You’ve Quit — What’s Next?

Quitting smokingCongratulations — you made the decision to improve your overall health and happiness when you chose to quit smoking.

Giving up cigarettes can be a goal that’s hard to follow through with in the beginning, but if you keep focused on the long-term gains and your reasons for quitting, it can help make the transition period much easier. Whether this is your first attempt to quit or your tenth, you’ll find it’s much easier if you think about the positive outcomes instead of your current struggle.

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Protect Your Personal Information During Online Purchase Transactions

part three of a four-part series

Concept of online shopping with keyboard and credit cardMany Internet users have turned to shopping and buying online, even though they have concerns about the security of their credit card information and the safety of their personal details. Online purchases are here to stay, and while security of your financial information continues to advance, there are still dangers of which to be aware.

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A Vegetarian Thanksgiving

decorative mini pumpkins on wooden backgroundIt’s never easy to be a vegetarian when your family is filled with dedicated carnivores, but being one at Thanksgiving practically makes you an outcast.

When turkey’s not on the table, is it even really Thanksgiving? Thankfully, a lot of families are beginning to embrace the idea of non-traditional Thanksgiving dinners that include their vegetarian members, as well. Whether you’re hosting as a vegetarian or just want to feed one, here are a few easy ways to have a holiday meal everybody can enjoy together.

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Making Sure to Care for the Caregiver

CaregiverBetween working a full-time job, taking your kids to their after-school activities and caring for your elderly mother, there’s just not any time left for you to relax. Being a caregiver can be an incredibly rewarding experience, but without stopping and taking some time for yourself, you’ll experience caregiver burnout in no time. The truth is, it’s hard to know exactly where to draw the line when you’re caregiving, or even how to get help when you just need five minutes to yourself.

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You & Your Medicine: Safe Travels

Family at the airportTraveling is a great adventure that opens up foreign cultures, beautiful scenery and amazing sights, but if you’re traveling with medication the adventure can start before you get into the car. Medication complicates travel, but if you plan ahead and pack properly, you’ll still have a great time.

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Eat, Drink and Be Healthy This Holiday Season

Holiday CandyYou know it’s almost the holiday season when pumpkin spice-flavored everything starts popping its head up at every turn. It can be easy to fall to temptations like pastries, pies and seasonal favorites. The good news is that you can make sure last summer’s shorts fit just as well next summer if you make a plan for the holiday season and stick to it.

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Veterans Day Brief History and Local Events for 2014

American HeroesOriginally named Armistice Day, the Veterans Day holiday was established to honor Americans who had served in World War I.  Armistice means a truce, or an agreement made by opposing sides in a war to stop fighting for a certain time.  It falls on November 11th, the day when that war ended in 1918, but it now honors veterans of all wars in which the Unites States has fought.

Veterans’ organizations hold parades or other special ceremonies, and the President customarily places a wreath on the Tomb of the Unknowns at Arlington National Cemetery, across the Potomac River from Washington, D.C.

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Data Brokers Sell Your Personal Online Information

part one of a four-part series
child on internet

Would you walk up to a stranger on the street and give him or her your name, date of birth, home address, number of children, likes, dislikes and other personal information?

Probably not, but every time you use the Internet, that information is collected and stored in a database. Your personal data is made available for sale to marketing companies, direct Internet sales, and anyone else who wants to target you as a potential customer…or victim of fraud.

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