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Five words or less(NewsUSA) - Sponsored News - From 3-D technology to bold, bright visuals, animated movies continue to get better with time and this upcoming season is no exception. If you're a fan of animated films starring a new collection of fun, colorful characters for the whole family, there are now more ways than ever to bring your next magical movie experience home after the final credits roll. * Storybook Lane: If bedtime stories are a nightly ritual in your home, get the little ones involved by creating a storybook station in your living room. When you get home from the movie theater, channel your kids' excitement over the movie into a creative and educational exercise. Developing homemade storybooks based on their favorite movie characters with added storylines that incorporate their own imagination is a great way to bring the magic of an animated movie home, while encouraging kids to think outside the box and practice writing and artistic skills. Type up and print out their dream story while they act as illustrator to their own personalized story for added fun. * Mom Time: Animated movie fun isn't just for kids anymore. If you're looking for a new favorite online game to help liven up downtime, look no further than games inspired by some of your favorite animated movies. Online games such as "Sandwich Factory," inspired by Warner Brother's new movie, Storks, and the family-owned deli meat company, Land O'Frost, are a great way to have more fun with your favorite movies in the comfort of your own home. The game will transport you into an interactive sandwich factory with movie characters: Junior, who appears to "save babies," and Tulip, who grabs the finished meal from the sandwich maker. * Chef Corner: Get your kids involved in the kitchen by turning lunchtime into a movie experience. When excitement over a new movie is at its peak, encourage kids to put their chef's hat on and come up with a custom menu inspired by their favorite characters. Once the menu is set, host a lunch for the whole families where the kids get to play king and queen of the kitchen and share their creation with mom and dad. To play the "Sandwich Factory," visit www.landofrost.com/storks-game, and for coupons and more information about Land O' Frost, visit www.landofrost.com.

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Five words or less(NewsUSA) - Sponsored News - Looking for a safer, more effective, and less costly alternative for treating chronic pain now that the Centers for Disease and Prevention has pegged the number of deaths from opioid abuse at more than 28,000 in 2014 alone? One of the most popular choices: drug-free chiropractic care. Watch the video at: https://youtu.be/aySTB5F1guA

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Five words or less(NewsUSA) - Sponsored News - Much has been made about protecting your digital footprint lately. (Thank you, Apple and the FBI, for bringing this issue center stage). And, according to tech experts who follow such trends, it would seem that many people are starting to pay attention -- especially when it comes to protecting their children's privacy using encrypted communications. The argument against encryption goes like this: it allows those who exploit children to "go dark." While that is true, encryption is also a powerful tool that can help protect children from those same predators, as well as bullies and others who want to harm your kids. In short, encryption is not just for privacy and security, but also for personal safety as well as peace of mind. Think of it this way: your phone and other digital devices contain almost all of your personal information -- your current and previous locations, your home address, information about your family and friends, records of your calls and texts, email messages, and every website you've ever visited. This means that all that information is up for grabs. And in the wrong hands, it can also endanger your children. The good news is that protecting and encrypting your kids' information has never been easier or more cost-efficient. The Gabriel app, available at the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store, was designed and built with personal privacy and security as its foundation by VirnetX, an Internet security software and technology company. For only $50 per year for five users (that's only $4.17 per month), you can be assured that your children's communications -- when they talk, video, chat, text, email, or share photos or documents -- are safe and secure. No one will be able to see, hear, or intercept your kids' communications other than the parties they are in contact with because Gabriel does not transmit or store its data with any third party -- not even VirnetX. It is person-to-person, end-to-end encryption that all but eliminates opportunities for hackers. Other benefits include: * Making free voice or video calls or sending IMs (instant messages) to other Gabriel members. * Receiving spamless email. * Sharing pictures or files that are immune to interception. For more information, or to download Gabriel, please visit www.gabrielsecure.com.

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Five words or less(NewsUSA) - Sponsored News - Customization is trending in the world of golf-buddy trips and resorts are upping their game to accommodate groups who want to put their own unique stamp on an outing. While the pursuit of extraordinary golf remains at the core of this annual trek, the golf-buddy trip is expanding beyond tee times to include adventure-based activities, elevated culinary experiences, personalized amenities and more. Not sure where to start when creating that special buddy trip? The team at central Florida's Streamsong Resort -- home to two nationally-ranked courses with a third, designed by Rio Olympic course architect Gil Hanse, on the way -- has some tips to make your next getaway memorable: * Location: Select a place that offers "memory makers" for everyone in your group. For example, Streamsong will up its "bucket list" status in 2017 with the addition of Streamsong Black, making it the only place in the world where guests can enjoy courses designed by the industry's top minimalist architects -- Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw, Tom Doak and Gil Hanse. * Engage with the Destination Early and Often: Communicate and build rapport with the golf pros and your event planner; nobody knows the destination and all that's possible like these folks do. Challenge the staff to come up with new and creative ideas -- they love to personalize. * Dining: Nothing pleases, delights and unites a golf-buddy trip like food. Most resorts have multiple restaurant options, so don't dine in the same place every day -- mix it up, but be sure to make reservations in advance. Based on the size of the group, a private banquet room can be ideal for creating a memorable dining experience that's complete with a customized menu and your favorite wines. * Recreation: The time between rounds can be filled by more than pool time or a sports massage. For example, at Streamsong, groups can enjoy a variety of adventure-based experiences, including guided bass fishing excursions, sporting clays challenges and even archery. These signature experiences keep groups talking long after the last putts drop on the final round. For more information, visit www.streamsongresort.com or call 1-844-330-1676.

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Five words or less(NewsUSA) - Sponsored News - Looking for a safer, more effective, and less costly alternative for treating chronic pain now that the Centers for Disease and Prevention has pegged the number of deaths from opioid abuse at more than 28,000 in 2014 alone? One of the most popular choices: drug-free chiropractic care. Watch the video at: https://youtu.be/aySTB5F1guA

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(NewsUSA) - Sponsored News - The abuse of opioids has led to a crisis that has health experts calling for "a cultural change." One that re-focuses treatment for chronic pain away from drugs and toward safe and effective alternatives like chiropractic care. Watch the video at: https://youtu.be/TChugDOiqoI

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Five words or less(NewsUSA) - Sponsored News - As a senior entering into your last year of school, you have a lot to be proud of -- your grades, your accomplishments, your relationships, and, this year, your senior photo. Of course you want the "Wow! factor" when you hold the photo in your hand, but to get that takes some preparation and investigation well before you actually arrive at the shoot. To make things easier, we've put together four tips to help you get those picture-perfect shot -- ones that are timeless and celebrate your spirit and personality. * Know before you go. Reviewing a photographer's online portfolio will allow you to see if their images reflect the style you're looking for, and mesh with your personality, be it black and white, natural, candid with minimal posing, formal, or classic. Whatever your style, find a photographer whose existing work reflects your vision, instead of hoping the photographer will intuitively understand. You'll save yourself (and your photographer) time and energy by doing your homework ahead of time. * Establish a connection. Most photographers perform better when they are at ease with their subject (in this case, you), which ultimately translates to better photos. In this way, it's important to meet your photographer beforehand to see if you feel comfortable with him or her. "Feeling comfortable during your photo session is the number-one most important thing if you want to have great, relaxed photographs," says Michelle Moore of Michelle Moore Photography in Seattle, Wash., who is a member of the Professional Photographers of America (PPA), a non-profit association. * Ensure that your photographer is a pro. The last thing you want to worry about is whether the person you're hiring is actually a professional. To ease your mind, consider hiring a PPA photographer (www.FindaPhotographer.com) is a website from the non-profit that allows you to search, sort by specialty, locate, browse through portfolios, and even contact qualified photographers in your area). Photographers who are a part of this association have the artistic and technical knowledge and experience to capture and preserve your unique personality while making you feel comfortable. * Let your parents have a say. While your folks may have different tastes, remember that they are in control of the purse strings, that is, they are (usually) the ones paying. This should be a combined effort, one that involves both parents and teens. "You'll want to find a compromise in terms of style and budget; but ultimately, it should be a decision that both you and your parents make," says Moore. For more information, please visit PPA.com/SeniorTips.com.

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Five words or less(NewsUSA) - If you're turning 50, you're probably aware that it's time to take your doctor seriously and schedule your annual colon cancer test. You also probably know that it can be an unpleasant and uncomfortable experience. What you may not know is that it doesn't have to be. With a nod to technology, CT colonography, commonly known as a "virtual colonoscopy," is a less invasive screening procedure than its traditional counterpart, one that can detect polyps the size of small blueberries, as well as cancer and other diseases. While the federal government has now mandated that all private insurance companies cover virtual colonoscopies (with no co-pay to the patient), Medicare is still dragging its feet by denying coverage to its senior citizens. Patient advocacy and medical groups are working to gain Medicare coverage for virtual colonoscopy. "A third of those who should be screened for colorectal cancer (CRC) can't have or won't get a colonoscopy," says Eric Hargis, Chief Executive Officer, Colon Cancer Alliance. "CT colonography increases screening rates where it is offered. Medicare coverage would provide seniors with insured access to an exam that may appeal to them. This would jump-start screening, catch more cancers early, and save more lives," adds Hargis. This refusal by Medicare to recognize CT colonography as a viable means of detecting colon cancer comes on the heels of a recent "A" grade by the United States Preventative Services Task Force and endorsement by the American Cancer Society. "Colorectal cancer is almost always treatable if found early by screening, and the cost to screen and prevent the disease is exponentially less than to treat cancers not found until an advanced stage," says Judy Yee, MD, Chair of the American College of Radiology Colon Cancer Committee. Underscoring the need to offer this type of screening -- especially to the elderly population -- is a recent study in Abdominal Imaging that shows that screening Medicare patients with CT colongraphy would cost 29 percent less than with traditional colonoscopy and save up to $1.7 billion per screening cycle, which may be especially useful in detecting CRC in minorities, where screening rates are historically lower. "We need to innovate to increase colorectal cancer screening rates," says Dr. Yee. "Medicare virtual colonoscopy coverage provides an option that more seniors may choose. Early detection through increased screening saves lives, enables less extensive treatment and preserves quality of life." For more information, please visit RadiologyInfo.org.

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Five words or less(NewsUSA) - Sponsored News - Planning for retirement -- and keeping that plan on track -- can be difficult. You have to make sure your money grows so that it lasts as long as you do. There's a product offered by life insurers that helps people with this challenge. It's called a variable annuity. A variable annuity is like a 401(k) plan in certain ways. Your savings grow tax-deferred, and you can invest in accounts tied to the stock market or at guaranteed rates. Like a 401(k), a variable annuity works best as part of a long-term planning strategy. A key difference between a variable annuity and many 401(k)s is that a variable annuity offers a guaranteed stream of retirement income for life to supplement Social Security. Put another way, a variable annuity's guarantees provide two vital elements to any comprehensive retirement plan -- financial security and peace of mind. Like all financial products, a variable annuity has fees associated with it. Fees are assessed for management of the annuity's funds -- similar to mutual funds. Fees also pay for the annuity's unique insurance elements such as guaranteed lifetime income in retirement, something that is not available in any other financial product. Annuities can include other unique features to address your financial concerns. One such feature ensures that if you die before annuity payments begin, your designated beneficiary will receive a benefit from the annuity. The amount of the benefit is defined in the annuity's contract and is guaranteed, even if your accounts tied to the stock market perform poorly. Since they are designed to be long-term planning products, early withdrawal from variable annuities can trigger additional charges. These are commonly referred to as withdrawal or surrender charges. Often, after a time specified in the contract, these charges are eliminated. Some annuities waive them under specific circumstances such as death, confinement to a nursing home or terminal illness. Variable annuities are among the most regulated financial products in the marketplace. These regulations provide variable annuity owners with significant protections. From product development to advertising to sale, life insurers must comply with state and federal laws and rules that protect consumers' interests. Variable annuities may not be for everyone. But for millions of retirees, the guarantees from variable annuities have been the difference between a secure retirement and an uncertain financial future. More on variable annuities and how they may fit into a retirement plan is available at the American Council of Life Insurers' website, www.acli.com.

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Five words or less(NewsUSA) - Sponsored News - Since the first U.S. moon landing in 1969, we have been fascinated with the mystery of space. Fast forward to 2016, when we're celebrating the 5th-year anniversary since NASA launched JUNO and the August 19 ULA Delta IV launch from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. Despite the current U.S. space program weathering some storms, the aerospace industry is enjoying a renaissance, thanks to private firms in Florida and its recognition as the next high-tech utopia. The High-Tech Corridor, located in Central Florida, is home to a plethora of companies such as Craig Technologies, Northrup Grumman, United Launch Alliance (ULA), Blue Origin and Space Florida, among others. These companies are shaping the future, which holds a generous helping of manned space travel. ULA -- a partnership between Lockheed Martin and The Boeing Company -- has been working on a crew launch vehicle to fly the first Operation Test Flight (OFT) in late 2017. Blue Origin is building its new 750,000-square-foot manufacturing facility, set to open in December 2017. "Today's Florida space industry is a far cry from what it was six years ago," says Frank DiBello, president and CEO of Space Florida, an economic development organization for the aerospace business. "We have revitalized the industry and today, we're not only the busiest space port, but we're now building and landing rockets, next-generation spacecraft, in state-of-the-art facilities." In order to feed the contractors who are flooding the Sunshine State, Florida's colleges and universities are preparing a new workforce for the opportunities that a new space program will offer. Colleges such as Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach and Florida Institute of Technology are producing some of the world's most elite and sought-after engineers and the next generation of rocket scientists. At the University of Central Florida, students are leading the world in simulation and nanotechnology sciences, as demand for these sciences continues to grow in both the public and private sector. In addition to the presence of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), there are two spaceports in Jacksonville and on Florida's Space Coast, Brevard County's Cape Canaveral. An aerospace manufacturing powerhouse, Florida houses companies such as L-3 Crestview Aerospace in Florida's Panhandle, B/E Aerospace in Palm Beach County, and HEICO in Broward County. "Florida's in a very unique position with a longstanding history, NASA, the various military bases, as well as some of the commercial aerospace industry that's been here," says Anish Patel, President of Radiant Power Corp. "We've got a strong foundation for technology, great universities, and good high schools that are feeding those universities." For more information, visit www.enterpriseflorida.com.

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