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If you find it harder to keep up with your workouts as the temperatures drop, you’re not alone. Many Americans find it increasingly difficult to remain committed as the holiday blues, shorter days and less-than-ideal weather create obstacles. Whether you’re a gym-goer or outdoor exerciser, there are simple ways to overcome winter obstacles and keep your fitness on track:

  • Remember to warm up. If you’re an outdoor exerciser and the weather is colder, try doing...
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The cold weather is here for many. You may be tempted to pull out your space heater this winter to stay warm. However, according to the National Fire Protection Association, heating equipment, such as your space heater, is the second-leading cause of home fires each year from December through February. To avoid becoming part of the statistic, incorporate the following safety tips while staying warm:  

  • Avoid using space heaters to warm bedding, thaw pipes or dry clothing.
  • ...
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Winter driving can be dangerous—even more so if you’re on the road unprepared for a possible accident. While winter weather has the potential to leave you and your car stranded, a winter driving emergency kit could help you get back on the road or at least help keep you safe while waiting for help to come.

If you live somewhere where snow and ice are common, consider packing a safety kit for your vehicle. Winter driving emergency kits typically include:

  • Battery booster...
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I think we can all agree there are few things that can steal our joy as quickly and easily as having debt. If we were to pinpoint one type of debt that has delayed recent graduates from saving for retirement, it’s student loans.

While the CARES Act provided a brief respite for those in need, it remains critical that we take ownership of our financial worlds. With the current student loan tally in the U.S. at just over $1.7 trillion, it is evident that the concern will endure for the...

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With the fall and winter months comes flu season. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), flu activity peaks between December and February, so now’s the time to ensure you’re prepared. Social distancing and mask mandates significantly prevented a “twindemic” last year as the flu season coincided with the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

Those safety measures helped prevent a majority of flu cases. However, as more states and businesses lift mask mandates and other...

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Fall signals a natural time of transition. Fall is also a great time to get maintenance tasks done if you live in an area where cooler weather is right around the corner.

Care for your home this upcoming season by maintaining your home with the following tips:

  • Clean gutters and downspouts. Clear leaves and debris from gutters and downspouts to prevent flooding and freezing around your foundation.
  • Drain gas from yard equipment....
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According to the World Health Organization, breast cancer became the most common cancer this year, accounting for 12% of all new cancer cases worldwide. In addition, breast cancer is the most frequently diagnosed cancer among American women. However, some men are also at risk for breast cancer.

The main factors that influence your risk of breast cancer include being a woman and getting older. Additional risk factors that are out of your control include genetic mutations, exposure to...

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Distracted driving occurs whenever you engage in an activity behind the wheel that takes your attention away from the road. Such activities can include using your cellphone, eating, drinking, plugging information into your GPS or adjusting the radio.

Think distracted driving isn’t a serious concern? Think again. According to the National Safety Council, more than 700 people are injured each day as a result of distracted driving crashes. Keep reading to learn what you can do to reduce...

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With the COVID-19 vaccine becoming much more widely available across the country, the topic of returning to in-person work, school and other activities is being discussed constantly. However, the country's reopening coincides with the spread of the Delta variant of the coronavirus, which accounts for more than half of all COVID-19 cases in recent weeks. Returning to pre-COVID life amid this latest development can understandably cause feelings of uncertainty or re-entry anxiety.

What...

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Recent findings from the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) confirmed that household construction costs have surged over the past year. This rise in construction costs is directly tied to soaring building material expenses—namely, the price of lumber. According to the NAHB, current lumber costs are up 340% from 2020. What’s more, lumber prices have already risen by an additional 67% since the beginning of 2021.

There are several reasons for these higher expenses....

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