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  • Moby maps his road to veganism

    Moby maps his road to veganism

    The DJ and musician Moby, a vegan for 27 years, plans to open a vegan restaurant this summer called Little Pine in Silver Lake. He recently appeared at the Skirball Cultural Center in conversation with the co-founder of the animal welfare organization Farm Sanctuary, Gene Baur. We asked him about...

  • Trying to get a good night's sleep? Here are some tips

    Trying to get a good night's sleep? Here are some tips

    Before you lay all the blame for your restless nights on your iPad or reach for sleeping pills, it's wise to examine your total sleep habits and address any persistent bad practices.

  • Consumer devices track sleep for a better night's rest

    Consumer devices track sleep for a better night's rest

    In a recent Royal Philips survey of nearly 8,000 people in 10 countries, 96% said that sleep is valuable to them, and 57% admitted their sleep could be better but they hadn't taken action to improve sleep.

  • LL Cool J's diet, naps and goal setting help foster his success

    LL Cool J's diet, naps and goal setting help foster his success

    LL Cool J is the star of CBS' hit series "NCIS: Los Angeles" and the host and producer of Spike's "Lip Sync Battle," based on a segment on Jimmy Fallon's late-night show, in which two celebrities compete not merely mouthing a song but also by using costumes and choreography. LL Cool J (born James...

  • Gear: The latest for stand-up paddle board fans on the go

    Gear: The latest for stand-up paddle board fans on the go

    The stand-up paddle board, or SUP, is one of the hottest sports products right now. People of all abilities love the comfortable standing position, the smooth and easy-to-learn paddle stroke, the upper-body and core workout, and the excuse to get out in the sunshine and onto the water. What they...

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  • Shapewear comes with health risks if worn for too long

    Shapewear comes with health risks if worn for too long

    From Spanx Power Panties shorts, to Reebok CrossFit compression tops, Lululemon running tights for men and modern-made corsets, there is a huge market for clothes that squish, squeeze and sculpt. For some people, shimmying into shapewear is worth it for the figure-enhancing powers of Spandex, an...

  • At the Roxy: RockSweat Fitness, where spotlight is on a workout class

    At the Roxy: RockSweat Fitness, where spotlight is on a workout class

    It's not even 9 a.m. on a Saturday and I'm outside the Roxy music club on Sunset Boulevard. It feels a bit like one of those parallel universe moments, as I move toward the dance floor with dozens of other people in their workout clothes. Evan Harrison, a music industry veteran, and his wife, fitness...

  • Pasta breaks with tradition to drop carbs, boost protein and more

    Pasta breaks with tradition to drop carbs, boost protein and more

    Pasta alternatives are increasingly showing up on store shelves and on restaurant plates.

  • Realities of the diet treadmill spur 'leanest livable weight' concept

    Realities of the diet treadmill spur 'leanest livable weight' concept

    If, like millions of people, you've been on diets, perhaps lots of them, researcher Traci Mann says you should be relieved to know that it's not a flaw in your character that they didn't work. Or at least they didn't work for long.

  • Higher summits for today's backpacking gear

    Higher summits for today's backpacking gear

    OK, California didn't get any snow again. Water rationing is now mandatory. Spring is the new summer. But look on the bright side: It's a great time to go backpacking. On top of that, the basic gear you need, the big four — boots, tents, poles and backpacks — just keep getting better. Just remember...

  • Author Jodi Picoult on balance, exercise, kids and elephants

    Author Jodi Picoult on balance, exercise, kids and elephants

    Bestselling author Jodi Picoult, in her more than 20 novels, explores emotionally charged topics. In her latest book, "Leaving Time," a girl searches for her missing mother, a prominent expert who documents how elephants grieve. For the story, Picoult, 48, went to an elephant sanctuary in Tennessee...

  • Culver City gym helps injured cop try to get back on the beat

    Culver City gym helps injured cop try to get back on the beat

    For Culver City police Officer Tri Lai, it's all about hitting the wall.

  • Zumba, a cardio workout set to a Latin beat, grows in appeal in L.A.

    Zumba, a cardio workout set to a Latin beat, grows in appeal in L.A.

    It's Friday evening at the Higashi Honganji Buddhist Temple in downtown Los Angeles, but there's no Zen quiet here. Instead, Latin-inflected hip-hop thumps from a basement room, where about 30 men and women follow teacher Nelly Villegas through a series of squats, grapevines and box steps.

  • Gym Rat: Zumba toning at Heartbeat House in Atwater Village

    Gym Rat: Zumba toning at Heartbeat House in Atwater Village

    I have friends who love Zumba; they say it's a workout but not work. I've always feared it was a chance to feel like I have two left feet, a full hour of worrying about moving the wrong way, tripping someone or tripping over someone. I love to dance but haven't had even one lesson. But after finally...

  • Triathlon equipment that could shorten your race time

    Triathlon equipment that could shorten your race time

    Can techy new gear buy you more speed? I hoped so when I lined up at the start of the recent La Paz Triathlon in Mexico's Baja California Sur state with some of the most innovative bike and swim gear I'd seen in a while. When the day was done, I was stunned: I'd made a quantum leap. Feeling remarkably...

  • Teens' compulsive texting can cause neck injury, experts warn

    Teens' compulsive texting can cause neck injury, experts warn

    Dean Fishman, a chiropractor in Florida, was examining an X-ray of a 17-year-old patient's neck in 2009 when he noticed something unusual. The ghostly image of her vertebral column showed a reversal of the curvature that normally appears in the cervical spine — a degenerative state he'd most often...

  • Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand exercises some ideas about health

    Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand exercises some ideas about health

    When it comes to kids and food, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand is pragmatic: "Give kids a choice between French fries and green beans, they're going to pick French fries because they're delicious." Last summer, the junior senator from New York and mom to two young boys spoke about the need for more healthful...

  • Try this: Combo lunge also works arms and back in less time

    Try this: Combo lunge also works arms and back in less time

    Kim Lyons, the founder of Bionic Body in Hermosa Beach, says she got back into shape after the birth of her son using time-saving exercise combos that give you a cardio pump while also toning muscles. "More bang for your buck," as she puts it. The combo she shares with us this week actually does...

  • Water: What you need to know about keeping hydrated

    Water: What you need to know about keeping hydrated

    For two decades, we've been encouraged — some might say hounded — into making drinking water a habit. We carry it in plastic bottles, reusable canisters, on our backs to suck through elaborate tubing. We might even hire a doctor to have it injected into our veins.

  • What's in the water that comes from L.A. taps?

    What's in the water that comes from L.A. taps?

    Los Angeles: What's in your water?

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