Five things to know about the 2010-2011 flu season

(ARA) – Last year’s flu season turned out to be less severe than initially feared, perhaps because the H1N1 scare made people more vigilant about flu vaccinations. Still, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, an average of 24,000 people in the U.S. die from the flu each year, and more than 275,000 were hospitalized from just the H1N1 virus last season.


Is your health passing the test?

(ARA) – Chronic diseases, like heart disease and diabetes, are among the most common, costly and preventable of all health problems in the U.S., according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Fortunately, health screening tests are an easy way to detect these conditions early, so you can prevent symptoms from worsening. And, if you’re diagnosed with a condition, regular testing can help determine how well you’re managing the disease.


Cómo elegir la calculadora idónea para la escuela

(ARA) – ¿Recuerda aquellos tiempos en los que ir a comprar efectos escolares equivalía a hacerse de dos o tres carpetas de tres anillos, algunos bolígrafos y papel? En la actualidad, la variedad y requisitos de los útiles escolares parecen infinitos, e incluso las calculadoras se fabrican con una sorprendente gama de funciones, formas y tamaños. Pero la selección de la calculadora idónea que llevarán sus estudiantes a la escuela no tiene que ser necesariamente abrumadora.

Caring for animals: a tradition that’s alive and well

(ARA) – When your office is the open range and your commute is on horseback, like mine is, it’s easy to imagine life in the Old West when schedules were set by the sun and blackberries were something you picked off the vine. Aside from a few modern conveniences, some people might be surprised to learn that life is not much different today than it was when our ancestors roamed the plains – especially our commitment to the care and handling of our animals.


Hot paint colors for cool weather redecorating

(ARA) – Summer was a sizzler, but cooler weather brings relief and a return to the indoors, which can seem a bit drab after the lively colors of summer. The easiest way to spruce up your decor is with fresh color on the walls. Along with the beauty and warmth of traditional harvest colors or the soothing calm of winter hues, consider going bold with your favorite vibrant shade of paint. Or, use a relaxed neutral that provides the perfect backdrop for colorful accessories.


Smart, simple and wallet-friendly weatherization tips

(ARA) – Getting ready for the coldest months of the year means a lot of things. You need to get warm clothes out of storage, decorate for the holidays and, of course, make sure your house keeps out drafts that can make you shiver and drive up utility bills. While it might seem like a lot to take on, prepping your home for winter doesn’t need to take a lot of time or cost a small fortune.


Slim down secrets for pets

(ARA) – Humans aren’t the only ones fighting the battle of the bulge. The number of overweight dogs and cats in America continues to rise. Nearly half (45 percent) of dogs and 58 percent of cats are overweight or obese (at least 20 percent above ideal weight), according to a recent survey of veterinarians by the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention.