A: I am a health journalist. B: I am a mom of two young boys. A + B tends to equal an obsession with headlines on health, parenting or—even better—a combination of the two. But, lately, much of the news in the health-plus-parenting beat is downright depressing. Like the recent study published in the April 11 issue of Pediatrics that found moms of young kids exercise less and don’t eat as well as other women. More »Four tips for being a healthier, happier mom
Struggling to keep your weight in check? As a registered dietitian and associate nutrition editor of EatingWell Magazine, I know there are several diet-derailing habits that can sabotage your weight-loss efforts. Find out if any of these are trumping your best efforts and learn how to get back on track. More »5 Bad Eating Habits You Should Break
When I talk to people about happiness,one question that often arises is, "Sure, happiness has many elements. But if you had to pick the most important thing, what is the key to happiness?" It's a question that can be answered in different ways, depending on what framework you use to ponder the issue, but if I had to choose, I think there are three keys to happiness. More »The 3 Keys to Lasting Happiness
Get on your feet, look to the ceiling and stretch your arms straight up, spreading your fingers. "The simple act of standing prompts a boost in circulation, delivering oxygen- and energy-rich blood to your cells," explains psychotherapist Kimberly Willis, PhD, author of The Little Book of Diet Help: Expert Tips and Tapping Techniques to Stay Slim for Life. And smile as you hold the stretch: It will trigger the release of feel-good brain chemicals. More »7 Quick Mood Boosters
Dieting would be a breeze - if it didn't make us so hungry. Enter Volumetrics, the science-backed strategy that doctors and big-portion lovers swear by. Here, a slimming cheat sheet of the latest findings of Penn State nutrition professor Barbara Rolls, Ph.D., author of The Ultimate Volumetrics Diet. More »Eat Lots, Lose Weight
Miley Cyrus came out swinging on Twitter yesterday against critics who said she has become too skinny. "For everyone calling me anorexic, I have a gluten and lactose allergy," Miley tweeted. "It's not about weight, it's about health." More »Should You Go Gluten Free?
A recent government study said more than half of all Americans take dietary supplements, which in my opinion is surprisingly high, considering these pills and powders aren't regulated like drugs but like foods. More »5 Myths About Vitamins
Exercising regularly and noshing on nutrient-dense foods are two smart ways to increase your energy. But let's face it: Sometimes you need a fix that's going to supply an instant kick in the butt. These five solutions are fast and won't leave you with that nasty Red Bull buzz. More »5 Natural Energy Boosters in 60 Seconds or Less
A toned, flat tummy is a goal many of us strive to achieve in time for bathing suit season, but endless crunches and ditching all your favorite foods until July 4th isn't the right--or fun--way to do it. More »25 Ways to Flatten Your Belly by Summer
Most of us have experienced a sugar crash before. Some even try to break-up with sugar altogether, saying that avoiding the sweet stuff results in weight loss and better mood. Well, earlier this week, Dr. Robert Lustig took the sugar-is-bad-for-you argument to another level. The California-based endocrinologist told CBS News' "60 Minutes" that sugar is addictive, toxic, and it's killing us. More »Is Sugar Really a Toxic Substance?
Today's sexiest starlets have nothing on the original list of sexiest celebs! We rounded up the best healthy living tips from Hollywood's original leading ladies. More »Shape-Up Secrets from Old Hollywood Glamour Girls
The toothpaste aisle always seems to have something new in it, but toothpaste that merely cleans your teeth is passe. "Companies are trying to cash in on the buzz about how good oral hygiene can help you fend off a host of health problems, including heart disease," says Kenneth Young, D.D.S., a private-practice dentist in New York City and MH's dentistry advisor. More »5 Toothpastes Dentists Like Best
The countdown is on for bikini season! Want to have a tight tush by the time you hit the beach? Try one or all of these expert butt-boosting moves a few times a week. Oh, and heads up: You'll be hearing "damn, girl!" all summer long. More »How to Make Your Butt Look Good in a Bikini
We're all familiar with the things that signal spring's arrival: extra hours of daylight, budding flowers, and Cadbury Crème Eggs on display at every supermarket and drugstore in America. It's easy to justify grabbing one (or two) of the seasonal treats on your way to the checkout (They're only available for a few weeks out of the year). But have you ever wondered what's inside the chocolate shell? You'll be happy to learn that there is actual egg in Cadbury Crème Eggs, but the rest might (or might not) surprise you. More »The Anatomy of a Cadbury Créme Egg
While you can't target exactly where you'll lose body fat (aka spot reduce), you can tailor your workouts to help build more lean muscle in certain spots. We've got moves to hit all your problem areas (no equipment required). And since targeted training means you'll be adding lean muscle to your frame, these exercises can also help you burn more fat! Add a few of these toning moves into your regular routine to see a difference. More »The Top Moves to Tone Your Trouble Zones