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5 simple tips to refresh 'brown bag' lunches
(BPT) - You're running out the door, already late and thinking about that important 8 a.m. meeting. Lunch is the last thing on your mind. In fact, you usually just pick something up from the deli line or local fast food place and hurry back to your desk. Sound familiar? You're not alone. Only one in ...
Bright ideas to help working women find work-life balance
(BPT) - Life for the modern working woman is a constant balancing act. She strives for success on the job while supporting her family and pursuing her own personal goals. As she makes her way through her daily to-do list, there's often one thing that gets pushed: time for herself.An estimated 57 per ...
5 reasons to make a career in fitness
(BPT) - Imagine waking up early on a Monday morning with a smile on your face. You’re excited to get the week started because you love what you do. Or how about taking a Tuesday afternoon all to yourself, without having to ask permission and use your precious vacation time? It might sound like ...
5 money tips every teen should know
(BPT) - For most teens, high school is an exciting time for those sweet, first tastes of independence: first dates, first cars, first paychecks.As low-stakes as some of these milestones may seem, there's one area that deserves some extra attention in every family: personal finance. Today's teens are ...
5 tips to start the school year off 'write'
(BPT) - Kristen Chase, mom of four, parenting expert and co-founder of CoolMomPicks.com, partnered with BIC to share five tips on shopping, scheduling and boosting kids' creativity both in and out of the classroom.1. Reboot their mind. It’s hard to get back in the habit of learning, so plan so ...
A+ ideas for supporting classroom learning
(BPT) - Proud parents across the country are watching their children head back to the classroom for another exciting school year. The knowledge they gain in class will help set them on a path to success. However, learning shouldn't stop when the school bell rings at the end of the day."Education sho ...
Back to school tips: 4 ways to support local teachers this year
(BPT) - Every year, teachers across the country pour their hearts into helping students excel in school. Along with regular classroom time, teachers typically go the extra mile in various ways such as purchasing classroom supplies and offering their expertise during office hours, where students come ...
5 back-to-school tips to maximize family time
(BPT) - As summer comes to a close, the anticipation of the new back-to-school year can be both exciting and stressful. Summer fun will soon give way to after school activities, sports and homework. Mornings will become slightly more hectic and fast-paced as everyone races to get their backpacks and ...
Save money, cut stress with savvy small-business travel tips
(BPT) - If you work for a small business, you're in good company. There are 28 million small businesses in the United States that provide 55 percent of all jobs, according to the U.S. Small Business Administration.Travel is a necessary part of growing a small business. In fact, two out of three smal ...
Back to school with diabetes: 5 steps to keep your child safe at school
(BPT) - For parents of children living with diabetes, back to school season includes more than the usual shopping trips for supplies and clothes.Diabetes management is a 24-hour job. During the school year, your child is spending a large portion of their day in class or participating in extracurricu ...
5 Easy Tips to Help Your Child Have a Successful School Year
(BPT) - As summer winds down, the excitement of back-to-school shopping, new classes and making new friends are top of mind for children across the country. Parents face the familiar challenge of getting their children prepared for a successful year. The demands of a new school year however, can be ...
5 superfoods that support kids' eye health
(BPT) - The start of the school year means a laundry list of to-do's for parents. From shopping for school supplies to scheduling an annual physical, it's a hectic yet exciting time for the entire family.As kids settle back into the groove of the school year, you can ensure they are prepared with th ...
College and credit cards: How parents can play professor
(BPT) - Last year, college campuses across the country had 2.1 million recent high school graduates walk through their doors — a number that will likely be matched in 2016. But a freshly printed campus ID isn’t the only plastic eager students will carry this fall. A recent ...
A+ college moving tips
(BPT) - Across the country thousands of students are packing up their childhood rooms and heading off to a new adventure at college. The transition is equal parts exciting and nerve-wracking. The move itself, however, shouldn’t cause unneeded stress.While college students usually don’t h ...
Balancing college and Olympic dreams: One athlete's story
(BPT) - Between grueling training sessions, travel for competitions, personal life and family obligations, how does a leading athlete excel in their sport and manage college at the same time? Adeline Gray, a three-time world champion for Team USA in Women’s Wrestling, has not only been realizi ...
Brain foods: Eating for academic success
(BPT) - What do the foods your children eat have to do with the grades they bring home? Surprisingly, more than many people think.Research shows that certain vitamins and nutrients support brain health and development. That means the snacks, meals and supplements your child consumes can give them an ...
Is Generation Z solely digital? How today's students learn best
(BPT) - All students heading back to school this year are part of the new generation known as Gen Z. Born in the years of 1995-2012, this group is defined by the fact that they grew up with a widespread usage of technology from a very young age. Laptops, software, apps and digital devices have ...
Beyond sports: Off-the-field afterschool activities to challenge your child
(BPT) - From soccer to lacrosse, sports are what most parents initially think about when considering extracurricular activities for their children. However, today’s schools and communities understand there’s a need for diverse afterschool options that challenge kids in a variety of ways. ...
Healthy hacks for sneaking whole grains, veggies into kids' meals
(BPT) - Does every day feel like a war to get your child to eat vegetables and whole grains? As a parent, you understand the importance of nutritious eating. Your children, however, can be surprisingly stubborn.Getting your child to eat better doesn't have to result in a battle of wills. Smart paren ...
The art of innovation: The key to unlocking creative blocks
(BPT) - The Wright Brothers knew they were going to crash, yet tried to fly anyway. Unlike their competitors, the former bicycle mechanics brought extra parts to the sand dunes to make onsite repairs and reduce cycle time. Their creative courage resulted in not just a new product (the aircraft), but ...
Generation Z: How today's students learn best [Infographic]
(BPT) - A recent study on Generation Z commissioned by Post-it Brand found that this so called "digital generation," who grew up with smartphones, the internet and other technology, is not solely digital. In fact, Gen Z students see value in analog tools when it comes to learning and writing things ...
Summer brain gain: STEM activities guaranteed to excite kids
(BPT) - When parents and educators discuss the "summer slide," they aren't talking about the cool new feature at the community pool. The term refers to the learning loss that kids experience over summer break, and unfortunately it can have a dramatic impact on their academic success.During the long ...
5 gigs that will help you pay for college
(BPT) - Let’s face it — college is expensive. Whether you’re still in school trying to pay for textbooks and housing, a professional facing your student loans or a parent saving for your child’s future tuition, the cost of an education can result in debt that looms for decade ...
Tips for navigating the sharing economy
(BPT) - Thousands of people stayed in rooms and houses last night that belong to strangers. More hopped into cars with people they'd never met and accepted a ride to a restaurant or to their home. A young woman rented a designer dress she saw listed online.These are a few examples of the sharing eco ...
4 ways to save during the back-to-school season
(BPT) - Back-to-school shopping can come with plenty of sticker shock, if you don't plan ahead. This year, parents said they plan on spending more this year than last, with totals exceeding $900 to outfit and supply, according to a survey by Rubicon. To shave some dollars off that total, here are a ...
American Legion Auxiliary Girls Nation Prepares Next Generation of Female Leaders
(BPT) - This summer, top teenage girls representing all 50 states convened in Washington, D.C. to vote on important legislation. But these representatives haven't been elected by the American people yet. The group of 100 high school senior girls assembled for the 70th annual American Legion Auxiliar ...
Innovation: A fundamental factor in family-owned business success
(BPT) - It's no secret that there are countless challenges facing today's family-owned businesses. In fact, less than one-third of family businesses successfully migrate from first to second generation ownership. Another 50 percent never survive the transition from second to third generation, accord ...
Online schools allow personalized education with flexible schedules
(BPT) - K-12 education has evolved. What used to be a linear path to academic success has expanded to a variety of nontraditional options for students looking to chart their own course in and after school.Nationwide, more than 275,000 K-12 students in the U.S. attended online school full-time during ...
Tips to help moms sleep better during back-to-school transitions
(BPT) - Early mornings, new extracurricular activities and loads of homework — back to school is a big transition for kids. With the focus on children’s success, there’s one family member who always sacrifices her well-being to ensure days run smoothly: Mom.“She lays in bed a ...
5 hot trends in school supplies
(BPT) - School supplies have never been this stylish. Sure, you should stock up on classic highlighters and yellow pencils, but why stop there? Why not reach for a binder with an elegant rose-foil design or a zipper pouch with a sassy slogan? Will these expressive touches make your kid study harder? ...
Why your employer wants you to volunteer - and why you should
(BPT) - Does your employer consider community service part of a job well done? If you're wondering whether you should take advantage of your employer's offer to pay you for volunteer time, keep in mind employee volunteerism benefits everyone involved - your company, the organization you'll help and ...
Smart borrowing tips to help families pay for college
(BPT) - Six months ago, getting an envelope in the mail from a choice college was cause for rejoicing. The coveted acceptance letter meant you or your youngster would be embarking on one of life's most rewarding journeys. Now, however, an envelope from the college likely contains a tuition bill, and ...
Think you know what public service professionals do for a living? Think again
(BPT) - What we think we know and what's actually true are often very different. Those popular internet memes based on the theme of "what I actually do" are a humorous example of how perception and reality can differ for certain professions.That is sometimes the case with public service professions. ...
Emerging trends in nursing instruction signal shifts across education
(BPT) - When patients are treated as individuals, they become engaged, active partners in their care plan and their health outcomes improve. This shift in providing customized care to patients is also being adopted by nurse educators, who are applying a similar approach that sets up nursing students ...
The exception is now the rule: There's a 'new majority' in college classrooms
(BPT) - When most people hear "college student," they likely envision an 18-year-old who is fresh out of high school. But the student body on America's campuses has evolved. In fact, according to the National Center for Education Statistics, nearly 75 percent of undergraduate students today could be ...
Office excellence: Creating efficient work environments and hosting productive meetings
(BPT) - - A recent study on workplace trends commissioned by Post-it Brand found that creating efficient work environments is a common goal across businesses nationwide, reinforcing the necessity for solutions that enhance productivity at work and help facilitate productive meetings, such as Post-it ...
Healthy career outlook for health care professionals with law skills
(BPT) - Career opportunities in the health care industry are expected to continue growing more quickly than in virtually any other industry, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Occupational Outlook Handbook. Not only is the health care industry expected to add more than 2 million ...
Respecting the stars and stripes: American flag etiquette
(BPT) - Summers are packed with outdoor activities, barbecues and patriotic celebrations. While the American flag is often an important part of these celebrations, many of us have questions about how to properly care for and display it."Flag etiquette can be confusing," says Mary "Dubbie" Buckler, e ...
America's new student body [Infographic]
(BPT) - Traditional college enrollment is typically thought of as a full-time student enrolling immediately after high school. Today’s students are diverging from this pattern and pursuing education in multiple, nontraditional ways. As adults look to finish their education, develop new skills ...
Classroom technology unites students nationwide, ushers in new learning experience
(BPT) - When Cyndi Roberts steps into her classroom in Columbus, Ohio, her 19 students finish their conversations and get ready to start the day’s lesson. Like a scene from a high-tech science fiction film, she’s followed by voice-activated motion-detection cameras as she greets 14 peopl ...
Do you suffer from a longevity disconnect?
(BPT) - They say that age is just a number. For the 10,000 who reach retirement age every day, however, that number may come with a multitude of questions about whether they have done enough to prepare for retirement.The good news is that Americans today are living longer than previous generations. ...
Certified coders in high demand following ICD-10 implementation
(BPT) - Nine years ago, Peter Esswein, a resident of Sandy Springs, Georgia, enrolled in a health information technology degree program at DeVry University to capitalize on the growing prominence of electronic medical records."I always wanted to work in the medical industry, and the time was right f ...
Simple ideas to inspire your tween reader
(BPT) - Reading is a gateway to other places, time periods, or even worlds. It's also the springboard to success in school and beyond. Parents can inspire a life-long love of reading by encouraging and guiding their children, especially as they get older.“The tween years are particularly impor ...
5 need-to-know senior photo trends
(BPT) - Graduating high school can be both exciting and terrifying. You're busy finalizing plans and enjoying those last moments with friends and family, but don't forget about another important milestone during this time: your senior photos.Whether you've been looking forward to taking senior pictu ...
Cultural awareness, collaborative spirit: Building a culture of health
(BPT) - Patient behavior and attitudes about health are deeply rooted in outside influences like cultural and societal norms. Thanks to their role in providing person-centered care, a type of care that takes a patient’s physical and emotional well-being into account, nurses develop close relat ...
10 ways to balance a tight schedule at school and work [Infographic]
(BPT) - Making the decision to start or return to college is an exciting one - the beginning of a new chapter in your life. But it can be a real challenge to manage school and work when you're committed to both. So how do you keep your existing responsibilities and your educational goals in sync? We ...
End impossible choices: Choose humanity [Infographic]
10 ways to be more active during the work day
(BPT) - We’re sitting too much and it’s dangerous. The average American spends more than seven hours sitting every day, and the more time you sit, the higher your risk of serious, potentially life-threatening health problems such as obesity, type 2 diabetes and heart disease. So, wh ...
Why you should know about the role of Advanced Practice Registered Nurses
(BPT) - If you’ve been to a doctor’s office, walk-in health clinic or hospital recently, the odds are pretty good that you have met or received care from an advanced practice registered nurse. Known as APRNs, they deliver a variety of primary care services and some specialized clinical s ...
Discover these 4 transformative vacations
(BPT) - With the busy travel season upon us, people comb through travel websites and brochures looking to find their ideal vacation destination. Some search for stunning examples of wilderness found only in America; others seek a cultural experience, a chance to taste new foods, visit historic sight ...
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