Discover Heartwarming Family Drama with Heartland on UPtv

(NewsUSA) – Now more than ever, families appreciate the value of heartwarming television dramas that they can watch, enjoy, and discuss together.UP Faith and Family (UPFF), the streaming service developed by UPtv, offers commercial-free, family-friendly entertainment, including the popular series Heartland, which airs its 200th episode this season.Heartland, a multi-generational family drama set on a horse ranch in the foothills of the Canadian Rockies, is in its 12th season, and remains popular with viewers who value the family bonding time as much as the program itself."From day one, I’ve felt such a strong connection with all of the actors," says actress Amber Marshall, who plays lead character Amy Fleming."I think that makes our show special, because when people watch Heartland, they can see that we genuinely love one another, and I think that’s important."Heartland is filmed and produced in Alberta, Canada, and the stunning scenery adds to the show’s appeal.Viewers of all ages and demographics can relate to the family drama, love, and fun, not to mention the beautiful horses. Longtime fans have followed the characters and their stories for years. Storylines include the relationships between husbands and wives, parents and children, and brothers and sisters, as well as interactions between humans and horses that create moving and powerful plot twists.Even after 12 seasons, Heartland remains consistent in its goal of providing programming that parents need not fear will be inappropriate for children."We need shows that have good wholesome values, and a show [where] people can sit down with their families and feel good about it," Ms. Marshall adds.In honor of the 200th episode, UPFF will present Heartland: Through the Years, a special program featuring behind-the-scenes footage and interviews with the principal actors, producers, horse trainers, and other members of the crew.UPFF is available anytime for uplifting entertainment suitable for all ages, including kids’ programs, documentaries, and reality series. Families can download the app or visit Upfaithandfamily.com for more information about subscriptions and a 14-day free trial.The SVOD service is available on all major mobile and streaming platforms, including iOS/iPadOS, Apple TV, Android, Android TV, Roku, Fire TV and Xbox. It is also distributed by many partners, including Amazon Prime Channels, Xfinity, Dish, Sling, Cox and The Roku Channel.

Your Bucket List Isn’t Complete without These Five Experiences

(NewsUSA) – A vacation shouldn’t be about posing for photos in front of monuments.The best adventures – the ones that stay with us for years – are immersive. They engage all our senses, inspire us to see the world in a new light and introduce new cultures and customs. To get the most from these experiences, you need to uncover hidden treasures and details that that you won’t find in a guidebook.Blue-Roads Touring, a leader in experiential travel, gives you a taste of what it’s like to be a local. The company hires only experienced tour leaders, many of whom are former professors, artists and actors, allowing them to dig deeper into the art, history and culture of the region.Ready to add some new experiences to your bucket list? Try these: Soak Up the Italian Countryside How do you describe a 12-day tour of Northern Italy? In a word: Indulgence. On a Blue-Roads Italian Indulgence tour, you’ll spoil yourself in the region’s riches – from sumptuous food and wine to the glamour of the Italian Riviera. Highlights include cooking a classic Tuscan lunch from the comfort of your own villa, wine tasting in the Piedmont region and truffle hunting with a local farmer in Cherasco. Burgundy or Loire Valley by Barge The only thing that can make exploring the French countryside even better is doing it by riverboat. With just 10 cabins and 20 passengers, your intimate Blue-Roads boutique barge has all the luxuries of a lavish hotel, including French cuisine by a formally trained chef, a sundeck and Jacuzzi. Whether you venture to Burgundy or to the Loire Valley, you’ll enjoy serenely traversing the countryside by canal. On land, you can discover charming towns town on foot or bicycle and visit vineyards and farms to sample the best of the local region. The Frontlines of World War I History is more than what we read in books. Blue-Roads’ signature battlefield tours take you to the frontlines of the "war to end all wars," in Ypres and the Somme, and to memorials honoring the fallen. A highlight is that Blue-Roads connects you to relatives who gave their lives in the war so that you may pay your respects graveside. British RoyaltyAnglophiles, this is what you’ve been waiting for! This nine-day Royal Tour of Britain brings you to the castles and residences of famous monarchs – past and present. From Balmoral Castle, the Scottish holiday home of the royal family to Buckingham Castle, St. James’ Palace and the Princess Diana Memorial Fountain, Blue-Roads rolls out the red carpet on this unforgettable journey. Croatia: The Crown Jewel of Europe Walk in the footsteps of feudal kings and queens in Croatia, which provides the backdrop for many epic scenes in the fantasy series, "Game of Thrones." Scale the Diocletian’s Palace. Sip wine at family owned Bibich Winery, where the vineyards are over five hundred years old. Then set sail for Korcula, an enchanting island and the reputed birthplace of Marco Polo. Nature, history , adventure – Croatia and the Dalmatian Coast has something for everyone.Now that you’ve got five more extraordinary places and experiences for your bucket list, what are you waiting for?

Take Time for A Moment That Matters: Tire Safety

Have working batteries in your smoke alarms? Done. Has your oil been freshly changed in your car? Done. Is there a new water filter for your refrigerator? Done. But when it comes to regularly checking your tires? Like most people, there may be some room for improvement.

As fall travel and winter weather loom, taking a moment to check your car tires can make a difference in keeping you safe on the road.

This year, Cooper Tires is encouraging drivers to mark Labor Day weekend on their calendar (and the first of every month) as a tire check safety moment, to make a habit of checking tires, especially as seasons change.

A Moment That Matters: Take Time for Tire Safety

(NewsUSA) – Working batteries in smoke alarms? Check. Fresh oil in your car? Check. New water filter for your fridge? Check. But how many people think about regularly checking their tires? As fall travel and winter weather loom on the horizon, taking a moment to check your car tires can make a difference in keeping you safe on the road.This year, Cooper Tires is encouraging drivers to mark Labor Day weekend (and the first of every month) as a tire check safety moment, to make a habit of checking tires, especially as seasons change."Just as we regularly take a moment to check our smoke detector batteries when we change our clocks in the fall and spring, we need to designate a moment to check tire safety as well," says Jessica Egerton, Director of Brand Development at Cooper Tire & Rubber Company.Checking the overall condition of your tires is easy and important for your safety on the road. Your tires are the only parts of your vehicle to come into contact with, and keep you connected to, the road.The recommended tread depth is more than 2/32 of an inch deep. Do your tires meet this minimum, or are they too worn? Would you know if they are? An easy and quick way to tell is to stick a penny into the tread with Lincoln’s head facing down. If the tread covers the top of his head, you’re good to go. If not, time to replace the tire.Ensuring your tires have the recommended tread depth can help in a variety of ways, including maintaining traction on the road, keeping control of the car, and preventing hydroplaning or sliding.Don’t be under-pressured, either.Tires not inflated to the recommended level of pressure can lead to tire failure, uneven wear and cause your car to use more gas.Try this 10-minute safety check from Cooper Tires:* Check the tread. Use the U.S. penny/Lincoln’s head method. Insert the penny into the tire tread, with Lincoln’s head down and facing you. If the top of his head is visible at any point around the tire, there is too little tread, and it’s time to replace the tire!* Check the pressure. Look on the vehicle doorjamb, glove compartment, fuel door or owner’s manual to find the recommended pressure for your tires. Press a tire gauge on the valve stem. Too low? Add air. Too high? Push down on the metal stem in the center of the valve to release some air. When you reach the recommended pressure, replace that valve cap. Also, don’t check pressure right after driving. Wait at least three hours until the tires are cool.* Check your look. Inspect your tires for cuts, bulges, cracks, splits or punctures. When in doubt, ask a tire professional for an inspection.Visit coopertires.com for more information about tire safety and more details on how to take make your tire safety check moment a regular habit. 

The Pet Boost: Furry Friends Help Seniors Feel Less Lonely

(NewsUSA) – Many older adults experience feelings of loneliness and isolation as they age, but pets can provide the companionship and love seniors desire. A new survey conducted by Home Instead, Inc., franchisor of the Home Instead Senior Care Network, found regular interaction with animals can help to reduce feelings of isolation and loneliness in older adults.The most frequently cited benefits of pet ownership are company, comfort, unconditional love, entertainment and improved mood. In fact, 86 percent of pet owners agree they would be lonelier and less happy without their pet, and 58 percent agree that they would not be as physically healthy without their pet.The companionship and love provided by a pet can be especially meaningful for those most at risk for isolation. Home Instead found that pet owners who live alone are significantly more likely to report increased benefits of pet ownership.Owning a pet can also be an important factor for seniors deciding where they will live as they age. According to the survey, 82 percent of older adults say they will not consider moving to a senior living community without their pet.While interaction with animals has been shown to improve mental and physical well-being in older adults, research from Home Instead confirms that seniors don’t need to own pets to experience the benefits. Those who regularly interact with, but don’t own, pets report feeling better just spending time with animals owned by family, friends and neighbors.There are many ways seniors can interact with animals without taking on the responsibility of pet ownership. Here are a few ideas:* Volunteer at a rescue organization or animal shelter. Many rescue organizations and animal shelters could use an extra hand. Seniors can help provide care for animals, including feeding, watering, restocking supplies, washing dishes, walking dogs, cleaning cages and enclosures or socializing with the animals. Volunteers experience the benefits of interacting with pets, and they can provide some care to an animal in need.* Get to know your neighbors’ pets. Seniors who regularly walk their neighborhoods will likely see pet owners walking their dogs. Asking to join them for a walk might lead to new friendships with neighbors and dogs.* Connect with a therapy animal. Pet Partners therapy teams, made up of a pet owner and his or her registered animal, go into many locations where seniors are living or being treated, such as hospitals, hospice centers and care communities.* Visit a pet store. Some pet stores sell small animals, such as guinea pigs, hamsters, chinchillas, gerbils, mice, rats, certain geckos, bearded dragons, snakes, and specific types of frogs, birds and fish. Visiting can provide a pet fix!With so many options available, finding the right animal interaction for each individual should be as easy as a walk in the dog park.To help older adults determine what type of pet interaction is right for them, the Home Instead Senior Care® network is offering free information and tips to help seniors incorporate animals into their lives. To learn more about how older adults can bring animals into their lives, visit PetsandSeniors.com or contact your local Home Instead Senior Care office or www.homeinstead.com.

Press Here for Perfect Cold Brew Coffee at Home

Five words or less(NewsUSA) – Cold brew coffee continues to be a hot trend. Recent market research shows an increase in sales of 580 percent between 2011 and 2016 as coffee drinkers have embraced the smooth flavor of cold brew.
Cold brew is coffee made with cold water. It sounds simple, but making cold brew concentrate from ground coffee at home can be a messy and time-consuming process. Most devices on the market require 12 to 24 hours of steep time at room temperature to brew a coffee concentrate suitable for cold brew coffee, so serving cold brew coffee has traditionally required advance planning. But now a specialized coffee press allows cold brew coffee lovers to get their fix in a couple of minutes.
By briskly stirring coffee grounds and room temperature water together in the AeroPress coffee maker, you can cut brewing time from many hours to just two minutes. Simply add finely ground coffee and room-temperature water, stir, press, and enjoy a cup of smooth, flavorful cold brew coffee.
Another advantage of the AeroPress is a quick and easy cleanup. Unlike typical cold brewers, the AeroPress does not leave a large filter full of messy coffee grounds after brewing. It is designed to consolidate the used grounds and filter into a small, neat puck that pops out ready for composting.
A huge advantage of cold brewing is it can be done where there is that no access to hot water. When traveling, hiking, biking, or doing other activities away from the home kitchen, there is almost always a source of water but often no way to heat it. However with a lightweight, portable AeroPress, it is easy to brew a cup of smooth rich cold brew using tap water in about two minutes.
Not only does the AeroPress brew delicious hot coffee in addtion to cold brew, but as a multipurpose coffeemaker, it helps cut kitchen clutter by eliminating the need for separate machines.
Visit aeropress.com for more information about how to enjoy cold brew (or hot) coffee with ease in the comfort of your home.

Press Here for Perfect Cold Brew Coffee at Home

(NewsUSA) – Cold brew coffee continues to be a hot trend. Recent market research shows an increase in sales of 580 percent between 2011 and 2016 as coffee drinkers have embraced the smooth flavor of cold brew.Cold brew is coffee made with cold water. It sounds simple, but making cold brew concentrate from ground coffee at home can be a messy and time-consuming process. Most devices on the market require 12 to 24 hours of steep time at room temperature to brew a coffee concentrate suitable for cold brew coffee, so serving cold brew coffee has traditionally required advance planning. But now a specialized coffee press allows cold brew coffee lovers to get their fix in a couple of minutes.By briskly stirring coffee grounds and room temperature water together in the AeroPress coffee maker, you can cut brewing time from many hours to just two minutes. Simply add finely ground coffee and room-temperature water, stir, press, and enjoy a cup of smooth, flavorful cold brew coffee.Another advantage of the AeroPress is a quick and easy cleanup. Unlike typical cold brewers, the AeroPress does not leave a large filter full of messy coffee grounds after brewing. It is designed to consolidate the used grounds and filter into a small, neat puck that pops out ready for composting.A huge advantage of cold brewing is it can be done where there is that no access to hot water. When traveling, hiking, biking, or doing other activities away from the home kitchen, there is almost always a source of water but often no way to heat it. However with a lightweight, portable AeroPress, it is easy to brew a cup of smooth rich cold brew using tap water in about two minutes.Not only does the AeroPress brew delicious hot coffee in addtion to cold brew, but as a multipurpose coffeemaker, it helps cut kitchen clutter by eliminating the need for separate machines.Visit aeropress.com for more information about how to enjoy cold brew (or hot) coffee with ease in the comfort of your home. 

Sharing is Caring: 5 Simple Ways to Help Area Seniors

(NewsUSA) – The number of older adults in our society is growing rapidly. Today, for the first time in history, there are more people over age 60 than under age five.As this population expands, so does the need for support, with some 40 percent of middle-class Americans at risk of poverty in retirement. Yet, today, only 1 percent of charitable dollars go to efforts that support seniors.It’s time for that to change. There are organizations in every community that provide services to meet basic needs for older adults. And while donations and volunteer hours are always appreciated, caring for older adults in the community can come in many forms. In fact, simple acts of caring can make a big difference in the lives of seniors.Here are five simple ways to help older adults in your community:1. Start with hello – Introduce yourself to a senior in your neighborhood or community. A simple conversation can spark a lifetime of friendship.2. Get out and care – Join Ready to Care, an initiative by Home Instead Senior Care, and sign up to receive weekly care missions.3. Give to senior-focused organizations – There are plenty of opportunities to give to a senior-focused non-profit. Find one that sparks your interest by visiting give65.org/25years.4. Get educated – Learn about issues affecting older adults and caregivers at caregiverstress.com.5. Share your story – Share how caring for a senior impacted your life with family and friends. Encouraging others to take action can create a world of change.Join Home Instead Senior Care as it marks 25 years of caring for older adults. Why not give your time, learn how you can help, and begin serving seniors in your community today?

Sharing is Caring: 5 Simple Ways to Help Area Seniors

(NewsUSA) – The number of older adults in our society is growing rapidly. Today, for the first time in history, there are more people over age 60 than under age five.As this population expands, so does the need for support, with some 40 percent of middle-class Americans at risk of poverty in retirement. Yet, today, only 1 percent of charitable dollars go to efforts that support seniors.It’s time for that to change. There are organizations in every community that provide services to meet basic needs for older adults. And while donations and volunteer hours are always appreciated, caring for older adults in the community can come in many forms. In fact, simple acts of caring can make a big difference in the lives of seniors.Here are five simple ways to help older adults in your community:1. Start with hello – Introduce yourself to a senior in your neighborhood or community. A simple conversation can spark a lifetime of friendship.2. Get out and care – Join Ready to Care, an initiative by Home Instead Senior Care, and sign up to receive weekly care missions.3. Give to senior-focused organizations – There are plenty of opportunities to give to a senior-focused non-profit. Find one that sparks your interest by visiting give65.org/25years.4. Get educated – Learn about issues affecting older adults and caregivers at caregiverstress.com.5. Share your story – Share how caring for a senior impacted your life with family and friends. Encouraging others to take action can create a world of change.Join Home Instead Senior Care as it marks 25 years of caring for older adults. Why not give your time, learn how you can help, and begin serving seniors in your community today?

Taking Control of Distressing Low Sexual Desire: A Patient’s Journey

(NewsUSA) – For Amy, living with acquired generalized hypoactive sexual desire disorder (HSDD) was stressful. Acquired, generalized HSDD means that you have not had low sexual desire in the past and that you now have low sexual desire, no matter the sexual activity, situation, or sexual partner.She and her husband tried different types of stimulation, but nothing got her in the mood. "My lack of interest in sex was hard on my marriage. My husband wanted to be intimate, but I didn’t. I missed that connection with him."Amy is not alone in her experience. HSDD is a diagnosable medical condition that affects approximately 1 in 10 women in the U.S., with a profound impact on a woman’s emotional state, her sense of self and her relationships."Trying to deal with the strain of low sexual desire was difficult. I talked to my husband about it and we looked for solutions together. Eventually, my doctor helped me enroll in a clinical trial for an HSDD investigational treatment.""In the clinical trial, I received training on how to use an autoinjector to take the medicine at least 45 minutes before I anticipated sexual activity. I found the injection easy to use, it fit conveniently into my schedule and it put me in the driver’s seat for when I wanted to take the medication. I felt empowered when my desire returned and started to look forward to being intimate with my husband again."Following the clinical trial, Amy hoped she would one day have the choice of taking the medication again. In June 2019, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved Vyleesi™ (bremelanotide injection) to treat hypoactive (low) sexual desire disorder (HSDD) in certain premenopausal women. Vyleesi is not indicated for the enhancement of sexual performance, but women will have another treatment option for HSDD when Vyleesi is available later this month.In the clinical trials, the most common side effects were nausea, flushing, injection site reactions, headache and vomiting. Vyleesi should not be used by women with uncontrolled high blood pressure or heart disease.AMAG Pharmaceuticals, the company launching Vyleesi, will offer co-pay assistance to help women access Vyleesi. Patients will be able to obtain their first four-pack of Vyleesi autoinjectors with a $0 co-pay, and refills for no more than $99. Under current government regulations, pharmaceutical companies cannot offer this type of program to patients insured by federal health care programs, including Medicare and Medicaid.Amy says, "I am motivated to share my story because I want to encourage other women to talk to their healthcare providers about distressing low sexual desire and find out what treatment options are available. They should know they do not have to suffer in silence."Women who may be experiencing symptoms are encouraged to visit Vyleesi.com and utilize a tool called the HSDD Symptom Checker. To verify diagnosis and to see if Vyleesi might be an appropriate treatment option for them, women are encouraged to speak with their healthcare provider (HCP). An open and honest conversation between a woman and her HCP is the first step to improving desire, reducing distress and getting back to a fulfilling sex life – something all women deserve.IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATIONDo not use VYLEESI if you have uncontrolled hypertension, known heart disease or are taking oral naltrexone-containing products intended to treat opioid or alcohol addiction. Women who can become pregnant should use effective birth control during treatment with VYLEESI.VYLEESI can cause serious side effects, including temporary increase in blood pressure and decrease in heart rate, severe nausea, and skin darkening that might be permanent.The most common side effects of VYLEESI include nausea, flushing, injection site reactions, headache, and vomiting. But these are not all the possible side effects of VYLEESI; consult your healthcare professional for more information or visit Vyleesi.com for additional Important Safety Information.You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit www.fda.gov/medwatch or call 1-800-FDA-1088.