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Ten tips for triathlon nutrition
March 14th, 2011
07:05 PM ET

Ten tips for triathlon nutrition

Throughout the 2011 Fit Nation Triathlon Challenge, we will be posting weekly workout and meal plans so you can follow along at home.  Today's posting is the first four weeks of meal plans, including links to recipes.

Congrats! You’re embarking on an amazing physical and mental challenge. In the months to come you’ll be pushing your body harder than ever, and that means you need to be taking in the right nutrients to fuel your workouts and help repair muscle breakdown. Good luck!

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Gender preference leads to imbalance in Asian countries
March 14th, 2011
05:38 PM ET

Gender preference leads to imbalance in Asian countries

A preference for sons in some Asian countries has been well documented for centuries. Now a study suggests the practice has led to significant imbalances in the male/female population in China, South Korea and India that could have long-lasting implications.

According to the Canadian Medical Association Journal, over the next 20 years, this practice will lead to an excess of males—between 10%-20% in large parts of China and India.

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Here's your training plan - get race ready by August
March 14th, 2011
04:28 PM ET

Here's your training plan - get race ready by August

Throughout the 2011 Fit Nation Triathlon Challenge, we will be posting workout and meal plans so you can follow along at home.  Today's posting is the first four weeks of training.

The 6-pack are well into training for the New York City Triathlon. In just one month’s time we’ve seen their health improve and their fitness levels increase…dramatically! They are going longer with their workouts as they build their base, and soon they will head into going stronger! Are you ready to join them? Are you ready to get in shape for triathlon racing this summer? Let’s get started!

We'll post four weeks of workouts at a time. Follow the steps and then get it done…no excuses!

Step 1 – Go sign up for a sprint distance race sometime in June, then an Olympic distance race sometime in August. The program above will prepare you for these distances.

Step 2 – Enlist some friends and family to join you in the training (and perhaps racing). It’s more fun with a crowd.

Step 3 – Put the workouts below in your calendar and stick to them!!

Laura Cozik, athletic director for the CNN Triathlon Challenge, is the founder and CEO of Team Lipstick, LLC, an all female triathlon team, based in New York City with a chapter in Washington, D C.


Depressed dads more likely to spank
March 14th, 2011
01:48 PM ET

Depressed dads more likely to spank

Lots of information has been collected on the effects of depressed moms on their children, but very little on sad dads. Now a study published in the current issue of Pediatrics finds that fathers who suffer from depression are more likely to hit their children than fathers who are not depressed.

Researchers looked at a group of 1,700 fathers of 1-year-old children. They found 7 percent of the men had a diagnosis of  depression. Compared with non-depressed dads, fathers who suffered from depression were nearly four times more likely to report spanking their child and less likely to be involved in day-to-day parent/child activities, such as reading a book. Surprisingly, the most depressed fathers, along with non-depressed dads, reported regularly playing games and singing and talking to their kids. Researchers say this suggests that these activities may be more routine behaviors for fathers than reading.

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March 14th, 2011
08:42 AM ET

What would cause bleeding during sex?

Thanks for your question. I'm glad that you got checked out and that your tests were normal. Bleeding during or after sex is a relatively common occurrence that can have many causes, most of which are not serious or dangerous. There are some instances when medical treatment is necessary, however, so further evaluation would be helpful if this bleeding continues. To better help you, I consulted Dr. Gary Glasser of Atlanta Gynecology and Obstetrics in Decatur, Georgia. Dr Glasser shares the following information:

Bleeding after sexual intercourse (also called "post-coital bleeding") is not rare; up to 10% of women have had this at some point in their lives. Abnormal bleeding can bring up the thought, "Is this cancer?" Fortunately, the risk of cancer with post-coital bleeding is not common (thousands of women will have this type of bleeding for every one cancer found).

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