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Senator uses Twitter to shed 50 pounds
October 17th, 2011
02:01 PM ET

Senator uses Twitter to shed 50 pounds

In May, Sen. Claire McCaskill tweeted that she needed a change.

“I'm tired of looking and feeling fat. Maybe talking about it publicly will keep me on track as I try to be more disciplined.  Off to the gym.”

Her tweet was picked up by the blog Jezebel, which wrote that, “women, no matter what their role in public life, face a greater social penalty for being ‘fat.’” FULL POST


Mall walkers lose weight, get healthy
September 14th, 2011
06:38 AM ET

Mall walkers lose weight, get healthy

Editor's note: September 19 begins "Every Body Walk Week," when the medical community is teaming up with local organizations to encourage people to simply walk more. Walking just 15 minutes a day can increase your life expectancy by 3 years.

I’m passionate about walking. I know that may sound odd to some but I’ve never really enjoyed running long distances or the crazy dance routines they make you do at health clubs.

I walk because it makes me feel alive, energized and ready to take on the day, regardless of what the day has in store for me. I have a group of friends that share my passion for walking, and we call ourselves the Iverson Mall Walkers.
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Five tips for breaking in your FiveFinger shoes
August 12th, 2011
03:13 PM ET

Five tips for breaking in your FiveFinger shoes

My calves hurt. Every time I take a step the left one, which I’ve nicknamed “whiny,” begs for me to stop. And there’s a constant throbbing coming from the muscles in the arches of my feet. I didn’t even know my arches had muscles.

I owe this painful discovery to my new FiveFinger shoes. Remember toe socks? They’re like those, except designed to be used outdoors.

The salesperson at the REI store where I purchased my shoes issued a warning: Make sure to break them in slowly. A similar one is posted on the Vibram website - run no more than 10% of your typical distance for the first two to three weeks; never run two days in a row in the first month; stretch before and after each run, focusing on your calves and feet.

See where this is going?
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1 in 5 kids carry too much weight before kindergarten
June 23rd, 2011
04:57 PM ET

1 in 5 kids carry too much weight before kindergarten

Childhood obesity prevention efforts should start early – like after birth, says the Institute of Medicine.

Almost 10% of infants and toddlers under the age of 2 carry extra weight.  And one in five children between ages of 2 and 5 are overweight or obese.

“What happens early in children's development has an impact on later health,” said Leann Birch, who served as the chair on the IOM committee.  “Rapid weight gain and obesity early can increase risk of obesity and chronic disease, cardiovascular disease and diabetes later in life.” FULL POST


May 27th, 2011
09:00 AM ET

How much protein should I take post-workout?

Every weekday, a CNNHealth expert doctor answers a viewer question. On Friday, it's Dr. Melina Jampolis, a physician nutrition specialist.

Asked by Jason from Afghanistan

I am currently deployed to Afghanistan. I am rigorously training in the gym at night. Pre-workout, I am taking NaNO Vapor and then as a post-workout boost I'm taking the Muscle Tech's Nitro-Tech. How much protein should I be taking for my post-workout? That's all ma'am. FULL POST


April 29th, 2011
10:58 AM ET

Are chia seeds a 'superfood'?

Every weekday, a CNNHealth expert doctor answers a viewer question. On Friday, it's Dr. Melina Jampolis, a physician nutrition specialist.

Question asked by Julie S. of Chicago, Illinois

What do you know/say about chia seeds? Are they really a "superfood?"
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Lessons from the Tri Challenge:  Falling down, getting back up
April 1st, 2011
12:52 PM ET

Lessons from the Tri Challenge: Falling down, getting back up

After a brutal Chicago winter, last weekend it was warm enough for me to actually bike outside. Until now, I have been doing all of my bike workouts inside on a trainer. While it's nice that you can watch television, it gets old very fast, especially since I don't have cable.

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Starting triathon? Here's your shopping list
February 28th, 2011
03:37 PM ET

Starting triathon? Here's your shopping list

Are you ready to train for a triathlon, just like the CNN 6-pack? Want to change your lifestyle? Become a role model? Get super fit and healthy? If you answered yes, then it’s time to go SHOPPING. Woo hoo!!!

Your first year in triathlon is an expense. You’ll need a bike, a wetsuit, cycling shoes, sneakers, a helmet, and a few accessories. You can opt to borrow stuff from friends, and feel free to start with the most basic gear for more savings. Once you have everything, though, you’re good to go for years to come.

Shopping…my favorite part! Here's your list:

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Fit Friday: The cereal key to weight loss
February 18th, 2011
05:40 PM ET

Fit Friday: The cereal key to weight loss

Losing weight is hard, especially if you don't pay attention to calories.  But for some, it's as simple as dropping the Gatorade and 1,800-calorie sugar bombs.

The secret behind Yankee pitcher’s weight loss?

Yankees’ pitcher CC Sabathia said he lost 25 pounds in the off season as he reported to spring training camp this week.

Was his workout a result of some mad muscle workout, protein shakes or intense athletic training? FULL POST


Fit Friday: Supersized players clash
February 4th, 2011
01:48 PM ET

Fit Friday: Supersized players clash

Americans love super-sized drinks, the spectacle of the Super Bowl and our super-sized players.  But when we're done indulging in the Super Bowl, we also try to think of ways to get healthier - by drinking our vitamins and deducting money from the paycheck to work out.

Super-sized players for Super Bowl

When the Green Bay Packers won Super Bowl I in 1967, their heaviest player weighed 260 pounds.  How times have changed.

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