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Nearly 60 bank branches closing every month

Nearly 60 bank branches closing every month

Business
Nearly 60 bank and building society branches are closing every month, according to research. Between the start of 2015 and the end of 2018, 2,868 branches have closed or are scheduled to do so and the numbers are getting worse.Consumer group Which? said that so far this year 670 branches have closed or been scheduled for closure, already close to the total for 2017, when 879 branches closed.Mobile banking trucks, online banking and phone apps may be promoted as suitable substitutes but they are not convenient or accessible to everyone.They can also be unreliable, as TSB's recent IT meltdown has shown.NatWest has closed the most branches, 638 having shut or being scheduled to close by the end of 2018, followed by HSBC (440), Lloyds (366) and RBS (350).Scotland has been parti...
The Super Easy Way You Can Get a Free Chobani Yogurt This Month

The Super Easy Way You Can Get a Free Chobani Yogurt This Month

Health
Love Chobani Greek yogurt? You're in luck. It just got even easier to stock up on your daily dose of probiotics. To celebrate their 10-year anniversary, Chobani has launched a new campaign as a way to thank everyone who supported them during the past decade, and it's great news for anyone who's a fan of the popular Greek yogurt brand.RELATED: 13 Best Probiotic Foods For Your Gut HealthFrom now until March 4, anyone can get a free Chobani yogurt by printing a coupon at Chobani.com/freeyogurt (you will need to give them your email address and zip code) and presenting it at any participating store. The coupon can be redeemed for any single Chobani 5.3-oz. Greek Yogurt, Flip 5.3-oz. yogurt snack, 10-oz. drink, or Smooth two-pack.While printing out the coupon isn...
5 Real Women Share What It Was Like Giving Up Alcohol for a Month

5 Real Women Share What It Was Like Giving Up Alcohol for a Month

Health
Until last month, I did not fully understand the effects of alcohol. Sure, I’d experienced a tipsy night out and enjoyed the next day’s lovely hangover. But when I gave up alcohol (one of many rules of the Whole30 program, which I did in January), I gradually became aware of how much things change when you part with your Pinot noir.I definitely experienced health perks: I was able to focus my energy on quality catch-ups over coffee, didn’t have liquor-induced late night cravings, and made it to more morning workout classes than usual. Yet what shocked me was how much my social life shifted over the course of 30 days.RELATED: What's the Lowest Calorie Alcohol? 8 Drinks RankedA friend’s request to meet for a “quick drink” led to my long explanation about my no-alcohol decision
6 Hearty Vegetarian Recipes to Make This Month

6 Hearty Vegetarian Recipes to Make This Month

Health
The “cheesy” layer in this comforting casserole comes from blended butternut squash, cashews, tamari, nutritional yeast, lemon juice, and cayenne pepper. This creamy goodness tops lasagne-like layers of zucchini and eggplant, making for a filling dish to feed a crowd (or your family, with leftovers for tomorrow’s lunch).Serves 6–82 large eggplantsSalt and pepper2 zucchini3 tablespoons olive oil, plus more to brush1 fennel bulb, finely chopped3 red bell peppers, roughly chopped6 garlic cloves, crushed4 teaspoons smoked paprika3 14.5-ounce cans diced tomatoes2 tablespoons tomato paste1 10-ounce jar oil-packed sun-dried tomatoes (6 ounces drained weight), drained and choppedFew sprigs of fresh thyme1 teaspoon chili flakes3/4 cup hazelnutsFinely grated zest of 1 unwaxed lemon1 ounce flat-leaf
Dry January: Why I'm giving up alcohol for a month

Dry January: Why I'm giving up alcohol for a month

Health
Dry January, giving up alcohol for the entire month of January, has become a common New Year’s resolution and Dr. Jennifer Ashton of ABC News’ "Good Morning America" is taking on the alcohol-free challenge this month. “It’s just a little experiment I am doing, kicking off 2018,” Ashton, ABC News' chief medical correspondent, said. “There’s a saying in medicine: Doctor heal thyself. I give this advice to women every single day, but we’ll see if I can take my advice."Ashton spoke to "GMA" about her reasons for doing Dry January and her comments are lightly edited and transcribed below. Send us your comments and advice with #DryJENuary on Twitter. I have decided to try Dry January and I’m inviting you guys to try it with me. Why did I decide to do it? Good question. I think more curiosity fro