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(NAPSA)—It can be easy to shop for health insurance online when you work through a website that offers a way to contact licensed agents by phone or online chat such as www.eHealth.com

Professional financial advisors can shape a personalized plan that prepares for retirement and accounts for unforeseen expenses. Bankers Life, a national life and health insurer, offers tools and resources that can help protect retirement nest eggs from the high costs of long-term care.

When in doubt about what to get someone on your list, give something personal. There are lots of creative solutions for everyone—especially those hard to shop for—at Zazzle, the world’s destination for customization. Learn more at www.zazzle.com

Three new and notable novels and a memoir can help readers learn how others have faced their fears. Learn more from BookBites, a continuing series bringing readers information and ideas for their next read. See www.BookTrib.com and subscribe to the weekly newsletter.

When the temperature drops, the Car Care Council recommends a thorough vehicle inspection by a trusted professional service technician, as winter magnifies existing problems such as pings, hard starts, sluggish performance or rough idling. To order a free Car Care Guide, visit www.carcare.org

With more than 240 years of delivering the holidays, the Postal Service is uniquely qualified to make this a magical season. Knowing when to ship can be an important part of spreading holiday cheer. A complete list of mailing and shipping deadlines, is at www.usps.com/holidaynews.    

The three short words, “I am alive” can offer peace of mind after international crises. The American Red Cross helps reconnect loved ones separated by war, migration, and international disasters. www.redcross.org/reconnectingfamilies 

Reducing your meat consumption offers many benefits, says Joe Loria of World Animal Protection, a global nonprofit which wants animals to live free of suffering. To learn more, pledge to eat less meat and contribute to the cause, visit www.worldanimalprotection.us/meatreduction

“Enjoying the holidays doesn’t mean you have to completely abandon your attempts to be healthy and make healthy choices,” says Dr. John Agwunobi, co-president and chief health and nutrition officer at Herbalife Nutrition.

As young adults prepare to leave school and enter the workforce, Social Security’s Ticket to Work program can help make that a successful transition for those with disabilities. Call the Ticket to Work Help Line at 1-866-968-7842 or 1-866-833-2967 (TTY) or visit https://choosework.ssa.gov

A sweet treat that’s actually good for you is dried fruit. Making them easier to enjoy is the four pound box  of cranberries and cherries from Michigan’s dried fruit experts, Graceland,  available at Meijer’s throughout MI. For further facts, tips and recipes, go to www.gracelandfruit.com

Travelers are always looking for “hidden gem” destinations for their next trip. The top emerging domestic destinations, say the experts at Vrbo, all have one thing in common: the great outdoors. Learn more about travel trends and find your vacation rental match at www.vrbo.com/l/trend-report/

There’s more to getting the right Christmas tree than many people realize, says expert arborist Mark Chisholm. He recommends using a STIHL blower to give the tree a quick blast to remove loose needles or debris once you get it home. Learn more at www.stihlusa.com/information/how-to-guides/tips-for-choosing-real-christmas-trees/