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10 Slow-Cooker Breakfasts You'll Dream about All Night

A round-up of the most interesting and thought-provoking stories of the week.

4 Reasons to Love the Body You Have Yoga Journal
This is a message we can't reiterate often enough: Love the body you have now!

How Being Nice Can Boost Your Health ABC News
Nice guys might finish last, but they're healthier, according to new research. If you needed a reason to be nicer, here are six!

How Fat May Hurt the Brain, and How Exercise May Help NYT Well
According to new experiments with some pretty fancy equipment, obesity might actually harm your brain--but exercise can help.

8 Workout Tights We're Obsessing Over SELF
Back in the day (say, two years ago), there were two, maybe three, colors of workout pants available: black, gray and sometimes navy blue. Then the patterned workout tights trend started. From muscles to clouds and from cats to camo, you can find workout tights in just about any print imaginable. Tell us: What do you think about the wild print craze? Will you try/have you tried it?

10 Slow-Cooker Breakfasts You'll Dream about All Night TODAY
Go on, hit the snooze alarm. Breakfast will be ready and waiting on you tomorrow morning!
Posted 3/15/2014  12:00:00 AM By: Stepfanie Romine : 4 comments   20,560 views
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13 Annoying Gym Pet Peeves

A round-up of the most interesting and thought-provoking stories of the week.

13 Annoying Gym Pet Peeves That Make You Just Want to Quit Working Out
Peeves are just part of the workout process, especially when you go to a gym. Here are 13 of the most annoying habits. (Our top picks: People who talk or text while hogging cardio equipment, and people who wear heavy perfume/cologne.) What's your gym pet peeve? Huffington Post Healthy Living

Hark! There Is a Brand-New Menu Item at Chipotle and It Looks Delicious
Great news, vegetarians: Chipotle is launching tofu nationwide. Yum! Time

4 Suspension Training Sins
Do you use the TRX or other suspension equipment? Are you using it properly? Find out! ACE Fitness

Eat Plants And Prosper: For Longevity, Go Easy On The Meat, Study Says
You don't have to cut out meat and cheese entirely, but to lower your risk of dying of cancer and other causes, you should limit it during middle age, according to a new study. NPR

10 Unhealthy Foods to Give Up For Lent — and the Calories You'll Save
Did you commit to give up certain foods for Lent? See how many calories you'll save by making these small changes. (Not participating in Lent? You could still tackle these goals and improve your health.) Fit Sugar

A Yoga-Tabata Mashup Workout
Like yoga? Like HIIT and Tabata training? You'll love this short mashup of the two. It's a not as intense as most Tabata intervals, but it is a quick whole-body workout and stretch session. Shape

Birth by C-Section May Raise Obesity Risk
According to a large review of studies, birth by C-section has been linked to adult weight issues. NYT

Dr. Yogi: Physicians Integrate Yoga Into Medical Practice
Doctors are learning how to use yoga instead of drugs to treat various health issues. NPR

Cellulite, Stretch Marks, and a Love Your Body Challenge
Fitness expert Molly Galbraith, a regular contributor to SparkPeople's blog, challenges you to learn to love your body. She starts by sharing real photos of what fitness experts really look like. Molly Galbraith blog
The Food That Helped One Woman Live to 116 
The oldest person in the world just turned 116! Find out what she credits for her longevity. Women's Health

Which stories topped your "must-read" list this week?
Posted 3/8/2014  12:00:00 AM By: Stepfanie Romine : 5 comments   16,053 views
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New FDA Nutrition Labels Would Be Easier to Read

A round-up of the most interesting and thought-provoking stories of the week.

Child obesity rates drop 43% in past decade USA Today
Good news: Far fewer kids ages two to five are obese today compared with eight years ago. Bad news: Experts warn the numbers might be misleading.

New F.D.A. Nutrition Labels Would Make ‘Serving Sizes’ Reflect Actual Servings NYT
Confused by nutrition labels? You're not alone. Thankfully, new regulations, which will include larger type for calorie counts and easier-to-understand serving sizes, could be coming soon.

Maybe That BPA In Your Canned Food Isn't So Bad After All NPR
Remember how eliminating BPA from the linings of canned foods was a hot topic just a couple of years ago? Now, some experts say it's not such a big deal after all. Do you agree?

The Cast of Gym Characters Fit Bottomed Girls
We giggled at this roundup of the interesting characters at FBG Erin's gym. Do you people watch at the gym?  
Posted 3/1/2014  12:00:00 AM By: Stepfanie Romine : 9 comments   13,622 views
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Spring Into Shape with a 20-Day Challenge!

It's almost March, which means we've made it through the worst of winter (knock on wood!). Can you believe that spring is less than a month away? Although the arrival of spring promises warmer weather and better conditions for exercising outdoors, it might also make some of us realize that we hibernated a little too much over the winter. Maybe you skipped a few workouts due to bad weather or the flu, or the winter blues derailed even your best efforts to stay consistent. It can be hard to get active again after a lull in your exercise plan, but it's entirely possible to get back on your feet. And we're here to help you do it! 
Posted 2/25/2014  12:00:00 AM By: Melinda Hershey : 215 comments   141,855 views
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Don't Just Sit There! It Could Lead to Disability Later in Life

A round-up of the most interesting and thought-provoking stories of the week.

The Top 10 Timesaving Productivity Apps Fitness magazine
Stop letting technology rule your life, and instead put it to work for you, with these awesome time-saving apps.

7 Things Only People Who Are Trying To Lose Weight Understand Huffington Post Healthy Living
When you're trying to get healthy, life changes. Sometimes, only those who are also trying to lose weight can understand where you're coming from. You'll love this roundup of truths from others in your (gym) shoes!

How Not to Look Stupid on a Rower SELF
The rowing machine is one of the most underused pieces of equipment at the gym, but it's also one of the most effective… and the most intimidating. Here's how to use it correctly.

Sit More, And You're More Likely To Be Disabled After Age 60 NPR
Stand up and take notice to this story: No matter how much exercise you get, sitting will increase your risk of becoming disabled, after age 60, according to new research. (Did you also know that older women are inactive for about two-thirds of the day?)

Posted 2/22/2014  12:00:00 AM By: Stepfanie Romine : 4 comments   14,033 views
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9 Surprising Foods With More Sugar Than a Krispy Kreme

A round-up of the most interesting and thought-provoking stories of the week.

9 Surprising Foods With More Sugar Than a Krispy Kreme Doughnut Mother Jones
You know that added sugar lurks in unsuspecting places. But you'll never believe which foods have more sugar than a doughnut!  

5 Secrets From the Pros to a Stress-Free Life Huffington Post Healthy Living
Find out how mind-body experts stay stress free and in the moment.

Do You REALLY Need to Shower Post-Workout? Women's Health
Kinda gross, yes, but we've all asked ourselves this question post-workout, haven't we? So… do we?

Healthy Tips for Night Shift Workers U.S. News Health
Not a 9-to-5 worker? Here's how to stay healthy if you go to work when the rest of the world is going to bed.  
Posted 2/15/2014  12:00:00 AM By: Stepfanie Romine : 8 comments   22,444 views
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Did 'The Biggest Loser' Winner Drop Too Much Weight?

A round-up of the most interesting and thought-provoking stories of the week.

Eating too much added sugar may be killing you
USA Today
According to a new study--the largest ever of its kind--eating added sugar exponentially increases your risks of cardiovascular disease. Could your sweet tooth kill you some day?

Did this ‘Biggest Loser’ contestant lose too much weight? Washington Post
The biggest story of the week is whether the winner of the popular weight-loss TV show has gone too far. Winning contestant Rachel now weighs 105 pounds and is considered underweight. Is she too skinny? Does it matter? Should the show set limits for contestants' weight loss?

Do You Have Caffeine Use Disorder? Women's Health
Coffee lovers, perk up: New research shows that a lot of us might be overly caffeinated. But what does that mean? And do we have to swap our full-caf to decaf?

Posted 2/8/2014  12:00:00 AM By: Stepfanie Romine : 0 comments   12,996 views
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Calorie-Free Treats for Your Valentine

Isn't it time we all start to figure out how to celebrate holidays, birthdays, promotions and other special occasions without always focusing on food?

Yes, Valentine's Day only comes around once a year, but if the person you love has been working hard to prioritize healthy eating, why tempt him or her to stray from those goals with an abundance of candy and sweets? Instead, show how much you really love your partner by choosing a gift that isn't bursting with sugar and fat.

Here are 16 creative alternatives to treats that will make your valentine's heart beat a little faster. There's something for everyone in this gift guide!
Posted 2/3/2014  6:00:00 AM By: Megan Patrick : 13 comments   27,263 views
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31 Healthy Cooking Tips You Need to Know

A round-up of the most interesting and thought-provoking stories of the week.

Caramel color: The health risk that may be in your soda Consumer Reports
Set down your soda and read this: The most common coloring in foods is a potential carcinogen. Is it in your favorite drink--and does it matter?  

Exercise to Age Well, Whatever Your Age NYT
Think it's too late to start exercising? Think again! A new study found that even after years of a sedentary lifestyle, middle-age adults can benefit from exercise. So get up and get moving!

Watch and Burn: The Best Workout DVDs and Games of 2014 Fitness magazine
Looking for a few good workout DVDs? Fitness magazine reviews the best new ones. Whether you want yoga or HIIT, you're a beginner or a pro, you'll find one for you.  

How to Tell If You're Over-Exfoliating This Winter, Plus Tips on How to Keep Skin Smooth Self
This time of year, our skin is not always in tip-top shape. Learn how to keep it smooth--without over-exfoliating it.

31 Healthy Cooking Tips You Need to Know Fit Sugar
Whether you're new to cooking entirely or just you're starting to learn how to make your favorite recipes healthier, you'll learn a lot from this roundup of healthy cooking tips.

Posted 2/1/2014  12:00:00 AM By: Stepfanie Romine : 2 comments   11,272 views
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How the Polar Vortex Might Help You Lose Weight

A round-up of the most interesting and thought-provoking stories of the week.

How A Little Chill In The Air Could Help You Lose Weight NPR Shots blog
There might be a silver lining to this "polar vortex" after all: Experts say that keeping our environments slightly colder can actually help us lose weight. (As a contributing factor when combined with plenty of exercise and healthy eats, of course!)

Media Focus on Obesity May Backfire for Some Women U.S. News Health
According to a new study, women who are overweight were less likely to be able to control their eating after reading stories that portrayed overweight people in a negative way.

Google's Contact Lens and Other News You Need to Know Mashable
Watch how Google is developing a contact lens that might someday be able to help fight diabetes.

Posted 1/25/2014  12:00:00 AM By: Stepfanie Romine : 4 comments   10,159 views
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Body Proud: 'What I Love About My Body'

A round-up of the most interesting and thought-provoking stories of the week.

Body Proud: "What I Love About My Body" Fitness magazine
Love this! Real women share what they love most about their bodies--and why.

Jillian Michaels's Top Get-Fit Tips Self
The celeb trainer shares her best tips for losing weight, shaping up, and staying that way.

Reforming a Picky Eater, Step One: Children Don’t Control the Family Meal NYT Motherlode blog
Dealing with a picky eater can be tough, but experts say the first step is to not let the kid reign supreme at the supper table.
Posted 1/18/2014  12:00:00 AM By: Stepfanie Romine : 7 comments   8,155 views
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75 Snacks Under 200 Calories

A round-up of the most interesting and thought-provoking stories of the week.

75 Snacks Under 200 Calories Self
Snacks are an important part of a healthy eating plan, but they can also lead to calorie overload. Here are 75 that will fill you up for 200 calories or less!
Food Firms Trim Trillions Of Calories From Packaged Treats NPR
Since 2007, major food companies have trimmed more than 6.4 trillion calories from packaged foods as a way to combat childhood obesity.  But can it have any noticeable effect?

5 Fitness Feats that are Worth the Training Fit Bottomed Girls
The ever-positive Fit Bottomed Girls share five fitness goals that are within reach and worth setting for 2014.

How Being Heavy or Lean Shapes Our View of Exercise NYT Well blog
Posted 1/11/2014  12:00:00 AM By: Stepfanie Romine : 3 comments   8,095 views
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Does a Sweatier Workout Guarantee a Better One?

A round-up of the most interesting and thought-provoking stories of the week.

Is It Good to Sweat? NYT Well blog
Most of us assume that sweating is a sign of a good workout. But is it?

24 Rules For Being A Human Being In 2014 Thought Catalog
We could all use reminders to be nicer to one another. This is a great list!

7 Natural Ways to Curb Your Appetite Fit Sugar  
Forget harmful supplements and fad diets. Control your appetite and stay on track with these natural strategies.

Celebrity Cancer Diagnosis Spurs Smokers to Try to Quit NYT
When a celebrity is diagnosed with cancer, it often encourages others to quit smoking. Find out why.

6 Moves to Resize Your Butt and Thighs Self
Your butt and thighs are some of the biggest muscles in your body. Strengthen them with a half-dozen exercises.

The Best Tool for a Deeper Self-Massage Shape
A small ball you likely have in your garage or closet right now could be the secret to releasing tension and ridding your body of knots.

Lost in the Rush: How to Enjoy Every Workout Fitness magazine
Everyone has good days and bad days when it comes to exercise. Even if you aren't your fittest or fastest every time you work up a sweat, you can learn to like ever workout. Learn how.

Joy Bauer Gives Dieting Tips In 60 Seconds TODAY
Dietician and TODAY contributor Joy Bauer begins a new series, “60-Second Skinny,” in which she provides some effective dieting tips in a slim 60 seconds.

14 Things To Stop Stressing About In 2014 Huffington Post Healthy Living  
Don't we have enough to stress about in life? Here's a list of the small stuff that isn't worth stressing over.

Which stories topped your "must-read" list this week?
Posted 1/4/2014  11:00:00 PM By: Stepfanie Romine : 2 comments   6,418 views
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Increase in Liver Damage is Linked to Dietary Aids

A round-up of the most interesting and thought-provoking stories of the week.

Older Women May Spend Two-Thirds of Their Day Sitting HealthDay        
No matter your age or gender, this story likely will motivate you to stand up and get moving!

Spike in Harm to Liver Is Tied to Dietary Aids NYT
A scary but true article about how dietary supplements and aids have led to irreversible liver damage for an increasing number of people of all ages.

7 Surprising Body Odor Causes Huffington Post Healthy Living
Feeling stinky? One of these surprising causes could be the reason.  

Posted 12/28/2013  12:00:00 AM By: Stepfanie Romine : 0 comments   6,469 views
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How One Mom is Promoting a Healthy Body Image

A round-up of the most interesting and thought-provoking stories of the week.

'Having the perfect body isn't all it's cracked up to be': Mother-of-three hits back at Fit Mom for promoting unhealthy beauty ideals Daily Mail
We shared the story of fitness blogger Maria Kang a couple of months ago on SparkPeople Radio. She's the fitness blogger who posted a pic of herself in a sports bra and shorts with her kids and the caption "what's your excuse?" Now, another mother of three has a must-read response.

F.D.A. Questions Safety of Antibacterial Soaps NYT
The F.D.A. has issued an ultimatum to soap makers: Prove antibacterial ingredients work or take them out of products. Do you use antibacterial soap and other products?

Holiday stress calls for an attitude adjustment USA Today
The most wonderful time of year is often the most stressful. Find out how to reduce bad stress and feel more joy during the holidays. Do the holidays stress you out? How do you cope?
Posted 12/21/2013  12:00:00 AM By: Stepfanie Romine : 5 comments   5,896 views
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