Day: September 3, 2020

Amanda Kloots Sings Alongside Late Husband Nick Cordero in Beautiful Tribute on Wedding Anniversary

Amanda Kloots/Instagram Nick Cordero and Amanda Kloots

Nick Cordero’s musical legacy continues thanks to wife Amanda Kloots.

On Thursday, Kloots, 38, released “Not Far Away” — a song that Cordero, who died this summer from coronavirus complications at the age of 41, had started but never finished — to coincide with their third wedding anniversary.

The fitness instructor shared the musical track on her Instagram alongside a video of herself flipping through their wedding album, writing in the caption, “Happy 3rd Anniversary Nick! For your gift, I give you music- the release of your song, Not Far Away. ❤️ I think you’d love it and be very proud.”

“Nick loves writing, recording and releasing music. He always got so nervous on the day ‘it was now available to download,’ ” she continued. “I fully understand why now having released the song today. It’s your heart and soul for the world

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39 Careless Ways Retirees Waste Money

You’ve worked hard all your life, so you deserve to enjoy yourself in retirement. However, when you live on a fixed income, it’s important to keep track of where every dollar is going and not spend money carelessly. I spoke to financial experts and business leaders to find out the most common ways retirees waste money — so you know what not to do and can make better decisions that enable your retirement savings to last well into your golden years.

Last updated: Sept. 3, 2020

A financial advisor can be a great asset when it comes to retirement planning, but make sure you’re not paying them higher fees than you need to be.

“Investment fees can run 1-2% of your assets. For retirees with a million dollars invested that’s $10-20k a year,” said speaker, writer, teacher and financial coach Jillian Johnsrud. “If you’re only getting an hour check-in per … Read More

This teacher is going viral for discovering a genius face mask accessory

Like many teachers, Angie Madden spent the summer stocking up on school supplies, including plenty of face masks to help her make it through the school week. The Georgia resident is also heading back to the classroom with an interesting accessory that makes wearing a mask all day a bit easier: a face mask bracket.

The handy accessory rests underneath your mask and holds it in place, making it easier to talk without having to constantly adjust it. For teachers who spend their whole day talking, that’s a pretty big deal.

Last week, Madden introduced her Facebook friends to her new online find and in just a few days, the video was shared nearly 300,000 times.

Madden put the product to the test when she made her way back to the classroom in August — and so far, she’s loving it.

“We started school 10 days ago and it has

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How Turmeric Can Boost Your Memory, Ease Joint Pain, and Reduce Inflammation

Photo credit: alexander ruiz - Getty Images
Photo credit: alexander ruiz – Getty Images

From Prevention

Turmeric’s benefits have been known for thousands of years, but thanks to Instagram and Pinterest (we see you, golden milk), the spice is enjoying a massive surge in popularity.

“Turmeric is getting a lot of attention lately,” says nutritionist and registered dietician Karen Ansel, R.D.N., C.D.N., author of Healing Superfoods for Anti-Aging. “But this root has been used in Chinese and Ayurvedic medicine for thousands of years to fight inflammation and improve digestive health.”

Grown throughout India and other parts of Asia, turmeric is a major ingredient in curry powder. It’s mainly found in spice- or supplement-form, and as a spice it’s commonly used to brighten up curries, stir fries, soups, and even smoothies.

“Any time you have brightly colored foods, you know there are plant compounds in there doing something great,” says Dawn Jackson Blatner, R.D.N., a dietitian and

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Some universities say notifying students of COVID-19 cases on campus violates privacy rights. Experts say transparency is key.

A Boston University student moving into a dorm reads a sign about coronavirus protocols on Aug. 18. (Stan Grossfeld/the Boston Globe via Getty Images)
A Boston University student moving into a dorm reads a sign about coronavirus protocols on Aug. 18. (Stan Grossfeld/the Boston Globe via Getty Images)

Outbreaks of COVID-19 are happening in schools and universities across the country, with several colleges shifting to online classes just weeks after opening. But some schools, like the University of Georgia, remain open for in-person classes despite coronavirus cases on campus. Now, faculty at that university have reportedly been instructed not to tell their students if a classmate has tested positive for the virus.

“Faculty should not notify others about the positive test as it may violate student privacy, even when a name is not specified in these messages,” reads an email sent on behalf of University of Georgia provost Jack Hu and vice president for instruction Rahul Shrivastav that was obtained by student newspaper the Red & Black. That guidance seemingly contradicts advice from

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Prince George’s Delays Stage 3 Coronavirus Reopenings

PRINCE GEORGE’S COUNTY, MD — Prince George’s County will not yet enter stage 3 of its coronavirus recovery effort, County Executive Angela Alsobrooks said at a Thursday morning news conference. Alsobrooks’ announcement came two days after Gov. Larry Hogan said that all Maryland jurisdictions can enter the third and final phase of his Roadmap to Recovery plan this Friday at 5 p.m.

Although Hogan will not force counties to relax their coronavirus regulations, the offer is theirs for the taking. All businesses have the governor’s permission to reopen, but only when their county approves.

“I can tell you that we are interested in the long game,” Alsobrooks said, noting that her team will reevaluate its position in a few weeks. “We are looking to make sure that whatever openings we make are ones that are sustainable and responsible, so we are taking our time.”

Alsobrooks said the county will remain

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Energy Healing Can Renew Your Mind and Body

If you’re clued into the ever-changing world of wellness, you may have noticed that energy healing has been steadily gaining mainstream popularity. Millana Snow, an energy healer and founder of Wellness Official, is excited to see it happen.

Energy healing has its roots in Ayurvedic and traditional Chinese medicine, and it comes in many forms, including Reiki, acupuncture, and crystal healing; you can expect different experiences from different teachers, Snow said. Essentially, it’s the act of channeling and changing the energy that runs through your body as a way of healing it.

Snow has developed her own practice, which she calls integrative energy healing. “I liken it to being the opposite of acupuncture,” she told POPSUGAR; working from the inside (your emotional, mental, and spiritual states) to affect your physical body. “There are so many different healers who have their own approach, their own unique way of seeing the world,”

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Why COVID-19 vaccines need to prioritize ‘superspreaders’

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How should COVID-19 vaccine be prioritized? AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File

Once safe and effective COVID-19 vaccines are available, tough choices will need to be made about who gets the first shots.

A committee of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine – at the behest of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and National Institutes of Health – has proposed an equitable way to allocate the vaccine.

They recommend first responders and health care workers take top priority. Older adults in congregate living situations would also be part of a first vaccination phase, according to the plan.

We are faculty at Johns Hopkins University and the University of Southern California who have spent decades studying health economics and epidemiology. One of us is a member of the National Academy of Medicine.

Having seen firsthand the real risks of rapid, asymptomatic spread of COVID-19 among younger adults, we

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Some schools cancel online curriculum Acellus as COVID-19 back to school kicks off

As millions of students begin the semester online, a number of schools have terminated contracts with an online learning company following reports that some lessons included racist and sexually suggestive content.

Examples posted online by activists and confirmed by Kansas City-based Acellus, a learning company that contracts with about 6,000 schools, include suggestive language such as “sweetie lips” and a controversial illustration in a lesson about Harriet Tubman. 

At least four elementary schools in Hawaii were among the first to cancel contracts. In August, parents and community members posted images and video on social media and an online petition, saying they showed examples of content that caused concern.

Parents guide to online school: 9 questions to help vet your back-to-school choices

Aliamanu Elementary School at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam decided to drop Acellus after reports of “inappropriate and racist content” that spanned course subjects and grade levels, Principal Sandra

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I Got Hypnotized Over FaceTime. Here’s What Happened

During one of my nightly scrolls through TikTok, I came across a hypnotist. In the video, a blonde woman lulled someone else into a trance, all while on a yacht — pretty luxe, right? Of course, I clicked the hypnotist’s profile and was introduced to Magdalena Kalley, a life coach and hypnotherapist. Scrolling through Kalley’s videos for the better part of an hour, her profile bio caught my eye. In it, there was a link to sign up for a FaceTime hypnosis session. Though I considered myself a hypnosis skeptic, I couldn’t resist — I decided to reach out and try it myself.

Hypnosis has an iffy reputation. Many see it as a birthday party act, something on par with a stage magician. It also “still has the stigma of ‘mind control,’” Kalley tells me later, as we prepare for my session. But, she adds, “It’s science. It’s not magic,

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