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Take a hike into a ghost town — not far from DTLA

Even people who know Los Angeles well (or think they do, like me) may be surprised to learn there is a well preserved ghost town, the site of Southern California’s first commercial oil well, freeway-close in nearby Valencia. But Mentryville is all that and more — including a movie set and a great...

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Actress Shalita Grant's five laws of motion

Fitness can feel like a race to the bottom: How many pounds can I lose? Can my lunch be lighter? What’s the smallest size that’ll fit? Actress Shalita Grant is over the less-is-more attitude. Scratch being skinny. She’d much rather be strong. “We are given to feeling guilty and ashamed of ourselves,”...

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  • Dr. Ruth explains why morning sex is just the best

    Dr. Ruth explains why morning sex is just the best

    Dr. Ruth Westheimer is, at a sprightly 88, still doling out her take on love and loving. (She tweets regularly at @AskDrRuth to her 88,400 followers.) We spoke to her recently about online dating, sexless relationships and getting frisky during the golden years.  Read on as the high priestess of...

  • Zika virus is here to stay. Here's how California is preparing for that new reality

    Zika virus is here to stay. Here's how California is preparing for that new reality

    Jason Farned set down a clear container in the middle of a table. The people gathered around leaned forward to peer at the tiny, zooming blurs trapped inside. “The deadliest creature in the world is the mosquito,” said Farned, who works for the San Gabriel Valley Mosquito and Vector Control District,...

  • Dedicate a weekend to creating a more spiritual and sustainable world

    Dedicate a weekend to creating a more spiritual and sustainable world

    Sacred activism is on the agenda, and organic farming proponent Vandana Shiva is among the keynote speakers at the Conscious Life Expo in Los Angeles on Feb. 10-12, where visitors can also browse through the offerings of 200 vendors showing organic clothing, crystal jewelry, medicinal honeys and...

  • Healthful Super Bowl snacks FTW

    Healthful Super Bowl snacks FTW

    Snacks for the Super Bowl party table don't have to come with a side of guilt. Here are some ideas for smart and healthful swaps: Primizie makes thick-cut crispbreads in flavors like Gouda and garlic, and chile and lime; a gluten-free version is made from whole-grain organic amaranth, quinoa and...

  • L.A. County patient was infected with drug-resistant E. coli

    L.A. County patient was infected with drug-resistant E. coli

    Scientists were alarmed last year when they found that a woman in Pennsylvania had been infected with bacteria that was resistant to colistin, an antibiotic that is considered the last line of defense against particularly nasty illnesses. It was a scary reminder that bacteria are increasingly able...

  • This is the year you start mindfulness and yoga practices

    This is the year you start mindfulness and yoga practices

    Struggling with mindfulness? Here are a few events that can help sharpen those stilling-the-mind skills. Kit and Ace, a maker of technical apparel, will be offering complimentary mindfulness sessions from Saturday to Monday at its Pasadena and El Segundo locations. The hip clothing brand is hosting...

  • Cool wheels! Here's a look at bike trends for 2017

    Cool wheels! Here's a look at bike trends for 2017

    Cycling's bigger than ever, but unfortunately, so are the near misses involving cellphone-distracted drivers. That's why safety was one of the big topics  at the recent InterBike show in Las Vegas, along with urban bikes, cargo bikes, e-bikes, stand-up bikes, fatter tires and simpler, speedier...

  • How to get free green juices delivered to your front door

    How to get free green juices delivered to your front door

    It's usually right around this time — between the third and fourth weeks of January — that more than half the people who made New Year's resolutions to eat better have abandoned them, according to research. But juice brand Evolution Fresh aims to help you make one more run at those resolutions...

  • For dudes who don't dance: Zumba Strong

    For dudes who don't dance: Zumba Strong

    Dance has always been fitness program Zumba’s stock in trade, getting people all over the country to salsa, shimmy and sweat off the pounds. Now it’s making a play for the dudes who don’t dance and prefer bootcamp to boogie. Enter Strong, a 60-minute, high intensity interval training (HIIT) class...

  • This is what supermodel Elle Macpherson does every single day

    This is what supermodel Elle Macpherson does every single day

    Elle Macpherson, at 52, has the kind of physique that teen girls covet. But the supermodel-turned-entrepreneur’s attitude toward her figure -- and her life -- has changed since she was regularly gracing the cover of the Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue. Her natural wellness company, WelleCo, has...

  • Get dirty, get fit with mud run primer and giant expo

    Get dirty, get fit with mud run primer and giant expo

    Looking for ways to kick-start both your fitness regimen and your metabolism? Try these: GO OFF-ROAD Here's a free opportunity to try a mud workout, which devotees love for the way it challenges the body while being exhilarating, liberating and, yes, dirty. Tough Mudder, which arranges these mud-drenched...

  • 'Souping' is the new juicing: 3 places to get your broth on

    'Souping' is the new juicing: 3 places to get your broth on

    Many would argue that a daily regimen of fresh vegetable juicing is a worthwhile habit to cultivate. But when temperatures drop and the body craves something warmer, “souping” can be a healthful alternative. Here are some brands that make it easy — for a price, of course — to include fresh, homemade...

  • Guys, Taboo of the Black Eyed Peas wants you to man up and get a cancer check

    Guys, Taboo of the Black Eyed Peas wants you to man up and get a cancer check

    Guys: Jimmy Luis Gomez, a.k.a. Taboo of the multiple Grammy-winning pop band the Black Eyed Peas, wants you to man up and talk with your doctor about getting your testicles regularly checked for cancer. “I was diagnosed with Stage 2 testicular cancer in 2014 after six years of chronic back pain,”...

  • 7 L.A.-specific resolutions to make in 2017

    7 L.A.-specific resolutions to make in 2017

    Lose weight, save money, read the classics. Whatever. Everyone makes the same resolutions every year, and no one ever does them. This year, try something a little closer to home — and a little easier to pull off. We’ve come up with some ideas for New Year’s resolutions that can be accomplished...

  • Give the gift of feeling great in 2017. Here are 23 ideas

    Give the gift of feeling great in 2017. Here are 23 ideas

    Give the gift of feeling great this season. Here are a few ideas to help a lucky someone — or yourself — happily and healthfully launch into the New Year. You’ll find hundreds more gift ideas at latimes.com/holidaygiftguide. At your door Subscription boxes are the gift that gives month after month....

  • Monthly 'Conscious Family Dinners' aim to nourish body and soul

    Monthly 'Conscious Family Dinners' aim to nourish body and soul

    Just after 7 on a late October evening, a small crowd had begun to form outside a mansion off a quiet street in North Hollywood. It wasn't a velvet rope or beefy bouncer holding up the line, but the fact that each guest was being enthusiastically embraced by a host they didn't necessarily know....

  • 'I’m running out of medicine.' Paperwork backlog costs some their Medi-Cal coverage

    'I’m running out of medicine.' Paperwork backlog costs some their Medi-Cal coverage

    Thaddeus Moncrief has gone for months without three medicines he takes to control his high blood pressure. He also stopped leaving his home in Lancaster because he’s running dangerously low on catheters he uses with his wheelchair. He’s afraid of having an accident in public. “Like yesterday I...

  • How to cultivate compassion in the workplace

    How to cultivate compassion in the workplace

    The irony is not lost on Radhanath Swami that he speaks to international financiers but hasn't had a bank account in 40 years. "I last signed a check in 1969," said the author and spiritual figure. "And here are these business people asking me to teach them. I guess we all have our purpose." We...

  • No-excuses fitness: New exercise apps help you get your sweat on

    No-excuses fitness: New exercise apps help you get your sweat on

    Demands on your time can be overwhelming this time of year. But a few new fitness options mean no more excuses for skipping a workout: Listen to your trainer Popular audio fitness app Aaptiv provides some 17,000 “classes” a day to its users, who pay $10 a month for unlimited access to trainers...

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