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(NAPSI)—Some 10 billion animals are raised on our nation’s farms and ranches, yet the vast majority—almost 90 percent—are not provided animal-centric welfare standards beyond the industry standards offered by trade association guidelines and retailer-imposed audits. And very few producers are audited by independent third-party certifying organizations to verify that humane standards are met.
(NAPSI)—At holiday time or any time you and your family are busy, it’s important to remember that pets can get stressed out, especially if they spend a lot more time alone than normal.
(StatePoint) It may be too soon to start thinking about sending your baby off to kindergarten, but kids are never too young to develop a love of learning. The way you play with them during the early years can enrich their development substantially, say early childhood experts.
(StatePoint) Have any budding scientists in your family? If your children are fascinated by nature, dinosaurs and other cool science subjects, you can help foster their interests by turbo charging their playtime to fit their favorite topics.
(BPT) - The holidays are often an exciting but hectic time filled with parties, travel and social obligations. If you’re among the 68 percent of Americans who own a pet it can be tough to figure out how to keep your pet anxiety-free and happy during the holiday hustle and bustle.
(BPT) - Fall weather affects pets just like their people. While you are taking precautions to protect yourself from cooler temperatures and environmental changes, you need to safeguard your dogs and cats, too.
(Family Features) Including pets in your family's Halloween festivities can be a fun addition to your celebration. However, with all the excitement comes the chance for pets to get into danger or trouble. You can head off potential problems and enjoy an evening of fun with some safety tips and smart planning.
(NAPSI)—There appears to be a significant difference between what many people offer as their opinion about pet homelessness and what, if anything, they do about the problem.
(BPT) - Did you know that some of your favorite beverages can have upwards of 500 calories per serving due to high sugar content? With many adult women on a 1500 to 1800 calorie per day diet, that one sugary delight can quickly make up a big portion of your daily calorie allotment. Moreover, with two in three Americans overweight and 26 million with diabetes, watching calories and reducing sugar is an important step towards leading a healthier lifestyle.
(NewsUSA) - You know you're supposed to do it twice a year. But what homeowner relishes the thought of climbing a ladder to check the health of his roof -- as key to a home's energy efficiency as that roof might be -- when the weather is turning sharply colder outside?
Contemporary movements, such as those initiated after the recent shooting death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, can be born seemingly overnight in the digital age. UA researchers point to several factors.
(NAPSI)—Clinical psychologist Dr. Michael Breus, one of the nation’s top sleep experts, has some advice to offer parents. Known as “The Sleep Doctor,” he’s a widely recognized leader in this ever-evolving field and perhaps best known for his appearances on Dr. Oz, CNN, Oprah, “The View” and “The Doctors.”
(StatePoint) Many people think of allergies as a spring problem, but most sniffle sufferers know that fall can pose its own issues. Mold and ragweed are common fall allergy triggers, as well as dust mites, which are naturally more prevalent in the home during the drier months.
(BPT) - It’s no secret a wholesome diet helps keep kids healthy while giving them the energy and nutrients they need to concentrate and excel at school. Healthful meals and physical activity are essential for child growth and development, and parents hold the key to proper nutrition for the entire family.
(Family Features) All pets bring us closer to the natural world, but specialty pets, such as fish, small pets and reptiles, provide a unique way to inspire kids to learn about the world around them. As teachers and families gear up for the start of a new school year, pets can help teach kids responsibility and how to keep a routine. They can sharpen kids' math and science skills through activities such as measuring food and water, keeping track of days of the week on a calendar and studying information about their care needs.
(StatePoint) Playtime should be fun, but who says it can’t also be beneficial to kids? From imaginative play that expands creativity to toys that develop crucial motor skills, kids’ play can be a time when learning and fun go hand in hand.
(StatePoint) Whether your home rests on a small lot or a large woodland, there are steps you can take to create a thriving ecosystem for local wildlife. And if you live on woodlands, you may even consider turning your property into an ideal game habitat.
Like many, I was shocked when I heard the news last week that Robin Williams was found dead at age 63. Like many, I was even more shocked when I found out that the man who had made me laugh so many times throughout my life had committed suicide.