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Feb 28, 2014

As prices for summer camp soar, so do adventurous options

BOSTON (Reuters) – Ah, summer. While warmer weather may still feel far off for most Americans, for parents, late February and early March has become the official start to the race to find ways to keep their kids educated and entertained once school lets out for vacation.

Last summer, according to estimates by American Express, families in the U.S. spent some $55 billion on summer activities, or an average of $856 per child. That was 40 percent more than in 2012, making it easy to assume that costs will rise once again in 2014. The American Camp Association (ACA), which accredits more than 2,400 camps nationwide, reports the weekly cost of day camp averaged about $300 while a week at overnight camp averaged about $690.

Feb 25, 2014

Bloated cost of a gluten-free diet is hard to digest

25 (Reuters) – When Alice Bast was diagnosed
with celiac disease in 1994, she had to scour local health-food
stores and send away to Canada for the gluten-free food her
condition necessitated.

Two decades later, Jennifer Dillon received the same
diagnosis but found gluten-free choices much closer to home – in
the way of takeout from the Chinese restaurant down the street,
options at the local supermarket, and on the shelves of a nearby
CVS.

Nov 13, 2013

How your company is watching your waistline

Nov 13 (Reuters) – Employers tried the carrot, then a small
stick. Now they are turning to bigger cudgels.

For years they encouraged workers to improve their health
and productivity with free screenings, discounted gym
memberships and gift cards to lose weight. More recently, a
small number charged smokers slightly higher premiums to get
them to quit.

Oct 28, 2013

It’s flu season: Should you get a shot?

By Kathleen Kingsbury

(Reuters) – When her law office offered flu shots in mid-October, Kelly Walsh, a paralegal in Boston, hesitated.

Walsh didn’t get vaccinated last year and didn’t get sick. The year before, she had flu-like symptoms for a week after getting the shot.

Aug 12, 2013

Financial education when home becomes the college dorm

BOSTON (Reuters) – Raysha Duncan grew up less than 15 minutes from Purdue University, so when she started at the West Lafayette, Indiana, school three years ago, it made sense for her to live at home and save the high cost of room and board.

But with three younger siblings at home, this arrangement began to chafe by junior year. “I felt like I was missing out on something everyone else at school was doing,” said Duncan.

Jul 29, 2013

Frugal U.S. families focus on cheaper colleges: Sallie Mae

BOSTON (Reuters) – While higher education remains a priority, many Americans are balking at high-priced institutions, and two-thirds of families eliminated colleges or universities during the 2012-2013 application process based on affordability, according to student lender Sallie Mae.

The level of applicants shunning more expensive institutions of higher learning was up nearly 10 percent from 2009, according to the survey, released last week.

Jul 25, 2013

Planning for a generation that will live past 100

BOSTON (Reuters) – More than half of the babies born today may expect to live past the age of 100, according to the U.S. Census Bureau, which forecasts the number of Americans over 65 doubling to 80 million by 2040.

So it is no wonder that Laura Carstensen, director of the Stanford Center for Longevity, is in high demand from executives at financial services companies like Fidelity Investments, Prudential Financial Inc and Bank of America Corp’s Merrill Lynch for her advice on how to assist an aging clientele.

Jul 1, 2013

How to cope with the doubling of student loan rates

BOSTON (Reuters) – Interest rates on U.S. government-backed student loans doubled to 6.8 percent from 3.4 percent on Monday.

Democrats, Republicans, and the Obama administration failed to strike a deal to prevent the increase, although congressional leaders say an agreement is still possible after the July 4 recess ends next week.

May 24, 2013

Class of 2013 guide to student loans

BOSTON, May 24 (Reuters) – College graduates are carrying
more than just their diplomas this spring as they enter the real
world: student loan debt – a lot of it.

Seventy percent of the Class of 2013 is graduating indebted,
with an average balance of $35,200, says a recent Fidelity
Investments survey.

May 20, 2013

Should you skip Obamacare and keep your old plan?

BOSTON, May 20 (Reuters) – When the Patient Protection and
Affordable Care Act, aka Obamacare, starts rolling out in
October, it will overhaul how Americans get healthcare coverage.
Yet many workers will feel little immediate impact.

That’s because almost half the 160 million Americans who
received health coverage through their jobs in 2012 were
enrolled in what’s known as a “grandfathered” insurance plan,
according to a Kaiser Family Foundation report.

    • About Kathleen

      "Kathleen Kingsbury is a New York-based writer focusing on business, health and education topics. She is a contributing writer at Time, and she has lived and worked throughout Asia, most recently as Time's Hong Kong-based business correspondent. A recipient of Columbia Journalism School's Pulitzer Traveling Fellowship, she has also contributed to The Daily Beast, Fortune, Business Week, Life and CNN. The opinions expressed are her own."
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