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OCTOBER 2020

Chase away the winter blues with Vitamin D

(BPT) - Winter got you down? Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is estimated to affect 10 million Americans, according to Psychology Today. Another 10 percent to 20 percent may have mild SAD. Even if you don't have diagnosed SAD, it's not uncommon to have bouts of the winter blues. There are many reasons people experience a "winter funk:" cold weather, little sunlight, shorter days, limited outdoor activity, etc. Additionally, between the months of November and March, the lack of vitamin D absorption from the sun can be taxing on your immune system and may also be contributing to your winter blues. Dubbed "the happy vitamin" by some researchers, vitamin D could be the key to turning sea

Protect your family from carbon monoxide dangers

(BPT) - Few areas of the country are immune to natural disasters or severe weather. Whether you live in a hurricane zone or face icy winters, it is important to prepare your home and family to weather the storm and know the potential health and safety risks that may arise in emergency situations. Beyond inconvenience, widespread and long-term power outages resulting from storms raise a much more serious concern: carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning. While the poisonous gas can come from any fossil fuel-burning appliance or vehicle, the risk posed by generators is of particular concern because of this year's devastating storm season. "Simple preparation, along with an understanding of the risks

What's the best smartphone for you?

(BPT) - There are so many choices when shopping for a smartphone these days, and the differences can be very subtle. Here are some of the key things you’ll want to look at to make sure you and the one that works best for your needs. Operating System (OS): There are two different operating systems to choose from. iOS works with iPhones, while Android operates with a wider variety of smartphones, like those from Samsung or Motorola. In general, iOS is considered easier to use, but you need to have an Apple device. Android gives you more options, plus the ability to customize with third-party software and widgets. Screen size: Get the right-size screen for the things you’ll want to do. Buy a

Prep your home for extreme winter weather

(BPT) - As winter approaches, many cities in the U.S. have already started to experience the winter chill with temperatures below freezing and snow fall. But cold weather isn’t exclusively a northern phenomenon as the majority of the country experiences extreme temperatures at some point during the winter months. Remember in January 2014 when all 50 states logged below-freezing temperatures on the same day? Cold weather can wreak havoc on your home and your comfort if you are not well prepared. ‰at’s why it’s important to prepare your home for winter and take extra precautions for when the temperatures drop, no matter where you live. Here are some tips that can help protect your ho

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