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4 Ways Becoming Physically Fit Can Save You Money

There are a number of compelling reasons to get off the couch and get into shape. It will help you look and feel great, your clothes will fit you better and it reduces your risk of cardiovascular disease and bone loss. But there is another, often overlooked, benefit. Becoming physically fit can actually save you money. How much money? Well, it varies by the individual, but it is safe to say that you can potentially save enough money to fully cover your gym membership fees and then some! Listed below are four ways that becoming physically fit can fatten up your wallet while slimming down your waistline.
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What All Single Parents Should Know about Life Insurance

There is no denying that it is difficult being a single parent. Though it can be highly rewarding, juggling work, child-rearing, bill-paying and other responsibilities can sometimes be overwhelming. If you are in such a position, know that you are far from alone. A recent report by the U.S. Census shows that as of 2008, single-parent households made up 29.5 percent of all American households with children. The numbers have undoubtedly risen since then.
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The Shocking Truth About What's in Your Cat Food, Part 2

Commercial pet food companies are not out to get our cats and other pets, but for them it’s really all about their market-share and bottom line. For pet owners like you and me the bottom line is all about the health, wellness and quality of life we can provide the cats we love. To provide healthy, nutritious and safe foods for our feline companions we have to be proactive consumers willing to learn about the cat products we buy.
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The Shocking Truth About What's in Your Cat Food, Part 1

These days many of us strive to be health-conscious food shoppers because we want our family meals to be healthy and nutritious as well as great tasting. As we push our carts along the food aisles we stop to read the bag, box and can labels in our effort to avoid the bad stuff like high levels of salt, fat, calories, and cholesterol. Sadly though, we aren't as label conscious about the food we buy for the cats we love.
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Are You a Disaster in the Kitchen? Cooking Tips for Non-Cooks

I hate cooking. Is that word too strong? How about despise, detest, resent or loathe? You get the picture. I don’t like handling meat or chopping veggies. I don’t feel confident enough to tell if something is ‘done’ and I certainly would not be able to make a suitable substitute if I didn’t have everything the recipe called for. I am, for all intents and purposes, a horrible cook. Just ask my husband. He’ll be quick to agree. Thankfully, he can cook. The skills I lack in the kitchen I more than make up for in the…garden. What did you think I was going to say? I can bake a little; or at least that is what I tell myself, but cooking is not my bag. So, if it is not yours either let me share with you a few tips that help me feed my family without the use of a microwave (most of the time).
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Don't Try This at Home: Hair-Raising Pet Remedies

If your pet becomes unwell, where do you turn for help? As a veterinarian, I understand the need to seek professional advice, but do you? Treating an animal can end in disaster if you don't know what you are doing. In the 19th century veterinary medicine was practically nonexistent and yet owners wanted to help their sick pets. So where did they turn for help?
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The Newlywed Years: A Guide to Making Decisions as a Couple

Americans are waiting longer to get married, after taking time to attend college, build their savings and advance their careers. According to a recent report published by The National Marriage Project, the average age of marriage is now 27 for women and 29 for men. For those set in their careers and living on their own, shifting into the couple mindset may take some time. To help smooth the transition from single to married life, partners should spend time talking and listening to each other, and express their support and willingness to work together toward common goals. Here are a few important decisions newlyweds should make together.
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Just Married: Now What? Financial Fitness for Newlyweds

Planning a wedding is a time-consuming yet amazing adventure. Some spend the better part of a year (or more!) preparing and planning for their big day and the subsequent honeymoon. As the wedding day inches closer on the calendar, couples are inundated with tasks concerning the guest list, table settings, floral arrangements, and even a Plan B in the event of a last-minute venue change or uncooperative weather. But once the dust settles after the whirlwind of a wedding and honeymoon, newlyweds sometimes find settling into the everyday routine of married life overwhelming. Once the wedding is done, it is time to embark on new tasks, including making big decisions on financial matters. To help prepare for life after the wedding and anticipate important post-wedding to-dos, consider the following.
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After the Wedding: What You Need to Know to Navigate Your First Year of Marriage

Your engagement period is filled with fun wedding planning activities. Picking out a dress, and reception location and planning the menu are just a few decisions involved in creating a memorable wedding celebration. Even so, once the wedding is over and you're back from the honeymoon, you and your spouse may be ready to take a break from planning. But your first year as a married couple will entail still more planning, particularly if you're thinking about purchasing a home or starting a family. Here are a few tips on planning your future together, after the wedding.
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Till Death Do Us Part: Is Life Insurance Really Necessary?

After the whirlwind of a wedding and honeymoon, couples face a number of tasks to complete and decisions to make. From determining how finances are divided up to who tackles certain household chores, there is a lot for newlyweds to iron out after getting hitched.
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When What to Expect Brings the Unexpected

There are some things that the baby books don't tell us about having babies. For instance, I've yet to read a chapter entitled "When There is Something Wrong with Your Baby" in any of the pregnancy and child-rearing books that grace my shelves. It isn't always going to be fine and it isn't always going to be easy.
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When Joyous Occasions Turn Sour: How I Coped

What was supposed to be a joyous occasion became anything but that. A performance of Hercules was kicking off our four day Disney cruise to the Bahamas when all of a sudden our hearts sank. A family getaway years in the making, and our trip was being cut short only two hours out to sea.
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How Does Obamacare Affect Doctors, Nurses and Hospitals?

The Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, receives a lot of attention in relation to how it affects individual taxpayers. This law requires most Americans to obtain health care coverage, either through employment or through a private or network plan. While the focus is on the individual, there are other entities affected as well. How does Obamacare affect doctors? This new US law affects a variety of people and businesses and in several ways. Consumers are asking questions about whether they can keep their current doctors. Some doctors wonder what this means to their patient load, income, and overall general practice health. It's important to break down the various ways the law affects doctors and patients alike.
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How Does Obamacare Affect Small Businesses?

As a small business owner, every dollar matters. There's no doubt then, that businesses want to know the answer to one question. How does Obamacare affect small business? Obamacare, a name used to describe the Obama Administration's Affordable Care Act, is a law that went into place requiring Americans to have health insurance. Prior to the law's implementation, many employers provided health insurance to employees. Yet, not all companies did so. This left many millions of Americans without the necessary health care coverage. Though the new law puts the emphasis on the employees themselves seeking out coverage when it is not employer-provided, there is still a significant impact on small businesses.
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How Does Obamacare Affect Government-Funded Programs?

When news of passage of the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, hit, many older Americans wondered about their benefits. So, how does Obamacare affect Medicare recipients? The new law requires that Americans maintain health insurance, whether through private plans, networked plans, or employer-sponsored plans. While rumors of what Obamacare would mean to seniors continued to make seniors worry about their benefits, now that the plan is in place we have a better understanding of what it means to seniors and other Medicare recipients.
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How Does Obamacare Affect Me?

Many people simply want to know: How does the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, affect me personally? The new health care system is likely to affect most Americans, but in different ways. It's important to note that if you have employer-sponsored health care, you may or may not see changes to your health care coverage, based on costs and coverage options. In some cases, your employer may make changes to policies to meet the Affordable Care Act guidelines. The ACA affects people differently, depending on their age and circumstances.
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Live Long and Prosper: 10 Tips for Leading a Healthy Life

Living a healthy life can be a complicated goal to achieve. There are many different facets of healthy living to tackle, from weight management to mental health. You can find an overwhelming amount of information on the internet, self-help guides, gyms, schools, and doctor's offices, but what tips do they all have in common? We've compiled a list of the ten tips to living a healthy lifestyle that are widely accepted by many sources as "easy wins" for any person. 1. Exercise - The benefits of exercise reach far beyond the physical. Research shows that getting at least 20 minutes of exercise a day can help your mental well-being, your stress levels, and even lengthen your life. Unfortunately, less than 21% of adults get the recommended amount of exercise. Even low-impact exercise, such as walking or dancing can be beneficial.
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10 Best Cardio Activities

Maintaining your cardiovascular fitness is one of the most important things you can do to maintain your health, longevity and overall mood. Exercise has been proven to alleviate symptoms of depression and can even help curb an excessive appetite. Weight training and yoga are great for your body, but you need to include cardiovascular workouts into your exercise routine to keep your heart healthy. To get the most out of your cardiovascular workout, determine your target heart rate. Once you have elevated your heart rate to your target level, you will want to be sure to keep it at that level for a minimum of 10 minutes.
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