How a master’s degree can boost your career

Returning to school for a master’s degree may seem like a daunting undertaking, no matter what your current situation is. However, it’s important to understand the many benefits of pursuing a master’s degree, and how those benefits can be applied to enhance your current job — or leveraged in a new career. Here are a few ways that advanced education can create new opportunities. Grow your knowledge and update skills. Continuing your education can help you stay up to date on knowledge and skills relevant to your field and could…

4 Things to Know When Shopping for a Medicare Prescription Drug Plan

About 10,000 Americans turn 65 every day and by 2050, seniors will represent more than 20% of the population.[i] If you are 65 or older, staying healthy is more important than ever. One step includes picking a Medicare prescription drug plan during Open Enrollment, which began Oct. 15. If you pay out-of-pocket for your prescription drugs, a Medicare prescription drug plan may help save money. Each plan provides a list of covered medications, which is available through the plan’s website and customer service center. With the right tools and a…

How everyone can save on vital energy costs

It’s something everyone in the U.S. needs and uses in their everyday lives — energy to keep the lights on, appliances working and homes cool or warm enough to be comfortable. Now that everyone is spending more time at home, energy needs — and costs — for households across the country are going through the roof. And unfortunately, energy costs are even higher for families already struggling due to lower income levels along with job insecurity and other challenges due to the pandemic. According to the American Council for an…

How dairy farmers are protecting our planet

A gallon of milk. Cream for our coffee. A pat of butter. Whether you’re enjoying a yogurt on the go in the morning or family night at home with a cheese and veggie pizza, dairy has been an enjoyable and nutritious part of daily life for generations. Throughout that time, America’s dairy farm families have provided an essential service to nourish their communities, during good times or bad. Did you know those same dairy farmers are also taking care of our planet? America’s 34,000 dairy farm families are directly connected…

Online more these days? 5 facts about entertainment news scams

As Americans continue to follow stay-at-home and social distancing recommendations, their personal and professional online activity has drastically increased. As a result of the jump in online activity, the threat of data breaches and identity theft is greater than ever. That’s because cybercriminals are getting smarter by continually adjusting their strategies to consumer behavior. After COVID-19 hit early this year, for example, they targeted their efforts even more closely to those spending the most work and leisure time on their smartphones, tablets, laptops and desktops. These days, many of their…

Is your ‘peehavior’ ramping up? You may have an overactive bladder

If you’re over the age of 40 and heading to the bathroom with increasing urgency and frequency or trying to avoid leakage, you could be experiencing symptoms of overactive bladder or “OAB”.[1],2 Urgency (feeling like you can’t make it to the toilet in time), frequency (having to pee more than usual during the day) and leakage are all symptoms of OAB”.[2] If any of these symptoms seem familiar to you, talk to your medical provider who can conduct a thorough assessment of your bladder health.2 Nearly 30 million Americans 40…

Worried about the COVID learning slide? 4 steps parents can take

School is so unpredictable this year, it’s hard not to worry about the what ifs. What if my child falls behind due to distance learning? What if my kids have trouble getting back to in-person learning? It’s an anxious time for many parents. In fact, a recent Understood/YouGov survey of 2,000 parents of 5- to 17-year-olds, shows that 71% are worried that their children will face challenges this year. For parents of kids who are diagnosed with or show signs of learning and thinking differences, that number is 79%. And…

5 ways to embrace the space beneath your deck

Many homeowners don’t realize that the space below a deck can offer tremendous potential. With a little creativity and the simple addition of an under-deck drainage system, the area beneath a deck can be used for any number of purposes from additional living space to discreet and waterproof storage. Using a network of troughs and downspouts, an easy-to-install system like Trex® RainEscape® captures and diverts water away from a deck, protecting the area underneath from the outdoor elements and allowing for it to be outfitted with everything from furnishings and…

Pandemic Triggers Benefits Double Take at US Businesses

On Jan. 1, 2020, the world welcomed the beginning of a new year with open arms. Little did we know of the challenges to come and the eagerness to leave 2020 in the dust. While what lies ahead in the coming year is just as unknown, some experts say a return to normal, whatever that means, is not likely until November 2021 at the earliest.1 Many businesses are following state and local reopening guidelines and revising continuity plans accordingly — all while keeping operations on track, managing overhead, and doing…

3 focus areas to get your finances back on track

The COVID-19 pandemic has hit many people hard financially. From furloughs to job loss and from strict budgets to depleted savings and much more, people are making adjustments as needed. It’s important to stay focused on your financial well-being and take simple steps so you can recover and thrive in the future. “Many people who have experienced financial disruption need some help to get their savings back on track,” says Andy Harmening, Consumer and Business Banking director at Huntington. “Even in a strong economy, managing everyday finances can be stressful.…