoor companion for those ages 4 and older. Use the built-in LED light and flash to brighten up dimly...

  • Fun Activities for Kids Who Love Dinosaurs

    STATEPOINT|Jun 1, 2022

    Have a little dinosaur enthusiast in your life? If you’re looking for new and creative ways to keep your little one entertained, try these fun dino-themed activities: • Make dino treats: Use a dinosaur cookie cutter set to bake cookies into different prehistoric shapes, like brontosauruses, pterodactyls and velociraptors. This can be a fun way to let kids show off their knowledge by identifying the different types of dinosaurs and listing fun facts about each one. They can even decorate the cookies to add realistic details. • Infuse dino...

  • Support Systems Failing Millions of American Children

    StatePoint|Mar 30, 2022

    (StatePoint) At a time when the economic impacts of COVID-19 are making it hard for many families to afford healthy food and safe housing, and ever-changing work and school schedules are making their logistics hard to juggle, a new report finds that inequities in the system are further exacerbating these issues for millions of American children. The report from Generations United, a nonprofit that strengthens practices and policies to benefit all generations, finds that 2.6 million American children are living in “grandfamilies.” While...

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