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  • Why this magazine is ditching the 'body shaming' language

    Why this magazine is ditching the 'body shaming' language

    “Are you bikini ready?”  That all-too familiar headline — as well as variations on it — could be headed for extinction. Women’s Health magazine announced that it’s banning this kind of “outdated” terminology from its cover. Media outlets should not be complicit in “body shaming” and promoting a...

  • Zendaya explains why 'fearless' is the best compliment you can pay her

    Zendaya explains why 'fearless' is the best compliment you can pay her

    Zendaya isn’t just a rising star. The 19-year-old doesn’t shy away from speaking up against injustice, including using her social media platform to give voice to the #BlackLivesMatter movement, calling out stereotyping (and needless photo retouching) and challenging her generation to get out and...

  • The two signs your music is 'aging' your hearing

    The two signs your music is 'aging' your hearing

    You probably think you’re too young to have a hearing problem, right? Maybe not. Everyday lifestyle habits — such as plugging in your earbuds and rocking out to you new downloads — can “age” your ears prematurely. Here are the two simple ways to know whether you’re potentially doing damage to your...

  • Caring for cuts, burns and scrapes: The rules have changed

    Caring for cuts, burns and scrapes: The rules have changed

    The days of using alcohol or peroxide — ouch! — to flush a cut or scrape and then letting it air dry so it scabs over is … well, old school. So is putting ice, butter or aloe on a burn. “I hear all of this every single day in our wound care center,” says Dr. Kazu Suzuki, director at Tower Wound...

  • Do you really need to shell out money for a pricey 'organic bed'?

    Do you really need to shell out money for a pricey 'organic bed'?

    Your bed is supposed to be the place where you can rest your weary head and let the day’s worries fade away. But some heath and environmental activists fear our beds — and sofas and other household products — could be making us sick. At issue are chemical materials that can be found in some vinyl...

  • Are pool workouts the next big thing? Swimwear giant Speedo is working on it

    Are pool workouts the next big thing? Swimwear giant Speedo is working on it

    When you think about a pool workout, you probably think “swimming.”  Think again.  Industry giant Speedo USA is trying to reposition its brand as the source of fitness inspiration and workouts, not just swimwear and swim-related accessories. The newly launched Speedo Fit is making the case for...

  • Why Olympian Natalie Coughlin says swimming is anything but ‘boring’

    Why Olympian Natalie Coughlin says swimming is anything but ‘boring’

    Being a champion doesn't mean winning every race. It's also about character, bouncing back from setbacks, and continuing to move toward your goal. Natalie Coughlin, 33, is a 12-time Olympic medalist, three of them gold, but didn't make the cut for the Rio Olympic Games in August. "I'm bummed I'm...

  • Trend alert! Why beets are the hot new 'superfood'

    Trend alert! Why beets are the hot new 'superfood'

    Love them or hate them, beets are earning a second look. Body builders and endurance athletes are downing juice shots to boost performance. Chefs are stirring purées into antioxidant-rich chocolate desserts for a superfood double-play. Food manufacturers are making snacking healthy with dehydrated...

  • 4 L.A. running clubs that are way more more than just running clubs

    4 L.A. running clubs that are way more more than just running clubs

    If you’re looking to scratch “run a marathon” off your bucket list, you’re not short on options. Several half-marathons and marathons are coming up in the Los Angeles area, including the Long Beach marathon and half-marathon in October, the Pasadena half-marathon in January, the Surf City half-marathon...

  • Those pricey alkaline waters aren't doing much for your health, expert says

    Those pricey alkaline waters aren't doing much for your health, expert says

    Walk into any Los Angeles establishment that sells premium bottled waters and you’ll see alkaline waters touted. And it’s not just in bottles — alkaline water can be found flowing from drinking fountains at the gym, frozen and blended into smoothies at juice bars and percolating over low-acid coffee...

  • You’d never believe this serene hike is just outside DTLA

    You’d never believe this serene hike is just outside DTLA

    This centrally located Mt. Washington walk is freeway close and just minutes from downtown Los Angeles. But it gets off the beaten path quickly and offers serenity, silence and solitude. 1. Start walking from San Rafael Avenue, near the corner of Elyria Drive near the stately Self-Realization Fellowship...

  • Why midnight snacking is one of the worst things you can do

    Why midnight snacking is one of the worst things you can do

    Inhaling cold pizza by the light of the fridge – what could be better? Still, it might be time to break the midnight munchies habit. New research suggests that eating late at night can have surprisingly negative physical and mental effects: YOU’RE LIKELY TO OVEREAT People who midnight munch don’t...

  • 5 ways to keep mosquitoes from ruining your summer

    5 ways to keep mosquitoes from ruining your summer

    Even when mosquitoes are not carrying viruses or other diseases, they appear to be on a mission to ruin summer fun. No one wants to pay for cookouts and pool parties with itchy bites. Here are five ways to keep the pesky insects away, according to the Greater Los Angeles County Vector Control District’s...

  • Cricket chips, dehydrated organs: 'Healthy' snack foods that may be hard to swallow

    Cricket chips, dehydrated organs: 'Healthy' snack foods that may be hard to swallow

    Chips made from powdered crickets. Milk derived from potatoes. And dehydrated grass-fed beef organs. These are some of the new health foods coming your way that may be tough to swallow, no matter how seemingly good for you they might be. Earlier this year, the annual Expo West held in Anaheim brought in...

  • How you can use goal setting to get – and stay – in shape

    How you can use goal setting to get – and stay – in shape

    Some people finish a marathon, or climb Mt. Whitney, or get down to a certain weight, and that's it. That's their finish line.  They view that particular challenge as a sort of bucket-list accomplishment, and when they cross that finish line, they all but cross out fitness as a priority in their...

  • Sharon Osbourne says she’d take Ozzy back on one condition

    Sharon Osbourne says she’d take Ozzy back on one condition

    In May, amid tabloid reports that her rocker husband and business partner, Ozzy Osbourne, was involved with another woman, Sharon Osbourne, 63, told a riveted TV audience that she had kicked Ozzy out of their house. “I can’t keep living like this,” she said on the set of the CBS show she co-hosts,...

  • Take a look at how hip hotels are helping guests break a sweat

    Take a look at how hip hotels are helping guests break a sweat

    Hotel gyms used to amount to a few dusty pieces of outdated equipment stashed in a utility room.  No more. “There have been big changes when it comes to hotel fitness over the past 10 years,” said celebrity trainer Harley Pasternak. “Traditionally hotel gyms used to have just one brand of cardio...

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