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4 Simple Steps to Help Safeguard Your Health

(NC) Modern medicine leans heavily on antibiotics, which are intended to kill harmful germs in your body. But over time, germs can become resistant to the tools we use against them. What do we do when our medicines don't kill off germs?

Fortunately, you can fight back just by doing these four easy things:

Communities Thrive When You Support Local Businesses

(NC) Minimum wage increases have everyone worrying about how small businesses are going to survive. However you can make a difference with your everyday decisions about where to spend your money. From the coffee shop in the morning, to the landscaper for your garden or the restaurants and the retail stores you go to, you can choose to support a local spot.

To make your community a vibrant one, consider spending your dollars locally. Here are three reasons why it pays to support small businesses where you live.

Tips to Avoid Catching a Cold or the Flu this Fall

(NC) Ever wonder why you often get sick during the transition between fall and winter? Colds and flu are very contagious and can spread quickly and easily, especially as we move indoors and spend more time closer together. Here are some tips to help you stay healthy and fight cold and flu this fall:

Get vaccinated. The best thing you can do to prevent the flu is to get your flu vaccine every year. Flu viruses change each year and experts create a new vaccine to protect you each flu season. You cannot get the flu from the vaccine.

Prep Your Yard Now for Success Next Growing Season

(NC) Taking a little time to properly prepare your yard for fall and winter can be crucial to ensuring gorgeous plants and foliage in the spring. Follow these simple steps to get your yard in top shape:

1. There's a reason raking your yard is synonymous with fall — layers of dead grass and other materials build up over the summer and can prevent strong grass growth. Rake your yard thoroughly for a good start next spring.

Fall Into Healthier Habits This Season

(NC) Autumn is the season of change; colourful leaves, back-to-school activities and cozying up your home for the winter to come. But did you know it's also a great time to get on board with a healthier lifestyle?

Even if you're not going back to the books, the return-to-the-grind mentality is infectious and can ultimately help with your motivation. Here are some ideas to get you on track to a healthier lifestyle this fall.

How Parents Can Make School Drop-offs a Breeze

(NC) Smooth drop-offs start with stress-free mornings. Learn how to achieve both this school year with these practical tips.

Try DIY breakfast. Reduce time in the morning by simplifying breakfast. Set out some plates and cereal, chopped fruit, bread, cheese and yogurt to let the kids serve themselves, or keep these items on lower shelves in the fridge so little ones can access everything they need.