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Plastic Pollution: What to Know

Plastic Pollution: What to Know

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(StatePoint) Plastics are an increasingly widespread pollutant, according to environmental experts, harming ecosystems and wildlife as well as endangering human health. One of the largest worldwide industries driving this crisis — the fast moving consumer goods (FMCG) sector which offers such things as soft drinks, toiletries, foods and other consumables…

Optimism Dips for Small and Mid-Size Business Owners

Optimism Dips for Small and Mid-Size Business Owners

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(StatePoint) As the backbone of the U.S. economy, the success of small and mid-size businesses is an important economic indicator. However, for small and mid-size business owners, optimism about sales, profits and the national economy has taken a dip in recent months. While 50 percent of business owners were optimistic…

What Parents Should Know About Their Child’s Eye Health

What Parents Should Know About Their Child’s Eye Health

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(StatePoint) Parents know that seeing clearly is important for their kid’s success in the classroom, but many are not taking their child to get annual eye exams. This is a problem because many kids don’t know what seeing clearly looks like. According to a recent study by VSP Vision Care,…

Is Your Dinner Contributing to Plastic Pollution in the Ocean?

Is Your Dinner Contributing to Plastic Pollution in the Ocean?

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(StatePoint) Did you know that the choices your local grocery store makes can have a global impact on the environment? From the types and brands of seafood sold to the way foods are packaged and carried out of the store, oceans worldwide are affected by the operations of grocers near…

Concerned About Rising Mortgage Rates? Borrowers Have Options

Concerned About Rising Mortgage Rates? Borrowers Have Options

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(StatePoint) While mortgage interest rates remain near historic lows, they have been slowly rising over the last year, increasing the cost of 30-year loans for borrowers. Home buyers concerned about higher rates have other options to consider: an adjustable rate mortgage (ARM), which provides an initial lower monthly payment, or…

How Ready is Your Child for the New School Year?

How Ready is Your Child for the New School Year?

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(StatePoint) Backpack and supplies — check! So, what’s left to do before going back to school? How about finding out how well your child has learned foundational skills that they need to succeed in the next grade? Ninety percent of K-8 parents believe their child performs at or above grade-level…

4 Ways to Make Summer Easier for Children with Autism

4 Ways to Make Summer Easier for Children with Autism

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(StatePoint) Transitional times of the year mean shifting schedules, which can be particularly challenging for children with autism and their families. Whether you’re just beginning to learn about cognitive special needs, or have many years of experience, gaining insight into what has helped other families cope can be valuable. Holly…

Don’t Let a Vacation Derail Your Diet

Don’t Let a Vacation Derail Your Diet

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(StatePoint) Vacation season is here and it’s no surprise that what you eat can have an impact on your weight. In a study from the University of Georgia, 61 percent of the participants gained weight while on vacation, with an average gain of 0.7 pounds. Some even gained up to…

Are You Prepared for Hurricane Season and Other Storm Emergencies?

Are You Prepared for Hurricane Season and Other Storm Emergencies?

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(StatePoint) Hurricane season is in full swing, running from June through November. Unfortunately, no one can stop a tropical storm or hurricane from happening and both types of weather events are increasingly impacting larger portions of the U.S. However, there are steps you can take that will help you weather…

How to Prepare for an Active Shooter Incident in Your Community

How to Prepare for an Active Shooter Incident in Your Community

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(StatePoint) Active shooter incidents are rare. You are 700 times more likely to die in a car crash, for example, than from an active shooter event, according to the National Safety Council. However, these terrifying events are on the rise. Experts say that being prepared can save lives. “Sometimes it…