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Feb/Mar 2017 Issue 1 | Vol. 6

4 Life Changes That Affect Your Taxes

WHAT'S FOR DINNER?

HOW FAKE NEWS MIGHT AFFECT YOUR FAVORITE FOODS!

#1 GLAM SQUAD

NEW JERSEY COLLARD GREENS? YEP!

Regaining Confidence and Intimacy After Childbirth

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Table of Contents February/March issue FASHION & BEAUTY 18 21 26 32 34 36

PRECIOUS KENTLE POWDERS PIECE ESSENTIAL OUTERWEAR FOR THIS SEASON­ MICHAEL D. SNELL THE GLAM SQUAD TIPS & TRICKS JAMIE’S CHAIR­ JAME ELMORE TRANSFORM YOUR HOME INTO A RETREAT WITH THESE 5 TIPS FROM A LUXURY RESORT TAELYN MARIE’S FLIP BRAID

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EXPERT TIPS TO HELP SPARK A CONVERSATION ABOUT WOMEN’S HEALTH ISSUES

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WHOLE-PERSON APPROACH TO HEALTH CARE EXPANDED BY PHILANTHROPIC GROUP

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GREATER PROFESSIONALISM COLD BE THE KEY TO BETTER HOSPITAL CARE

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THE BENEFITS F PROBIOTICS FOR BABIES

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MAMA’S MAMA KNOWS BEST

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REGAINING CONFIDENCE AND INTIMACY AFTER CHILDBIRTH

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LENNOX- GASTAUTE SYNDROME AWARENESS

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HOW A BUSY MOM CHOSE HER CONTRACEPTION

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HELP PREVENT HEADACHE DAYS THIS YEAR

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5 STRATEGIES TO LOSE 48 POUNDS

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3 SNEAKY TRICKS OF HEART DISEASE

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KICKING OFF THE NEW YEAR WITH A HEART HEALTHY START

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BREAKING THE CYCLE OF REACTIVE HEALTHCARE

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10 SIGNS YOU MAY HAVE A BLEEDING DISORDER

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5 SMART STEPS TO PRESERVING BRAIN HEALTH

SPOTLIGHT 94 96 97 99 102 105 108 109

UPCOMING ENTREPRENEAUR- KOREA HOWARD DEAR 2017- KIMBERLY MOORE LOST IN THE SHADOWS- VALORIE H. LASLEY INTRODUCUING SHAWN BAYONNE YOU’RE NOW READY TO BECOME THE STAR! - KIMBERLY VAUGHN EMBRACING THE NEW YOU- CASSANDRA D. HARRIS-GRAY TOP 3 REASONS YOU NEED A PHOTOGRAPHER-DEE JOHNSON THE MARINA BEAUTIPHLY PARTEE STORY- MARINA www.cheakwoolfolk.com Feb/Mar 2017 BEAUTIPHLY PARTEE


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HOW FAKE NEWS MIGHT AFFECT YOUR FAVORITE FOODS INSPIRATION FROM AWARD­WINNING RECIPES ADD PIZZAZZ TO EVERYDAY DISHES NEW JERSEY COLLARD GREENS? YEP WHY EATING BREAKFAST BOOST YOUR HEALTH TIPS TO MAKE GOOD NUTRITION A FAMILY AFFAIR IN 2017 IN SICKNESS AND IN HEALTH: HOW WHAT YOU EAT CAN AFFECT DISEASE­ ELIZABETH YARNELL WHAT’S FOR DINNER? QUICK & HEALTHY ONE­POT MEALS – ELIZABETH YARNELL 10 SMART SWAPS TO MAKE BAKING AND COOKING HEALTHIER

HOME 204 206 209 212 216 218 222

FAMILY & LIFESTYLE 146 149 152 156 159 163 167 171 174 176 181 184 187 189 192 194 196 198

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TIPS TO GET A GRIP THIS WINTER THE LATEST ADVANCEMENTS IN COLLEGE EDUCATION ARE HAPPENING DIGITALLY STAYING SAFE ON WINTER ROADS 5 CORNERSTORNES OF A UNFORGETTABLE AFRICAN TRAVEL EXPERIENCE YOUR MOMENTS AT THE GAS PUMP ARE ABOUT TO GET MORE ENTERTAINING YES! SCREEN TIME CAN BE GOOD FO RYOUNG KIDS 10 MINUETE HEALTHY HABITS FOR 2017 4 LIFE CHANGES THAT AFFECT YOUR TAXES AND HOW TO TACKLE THEM PAYING FOR COLLEGE OPTIONS REDUCE NEED FOR STUDENT LOAS HOW YOUTH TEAM SPORTS ARE SHAPING KID’S AND TEENS’ VALUES ON AND OFF THE FIELD HOW TEECHNOLOGY CAN SAVE YOUR LOVE LIFE HOSTING GUEST? 9 EASY STEPS TO PREP YOUR HOME GAME ON 5 REASONS TO BE EXCITED ABOUT GAMING IN 2017 BEFORE YOU CRUISE, EMBARK ON A FUN FINDING MISSIONIN YOUR PORT CITY 5 TRICKS TO KEEP YOUR PUP ACTIVE, HAELTHY AND HAPPY ALL WINTER LONG 5 PARENT TIPS FOR PICKING THE RIGHT VIDEO GAMES 5 EASY WAYS TO KEEP YOUR FAMILY COMFORTABLE DURING POWER OUTAGE 4 WAYS YOU CAN HELP YOUR CAT WITH ASTHMA

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THE EVOLUTION OF KITCHEN DESIGN: TIMELESS TIPS THROUGH THE DECADES SMART STORAGE IDEAS TO SQUEEZE EXTRA SPACE FROM YOUR BATHROOM NEW NEUTRALS DOMINATE THE COLOR TRENDS OF 2017 LIGHTS OUT: 4 WAYS TO PREPARE FOR A LONG OUTAGE AFTER THE STORM BATHROOM RENOVATIONS EVEN THE PICKIEST IN-LAWS WILL LOVE 5 TIPS TO BRING ORGANIZATION TO YOUR POST-HOLIDAY CHAOS 4 TIPS TO HELP KEEP YOUR HOME WARM, COMFORTABLE AND ENERGY EFFICIENT THIS WINTER 4 STATEMENT PIECES TO ELEVATE YOUR BATHROOM TO A WORK OF ART 3 WAYS TO TURN DISCARDED WOOD INTO BEAUTIFUL HOME DÉCOR 3 TIPS TO PROTECT YOUR HOME THIS WINTER

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3 TIPS FOR GETTING THE MOST OF WORKING ON A DIVERSE TEAM

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THREE WAYS TO HELP BUSINESS ATTRACT AND RETAIN TOP TALENT

240 SHOPPING FOR SMALL BUSINESS SOLUTIONS? TECH TALK TRANSLATION FOR SBOS 243 THE HOTTEST NEW DEVICES FOR 2017 247 JOB OPPORTUNTIES AWAIT IN TOMORROW’S EXPANDING URBAN AREAS 251 6 COMMON TAX FILING MISTAKES TO AVOID 255 FOUR REAL-LIFE WAYS TECHNOLOGY IS TRANSFORMING THE PRESENT AND THE

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Game Changers

Cover Image Credits: Chea Chea Media Inc. Glam Squad Cover photo credits:

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EDITORIAL OFFICES Chea Chea Media Inc 1115 Garvin place. Louisville Ky 40203

Contributing Writers for this issue: Korea Howard, sHAWN bAYONNE,, valorie h. lasley, cassandra harrisgray,, MARINA PARTEE,

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EDITOR'S LETTER FEBRUARY/MARCH 2017

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As we enter February, and settle into 2017, I am focused on entrepreneurship. In the last year, I’ve had my audience grow on a global scale, and I now receive mail almost daily, asking for tips, advice, or to share someone’s story. I’ve noticed the most common topic is related to how I’ve been able to deal with the struggles and rough patches most entrepreneurs face daily. For me personally, my faith has continued to push and support me when I’ve found myself alone in thought, and unsure of my next steps. I want to encourage anyone who may be looking to be an entrepreneur, whether you are new, seasoned, or simply unsure if this is the journey that you want. My advice is to find that one thing that makes you excited and happy when you are doing it. If you find your passion in your work, success can be right around the corner. I know that we all strive to make money, but if we focus on fulfilling our passion it can be the catalyst for the money. When we operate within our passion we are doing what we were designed to do, and that alone gives us a new energy and spirit to run this race. Do what you love, and as you run your race remember not to look back. Great things are ahead of you. There’s only one person with your unique set of skills and style, and the world is waiting on you to display your talents. Good luck to you all. You can do it!

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Precious Kentle Powders Natural Skincare Precious Kentle Powders is an all natural skincare line made for men, women and children. Our products are made with natural ingredients that come from Mother Nature's gorgeousness such as Shea butter, Cocoa butter and Coconut oil. Our products also smell nice scented with essential oils which further improve your natural skin but also improve your health, mind, body and spirit. www.pkpowders.com Our products are made for everyone, but we wanted to give an extra appeal to men with our Men's Collection. Most men should take better care of their skin. Although this collection is made for men, women enjoy this line as well. Our men's collection contains all natural handmade soap, beard balm, shaving kits and more. www.cheakwoolfolk.com

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The products we make are all natural and lovingly handmade. You will not find parabens (linked to cancer), Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (skin irritants) or any other preservatives or unhealthy properties that dries your skin. I want to spread awareness of the harmful ingredients found in most commercially produced skincare products. Just because it has a pretty package or pretty smell doesn't mean it's healthy for you! Continued use of essential oils in your skincare routine help to rejuvenate the skin- a natural way to enhance the skins condition and maintain it's good health. Our handmade body products are made with tender love and care. We produce our products in small batches, so that our customers get them at their freshest and at their best. Get your loved ones natural skincare so that you can be on the road to recovery with great skin and health!

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ESSENTIAL OUTERWEAR FOR THIS SEASON CKW-The Chea K. Woolfok Magazine

Michael D. Snell Bold Scarf

Scarves were once the accessory that would get boys bullied on the school yard. That impression has faded over time and today, scarves are one of the most widely accepted and prominent fashion accessory men can choose. However, because of their rapid rise in popularity, a typical scarf is just all too As the winter days draw firmly upon us,

common of an outerwear nowadays. This is

men are looking for ways to keep warm

why men need to choose bold patterns that

while staying on top of today’s fashion

really stand off of their clothes. A man’s

trends. Fortunately, this season has several

winter wardrobe tends to be a bit drab or even

forgiving fashion trends that look great on

monochromatic, which works in his favour

just about every body type. Let’s take a look

when looking for the most ornate and

at some of the best staples of outerwear that

decorative patterns on scarves.

a man’s wardrobe should feature this year: Hiking Boots Puffer Vests If there’s one thing that can be said for the Puffer vests or

“bodywarmers” were once

winter season, it is its unpredictable ways.

industrial staples that warehouse workers

While not technically outerwear, this is why a

would use when walking between cold or

man’s footwear needs to be truly versatile in

frozen environments to standard room

order to meet the needs of the season while

temperatures. They have the stiff insulation

still retaining a masculine charm. Hiking

that keeps a man’s vital areas warm without

boots tend to be the best option when it come

the added bulk of a full jacket. They’re

to both weatherproofing technologies and

mostly suitable for those days that are in

rugged styling that ensures men are never out

between

of place when it comes to both the weather

– cold, but not truly freezing. For

truly cold conditions, there’s no substitute

and various social requirements. Since the

for a warm jacket that covers a man’s torso

winter is no stranger to wet conditions, men

in its entirety. However, for quick ventures

should opt for hiking boots with manufactured

outside or a simple run to the local grocery

Gore Tex uppers, which will help ensure a

store, then a puffer vest is likely a suitable

breathable yet completely waterproof fit that

option to keep a man warm for the short time he’www.cheakwoolfolk.com s exposed to the elements.

goes quite a way in ensuring comfortable feet

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Myisha Reaves is the brains behind the jewelry enterprise known as Asha's Jewelry Box. Myisha is gifted with a keen eye for quality, and progressive accessory styling. She maintains a level of integrity towards her customers and clients that is unmatched in her industry.

Brionna Jones is a welcomed addition as the official Make­up Artist for Chea Chea Media Inc. She brings a fresh and vibrant perspective while possessing the ability to craft unlimited makeup styles.

Always open to provide style tips and assist the consumer with choosing the best jewelry pieces for their individual style, Myisha leaves no stone unturned when it comes to customer satisfaction.

Linda Toogood with over 35 years’ experience as a master stylist, over 23 years owning Toogood and Company. She also has more than 2 years as an instructor at 1 of the top cosmetology institutes. Her greatest passion is keeping clients excited about their best accessory, their hair. Her love for color and cutting keeps clients coming back and referring friends. Linda continues to strive for excellence through our ongoing educational programs and attending hair shows. Working alongside the best stylist, she is a sought­after mentor for all future professionals. www.cheakwoolfolk.com

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Lekeisha has had a passion for the hair and beauty industry most of her life. When she became a mother she decided to become serious about her passion.  She received her education at Paul Mitchell, and is currently styling hair at All Phases Salon Naturals. She is currently perfecting her skills in a wide range of hair techniques including long hair, cutting, and up­dos.  However, her specialty and passion is color.  Lekeisha uses a wide range of design essential and Paul Mitchell and Joico color products. She truly believes Keeping God first that anything is possible. Lekeisha believes in continual education and strives to stay at the forefront of her field with her knowledge of new products and services available in order to provide excellent service to her clientele.

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Darla has been in the industry for over 19 years.  she takes great pride in creating, maintaining and achieving healthy hair for her clients.  It is important to Darla to educate her clients on maintaining healthy hair in between salon visits. Darla is up to date on the latest trends, product knowledge and loves all aspects of the hair design. Creating a new look and attitude for her clients is Darla's favorite part of her job. Her talent and pride shows in all of her work. Seeing her vision come to life and a happy client looking fabulous truly makes her day. All Phases Salon Naturals is a new venture for Darla because she is able to give back to new and upcoming stylist on the rise as her mentor did for her. Not only is she teaching the technique of creating new styles and keeping hair healthy, she is also showing stylist how to build their clientele, keep their clientele and how to prosper in the business for as long as they desire. When asked what is her advice on how to stay relevant in the industry, she says, " to create a pleasant atmosphere for the client every single time they visit by keeping it professional, positive, personable and pretty!


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Meet the official nail technician of CKW's, Editor in Chief, Chea K. Woolfolk. Mrs. Sondra Wilkerson, 25 year Licensed Professional Nail Technician, mother, devoted wife, christian, and business partner. Each Tuesday through Friday, 9 am to 6 pm and every Saturday 8am to 3pm you can find Sondra hand sculpting nails including acrylic nail enhancements at Big City Styles Barber Shop & Nail Salon now located at 312 W. Chestnut St. Louisville KY 40202. Sondra prefers shaping nails by hand to ensure greater control of the finished product. She is meticulous about her work and enjoys meeting new people and expressing her creativity through nail art. Connect with her and view photos of her work on IG @Nhandst, FB @BigCityStyles, or on twitter @bigcitystyles.

Photo Credit: Joe Goodwin Photography 332 W Broadway, Ste 500 Louisville, KY 40202 (502) 767­7808

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Hair Tip Linda Toogood Every client is a color client, semi, demi, or permanent with a professional consultation. Remember colors does not break your hair off, what you do to the hair after hair color services could cause breakage.  

Lekeisha Rowan Bingham Always conditioner your hair after shampooing.  Apply conditioner 3/4 down the hair shaft focusing on any tangles and the ends of the hair.  The scalp creates natural oils daily so the roots stay hydrated. Darla Styles Going natural doesn't mean doing nothing to your hair. Comb your hair from root to ends every day.  Keep natural hair hydrated daily. Organic coconut oil is a great daily moisturizer. Get your natural hair blow­dried and trimmed every 4­6 weeks. Nails Sondra's Quick Tips to get your nails picture perfect in a pinch: •Moisturize hands paying extra attention to cuticles. •Slightly trim or lightly file nails to achieve uniform shape. •Apply a fast­drying clear top coat for a glossy finish without the worry of smudges.   Bonus Tip: Gently buff nails using white block buffer before applying base coat to extend polish wear.   www.cheakwoolfolk.com

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By: Jamie Elmore

! Be Intentional The New Year 2017 has begun! Can you believe how time passes by so quickly? Some of us have had some major triumphs in 2016 and some of us had major losses as well, whether they were relationships, finances, a loved one lost and a host of other things. I believe it’s very important for us to stop and take a look back over the past year and process what has taken place so we can move forward and not carry any baggage with us into the New Year. We must be intentional in every area of our lives. Intentional like be deliberate, conscious, purposeful, willful, choice. We must look at where we are today, how we spend our time, talents and resources. We must ask ourselves a few questions and be intentional when we answer. Our self-talk is one of the most important, powerful conversations that we have on a daily basis. What are we saying? Do we hear ourselves? Will we listen? There are a few questions we should ask ourselves for the New Year and we have to be honest where we want to see change and improvements. It’s our life! You can call it a New Year’s resolution, goal setting or proper planning. Whatever it is, let’s be clear and intentional. I have listed a few areas for us to think about and ask the intentional questions. •

Health- are we doing the necessary things to stay healthy? Eating the right foods, proper nutrition. 6-8 hours of sleep (I’m working on that lol…) 6-8 glasses of water daily. Exercising 3-5 days a week (keeping the body moving, just move)

Finances- are we getting out of debt? Do we owe family and or friends (pay them back) Do we pay our bills on time? Are we paying ourselves first by putting money in our savings account and/ or an IRA for our future?

Forgiveness- Have we forgiven ourselves? Do we need to forgive someone else?

Relationships- Do we spend quality time with ourselves? (me time) Do we spend quality time with our spouse? Do we have girl time? Do we have boy time? (lol …quality time with the fellas)

Do we have toxic relationships? (if so we need to sever them immediately)

Children- If we have children how much time are we spending with them?

Do we need to say the word NO when we say Yes! (we don’t have to be a people pleaser)

At the end of the day we all have to stand in the mirror and have the conversation with ourselves. Do we like what we see and are we going to make the necessary changes in the New Year by being intentional? I say Let’s do it!

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TRANSFORM YOUR HOME INTO A RETREAT WITH THESE 5 TIPS FROM A LUXURY RESORT By BPT

With just a few simple additions at your home, says Garrett Mersberger, director of Kohler Waters Spas, you can pamper yourself with spa treatments.

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E 1. Include the five senses.

The secret to setting up the best spa experience, Mersberger says, is making positive connections to all the senses: touch, smell, taste, sight and sound.

"If one of these is missing, the experience isn't the same," he says.

Even the smallest changes can transform your space and elevate your mood. You can light a candle and plug in the indoor water fountain to create sound and lighting that soothes the mind. Snuggle into a plush robe and encase your feet in super soft socks or slippers after your shower or bath. Finally, don't forget to set yourself up with a glass of wine and a cheese plate.

2. Prepare your body with hydrotherapy.

The next time you find yourself with a quiet evening or weekend in your abode, make self-care and pampering a priority. In fact, you can borrow

People have known this since ancient times: water has great powers of restoration, which is why hydrotherapy is central to any worthwhile spa experience. At home, it's as simple as making

a few pages from the wellness playbook with

small adjustments to your shower routine. Mersberger suggests

expert tips from one the world's most storied

changing the pulses in your shower head and experimenting with hot and cool blasts of water, which he says are good for the skin

resorts.

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Destination Kohler located in the heart of

it's not relaxing since warm temperatures will raise your blood

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Start your quest for relaxation with a simple yoga move called the

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chest forward and lift your gaze to the sky. As you exhale, round out your spine while drawing your shoulders forward, gazing down.

But even a few simple additions at your home, says Garrett Mersberger, director of Kohler

4. Hone your breathing technique.

Waters Spas, can greatly increase the relaxation Breathing is a vital component of managing stress levels, Kohler

factor during your down time.

says. Yet most Americans only breathe with a third of their lung capacity, creating "flight energy" in the body and cultivating that feeling of stress.

"Conscious breathing will ease your nervous system and help control stress levels and help you unwind," Kohler says.

Here's an easy antidote: Sit quietly for a few moments, taking fullbody, deep breaths through your nose.

"I like to visualize the ocean, and imagine the sound of the its big crashing waves with every breath I take," she says.

5. Relieve stress by going outside.

The benefits of going outside in the winter is not only good for our bodies, being outside chases away the winter blahs, as research has told us. So go ahead and skip the treadmill and go jogging in the park. Or rent a pair of snowshoes take a tromp through the woods. Or take a walk. When you're done, there's no better feeling than

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Exercise, eating well and getting more sleep are all leading health goals for women. However, there are many health concerns that women overlook for numerous reasons. Some they feel aren't a priority and others are simply too difficult to talk about. One commonly overlooked example is women's sexual health, despite the fact that it's an area that affects many aspects of a woman's overall well­being. "Research suggests the benefits of sexual wellness may extend beyond the bedroom," says Dr. Leah S. Millheiser, director of the female sexual medicine program at Stanford University. "In fact, sexual health can affect self­esteem, body image, performance at work and interaction with peers and family. This is why it is extremely important for women to talk to their partners and health care providers if they are having any sexual concerns." If you are experiencing any issues with sexual problems, it can feel isolating, but you're not alone. According to research published in the journal of Obstetricians and Gynecology, nearly 40 percent of women experience sexual troubles at some point in their lives. Furthermore, recent survey data shows that 48 percent of premenopausal women age 21­49 say their sex drive is lower now than in the past. Additionally, 93 percent of women believe that having low sexual desire can put a strain on their relationship according to a Harris Poll survey of 2,501 women conducted on behalf of the American Sexual Health Association (ASHA).

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If sexual problems are persistent and cause personal distress, it may be a medical condition called female sexual dysfunction (FSD). The most common type of FSD is low desire, or hypoactive sexual desire disorder (HSDD), which may impact as many as 4 million premenopausal women in the United States. Even though many women may have FSD, it is still underdiagnosed and undertreated, and talking about it can be difficult. To elevate the conversation and educate about FSD, ASHA has partnered with leading experts in women's sexual health ­ with support from Valeant Pharmaceuticals North America LLC ­ to launch the Find My Spark educational program. You can visit www.findmyspark.com to learn more about FSD, take an interactive quiz to help identify potential common sexual troubles, review tips to open up a dialogue with your healthcare provider or therapist and more. "Taking the leap and having that conversation about your sexual troubles is often the most difficult part," says Dr. Millheiser. "From there, you can move forward and determine a plan to improve intimacy and other potential troubles." Dr. Millheiser offers three smart tips for talking to your partner about sexual health concerns: Choose the right time: Bumper­to­bumper traffic or at the diner where you may be interrupted aren't the best places to talk FSD. You want to give both yourself and your partner enough time to hear and be heard without any distractions. So set a date and time. Don't rush the conversation: This isn't a quick conversation. You'll have a lot to say, as should your partner. Remember, the conversation might require a series of talks so both of you can communicate your thoughts clearly. Seek outside help if necessary: You and your partner don't have to do this alone. If you don't feel comfortable talking about it one­on­one, therapy can help. A therapist can help create an environment where both you and your partner may feel more comfortable sharing feelings and coming up with solutions. "Don't suffer in silence," Dr. Millheiser says. "Make an appointment with your healthcare provider to talk about next steps so you can create a plan to address your sexual health." www.cheakwoolfolk.com

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In the late 1990s, Minneapolis resident Penny George was diagnosed with breast cancer. After undergoing a mastectomy followed by chemotherapy, she thought her physicians were focused solely on the disease and the interventions being used ­ not on her as the person who was experiencing the disease and also seeking to overcome it. Her treatment felt incomplete.

The Bravewell Story traces the 14­year history of a community of philanthropists who strived to make health care more responsive to the complete needs and well­being of the patient.

In search of a whole­person approach to care, George added different integrative medicine practices to her care regimen. Through this healing process, she realized little attention was given to preventing disease or to survivorship, and she wanted to do something to change the way medicine was being practiced. Bravewell chose to close in 2015, but its accomplishments and legacy projects continue to help transform health care. Some of these efforts include:

Most common chronic diseases ­ obesity, diabetes, hypertension, heart disease, and some types of cancer and asthma ­ are linked to behavioral and/or environmental risk factors and can be mitigated or avoided through preventive and wellness practices.

Coordinate research. Patients Receiving Integrative Medicine Interventions Effectiveness Registry (PRIMIER), is the first nationwide database focused on integrative medicine. Developed and managed by BraveNet, the registry has enrolled more than 2,000 patients to date so researchers can evaluate patient­ reported outcomes over time. The registry evaluates areas such as quality of life, pain, mood, and stress for patients who supplement conventional medical care with therapies such as acupuncture, yoga, chiropractic, biofeedback, nutrition, massage, and mindfulness.

"As I navigated my own path toward wellness, I became convinced that what I had learned ­ both the knowledge and the tools for self­care ­ should be available to everyone," George explains. "I also believed that philanthropy could help bring about the changes that needed to happen in medicine." In her quest to make a difference in health care, George convened a select group of philanthropists and health care professionals who recognized the problem and wanted to "make health care more responsive to the complete needs and well­being of the patient." Forming The Bravewell Collaborative in 2002, these 20­ plus philanthropists took an active role in bringing integrative medicine to the forefront of health care. www.cheakwoolfolk.com

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GREATER PROFESSIONALISM COULD BE THE KEY TO BETTER HOSPITAL CARE By: BPT Healthcare reform has been in the headlines for years, and it seems like the only point everyone agrees on is that something needs to be done to improve the system. While politicians debate who should pay for healthcare and how, a group of healthcare professionals, patients and community advocates have set forth new guidelines to help healthcare organizations take better care of patients and communities. At the heart of their proposal is the idea of improving professionalism in healthcare organizations. Funded by the Commonwealth Fund, the ABIM Foundation, The American Hospital Association, the Federation of American Hospitals, and Northwell Health, and published in the Jan. 11 issue of Academic Medicine, the "Charter on Professionalism for Healthcare Organizations" aims to encourage hospitals and healthcare organizations to radically change the way they operate. The authors acknowledge that the kind of sweeping changes they advocate won't be easy. No single healthcare organization can fully embody all of the described behaviors. Rather the Charter is aspirational.  www.cheakwoolfolk.com

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"Transitioning to the model hospital described by the Charter will challenge historical roles and assumptions of both leadership and staff," the authors write. Still, they say, making these changes can benefit patients, healthcare providers and organizations.

The emphasis on professionalism

In the Academic Medicine article, the authors acknowledge that both health care professionals and patients are caught up in a vast, difficult, rapidly changing and ethically challenging system. Professionalism can help providers and organizations with decision-making in such a fluid and challenging system, they say. "Professionalism is based on a specific set of principles and commitments that provide an orientation to the thoughts and actions of a given profession," the authors write.

In 2002, a physician charter was published, establishing professionalism ideals for doctors. While physicians largely embraced the charter, they also reported that policies and organizational structures of the healthcare organizations they worked for and with were standing in the way of fully implementing the guidelines. Incorporating professionalism guidelines into organizational structures could help foster more professional, successful and patient-centric care for everyone, the authors say.

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Five key areas of focus

The charter outlines five areas of focus for healthcare organizations:

* Greater involvement and partnership between healthcare organizations and the patients they serve.

*Stronger partnerships between healthcare organizations and the communities in which they are located.

* Greater attention to the well-being of healthcare workers to help reduce burnout, and make them better equipped to provide superior care for patients.

* More collaboration between hospitals, government and community groups to positively affect the social factors that determine health.

* Greater emphasis on ethical business practices that will improve patients' access to care, quality of care and hospitals' financial performance.

Realigning priorities to patients

Movement toward more ethical business practices may require the greatest shift in thinking, the authors admit. While the essential objective of healthcare should be to take care of people, the reality is "opportunities (exist) for healthcare providers and organizations to engage in activities that are not in concordance with the principles of medical professionalism," the Charter authors note.

The Charter advocates that when a healthcare organization faces a choice between actions that benefit the organization or those that benefit the patient, the patient's interests should be the priority.

"When ethical dilemmas arise from conflicts between an organization's self-interest and those of the community or patient, the community or patient interest takes precedence," the authors write. "While this premise of the Charter may seem controversial, it is central to its content, consistent with the seminal Physician Charter on Medical Professionalism, and the source of its greatest potential social benefit."

Hospitals and healthcare organizations should take patient-centric steps to:

* Protect patient privacy and health information, especially when using electronic health records.

* Establish systems to identify and address conflicts of interest and, when they affect a patient, put the patient's welfare before that of the organization.

* Be transparent about the cost of procedures and care.

* Make bill adjustments for uninsured patients so that they don't have to pay substantially more than those with insurance.

* Fairly grant "charity status" to patients who can't pay for treatment.

* Be flexible in settling patient balances that exceed a patient's ability to pay.

To review the full Charter, visit the website of the Foundation for Medical Excellence at www.tfme.org.

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With the increasing number of products in the marketplace containing probiotics, many new parents might be wondering if their babies could benefit from probiotics. To answer that question, it is important to understand the role of the body's microbiota, the living organisms that inhabit the gastrointestinal tract. Humans have trillions of bacteria - good, bad, and neutral - living in their gastrointestinal systems. Research shows that in the same way harmful bacteria in the gastrointestinal system can attack the body, good bacteria, also known as probiotics, can help support it. This relationship leads to a balanced and well-functioning gastrointestinal system. For babies, ingesting probiotics may help support the developing digestive tract and immune system. Breastfed babies naturally get probiotics, as research has demonstrated that breastmilk contains probiotics. Mothers unable to breastfeed, or those who choose to offer formula, still have options to ensure their baby is building up adequate amounts of this good bacteria by feeding their baby an infant formula with probiotics. Gerber(R) Good Start(R) infant formula is the only formula line with probiotics available in all milk-based powders. While there are thousands of different probiotic strains, Gerber selected probiotics based on the available research and benefit for specific infant needs. For example, Gerber(R) Good Start(R) Gentle formula is a routine formula for healthyterm infants that uses Bifidobacterium lactis (B. lactis) because this probiotic has been shown to help support a healthy immune system and is similar to probiotics naturally found in breastmilk. Gerber(R) Good Start(R) Soothe formula is for babies experiencing colic, excessive crying and fussiness, so it features the probiotic Lactobacillus reuteri (L. reuteri). Studies using this probiotic have shown that it reduces the amount of time colicky infants may cry. Both L. reuteri and B. lactis are recognized as safe for use in infant formula by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Keep in mind, all infant formulas are carefully regulated by the FDA. Exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months of life offers the ideal nutrition for babies, but whatever leads parents to use infant formula, they now have an option that contains important good bacteria similar to those found in breastmilk.

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As a parent, you probably spend a lot of time trying to keep your kids clean and healthy, but sometimes a l "We have so much more information than they did years ago," said one millennial in the study. "I feel The millennial mom-to-be uses an app to track her

like millennial moms have a lot more pressure

fertility and pregnancy progress, pins nursery ideas

placed on them to do everything 'right.'"

on Pinterest and researches baby gear on YouTube. She reads online advice on everything from what

Thus, despite the advances in technology that

to eat (or not), to when to talk to a doctor about

make their pregnancies different (or perhaps, more

prescription prenatal vitamins and what to do with

likely, because of it), millennial moms are turning

the placenta after delivering.

to their own mothers for advice, even more than their mothers turned to the generation before

Never without a smartphone in hand, armed with

them. Millennials are using the "Grandma Filter"

an app for everything, always connected or "on,"

to essentially qualify and validate information that

millennials were born in an era of emerging

they are receiving from other sources.

technology between 1980 and 1995, and have grown up in an ever-increasing digitally-enhanced

In fact, when it comes to preparing for parenting,

environment. Access to technology and social

millennials turn to their mother/mother figure

media has defined every aspect of her life,

more than any other resource on a variety of

including the expectant millennial's approach to

topics. The "Grandma Filter" is number one when

pregnancy. It's a drastically different world than

it comes to emotional/family concerns,

when her own mother was pregnant.

relationship advice and determining what supplies she will need to register for. And, millennial

But what does this over-abundance of connectivity

moms also turn to their mother nearly three times

and information mean for the digital-savvy

more often than baby boomer moms would have

millennial mom-to-be? Per a recent poll, for nearly

regarding financial concerns in preparing for a

60 percent it means there is too much conflicting

new baby.

advice on tips for a healthy pregnancy. In the poll conducted by Exeltis, the company that produces

Even though she has so many more resources at

the number one doctor recommended prescription

her disposal, and she still goes to her doctor,

prenatal vitamin, Vitafol, 500 millennials and 500

spouse/significant other and friends and other

baby boomers were asked to reveal details on their

family members on many matters, the millennial's

approach to pregnancy. While sifting through all

increased reliance on her own mother has changed

the information available today was overwhelming

significantly over the years.

to expectant millennials, only 36.2 percent of baby boomer moms, whose pregnancies were "pre-

Still, there are some elements of pregnancy that

Google" and social media, felt this way.

have remained unchanged. More than half of all millennial and baby boomer mothers polled

In addition, in our constantly-connected world it's

prepared for pregnancy by taking a childbirth

common for people to feel license to dispense

class. More than 97 percent of millennial moms

unsolicited advice to expectant moms. Twice as

and 92 percent of boomer moms took prenatal

many millennial moms report they received advice

vitamins. In addition, 80 percent of both groups

while they were pregnant that they disregarded or

recognize prescription prenatal vitamins are the

didn't agree with as compared to baby boomer

right choice for any pregnant mother.

moms. Which all indicates that regardless of when they That's why it's no surprise that with so much (often

are pregnant, moms ultimately want what is best

conflicting) sought-out and unsolicited information

for her baby, but deciding what that is might best

and advice, 51.8 percent of millennials said they

be determined with a slight tweak to the adage. In

had a hard time deciding which pregnancy advice

fact, "Mama's MAMA knows best."

to believe.

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.There's no doubt that a woman's life

REGAINING CONFIDENCE AND INTIMACY AFTER CHILDBIRTH

changes after having a baby, ushering a flood of emotions and deep love for her newborn. However, for some women, life after childbirth can also bring about difficult emotions, like increased insecurity around appearance and intimacy.

Although the majority of women positively adapt to the physical changes their body experiences during pregnancy, they often do not retain the same level of self-confidence

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after childbirth.[1] According to a recent study, more than 64 percent of new moms surveyed confessed their body image had worsened since becoming a mother.[2]

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In addition to feeling self-conscious about weight gain and stretch marks, women also grapple with the functional changes that occur to their bodies after childbirth as the stretching that occurs to the vaginal wall and introitus (opening to the vagina) during childbirth often lasts well beyond delivery. According to a recent study, as many as 63 percent of women felt their vagina was looser since giving birth.[3] Loss of tone and sensation is also common for women who gave birth naturally, rather than by cesarean section.

Coupled with poor self-image, functional difficulties (such as dryness, itching and looseness) after birth can lead to women feeling self-conscious around their partners, making intimacy difficult. More than 8 in 10 women experience sexual problems in the first three months after their first delivery, and 62 percent of women surveyed attributed the negative changes in their sex life to post-partum vaginal looseness. [4],[5] And a year and a half after childbirth, 24 percent of women are still experiencing pain during sex.[6] We also know that a woman's body image correlates positively with both her and her husband's marital satisfaction.[7] So what can we do to solve the problem nobody wants to talk about?

Advances in technology, beyond the surgical interventions of the past, have made it possible to remedy some of the functional issues so many women face after giving birth, helping them rebuild self-esteem and regain intimacy with their partners, yet such solutions and interventions are not regularly discussed.

Thankfully, there are several ways to relieve discomfort and gain confidence after giving birth:

Address your discomfort: Vaginal looseness is a common side effect of childbirth. Clench and release exercises known as Kegels are a simple way to strengthen pelvic muscles, which may help with looseness. To address vaginal dryness, many women look to manufactured lubricants as a way to ease their discomfort.Talk to your doctor: Consider a simple, non-surgical procedure to help restore intimacy after having a child. There are noninvasive treatment options that exist, such as CO2RE Intima by Syneron Candela, which can treat pain and dryness in three 15 minute sessions, three weeks apart. 94 percent of women reported that the treatment helped improve vaginal rejuvenation,[8] making intimacy easier and more approachable for women who may feel hesitant after having a child. Additionally, 81 percent of women who used CO2RE Intima reported a boost in sexual gratification.8 To find out more about CO2RE Intima and how it can help you regain control of your intimate wellness or find a doctor near you, visit CO2REIntima.com. Spend time with your partner: Remember why you fell in love with your partner. Make time to get out of the house on a date night for dinner or a movie.Although intimacy and self-confidence are important parts of women's overall happiness, many women struggle to achieve them after birth, as functional problems can last well beyond delivery. As these symptoms are common, women should feel comfortable seeking remedies which can help them rebuild their self-esteem. After all, happy moms are the best moms.

[1] Clark et al. "My Baby Body: A Qualitative Insight into Women's Body-Related Experiences and Mood During Pregnancy and the Postpartum." http://www.jordemoderforeningen.dk/fileadmin/Fag___Forskning/Bachelor_2014_SYD/Den_soede_ventetid/Bilag_B_-_My_baby_body_-_A_qualitative_insight_into_women_s_body-related.pdf. Accessed November 21, 2016. [2] Baby Center. "The New-Mom Body Survey: 7,000 Women Tell It Like It Is." http://www.babycenter.com/0_the-new-mom-body-survey-7-000-women-tell-it-like-it-is_3653252.bc. Accessed November 21, 2016. [3] "Vaginal Atrophy After Childbirth." Toluna Quick Survey. 28 December 2015. [4] Barrett et al. "Women's Sexual Health After Childbirth." https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/10688502. Accessed November 21, 2016. [5] "Vaginal Atrophy After Childbirth." Toluna Quick Survey. 28 December 2015. [6] McDonald et al. "Dyspareunia and Childbirth: A Prospective Cohort Study." http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/1471-0528.13263/abstract. Accessed November 21, 2016. [7] Meltzer et al. "Body Image and Marital Satisfaction: Evidence for the Mediating Role of Sexual Frequency and Sexual Satisfaction." https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2864925/. Accessed November 21, 2016. [8] Final results from Clinical Study HM Monteprincipe Hospital, Madrid, Spain, 2016; Proprietary Syneron Consumer Survey, 2015.

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Lennox-Gastaute Syndrome: Awareness Makes a Family's Struggle More Manageable

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(When Christina SanInocencio was just seven years old, she witnessed her three-year-old brother Michael have what would be his first of many seizures. It wasn't until two years later that he received a diagnosis, Lennox-Gastaut Syndrome (LGS), one of the more severe forms of childhood epilepsy. Christina knows how it feels to be impacted by a family member who lives with this condition. It affects not just those who are diagnosed, but also family members, caregivers and friends. She also learned, through experience, that families often struggle to find appropriate resources to explain LGS to others.

"When we first found out Michael had LGS, we didn't have any resources and there was no central voice for families who were dealing with this severe and very rare form of epilepsy," said Christina. It was in 2007 that her growing frustration led to her decision to unify the community by creating the LGS Foundation, the first organization dedicated specifically to helping families and loved ones cope with LGS.

Now, as the Executive Director of the Foundation, Christina's mission is helping LGS families gain access to resources, such as the latest educational comic book, "Medikidz Explain LennoxGastaut Syndrome (LGS)," endorsed by the LGS Foundation. The book is the fifth installment of the comic book series, "Medikidz Explain Epilepsy." The series, which was developed by Medikidz and supported by Eisai Inc., delivers engaging, age-appropriate educational materials to children who are living with epilepsy so that they can better understand and explain their disease to others.

This latest comic is a story about a seven-year-old boy named Jackson who lives with LGS. The book tells Jackson's story through the eyes of his younger sister Tenley. The Medikidz, a group of young superheroes whose mission is teaching about the body and how illness affects it, appear and explain to Tenley how LGS affects her older brother. By explaining what Jackson is going through while experiencing a seizure, the book demonstrates how to explain LGS to siblings of those living with the disease, as well as others who may not understand how LGS may impact someone's daily life.

"This book is a great tool for patients and families, especially those who are new to LGS," said Christina. "It helps to describe a really complicated syndrome and complex disorder in an easy to understand way. The book has a lot of benefits, not just for siblings, but for the larger community."

To learn more about Lennox-Gastaut Syndrome and order a free copy of Medikidz, visit LivingwithLGS.com.

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Jasmine Clark, like many busy moms, describes her life as a "balancing act." Whether she's picking up her two children from school, teaching anatomy at her local college or practicing yoga, her full plate doesn't leave room for the unexpected, especially when it comes to her birth control.

When Jasmine was ready for a birth control change, she contacted her healthcare provider to learn more about long-acting reversible

When Jasmine is ready to grow her family, her healthcare provider can remove PARAGARD at any time up to 10 years after it was inserted and she can start trying to get pregnant the same day it is removed.

Occasionally, PARAGARD may attach to or in rare cases may go through the uterine wall and may also cause other problems. In some cases, surgical removal may be necessary.

contraception. After discussing her options with her doctor, she chose the hormone-free intrauterine device (IUD), PARAGARD® (intrauterine copper

Jasmine has used PARAGARD for seven years under the care of her healthcare provider. She has been compensated by Teva

contraceptive), which is a copper-releasing device

Women's Health, Inc., the maker of PARAGARD, for sharing

that is placed in a woman's uterus to prevent

her personal experience with PARAGARD. Experiences differ

pregnancy for up to 10 years.

among PARAGARD users, so a woman should discuss her own needs with her healthcare provider.

"When my doctor told me about PARAGARD, I knew it was the right choice for me and my allover-the-place schedule. Every month I do an athome string check to make sure it's still in place, but I don't have to go to the pharmacy all the time or maintain a daily routine," says Jasmine.

This sponsored content is brought to you by Teva Women's Health, Inc. What is PARAGARD® (intrauterine copper contraceptive)?

PARAGARD is a copper-releasing device that is placed in your uterus to prevent pregnancy for up to 10 years.

PARAGARD is more than 99% effective in preventing pregnancy and is 100% hormone-

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free.PARAGARD does not protect against HIV/AIDS and sexually transmitted diseases

Do not use PARAGARD® if you have a pelvic infection, get

(STDs). A woman should not use PARAGARD if

infections easily or have certain cancers. Less than 1% of users

she has a pelvic infection, gets infections easily or

get a serious infection called pelvic inflammatory disease. If

has certain cancers. Less than 1% of all users get a

you have persistent pelvic or stomach pain, or if PARAGARD

serious infection called pelvic inflammatory

comes out, tell your healthcare provider. If it comes out, use

disease. If a woman has persistent pelvic or

back-up birth control. Occasionally, PARAGARD may attach

stomach pain, or if PARAGARD comes out, she should tell her healthcare provider. If it comes out, she should use back-up birth control.

Because it's hormone-free, PARAGARD allows women to keep their menstrual cycle. The most

to or in rare cases may go through the uterine wall and may also cause other problems. In some cases, surgical removal may be necessary. Although uncommon, pregnancy while using PARAGARD can be life threatening and may result in loss of pregnancy or fertility. Bleeding or spotting may increase at first but should decrease in 2 to 3 months. PARAGARD does not protect against HIV/AIDS or STDs.

common side effects of PARAGARD are heavier, longer periods and spotting between periods; most

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long, or spotting continues, or if she has other

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questions about side effects, she should contact her

http://www.fda.gov/medwatch or call 1-800-FDA-1088.

healthcare provider. For more information about PARAGARD, please see the full

Jasmine shared, "My husband and I want to have more kids, but our lives are just too hectic right now. I don't know when we'll be ready, but with PARAGARD, my doctor can remove it when we're ready."

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Help prevent headache days this year

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The start of a new year is a busy time for everyone. Between celebrating with friends and family, jumping back in at the office after time off for the holidays, and getting a start on those New Year's resolutions, Americans are busy and raring to go. But people with Chronic Migraine are left worrying about when their next headache day will strike.

Many people get headaches from time to time. But those living with Chronic Migraine can spend at least half of each month with a headache.[1] Different from episodic migraine, Chronic Migraine is a distinct neurologic condition defined as having 15 or more headache days each month, each lasting four hours or more, with at least eight of those headache days being associated with migraine.[1]

Kelly has lived with Chronic Migraine since her early 20s. Living with this condition means that half of every month is spent dealing with debilitating headaches.

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In a study with 512 patients, only approximately 25% of patients who meet the clinical definition for Chronic Migraine were diagnosed, [2] it's critical to seek out a headache expert to get an accurate diagnosis and discuss treatment options. Recognizing symptoms and receiving a diagnosis is important ­ while there is no cure for Chronic Migraine, there are treatment options that can help. For example, BOTOX® (onabotulinumtoxinA) is the first and only FDA­approved, preventive treatment in adults with Chronic Migraine (15 or more headache days a month, each lasting 4 hours or more) shown to prevent headache days before they even start. BOTOX® prevents on average 8 to 9 headache days a month (versus 6 to 7 for placebo). BOTOX® is not approved for adults with migraine who have 14 or fewer headache days a month. IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION BOTOX® may cause serious side effects that can be life threatening. Get medical help right away if you have any of these problems any time (hours to weeks) after injection of BOTOX®: Problems swallowing, speaking, or breathing, due to weakening of associated muscles, can be severe and result in loss of life. You are at the highest risk if these problems are pre­existing before injection. Swallowing problems may last for several months.Spread of toxin effects. The effect of botulinum toxin may affect areas away from the injection site and cause serious symptoms including: loss of strength and all­over muscle weakness, double vision, blurred vision and drooping eyelids, hoarseness or change or loss of voice, trouble saying words clearly, loss of bladder control, trouble breathing, trouble swallowing. Please see additional Important Safety Information below. "After my diagnosis with Chronic Migraine, my headache specialist recommended a different type of medication to try, which was BOTOX®. He told me it was the only medicine FDA­approved to reduce headache days for my type of condition," says Kelly. "After I did my research, I met back up with my doctor. We went over the risks, such as neck pain and headaches, and the benefits again, and we decided that it was the right option for me." "These days I'm making fewer marks in my headache diary, and there are some days where I don't even make a mark at all," says Kelly. In addition to seeking treatment, people living with Chronic Migraine can work to ensure a joyful holiday season and New Year by following a few tips below in order to avoid specific migraine triggers. Manage your food triggers. Holiday and New Year's parties are chock­full of ripe cheeses, processed meats, and chocolate ­ all of which can be a trigger for headaches.[3] Keep an eye out for healthier options, or bring something of your ownDrink in moderation. Alcohol can be a trigger [3]3 for many people so be careful not to over­indulge at those New Year's Eve parties.Stay hydrated. Since dehydration is a migraine trigger [3]3 for many people living with Chronic Migraine, make sure to drink lots of water before and during any holiday celebrations.Maintain a regular sleep schedule. With long days of travel to see friends and family and late nights at New Year's Eve parties, this can prove to be a challenge. It's recommended that people living with migraine go to bed and get up at the same time every day, including weekends,[4] holidays, and vacations ­ so try your best to stick to a normal bedtime.To learn more about the condition, safety information about BOTOX® and to find a specialist, visit www.BOTOXChronicMigraine.com.BOTOX® (onabotulinumtoxinA) IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION (continued) www.cheakwoolfolk.com

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BOTOX® may cause loss of strength or general muscle weakness, vision problems, or dizziness within hours to weeks of taking BOTOX®. If this happens, do not drive a car, operate machinery, or do other dangerous activities. Do not take BOTOX® if you: are allergic to any of the ingredients in BOTOX® (see Medication Guide for ingredients); had an allergic reaction to any other botulinum toxin product such as Myobloc® (rimabotulinumtoxinB), Dysport® (abobotulinumtoxinA), or Xeomin® (incobotulinumtoxinA); have a skin infection at the planned injection site. The dose of BOTOX® is not the same as, or comparable to, another botulinum toxin product. Serious and/or immediate allergic reactions have been reported. They include itching, rash, red itchy welts, wheezing, asthma symptoms, or dizziness or feeling faint. Get medical help right away if you experience symptoms; further injection of BOTOX® should be discontinued. Tell your doctor about all your muscle or nerve conditions such as ALS or Lou Gehrig's disease, myasthenia gravis, or Lambert­Eaton syndrome, as you may be at increased risk of serious side effects including difficulty swallowing and difficulty breathing from typical doses of BOTOX®. Tell your doctor about all your medical conditions, including if you: have or have had bleeding problems; have plans to have surgery; had surgery on your face; weakness of forehead muscles; trouble raising your eyebrows; drooping eyelids; any other abnormal facial change; are pregnant or plan to become pregnant (it is not known if BOTOX® can harm your unborn baby); are breastfeeding or plan to (it is not known if BOTOX® passes into breast milk). Tell your doctor about all the medicines you take, including prescription and nonprescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal products. Using BOTOX®with certain other medicines may cause serious side effects. Do not start any new medicines until you have told your doctor that you have received BOTOX® in the past. Tell your doctor if you have received any other botulinum toxin product in the last 4 months; have received injections of botulinum toxin such as Myobloc®,Dysport®, or Xeomin® in the past (tell your doctor exactly which product you received); have recently received an antibiotic by injection; take muscle relaxants; take an allergy or cold medicine; take a sleep medicine; take aspirin­like products or blood thinners. Other side effects of BOTOX® include: dry mouth, discomfort or pain at the injection site, tiredness, headache, neck pain, and eye problems: double vision, blurred vision, decreased eyesight, drooping eyelids, swelling of your eyelids, and dry eyes. For more information refer to the Medication Guide or talk with your doctor. You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit www.fda.gov/medwatch or call 1­ 800­FDA­1088. Please see BOTOX® (onabotulinumtoxinA) full Product Information including Boxed Warning and Medication Guide. © 2016 Allergan. All rights reserved. All trademarks are the property of their respective owners. [1] Headache Classification Subcommittee of the International Headache Society. The International Classification of Headache Disorders: 3rd edition. Cephalalgia. 2013;33(9):629­808. [2] Assessing Baarriers to Chronic Migraine Consultation, Diagnosis, and Treatment: Results from the Chronic Migraine Epidemiology and Outcomes (CaMEO) Study ­ Dodick et al. 2016, Headache. [3] Hildreth, C, MD. "Migraine Headache." The Journal of the American Medical Association. 301 (2009) 2608 Online. 19 September 2011 [4] Web MD 2016 December; Migraines & Headaches Health Center: Migraines: Identifying and avoiding triggers. Retrieved from: http://www.webmd.com/migraines­headaches/identifying­and­avoiding­migraine­triggers

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5 STRATEGIES TO LOSE 48 POUNDS How an 'Average Joe' lost the weight and gained back his life

You've probably seen all the articles about weight loss, including those that explain how to count calories or what foods you should and shouldn't eat. But if you're still having trouble losing weight, then maybe you just need a better "strategic plan," one you can put into action before you get that unwanted "wake­up call" from your doctor that your weight is affecting your health. Monte Morris received that wake­up call from his doctor, who diagnosed him as obese, along with stage 2 hypertension. At just 38­years­old with a 2­year­old daughter, Morris was a candidate for a heart attack. www.cheakwoolfolk.com

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According to Dr. Mike Roussell, nutrition advisor to Men's Health Magazine, Morris put such a strategic plan into place, using five key strategies to achieve lasting success and they can be effectively implemented by anyone. Make a decision to change "I have never seen someone lose weight and keep it off unless they had an emotionally driven reason to change their life," says Dr. Roussell. "Monte was no different. He had a little girl and a trip to the doctor delivered him the news that he had stage 2 hypertension (an advanced form of high blood pressure). On top of that, he just felt lousy. Monte knew he couldn't go on living like this and he made the decision to change his lifestyle for good, not just for him but for his daughter, too." Attack weight loss on multiple fronts Small steps and changes to what you are eating are important, but you need to rethink your whole lifestyle, envisioning who you want to be, according to Roussell. "Monte started to change his eating habits and started exercising. Embracing multiple healthy habits like diet and exercise is a great way to get momentum with your weight loss, ensuring that you get better results, which will keep you motivated and doing more. Focus on one to two diet changes and be deliberately active with your life. Monte didn't even own a pair of running shoes when he started running and now he runs several miles a week. What kind of activity do you like to do? What the activity is at first doesn't matter, just get moving," Dr. Roussell says.

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Stop drinking your calories After Monte made his decision to change his life and put his health first, he did a quick audit of his diet and realized that a simple place for him to cut calories was beer. "Calories you consume in beer, wine or sugar sweetened drinks (energy drinks, soda, even sports drinks) are easy calories to cut out. Make sure nothing enters your mouth that doesn't support your goal of weight loss while adding beneficial nutrients to your diet," Dr. Roussell says. Be a mindful eater and strategic snacker Monte steered away from fad diets that demonized certain food groups while exalting others. Instead he focused on eating unprocessed foods and veered away from fast food joints. "Monte says he couldn't say no to his mid­meal hunger pangs and would grab a fast food meal, which is all too often the fast track to weight gain. His strategy to correct that behavior was to keep a snack of pistachios in his truck and at his desk. Their flavorful crunch satisfied him while the protein, fiber and healthy fats in them kept him full ­ and out of the fast food drive­thru," Dr. Roussell explained. Embrace what you love "Monte enjoys chocolate, but he recognized candy bars weren't going to help him lose the weight. His solution was to make his own trail mix that contained pieces of dark chocolate along with pistachios and natural dried fruits, like raisins. This strategy satisfied his cravings so he wasn't feeling deprived, but he also wasn't consuming too much sugar," Dr. Roussell says. Successful long­term weight loss takes time. It took Monte almost a year to lose 48 pounds, but once he decided to make the change, he worked at it every one of those 365 days. Taking charge of his health has left him 10 pounds lighter than when he was in high school and with more energy and vibrancy for life than ever before. Dr. Roussell transforms complex nutritional concepts into practical nutritional habits that his clients use to ensure permanent weight loss and long lasting health. He holds a doctorate in nutrition from Pennsylvania State University. In addition to being an adjunct assistant professor at Pennsylvania State University, Dr. Roussell serves on the Advisory Board for Men's Health and SHAPE magazines as well as LIVESTRONG.com. He's an author and has been named one of the Top 100 Most Influential People in Health & Fitness.

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SNEAKY TRICKS OF HEART DISEASE

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. As Americans, our health is far from perfect, but over the decades, we've seen great improvements to medical care and lived longer lives. But new health data in a recent report might shake up our complacency: The federal government finds that life expectancy for Americans has dropped for the first time in 25 years. Though the factors are varied and complex, it has health experts and doctors taking a hard look at the current realities, including our rising obesity rate and the fact doctors may be reaching their limit on what they can do to treat heart disease. "The report, though troubling to any family doctor, can be used as the basis of a wake­up call to anyone to improve their health," says Andrew Manganaro, MD, FACC, FACS, Chief Medical officer for Life Line Screening. "That is especially true for those who have been diagnosed with a risk factor for heart disease." www.cheakwoolfolk.com

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T Manganaro urges patients ages 55 and older to be proactive with their heart health by scheduling regular doctor visits and following their doctor's instructions. In addition, he recommends making regular cardiovascular screenings a part of your wellness routine. Not convinced you need a screening? These three realities of cardiovascular health might change your mind. 1. Heart disease is often silent. Problems with the cardiovascular system can creep in gradually. Fully 80 percent ­ 4 out of 5 ­ of people who have a stroke have no symptoms beforehand. High blood pressure, high cholesterol and coronary artery disease are often silent, partly because the warning signs are not what most people expect. Symptoms are less obvious, such as a headache, shortness of breath or pain in the jaw. Even if you are already taking steps to manage your risk factors, a screening will give you and your doctor a picture of the health of your cardiovascular system. 2. Minor conditions are easy to ignore. Even if your screening doesn't reveal you're at a very high risk of suffering a stroke or heart attack, don't be complacent. Because your cardiovascular system is interconnected, plaque in one artery makes it very possible that plaque will eventually show up elsewhere. For example, a diagnosis of peripheral artery disease is a condition that is associated with leg cramping, but that's a diagnosis that should be taken as a warning. Because these leg arteries are literally narrowing, it could mean that the arteries to the brain could also narrow, creating the ideal conditions for a stoke. Likewise, if arteries to the heart were to narrow, that could lead to heart attack or heart failure. 3. Oral health is a window to artery health. For decades, researchers have seen a connection between oral health and heart health. Back in the 1920s for example, doctors thought they could cure heart disease by extracting teeth. While the connection is not yet fully understood, we do know oral plaque has a relationship to carotid artery plaque. Manganaro encourages patients to also see their dentist regularly and take good care of their gums and teeth. The good news is you don't need a prescription or take a trip to the doctor's office to have preventive health screenings for cardiovascular disease. Life Line Screening performs affordable testing in community settings throughout the country. This testing will reveal where carotid artery plaque buildup is located and how much. This could translate into lifesaving treatment for you, or simply offer peace of mind. To find out when a screening clinic may be scheduled in your area, visit www.lifelinescreening.com/HeartCheck or call (877) 754­9631.

February is American Heart Month. It was originally declared in 1964 by President Lyndon Johnson to help people become aware of the many ways to improve their cardiovascular health.

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KICKING OFF THE NEW YEAR WITH A HEART HEALTHY START

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It is almost time to ring in the New Year, which means it is an opportune time to focus on your health and wellness. If you or a loved one is living with cardiovascular disease (CVD), you may be dealing with many burdens, including access to medications ­ an increasingly common problem. When prescribed a medication by a physician, most individuals expect to receive the medication without jumping through hurdles. However, for many people affected by cardiovascular disease across the country, this is increasingly not always the case. According to Symphony Health Solutions, commercial payers deny up to 90 percent of initial claims submissions for patients with CVD, with the final rejection rate for patients at 73 percent. Many of these patients who are rejected have high cholesterol and/or familial hypercholesterolemia (FH), which is an inherited form of significantly high cholesterol and one of the most common genetic diseases, affecting at least one in every 200 to 500 people. Thus, these patients are exploring new treatment regimens because they have not been able to get their low­density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL­C), or "bad" cholesterol, under control despite treatment with a statin ­ the current standard of treatment. Additionally, many patients living with atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease (ASCVD), which is caused by a build­up of cholesterol­rich plaque in the arteries, are unable to get their LDL­C under control with current treatment options. With CVD being a major public health concern in the U.S, it is imperative to lower bad cholesterol for patients who have already had a cardiovascular event, like a heart attack or stroke, as well as patients with FH who require additional treatment options to lower their LDL­C levels along with their statin. Yet, there is a growing concern that many patients with uncontrolled LDL­C levels continue to face challenges in accessing PCSK9 inhibitors their physicians have prescribed based on the approved indication. PCSK9 (or proprotein convertase subtilisin/kexin type 9) inhibitors are human monoclonal antibodies that block the protein PCKS9, which prevents the body's natural system from eliminating "bad" cholesterol (low­density lipoprotein cholesterol or LDL­C) from the blood.

Make your health a priority for 2017. If you (or a loved one) suffers from CVD, make sure to talk to your physician ­ or encourage your friends and family ­ to ensure you or a loved one are receiving the appropriate medical care. For more information, visit www.advancecardiohealt h.org. www.cheakwoolfolk.com

While the U.S. Food and Drug Administration carefully determined which patients would be appropriate for PCSK9 therapy given the clinical trial information, many payers have implemented restrictive prior authorization processes using stringent utilization management criteria, which is resulting in many patients being denied access. This is not unique to PCSK9s though; we have seen these restrictive authorization practices affecting patients seeking Hepatitis C and heart failure treatments as well. Being denied access to the medicine you are prescribed is tremendously frustrating and can leave patients feeling hopeless. However, it is important to know that, as a patient, there are certain things you can do to take action if this happens to you: * Talk to Your Doctor: If you are denied access to vital treatment, talk with your physician about what you can do to receive the therapy you need. * Share Your Story: Patients and physicians should feel empowered to speak out and engage with their networks, sharing their stories to help drive attention and awareness to the issue. * Engage Advocates: Seek out advocacy groups and patient Feb/Mar 2017 networks that have resources.


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BREAKING THE CYCLE OF REACTIVE HEALTHCARE BPT

Americans are living longer than ever, and while we should relish the achievement of extending the life span for residents of the United States, we now face a pressing challenge for the 21st century: How do we ensure we not only live longer but also live well? To better understand the extent to which people, technology and healthcare systems are working together to leverage an increasingly connected world of health, Royal Philips released the findings of its inaugural Future Health Index (FHI), an independent study that surveyed the attitudes and preferences of both healthcare professionals and patients. Only by evaluating how both groups define and understand access, integration and application of digital technologies can leaders take meaningful action to optimize the patient-provider relationship. Right now, Americans remain skeptical about their ability to achieve good health over the next decade. Patients (81 percent) and healthcare professionals (78 percent) agree each person is responsible for his own health, and most patients point to having the knowledge and tools they need to do so. However, only 37 percent of patients anticipate achieving very good or excellent health in that time frame, and 80 percent of patients older than 50 already deal with at least one chronic condition. Providers aren't overly optimistic, either. Fifty percent say patients are mistaken when they believe they know a lot about healthy living, 41 percent believe they lack the knowledge to maintain good health and 49 percent think they lack the tools. Another weak point of integration in the healthcare system is the boundary between the care delivered in a clinical setting and in the home. Almost 40 percent (37 percent) of HCPs believe people don't have the medical resources they need to take care of sick family members or themselves in their homes. In addition, 29 percent of HCPs think that more information about health, nutrition, and fitness would make their patients more effective in managing their own health, and another 39 percent believe that their patients need guidance on how to put such information into practice. Most of the tools and resources HCPs believe would improve their patients' ability to manage their own health require minimal involvement from the clinical healthcare system.

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Individuals also see the benefit of tracking health information. More than half (56 percent) of respondents report tracking their weight, and half (50 percent) track their diet frequently-yet at present few are relying on a connected device to do so. Of those surveyed, 54 percent keep track of the information in their head, and another 29 percent store the information on paper. To further explore how that will impact the future of U.S. healthcare, Philips partnered with the Institute for the Future (IFTF) to examine the market perceptions that are impacting the FHI findings, as well as identify three key forces that will inform and influence patient and provider views on access, integration and technology adoption over the next decade. They include: Flipped Care: Access to healthcare will change from provider-centered to person-centered where encounters between patients and the healthcare system will occur virtually and in new consumer-directed settings. That demonstrates the need for integration and connected care outlined in the FHI findings. - Integrative Health Systems: A system of health that will include the external factors well beyond the walls of the clinic or hospital: housing, family support, food, wealth and education. The FHI report highlights that integration is still in its infancy in the U.S. - Encoded Intuition: A shift in technology from assistive to empowering devices will rely heavily on the patients' willingness to take a proactive role in managing their health. That reinforces the FHI finding that connected care devices could play an empowering role in improving self-management of health. -

To move from reactive to preventative care, individuals will be expected to be true partners in managing their own health. The ultimate goal must be to design a healthcare system and engage patients in ways that help ensure their health span matches their life span. Expanding how we measure our healthcare system to include patient-centered access and cross-sector integration will improve the impact digital technologies can have on cultivating meaningful and sustaining relationships between people and their doctors. It will help chip away at the diagnose-and-treat model that exists today and will allow for clinical care to play as pivotal a role in improving quality of life as it has in increasing life expectancy. www.cheakwoolfolk.com

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If you receive a bleeding disorder diagnosis, remember it can be managed. For Noffsinger, whose story is featured on www.BetterYouKnow.org, having VWD has not prevented her from living life fully. Her future plans include having children, travel and more. Knowing her body and what to expect with bleeding has helped Noffsinger gain confidence to live fully. "If you don't know what's going on and you have a period that lasts for three weeks and you're freaking out and think you're dying, you're going to go to the hospital," said Noffsinger. "But if you know you're going to bleed for three weeks and it's going to go away, you can relax and have a calm state of mind about it. That's why I'm doing all I can to spread the word about BetterYouKnow.org. I want everyone to know that, if you have a bleeding disorder, your life can be better if you know about it, and seek care and treatment."

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Harley Noffsinger was a typical kid who liked to play outside and stay active. When she was 7, everything changed. She got a nose bleed, but unlike most people's experiences, her bleeding wouldn't

According to Dr. Sidonio, you should speak to your health care provider if you've experienced one or more of the following 10 signs and symptoms of bleeding disorders:

stop. It lasted 90 minutes.

Noffsinger's parents brought her to the emergency room at the nearest hospital, where she was diagnosed with von Willebrand Disease (VWD). Like most Americans, neither Harley, nor her parents, had ever heard of VWD, and had no family history of it. Still, VWD is the most common inherited bleeding disorder, affecting about 1 percent of the U.S. population, or more than 3

1. Told you are "low in iron" or have been treated for anemia.

million people. According to the National Hemophilia Foundation (NHF), like hemophilia, VWD can prevent the blood from clotting normally. VWD can result in extended bleeding after injury, surgery or trauma, and, in severe cases, can be fatal if not

2. Experienced heavy bleeding after surgery.

treated effectively.

"Harley was fortunate that she was diagnosed so early because, according to the Centers for Disease Control, it takes an average

3. Experienced prolonged bleeding from the gums after a dental procedure.

of 16 years from the onset of bleeding symptoms for a woman to be diagnosed with VWD," said Dr. Robert Sidonio, Jr., a pediatric hematologist-oncologist at the Aflac Cancer and Blood Disorders Center in Atlanta, Georgia. He is a consultant to NHF.

4. Have heavy menstrual bleeding (having to change one pad or tampon every hour).

While VWD occurs equally in women and men, women are more likely to experience its symptoms because of the increased bleeding it causes during their menstrual periods, during pregnancy and after childbirth. Menstrual bleeding that lasts more than seven days is considered heavy and heavy menstrual

5. Experienced heavy bleeding after childbirth or miscarriage.

bleeding - a period with excessively heavy flow - affects one in five American women of reproductive age, or nearly 10 million women. In fact, having a bleeding disorder can be an underlying cause of heavy menstrual bleeding. Besides VWD, women can

6. Have frequent nosebleeds that last longer than 10 minutes.

have other bleeding disorders, such as hemophilia or rare factor deficiencies. Over time, many women simply get used to having a heavy period. They may think it's normal because female relatives have

7. Have bleeding from cuts or injuries that lasts longer than 10 minutes.

similar experiences. However, for some women, an undiagnosed bleeding disorder may be the cause of their heavy flows and, because it's hereditary, multiple family members may also be undiagnosed.

8. Bruise easily, with bruises that are raised and larger than a quarter.

Now age 22, Noffsinger experiences heavy periods. Before using a menstrual cup, she would have to check every 30 minutes to change her tampon or pad. "I was worried constantly that I was bleeding through," she said. "I see light pads and light tampons in

9. Have blood in your stools from bleeding in your intestines or stomach, or blood in your urine from bleeding in your kidneys or bladder.

stores and I get so jealous because I have to use these ginormous things."

Having heavy periods is one, but not the only symptom of a bleeding disorder, according to a new public service campaign called "Better You Know," created by NHF as part of a

10. Have someone in your family who has one or more of these symptoms, or a family member who has been diagnosed with a bleeding disorder such as VWD or hemophilia.

cooperative agreement with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to raise awareness of bleeding disorders. The centerpiece of the campaign is www.BetterYouKnow.org, a website featuring a confidential, multiple-choice online questionnaire and other tools to help you determine whether you are at risk for a bleeding disorder and the next steps you can take to seek care.

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Everyone knows aerobic exercise gets the heart pumping and lifting weights keeps muscles strong. But when it comes to keeping the brain healthy, most people are unsure what to do. As you age, brain health and maintaining memory functions becomes a top concern. Turns out, these issues may begin sooner than you think. "We tend to think about memory decline as an older person's issue, but that's not the case at all," says Dr. Aimee Gould Shunney, a licensed naturopathic doctor specializing in women's health and family medicine. "There was a study published in 2012 in the British Medical Journal that examined cognitive function in people age 45 to 70. The researchers did not expect it, but they found evidence of cognitive decline in the 45-year-old participants as well as the older participants." She notes there are two basic pathological processes that cause degeneration of the brain: oxidative stress and inflammation. Basically, the standard American diet and lifestyle contribute to those processes. So who is this really an issue for? Men and women of all ages. 

No matter your age, you can take charge of your brain health by following these five smart steps from Dr. Shunney: Healthy eating "A Mediterranean-type diet that focuses on whole foods, good fats and foods high in antioxidants is a great place to start," says Dr. Shunney. She encourages her patients to focus on getting omega-3 fats from fish and monounsaturated fats from olives, olive oil, nuts and seeds. She also recommends increasing fruits (especially berries) and beans (they're packed with antioxidants). What's more, research shows a little cocoa, coffee and red wine can act as antioxidants and are beneficial in low to moderate amounts. Supplements In addition to a quality multivitamin, Dr. Shunney recommends an omega-3 supplement. "Getting enough omega-3s is one of the most important measures we can take," she says. "DHA is the dominant omega-3 in the brain. Just like we need to make sure babies have enough DHA to grow their brain, we need to make sure older people get enough DHA to keep their brains healthy." She suggests Omega Memory  by Nordic Naturals. It's a DHA-dominant omega-3 formula that also includes other brain healthy ingredients: curcumin, phosphatidylcholine and huperzine A. Learn more at www.nordicnaturals.com. Regular sleep Poor sleep is a risk factor for cognitive decline. "Studies show both sleep deprivation and sleeping too much impact cognitive performance," Dr. Shunney says. "A good goal is to go to bed around the same time each night, sleep for 7-8 hours, and get up around the same time every morning." Thinking activities "I recommend anything that keeps your mind working," says Dr. Shunney. "Activities that require things to be arranged or puzzles that have to be put together. Crossword puzzles, word games and board games are all great." She also notes some activities to avoid: "It's important to limit certain activities. The constant scanning of social media and newsfeeds eliminates creativity and keeps us on edge. Limit the time you spend doing that and instead do things that cause you to explore and think and put ideas together on your own." Socialize "Social isolation has been linked with cognitive decline," says Dr. Shunney. "In one study, people who were lonely experienced cognitive decline at a 20 percent faster rate than people who were not lonely." Make time to take a foreign language class, join a Toastmaster's Club, take a watercolor class - anything that connects you regularly to other people.

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Upcoming Entrepreneur

My name is Korea Howard and I am an entrepreneur. I own and operate a business in writing services called "Eye Write It 4 U" that I started in September 2016. I can offer many writing services such as the following: Autobiographies, eBooks, Resumeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, Dear John Letters, Legal Documents/Contracts, Persuasive Letters, Photo Story Books, Biographies, Emails, Ghostwriting, Blogs/Articles, and Website Content Currently I am working on development in the following writing areas: Grant Writing, Obituaries, Eulogies, Business Plans, Board Meeting Material, Press Releases, Song Writing, Editing/ Proofreading, Children Books, Screenwriting/Scriptwriting, and Copywriting. Current Book: Well I'll Be Churched

I started this business because I love to write and there aren't many people offering these services. There are a lot of people who would love to write a book or need help writing but aren't sure where to start or what to do. I also offer "FREE" consultations. If you just need some advice about what to do or how to get started then I can help you with that. Maybe you need a ghostwriter for your book then I can take care of that for you. Even if you just want to inquire about the business I am here for that too. Blogging has been a great way for me to stay focused, committed, and consistent with my writing. I absolutely enjoy it and when you get the chance check out my blog at www.koreahoward.wordpress.com You will be able to get more information about this business. Be sure to click on the "ABOUT" tab and it will give you more details. I wouldn't change anything about being an entrepreneur. It has it's own challenges no doubt but I would strongly encourage you to take the leap of faith and get started today. The only thing I regret is not getting started sooner. To get started search the web for the business you would like to start, shadow someone in the business if you can, and definitely associate or align yourself with people in the business you wish to start. NETWORK - NETWORK - NETWORK! You got this and you are well on your way to success!

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Dear 2017: I welcome you with open arms. I welcome the highest of highs and I’ll be prepared for the lowest of lows. Please understand that I’ve lived through things that others have died doing so I’m prepared for whatever you bring. 2017 is the year that I live 100% in my purpose. Fear will no longer keep me from taking that trip, finishing that book, or living other dreams that I have. 2017 will be amazing, because I will not make the same mistakes that I made in 2016. As someone who is considered a GAMECHANGER for Louisville Kentucky, I look forward to 2017 with great excitement. I’ve already witnessed some young men that I work with do some amazing things with their life in the last two weeks. 2017 crime and violence will be down. We have some amazing programs in place for 2017. I am supported and loved by so many. I live in a state of gratitude. By no means, do I want anyone to think I don’t have problems because I do, but when you operate in gratitude, even thru pain, life is amazing. So 2017, I welcome anything, and everything that that the universe has for me, and everyone else. I am Grateful. THANK YOU CHEA K. WOOLFOLK FOR ALLOWING ME TO LIVE IN MY PURPOSE.... Always remember you are ENOUGH! Sincerely, Kimberly Moore Agent of Change www.cheakwoolfolk.com

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Lost In The Shadows

Everybody has a story. Some may be similar to mine. But this is my story, my history, and the reason for what motivates me to do what I do. At a very young age I became the victim of sexual abuse. My abuser was a stranger to me. The act took place on a city bus. I sensed danger before the tall, light-skinned man took his seat beside me. I was 8 years old and very small for my age. I rode the city bus to school across town from my home. I was in a studies accelerated program and had to travel this way to and from school, catching 2 buses on each trip. The stranger began by putting his hand under my skirt and rubbing my leg. He went on to put his hand in the band of my underwear and inserting his finger inside my private area. I thought I was screaming but no sound came from my throat. I was terrified. How could he do this to me, why would he do this to me? I managed to raise my hand to ring the bell, indicating to the driver that I was nearing my stop. The man withdrew his hand and I hurriedly gathered my belongings and stood to exit the bus. When I arrived at home I was a very different little girl from the one who left for school that morning. But no one even noticed. Shortly after that I began to have problems keeping my food down. I threw up constantly. My mother decided I had a nervous stomach. I was afraid to go to school but I couldn’t stay at home nor could I say what happened to me. I knew my mother would only say I had done something to cause the abuse. As I grew older my mother regularly told me that I would never amount to anything. She said I would only be good for one thing, lying on my back to please a man. Soon enough I began to believe her. My mother had never been a nurturer. She never hugged me, not one time in my life. I don’t recall her ever saying she loved me. As a teenager, like many abused children, I became sexually active. It was not because I enjoyed sex, quite the contrary but I longed for intimacy. Then more hurt came when I realized neither of the boys even liked me. So mother’s prophesy was coming true and by the age of 17 I was pregnant with a child of my own. The baby’s father denied paternity and did all he could to convince my family that I was simply a slut. It didn’t take much for my family to believe that about me. At the age of 19 I met a man who appeared to be quite charming and was good to me and my son. After a few months I allowed him to move in with me and my son. Within six months I met the real man. Prior to that I met his representative. There are always red flags that signal danger when you meet an abuser. Like many women I made excuses for the things that happened and decided he would never be that mean to me. I had a red flag that should have stopped me in my tracks but it didn’t. On a beautiful Sunday afternoon he decided to take my son and me to the park. On our way there when he stopped at a stop sign, a dog ran in front of our car and he almost hit the dog. He put the car in park, jumped out and caught the dog, pulling his belt from his waist at the same time. He beat the dog with his belt. I was shocked that anyone would do something like that but at the same time I didn’t think he would do that to me. And he didn’t at first.

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Initially the abuse was verbal. Just as my mother had done he continued to tell me I was nothing. He managed to destroy what little self-esteem I had. And I always lived in fear. We married and I had two more sons with him because he constantly reminded me that he was taking care of a child who was not his and he wanted children. I didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t really think about the fact that he had two sons by his first wife that he didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t take care of. And I would have done almost anything to make things better for me. But nothing made things better. When he began to cheat on me, I left him. I left three or four times but he always found me within 24 hours and took me back home. He told me he would kill me before he allowed me to leave. I believed him. After 14 years I finally had enough. I decided I would rather die than continue to live like that. I packed my things and had family and friends keep them for me. I took my children and went to the Center for Women and Children here in my hometown. I knew I would be safe there. I remained there six months and received the help I needed to make me strong. I believed my sons needed their father and I eventually went back to him. But I did not go back a victim. He was never physically abusive again but he continued to be verbally and emotionally abusive. After two more years and several attempts at counseling, I left and never went back. And so my passion has become the empowerment of women, especially those who others have abused. This is as important to me as food and water. I have authored two books, The Battle Is the Lordâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s and On A Wing and A Prayer both addressing the issue of abuse, the recovery from abuse, and an empowered life after abuse. Leaving is not enough in my opinion. You must also address the issues that allow you to accept abuse as a way of life. I was damaged as a child. Abusers seek out women who are damaged. A strong women would not likely accept abuse as normal. Yes I have a story to tell, I have a job to do, I have minds to change. If you change your mind, you can change your world.

Valorie H. Lasley Empowered Living Institute Change your mind, change your world

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INTRODUCING SHAWN BAYONNE AN ARTICLE BY SHAWN BAYONNE There has never been a book of poetry as unapologetically raw, honest and decadently sensual as Intimacy Unchained. Critics across the country agree the debut work by acclaimed poet Shawn Bayonne, aka "Midas Touch", set the literary world Shawn Bayonne/ Midas Touch is a Houston-based Author,

ablaze following its release and comes at a time when his

Inspirational Speaker, Poet, and a native of Natchitoches,

beloved state needs a message of love and hope. Hundreds

LA. The love of poetry has been deeply embedded in him

flooded the famed Houston Improv for the Unchained Poetry

since boyhood, which began over 25 years ago, and it was

Showcase to witness the Natchitoches, Louisiana native

then that

perform pieces from his highly anticipated book, many inspired

“Midas Touch” emerged.

by his Southern values and upbringing; a reflection of the heart and soul of French Louisiana.

Though not a stranger to the stage, Midas has begun publicly performing his penned works to rave reviews by audiences in Houston, Louisiana, Georgia, and additional

Bayonne's rapturous essays span an array of emotions that

states via Traditional/Internet Radio and on Social media.

capture the essence of love and the intricacies of relationships with rapier precision. Critics have compared the author's first

A dedicated father of three, Midas prides himself on the

effort to the unorthodox, militant style of poet, writer and

idea that his words can resonate with a multitude of

activist Nikki Giovanni, the depth and literary aesthetics of

people. His poetry is not limited to one genre, topic, or life

Langston Hughes and the romance and mythic symbolism of

event. He believes that poetry can be found in all things,

John Keats. The intellectual relevance of Intimacy Unchained’

which allows him to have an expansive and sometimes

s subject matter even has academics in Grambling State

divergent perspective. He consciously discusses all aspects

University's English department courting the talented author.

of life, whether it be love, pain, anger, success, and the list goes on. Encouraging, Empowering and Uplifting words

Carlos Wallace, a professor at Lone Star College in Houston

for all individuals, in the hopes of not succumbing to

says "The pieces (in Intimacy Unchained) are textured with

worldly views, can be found throughout his pieces, as well

legitimate meaning punctuated by hyperboles and entendres;

as the finessing beauty of love, love making and the

just enough poetic license to drive one's senses to the brink of

connecting of souls. This he demonstrates in his first of

ecstasy without the wild exaggerations that would trivialize the

many publications to come

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Readers will have an opportunity to meet this incredible author and poet at one of his upcoming events.

New York television anchor Liz Faublas calls the poems hauntingly captivating, adding: "While I have always appreciated the genre, I can say after reading Intimacy Unchained I now view poetry through a more sophisticated lens. The depth, meaning and vivid imagery assailed my senses and stretched my romantic intellect. It is a smart work replete with honest, fearless emotion. Anyone in love with love should read this book."

January 19, 2017 at the Poetry Renaissance The Art Studio 720 Franklin St. Beaumont TX. 77701

Bayonne, who is currently working on creating and producing his own television show and plans on developing a poetry showcase in Houston, is the quintessential artist and a refined talent with a notable penchant for Romanticism.

In his own words: “I believe that intimacy is at the core of every type of relationship we build albeit friends, work or personal. That is why I chose that topic as the basis for my book. In writing it, I took a vision and realized it through planning, research and letting my passion for it be the driving force to complete it. It has become evident to me that anyone with a dream and a passion for that dream can turn it into a reality if they live in that passion and accept success as the only option. Never let another determine your worth or where your happiness and lies.”

Shawn’s book

January 27, 2017 at Real Talk The Movement The cork 6835 La Tijera Blvd Los Angeles, CA 9004

January 28, 2017 at Real Talk The Movement Admirals Experience 7407 Jackson Dr. San Diego, CA 92119

“Intimacy Unchained” can be purchased

in paperback and Kindle on Amazon.com

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⭐2017⭐ You're Now Ready to become that STAR! Written by Kimberly Vaughn Looking back over my journey as an Comedienne I would not have changed a single thing for good or bad the lessons taught where a prerequisite for a successful career.

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In this new year of 2017 the pages turn to a new chapter. In this next chapter it will take everything you have learned thus far to accomplish the next part of life's journey that lies ahead as you pursue becoming an artist. After all you're a star...Right? The decision to pursue your talents and home in on your craft isn't so easy. In fact, it's scary for lack of better   at times the first thought of even possibly becoming insane crosses your mind.

There's so much initially you will question and want to know  about. The how's of the industry, the where should I first begin? The business and legal aspects ( this part is most often ignored) and is the most vital part. The roles that certain people play along the journey. How long does this really take getting to the top? And finally the biggest question initially thinking of going into business with your artistry talents. When does the money come??? When does the Money come.???When does the money come.??? (Smile)  In any arena you need the education to match the God given  talent. As God mentions, faith without works is death. Begin applying the same rules to your career as a professional artist. The more you invest in yourself and the education of your art, the greater your skills will become. It's great to be the next Actor or Actress, to have serious vocal skills or even that spoken word artist or comedian.  Those factors equate to the time you invest in yourself by truly learning all there is to learn about your craft. 

This in many cases isn't as hard as it seems when you have a mentor. A mentor is someone in your arena that is a seasoned artist within your field that can personally take you in under their wing and teach you one on one.Providing tips, advice, an education that only comes from the school of hard knocks and their lessons learned can potentially keep you from making unnecessary errors yourself. Next read, study other artist that inspire you. Reaching out to other artist at your level is also good thing. Being a starving artist yes. But a lonely artist?No! "Vibing" with one another and sharing or writing playing together will keep you from writers   attack of the blahs? and the curse of giving up. For me I never developed a "Plan B" I had detours and obstacles but nothing else could or would take the place of hitting the stage and making folks laugh.  www.cheakwoolfolk.com

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Engaging in  social media is a must. The more you reach the more you grow. Social media now gives avenues to reach audiences from all over the globe. Let your community learn of you as the artist. Go Up and Show Up build the stage presence that equates the being ready to begin receiving bookings. Practice,Practice,Practice. Self determine above is a huge MUST.You have got to believe in yourself. You must visualize being the artist becoming the brand and producing the skill you have .Do not get discouraged because those closest to you do not support you as you wish for them to. Unfortunately these a saying,"Those that know you will not applause you until strangers love you". Finally keep a career journal. It will truly show your growth as the star you where born to be. It's not the top as much as it is the journey that we take as we get there! Time to Jump! Your not the first and won't be the last. Just think one day someone will ask you, all the things as a new artist your reading right now! Here's to your stardom and the year of 2016! Entrepreneurship never looked so good! 

Keep Smiling for You and Me!

Kimberly "Kim" Vaughn The Glamour Girl of Comedy Phone: (502)771­0124 Fax: 1­888­399­6672 KimOnTheRize@gmail.com Paypal.me/KimberlyVaughn/ Kimberlyvaughn.com

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"Every next level of your life demands a different you." - Lewis Howes

Cassandra D. Harris­Gray  is the CEO of Creative Spirits Networks, Inc a mental health corporation and the Executive Clinical Director of Creative Spirits Behavior Health, author, therapist, columnist and motivational speaker, based in Louisville, KY. She is also the director and the host of "In the Multitude of Counsel a her we show devoted to educate others about mental health, prevention and other related issues. You can get your copy of her new book "90 Days of Power" learn more about her at: www.cassandragray.com www.cheakwoolfolk.com

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This new year 2017 has unlimited potential to bring all the things your heart and soul desires. I want to encouraging you to enter the New Year with faith, love and hope for expected success. The turn of the New Year is one of the most exciting holiday times. It represents a shift towards new possibilities, opportunities, and a renewed sense of self. It is also a time to refresh your mind, renew your spirit, and revive the new person in you. By releasing all old hindrances and hold­ups, you can experience a rebirth and a new start.  This Year begin by turning all your hopes, dreams and aspirations from vows for the New Year into true resolutions. We want to challenge each of you to prepare to move from the familiar, to the place to receive everything your heart desires. To make your resolution a positive reality, we are encouraging you to commit to 5 ways to kick off your new year in grand style. 1. Let go of your old mindset and replace it with a renewed mind and spirit. Make the commitment to devote time daily to think yourself clear, lighten your load and aligning your life path toward the new you. 2. Increase your faith and relationship with God. Take some time each day to pray, read your bible and meditate for increased peace and a balanced center. Release potential stressors including relationships, finances, medical issues, work-related and past life experiences that bring increased stress, depression and anxiety. 3. Develop a healthy lifestyle by committing to eating right, exercising and practicing good self-care. Working on healthy lifestyle helps to reduce any medical issues, mental health problems and increases your overall wellbeing. 4. Try something new. Be open to trying a new hobby, new career or new relationship. This helps you to change your life routine and open you up to living out a new aspect of life. It challenges you to come out of your "familiar routines" and opens your mind, heart and soul to new possibilities. 5. Commit to enjoying your life allowing yourself to be happy. A big part of celebrating the new year begins with you appreciating your life. Internal joy and happiness gives you the ability to embrace the new day that arises with a positive expectation.

This is your time to let go and let the New Year begin. It all starts with a choice to envision better, a desire to want more, and the courage to take action. Let it begin with YOU!!

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THE MARINA BEAUTIPHLY PARTEE STORY WRITTEN BY: MARINA BEAUTIPHLY PARTEEE To hear me speak of my life story, I was once told by many a listener, “is inspiring; the epitome of a survivor.” Because to look at me and hear me recount the events of my life, some of them horrific, others unimaginable and to still make it, live, love, and thrive takes a lot of courage to re-tell it. Doing so with the hopes of giving back to the various area agencies and people that have helped me by being the voice of so many people that utilize those resources or have no voice and help others is an amazing thing. For so many of us may equate it as shame. Or continue to bury it as an unsolvable pain that is best kept buried. It was God that orchestrated my “survival”. I know that with every fiber of my being that God is the reason why this caterpillar emerged from her cocoon with wings encompassed with such beautiful and rare shades of colors! You are looking at a woman that shouldn’t be alive today! A woman that doesn’t look like what she has been through. A woman that because of the incredible odds that she had to face at a very young age shouldn’t be empowered, love herself or know her worth! I don’t settle for less and I have no problem teaching people how to treat me. I truly am so in love with myself that I can’t image how I never had loved myself this much so many years ago in the being of my existence. That’s why even in the mist of God building her up and breaking away at the generational curses that have plagued her and threatened to hold her captive, she thrived! That is why since the beginning of this incredible journey, I made it my life’s mission to share my inspirational story of how I have overcame sexual abuse, domestic violence, poverty, homelessness and obstacles that life had thrown my way. I also want to continue to help and encourage as many people that I can, feel empowered so that they can live life and thrive doing their personal best. I would hate to die and not have told of God’s goodness and favor in my life. www.cheakwoolfolk.com

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All of the opportunities to speak in front of thousands across the United States and to be used as a person that has influenced and brought about a change not only in her circumstances, but of others, including the Jefferson County Court System. My testimony has raised awareness and thousands of dollars for non-profits like the Louisville Metro United Way, where I was featured in a commercial and radio advertising. Also for The Center for Women and Families, which led to them building a new facility expanding their efforts to help victims of sexual abuse and domestic violence, Louisville Dress for Success, and The Anne E. Casey Foundation’s Louisville Asset Building Coalition to name a few. I was a promotional spokeswoman and model for these agencies as well. I also was interviewed many times which provided me an opportunity to share my journey and provide insight and resolution to help start and improve various self-sufficiency and financial literacy programs within our community. The many accolades like being nominated for the Today’s Woman Magazine’s Evolving Eve Award. My story even moved former President George W. Bush to include me in his speech as he honored me with the Freedom Corps Award that honors individuals who volunteer to help others. Most important motivating factor is the people. The many people that walk up to me and tell me just how much my story has helped them, touched them, motivated them to go and get the help that they needed to overcome or survive their situations. This is why I do it. I do it because I feel that I have gone through all of those things to help someone else! But I haven’t always been this way. You see life has a way of secretly whispering to you its disdain for your lack of position in this ever changing world. I grew hardened by all of the things that were afflicted on me or that happened to me that were not of my control. Poverty was such a familiar stench that it became all so suffocating and familiar that I started to realize that if I was given just a mere $1000, what would I even know to do with it? I needed to break the cycle. I needed to know that there is so much more to life than succumbing to your situation. I grew up in various neighborhoods of “woe is me”. And I was so very sick and tired of being sick and tired. It felt like I was birthed into a chaotic conformity since I didn’t get the “blessing” of growing up with a sound foundation, for so many horrific things started happening to me as a young child. It wasn’t until I found out that I was pregnant with my daughter and the domestic violence abuse creatively evolved and increased that I started secretly planning my escape plan. She doesn’t even know it and probably doesn’t even care but she was of great influence of my decision to do “better” not only for me but for her…because I didn’t want her to have to go through the things that I had to go through. As a young child I was sexually abused and I held it in, not telling anybody until I was a teenager. My mother was a single parent. My dad went to prison and the only image that I have of him was of him beating my mom. Although my mom did the best that she could, we often times went hungry and without the necessities of life including a roof over our heads. We moved around so much that I ended up going to thirteen schools from elementary through high school. Which caused my grades to suffer and I thought I was dumb. My senior year I had eleven classes and I completed them with all A’s and B’s. I later on learned that was called being “homeless” because at times we stayed with family in limited spaces. During my pregnancy with my daughter, I experienced domestic violence with her father. I secretly planned my escape and sought help and refuge at various Kentuckian Agencies and shelters. We had left with only the clothes on our backs. My baby’s first Christmas was in a shelter. While in the shelter, I participated in all kinds of workshops so that I could break the cycle of poverty and abuse. I attended therapy and sought God through prayer and attending a good church, to free myself from the stronghold of my child sexual abuse. It was during that time that I heard God speak to me and I felt the power of his holy spirit. He said, “You need to be transparent; tell all that is bothering or hindering you to move forward; trust me for I love you. There is nothing too hard for God give it all to me.” God knew that I was so tired and at my lowest. I wanted to give up and end it all, or maybe even settle and succumb to my situations. But God always seemed to have a way of making me feel “uncomfortable” with just settling, or giving up. So much so that I just have no choice but to “move” and get on up out of his way.

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THE MARINA BEAUTIPHLY PARTEE STORY

So that is what I did. Soon various counselors and social workers started asking me to do speeches about my story at various events and opportunities. People from all walks of life, men and women started telling me how much of an inspiration I was to them. God just started blowing my mind! I returned to college and maintained a 3.8 GPA, became a National Dean’s List Inductee and awarded Who’s Who in American Jr. Colleges. I also became a member of Phi Theta Kappa National Honor Society. But the devil is always busy, always causing a distraction!! My child’s father had me in and out of court so much that I started to lose good jobs. He turned my daughter away from me. It caused her to have problems with school and everything. I am the strong one in the family and to my friends. I helped out my mom and everybody. I even helped raise my eleven nieces and nephews. I started to have a nervous breakdown, depression, anxiety, negative and suicidal thoughts. I was hopeless. It was like nothing I have ever achieved mattered. I had lost sight of who “Marina” was and my dreams. I cried so much and I hurt so badly! I felt like giving up. I cried out in prayer to God. And he spoke to me again: Exodus 14:14 “The Lord will fight for you; you only need to be still.” Praise God! Nothing that the devil meant to kill me, or take me out worked!! God restored me like a caterpillar through the cocoon to a beautiful butterfly (that is why I like them.) He gave me dreams and visions and connections and opportunities… But then another distraction! My health in 2016 failed me. And I had to have a major surgery! I was terrified! I never had surgery before! What if it’s cancer?! What about work and time off?! Oh no, what about the things you planned for me to do Lord?! I was getting attacked at my job; seemed like everywhere! I stand before you today in the middle of my recovery from hysterectomy surgery and I am cancer free! But remember I told you that the devil is busy! My family, that I have literally put my life on hold for, didn’t even help me or check on me. It felt like I was left for dead!!! I have a hard time asking for help. I was blessed to have the courage to ask a couple of friends and some distant family and they came to help me. I consider them, “my handful of dependable ones”. But for the most part, I have been alone. But God is up to something. The devil knows that God’s hand is on my life and that my story is touching someone that is reading this right now! Sharing your testimony helps bless others by encouraging them with the hope that helps them towards victory! Empowering yourself, equips you for the battle. It is by no mistake that you and I are here today! In life you will have good times and bad times but always keep moving forward and always keep seeking and praying to God! I am continuing to advocate and share my story. Let us all do our part to help somebody. For it is not about us, it is about making this world a better place than it was yesterday. God bless you all!

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In the United States, food is certified organic by the United States Department of Agriculture. The seal verifies that a product has been made with 95 percent "certified organic" ingredients and minimally processed. The remaining 5 percent allows for the use of ingredients that are not organic, but have been approved by the USDA because they are safe and eco­friendly, and have no organic alternative. These approved additives are reviewed regularly by the USDA, which is currently deciding whether to continue to allow one of them in organics: an essential, natural ingredient called carrageenan. Carrageenan is made from red seaweed that is sustainably grown and harvested by family farmers in oceans around the world. It is an ingredient in everything from yogurt to infant formula to baked goods, and has been used by home cooks for hundreds of years. The USDA has approved the use of carrageenan in organic foods since 1990.

The "certified organic" seal is synonymous with healthy living and clean eating. But what exactly does it mean? And who decides what is or is not certified organic?

So why are they considering removing it now? Because of a dangerous trend where the loudest voices, no matter how irrational or bullying, drown out reason and sound science. Which is just one reason keeping carrageenan in organic foods should be important to everyone who enjoys healthy, safe food that tastes good, too.

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Here are a few more: Because you love the taste of your favorite ice cream, yogurt, almond milk, protein shake... If carrageenan isn't allowed in organic foods, many of our favorite products will be changed. Food companies will have to use other ingredients to replace carrageenan ­ ingredients that are not as natural or safe as red seaweed, and will not produce the same products we know and love. Because you care what's in your food. Carrageenan can't be replaced with just one food ingredient, and multiple additives mean longer labels. Carrageenan is GMO­free and made from sustainably harvested seaweed; its replacements are grown from bacteria in a vat or otherwise manmade. Because babies should be able to eat organic, too! Carrageenan is the only stabilizing ingredient used in organic liquid infant formula. Removing it means new moms and dads may lose this option for their babies. Organic foods should be affordable and accessible to everyone. For many, eating organic is a luxury they can't always afford. Adding multiple ingredients to replace carrageenan means the cost of a product may increase even more. This isn't just bad for you and your wallet; anything that makes organic products less competitive is harmful to the whole industry. Because carrageenan is essential to vegetarian, halal and kosher foods. Carrageenan is a plant­based ingredient often used to replace animal fats and gelatin. Without carrageenan, some organic products will no longer be able to meet certain dietary restrictions, or the taste of those foods may suffer. Because the livelihood of seaweed farmers (and our world) is at risk. Seaweed is one of the most sustainable crops on the planet, and it's harvested by family farmers in coastal communities around the globe. Growing and harvesting the red seaweed used to make carrageenan requires none of the fertilizers, pesticides or other chemicals used in land­based farming. This fall, the USDA will make its final decision on the future of carrageenan and its use in organic products. For these reasons and more, it is important that the USDA approves carrageenan for use in organics, making sure organic and nutritious food options are available to everyone.

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Are you stuck in a cooking rut? It's common to cycle the same dishes over and over, but at some point your taste buds will crave something new. Maybe it's time to shake things up.

Superior eggs

Not all eggs are equal, so look for options with superior flavor and nutrition to boost your kitchen creations. Compared to ordinary eggs, Eggland's Best eggs contain five times more vitamin D, more than double the omega-3s, 10 times more vitamin E, three times

Whether it's trying new recipes or simply adding fresh flavors to your standard go­to meals, it's easy to add pizzazz to your cooking. Simply look to top food trends used by chefs and recipe winners across the country.

more vitamin B12 and 25 percent less saturated fat. In addition, independent testing confirms Eggland's Best eggs have stronger shells and stay fresher longer than ordinary eggs, so your recipes will be extra tasty.

Ancient grains Move over white rice; ancient grains are taking over the table. Whether as a side dish or incorporated into a recipe, ancient grains like buckwheat, quinoa, millet and oats are nutrient­dense alternatives that bring new flavor and texture to meals. Adding ancient grains is an easy way to jazz up foods and increase your family's intake of whole grains. www.cheakwoolfolk.com

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Brines

Many people use marinades to influence the flavor profiles of foods, but an alternative is gaining momentum: brines. Soaking meats like turkey and pork for up to a day in salt solutions not only adds flavor, but it helps seal moisture into these lean foods. Customize a brine with chopped citrus fruit and herbs like rosemary and bay leaf. Bitter vegetables, such as eggplant, can benefit from a dry brine made from course salt and other herbs.

Meal swaps

Top chefs and home cooks alike are bucking tradition by serving traditional foods at nontraditional times. Breakfast for dinner? The kids will love the fun change. A dinner casserole for breakfast? What a warm and satisfying way to start the day. Get creative by trying different dishes throughout the day to keep everyone guessing what's next.

Local ingredients

Restaurants across the country are featuring locally-sourced ingredients more often than ever before. Home cooks are doing the same by using ingredients inspired by their home state. Avocado from California, wild rice from Minnesota, lobster from Maine - every state has its specialties. If you need inspiration, just visit your local farmers market.

Want to shake things up with an award-winning recipe that embraces several of these top trends? Valerie Szlatenyi of Wakefield, Rhode Island, won the 2016 Eggland's Best "America's Best Recipe" Contest with her unique Johnny Cakes and Lobster Eggs Benedict recipe. To learn about future contests, visit www.egglandsbest.com and sign up for the newsletter.

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Johnny Cakes and Lobster Eggs Benedict Ingredients: Johnny Cakes 1 cup stone ground white corn meal 1 teaspoon sugar 1/2 teaspoon salt 3/4 cup corn kernels 1 1/4 cups boiling water 2 tablespoons melted butter 1 teaspoon vanilla extract butter for greasing pan

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Maple Brown Butter 4 tablespoons butter 3 tablespoons real maple syrup 1 teaspoon fresh tarragon, chopped 4 Eggland's Best Eggs (large) 1/2 pound cooked lobster meat, pulled into pieces 1 tablespoon fresh flat leaf parsley, finely chopped Directions: Combine cornmeal, sugar and salt in a medium mixing bowl. Add corn kernels.

Slowly whisk boiling water into dry mixture. Combine butter and vanilla in a small bowl then stir into batter. Let batter sit for 5­10 minutes. Heat an electric or 12­inch non­stick skillet on medium heat. When hot, lightly grease with a little butter. Drop batter by the soup spoonful onto skillet, making a 3­1/2 to 4­inch circles. It will make about eight. Cook for 5­6 minutes or until slightly brown on edges and golden. Turn and cook 4­5 more minutes until golden. For the Maple Brown Butter, melt 4 tablespoons butter in a 8­inch skillet on medium low heat. Cook and watch carefully until it turns frothy and slightly brown. Remove from heat immediately. Stir in maple syrup and tarragon. Meanwhile, bring 4 cups water to a simmer in a 10­inch non­stick skillet. Carefully crack eggs, one at a time into the low simmering water. Poach for about 3 minutes or to desired doneness. Dip lobster meat into poaching water for 30 seconds to heat then remove. Place and overlap two Johnny Cakes onto each plate. Place one egg onto two Johnny Cakes. Top with equal portions of lobster and drizzle maple brown butter over all. Sprinkle on parsley and serve.

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Seventh­generation N.J. family farm leverages technology to produce wide variety of vegetables

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Less than an hour south of Philadelphia, deep in the heart of New Jersey farm country, the DuBois family works year­round to help put dinner on the table for American families. You read that correctly ­ New Jersey has farm country. And the DuBois family tends a good­sized chunk of it. Marlene and Henry DuBois, along with their daughter, Crystal, and son, Byron, farm roughly 4,000 acres. Theirs is a success story hidden in plain sight, tucked behind Americans' intertwined notions of what New Jersey is and where their food comes from. If you eat frozen or canned spinach, sweet corn, tomatoes, kale, green beans, collard greens, mustard greens or turnip greens, it may be thanks to this family and its dedicated employees who toil in Pittsgrove Township, New Jersey. "People think New Jersey is covered in asphalt," says Byron, who with his sister represents the seventh generation of his family to farm in the area. "They're wrong." In 2016, the DuBois family certainly disproved that assumption. Among a pile of impressive statistics from the growing season, this one sticks out: The farm shipped 380 semitrailer loads, or approximately 9,500 tons, of tomatoes to the processor for canning. "I just love working in the dirt and watching the crops grow," Byron says. "And we don't just do it for our family. I love knowing that what I do is helping to feed people in this country. I really take it personally that we are working for their families, too." Technology and innovation The DuBois operation is a modern­day model of diversification. The family grows a wide variety of crops, including grains that are processed into animal feed. Through careful planning and crop rotation, they ensure the land is put to its best use at the right time of year. The family starts its planting season in March with spinach, a hearty, cold­resistant crop. As the weather warms, they move onto more summery vegetables, such as tomatoes and corn. Autumn brings winter wheat and more greens. All the while, as one crops comes out, another one is planted. Multiple crops of certain varieties can be planted and harvested each season, as well. Time­staggered plantings of spinach, for instance, helps ensure a steady stream of the salad staple reaches its destination. If it sounds a little complicated, it is. This large operation requires serious multi­tasking and cooperation from the entire team to keep it running. Maintaining organization is key, and that's where Crystal comes in. It is extremely important for the 21st century grower to have precise data on the cost of doing business, Crystal says. To gather that information and help leverage it, she depends on AgriEdge Excelsior. The whole­farm management program combines data management, innovative crop choices, risk management and on­farm service to help growers maximize their capabilities. Crystal uses the program's cloud­based software to keep track of each field's input costs, including seed, irrigation and fertilizer. Once they harvest the crop, she can analyze which fields were the most profitable. She can also manage and maintain their intricate crop rotation. As multiple years of data are collected, she can make data­driven, scientifically informed choices about what to plant where and when. "You easily find out if you're in the red or the black ­ and hopefully you're in the black," Crystal says about the technology. While the availability of this data has made it a more exact science, farming is still a passion deeply held by the entire family. The technology only strengthens it. "Farming is either in your blood or it's not," Byron says of his family's multi­generational devotion to the land. "We love to do it. I can't imagine doing anything else."

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.  Want to make 2017 the year you focus on your health? Wellness goals are admirable throughout the year, but too often well­ meaning people make a common mistake that sabotages their efforts: they skip breakfast.

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It's a daily choice that millions of people shrug off as no big deal, but research proves breakfast is an important component in how you feel throughout the day. Fueling up solely on java may perk you up momentarily, but it doesn't do the trick long­term.

HEALTH

Why eating breakfast supercharges your health

Consider these five reasons why breakfast boosts your health and should not be ignored.

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When you eat breakfast, you "break the fast" from your sleep periods and give your metabolism a wake­ up call. When you sleep, your metabolism slows and you burn fewer calories while you rest. By eating a nutritious breakfast, you are sparking your internal engine so it burns calories and gives you more energy throughout the day. Helps you focus Hunger can make people irritable and it's hard to focus on work when your stomach is grumbling. By eating a balanced breakfast of fat, protein and fiber, the food is processed into energy, allowing you to feel fuller longer. Steadies the burn When you skip breakfast, the body panics for nutrition, so come lunch you tend to overeat. This in turn overwhelms the metabolism and you end up with peaks and pits of energy throughout the day. For steady energy and efficient calorie­burning, eat a nutritious breakfast and other meals on schedule. Encourages healthy choices People who eat breakfast tend to make healthier choices throughout the day. According to MayoClinic.org, "People who eat breakfast tend to eat a healthier overall diet, one that is more nutritious and lower in fat. In contrast, people who skip breakfast are more likely to skip fruits and vegetables the rest of the day, too." Try starting the day with 100­calorie Thomas' Light Multi­grain English Muffins. Sets a good example When you eat breakfast, it sets a good example for your family. Plus, sitting down to a nutritious meal is a positive way to start the day together. You're helping your kids form healthy habits that will benefit them with increased focus and energy at school, ensuring they can do their best academically. Try this easy 5­minute recipe to start your morning. For more nutritious breakfast recipes, visit thomasbreads.com/recipes. Greek Yogurt English Muffin Ingredients: 1 Thomas' Light Multi­Grain English Muffin Plain Greek yogurt Sprinkle of granola Handful of blueberries Honey for drizzling Directions: Split and toast English muffin. Let cool slightly, then top with yogurt, granola and berries. Drizzle with honey for an added touch of sweetness.Serve with more blueberries and strawberries, if desired. www.cheakwoolfolk.com

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TIPS TO MAKE GOOD NUTRITION A FAMILY AFFAIR IN 2017 By BPT

NURTURING AND NOURISHING A FAMILY GO HAND­IN­ HAND. IF YOU'RE READY TO RALLY YOUR FAMILY AROUND BETTER NUTRITION, NOW'S THE TIME TO GET A HEALTHY JUMP ON THE NEW YEAR.

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"Making consistently good food choices can set your family on the road to good health," says Marlene Schmidt, registered dietitian for Nestlé's Nutrition, Health and Wellness Center of Excellence. "Besides helping you stay healthy, a nutritious diet can support growth, strengthen immune systems and boost energy levels." Make good nutrition a family affair: Resolve to make healthy changes together. These tips will start every member of the family on a new course of good nutrition in 2017.

Plan to eat meals together. Shared mealtime is a great chance to reconnect as a family, and to engage your children in fun explorations of what it means to be healthy. Invite kids to help you grocery shop, plan meals and cook. They'll learn important lifelong skills. One study found that children who help prepare meals eat more vegetables than those who don't participate. Can't get kids to try new foods? Don't give up. Research shows young children may need to try a new veggie up to 10 times before they learn to like it. Stock up for teens Good nutrition is crucial during the teen years, but it can be a challenge. Teenagers are developing their own food preferences.

Infant and toddler foods A lifetime of wellness begins with good eating habits during pregnancy and nutritious choices for your baby. Breast milk is the ideal food for infants. Experts recommend exclusive breastfeeding for your baby's first six months, followed by continued breastfeeding for as long as possible after introduction of first foods. Your pediatrician can help determine when your baby is ready to try solid foods. Feeding iron­fortified infant cereal is a great way to help meet your baby's iron needs. Add fruits and veggies one at a time, and ensure foods are the right size and texture to match your baby's development, starting with pureed foods and working your way to small, soft bits. Offering a variety of nutritious foods will help your baby experience different tastes and flavors. Get kids in the kitchen If you're a parent, you're being watched, so make sure your child sees you eating fruits, vegetables and whole grains ­ and fewer sugary, fatty or salty foods.

Make healthy eating easy for them. Stock up on simple, appealing foods ­ from cut­ up fruits and veggies to smoothies, whole grain wraps, soups and sandwiches. For a satisfying and teen­approved beverage that provides a protein punch, opt for chocolate milk, which offers nine essential nutrients, including vitamin D, calcium and potassium. While their nutritional needs are increasing, teenagers are facing new emotional challenges that can cause them to overeat, skip meals or diet. Watch for unhealthy eating patterns and be sensitive to body­image concerns. Grow up, not out By middle age, our metabolism begins to slow. We need fewer calories, but it's hard to break old habits. That's where mindful eating can help. Set the table, turn off your devices and savor every bite. You'll feel more satisfied after meals and be less tempted to snack. Moderate your alcohol intake, and don't forget your water bottle. And if your serving sizes have expanded over the years, now's the time to seek some portion pointers, too. When older, make wiser food choices Whether from changing tastes, dental problems, medication or illness, people often lose their appetites as they grow older. But good nutrition remains essential for older adults. And it's never too late to make positive changes. If you or an older family member can't shop often enough to buy fresh produce, order your groceries online, or buy frozen and canned fruits and vegetables. Read labels to avoid extra sugar or sodium, and remember to drink plenty of water. If weight loss becomes a problem, consider a liquid supplement or meal replacement beverage for a tasty way to fill nutrient, calorie and protein gaps. The approach of a new year is a great time to hit the reset button. Resolve to replace old habits with healthier ones in 2017. And do it together.

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Chronic disease sufferers typically receive detailed instructions regarding dosages of medication, but the conventional medical community is just starting to recognize the effects of diet on disease. For almost any type of ailment, choosing to practice a healthy diet can be an effective tool in any disease management strategy. www.cheakwoolfolk.com

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Diet, of course, is only one part of an overall healthy lifestyle that includes exercise, sleep and stress management. However, thinking logically, if we have plaque build-up in our arteries that led to a heart attack, continuing to eat foods that add to that plaque could lead to another, possibly fatal attack. There are many diseases, including cardiac disease, that respond well to changes in dietary habits or may even be preventable with a little conscious eating.

Both diabetics and multiple sclerosis sufferers report success in reducing the severity of symptoms by changing their diet to one lower in saturated fats and higher in whole foods and unsaturated fats. Since Omega-3 fatty acids and other polyunsaturated fats play a role in healthy nerve conduction, MS patients may benefit from maintaining a diet that not only promotes nervous system function, but may even help repair existing damage. Good sources of unsaturated fats include avocados, nuts, seeds and fish.

The National Cancer Institute reported in The Journal of the American Dietetic Association that various fruits and vegetables may protect against heart disease, stroke, cancer, cataracts, chronic obstructive lung disease, diverticulosis and possibly high blood pressure.

Produce especially rich in cancer-protective chemicals include: • Onion family • Cabbage family (including broccoli, cauliflower, bok choy, kale and Brussels sprouts) • Dried legumes (beans and peas) • Tomatoes • Deep yellow-orange produce (sweet potatoes, cantaloupe, and winter squash) • Citrus fruits • Blueberries • Dried fruits such as prunes and raisins

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The American Heart Association recommends that patients with heart disease change their diets to one higher in produce and lower in meat and saturated fats. Flavonoids and other antioxidants found in produce can inhibit the formation of blood clots and artery-clogging cholesterol. Natural potassium may help to prevent or control high blood pressure and thus reduce the risk of heart attacks and strokes. Produce especially protective against heart disease and stroke include:

• Orange fruit and vegetables high in potassium (orange, cantaloupe) • Leafy green vegetables • Cabbage family • Citrus fruits

Researchers additionally believe that several components of whole grains such as antioxidants, minerals, fiber and phytoestrogens, act in symphony with each other to fight both heart disease and cancer. Whole grains can help lower LDL cholesterol levels, and oats contain several nutrients that can help reduce several heart disease risk factors. A large study of male health professionals showed that fruits and vegetables high in the antioxidants of carotenoids and vitamins C and E appear to reduce the risk of developing cataracts. Produce especially helpful to prevent cataracts include : • Spinach • Broccoli • Corn • Tomato sauce

These are only a few examples of foods that have been formally studied about a specific disease; imagine how much we don’t know or can’t identify yet about the link between diet and health. Vitamins, minerals and other nutrients were only first isolated and identified within the last century and new properties are still discovered regularly.

Since, in many ways, the formal study of human nutrition is a relatively recent field and much is still unknown, the best way to hedge our bets toward health may be to attempt to provide our bodies with the nutrition it needs to function properly, if not optimally. A diet rich in a variety of whole, unprocessed fruits, vegetables, grains and proteins can not only provide a balanced source of energy but will also nourish and sustain bodily functions from the cellular level on up. www.cheakwoolfolk.com

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.Try this recipe for a quick, convenient, nutritious and delicious one-pot meal that offers a variety of whole foods containing a medley of nutrients to supply a healthy body.

French Riviera Tomato Trout with Potatoes

Servings 2

Ingredients

1/2 lb. potatoes, red boiler or new 2-5 cloves garlic, chopped 8-10 pearl onions, peeled, whole 1/2-3/4 lb. trout fillets 1 Tbsp. capers, drained 1/4 cup Kalamata olives, sliced 1 Tbsp. parsley, chopped salt and pepper to taste 1 cup haricots verts (green beans), cut in thirds 2-3 plum tomatoes, chopped roughly 1/3 cup white wine

Instructions

Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Spray inside of 2-quart cast iron Dutch oven and lid with olive oil. Scrub and eye the potatoes and cut into 1"x1/2" pieces. Place in base of pot in a single layer. Distribute 1/2 the garlic and all the onions among the potatoes. Lay the trout in a single layer (skin side down) atop the potatoes and onions. Sprinkle with rest of garlic, capers, olives and 1/2 the parsley. Lightly season with salt and pepper. Add the haricots verts. Top with the chopped tomatoes, sprinkle with the rest of the parsley and again lightly season with salt and pepper. Pour the wine over all.

Cover and bake for 45 minutes.

Notes Eat in the light, clean Mediterranean tradition for meals that are low in saturated fats but high in flavor. You can easily skip the wine in this recipe and still have a great tasting meal, but if you do choose to use wine, try a Chardonnay or Sauvignon Blanc rather than a "cooking wine.â&#x20AC;? About the author: Elizabeth Yarnell, ND, CLT, award-winning author of Glorious One-Pot Meals and director of the Fight MS with food project, speaks about healthy eating and natural lifestyles. www.ElizabethYarnell.com www.cheakwoolfolk.com Feb/Mar 2017


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WHAT’S FOR DINNER? QUICK & HEALTHY ONE-POT MEALS

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The only downside to each of these methods is that they are usually not a complete and balanced meal in and of themselves. Since the definition of a complete, healthy meal includes protein, carbohydrates and vegetables, stir-fries are typically served with rice, skillet meals with pasta, casseroles with a salad, and crock-pot stews with bread.

Infuse it

To have a truly complete and balanced one-

By Elizabeth Yarnell GloriousOnePotMeals.com

pot meal consider

“infusion” cooking. Infused

one-pot meals are made by layering whole

– either a foil or

foods into a closed container

parchment pouch or a cast iron Dutch oven

—and then baking the container in the oven at a very high heat for under an hour. These dinners can contain everything needed for a Stephanie, a vice president for a venture capital firm in

full and balanced one-pot meal without

Denver, makes it a priority to get home in time to have a

having to prepare rice or a salad separately.

family meal with her husband and 1-year old son.

Low in fat and high in nutrition, almost any

“I put a lot of energy into my job and then I get into my car at 5pm and realize that I have no idea what I’m going to feed three people for dinner in an hour,” she says. “That’s when a one-pot meal is just perfect.”

ingredients can be added to an infused onepot meal to meet personal dietary preferences. Infused one-pot meals prepared in a Dutch oven can even accept frozen elements without

One-pot meals can be the solution to quick and easy cooking

any change in cooking time or flavor.

when no one really has the time to cook. While one-pot meals come in various forms, they all have the common

“I love that I can make my infused one-pot meal up in advance,” enthuses Stephanie. “I

concept of putting a variety of ingredients into a single vessel and cooking them all together. There’s no fretting about getting the timing right so that your broccoli is

put it all together in the morning, keep it in

perfectly steamed at the same time as the pot roast comes

the fridge, and then pop it directly into the

out of the oven medium-rare and the rice is ready to fluff, which is a boon for all those who aren’t wizards at culinary

pre-heated oven when I get home from work.

planning. And, perhaps best of all, rather than a sink full of

Instead of fussing over a hot stove, I get to

dirty pots and pans to scrub after dinner, there is only one

play with my kid while our dinner cooks. And

pot to clean.

they’re so healthy and tasty that my husband loves them too!”

One-pot meals include everything from light stir-fries to hearty skillet meals to heavy casseroles made with cans condensed cream-of soup. Typically, each forkful contains a

For the answer to the age-old question of

little of each ingredient in the meal, whether it’s in a slab

“What’s for dinner?” consider an infused one-

form or bite-sized pieces. Crock-pot cooking, where all the

pot meal for a healthy, quick and easy way to

ingredients are placed in a crock-pot along with some liquid

feed your busy family. Here is a great recipe

and then simmered at a very low heat for 6-8 hours until

By BPT

to get you started!

everything has disintegrated into a stew, is another popular method of creating of one-pot meals.

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California Chicken

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Servings: 2

Ingredients

1/2 cup coos cous, dry 2-3 piecesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; chicken 1/2 tsp. salt

1/4 tsp. lemon pepper

1 avocado, firm-ripe

2 tomatoes, cored, wedges

1/2 green bell pepper, seeded, cut in wedges

1/2 cup olives, small, ripe, pitted, sliced

1/2 onion, chopped

1 tsp. celery salt

1/4 tsp. basil, dried

1/4 tsp. marjoram, dried

1 Tbsp. dry sherry

1 Tbsp. lemon juice

Instructions

Preheat oven to 450 degrees F. Spray the inside of a 2-quart cast iron Dutch oven and the lid with olive oil.

Pour dry couscous into pot. Add 1/2 cup water and evenly distribute grains across bottom. Arrange the chicken atop the couscous. Season lightly with salt and lemon pepper.

Add layers of green peppers, tomatoes and olives. Again, season lightly with salt and lemon pepper.

Halve, pit and peel the avocado. Then, layer it in slices or cubes on top of everything. In a small bowl, combine the onion, celery salt, basil, marjoram, sherry, and lemon juice and pour into pot over everything.

Cover and bake for 45 minutes.

Tips

Be certain that your oven temperature is accurate and your oven is fully pre-heated before putting the pot inside it. An oven thermometer can help ensure your oven is on target.

For light and fluffy couscous, fluff it with a fork when serving and let sit for a few minutes before eating.

About the author: Elizabeth Yarnell, ND, CLT, award-winning author of Glorious One-Pot Meals and director of the Fight MS with food project, speaks about healthy eating and natural lifestyles. www.ElizabethYarnell.com

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10 SMART SWAPS TO MAKE BAKING AND COOKING HEALTHIER Healthy cooking: Ingredient substitutions and smart food swaps

BY BPT 8 Sour cream: Swap full­fat sour cream for plain Greek yogurt in recipes, dips, sauces and garnishes. Plain Greek yogurt tastes surprisingly similar to sour cream but offers higher levels of protein.

Creamy sauces, cookies, casseroles and cakes ­ as temperatures drop, it's natural to crave favorite comfort foods. However, it's easy to overindulge on rich dishes and decadent desserts, especially if you're hosting a gathering of friends and family. How can you enjoy amazing foods while bumping up the health quotient?

Butter in cooking: Cooking smart means choosing healthier fats and using them in moderation. Instead of butter, try olive oil. While 1 tablespoon of butter has about 7 grams of saturated fat, olive oil only has 2 grams of saturated fat. Butter in baking: Oil can cause baked goods to get soggy, so a better butter alternative is applesauce or pumpkin puree for half of the called­for amount. The addition of applesauce or pumpkin puree reduces the fat content while keeping baked goods moist and delicious.

"Remember, when you're cooking or baking, you're in control. With a few smart ingredient substitutions and food swaps, you and your guests can enjoy favorite dishes and get more vitamins and nutrients," says Lyssie Lakatos.

Bacon: Bacon adds flavor to any dish, but a ton of fat. To get the flavor­boost of bacon without the excess fat, try using Canadian bacon, lean prosciutto or turkey bacon. Whether beside scrambled eggs for breakfast or crumbled into a casserole, these tasty alternatives will satisfy.

Lyssie Lakatos and Tammy Lakatos Shames, both registered dietitians, are known as the "The Nutrition Twins." Together, they share their favorite strategies for cooking healthier, including clever ingredient swaps you won't even detect in the finished dish.

Salt: Use less salt and add herbs to recipes to get succulent flavor. Whether fresh or dried, herbs satisfy the palate and add beauty of any dish. Have fun mixing and matching herbs to customize a recipe perfectly to your taste.

Eggs: When baking, eggs are a common ingredient, but not all eggs are created equal. Opt for Eggland's Best eggs, locally­sourced eggs that come from hens fed an all­vegetarian diet consisting of healthy grains, canola oil and supplements like alfalfa and vitamin E. As a result, they have 10 times more vitamin E, five times more vitamin D, three times more vitamin B12, two times more omega­3s, 38 percent more lutein and 25 percent less saturated fat compared to ordinary eggs.

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Sugar: All those amazing glazes and desserts require sugar, but you need not rely solely on refined white sugar. For baked goods, lessen sugar and add vanilla or cinnamon to intensify sweetness. For glazes, try alternatives like maple syrup or fruit purees. Breading: Classic comfort foods often require breading. For a healthy alternative to traditional white bread crumbs, try whole­grain bread crumbs, rolled oats or crushed bran cereal (or a mixture of them all.

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Flour: Rather than using entirely all­purpose refined white flour for recipes, try swapping half of the amount with whole­wheat flour. You'll still get the desired consistency out of baked goods, but you'll be eating more whole grains. Lettuce: Iceberg lettuce is a popular option for salads and recipes, but to get more important vitamins (and more flavor), use arugula, collard greens, spinach, kale or watercress instead. Insider tip: try buying a bag of mixed greens to enjoy a variety of nutrient­dense alternatives. Want to start your day out with an indulgent, satisfying breakfast that features some of these smart cooking ideas? This recipe serves as a great breakfast and has vitamin­packed Eggland's Best Eggs, sweet potatoes and turkey bacon. For more recipes visit www.egglandsbest.com. Stuffed Sweet Potatoes Ingredients: 2 Eggland's Best eggs (large) 2 sweet potatoes 2 strips turkey bacon 1/4 cup shredded cheddar cheese 1 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/2 teaspoon pepper 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil Directions: Preheat your oven to 400 degrees F. Wash and scrub your sweet potatoes. Place on a baking sheet, pierce each potato a few times with a fork, and drizzle with extra virgin olive oil.Place in the oven and roast for 45 minutes. When sweet potatoes are finished, slice them in half lengthwise and let them cool. Scoop a bit of 'meat' out from the sweet potatoes to make room for the filling. In a small nonstick skillet over medium heat, place two strips of turkey bacon. Cook until bacon begins to brown and crisp up. Place a napkin on top of a small plate. When bacon is finished, place onto napkin to let grease soak out. Rinse the skillet and place back on the burner over medium heat. Place eggs in skillet and cook on medium­low for just a few minutes; ~3 minutes. Be sure not to overcook these eggs as they will continue cooking after removed from heat, and will be placed into the oven later on. Break eggs into four equal parts. Place each into the hollow parts of the sweet potatoes. Sprinkle each with salt and pepper. Break bacon apart with your hands into small pieces. Sprinkle over the eggs. Sprinkle cheese over top. Set your oven to broil on high. Place potatoes in the oven and broil for three minutes or until cheese is melted.

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'Tis the season for silks, boots and blazers, sweater vests, premium cuff links and choker necklaces. Winter is here, along with all the festive parties. But before you step out, make sure your stylish shoes have the best grip while walking up and down that slippery driveway. A slip and fall is a definite fashion faux pas, so here's a trick to avoid one this season: simply spray "shoe adhesive" on the bottom of your shoes and voila! A good, solid grip is not only important for the shoes you wear on your feet, it's also vital for the "shoes" on your car, namely your tires. Driving to holiday parties with underinflated and/or low tread depth on your tires can cause issues, especially during the wet and slippery winter months. That's because tires play a part in everything, from braking and steering to fuel efficiency. In addition, like your shoes, they are the only thing touching the ground. NOMADIC

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"The key to a good grip is to check and maintain your tires," says Pat Keating, senior manager of technical engineering for Yokohama Tire Corporation, manufacturer of a variety of tires for passenger cars, SUVs, buses and trucks. "The last thing you want is to be sliding on the road because your tires are worn."

The first thing Keating says to do is check your tires' tread depth. He suggests doing it once a month. "Tires must be replaced when the tread is worn down to 2/32 of an inch, the lowest legal limit. At Yokohama, we suggest it's best to replace them before they reach 2/32" depending on your drive - geographically and type of streets. While you're checking the tread depth, you can also inspect the tires to make sure there aren't any cuts or snags on the sidewalls, or nails or screws you picked up while driving embedded in the treads."

Checking your tread depth takes less than five minutes, even if you have a larger, truck or SUV type of tire like a GEOLANDAR G015, according to Keating. "Simply place a penny upside down into a tread groove. If you can see all of Lincoln's head, your tire's tread has worn down to the legal limit and you need to buy new tires."

Maintaining your tire pressure should also be on your winter weather tire checklist, says Keating, because with colder temperatures, your tires can lose up to 10 percent of their pressure. "A tire that is under-inflated by only 8 psi can reduce fuel economy up to 2 percent, which will affect your drive and the vehicle's fuel efficiency, so keeping them properly inflated will give you a better ride and more money for holiday gifts. And contrary to urban legend, underinflating tires won't improve your winter traction."

The Rubber Manufacturers Association (RMA) recommends checking the tires when they are cold - at least four hours since the vehicle was last driven. Keating says to always use an accurate tire gauge and make sure the valve is free of debris and water.

The correct tire pressure is specified by the manufacturer of the vehicle, not the tire manufacturer. The proper inflation levels can be found on a placard on the inside of the car door and/or in the owner's manual.

Checking and maintaining your tires is never out of fashion. Keating offers more tire tips that will help you, especially during the winter season:

* If you live in areas where the temperature consistently stays below 45 degrees Fahrenheit, you may want to consider a set of winter tires like the W.drive V905. Winter tires are more pliable in colder temperatures and grip the road better in snow and ice.

* Rotating your tires regularly promotes even wearing of tread. Tires should be rotated every 5,000 to 8,000 miles.

* Checking your alignment at least once a year or sooner, especially if the vehicle is pulling to one side. This will help avoid uneven wear on tire tread. Tire balance should also be monitored.

For more tire care and safety tips, visit www.yokohamatire.com/tires-101 or www.rma.org.

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The latest advancements in college education are happening digitally

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The face of education in the United States is changing. Many of today's universities are embracing digital technology to deliver instruction in ways not available to previous generations. We have seen the digital instruction methods evolve from the use of learning aides such as computers, digital projectors and DVD players to online learning, which allows students the flexibility to tackle their coursework at a time and pace that works best for them. Some advanced technologies can seamlessly link two or more classrooms for simultaneous instruction, ultimately expanding student access to courses and professors to participate together in one synchronous learning experience. An innovative classroom format can instill important virtual collaboration skills and encourage interaction with tools like remote wireless content sharing and two­way whiteboard displays, as are found in DeVry University's extended classrooms. Addressing the evolving needs of today's student Video­connected classrooms are generally equipped with voice­activated motion cameras, facial­recognition software, high­definition wide­screen monitors ­ complete with picture­in­ picture views, desktop cameras and interactive two­way touch­screen whiteboards. This technology is designed to help students learn and interact with their fellow classmates no matter where they are taking the class. www.cheakwoolfolk.com

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DeVry also recently launched its new video connected classroom technology that seamlessly links 23 DeVry campus locations for simultaneous instruction ­ depending on the program, course and extended classroom availability. "Our students tell us they appreciate having a variety of courses available, and taught in ways that fit their schedules and preferences," said Robert Paul, president of DeVry University. "The connected classroom technology allows students to have real­time visual interaction with faculty and fellow classmates. These high­tech classrooms exemplify our investment in academic experiences that are collaborative yet personalized, with student engagement at the core." Preparing for a digital future DeVry's extended classrooms are just one example of technological innovations taking place in the classroom setting. Over the next year, the university plans to invest heavily in technology to enhance the student experience by offering these additional on­campus capabilities: * Tech playgrounds at select campus locations throughout the country, putting students in touch with innovative technology in imaginative settings. * Hardware and software upgrades, including adding thousands of new computers in campuses nationwide, to revitalize existing desktop stations and network labs. * Internet bandwidth increases to improve wireless capabilities and provide a faster, more seamless learning experience. www.cheakwoolfolk.com

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STAYING SAFE ON WINTER ROADS Contributed By: BPT

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The cold winter months are a perfect time to enjoy the company of family and friends. Celebrating the season and exchanging gifts also means a lot of travel, and for most people that means driving to visit loved ones as well as to shopping centers and stores. For those who live in snow-belt states, winter driving can be especially challenging.

Snow (and related weather events, like frost, sleet and freezing rain) can significantly reduce the friction of the road surface, and slippery roads are significantly more dangerous than dry roads. You are about 50 percent more likely to have a crash on a road under winter driving conditions than on the same road under dry conditions, according to a variety of studies.

States, cities and local agencies use many available tools to take care of our roads and address the negative consequences of winter weather. By plowing snow and using road salt in a safe and sustainable manner, road agencies can reduce accidents on roads under winter driving conditions by as much as 88 percent and can reduce injuries in those crashes by 85 percent, according to a study by Marquette University. Those are significant improvements in safety. To achieve those gains, agencies must make sure they get the right amount of road salt to the right place, at the right time and keep the road salt where it will be effective.

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The importance of salt on our roads

The key is in recognizing how road salt works. The purpose of the road salt is not to melt the snow, but rather to stop the snow from freezing to the pavement. If that goal is achieved, then plowing the snow off the road is simple and extremely effective, and it turns out that preventing that bond does not take much salt. The exact amount depends on a variety of factors (example - the colder the road surface, the more salt is needed) and will be different for every storm.

Getting the road salt to the right place means having plow trucks deployed at the correct time, and in order to keep the road salt on the road surface (rather than bouncing off or being swept into a ditch) agencies pre-wet the road salt with salt brine. All of which means that those snow plow trucks you see on the roads during snow storms are doing quite a bit more than just pushing snow around!

In addition to enhancing the safety of our roads in winter conditions, those snow plows are doing a lot to improve mobility. These "snowfighters" reduce weather caused delays and congestion, allowing for emergency vehicles to respond more quickly when people need help, making for shorter travel times for families, allowing kids and parents to get to school and jobs safely and on time.

In fact, a study by IHS Global Insight for the American Highway Users Alliance found snow and ice related delays and shut downs hurt hourly workers the most. This study also placed a monetary value on fast and effective snow removal and salting. According to the researchers, a state can incur economic losses of between $300 million and $700 million every day that roads are closed and impassable.

So, those snow plows are not just helping keep families together and safe, they are helping to keep the lifeblood of our commerce pumping during winter storms - a thing for which we can all be thankful!

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Catch a glimpse of the southern white rhino at Ziwa Rhino and Wildlife Ranch

5 CORNERSTONES OF AN UNFORGETTABLE AFRICAN TRAVEL EXPERIENCE

Ziwa Rhino and Wildlife Ranch is home to 15 southern white rhinoceroses and is the only place in Uganda to see this majestic creature. The ranch, a collaborative effort between the Uganda Wildlife Authority and Rhino Fund Uganda, serves as a sanctuary where the animals can live and breed in a protected environment. In addition to the rhinos, more than 40 species of mammals, reptiles, and birds call Ziwa home. Those who visit leave invigorated by the power of conservation and the work the ranch is doing to protect its residents for generations to come.

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Queen Elizabeth National Park is for the birds, and you

Bird is the word at Queen Elizabeth National Park in southwestern Uganda, where 600 different species of birds can be found - more than any other park on the eastern half of the continent. Here, you will have a chance to see some of Africa's most

.If you love to travel, chances are you have a bucket list filled with once-in-a-lifetime destinations you simply cannot wait to

sensational birds such as the Shoebill, African

visit, whether you dream of exploring the homeland of your

Broadbill, Martial Eagle, Black-rumped

ancestors, cities renowned for their culinary feats, or a place

Buttonquail, African Skimmer and Pink-backed

known for its wildlife.

Pelican.

If your focus is the latter, no bucket list is complete without

Seize the opportunity to enjoy authentic, immersive

an authentic African safari that provides the opportunity to

cultural experiences

step into the native habitats of Africa's big five animals, rare birds, and great apes. If this type of intimate animal

Uganda is home to more than 50 distinct tribes, and

experience is on your must-do travel list, here are five reasons

meeting individuals from any of them offers a

Uganda is the perfect destination for your African adventure.

unique opportunity to experience their way of life and make lasting personal connections. Join the

You can get up close and personal with mountain gorillas and

Batwa Experience for a glimpse into the living

chimpanzees

history of a tribe that once called Uganda's forests home. You can also learn the art of basket weaving

Uganda is home to more than half the world's population of endangered mountain gorillas, and trekking to see these

or beekeeping from communities across Uganda

majestic creatures in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and

who use these arts to sustain their villages. A

Mgahinga Gorilla National Park is a top bucket list item for

number of lodges connect travelers directly to these

nature enthusiasts. The country is also a prime location for

local communities, providing the chance to

those hoping to catch sight of chimpanzees, as Budongo

experience unique cultural performances of dance,

Forest Reserve is home to 700 of these playful primates,

music and song that will leave a lasting impression

including three groups that have been habituated and can be

on your heart and soul.

visited by humans.

Uganda is often referred to as "The Pearl of See it all at Murchison Falls National Park

Africa," and those who visit quickly understand why. Some of the continent's most diverse wildlife

You can see it all at Murchison Falls National Park, which is

viewing, dramatic landscapes, and mesmerizing

a four-hour drive northwest of the capital city of Kampala.

cultural interactions await adventurous travelers,

Bisected by the Nile River, Murchison Falls boasts 76 species

and there is no better time to plan a visit than right

of mammals and 451 species of birds. The park is home to

now. To get started, head to www.visituganda.com

iconic African game such as elephants, lions, leopards, buffaloes and giraffes, as well as river-loving animals like

and begin preparing for the African adventure of a

crocodiles and hippopotamuses. The dramatic falls, created by

lifetime.

a remnant rift that plunges water 150 feet down the valley wall, provide a picture perfect photo opportunity.

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YOUR MOMENTS AT THE GAS PUMP ARE ABOUT TO GET MORE ENTERTAINING THE NEXT TIME YOU FIND YOURSELF PUMPING GAS, DON'T BE SURPRISED IF MILES OFFERS TO KEEP YOU COMPANY. HE'S NOT AN ATTENDANT AND HE ISN'T A FRIENDLY GOOD SAMARITAN. MILES IS THE NAME GIVEN TO THE FIRST EVER BP PERSONALITY PUMP, AN INTERACTIVE SMART PUMP THAT WILL FIRST START APPEARING AT BP STATIONS THIS YEAR. MILES USES PROPRIETARY TECHNOLOGY ALLOWING HIM TO "SPEAK" WITH CONSUMERS AS THEY ARE FILLING THEIR TANKS. MILES RECEIVES RESPONSES IN REAL-TIME THROUGH A TOUCHSCREEN TABLET ALLOWING CONSUMERS TO INTERACT WITH HIM VIA AN ARRAY OF ENTERTAINMENT OPTIONS.

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"We know that most people don't enjoy pumping gas. So we asked ourselves, how can we make those moments spent at the pump more fun," said Donna Sanker, chief marketing officer of BP Fuels North America. "With the BP Personality Pump, we hope to redefine perceptions of the routine fill-up and build a meaningful relationship with our consumers, giving them a fulfilling and entertaining experience during the time they spend with us."

Miles is programmed to interact with consumers in several different ways. During their visit, consumers will have the opportunity to engage Miles by playing music trivia, selecting songs to play through Pandora or even by recording a video e-card that they can then share on their social media channels. And, upon finishing filling up their tank, consumers will also have the opportunity to send themselves a text message with the content they created during their interaction with Miles. This message will include a link to the Pandora station they chose as well as a special return offer. www.cheakwoolfolk.com

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.The goal, according to BP, is to make the otherwise routine task of filling a gas tank more fun and memorable.

Miles will first appear in November, 2016 in the Chicago and New York Metro areas.

To showcase more of Miles' capabilities, BP has teamed up with The Onion Inc.'s creative services agency, Onion Labs, to develop a series of videos capturing customers' interactions with Miles. You can watch this video, titled Laura & Miles, to learn more about the first-ever Personality Pump. You can find more videos at www.theonion.com/special/innovation. www.cheakwoolfolk.com

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For years, parents and pediatricians fretted over how much screen time was too much, especially for very young children. Many child health experts advised minimal screen time for elementary­aged kids and none at all for children younger than 2. New research, a revised policy from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), and the personal experience of millennial parents who grew up in the digital age, have changed the way parents view screen time for youngsters. "Research now shows us that not all screen time is equal," says Barbara Peacock, managing director of School Zone Inc., a recognized leader in creating innovative multimedia learning tools to prepare children for a lifelong love of education who recently launched AnywhereTeacher.com, a "Digital Educational Playground" for kids 2­ 8. "Everyone agrees it's important for children to maintain healthful levels of physical activity, but studies also show educational screen time can be an effective way to supplement children's learning. As the American Academy of Pediatrics recently noted, 'the effects of media use are multi­factorial and depend on the type of media, the type of use, the amount and extent of use, and the characteristics of the individual child." New understanding The AAP and other child health experts have long counseled parents against allowing very young children to have much screen time. However, the AAP recently revised its stance, citing "evidence regarding health media use (that) does not support a one­size­ fits­all approach" to media use by children. Rather than keeping young children off devices entirely, the AAP now advises parents to develop a Family Media Use Plan that takes into account children's developmental stages, and uses that information to create an appropriate and individual balance for media usage by each child. The AAP encourages parents to establish boundaries for how and when children may use digital devices, ensure they understand the importance of not sharing personal information online, and openly talk with children about media use. In revising its recommendation, the AAP looked to a growing body of research that shows digital media use can help facilitate learning. Writing in the Hechinger Report, a highly regarded watchdog media outlet that covers inequality and innovation in education, Lisa Guernsey, director of New America's early education initiative, and Michael H. Levine, founding director of the Joan Ganz Cooney Center, a nonprofit literacy and digital media research organization, explained the shift in thinking.

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Expandingonitsnearly40-yearheritageofdeliveringaward-winningearlylearningsolutionstopreparechildrenforalifelongloveof education,SchoolZoneInc.haslaunchedAnywhereTeacher.com,asafeandtrustedsubscription-based"DigitalEducationalPlayground" designedbyeducatorsforchildrenages2-8andtheirparents. Educationalvideocombinedwithtraditionallearningtoolssuchasdigitalflash cards,games,interactiveworksheetsandprintableactivitiesmakelearningfun--anywhereandatanytime--fortodayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;sdigitallysavvyfamilies.

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"Literacy rates and toddlers' media use may seem unrelated, but they are inextricably tied," the co­authors noted. "The important connections between media and reading must be brought to light in schools, households, and in the public's imagination ... children at very young ages can gain important skills in literacy and language development if the content on the screen is designed for learning and if they have a parent or educator who talks with them about what they are doing and seeing." Making media work for learning Parental involvement in media use is the key difference between programming that benefits children's educational development, and valueless screen time, research shows. The National Head Start Association recently stressed that "family engagement is integral" to successful learning. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the U.S. Department of Education agreed in a joint policy statement issued in May 2015: "Families are children's first and most important teachers, advocates and nurturers," the statement said, calling family involvement in kids' education "critical" to their long­term success. Busy tech­savvy parents recognize how easy technology can make it to access high­quality supplemental learning tools for their children, but finding a trusted source of curated content is not always easy. Speaking to her company's newly launched site, Peacock comments, "AnywhereTeacher.com features content that has been developed exclusively by School Zone based on decades of research and broad­based experience working with educators, dating back almost 40 years when our founders, James Hoffman, Ed.D and his wife Joan, MA, recognized the need for at­home learning materials." The subscription­based AnywhereTeacher.com is an easy to navigate site for youngsters that combines the power of video with traditional learning tools such as flash cards, games, interactive worksheets and printable activities. Original episodic programming like Charlie & Company engages children with educational messages in a fun, familiar way. The service, which starts at just $6.99 per month, allows parents to manage their children's activities and view their progress, creating an opportunity to talk about learning goals and improvement. The service is compatible with most devices and you can buy a subscription through iTunes, Google Play or PayPal to gain access from any device. There's no limit on the number of devices families can simultaneously use to access the site. Visit AnywhereTeacher.com to learn more. www.cheakwoolfolk.com

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10-MINUTE HEALTHY HABITS FOR 2017

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Snack well

Eating well is all about balance, and while many Americans are striving to eat healthier at mealtime, it's snacks that are sabotaging their diets. When hunger pangs strike, instead of junk, reach for nutrient-rich foods instead.

One of the best ways to do this is to select one drawer in

Healthy living is an admirable goal no matter

the refrigerator and dedicate it to foods for healthy

what time of year. The problem is that many

snacking. Stock it with fruit, veggies, whole grain

people shoot for the stars, resolving to lose a big

crackers and low-fat cheese and nuts. Spend 10 minutes

amount of weight or completely give up foods

each Sunday cutting vegetables and portioning out nuts

they adore. A better approach is to make small

and other snacks, and all week long you and your family

changes that together can make a big impact.

can easily reach for healthier munchies.

Move and groove

"People who make smart yet simple lifestyle changes will find it's easier to succeed," says Dr.

You don't need a fancy gym membership to get fit. Just

Margot Savoy, a practicing family physician in

block off 10-minute increments each day to work out and

Wilmington, Delaware. "It's about all the small

you'll start to feel the difference. Try walking, biking or

victories that add up to winning the war. If you

doing sets of squats, crunches and jumping jacks. Within

want to feel your best and make changes that will

minutes you'll raise your heart rate and work those

last, think small for big results."

muscles.

Healthy habits take mere minutes a day to

If you have kids, join in the fun with them and you'll be

complete, but over time can overhaul your health

surprised just how quickly you get in a quick workout. A

and wellness. What's more, she notes that when

game of tag, for example, is a great running exercise.

you do these easy activities for two or three

Plus it's a wonderful way to bond with your family.

months, they become automatic.

Bonus: Your kids are learning to exercise through play. Not sure how to get started? Familydoctor.org has you covered.

Dr. Savoy suggests five simple steps for healthier living in 2017 that take 10 minutes or less to

Hydration

complete.

Everyone knows soda is unhealthy, but for other drinks

Be informed

it's not so obvious. Many fruit juices and sports drinks are packed with sugar and calories. Hydration is

Stomach pains? Sore knees? Not sure if it's the

important, so drink as much water as possible to boost

cold or the flu? Being healthy means staying

your health.

informed. When you need more information about your health, visit a reputable website such

Staying properly hydrated is essential to healthy living,

as familydoctor.org to learn more with a few

and because the body is approximately half made of

clicks of the mouse.

water, there's no better drink than good old H2O. If that is too bland, add some healthy flavor with cut fruit, such as oranges, apples, kiwi or strawberries.

Developed by the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP), the website features easy-to-

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understand information geared toward the patient. Plus, all information is reviewed by a

The sun gives off rays of light that are helpful and

panel of board certified family physicians, so you

harmful. Some sun exposure is good because it helps the

can trust the content is updated and accurate.

body create vitamin D, which absorbs calcium. Too much sun exposure, though, can lead to skin changes, a lowered immune system and cancer.

It takes just a minute to slather on sunscreen to block harmful rays even in the winter months. Focus on the face which is exposed all year long, and during warm months or while vacationing, make sure to use sunscreen on the entire body, reapplying regularly. What's more, teach children to do the same to create healthy habits

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4 life changes that affect your taxes and how to tackle them BPT

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Life changes often mean tax changes. Whether it's getting married, buying or selling a home, moving abroad or having a baby, misunderstanding the tax and financial implications of these life changes can lead to taxpayers making mistakes or leaving money on the table.

Depending on your situation, there are new tax implications that will impact your benefits, tax bill and how you file. If you experienced a life change in 2016, here is a list of tax implications and how they will affect you.

Marriage

Many couples close the book on their "wedding to-dos" once the last thank you card has been sent, but looking at your new tax situation is an important first step in your married life. There are some instances when getting married can have negative implications for a couple's tax situation. Once you're married you must file either as married filing jointly or married filing separately. In some cases, a couple where one spouse earns most of the household income will benefit because their overall tax bracket may decrease. However, a couple with two high earners may find they face a higher tax rate than if each paid tax only on their own income and added the taxes paid.

However, there are some ways to protect against potential negative tax implications. After your marriage is official, update your W-4 with your employer to account for your new marital status. If you're self-employed or a small business owner, make sure to adjust your quarterly estimated tax payments.

Buying a house

Purchasing a home may open the door to more deductions through itemizing if you weren't already doing so. Once you become a homeowner, you can deduct many of your home-related costs, including your qualified home mortgage interest, points paid on a loan secured by your home, real estate taxes and private mortgage insurance premiums paid on or before Dec. 31, 2016. If you choose not to itemize, you may benefit from other tax advantages such as penalty-free IRA withdrawals if you are a first-time homebuyer under the age of 59 and a half, or residential energy credits for purchases of certain energy efficient property.

New homebuyers should be on the lookout for Form 1098 Mortgage Interest Statement, which is used to report mortgage interest. This form can help you identify these deductions when completing your Form 1040.

Moving abroad

Are you excited to move abroad, but have no idea what will happen to your taxes and how to file? Many Americans living and working overseas will not owe tax to the IRS because of the foreign earned income exclusion and foreign tax credit. However, even if you qualify for those benefits, you have to file a U.S. tax return each year if you received income over the normal filing threshold.

It is also important to understand your Social Security coverage before moving abroad. Knowing whether your earnings overseas will be subjected to Social Security taxes in the U.S. or the country you are residing in will be an important factor when analyzing the economics of your move.

Having a baby

A new baby means you may be able to take advantage of tax breaks, including the Child Tax Credit (CTC). The CTC is worth up to $1,000 for each qualifying child younger than 17, a portion of which may be refundable as the Additional Child Tax Credit (ACTC) depending on your income. A tax preparer can help you understand the qualifications to determine whether a child is considered qualified for purposes of the CTC. Some of those qualifications include but are not limited to their relationship and residency.

You may also qualify for the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) which is a benefit for working people with low to moderate income that reduces the amount of taxes you owe. However, it's important to note that due to the new "Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes ACT" or PATH Act, this year the IRS is required to hold any refund from those claiming the EITC and ACTC until at least Feb. 15. This delay will be widely felt by tax filers who typically file as soon as the IRS accepts e-filed returns and who normally expect to receive their refund by late January.

To learn more about this new tax law change, how it may delay tax refunds in January and February, and H&R Block's free solution to this delay, visit www.hrblock.com/refundadvance or make an appointment with a tax professional.

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OWhile only a fortunate few students can expect a free college education by winning full academic or athletic scholarships, everyone can take advantage of a combination of academic aid, grants, fellowships, workstudy and student loans to pay for a four-year degree, says Peter Gayle, a vice president for Prudential Advisors. Unfortunately, many prospective students and their families often don't know where to look.

With student debt increasingly becoming a long-term burden on graduates and families, adds Gayle, it's never been more important to minimize the out-of-pocket expenses to put a student through college - and reduce reliance on student loans. To put the weight of student debt in perspective, The Federal Reserve Bank of New York noted that in 1995, 54 percent of graduates had loans averaging $11,491. It's more recent data in 2015 showed 71 percent of graduates joined the workforce with student debt averaging slightly more than $35,000. What's more, the Federal Reserve Bank of New York estimates 25 percent of those who owe federal student loans are delinquent or in default. The good news is that anyone willing to put in the time can likely find programs that help foot the bill - helping to reduce the need to take out loans - so a student's education won't break the budget or jeopardize a financial future. According to Gayle, families can take a few initial steps before choosing a school: Learn how the financial aid process works and get the most out of options that don't need to be repaid. Understand each school's actual net price - after financial aid - and set realistic expectations, choosing from the most affordable institutions. * Explore types of financial aid, including grants, work study programs and scholarships; examine the specific types of aid available per school and find out how much of a family's demonstrated financial need each school will cover. * Understand the kinds of loans available, including a variety of federal loans and private loans, which may be used to fill any financing gaps after exhausting other options. * Understand how parents' "available income" is used to calculate how much parents are expected to contribute to their child's education, especially for federal financial aid purposes. * *

Several guides, including Prudential Financial's www.prudential.com/payingforcollege, can help families take a carefully considered approach to financing a college education while safeguarding a student's long-term financial future, including the ability to save for retirement. For families that must use student loans, the federal government is making it easier to understand how to borrow, process applications and repay loans through new online tools. Since 2010, all new federal loans, except Federal Perkins Loans, have been issued through the U.S. Department of Education, which offers information about borrowing and repaying loans. There are multiple options to repay federally funded student loans, which generally require repayments to start six or nine months after a student graduates, leaves school or drops to half-time enrollment. A few popular choices for repayment include types of income-driven plans, which calculate payments based on a borrower's ability to repay. One catch: It's critical to re-certify income and family size annually to avoid huge monthly payment increases. When debt becomes too burdensome, some loan programs offer forgiveness through public service, federal government employment, and options like teaching in underserved school districts. Private loans are trickier since there is no standard: Interest rates and repayment terms vary from lender to lender. It's also worth considering the need for life insurance to cover the full loan balance to aid co-signers or beneficiaries in the event of the borrower's death, says Gayle. Financial advisors would be well-equipped to help explore this and other options, Gayle notes. Employers are also beginning to offer employee student debt benefits to put their employees on a course for financial security. At Prudential Financial, for example, new employees hired through the company's campus recruitment program beginning in January 2017 could earn an incentive of up to $5,000 toward paying off student loans after one year of service. Other companies match student debt payments with contributions to employee retirement savings plans. Studies show college education can be worth the price. The U.S. Census Bureau estimates that students who attend college can earn nearly twice as much over their lifetimes as those with only a high school diploma. But with college tuitions continuing to rise, families must find the most effective way to finance a child's college education to avoid jeopardizing their ability to save for retirement. Prudential Advisors" is a brand name of The Prudential Insurance Company of America and its subsidiaries located in Newark, NJ.

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2016 will be remembered for is its exciting and emotional highlights of sports teams working together to achieve new heights, from hometown heroes to some of sports history's greatest athletes.

Whether it's a neighborhood scrimmage or a national championship, experts agree that the benefits of belonging to a team are significant, and they range well beyond physical exercise. These important experiences teach lessons that help shape kids and teens' outlooks about themselves, working with others and the world around them.

Boys & Girls Clubs of America, through its national partnership with Buffalo Wild Wings, has introduced tens of thousands of kids and teens to various sports through its popular ALL STARS program. ALL STARS is Boys & Girls Clubs of America's leading team sports program, offering opportunities for Clubs around the country to organize football, basketball, cheer, dance and step programs.

Based on observations from participating Clubs around the country, here are the top life lessons instilled by being part of a team and how participation can help kids and teens feel a sense of belonging and acceptance.

Teamwork: By working together on a team, kids and teens can learn not only how to lead, but also how to follow directions. The ability to work well with others will help them at home, at school and at game time. Young people also experience the satisfaction of working together toward a common goal, which is an essential skill to learn for successes down the road.

Sportsmanship: Whether in sports, with family and friends, or at the workplace, it's important to know how to properly handle winning and losing. Kids and teens who learn that it's okay to lose - and how to act when they do, gain an important skill to help them throughout their life. Through sports, they can learn to play fair, act with humility and handle both victory and defeat with grace, style and dignity.

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Strong character: By mastering athletic skills, players gain self-confidence that carries through to the real world. By practicing regularly they learn discipline and responsibility. By playing in a fast-paced game, kids and teens learn to handle stressful situations and make quick decisions. By being part of a team, young people experience a sense of belonging while building valuable friendships. What's more, when parents and caregivers gather to watch games, it can strengthen communities and provide a sense of unity.

Healthy lifestyles: Three out of 10 youth are overweight or obese, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Finding fun ways to keep kids and teens active will help fight this growing epidemic. Team sports provide a great opportunity for young people to get moving. Because it's fun, they often don't even realize its exercise. By promoting an active lifestyle from an early age, caregivers can help today's youth learn healthy habits that can have a lifelong impact.

Practice makes perfect: No one throws a perfect spiral or hits a three-pointer the first time they try. To improve at sports, you need to practice. Sports teach kids and teens that if they want something, they have to work for it. Practice and proper preparation are key skills throughout life - whether for a big game, big test at school or any of life's big challenges.

Want to help encourage kids and teens in your community to play team sports and learn these important life lessons? It can be as easy as visiting a local restaurant. Through its Team Up for Kids initiative, Buffalo Wild Wings supports ALL STARS, helping to teach sportsmanship, promote positive selfimage, build character and encourage healthy, active lifestyles of our nation's young people. Buffalo Wild Wings' guests can support this important cause with the purchase of sauce and seasoning bottles sold in-store or online, with $1 from each purchase going directly to Boys & Girls Clubs of America. By 2020, Buffalo Wild Wings will have donated more than $16 million to fund football, basketball, cheer, dance and step programs, as well as facility renovations at local Boys & Girls Clubs through ALL STARS grants.

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But by adding a "remote control" application into the CKW-The Chea K. Woolfok Magazine 182 mix you can now virtually (and safely) access a computer and solve any problems from anywhere with an internet connection. A number of companies produce this kind of software. TeamViewer offers a free version for personal use and their latest version has improved security features and, for the first time ever, offers mobile­to­mobile remote control so you can even help your loved one with their phone faux pas. 2. You've left the tickets to the big show at home. It has happened to all of us. You're finally at the check­ in for the sold­out Beyoncé concert ­ where Jay Z is expected to make an on­stage appearance ­ and where he will rap­battle with a hologram of himself. The security guard calls for "tickets, please!" You reach into your pockets, and your heart drops as the realization sets in: the tickets have been left at home, saved on the computer. It's a common refrain: technology is killing our relationships. Couples have swapped date night for Netflix binging. They Candy Crush their way through an intimate conversation. They've replaced long walks on the beach with an all­out Facebook investigation into their friend's cute new puppy.

You start calculating the damage ­ both emotional and fiscal. Your partner begins to glow red with rage. But you need not fret! Remote control software lets you log in to your home computer, even when it's unattended, from your phone, your partner's phone or that tablet in your carry­on.

We can blame a lot of our relationship woes on today's tech ­ it's true ­ but when technology's power is harnessed the right way, it can actually become the very thing that saves us from love's most common pitfalls.

It's the perfect opportunity to prevent such a moment from spiraling into an all­out "incident" that will be held against you for years to come.

So before powering down all of your electronics, consider the following three scenarios where technology might be the only thing that can help you save an untimely end to your relationship:

For added bonus points, use your smartphone's built­ in personal assistant and ask her to remind you to bring the tickets before you ever leave the house. Admitting you're forgetful is the first step. Stepping up your tech savviness is the second.

1. Your loved one is having a tech meltdown. Admit it: there is no greater frustration known to mankind than when you've been working on a document for hours and the program crashes. Or when the printer isn't printing. Or when you can't access the baby pictures that you're trying to show to your grandma.

3. That special getaway you've planned is about to be ruined by work One of the quickest buzzkills to any vacation is the unexpected work assignment from the boss or client who doesn't care that this is the first time you and your partner are getting away together ­ without the kids/dogs/cats/ferrets ­ in over a year.

The urge to pick up the computer/phone/tablet and throw it against the wall becomes a dark force within you. Your tech­savvy partner is out for the whole day and now the dog is even starting to judge you.

Enter virtual meeting applications.

So what do you do? You call your partner ­ wherever he or she may be ­ and rant about the problem. If you've been on the receiving end of one of these calls, you know how they all end. The few troubleshooting suggestions you can rationally muster without being able to see the problem at hand are all met with an "It's still not working!" The frustration flows on both sides of the call with no resolution in sight. www.cheakwoolfolk.com

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They let you present documents, share files and even speak to your attendees all through the app with no need to long distance dial­in. You can tell your boss you'll handle the presentation and still plan that special vacation without worrying that a big project might flare up. And your partner can still take in all the R&R she or he has been longing for. You see? With a little help from technology, you can bring out the relationship champ you always knew was within you.


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Hosting friends and family at your home is a guaranteed way to make long­lasting memories.

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Not only will your guests be reminiscing about the wonderful chats and laughs you shared, but thanks to some quick tips from Minwax(R) spokesperson, Bruce Johnson, they'll remember how great your home looked, too.

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To prepare your home for guests, no matter how long they plan to stay, consider these 9 easy tips:

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Mats and rugs: The sand and dirt on the bottom of guests' shoes act like 60­grit sandpaper, wearing away your floor's finish as they move from room to room. Protect your floors with fresh doormats and colorful rugs on each side of your doors. Plus, new rugs add a welcoming touch while instantly refreshing your space. Fill furniture nicks: Make furniture look new again by filling in marks and scratches the easy way with Minwax(R) Stain Markers(TM). Available in a wide range of wood tone colors, Minwax Stain Markers have a convenient felt tip that delivers stain precisely where you need it, making your worn furniture look virtually new again. www.cheakwoolfolk.com

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Move fragile objects: Hosting can mean extra activity throughout a home and accidents can easily happen. Rather than a friend accidentally bumping into your grandma's heirloom porcelain vase, opt to store it for a while. Breakables are best put away when guests are over, especially when hosting large parties. Clean hardwood floors Keep your floors looking great for company with Minwax(R) Hardwood Floor Cleaner. It's an easy to use cleaner that will gently remove dirt and grime, without leaving a soapy film behind. Protect finishes: A great way to preserve and protect the finish on any of your wooden furniture is with a coat of Minwax(R) Paste Finishing Wax, in either natural or special dark. Rub it on, let it begin to dry, then buff with a soft cloth to a semi­gloss sheen. Directions: Finicky furnace? Touchy toilet? Microwave with a mind of its own? Ease guests' stay by posting a small note card with directions for anything that might not be obvious. You'll make them feel at home! Set out guest towels: Overnight guests will need to shower and prepare for the day. Set out extra towels and washrags for their use either by the guest bathroom sink or on their bed. Not only is this convenient, but it also encourages guests to wipe up wet messes which will eliminate future mold and mildew growth. Protect tabletops: To avoid unintended white rings and water spots on wooden surface, apply a coat of Minwax(R) Wipe­On Poly a few days before your guests arrive. Then, set out coasters and trivets for easy use so guests stow drinks safely throughout your home. Quick Cleanup: No need for a full cleanup after an event, but basic steps can help avoid long­lasting damage. Make sure to visit each room and pick up plates, cups, napkins and glasses. These often have moisture or food under them which can damage furniture (and smell) if left overnight.

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Game on! 5 reasons to be excited about gaming in 2017 With a forecasted value of $82 billion for 2017, video games are hotter than ever. With new technologies, classic characters and interactive worlds that become more lifelike every day, there is plenty to be excited about when it comes to video games in the new year. So whether you're just getting into the hobby or you're a veteran gamer looking to level up, here are the top five things to look for in video gaming in 2017.

* The growth of virtual reality. Virtual reality uses technology to create a completely artificial world for gamers to play in and while most people have heard of virtual reality gaming before, opportunities to experience it will increase in 2017. Existing technology will only continue to grow and develop in the next year, providing gamers with more options. In 2016, most virtual reality systems for PC were quite expensive. Moving into the holiday season and 2017 however, consumers can own a virtual reality-ready PC for under $500.

* Improved desktop options. On the tail of virtual reality's popularity, Microsoft and their partners are unveiling several new Windows 10 personal computers up to the task. The ASUS ROG 752VL will carry updated specs in 2017, and it's already virtual reality ready. The same can be said for the CyberPowerPC Syber M Series, which offers the perfect balance between price and performance. Finally, for gamers on the go, the Razer Blade Signature Edition Gaming Laptop lets you take your favorite games with you wherever you're headed in style.

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* The revival of augmented reality. While virtual reality seeks to create an entire artificial world digitally, augmented reality brings pieces of digital creation into the real world. The year 2016 was dominated by people traversing parks and paths playing with the power of augmented reality on their phones. While that particular craze has died down, other companies have taken notice. Expect more augmented reality options to appear in 2017 with new missions and popular characters joining the action. All of it will focus on helping people bring their favorite games into the real world through innovative new technology on PCs and mobile devices.

* Increased gaming flexibility. The new year will mark more ways to game on your own terms. Microsoft's Xbox App allows you to edit and share epic gaming moments with your Xbox Live friends and Xbox Play Anywhere makes it possible to purchase any digital game and play it on your Xbox One or your Windows 10 PC. Best of all, there's no messy file transfers because all of your saves, game add-ons and achievements automatically come with you so you won't miss a step.

* Return of classic characters. A great game is often defined by its heroes and some of the most popular characters in gaming will make new appearances in 2017. Gamers will have the opportunity to start a new investigation as Blake Langermann in Outlast 2, go to war as a heroic Spartan in Halo Wars 2 or join the kids of South Park in South Park The Fractured But Whole. Whichever you choose, you're sure to have a great time with some old friends.

The year 2017 is a great year to be a gamer. The games are better than ever and new technology is making for a streamlined experience where you can game when you want, where you want. So don't delay, pick up your control and play today because the 2017 games will be here soon, and you don't have time to hit the pause button. To learn more about Xbox games and Windows 10 devices, visit your nearest Microsoft Store, microsoftstore.com or a partner retailer.

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A same-day flight might appear to save you time and money, but travel experts warn this could turn into an expensive mistake. Should airline delays keep you from getting to the port on time, you could end up shelling out hundreds more dollars to book another flight, just so you can catch up to your ship at the next port of call.

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even the smallest hiccup in your tight travel schedule can defeat the idea of a vacation. To start your relaxing ocean getaway in the right frame of mind, give yourself and your family an extra precruise day in your cruise line's port city. If everything goes as planned and you arrive the day before your ship casts off, your vacation can start early, too. Use the extra time to explore and kick back. You'll find the home ports for these cruise ships are set up to accommodate and welcome cruise

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For example, if your ship happens to launch from Florida's Port Canaveral, the world's second-busiest cruise port, you'll discover many area hotels have cruise package deals that include free parking, special nightly rates and even free shuttle transportation to and from the port and to and from the airport.

You'll also find plenty to see and do locally. Cape Canaveral, near the Kennedy Space Center, is part of the east-central section of Florida popularly known as the Space Coast. Here, there are numerous attractions and other entertaining diversions that can help create the perfect countdown to your cruise to paradise.

Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex

For visitors, the eye-opening facility that has propelled countless rockets and scores of shuttles out of our atmosphere also provides a full day's worth of exhibits and hands-on learning about space exploration. Eyeball a 3-D image produced by one of NASA's powerful space telescopes, inspect the Space Shuttle Atlantis up close, and "experience" life on Mars through an interactive display. Of course, there are plenty of space memorabilia to examine and fascinating astronaut stories to absorb, all of which will round out your appreciation of what NASA has accomplished so far - and what is yet to come.

Rocket watching

While planning your overnight along the Space Coast, be sure to check Spacecoastlaunches.com for schedules of rocket launches, public viewing sites, and special hotel packages. If you're lucky, you might have an opportunity to witness the sights, sounds and ground-shaking vibrations of a rocket launch. Cape Canaveral and the greater Space Coast area have numerous parks and observation points that make it easy to sit back and watch these rockets streak into the sky.

Shopping, arts and entertainment

The Space Coast features many historic shopping districts to help you leisurely pass the time morning, afternoon and evening. You can dine al fresco at one of the trendy independent restaurants or pick out a catchy new cruise outfit at a local boutique. The area also has a lively arts scene to help inspire you for your trip. Take in a pre-cruise musical performance or theater production at the Historic Cocoa Village Playhouse, or wander the assorted art galleries that dot the Eau Gallie Arts District.

Westgate Cocoa Beach Pier

A historic landmark along a beautiful stretch of beachfront, the Westgate Cocoa Beach Pier was established in 1962. Its festival-like setting is the perfect backdrop for any traveler's early escape from reality: beachside restaurants and bars with live entertainment, an 800-foot fishing pier, spectacular views of the majestic cruise ships coming and going, rolling waves breaking and beautiful bodies surfing, the sparkling beach and the glorious sunshine. What could be better?

Coastal escapades

You also can elude the crowds and pilot your own escapade along the area's beautiful waterways. It's easy to rent a boat and navigate the rivers and canals. You can look for dolphins and manatees or drop anchor at an island for a family barbecue and swim. Cast your line into the Banana River, pull into Sebastian Inlet State Park for snorkeling and scuba diving, or simply enjoy the journey and tie up at a waterside restaurant when hunger sets in.

For planning some Space Coast fun and relaxation before you set off to sea on your cruise ship, you can peruse an extensive collection of local tourism ideas and resources at www.visitspacecoast.com.

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NO MATTER HOW HEARTY AND FUN-LOVING YOUR DOG IS, AS A PET PARENT YOU KNOW THERE WILL COME A TIME WHEN IT'S JUST TOO COLD, SNOWY, ICY, WET OR WINDY FOR YOUR PUP TO COMFORTABLY EXERCISE OUTDOORS. WHEN THE WEATHER OUTSIDE IS FRIGHTFUL AND THE FIRE INSIDE DELIGHTFUL, IT'S IMPORTANT TO FIND WAYS TO HELP YOUR DOG STAY ACTIVE INDOORS WHERE IT'S SAFE AND WARM. Feb/Mar 2017


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PetMd recommends dogs get 30 minutes to two hours of physical activity every day, with the specific amount that's best for a dog depending on her age, size, breed and overall health. Pets who get plenty of exercise are happier, healthier and less likely to engage in destructive behaviors like chewing.

With more than 50 years serving pets and their families, Petmate (R), is committed to delivering the best in pet products to keep your four-legged friends healthy, happy, safe and warm. The Petmate team offers five tips for helping your dog stay active indoors throughout the winter:

Play fetch indoors

Your dog's favorite game doesn't have to be just for outdoor fun. Indoor fetch toys like soft balls or flying discs allow your dog to safely exercise her body and her retrieving instincts indoors. Be sure to select soft toys such as the Chuckit! (R) Indoor Ball and Flyer for your indoor game of fetch, since plushy items will be less like to cause damage in the house. Score bonus pet parenting points for tossing the toy in such a way that your pooch gets the extra exercise of navigating a furniture obstacle course to retrieve it!

Hide and seek with a twist

You loved this game as a kid and your dog will too. Sneak off to a far part of the house and call her name. She'll love the mental challenge of hunting for you and the sense of victory when she finds you - and you make a big fuss over her for it!

For even more fun, take along a toy that features a squeaker to help the dog find your hiding place. You can also hide a favorite toy and encourage her to find it. Reward her with pats and praise when she brings it back to you.

Twice the treat

Every dog loves a treat, but just as you're susceptible to packing on pounds during less active winter months, your pooch can be at risk for weight gain, too. This does not mean no snacks at all, just be sure to work in some exercise and double the enjoyment by making your dog work for a reward. Slip your dog's favorite treat inside a JWPet(R) Treat Pod or classic Hol-ee Roller(R) toy and let her figure out how to retrieve the treat from inside it.

Walk in a winter wonderland

A dog's tolerance for cold temperatures depends on many factors, including her size, breed and personal preference. A big dog with lots of hair will probably be better equipped to handle cold better than a small, short-haired pooch, but you know your dog best and you can tell when it's too cold outside for her. Use common sense; keep your dog (and yourself) off ice and out of deep snow during walks, and bundle her up in a warm sweater and booties if she needs them. Since evenings and nights are darker in winter, check out Petmate MaxGlow(R) collars and leashes. They absorb light throughout the day and then glow at night to help make your dog more noticeable in the dark.

Cater to comfort, too

Everyone experiences the winter blues from time to time, during the winter months, when you're stuck indoors. The climate and atmosphere can affect your dog, too. Be aware your dog may need some extra comfort and safety measures to weather the winter. Just as you dress her in a warm sweater for outdoor playtime, your dog may appreciate a warm, snug bed during the winter. A great choice is the Aspen Pet Self-Warming Lounger Bed with reflective heat technologies, no batteries or plug needed to keep your pet warm and toasty.

For more information on how to care for your dog and other pets throughout the year, or to learn more about the wide variety of pet products available, visit www.petmate.com.

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5 PARENT TIPS FOR PICKING THE RIGHT VIDEO GAMES Contributed by BPT

With new game consoles, mobile devices and interactive experiences arriving just in time for the holidays,  video games are make the "most wanted" list for gamers of all ages. With so many choices, parents can  sometimes feel a little overwhelmed decide which games are appropriate for their children to play. The Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB), the non­profit organization that assigns age and  content ratings for video excellent resource for helping parents navigate both the real and virtual game  aisles. The familiar ESRB ratings including E (E (Teen) or M (Mature) are now also assigned to  downloadable games and apps in Google Play, Microsoft's Xbox Live store, eShop and the PlayStation  Store. ESRB offers the following tips for parents looking for the console games or mobile apps that are perfectly  suited to their family

1. Check the rating. Start with the recommended age rating. ESRB assigns E (Everyone), E10+ (Everyone  10 and older), T (Mature) and AO (Adults Only), which are clearly labeled on video game boxes or on the  game's page prior to downloading online or mobile storefront. 2. Review the content descriptors. ESRB uses about 30 different content descriptors for depictions involving  violence, sugge sexual themes, language, controlled substances and other types of content to help  parents understand what may have trigg particular age rating. 

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3. Look for interactive elements. Interactive elements describe certain aspects of a game or app that may be of interest to many parents and consumers, and can be assigned to downloadable games and apps. These include the sharing of the user's location, if the game or app enables the purchase of digital goods, if users can interact and/or if unrestricted internet access is provided. 4. Set parental controls. Today's gaming devices have parental controls built in, which allow parents to block titles by age rating, ensuring children can access only age­appropriate games and apps. Depending on the device, parents can also control specific features like with whom their children can play online and whether in­game purchases can be made. Just make sure you never reveal your password or PIN! 5. Do your research. Check ESRB rating summaries at ESRB.org, which provide a more detailed explanation of content in many packaged games. Forget to check the rating summary before you set out on a gift­getting expedition? No problem ­ you can find rating summaries for packaged games on the ESRB app as well! If you still want more information, online reviews are another great resource. These often include screenshots, videos and other details that parents may find helpful in making a final purchase decision. You can also always talk to your local video game retailers ­ they're often staffed with experienced gamers who can help guide parents toward the right games for their family. For downloadable games and apps, parents may want to review the details on the product's page and some of the user reviews before downloading. Perhaps most importantly, have fun! If you're not already a gamer, try it ­ you might like it! Not only is it a great way to bond with your children, it allows you to share and better understand one of their passions. Never underestimate the value of playing as a family; enjoying games together enables you to engage in an ongoing conversation with your children about the games they want and love to play. www.cheakwoolfolk.com

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5 EASY WAYS TO KEEP YOUR FAMILY COMFORTABLE DURING A POWER OUTAGE By bpt

happens, the worst part is not knowing if the outage will last for a couple hours, or if it will stretch on for days. But if you take a little time to get organized and round up a few items today, you will be ready to keep your family comfortable when the lights go out.

"This time of year, a variety of causes can lead to a power outage and affect the length of the outage, as well," says Ed Del Grande, a home improvement TV host, author and syndicated columnist. "Ice storms, high winds and other winter weather can damage transmission equipment and cause an outage. A little preparation can help you get through it safely and comfortably."

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Ready-to-eat foods

Pull together some non-perishable, ready-to-eat foods. A couple jars of peanut butter and some boxes of crackers can go a long way in keeping your family happy and fed. Also, include some canned goods, like meat, fruits and veggies, along with instant hot cocoa and coffee. Include energy-dense foods like protein bars, dried fruit, peanuts and nuts. Finally, don't forget the goodies, like fun-size candy bars and chips and salsa. Keep your camp stove or grill in a place where you can easily pull it out, but remember, do your cooking outdoors.

Good lighting

Make sure you have the right supplies to get you through those long nights and brief days of winter, safely. Round up all the flashlights in your home, pull out that battery-operated camping lantern from the garage and get them into one convenient place. Then, the next time you're at the store, pick up extra batteries so you can keep those lights going throughout the duration of a power outage.

Warm things

Keep a stack of quilts, old comforters, woolen blankets and even sleeping bags handy so you can all snuggle in. Along with these, gloves, scarves, sweaters, fleece and stocking caps can also ward off the chill that will creep in.

Electronics and entertainment

It's the immutable law of the power outage: It always hits when your device has less than 20 percent battery power. Pick up a couple of rechargeable power banks to keep smartphones and other electronic devices powered up. And don't get rid of older devices such as MP3 players and personal compact disc players. Use them to play music or an audio book when the lights - and the Wi-Fi - are knocked out. Finally, have some low-tech entertainment at the ready. Books, board games and even a deck of playing cards can help pass the time and maybe even help with family bonding.

Consider investing in a standby generator

A great way to ensure you have safe, reliable backup power in the event of an outage is to invest in an automatic standby generator like those from Kohler. These generators are installed right outside your home, much like a central air conditioner. Once the power cuts out from your utility provider, a standby generator kicks in within seconds, even if you're not home. That's because standby generators connect to your existing fuel lines, whether it's natural gas or propane. So the next time the outage hits, your family won't be without the furnace, water heater, refrigerator, stove, or anything that runs on electricity, including smartphones and computers.

If you're interested in learning more about standby generators, KohlerGenerators.com has several resources to help you explore the many options, including videos and sizing calculators, so you can find one that's right for your home. For additional tips on how to prepare your home for a power outage, visit the Federal Alliance for Safe Homes at FLASH.org.

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Humans aren't the only ones that can suffer from asthma. As one of the most common respiratory diseases in cats, asthma affects about 1 percent of the domesticated feline population in the U.S. Cats between the ages of 2 and 8 are most likely to develop the disease.

Described as a constriction of the airways, asthma occurs when the immune system overreacts to an allergen, resulting in inflammation. Feline asthma is not contagious. While it has been hypothesized that genetics may play an underlying role, research in this area is still ongoing. The professional consensus is that if a cat has asthma, symptoms can be triggered by a host of environmental factors.

"While the exact cause of feline asthma remains unknown, the prevailing thought in veterinary medicine is that the symptoms of asthma are triggered by an allergic response to inhaled airborne particles," says Dr. Kurt Venator, Purina veterinarian and director of Veterinary Strategy and Programs. "It can be a challenging condition to manage, as asthmatic cats can react to so many potential irritants in the environment."

Classic signs of asthma include difficulty breathing, coughing and wheezing, along with many other signs. While it's not curable, there are simple steps responsible pet owners can take today to help their feline companions breathe easier.

Journal: If your cat does have asthma, it can be challenging to discover what is triggering the symptoms. In order to find out, owners will likely have to make changes in their home. Keep a journal and begin eliminating possible irritants. Evaluate and note any changes you see in your cat. This can be a slow process, but it's vital in order to understand the cause of their symptoms. Remember, the signs of feline asthma can be exacerbated by a myriad of potential irritants in the environment.

Minimize potential irritants: Cat owners are encouraged to avoid any potential environmental irritants such as mold, pollen, cigarette smoke, perfume, dust, etc. Clean your house more frequently, vacuum and change air filters to help keep the air clean. Try to be mindful of household cleaning agents, as some scented cleaners and air fresheners may serve as irritants.

Avoid clay-based litters: Because of airborne dust, veterinarians typically do not recommend claybased litter for cats with respiratory issues. In those cases, alternative litters such as Purina Yesterday's News or the Tidy Cats Breeze system may be best.

Get everyone on board: It's important that everyone in the household is aware of your cat's condition and takes part in their health. Family members should be more cautious and responsible when inviting people into their homes. Something as simple as a different perfume odor or tracking in mud or dust may cause your cat to have an asthma attack.

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The evolution of kitchen design: Timeless tips through the decades Written By: BPT

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1950s: Fast forward to the 1950s, which was the start of a new era ­ kitchens were getting fancier, with homeowners focusing more on design, rather than simple functionality. During this decade, everything from kitchen appliances to wallpaper was bursting with color. Take a cue from the 1950s color trend by starting small. If you are not ready to commit to a bold new range or refrigerator, elevate your kitchen color with a toaster oven or hand mixer in a trendy hue like zesty yellow­green, inspired by PANTONE's 2017 color of the year ­ Greenery. 1960s: The 1960s forever changed the modern kitchen by introducing the kitchen triangle ­ a model used to determine efficient kitchen layout. If you are in the process of renovating your kitchen, make sure to ask your designer about the kitchen triangle to best maximize the space. 1970s: Contrary to the bold colors of the previous decades, the 1970s welcomed muted earth tones to the kitchen, particularly browns and avocado greens, for a calm, grounding space. Give a nod to the '70s ­ without the bellbottoms ­ by updating countertops with Neolith's Pulpis from the Classtone collection, a tobacco brown tone with white and golden veins etched throughout the slab. You can even experiment with the look before renovating by checking out the visualizer tool on www.neolith.com.  As a reflection of the ever­changing American lifestyle, kitchens have evolved over the past 100 years from a space that was once viewed as a utilitarian work­room in the back of the house, to become the centerpiece of the home. While trends come and go, history has made its mark on kitchen design.

1980s: Oak cabinets and polished brass were all the rage during the 1980s. Brass accents are making their way back into the heart of the home once again. To get the look with a hint of retro '80s glam, update worn nobs and faucets with understated brass.

Transitional style kitchens are now the most popular, as evident in research such as the 2016 Design Trends Survey conducted by the National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA). Today's designers and homeowners are incorporating elements of past, present and future to create designs that are timeless, yet personalized to their needs.

1990s: Watch any home improvement show, and it is more than likely the prospective buyer will have a kitchen island on their "must­have" list. We have the '90s to thank for that, when kitchen islands grew in popularity, allowing the host to mingle with guests while preparing the meal. When planning for a renovation, find space for an island or a peninsula for extra seating, storage space or to create a focal point.

To create the timeless kitchen of your dreams, consider these staple design­elements from the most significant decades in kitchen evolution. 1920s and '30s: In the early part of the 20th century, the luxury marble look began to emerge in the American kitchen, usually appearing in smaller spaces like the pantry. With marble once again making a comeback in today's designs, incorporating the look for a pantry or island will take any kitchen from drab to fab, without the investment of a full marble makeover. To get the same look of marble in a non­porous product, look to engineered materials like the Neolith Classtone collection, which is as durable as it is low maintenance. www.cheakwoolfolk.com

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2000s: The 21st century ushered in stainless steel appliances and granite countertops as the epitome of the modern kitchen. While the look of stainless is not going away anytime soon, newer alternatives to granite countertops, like Neolith's sintered compact surfacing, are gaining ground. The goal for today's kitchen is form and function, with sleek, orderly and multi­purpose living spaces. By borrowing select trends from previous decades that speak to your personality and needs, you can be rest assured you will have a timeless kitchen for years to come.


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Shampoo bottles, makeup tools, lotions, linens and laundry - the bathroom is one of the most frequented rooms in the home and clutter can collect quickly. Stop the chaos before it gets out of control by implementing some smart storage solutions. With these simple ideas, your bathroom will be the most functional and fashionable room in the house.

Streamline shower shelving

It's time to say goodbye to hanging racks from shower heads and precarious corner shelving. The new Store+ shower from Sterling has customizable storage accessories, minimizing clutter and ensuring everything you need is close at hand. Sturdy shelves and accessories are easily snapped into any of eight pre-molded locations within the shower - no tools necessary. A fully accessorized wall includes four rimmed shelf/soap dishes, two 4-inch deep storage bins, and soap dishes with towel bar and two shower hooks. Plus, the back wall has molded foot ledges on either side, providing a safe, handy shaving ledge. To clean up your shower clutter for good, visit www.sterlingplumbing.com.

Dare to go vertical

Expand the storage potential of a small bathroom by using vertical storage options. Floor space may be limited, but by installing shelving and other smart storage options on walls, you dramatically increase space for necessities. For example, floating shelves are an elegant and space-saving option that are easy to install over the toilet or between a mirror and a pedestal sink. That small space above the door? Perfect for a shelf to store mason jars full of supplies or those beautiful perfume bottles. Need extra space to store linens and washcloths? Install stacked towel racks on the back of your door or hang baskets on the wall and then place folded linens inside for a tidy look that keeps fluffy towels within easy reach.

Vamp up the vanity

From shaving and combing to primping and curling, the vanity is center stage for your daily routines. That means clutter can easily take over the countertops and drawers if you're not careful. A few thoughtful steps will help you organize and maximize your vanity space. To start, dispose or donate of any products or tools you don't use. Then purchase some drawer organizers or reuse small plastic containers to get items in order. On the inside of doors, install small pieces of PVC pipe vertically to store hair tools and cords. You can also repurpose spice racks on doors to hold a slew of personal products. For hair accessories or other small metal objects, a magnetic strip on the inside of a door or drawer is amazingly effective.

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NEW NEUTRALS DOMINATE THE COLOR TRENDS OF 2017 Home decor: The hottest colors of 2017 Add a little bit of body text

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From furniture to walls, new homes to remodels, cool grays have dominated home design palettes for the last five years. Look to 2017 to gently shake things up with a focus on fresh neutrals that bring warm and cool tones together to create versatile color with timeless appeal. One of the most notable trends of the year is the transition of neutrals from monochrome gray to warmer hues, including complex taupe, beige, khaki and brown colors. These warmer tones create an inviting feeling, and while grays will continue to be popular, look for hybrid hues that blend the best of gray with warmer undertones for colors that are unique, yet familiar. The perfect example of this trend is Poised Taupe (SW 6039), the Sherwin­Williams 2017 Color of the Year. Earthen brown combines with conservative gray resulting in a weathered, woodsy and complex neutral that fits well in virtually any room. "Poised Taupe celebrates everything people love about cool gray as a neutral, and also brings in the warmth of brown, taking a color to an entirely new level," says Sue Wadden, director of color marketing for Sherwin­ Williams. "Not cool or warm, nor gray or brown, Poised Taupe brings a sense of coziness and harmony that people are seeking." If you're looking to refresh your space with this new color trend, there are countless opportunities. Here are four stunning home decor themes using this up­and­coming color: Cornflower hues With its cool­yet­warm vibe, Poised Taupe is an ideal complement to cornflower hues. For example, when paired with the faded indigo of Stardew (SW 9138), it creates a charming palette ideal for French countryside aesthetics. This fun twist on a classic is sure to produce timeless results in the kitchen or living spaces. Organic re­imagined Create an updated nature­inspired palette in your home with citrus green, weathered bronze, mustard yellow and light, cool­toned blue paired with earthy neutrals like Poised Taupe. This contemporary organic look is perfectly re­imagined for the modern world with just the right amount of visual appeal. Wine and taupe Saturated color pairings that evoke deep moods are gaining popularity. Taking cues from baroque and romanticism designs, the Sherwin­Williams Noir palette is rich with colors that are reminiscent of vine­ripe fruits, dramatic wine colors and deep blues. Balance this mysterious palette with a neutral like Poised Taupe and you'll have a look that is unexpected and gorgeous. Yellow pop Gray tones always provide a clean, modern base, but contrasting these hues with vivid colors allows you to transform any room into a contemporary paradise. Try using the deep teal of Marea Baja (SW 9185) and sunny hued Bee (SW 6683) alongside Poised Taupe to create a graphic look perfect for the office or kids rooms. Ready to make this the year you update your house with fresh designs and stunning colors? To learn more about top trends for 2017, visit www.sherwin­williams.com.

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When the winter storm hits, are you ready for a long power outage? As winter storm season arrives, homeowners should be ready for power outages that last for days or even weeks. In recent years, storms have become more intense and frequent, resulting in extended power outages, which is disruptive to daily life. A recent study by Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and Stanford University looked at 13 years of weather and utility data. The study revealed power interruptions last 75 percent longer in years that were both abnormally windy and had a major weather event. Blizzards, heavy snow, ice storms and strong winds can all conspire to cut off the power supply to your home, leaving your family in the dark and in the cold. It is impossible to predict when an extended power outage will impact your community, however, there are things you can do today to keep your family safe and comfortable. Now is the time to prepare before the first winter storms settle in. "An extended power loss in the winter can damage your home and put your family at risk," says Ed Del Grande, a home improvement TV host, author and syndicated columnist. "Water pipes can freeze. Houses can quickly fill up with dangerous levels of carbon monoxide from alternative heating and cooking sources. And food can spoil quickly in the refrigerator. That's why it's smart to plan ahead for a power outage so you can get through the days safely and comfortably." www.cheakwoolfolk.com

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Here are some tips to help homeowners prepare for an extended power outage: Have enough food and water. Store enough to eat and drink for one week. Even if the stores are open, you'll want to keep outside travel to a minimum, especially in tough road conditions. If you are using well water, be ready for the fact that a power outage will stop your water pump. Have an adequate supply of water on hand ­ about one gallon per person per day. Stockpile plenty of non­perishable food, such as canned meats and vegetables, protein bars, dry cereal and nuts. Be sure you have a manual can opener and a means to cook, such as a propane­operated camp stove ­ just be sure your cooking space is properly ventilated. Have safe backup lighting. To reduce risk of fire, swap out candles and kerosene lanterns for battery­operated flashlights and lamps. Stock up now on batteries before people deplete local supplies in the pre­storm rush. Invest in a generator. A ready power source could help your family get through longer outages in safety and comfort, in spite of the cold temperatures outside. During a winter storm, especially a bitter cold one with strong winds, the temperature inside your home can drop quickly. There are two backup power options for the home: a portable generator or an automatic standby generator. A portable generator can be moved from place­to­place and is designed to power a handful of items in your home via extension cords. It must be manually operated and placed outdoors away from the home to avoid the potential for carbon monoxide poisoning. A standby generator turns on automatically when the power shuts off and is permanently installed outside the home similar to a central air conditioning unit. It runs on natural gas or propane and hooks up to existing fuel lines in your home. A standby generator will keep all your appliances running, as well as everything else you take for granted: lights, television, computers, water heater, furnace and more. If you're interested in learning about automatic standby power systems, visit www.KohlerGenerators.com for informational videos and other helpful details. Plan for being cut off. When the power goes out, it can be hard to anticipate all the implications. Stores may reopen, but they may not be able to process your debit or credit card right away. So keep enough cash to see you through a few days. Think of any medications your family would need and set aside a week's supply. Finally, transfer essential information you have stored in your mobile phone to paper, such as phone numbers and addresses. You may have to go manual with navigation, so pick up paper road maps of your state or region from the service station. "Despite all the forecasting technology we have today, storms can pop up with little warning," Del Grande says. "Getting ready today is the key step to protecting your loved ones when the storm hits."

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Make necessity meet luxury

BATHROOM RENOVATIONS EVEN THE PICKIEST  IN-LAWS WILL LOVE

Sinks and toilets are bathroom necessities, but they can also be eco-friendly luxurious design statements, too. Replacing an ordinary, older, gallon-guzzling commode with an option that combines toilet and personal cleansing functions can conserve water while elevating the comfort, beauty and luxury experience of the fixture.

Options like the Washlet G400 from TOTO integrate a low-flush, high-performance toilet with the convenience and personal care of a Washlet. Its 3D Tornado Flushing system uses an ultra-efficient 1.28 or 0.9 gallons per flush, while a special ion barrier glaze minimizes debris and mold to keep the toilet cleaner, longer. Auto open/close, auto flush, remote control operation, front and rear warm water cleansing with adjustable temperature and pressure control, air deodorizer and dryer functions and user memory ensure the Washlet offers the kind of luxurious touches every guest will remember and adore.

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The sink can also be a design statement steeped in luxury, when you replace older, ordinary models with sleek modern options like the Arvina Round Vessel Lavatory. Its round design not only gives the lavatory a clean, uncomplicated look that works with modern and traditional styles, it also saves space, making it perfect for guest baths or powder rooms where space

"While the approach of the holidays has many

is at a premium. Or, use it to maximize vanity space

people focused on gift lists and celebrations,

in a master bathroom.

you're thinking about the guest bathroom. Turn the shower into an oasis

More specifically, you're thinking about your mother-in-law's commentary on the dripping showerhead, your brother-in-law's judgment of

Regardless of your budget for upgrading a shower, a

the archaic toilet that uses gallons of water per

few luxurious touches can go a long way toward

flush, and your sister-in-law's reaction to the

turning an everyday bathroom element into an

total lack of natural light.

exceptional experience. Once you've taken care of basics, such as replacing or improving tired tile or an

Renovating a bathroom is almost always a

outdated surround, incorporate luxurious elements

good investment. Making bathroom upgrades

like a rainfall shower head or multi-spray hand

that will not only improve the value of your

shower. With multiple style options available to

home and your enjoyment of it, but also satisfy

mount overhead or on the wall, it's possible to create

the most discerning guests, is a win-win for

a unique shower configuration that complements any

everyone. While bathroom refurbishment

aesthetic.

makes sense at any time of year, you may be inspired to get the work done now, before

Simple, thoughtful touches can elevate the shower's

holiday guests arrive.

luxury, too. For example, incorporating storage for shower necessities like shampoo, body wash, soap

Here are tips for where to focus your efforts to

and razors is both practical and luxurious. It's easy to

ensure you'll get the best return on your

have a built-in storage recess added to the shower

investment - and your in-laws will love what

during re-tiling, or you can add ceramic tile shelving

you've done with the room:

in the corner of the shower. A curved shower rod is a must - and a super-easy DIY project - for bathrooms with a tub and shower combination. The curved rod ensures no guest will every wrestle with a shower curtain mid-spray.

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Light! Sound! Luxury!

A dearth of natural light is a common problem in powder rooms and guest baths, and many master bathrooms could benefit from more light. Adding a skylight is a cost-effective way to incorporate more invigorating, healthful natural light in a bathroom, while protecting privacy, boosting energy efficiency and improving air quality. Even if a bathroom doesn't have direct roof access, it's possible to install a skylight; tubular models use reflective tubes to direct light from the roof down into the room.

Adding sound and entertainment options to bathrooms is also a growing trend. Whether you opt to add a mirror with an integrated TV or sound speakers above the shower, incorporating entertainment options into a bathroom is the perfect blend of luxury and practicality.

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You have plenty of goals for 2017. Maybe you want to find a new job or be promoted at your current employer. Perhaps you want to lose weight, kick a bad habit, or learn a new instrument, skill or language. And if you're feeling daring, maybe this is the year you finally surf, skydive or ski. There are plenty of exciting things you can do this year, but you can't tackle any of these lofty goals until you figure out a way to organize your day­to­ day life. As daunting as that task may seem, even the smallest organizational changes can have a big impact, so start applying the five tips below and you'll be on the airplane, surfboard or skis before you know it. * Start small. Rome wasn't built in a day and you won't conquer your organizational problems in one either. In fact, trying to tackle all your organizational problems at once will make the task seem more daunting and dissuade you from doing important work. Instead, start with a manageable task, be it cleaning a room, setting a budget or establishing a workout routine, then work from there. Thinking back to these early victories will give you the motivation you need to tackle those more difficult issues.

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* Prioritize your News Feed. You visit Facebook to connect with others and stay up to date about the world around you. So instituting a little time­saving organization will make your time on Facebook even more meaningful. Visit your News Feed preferences to prioritize the people and things you care about most with the See First option. Facebook will then make sure you see any posts from them first. You can also choose to unfollow people or pages you don't want to hear from right now, and they'll never know you did so. It's an easy way to bring some order to your digital life. * Dedicate 15 minutes a day to organization. Maybe it's 15 minutes before you go to bed or it's a quick break from another task, but you'll be surprised how even these few minutes can support your overall organization goals. Sort the mail, clean a room or start the first in a series of sessions to see what's in the back of your cupboards. These sessions will help you keep organized and accomplish tasks you would have never thought of otherwise. * Shop smart. Sometimes wandering around a store can be fun, but if you're looking to bring a little order to your shopping, start by liking your favorite publications and stores on Facebook. This way you'll get the news from the sources you value most and you'll never miss an event or sale because it slipped past you. * Use only one calendar. You've heard advice before that you'll be more organized if you put things on your calendar. So you do, on all them, and the result is you're more lost than ever. Cataloging information on a calendar is great so long as the calendar isn't one of many. Consolidate your calendars to one master document and you'll never have to worry about writing that important date in the wrong place.Improving your organizational skills is a great habit to start in 2017, and there's no time like the present. Let these five tips be your starting place and introduce the world to a new, more organized you in the weeks and months ahead.

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4 TIPS TO HELP KEEP YOUR HOME WARM, COMFORTABLE AND ENERGY EFFICIENT THIS WINTER By BPT

With winter comes the holiday season, a time that's supposed to be associated with "comfort and joy." But how joyful will it be if pests invade your house, or if your home is cold and drafty? Help stay warm all winter long by addressing factors like air leaks from gaps and cracks that can make your home feel uncomfortable.

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Even do-it-yourself novices can easily and quickly seal cracks and gaps in their homes. Products like GREAT STUFF(R) Gaps & Cracks and GREAT STUFF(R) Pestblock Insulating Foam Sealants are specially formulated to seal gaps and cracks, blocking out air, moisture and even pests. The readyto-use insulating foam sealants can fill gaps up to 1 inch. When using the product, be sure to follow safety guidelines, including covering all skin, using gloves and safety goggles, and keeping the work area well ventilated.

Check insulation

Insulation is like a blanket that your home wears to help keep everyone inside warm and cozy. If your home doesn't have the right amount or type of insulation for your climate, it can lose

"Drafts and heat loss are common problems in the winter, and

heat, energy efficiency and comfort. About 90 percent of

they affect homes of every age, size and construction," says

existing homes don't have enough insulation, according to the

Gary Parsons, fellow at The Dow Chemical Company. "Those

North American Insulation Manufacturers Association.

factors can seriously affect your home's energy efficiency and how comfortable it feels. Fortunately, it's not difficult to deal

Follow Energy Star's guidelines for more information on how

with issues like air leaks and insulation, and doing so can

to check your insulation to see if your home could benefit

significantly improve your home's function and livability."

from adding more. Parsons suggests these steps to help ensure a draft-free, pestTake care of the HVAC system

free and comfy home this winter season:

If your heating, ventilation and air conditioning system isn't

Seal cracks and gaps

working as well as it could, you're sacrificing comfort and increasing your energy bills. Make sure to check the cooling

Gaps and cracks throughout the home allow hot air to escape

system in the spring and the heating system in the fall to

and cold air and pests to enter. Energy Star estimates that

ensure they are operating efficiently.

homes can have a half mile or more of cracks around doors, windows and sill plates alone, and those aren't the only places

Have the ducts inspected and seal any leaks. Be sure to change

in a home where gaps can exist. Air duct joints, points where

air filters regularly, per the system manufacturer's

piping enters a home, and anywhere wood meets concrete

recommendation for filter type and frequency. According to

(such as around the foundation) are locations where cracks and

the U.S. Department of Energy, dirty air filters restrict airflow,

gaps can occur.

making HVAC systems work harder and consume more energy to heat your home.

Sealing cracks can help prevent air leakage, improve a home's overall energy efficiency and block out pests and insects. In

Don't overlook little things

fact, homeowners can save an average of 15 percent on heating and cooling by air sealing their homes and adding

Things as simple as a forgotten window left cracked in

insulation, according to Energy Star.

summer months or neglecting to close the flue in your woodburning fireplace can all affect the amount of heat and comfort that escape your home in the winter.

Before the weather turns very cold, make a sweep through your home and check for these minor but important points:

* Windows - Are all your windows closed? If you've recently sealed around windows, you probably opened them for ventilation. Double check to be sure you remembered to close them.

* Thermostat - Is yours properly programmed to optimize energy use by adjusting the temperature when you're out of the house? Proper use of a programmable thermostat can cut energy bills by nearly $200 per year, according to Energy Star.

* Ceiling fans - you can use ceiling fans to supplement your furnace during the winter, but you have to remember to reverse the air flow. Most ceiling fans have a switch that allows you to reverse the direction of the fan blades to spin

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4 STATEMENT PIECES TO ELEVATE YOUR BATHROOM TO A WORK OF ART Contributed by: BPT

Investing in a bathroom upgrade is in the cards for nearly a quarter of homeowners planning to renovate within the next 12 months, according to a new survey by Bankrate.com. Improving a bathroom is rewarding on multiple levels; if you're selling, buyers love great bathrooms. If you're staying, a luxurious bathroom can be a relaxing oasis where you'll be happy to begin or end a busy day. Your bathroom is also an expression of who you are, and it should reflect not only your needs but your unique artistic flare as well. What could be more satisfying than making an artistic statement in one of the most­used rooms in your home? If you're planning a bathroom renovation, here are four ways to make a statement in the space ­ and elevate your bathroom to a work of art: Choose a showpiece sink Few design elements afford such a perfect opportunity for utility and artistry to blend beautifully as does the bathroom sink. A striking statement vessel in patterned porcelain or smoky glass can be a focal point for your vanity while still providing ample space for essential functioning.

Renovating a bathroom is an investment well worth the time, money and passion ­ and it's an opportunity to put your artistic mark on one of the most important rooms in any home.

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It's not difficult to find statement­style sinks, but to truly elevate the basin to a form of art, look for options that evoke the look and feel of the era when luxury items were handcrafted by learned artisans. Kohler, a trusted name in bathroom fixtures for more than 100 years, offers Kohler Artists Editions collections that turn everyday fixtures into striking statement pieces. Whether you choose the subtle, carved texture and the complex color transitions of the Derring collection, the organic beauty of the Nature's Chemistry glass lavatories or the old­world stylings of the Sartorial Line, each piece is a unique statement of your personal artistry. Stun with a standout shower Most Americans spend six to 10 minutes or more in the shower each day, according to multiple surveys. But a shower is so much more than just a place to get clean. A shower can soothe at the end of a trying day, or invigorate your senses in preparation for a busy day ahead. Statement showers incorporate luxury features such as multiple shower heads, wall jets, hand showers, rainfall showerheads, seating, customized lighting and even sound and video. While bigger may be better in a statement shower, it may not always be possible. Start with a glass enclosure that makes the shower feel open to the room. If your space is small, choose lighter­colored tile. Bigger showers can withstand darker tile work. Create luxury with countertops Options like granite, marble, concrete, limestone and other natural stones might be too costly for a kitchen, where you have a lot of counter space, but they're a cost­effective way to make a statement in a bathroom where you have less square footage to cover. These high­end materials pair perfectly with statement sinks to create a unique, one­ of­a­kind look. Upgrade bathroom countertops to your dream material and then add luxury touches like a matching backsplash or under­counter LED lighting. Transformations with tubs Tub options are virtually limitless these days, and you can find statement tubs in every size and style imaginable. The tub is often the essential element homeowners and designers first fall in love with, and the one that establishes the direction for their overall bathroom redesign. Soaking tubs continue to be popular installations for bathroom renovations, according to the 2016 National Kitchen & Bath Association trend report. Whether you choose a traditional claw­foot design that evokes a bygone era, a concrete tub that creates a more modern or industrial look, or a porcelain confection with sweeping, graceful lines, you can find a statement tub to match your personal sense of artistry. Renovating a bathroom is an investment well worth the time, money and passion ­ and it's an opportunity to put your artistic mark on one of the most important rooms in any www.cheakwoolfolk.com Feb/Mar 2017 home.

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3 WAYS TO TURN DISCARDED WOOD INTO BEAUTIFUL HOME DECOR By: BPT

The saying, "what's old is new again" has been around for years, but most recently represents a popular trend in interior design ­ upcycling old items with a new purpose. Everyone from high­end designers to DIYers are enjoying and incorporating this trend into their everyday life. From five­star restaurants to suburban living rooms, people are seeking out weathered pieces of wood, discarded metal and unlikely antiques to create a unique, down to earth, and comfortable design aesthetic in their living spaces.

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An unusual hero of this new design trend is the wooden pallet, which can easily be purchased at any hardware store. With some creativity and know how, these inexpensive items can be repurposed to create a personalized statement in your home that you'll love.

Re-imagine your wall

Today, walls are for paint and pictures, but even if you've fallen in love with a certain color for your living room, don't you think your walls can have more personality? They absolutely can, and one way people are adding new life to their walls is by paneling them with reclaimed wood. To achieve this look, purchase a number of pallets, cut them into various sizes and arrange them on your wall.

To enhance the natural beauty of the wood and to show off your own personal style, pick a few of your favorite stain colors and apply them to the wood. If you are looking for bright and bold colors or subtle cottage inspired tones, check out Minwax(R) Water Based Wood Stains. For traditional, rich wood tones, try Minwax(R) Wood Finish(TM). It's a deep penetrating stain that offers an array of colors, so you can create a display of contrast and patterns on your walls that can be truly stunning. After staining your wood pallet, don't forget to protect it with a clear protective finish. www.cheakwoolfolk.com

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Create a fun and functional piece

If you're someone who is always looking to free up cabinet or counter space, use a wooden pallet to create a rustic mug holder. For this project, all you need to do is add hooks to a few of the wood slats for the mugs to hang from. Get creative with this pallet by painting a design or phrase such as "But First, Coffee" on the top wooden slat.

You can add some dimension to wood by staining it with Minwax(R) Wood Finishing Cloths(TM). These convenient one-step cloths are pre-moistened with stain and finish allowing for easy application and clean up. They're available in five beautiful colors from Natural Oak to Dark Mahogany, allowing you to achieve that rustic feel.

Update your headboard

If you are looking to give your bedroom a makeover, consider building a headboard for your bed out of pallet wood.

The idea here isn't to make an even, straight-edged piece; rather it's to embrace a more rustic style.

Start by gathering your wood pallets and applying Minwax(R) Pre-Stain Wood Conditioner to prepare the bare wood surface for staining. It will help to prevent streaks and blotches by allowing for even stain absorption. Once the wood has been prepared, apply your favorite stain color. With over 100 colors to choose from, you are sure to find a color that will showcase your personal style.

Using different lengths and widths, arrange the boards so they span the width of your bed. Attach a few long pieces across the back to serve as crossbeams that hold it together. The variation in sizes will create a jagged top and make a big statement.

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These are just a few of the many possibilities you can create with pallet wood. From wall d cor to nightstands and tables, all you need is some wooden pallets, stain, clear protective finish and a little creativity, and you'll be able to integrate this design trend into your home!

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3 TIPS TO PROTECT YOUR HOME THIS WINTER By bpt

can all wreak havoc on your home's gutters, windows and gardens, but it can have even more harmful effects on exterior wooden surfaces, such as decks, siding or roof shingles. Residing in Rhode Island, Pete Flood, whose family founded the Flood wood care brand 175 years ago, knows this all too well.

"The coastal climate is tough on wood," Flood says. "The salt and humidity in the air sticks around all year." Maintaining your home's exterior wood surfaces, and of course using the right products, can help protect your home from harsh climates year round, but particularly harsh

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While the Flood wood care brand is now powered by PPG, a global innovator in coatings, Flood's knowledge and deep understanding of the Flood brand's heritage gives him a unique perspective on his own staining projects. Having just refinished his home's siding and roof shingles this past August, Flood shares his favorite professional tips and products to help you prep and protect the outside of your home for the winter.

Prepare before starting projects

Whether you are refinishing your deck, porch, siding or roof, it's important to properly prepare the surface before starting your project. It not only helps to clean the wood, but also helps the stain to look its best for as long as possible. Rather than using a power washer, Flood recommends using a wood cleaner to properly remove dirt and loose fibers. "My family developed the first Flood wood cleaner in 1980, and today, the Flood Pro Series Wood Cleaner cleans a deck in half the time it takes to power wash while removing four times more dirt than water alone."

Choosing the right product

"Since my grandfather and brother were painting contractors, our family knew the importance of a quality product," Flood says. Choosing the right product for your project can make the difference between both appearance and protection. First, it's important to understand the climate in your region to ensure you use a product that can protect against particular elements such as rain, snow or sunlight. Then, it's just as important to select a product that will meet your appearance expectations.

"When I last refinished my house in 2008, we used Flood CWF in Cedar Tone, and the product has held up really well over the years," Flood says. "This time around, we used Flood Pro Series CWF-UV 5 for its UV protection, water repellency against rain and snow, as well as penetrating protection below the wood surface."

Maintenance moving forward

It's important to plan for protection this winter, but ideally you will also be protecting your home for future winters, summers and more, which is why choosing a durable, lasting product is so important. With the harsh climates in Rhode Island and many other areas of the country, this is especially important to Flood to avoid having to refinish his home year after year.

"Flood products have that balance of great appearance and durability as they age. When you do need to refinish your home again, it may not need to be completely redone. It may only require cleaning and recoating, which is a lot less work."

Pete Flood received Flood stain product in exchange for participation in this interview. All opinions expressed are his own.

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3 TIPS FOR GETTING THE MOST OUT OF WORKING ON A DIVERSE TEAM By BPT

GROWING UP, WE'RE CONSTANTLY TAUGHT TO PLAY WELL WITH OTHERS. DID YOU KNOW THAT SKILL MIGHT ACTUALLY HELP YOU LAND A JOB? NEARLY 80 PERCENT OF EMPLOYERS SEEK CANDIDATES WHO WORK WELL ON A TEAM, ACCORDING TO A NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF COLLEGE AND EMPLOYERS REPORT. FROM AUTOMOTIVE ENGINEERING TO BUSINESS MANAGEMENT, ODDS ARE YOU'LL WORK ALONGSIDE DIVERSE INDIVIDUALS THROUGHOUT YOUR CAREER.

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"While they technically compete with one another to build the best hybrid vehicle, the students actively find ways to collaborate with and help one another," Wahl says. "They come to workshops as strangers and leave as friends."

An article in Scientific American says, with an open­mind, diversity enhances creativity, problem solving and decision making. That goes for diversity in areas of interest and expertise, as well as race, ethnicity, gender and sexual orientation. "The ability to thrive in a diverse environment is essential for job­seekers," says Kristen Wahl, director of EcoCAR 3, the current Advanced Vehicle Technology Competition sponsored by the Department of Energy and General Motors. Of the thousands who've participated in student competitions led by Wahl, a perfect 100 percent have been hired or accepted into a post­grad program upon graduation.

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In the spirit of self­improvement, we've rounded up three tips to help you maximize the benefits of working in a diverse group. 1. Freshen up your newsfeed. In today's connected world, information is shared continuously, across multiple platforms, like LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter. Access to new ideas, ways of thinking and knowledge is at our fingertips. To stay smart, you need to follow 400+ accounts on Twitter according to Bloomberg's Tom Keene. Luckily, Twitter allows users to create "lists," where you can curate a group of Twitter accounts in one place. Follow a diverse set of influencers, journalists and business leaders and you will start seeing daily topics, issues and news from varying perspectives. "Part of being a steward of an inclusive environment is being aware of what is going on in the world and finding out what has worked for others," Wahl says. Wahl uses Facebook and Twitter to post stories about how EcoCAR 3 students embrace their differences. In the competition, students transform a 2016 Chevrolet Camaro into a hybrid electric vehicle without sacrificing the iconic cars performance or safety. To succeed, each team needs members from engineering, business and communications departments. Students also represent a variety of races, ethnicities, genders and sexual orientations. Wahl also posts about industry trends toward globalization and diversity. She recommends also following the National Science Foundation for research findings that could shape the future. 2. Ask questions. Bill Nye once said, "everyone you meet knows something you don't." Working with others grants you access to different ideas, information and perspectives. The next time your group gets together to work on a project, make a point of asking how each person feels about the project and what gave them that insight or opinion. As noted by Scientific American, in the same way that a writer and a scientist will approach a problem differently, those "different from one another in race, gender and other dimensions bring unique information and experiences to bear on the task at hand." Not only do you stand to learn something, your members will likely appreciate you listening and giving them the space to contribute. 3. Embrace open communication. Effective communication drives positive experiences in diverse workplaces. "In EcoCAR 3, we use open communication as a tool to create an inclusive environment where all students can learn and succeed, regardless of their sex, ethnicity, background or learning style," Wahl says. Wahl invites students to email or call her with questions. She also encourages them to work with one another through problems. Additionally, EcoCAR 3 hosts annual fall and winter workshops where students converge for a week to meet, participate in breakout sessions led by industry leaders, and speak with EcoCAR 3 organizers in person. "While they technically compete with one another to build the best hybrid vehicle, the students actively find ways to collaborate with and help one another," Wahl says. "They come to workshops as strangers and leave as friends." Keep lines of communication open with your team by planning weekly get­togethers or creating a group on Facebook. Are you ready to take the next step? Join organizations that value diversity and inclusion. Most companies, colleges and organizations post a diversity mission statement you can find online. You can also find out where a group stands by asking people already involved in the organization. www.cheakwoolfolk.com

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THREE WAYS TO HELP BUSINESSES ATTRACT AND RETAIN TOP TALENT BPT Identify top talent.

A company's future growth Many companies recognize that attracting and retaining top employee talent can result in a significant cost savings because employee turnover can result in productivity loss and involve additional expenses associated with hiring and training new employees. An employee parting ways may leave with a strong knowledge base of company projects, clients and procedures, and depending

While there are various ways of addressing staffing challenges, there are steps companies can take to help with employee retention.

on the job level, it can take several months before a new hire becomes fully productive.

While there are various ways of addressing staffing challenges, there are steps companies can take to help with employee retention.

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is often dependent on hiring new employees or retaining the most important ones. Having the right employees in place to meet the ongoing demands of business objectives is a process. Job descriptions and employee evaluation forms can be useful to identify new and existing top talent, but assessing all aspects of employee performance can help employers identify their true all-stars.

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Return to the basics. DeVry has a history of working with leading employers to help companies

Recent data from Towers Watson's, "2014 Global Talent

attract and retain top talent while also supporting professional development

Management and Rewards Study-At a Glance," found

and career advancement.

that key drivers of attraction and retention continue to point to base pay, career advancement and job security.

Not every employee retention concern can be addressed or promptly corrected, but those problems that can be solved may help companies hold onto what could be viewed as its most valuable resources while

Their research, "Under pressure to remain relevant,

successfully competing in today's global economy.

employers look to modernize the employee value proposition," also found that top employees often consider the physical work environment important, another driver of employee retention sometimes

To learn more about ways that DeVryWORKS branded communications, recruitment campaigns and preferred partner tuition initiatives are designed to help companies improve their employee development and retention, visit DeVryWORKS.com.

overlooked by employers. Additionally, office arrangements such as open space plans, collaborative work spaces and hoteling may elevate the importance of the work environment and optimize work spaces to offer a compelling experience for employees that could potentially address talent retention challenges.

Work with the proper partner.

Companies can find talent development initiatives through working with outside partners like DeVryWORKS, the workforce solutions team from DeVry University. DeVryWORKS helps employers understand their critical business issues and workforce needs. The team also designs tailored education solutions with programs offered by DeVry Education Group's institutions, as well as talent sourcing through DeVry University's students and alumni.

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"Small business owners need to be masters of virtually every aspect of their business, but they shouldn't have to be translators, too," says Nate Spilker, vice president of cloud

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As a small business owner, you do it all: the books, marketing, customer service, product, inventory and ­ oh yes ­ tech support. In fact, small and microbusiness owners are more likely to shoulder all tech tasks for their firms, according to a study by the National Small Business Association. Yet unless your business is IT, chances are you struggle to speak the language of business technology solutions. "Small business owners need to be masters of virtually every aspect of their business, but they shouldn't have to be translators, too," says Nate Spilker, vice president of cloud services for Citrix. "Technology can help small businesses grow and stay ahead of the competition. Organizations of all sizes need the technology they use to be easy to adopt, improve efficiency, reduce costs and boost productivity, no matter what their industry." Microbusiness tech challenges The 3.7 million microbusinesses (which the Small Business Administration defines as having fewer than nine employees) make up more than 75 percent of all private­sector employers, and provide nearly 11 percent of private sector jobs, according to the SBA. Their tech needs are significant, yet 40 percent of microbusiness owners handle all their company's IT support, according to the National Small Business Association. Additionally, 60 percent allow employees to telecommute, which can make sharing files and data problematic. Telecommuting employees may save documents and files on local hard drives, rather than centralized locations where others can securely access and collaborate on the documents. What's more, 57 percent don't use cloud computing, a technology designed to enhance collaboration, the NSBA reports. www.cheakwoolfolk.com

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Technology can help microbusiness owners improve efficiency, reduce and control costs, provide superior customer service and satisfaction, and focus more time on activities that help the business prosper. Stephen L. Nelson, CPA, used Citrix ShareFile to securely, quickly and easily share documents and files with his clients. Replacing the inefficient method of physically mailing documents with file sharing technology allowed his small team to get more done in less time, reduced the need for physical storage space for paper files, and increased productivity for his firm and his clients. Lowering overhead, paper and office space costs allowed Nelson to grow his business 10 percent. Talking about solutions The terminology that describes common tech tools can be mystifying to small business owners. Spilker and the small business technology professionals at Citrix offer explanations of some common terms and tools: * Digital transformation ­ Technology is profoundly affecting how companies of all sizes do business. They are moving away from traditional, more labor­intensive processes in favor of digital tools, activities and processes. * Cloud computing ­ Instead of storing, managing and processing data on an office computer or local server, cloud computing executes the same functions by using a network of remote servers hosted on the Internet. * File­sharing ­ Transferring files or documents via email or ftp servers has drawbacks, including potential security issues, version control challenges and slow speeds. File­ sharing technology allows people using different devices to access, edit, change and otherwise use files, documents and other types of data stored in the cloud. Citrix ShareFile, for example, makes it easy for small business teams to securely share files and client data, collaborate on documents and obtain electronic signatures. Feb/Mar 2017


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* Integrated document workflow ­ In order to keep work moving, small businesses require the ability to work with documents and move data between multiple kinds of software. For example, an accounting firm needs to be able to take data from W­2s (which might be stored in one format) and move that information to a tax form stored in a different format or "living" in a different system. * Real time ­ When hardware or software does its job so quickly ­ in a matter of miliseconds ­ the user can immediately take entered data and put it to work. * File sync ­ Storing files in multiple locations or having multiple users work with them on different devices can lead to discrepancies between versions. File synchronization technology basically compares these multiple versions to each other and allows users to update all versions with the most current changes, regardless of which user made the changes. * Cyber security ­ Criminals who attempt to steal, manipulate, hack or otherwise illegally access a business' proprietary computer systems and data are cyber criminals. All the steps a business takes to thwart these criminals ­ including anti­virus software and firewalls ­ are aspects of cyber security. "ShareFile has really allowed my firm to digitally transform," says Nelson. "The addition of automated workflows and secure file­sharing has improved efficiencies, which allows my team to focus our attention on delivering the best client service possible, while ensuring vital company and client data remains safe. Adopting a safe and secure online portal for customer engagement has been essential for delivering on the bottom line." To learn more about small business technology solutions, visit www.sharefile.com.

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When it comes to the latest technology, you can never have too many options. And for tech lovers, there is nothing like the annual Consumer Electronics Show (CES) which takes place Jan. 5­8 in Las Vegas. CES delivered an exciting look at the newest Windows 10 devices that will make your life easier by having a battery life long enough to last through a 15­hour flight, allowing you to log into your computer with just your face ­ no need to remember a password and much more. Featuring experiences such as Windows Hello, touch, Windows Ink, Cortana and Continuum, these devices will command attention this year. From PCs to all­in­ones, gaming solutions and portable devices, here are some of the most amazing unveilings from CES 2017 sure to enable the creator in everyone. 1. Dell Canvas. Channeling the innovative possibilities of Windows 10 and the upcoming Creators Update into a new category of smart workspace technology, the Dell Canvas expands productivity allowing you to create, communicate and express your ideas as naturally as you do with pen and paper. Through the use of touch, digital pen and totems, you can turn drawings into part of the digital workflow with Windows Ink or mark up webpages in Microsoft Edge. Powered by virtually any Windows 10 PC, this device plugs seamlessly into software solutions from many partners to unleash the creative genius in everyone. 2. Samsung Notebook Odyssey. Built specifically for intense and casual gamers alike, the Samsung Notebook Odyssey features advanced technology, such as the HexaFlow Vent, an advanced cooling and ventilation system allowing the device to remain cool at all times. For optimal gameplay, the Samsung Notebook Odyssey is equipped with an intelligent and robust processer. Powered by a 7th Generation Intel Core i7 processor, both models of the Samsung Notebook Odyssey offer lightning fast performance with premium graphic technologies. 3. LG Gram. Weighing in at only 2 pounds and featuring a 60W battery ­ the highest capacity in the industry to­date ­ for a long battery life between charges, the LG Gram has a near edgeless touch screen and is built to deliver superior portability. Complete with a built­in fingerprint scanner that unlocks Windows Hello, the LG Gram promises to be this year's hot travel companion.

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4. HP Spectre x360. The second generation of HP's 15.6­inch revolutionary x360 is the most powerful in the Spectre profile and can be pre­ordered today. Its bigger battery allows for up to 12 hours while powering a micro­edge 4K display and featuring the latest Intel processors, high performance NVIDIA GeForce 940MX discrete graphics. It also offers fast and secure login with Windows Hello and a nearly borderless display with two new front­facing speakers to round out the user experience.   5. Lenovo ThinkPad XI Yoga. The latest ThinkPad X1 Yoga is flawlessly flexible and adapts to your needs offering true multi­mode capability that delivers stunning colors and absolute blacks. The only 14­inch notebook with an OLED display option, the ThinkPad X1 Yoga also comes with a redesigned rechargeable pen and improved "rise and fall" keyboard. The ThinkPad X1 Yoga will be available in February. 6. Toshiba Portégé X20W. A premium 2­in­1 convertible PC running Windows 10 Pro with a 360­degree dual­ action hinge allow you to use the Portégé as a notebook or digital inking tablet. And with a 7th Generation Intel Core processor, the Portégé packs plenty of power into its thin, 2.5­pound frame that includes a 16­hour battery. The pre­configured Portégé X20W will be available soon in Slate Gray. 7. Acer Aspire VX 15. With its crisp videos, smooth games and clear audio, the Aspire will be hot throughout 2017. Available in January, the Aspire is equipped with a 7th Generation Intel Core processor, a 15.6­inch Full HD IPS screen and dual fans to keep it running at optimal temperature, no matter how much you push it during a gaming session. 8. MSI GS63VR Stealth Pro Gaming Laptop. Created with the gamer in mind, the MSI GS63VR delivers a faster and smoother VR experience and is part of the latest lineup of MSI gaming devices powered by Windows 10. Thanks to the new 7th Generation Intel Core processor and NVIDIA GeForce GTX1050 Ti & GTX1050 gaming graphics cards. Enhanced audio makes the GS63VR ready to support the finest audio quality through SABRE HiFi DAC delivered straight to high­end headsets. These are just a few of the hottest devices shown for the first time at CES, and if you didn't get a chance to see them at the show, don't worry. They'll be available in the coming weeks at your nearest Microsoft Store, microsoftstore.com or a partner retailer, so don't wait to experience this amazing new tech this year. www.cheakwoolfolk.com

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The boom of urban areas

Today, more than half of the world's population lives in urban areas, according to the Department of Economic and Social Affairs of the United Nations' estimates and projections data reported in the 2014 Revision of World Urbanization Prospects. And, that figure is only predicted to grow. In fact, experts estimate urban centers will be home to two-thirds or 66 percent of the world's population by 2050.

These same predictions also see more people flocking to larger cities. By today's estimates, there are 28 megacities - locales with populations of more than 10 million people - across the globe. However, that number is expected to jump to 41 megacities as early as 2030. And as these cities continue to grow, managing that growth effectively becomes even more important.

The growth of technology and the "Internet of Things"

As cities continue to grow, experts forecast they will face challenges. There will be the need for infrastructure improvements to meet the challenges in housing, transportation, energy and employment to continue functioning successfully. As well as the ability to anticipate and prepare for future job skills requirements. A key factor in addressing both of these dilemmas lies in the continued development of technology, including the Internet of Things (IoT), to help cities utilize resources more efficiently.

IoT can be integral in helping to maintain efficiency in these ever-growing cities by transforming the existing infrastructure into a giant interactive network to include everything from air quality, transportation and energy to communication systems.

Finding professionals to meet the challenges of change

To prepare for the new economy, students can learn through coding bootcamps like those offered by DeVry University. Over a 10-week course period, these bootcamps offer attendees coding skills education that can be applied in the growing IoT economy. They also prepare students for the marketplace by helping them create a portfolio, develop an interviewing strategy and fine tune their social media presence. Students can feel more empowered to face the challenges that are ahead.

"Innovative education is critical. To meet the needs and wants of today's students, and of employers looking for professionals with targeted skill sets, we continuously explore new ways to deliver relevant educational offerings," said Shantanu Bose, Ph.D., provost of DeVry University. "Bootcamps are accelerated learning opportunities to augment current knowledge or immerse oneself into new disciplines in a matter of weeks or months. And like degree and certificate programs, bootcamps can be impressive additions to resumes when aligned with the chosen field."

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6 common tax filing mistakes to avoid Written by BPT

It's probably safe to say handing cash to Uncle Sam does not top the list of your favorite things. When it comes to filing taxes, making a small mistake can mean paying more taxes than you need to or forking over cash to cover penalties. Fortunately, there's an easy way to make sure your tax return is mistake-free: just take a little extra time to double check your work. Here's a closer look at the six most common taxfiling errors and tips to help you avoid making them. www.cheakwoolfolk.com

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o ye1. Mistake: Not reporting all income. Reporting your income is easy if your employer sends you a wage statement (called Form W­2) documenting what you made throughout the year. But what about the money you earned from any freelance work? Unfortunately, many people forget to report extra income from side jobs such as photography shoots, design projects and Etsy shops. How to avoid the error: Depending on how much you earned, you may receive an "information return" called Form 1099 from the institution that paid you. There are numerous 1099 forms that report different types of income earned during the year, but in some cases you may not receive the document. For example, if you earn less than $600 as a freelance writer, the institution is not required to send you Form 1099­ MISC. However, you still need to include the amount earned in your total annual income so it's important to keep your own records of each transaction. "To help accurately report your income, review last year's return and match your income sources item by item," says TaxAct Director of tax development, Mark Jaeger. "If you discover you haven't received a 1099 for your work, last year's return will serve as a reminder to ask about it. Keep in mind, all freelance or side­gig income is reported on Schedule C as part of your Form 1040." 2. Mistake: Mistyping bank accounts and personal information. Believe it or not, incorrect bank account numbers or personal information ­ like Social Security Numbers ­ is one of the main reasons tax returns are rejected. Using a nickname or a shortened version of your legal name also lands near the top of the list. How to avoid the error: Double ­ or triple ­ check any personal or bank account information before you submit your completed tax return. "If you need help figuring out account information, don't be afraid to ask your bank for assistance," Jaeger says. 3. Mistake: Paying too much to file your taxes. Whether you tap a tax professional or choose a DIY tax provider that charges an arm and a leg for their product, paying too much to file your return is a mistake.

How to avoid the error: Fortunately, filers have more affordable options to choose from. When looking for DIY options, do some comparison shopping. The leading tax preparation software providers offer similar features and benefits, but the price points can widely vary. In many cases, prices increase as the filing deadline nears. Look for a provider like TaxAct that not only offers a low price, but also guarantees your price won't increase if you start your online return but wait to file later. 4. Mistake: Not e­filing. While 91 percent of tax returns were e­filed in 2016, there are still filers who file a paper return. Going the pencil and paper route often means longer tax return processing times. How to avoid the error: Electronic filing (e­filing) is the quickest and most accurate way to file your tax return. In fact, the IRS typically processes e­filed returns within 48 hours. If you're due a refund, you'll get it quicker if you e­file and choose direct deposit. 5. Mistake: Incorrect calculations. When the IRS receives your tax return, one of the first steps the agency takes is to check the figures to make sure they add up. Unfortunately, it's easy to miscalculate numbers ­ especially if you're in a rush or aren't sure what to add or subtract. How to avoid the error: First, take your time and double check all numbers. Second, consider using DIY tax software so you don't have to do the math on your own. 6. Mistake: Using the wrong filing status. Choosing the wrong filing status, like Head of Household instead of Single, can have a great impact on your tax rates, the number of personal exemptions you can claim, your qualifications for certain tax deductions, credits and more. How to avoid the error: Before starting your return, review the five different filing statuses to help you select the one most appropriate for your tax situation. Carefully selecting the right one will help you feel confident you're taking the right steps to maximize your tax outcome.

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Four real-life ways technology is transforming the present and the future

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2. Safer roadways The leading factors that lead to car crashes have one thing in common ­ they all involve a human being behind the wheel. Data compiled by the Auto Insurance Center found bad driving behaviors like failure to yield right of way, not staying in the proper lane and reckless or careless driving were leading causes of accidents.

Smartphones keep people constantly connected, smart cars can drive and park themselves, and smart buildings are designed to use less energy as they keep everyone occupying them comfy and productive. Of course you think you know how technology is revolutionizing everyday life. But do you really understand that tech now touches everything? Technology's influence on modern life may be even greater than you realize. Here are four ways technology could transform your life at home and at work: 1. Home life Technology is making homes "smarter" and more connected. You may already have a smart thermostat in your home that adjusts the temperature automatically and learns your patterns and preferences to provide you with maximum comfort for minimum energy expenditure. But wouldn't you like to be able to control that thermostat ­ or the lights, alarm and blinds ­ from your office using your smartphone? Wouldn't it be great if you could ask your refrigerator whether you need milk so you can pick it up on your way home from work? The technology to do all those things already exists and is becoming more commonplace. BI Intelligence predicts that by 2020, 193 million smart home devices will be shipped. The devices will range from smart clothes washers and dryers to alarm system components, energy equipment like thermostats, and smart lighting.

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Emerging technology aims to reduce the element of human error. Connected cars use wireless technology for a range of purposes, from navigation to remote monitoring and control and even managing vehicle systems. Expected to enhance the driver's experience, all new passenger cars sold in 2025 will be connected, according to the 2015 study, "Connected vehicle­Succeeding with a disruptive technology," from Accenture Strategy. 3. Less time in doctor's offices Every time you visit a doctor's office or stay in a hospital, many costs are incurred. Co­pays, co­ insurance and deductibles cost you cash, plus you could lose valuable work time. Insurance companies pay for covered services, while visits to the hospital or doctor's office costs health care providers costly staff hours. Technologies such as remote health monitoring and diagnostics can help trim costs and deliver care. Remote monitoring uses a variety of devices (monitors) to help patients and doctors keep tabs on important health indicators, such as blood pressure or blood sugar levels. It can help physicians provide health care while incurring fewer costs associated with missed appointments and hospital readmissions, notes the Deloitte University Press. 4. Safer senior years As they grow older, many people find they need help at home in order to remain independent. Assisted living facilities aim to give seniors basic in­home care, such as help with taking medications. Technology is now available to help seniors who remain at home, including fall detection sensors and activity monitors to interactive food logs, and symptom tracking to machines that help automate wound care and physical therapy. Devices ranging from sensors and environmental controls to vehicles that are connected through the internet are some aspects of the Internet of Things, and it's a network that continues to grow, which could make tech skills more desirable. DeVry University, which was founded in 1931 with an emphasis on technology, offers degree programs that focus on information technology and computer sciences. DeVry has put technology at the core of its Feb/Mar 2017 business, tech and health care programs.

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