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Home Heating Assistance Available Now

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Colorado's Low-income Energy Assistance Program (LEAP) began accepting applications for its 2017/2018 season Wednesday. 

LEAP provides cash assistance to help Coloradans pay a portion of their home heating costs during the winter months. The program pays the highest benefits to those with the highest heating bills and the lowest incomes by family size. LEAP is 100 percent federally funded and administered by the Colorado Department of Human Services (CDHS)

3 Tips for Managing High Blood Pressure During the Holidays

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(Family Features) Managing blood pressure can be difficult, especially during the holidays and winter months. A change in routine, family visits, traveling, illness, holiday menus and financial concerns can all conspire to derail your best efforts at keeping chronic conditions, like high blood pressure, under control.

If you are one of the millions of American adults with high blood pressure, it is vital to keep your blood pressure stable. Drastic changes can put you at risk for heart attack or stroke.

EarthTalk

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Dear EarthTalk: Whatever became of the rediscovered Ivory-Billed Woodpecker that we thought we had lost to extinction? What other animals that we thought went extinct have "come back" from the dead?

-- Betsey Edgewater, Austin, TX

8 Things that Impact Your Car Insurance Rates

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(BPT) - The average American driver pays more than $1,300 per year for car insurance, but some pay a third of that average while others pay nearly 30 times that amount, according to research by The Zebra, an auto insurance search engine. High prices, wide disparity in rates and a number of misunderstandings could be why a survey by the same company found nearly 61 percent of Americans think their auto insurance is too expensive, and nearly 29 percent think it's an outright scam.

3 Tips to Prepare for a Health Crisis

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(StatePoint) Young people may not give much thought to the cost of an unexpected crisis, particularly when it comes to serious accidents or illnesses. Should an emergency occur, you don't want to be caught off guard and have to cut back on other essentials or miss out on those special experiences that bring a smile to your face.

Here are three things from Aflac that everyone, but particularly young adults, should consider:

EarthTalk

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Dear EarthTalk: How can we keep our kids safe from environmental hazards all around us in our everyday lives?

-- Jennifer Nichols, Wareham, MA

Children are affected by the same environmental hazards as adults, only they're more vulnerable given their smaller size and the fact that their bodies are still developing. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), harmful exposures can start as early as in utero.