Washington, DC - Back to school, back to the books, back in the saddle, or back in the car for those of us shuttling students to and from school. The new school year means its back to packing lunches and after school snacks for students, scouts, athletes, dancers, and all the other children who carry these items to and from home. One ‘back’ you do not want to reacquaint children with, however, is foodborne bacteria.

Rochester, Minnesota - Cleanliness is next to godliness. Just ask any parent kneeling before a new baby. Suddenly, the world and all its filthy surfaces - not to mention its filthy humans - seem teeming with danger. To protect their precious progeny, many parents discover a clean gene they didn't know they had. A baby arrives, and the guy who used to live by the five-second rule (ahem, Cory) begins offering hand-washing tutorials and doling out hand sanitizer. But according to a recent article in the Chicago Tribune, a little dirt never hurts. And it turns out, it just may help - especially those five and under.

Chicago, Illinois - If there is one meal that exemplifies the differences among generations, it’s dinner, finds The NPD Group, a leading global information company.  Each group’s motivations, needs, and wants when it comes to dinner are as varied as their taste in music, according to a recently released generational study published by The NPD Group.

Las Vegas, Nevada - Many people tend to take their sense of smell for granted - but it may be one of the most important ones. After all, smell was the very first sense to evolve and can have the most direct impact on how we feel.

West Lafayette, Indiana - Children are missing out on sleep, and to change that, parents should consider adjusting their personal schedules as well, says a Purdue University expert.

Washington, DC - With more Americans delaying retirement because of financial insecurity and a fourth of workers having no money saved for their golden years, the personal-finance website WalletHub conducted an in-depth analysis of 2016’s Best & Worst Cities to Retire.