Full Coverage: Five Questions

Full Coverage: Five Questions

Health-related Q&As

It's a matter of health and taste for publisher and 'Organic Manfesto' author

3:45 PM PDT, April 18, 2014

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It's a matter of health and taste for publisher and 'Organic Manfesto' author

Maria Rodale is the third generation to lead Rodale Inc., the independent publisher of health and environmental books and magazines in Pennsylvania. Her grandfather started Organic Gardening Magazine, and she is a longtime organic advocate but says she drinks coffee and wouldn't describe herself as a "purist." She has three daughters, ages 7, 16 and 32, and these days is focused on the e-commerce site Rodales.com.

Frank Shorter still keeps an impressive pace

2:30 PM PDT, April 11, 2014

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Frank Shorter still keeps an impressive pace

When Frank Shorter won the gold medal in the marathon at the 1972 Olympic Games in Munich, he not only became a household name but also helped create the fitness boom. Pre-Shorter, hardly anyone ran for fitness; post-Shorter, millions did. A Yale grad and trained lawyer who claims to have run 140,000 miles, Shorter's influence grew as he won a silver medal in Montreal in 1976, led the fight to allow runners to turn pro, won a Master's duathlon (bike-run) world championship, became the first head of the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency and established himself as the running world's elder statesman. Today, at a remarkably fit 66, he jets across the country appearing as a featured speaker at running events and will be seen April 21 as a commentator during the Universal Sports Network's coverage of the 118th Boston Marathon.

Jennifer Hudson weighs in on how she lost 80 pounds and keeps them off

3:30 PM PDT, March 21, 2014

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Jennifer Hudson weighs in on how she lost 80 pounds and keeps them off

In regard to weight, Jennifer Hudson's biggest concern these days might be finding a shelf sturdy enough to bear the weight of her numerous awards. Her Oscar and Grammy wins represent but a small portion of the recognition she has received. But body weight has been a concern for her in the past. And it was Weight Watchers, for which she appears in ads, and developing a sense of play about physical activity that helped her lose 80 pounds and keep it off.

 'Parenthood' writer-producer Jason Katims aims to keep it real

3:45 PM PDT, March 14, 2014

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'Parenthood' writer-producer Jason Katims aims to keep it real

Television producer and writer Jason Katims is known for tackling emotional stories. Even his new NBC comedy, "About a Boy," deals with bullying and depression. But family challenges are most apparent in his dramas, especially "Parenthood," finishing its fifth season on NBC, for which Katims sometimes draws on his own experiences.

The music moves violinist Christine Wu — a lot

3:15 PM PST, March 7, 2014

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The music moves violinist Christine Wu — a lot

Christine Wu appeared in one of the year's most viral videos thus far: Billy Ray Cyrus' hip-hop remix of "Achy Breaky Heart." She played the electric violin — while doing a backbend.

 Chandra Wilson plays a doctor, learns to be a patient advocate

3:10 PM PST, February 28, 2014

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Chandra Wilson plays a doctor, learns to be a patient advocate

Chandra Wilson, who stars as Dr. Miranda Bailey on the ABC series "Grey's Anatomy," knows what it's like on the other side of the prescription pad. And she knows what it's like to advocate for an ill child. Her 20-year-old daughter has long struggled with mitochondrial disease, disorders caused by problems with the mitochondria, which generate energy for the cells.

Nick Carter sings a new tune after health turnaround

5:15 PM PST, February 21, 2014

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Nick Carter sings a new tune after health turnaround

Every time I hear another story about exercise saving someone's life, I get a warm feeling inside. The latest comes from Nick Carter from the Backstreet Boys. Exercise helped Carter lose 65 pounds. After overcoming addiction and a serious heart condition, he wrote about his travails in his new book, "Facing the Music and Living to Talk About It."

 'Super Jules' is after more gold

2:15 PM PST, February 7, 2014

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'Super Jules' is after more gold

Julia Mancuso, the Olympic gold medalist in alpine skiing, will celebrate her 30th birthday in March. But before she blows out the candles on that milestone-birthday cake, she's got something to check off of her to-do list: Add some more metal to her trove in Sochi, Russia, at the 22nd (and Mancuso's fourth) Winter Olympics.

Snowboarder Elena Hight's Olympic recipe: good food, training and meditation

3:00 PM PST, January 31, 2014

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Snowboarder Elena Hight's Olympic recipe: good food, training and meditation

At 24, professional snowboarder Elena Hight is already a two-time Olympian and in training for the 2014 Olympics in Sochi, Russia. Raised near the mountains in California, she began hitting the slopes as a child and competed in her first Olympics at age 16. Hight, now a full-time boarder, is also passionate about surfing and cooking. Here, she discusses how she stays in shape mentally and physically.

 Cameron Diaz gets back to basics in 'The Body Book'

7:15 PM PST, January 24, 2014

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Cameron Diaz gets back to basics in 'The Body Book'

Appearances to the contrary, actress Cameron Diaz wasn't always the picture of health. A few months of kung fu training changed all that, and now she's written a guide for women to make smart decisions about their bodies. For Diaz, "The Body Book" is about dispelling confusion and letting people know how things work from the eyebrows on down.

Bill Nye tests the benefits of swing dancing

4:00 PM PST, January 10, 2014

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Bill Nye tests the benefits of swing dancing

Bill Nye might rightly be called a swing-dancing fanatic. So he sounded none too pleased at having to leave the floor after a stint on "Dancing With the Stars" left him with a painful tear to his quadriceps tendon.

Kellan Lutz works hard to get that Hercules 'pop'

1:30 PM PST, January 3, 2014

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Kellan Lutz works hard to get that Hercules 'pop'

The skinny guy doesn't get cast as Hercules. Conversely, you can't just go down to the Gold's Gym in Venice Beach and hire some muscle head to play the lead in a big-budget 3-D movie. Acting chops to go with the bulging biceps and rippling midsection are required.

Guitarist Joe Satriani finds the right chord for fitness

1:30 PM PST, December 27, 2013

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Guitarist Joe Satriani finds the right chord for fitness

Your favorite guitar player wishes he could play like Joe Satriani. Those righteous riffs you hear when Metallica is on the radio? Satriani taught that band's Kirk Hammett and many other metal greats, including Steve Vai and Larry LaLonde, to play.

 Lou Dobbs means business when it comes to keeping fit

2:45 PM PST, November 29, 2013

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Lou Dobbs means business when it comes to keeping fit

Fitness comes in all shapes, sizes and ages.

Tiphany and Mia of 'Push Girls' stay fit with and without the wheelchair

1:48 PM PST, November 15, 2013

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Tiphany and Mia of 'Push Girls' stay fit with and without the wheelchair

The Sundance Channel's "Push Girls" follows five women who face down everyday challenges — and each uses a wheelchair. The women find ways to do their favorite activities, date and live their lives to the utmost. Tiphany Adams and Mia Schaikewitz, two of the show's stars, talk about how they stay fit and healthy.

Col. Chris Hadfield talks about staying in shape while living in space

November 2, 2013

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Col. Chris Hadfield talks about staying in shape while living in space

Col. Chris Hadfield, who until recently was commander of the International Space Station, has a workout regimen that is out of this world.

 Harry Hamlin on keeping fit, staying sharp amid hectic acting life

October 26, 2013

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Harry Hamlin on keeping fit, staying sharp amid hectic acting life

In the last 35 years, Harry Hamlin has been in and out of the spotlight; the heartthrob, toga-clad Perseus in "Clash of the Titans" in the early 1980s reigned over prime time as hunky lead attorney Michael Kuzak on "L.A. Law" in the mid-'80s. (Equally hunky off-screen, he was People magazine's "Sexiest Man Alive" in 1987.)

Olympian Sanya Richards-Ross talks about training and her reality show

4:00 PM PDT, October 18, 2013

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Olympian Sanya Richards-Ross talks about training and her reality show

Sanya Richards-Ross is a four-time track-and-field gold medalist for the United States. In the WEtv reality show "Sanya's Glam & Gold," her life training for the Olympics and living — and working — with her family was documented.

Oaks at Ojai spa founder Sheila Cluff finds women need to be strong

12:00 PM PDT, September 27, 2013

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Oaks at Ojai spa founder Sheila Cluff finds women need to be strong

Sheila Cluff, founder of the Oaks at Ojai, a spa and fitness retreat deep in the valleys of Ventura County, uses her background as a professional figure skater and health expert to help visitors achieve their wellness goals.

Singer Sarah McLachlan is actively creative

September 14, 2013

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Singer Sarah McLachlan is actively creative

A recent study published in the journal PLOS One found that people who exercise in natural settings enhance their creativity. No surprise then to learn that Sarah McLachlan writes songs in her head while trail running. But 45-year-old singer also takes part in sports that require more attention to the task at hand.

Dan Ariely tells truth about dishonesty, being irrational

3:50 PM PDT, September 6, 2013

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Dan Ariely tells truth about dishonesty, being irrational

Most of us would rather not think of ourselves as irrational or dishonest. But in the books "Predictably Irrational" and "The (Honest) Truth About Dishonesty," Dan Ariely, a behavioral economist at Duke University, makes the case that we're all probably both. And what's more, he says, that's not entirely bad.

The importance of teaching children water safety

2:00 PM PDT, August 30, 2013

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The importance of teaching children water safety

Lenny Krayzelberg, an Olympic backstroke swimmer, decided to retire from competitive swimming in 2004 after winning four gold medals for the United States. Knowing that he wanted to continue to work in and around the water, he set up a program for children in Southern California that teaches water safety and swimming, called the Lenny Krayzelberg Swim Academy.

A vegan who chewed up the Pacific Crest Trail

2:00 PM PDT, August 23, 2013

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A vegan who chewed up the Pacific Crest Trail

A vegan diet: That's what Santa Monica College track coach Joshua Garrett credits for helping him traverse the famed Pacific Crest Trail and possibly setting a record doing it.

 'Biggest Loser' trainer Dolvett Quince on pet fitness

2:45 PM PDT, August 16, 2013

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'Biggest Loser' trainer Dolvett Quince on pet fitness

Dolvett Quince was well aware of America's obesity problem. After all, he's one of the trainers on NBC's weight loss reality show, "The Biggest Loser." But, until recently, he had no idea that America's bad eating habits were trickling down to its pets.

Dr. Joseph J. Colella on fiber's role in weight loss

4:30 PM PDT, August 2, 2013

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Dr. Joseph J. Colella on fiber's role in weight loss

Joseph J. Colella has performed more than 4,000 weight-loss surgeries. But the bariatric surgeon at St. Margaret's Hospital at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center would like to keep people from needing the OR by finding practical strategies to keep obesity at bay. We talked with him about fiber.

'Critically Ill' author Frederick Southwick on what ails our healthcare system

3:35 PM PDT, July 26, 2013

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'Critically Ill' author Frederick Southwick on what ails our healthcare system

Mary Southwick was 34 when she developed pain on the bottom of one foot. After seeing a neurologist who said she had a nerve injury caused by dancing, she developed thrombophlebitis and was admitted to the hospital. An intern underdosed her heparin (blood thinner), and she suffered a large blood clot in a lung. This was soon followed by a heart attack, then respiratory failure, renal failure and shock.

Michael Biehn trains like a 'Taxi Driver'

2:40 PM PDT, July 19, 2013

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Michael Biehn trains like a 'Taxi Driver'

Somewhere there is a casting agent who, whenever he needs a butt-kicking soldier to die valiantly, thinks, "Michael Biehn." Recall "Terminator," "The Rock" or "The Abyss." All soldiers, all KIA. Even when Biehn played a cowboy in "Tombstone," it ended with a bullet to the brain.

Fitness instructor Tracy Anderson says the exercise habit requires focus

July 6, 2013

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Fitness instructor Tracy Anderson says the exercise habit requires focus

Tracy Anderson added to her fitness empire of studios, workout DVDs and other products when she and her business partner, Gwyneth Paltrow, opened the serene, members-only Tracy Anderson Studio in Brentwood in April. Anderson, one of the best-known fitness instructors, grew up dancing and hoped to become a professional. But she gained 35 pounds when she moved to New York to study and turned to fitness -- which became her career.

3 weeks to a better body with Bob Harper's 'Jumpstart to Skinny'

June 29, 2013

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3 weeks to a better body with Bob Harper's 'Jumpstart to Skinny'

Bob Harper is known for his "no shortcuts" philosophy toward weight loss. So what's he doing with a new book touting a three-week diet called "Jumpstart to Skinny"?

Comedian Anthony Anderson gets serious about his health after diabetes diagnosis

June 15, 2013

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Comedian Anthony Anderson gets serious about his health after diabetes diagnosis

Fear can be a powerful motivator, at least at first. Actor and comedian Anthony Anderson understands that sticking to an exercise regimen and improving eating habits takes more than a disquieting conversation with a physician to sustain motivation.

For 'Dexter' actor Sean Patrick Flanery, jiujitsu is an unbeatable workout

June 1, 2013

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For 'Dexter' actor Sean Patrick Flanery, jiujitsu is an unbeatable workout

Sean Patrick Flanery plays an ex-cop in the eighth season of TV's "Dexter," starting June 30, and a music teacher in the new film "Broken Horses." But there's another big role in his life: Flanery, 47, teaches and trains in Brazilian jiujitsu at his own Los Angeles studio, Dynamix.

TV producer Arthur Smith keeps his 'Kitchens' in balance

May 25, 2013

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TV producer Arthur Smith keeps his 'Kitchens' in balance

Arthur Smith is one of Hollywood's busiest reality TV producers. The 53-year-old is running 14 shows this season, including the hits "Hell's Kitchen" and "Kitchen Nightmares."

Travis Stork of 'The Doctors'

May 18, 2013

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Travis Stork of 'The Doctors'

As more people get their health information from TV and the Internet, it becomes crucial to have experts on the small screen who can provide accurate information. That's where Travis Stork, co-host of the TV show "The Doctors," comes in.

Leeza Gibbons on her role as mom

May 11, 2013

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Leeza Gibbons on her role as mom

Leeza Gibbons is co-host of "America Now," the nightly syndicated TV newsmagazine, and the TV show "My Generation." For 17 years she hosted and produced the nationally syndicated radio program "Hollywood Confidential."She's also a mother and, of course, a daughter. In her new book, "Take 2: Your Guide to Creating Happy Endings and New Beginnings," she hopes to help people take creative control of their lives, and she writes about how her mother affected her choices.

The world within Vanessa Williams

April 27, 2013

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The world within Vanessa Williams

Most of us are curious about our family lineage. For Vanessa Williams, who recently took part in the show "Who Do You Think You Are" and explored her family's history, the task was both surprising and informative. Here, she talks about what she learned and how she plans to use that information.

Paul Stanley, from 'chunky' kid to fit KISS rocker

April 20, 2013

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Paul Stanley, from 'chunky' kid to fit KISS rocker

The "Starchild" outfit Paul Stanley wears as frontman for KISS is a revealing one. That's why I chose it for Halloween a couple of years back. I wanted to showcase the efforts of my diet and exercise regimen. I got the hair wrong.

Michael Mosley puts his health to many tests

April 13, 2013

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Michael Mosley puts his health to many tests

The patient in his 50s was mildly overweight, had high cholesterol and was headed down the road to diabetes. Common problems, and his doctor made the usual recommendation: medications. But the patient, Michael Mosley — a British author, journalist, TV personality and doctor himself — decided to go a different route. He traveled around his own country and ours, interviewing leading researchers, then tested some of their latest findings. The result? "The Fast Diet," a bestselling book in Britain (it has nothing to do with fast food, how fast you eat or even how fast you lose weight), as well as a three-part PBS series. (The first two have already aired. The third airs Wednesday.)

Jackie Joyner-Kersee on family health

April 6, 2013

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Jackie Joyner-Kersee on family health

Former track and field Olympic champion Jackie Joyner-Kersee is no stranger to the benefits of daily workouts and a healthful lifestyle. As a six-time medal winner, she lived her life always in her own best shape.

Getting real will get you results, trainer says

March 30, 2013

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Getting real will get you results, trainer says

Taylor Ramsdell trains Victor Henry, a professional mixed martial arts fighter, and a pro boxer named Zachary Wohlman. Ramsdell also works with regular folks too, at Chain Fitness, his gym near Universal Studios that was built as a speak-easy in the 1930s. For Ramsdell, that mix makes sense: Just check your ego at the door.

Boxer Wladimir Klitschko on training, diet and sibling rivalry

March 23, 2013

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Boxer Wladimir Klitschko on training, diet and sibling rivalry

They call him Dr. Steelhammer, because not only could he punch you into a parallel universe, he also has a doctorate in sports sciences. Of his 62 boxing bouts, Olympic and world heavyweight boxing champion Wladimir Klitschko has lost only three. For the 59 who faced him and lost, all but eight were knocked out. I just got a sympathy headache.

Dorothy Hamill on skating and regaining strength

March 2, 2013

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Dorothy Hamill on skating and regaining strength

You know you're famous when your haircut becomes the haircut.

Dr. Dean Ornish on the power of mindful choices

February 23, 2013

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Dr. Dean Ornish on the power of mindful choices

For more than three decades, Dr. Dean Ornish has been talking about the power individuals have to affect their health, even to the extent of reversing heart disease by changing the way they eat and behave. His prescription for sick people is radical, as he says, "a pound of cure." But for the rest of us, it's a what he calls a "spectrum program" of choices.

Apolo Anton Ohno now making strides against asthma

February 9, 2013

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Apolo Anton Ohno now making strides against asthma

Apolo Anton Ohno, the most decorated U.S. Winter Olympian of all time, was practicing for the 2002 Games when he learned he had exercise-induced asthma. It obviously didn't destroy the sporting career of the eight-time medalist. And now he is the public face of a program to raise awareness about the condition, which affects more than 30 million Americans.

Diet advice that goes against the grain

February 2, 2013

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Diet advice that goes against the grain

You've heard about the "Wheat Belly" diet, right? Well, technically, it doesn't exist.

Byron Hurt seeks a soul food renewal

January 26, 2013

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Byron Hurt seeks a soul food renewal

Byron Hurt was inspired to look at the ties between African Americans and soul food after the death of his father from pancreatic cancer. The result was his film, "Soul Food Junkies," which can be seen on public television.

JWoww, after the party's over

January 19, 2013

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JWoww, after the party's over

Even if you've never been to New Jersey, names such as Snooki, the Situation and JWoww have become part of our cultural lexicon, thanks to TV's "Jersey Shore," embodying how to rock your summer at the beach with lots of partying.

Brent Smith of Shinedown cleans up and slims down

January 12, 2013

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Brent Smith of Shinedown cleans up and slims down

The band Shinedown has been around for more than a decade, selling more than 10 million albums worldwide. In 2012 they launched their fourth album, "Amaryllis," which made its debut at No. 4 on the Billboard 200. But the last year has been more than just about launching a new album for Brent Smith, the band's lead singer.

Confronting a weighty kids' issue

1:20 PM PST, January 5, 2013

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Confronting a weighty kids' issue

Childhood obesity expert Dr. Joanna Dolgoff says parents of obese children would rather talk to their kids about anything — even sex or drugs — than weight. But ignoring it could set a child up for a lifetime of health problems and emotional heartache, she said. The issue of childhood obesity, and Dolgoff's work, will get a national airing Sunday as the new season of the NBC reality weight-loss show "The Biggest Loser" adds three kids — two 13-year-olds and a 16-year-old — to the cast.

'Hungry Girl's' Lisa Lillien

December 29, 2012

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'Hungry Girl's' Lisa Lillien

Lisa Lillien has the world on a plate. The Los Angeles author and entrepreneur sits atop the multimillion-dollar "Hungry Girl" empire that includes TV shows on the Food Network and the Cooking Channel, several bestselling cookbooks and a daily email blast that tops 1 million subscribers. Lillien is a genius at finding low-calorie ways to scratch a craving itch and then sharing them with her legion of fans.

Jane Fonda on yoga for boomers

December 22, 2012

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Jane Fonda on yoga for boomers

Jane Fonda has led many public lives. There's Fonda the antiwar activist; Fonda the fitness enthusiast, grapevining her way across a studio in a tiny leotard and tights; and Fonda the actress, who has starred in more than 40 films.

'Doctor's Dilemma' director Dámaso Rodriguez

December 8, 2012

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'Doctor's Dilemma' director Dámaso Rodriguez

Every now and then, a play or song or book comes around that perfectly encapsulates the time we live in, despite having been created decades, or even centuries, ago.

Julie Bowen talks about allergies in her own 'Modern Family'

December 4, 2012

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Julie Bowen talks about allergies in her own 'Modern Family'

Actress Julie Bowen of "Modern Family" doesn't want other parents to go through what she and her husband did when their toddler experienced a life-threatening allergic reaction that sent him into anaphylactic shock.

'Dog Whisperer' Cesar Millan stays fit as leader of pack

November 24, 2012

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'Dog Whisperer' Cesar Millan stays fit as leader of pack

When your job involves keeping up with animals that have twice the number of legs as you, it's important to be in good shape. "Dog Whisperer" Cesar Millan doesn't have a vocation that involves much sitting in front of a computer; he's a man on the move as an advocate and trainer for human's best friend.

Former NBA star John Salley touts the vegan life

November 17, 2012

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Former NBA star John Salley touts the vegan life

The vegan lifestyle and the lifestyle of professional athletes aren't often associated with each other. But John Salley, a former NBA star who's played with the Chicago Bulls and the Los Angeles Lakers, swears by the strictly animal- and animal-product-free diet he's taken up since retiring from the game.

Wendy Williams finds the right balance

November 10, 2012

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Wendy Williams finds the right balance

Wendy Williams used to love the McRib, and she hid eating it. She hid eating a lot of things and also engaged in unhealthful behaviors to try to combat her weight. That's all changed. Now the syndicated talk show host embraces her body type and uses exercise and healthful eating to look great for the people who really matter: herself and her husband.

Yoga instructor Sara Ivanhoe

November 3, 2012

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Yoga instructor Sara Ivanhoe

Sara Ivanhoe has always been a bit ahead of her time. The 41-year-old yoga instructor has been practicing yoga since she was in high school. At first, she had no choice: In the small Marin County town of Mill Valley where she grew up, yoga was part of her school's curriculum. Like a typical teenager, she rebelled against most things that were associated with school, but yoga was different. More than 25 years and 4.3 million yoga-videos-sold later, Ivanhoe is still at it. When she isn't teaching at YogaWorks in Santa Monica, she's at Loyola Marymount University, working toward a master's degree in yoga philosophy. Here, Ivanhoe shares some of her yoga wisdom:

Robby Benson shares lessons from heart surgeries

October 27, 2012

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Robby Benson shares lessons from heart surgeries

Robby Benson is sitting serenely in the cafe of the Beverly Hills Hilton, sipping hot coffee as afternoon sunlight pours in through the windows. The 56-year-old actor, voice of the Beast in Disney's animated "Beauty and the Beast," is the picture of rugged health and wellness; he wears a loose blue button-down, his thick brown hair falls in waves and his easy smile welcomes passersby as he stands up to say hello.

Shari and Judi Zucker dish on healthful, tasty snacks

October 13, 2012

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Shari and Judi Zucker dish on healthful, tasty snacks

Shari and Judi Zucker became vegetarians as teenagers, shared high school records in the mile and two-mile and became authors together at 17.

Choreographer Alice Alyse on dancing for fitness

September 29, 2012

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Choreographer Alice Alyse on dancing for fitness

For those of us not blessed with the footwork of Fred Astaire, the notion of taking a dance class might not appeal. But Alice Alyse, a dancer and choreographer who is the artistic director of Joffrey Ballet West and Joffrey Ballet South, says that even the clumsiest among us can benefit from cutting a rug for an hour or so.

 5 Questions: Patrick Dempsey

September 15, 2012

5 Questions: Patrick Dempsey

Patrick Dempsey, the actor also known as "McDreamy," just committed to two more seasons on the hospital drama "Grey's Anatomy." But it's when the camera isn't rolling that Dempsey, 46, is really busy. He's riding bikes and parenting three children with his wife, Jillian, raising money for a cancer charity that he helped found to honor his mother, and racing cars. (In a case of art imitating life, Dempsey expects to start shooting the film adaptation of the bestselling book "The Art of Racing in the Rain" soon. He'll play race-car driver Denny Swift.)

 RuPaul's new focus: Hiking in L.A.

5:58 PM PDT, September 6, 2012

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RuPaul's new focus: Hiking in L.A.

RuPaul became famous for his over-the-top drag performances and later, his VH1 show, "RuPaul's Drag Race." But recently, the 51-year-old performer has turned his focus inward, embarking on a hiking regimen in his hometown of Los Angeles that, he says, has changed his life physically, emotionally and spiritually.

Patrick Muldoon on staying chiseled

11:23 AM PDT, August 31, 2012

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Patrick Muldoon on staying chiseled

Patrick Muldoon had his brains sucked out by a bug-eyed alien in "Starship Troopers," and perhaps more appealing he's been both a kindly heartthrob, Austin Reed on "Days of Our Lives," and an evil heartthrob, Richard Hart on "Melrose Place."

Marshall Reid, 12-year-old healthy food advocate

3:30 PM PDT, August 28, 2012

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Marshall Reid, 12-year-old healthy food advocate

Marshall Reid was bullied at school because he was overweight. He found a way to fight back that has kept the bullies at bay and changed his life: He's a healthy eater and a successful author. He and his mother, Alexandra, wrote the book, "Portion Size Me" about how their family changed their habits and how other people can too.

Paralympian Casey Tibbs stays in the chase

August 11, 2012

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Paralympian Casey Tibbs stays in the chase

The Paralympic Games don't get as much attention as the Olympics, but the stories are often more inspiring — among them, people who experience severe physical trauma and come out stronger on the other side. That's what happened with Casey Tibbs.

Dominique Moceanu on Olympic training

August 4, 2012

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Dominique Moceanu on Olympic training

Dominique Moceanu captured the world's attention as the youngest member of the 1996 U.S. women's Olympic gymnastics team, the first American women's team to ever win gold for the United States. Moceanu was just 14 when she competed that year in Atlanta and quickly became the new face of the sport.

Olympic swimmer Matt Grevers

July 21, 2012

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Olympic swimmer Matt Grevers

Olympic champion swimmer Matt Grevers, 27, knows about love. He loves his fiancée, he loves his sport and he loves his country.

JJ Virgin gives tips for healthful eating

July 14, 2012

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JJ Virgin gives tips for healthful eating

As the host of TLC's "Freaky Eaters," JJ Virgin is known for helping people overcome bizarre eating habits — consuming only cheesy fries, for instance, or putting tartar sauce on everything from cupcakes to Jell-O.

Ultra-runner Scott Jurek on training and diet

July 7, 2012

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Ultra-runner Scott Jurek on training and diet

Scott Jurek is a nice guy who exhibits none of the sanctimonious proselytizing that vegans sometimes do.

Sports prepared her for life's curveballs

June 23, 2012

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Sports prepared her for life's curveballs

Jennie Finch began playing softball as a kid, and her passion and talent for the sport carried her all the way to the U.S. National Team and, in 2004 and 2008, the women's U.S. Olympic team. A star pitcher, Finch led her fellow Olympians to win gold and silver medals.

Dr. David Hill, author of 'Dad to Dad'

June 16, 2012

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Dr. David Hill, author of 'Dad to Dad'

David Hill has a 12-year-old daughter and sons who are 10 and 7. He's also a pediatrician in Wilmington, N.C., and has written "Dad to Dad: Parenting Like a Pro," published this month by the American Academy of Pediatrics. We thought we'd get some of his thoughts to markFather's Day.

No shadows on Jenna Lee's fitness spotlight

June 9, 2012

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No shadows on Jenna Lee's fitness spotlight

When your dad, Bob Lee, has played in the Super Bowl — twice — there is a familial expectation that you'll be athletic. Jenna Lee is the youngest anchor in cable news networks, and her show "Happening Now" for Fox News often runs her ragged and creates chaos for her schedule, especially during an election year.

The porn effect on young men

June 2, 2012

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The porn effect on young men

In HBO's new show "Girls," creator Lena Dunham conjures up an image of young men so inundated with online porn that they almost unwittingly try to reenact it in their own boudoir escapades.

5 Questions: Elaine LaLanne

May 26, 2012

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Elaine LaLanne

Full disclosure alert! I practically worshiped Jack LaLanne, who invented the modern fitness industry. He died last year at the age of 96.

Montel Williams confronts MS head on

May 5, 2012

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Montel Williams confronts MS head on

Montel Williams is not your typical pot-smoking snowboarder. Best known as an Emmy-winning talk show host, the former Marine and decorated naval intelligence officer was also a champion boxer, bodybuilder and power-lifter.

Leven Rambin's lean, mean routine for 'Hunger Games'

April 28, 2012

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Leven Rambin's lean, mean routine for 'Hunger Games'

In "The Hunger Games," actress Leven Rambin plays a teenage girl who has trained since childhood to fight to the death in a post-apocalyptic arena. To embody the role, Rambin, 21, had to look the part of the young warrior and also be able to wield weapons convincingly — her character, Glimmer, is versed in sword fighting and archery.

Dr. Walter Willett on red meat

March 24, 2012

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Dr. Walter Willett on red meat

Dr. Walter Willett is the chair of nutrition at the Harvard School of Public Health. He's also a cow's best friend.

David Lynch on transcendental meditation

March 17, 2012

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David Lynch on transcendental meditation

We know filmmaker David Lynch for the dark surrealism of "Eraserhead," "Blue Velvet," "Inland Empire" and "Twin Peaks," as well as for his deep, abiding love of coffee.

Daphne Oz on exercising

March 10, 2012

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Daphne Oz on exercising

As co-host of "The Chew"(a food and talk show on ABC), Daphne Oz gets to sample items like the Big Mike Burger (two patties, three buns and cheese) and pizza by fellow host Mario Batali.

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