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12:00 PM EDT, July 25, 2015
Ricki Lake has gone from the lead in the 1988 cult-favorite film "Hairspray" to roles in movies and television, including "Cry-Baby," "China Beach" and "The King of Queens," and stints as a talk-show host. But perhaps the role she has worked hardest at is her current one: advocate for women's health. Her 2008 documentary, "The Business of Being Born," has been re-released digitally, with updated commentary. Last year, Lake and her film partner Abby Epstein were executive producers for the documentary "Breastmilk," looking at the challenges and rewards of breast-feeding. Also in the works is "Sweetening the Pill," about hormonal birth control. Lake's new film, "The Mama Sherpas," looks at the role of midwives in the American birthing industry.
4:25 PM EDT, July 17, 2015
Matthew Modine stars as a terminally ill billionaire questioning the existence of the afterlife in TNT's "Proof." To search for answers, he recruits a surgeon, played by Jennifer Beals, who is haunted by the sudden death of her teenage son and her own near-death experience. The deal clincher: She can use his $10-billion fortune for her philanthropic work. Does Modine, an award-winning actor, writer and filmmaker, believe in the afterlife? "I have no idea," he admits. "This moment, this breath is all we have … so I believe in living each moment like there is not going to be another one."
3:00 PM EDT, July 3, 2015
On "Saturday Night Live" in the late 1980s, Hans and Franz wanted to "pump you up." These days, 61-year-old Kevin Nealon, a.k.a. Franz, is more interested in general fitness than in any desire to approach Schwarzenegger-size muscles. Even though Franz's extolling of exercise was parody, Nealon does have a lifelong love of physical activity, a passion that began on another continent.
9:30 AM EDT, June 27, 2015
Rock 'n' roll taught me it's better to burn out than to fade away, and rock 'n' roll was wrong. Being a musician isn't a career known for promoting health or longevity, but there are those who buck this trend to stay burning bright in the limelight.
2:30 PM EDT, June 12, 2015
Costumed in sequins and 5-inch heels, the tall, toned and energetic Connie Britton stars as Rayna Jaymes, a country-singing icon, in ABC's "Nashville." She acquired devoted fans and four Emmy nominations with her nuanced portrayals of domestic life in NBC's "Friday Night Lights" and FX's "American Horror Story," and this summer Britton is prepping to star in FX's "American Crime Story."
2:34 PM EDT, May 29, 2015
Adrian Grenier's laid-back attitude and leading-man looks made him an ideal fit for the starring role of Vincent Chase, the young actor who strikes box-office gold on the HBO series "Entourage," and on June 3, "Entourage" the movie hits theaters, picking up where the TV series ended. So, does Vince marry the woman he just met and impetuously proposed to? "The movie starts … [at] Vince's wedding party on a yacht," Grenier reveals, cautioning, with a laugh, "I would hold off getting him any wedding presents at this time."
12:00 PM EDT, May 1, 2015
Joe Torre's days on the field are over, but at 74 the former Dodger and Yankee manager and 2014 Hall of Fame inductee is as busy as ever. Along with a full-time job as executive vice president of baseball operations for Major League Baseball, he and wife Ali run the Joe Torre Safe at Home Foundation, which they founded in 2002 to help people experiencing domestic violence, as he did while growing up. The foundation, which operates a dozen centers called Margaret's Place, for Joe's mother, was set to hold a fundraiser in Los Angeles on April 30. A prostate cancer survivor and advocate for cancer education since 1999, Torre also has recently become the celebrity spokesman for the Your Prostate Your Decision campaign. Here he talks about managing his fitness and his charity endeavors.
9:00 AM EDT, April 18, 2015
She's the daughter of one of the most renowned self-help gurus in the world, but Mallika Chopra discovered she doesn't always have all the answers. Her father, Deepak Chopra, is a medical doctor who can also be credited for popularizing meditation and bringing Ayurveda healing techniques into the mainstream. But his daughter says that in recent years she had forgotten some of her dad's most important lessons: the daily practice of meditation, eating mindfully, de-stressing, getting enough rest.
11:35 AM EDT, April 10, 2015
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 and studied herds in Botswana. In her author's notes, Picoult says: "There were many moments during the writing of this book when I thought that elephants may be even more evolved than humans — when I studied their grieving habits, and their mothering skills, and their memories."
11:00 AM EDT, March 28, 2015
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 school-lunch standards at a Senate committee hearing. She believes all kids deserve healthful, fresh, well-prepared foods so they can develop a taste for them at an early age.
10:00 AM EDT, March 20, 2015
Skinny? That's so 2014.
10:40 AM EDT, March 13, 2015
When that Olympic gold medal for judo is hung around your neck, you know you're the best in the world. Sometimes Kayla Harrison, 24, hated the endless training, missing movie nights and even the prom, but having the ability to visualize her success coupled with a clear objective to be the champion allowed her to persevere in London 2012, and perhaps again in Rio de Janeiro in 2016.
2:30 PM EST, February 27, 2015
In the old days, baseball players were famous for partying in the off-season, arriving at spring training 30 pounds overweight and playing themselves into shape. Not today. Superstars like Los Angeles Angels center fielder Mike Trout, a three-time All-Star named the American League's most valuable player in only his third year in the big leagues, seriously train in the winter. Here, the 6-foot-2, 238-pound phenom from Millville, N.J., explains how he stays rock-solid all year round.
7:28 PM EST, February 20, 2015
Greg LeMond, America's original superstar cyclist, is back.
12:00 PM EST, February 14, 2015
At 12, she was nominated for a Tony for the Broadway musical "High Society," at 24, she snagged an Oscar nomination for the drama "Up in the Air," and, at 27, her song "Cups," from the hit comedy "Pitch Perfect," went multi-platinum and became one of Billboard's top songs. Now 29, Anna Kendrick also is known for her funny, insightful and unfiltered tweets.
5:00 PM EST, February 6, 2015
Comedian Howie Mandel has been open about his mental illness, but what many don't know is how he uses exercise to calm his mind and control compulsive thoughts.
9:00 AM EST, January 9, 2015
She played Ben Affleck's wife in the Academy Award-winning film "Argo" and the object of Zac Efron's affection in the film adaptation of "The Lucky One." But Taylor Schilling did not find fame until she put on an orange prison jumpsuit to star in the Netflix hit series "Orange Is the New Black." Her character, Piper Chapman, is educated, affluent and unpredictable.
9:00 AM EST, December 26, 2014
Dec. 6, 2014, was a good day to sit down with Lindsey Vonn. Her return to competition after a knee injury that crushed her Sochi Olympic dreams in February saw the star skier lead an American sweep in the World Cup downhill in Lake Louise, Canada, on Dec. 6. Vonn, a gold and bronze medalist in the Vancouver 2010 Olympics, started her career in Minnesota, a state not known for its long ski runs. But a move to Colorado and later making friends with her physical therapist has kept this 30-year-old downhill racer in the snowy spotlight.
10:00 AM EST, December 12, 2014
At age 6, Deepak Chopra experienced what he calls "an existential crisis." His grandfather died, and Chopra became frightened when he overheard his uncle remark, "Yesterday he was playing with his grandchildren, and today he is a fistful of ashes." His grandmother tried to comfort him by saying, "Grandfather is with God … in heaven." But for Chopra, that day triggered enduring questions about death, heaven and the meaning of life.
3:00 PM EST, November 28, 2014
Phil Keoghan gets around. The host of CBS' Emmy-winning "The Amazing Race" since its debut in 2001 is a 47-year-old native of New Zealand who has worked in more than 70 countries as host, producer, writer and cameraman on adventure-related shows over the last 30 years. A serious cyclist, he's completed the legendary Leadville 100 mountain bike race and "The Ride" and "Le Ride," 100- and 150-mile-per-day circumnavigations of the U.S. and France that he created and filmed for Showtime. Here's how he does it.
12:30 PM EST, November 21, 2014
Tommy Chong thinks pumping iron is far out, man. A lifter of heavy things from a young age, the 76-year-old comedian from Canada has put his entire fitness regimen on hold to lift and twirl a professional dancer on the current season of "Dancing With the Stars." Although Chong didn't have much experience with dance, he had the conditioning from regular exercise that made him capable of tolerating the long hours of preparation it takes to look good beneath the mirror ball. He made it through multiple eliminations, all the way to the semifinals, before having to hang up his dancing shoes after Monday night's performance.
November 14, 2014
When did eating get so complicated? Should you eat like a caveman? Detox? Go vegan before 6?
November 7, 2014
She played a comically brusque lawyer on Fox's "Ally McBeal," one of "Charlie's Angels" in two films and a fictionalized version of herself on HBO's "Sex and the City," but Lucy Liu is more than the sum of her acting parts. She also is a passionate human-rights advocate, author and artist. To complement her daily workouts, three years ago Liu began meditating. Her personal instructor? Deepak Chopra.
7:30 PM EDT, October 31, 2014
Growing up, Robbie Schaeffer always assumed he would join OPI Products, the nail polish empire his father founded (and which was bought by Coty Inc. in 2010). And so he became a licensed nail technician and opened a salon in Studio City. But then Schaeffer switched gears, literally. A longtime cycling enthusiast, Schaeffer last year opened Pedalers Fork, a bicycle-themed restaurant in Calabasas, which combines some key ingredients of cycling culture: great coffee, healthful comfort food, an impressive selection of beer and wine, and a bicycle repair shop. Schaeffer, 34, regularly leads bike excursions from the restaurant, biking 100 to 200 miles each week.
October 24, 2014
One early morning in September 2012, Eric Jordan was awakened by the cries of his 20-month-old son — and that kept him from dying in his sleep. As he tried to go to his child, Jordan fell to the floor, paralyzed. The opera singer would soon learn that he had undergone a severe stroke that robbed him of his speech.
3:25 PM EDT, October 17, 2014
After Ryan Kwanten moved to Los Angeles a dozen years ago, he discovered what he considers the perfect local gym: the great outdoors. Best known for playing Southern heartthrob Jason Stackhouse on HBO's "True Blood," the actor says he stays in shape hiking, surfing, skiing or engaging in just about any "sporting endeavor" that doesn't involve formally working out.
10:30 PM EDT, October 10, 2014
Conservative radio and TV commentator Sean Hannity, 52, known for telling government to cut the fat, has recently cut his own. In the last 18 months, the longtime Fox News host of "Hannity" shed 27 pounds and has achieved what he says is the best fitness of his life the old-fashioned way: diet and exercise — without any public assistance, thank you. His method: Eliminate most sugars and refined carbohydrates, and do a one-on-one mixed martial arts workout four days a week with a trainer. Hannity says his newfound hard body has not softened his political views — even regarding the link between childhood obesity and cuts to physical education programs.
8:00 PM EDT, October 3, 2014
At 6 feet, 5 inches, Michael Strahan — the co-host of "Live With Kelly and Michael" and "Good Morning America" and a 2014 inductee into the Pro Football Hall of Fame — defies pigeonholing. Strahan, 42, began exercising three decades ago after his older brothers teased him about his weight. His surprising workout? Jane Fonda's videos. "I'm comfortable with my manhood to admit that I used Jane Fonda tapes when I was a kid," he says with a chuckle.
6:15 PM EDT, September 26, 2014
It's not easy being Batman's sidekick: It can cause a lumbar disk blowout, like the movie franchise did for Chris O'Donnell. Nevertheless, some yoga thrown into the fitness mix keeps him mobile and relatively pain free.
8:00 PM EDT, September 5, 2014
The comedian Bill Maher, who often talks politics, believes in healthy living. He follows a regimen that involves basketball and getting yelled at by a trainer. The 58-year-old will need to keep his energy up as he does back-to-back shows on Sept. 12, headlining a comedy special at the Warner Theatre in Washington, D.C., immediately after his live "Real Time" show on HBO.
4:30 PM EDT, August 29, 2014
Consider for a moment what you hate about your job. (Everybody hates something about their job, right?) Maybe your boss is a screamer. Your co-workers are conniving backstabbers. And you feel like you're on a dead-end career path.
6:30 PM EDT, August 22, 2014
Bodybuilder-actor Lou Ferrigno has remained true to form. It's been decades since he was a two-time Mr. Universe and starred as an enraged green behemoth in the “Incredible Hulk” TV series and movies, but you wouldn't know it by the 62-year-old's still-spectacular proportions. He'll appear in the latest film in the “Scorpion King” series set for release next year. All the while, he's maintained a personal training business near his home in Santa Monica, raised three kids, ages 24 to 33, with his wife, Carla, become a motivational speaker, and continued his regular workouts at Gold's Gym in Venice. To promote “Hey There Muscles,” a DVD series created with his daughter Shanna (FerrignoFit.com), he's helping lead free hourlong boot-camp-style workouts Saturdays at 9 a.m. at the west end of the Santa Monica Pier through the end of August.
4:30 PM EDT, August 15, 2014
Talk about a commitment to her sport: Bethany Hamilton lost her entire left arm to a shark attack while surfing — and within a month was back on her board riding the waves. She was 13.
4:00 PM EDT, August 1, 2014
Actress Nicole Kidman has an enormously busy professional life, but she prides herself on her close family ties. She says she is happiest when she's spending time with her family: country-singer husband Keith Urban and children Sunday Rose, Faith, Isabella and Connor. Among the jobs she juggles is keeping fit.
4:30 PM EDT, July 18, 2014
The singer Jewel grew up on an Alaska homestead, eating whatever food was raised or caught, including, naturally, plenty of seafood. That background still informs her way of life today as she manages her career, touring and family.
7:30 PM EDT, July 11, 2014
Andy Serkis is known for bringing Gollum from "The Lord of the Rings" and the gorilla from "King Kong" to life using motion-capture technology. He also plays Caesar in the just-released "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes," and what many don't realize is that the technology doesn't make Serkis' job any easier. If you see it on film, the actor did it in real life, and that means he needs to be in top shape to play roles that involve biting off a Hobbit finger, climbing the Empire State Building or overthrowing the human race in an ape-ocalypse. One fact: If you're going to climb Mount Doom, it helps if you practice on the Matterhorn first.
1:45 PM EDT, July 4, 2014
Tanna Frederick takes life by the reins, then rides it for all it's worth. An award-winning actress, she's also a producer, director and co-founder of the Iowa Film Festival in her home state. Off-screen, Frederick is a marathon runner, second-degree taekwondo black belt and surfer. She created the nonprofit Project Save Our Surf, which promotes ocean conservation and works with underserved youth.
7:15 PM EDT, June 13, 2014
It's no secret that Tony Horton is a fitness junkie. At 55, the creator of the P90X fitness regimen has a ripped physique that rivals that of men half his age. But did you know that he's a "happy junkie" as well?
8:35 PM EDT, June 6, 2014
Actress Jessalyn Gilsig barely has a moment of downtime. Between being a single mom to her 7-year-old daughter, taping her role on the History Channel's series "Vikings" and doing guest appearances on other programs, the 42-year-old has to fit in workouts whenever she can. Determined to stay fit and active, though, she regularly makes time for exercise that keeps her focused, energized and alert.
7:30 PM EDT, May 23, 2014
Wolverines are some of the nastiest creatures on the planet, making honey badgers look like golden retriever puppies. Actor Hugh Jackman is the opposite of a wolverine in terms of temperament, but when it comes to his workout regimen to prepare for his recurring role as the Wolverine for the just-released "X-Men: Days of Future Past," Jackman needs to unleash the beast and let the testosterone flow freely. How does one become qualified to carry blades of adamantium? Answer: Lift heavy stuff.
8:00 PM EDT, May 16, 2014
Dr. Howard Murad, whose El Segundo-based company makes his eponymous skin-care products, has become a vocal proponent of painting, drawing and sculpting for overall well-being.
9:30 PM EDT, May 9, 2014
When you're on Broadway, you can eat whatever you want. And Tony and Emmy winner Kristin Chenoweth probably didn't worry too much about what she ate while she was growing up in Oklahoma either, because everything got burned off via either ballet or pitching in on the farm. At 45, Chenoweth has a number of health challenges, but she doesn't let them keep her off stage or screen.
6:45 PM EDT, April 18, 2014
Maria Rodale is the third generation to lead Rodale Inc., the independent publisher of health and environmental books and magazines in Pennsylvania. Her grandfather started Organic Gardening Magazine, and she is a longtime organic advocate but says she drinks coffee and wouldn't describe herself as a "purist." She has three daughters, ages 7, 16 and 32, and these days is focused on the e-commerce site Rodales.com.
5:30 PM EDT, April 11, 2014
When Frank Shorter won the gold medal in the marathon at the 1972 Olympic Games in Munich, he not only became a household name but also helped create the fitness boom. Pre-Shorter, hardly anyone ran for fitness; post-Shorter, millions did. A Yale grad and trained lawyer who claims to have run 140,000 miles, Shorter's influence grew as he won a silver medal in Montreal in 1976, led the fight to allow runners to turn pro, won a Master's duathlon (bike-run) world championship, became the first head of the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency and established himself as the running world's elder statesman. Today, at a remarkably fit 66, he jets across the country appearing as a featured speaker at running events and will be seen April 21 as a commentator during the Universal Sports Network's coverage of the 118th Boston Marathon.
6:30 PM EDT, March 21, 2014
In regard to weight, Jennifer Hudson's biggest concern these days might be finding a shelf sturdy enough to bear the weight of her numerous awards. Her Oscar and Grammy wins represent but a small portion of the recognition she has received. But body weight has been a concern for her in the past. And it was Weight Watchers, for which she appears in ads, and developing a sense of play about physical activity that helped her lose 80 pounds and keep it off.
6:45 PM EDT, March 14, 2014
Television producer and writer Jason Katims is known for tackling emotional stories. Even his new NBC comedy, "About a Boy," deals with bullying and depression. But family challenges are most apparent in his dramas, especially "Parenthood," finishing its fifth season on NBC, for which Katims sometimes draws on his own experiences.
6:15 PM EST, March 7, 2014
Christine Wu appeared in one of the year's most viral videos thus far: Billy Ray Cyrus' hip-hop remix of "Achy Breaky Heart." She played the electric violin — while doing a backbend.
6:10 PM EST, February 28, 2014
Chandra Wilson, who stars as Dr. Miranda Bailey on the ABC series "Grey's Anatomy," knows what it's like on the other side of the prescription pad. And she knows what it's like to advocate for an ill child. Her 20-year-old daughter has long struggled with mitochondrial disease, disorders caused by problems with the mitochondria, which generate energy for the cells.
8:15 PM EST, February 21, 2014
Every time I hear another story about exercise saving someone's life, I get a warm feeling inside. The latest comes from Nick Carter from the Backstreet Boys. Exercise helped Carter lose 65 pounds. After overcoming addiction and a serious heart condition, he wrote about his travails in his new book, "Facing the Music and Living to Talk About It."
5:15 PM EST, February 7, 2014
Julia Mancuso, the Olympic gold medalist in alpine skiing, will celebrate her 30th birthday in March. But before she blows out the candles on that milestone-birthday cake, she's got something to check off of her to-do list: Add some more metal to her trove in Sochi, Russia, at the 22nd (and Mancuso's fourth) Winter Olympics.
6:00 PM EST, January 31, 2014
At 24, professional snowboarder Elena Hight is already a two-time Olympian and in training for the 2014 Olympics in Sochi, Russia. Raised near the mountains in California, she began hitting the slopes as a child and competed in her first Olympics at age 16. Hight, now a full-time boarder, is also passionate about surfing and cooking. Here, she discusses how she stays in shape mentally and physically.
10:15 PM EST, January 24, 2014
Appearances to the contrary, actress Cameron Diaz wasn't always the picture of health. A few months of kung fu training changed all that, and now she's written a guide for women to make smart decisions about their bodies. For Diaz, "The Body Book" is about dispelling confusion and letting people know how things work from the eyebrows on down.
7:00 PM EST, January 10, 2014
Bill Nye might rightly be called a swing-dancing fanatic. So he sounded none too pleased at having to leave the floor after a stint on "Dancing With the Stars" left him with a painful tear to his quadriceps tendon.
4:30 PM EST, January 3, 2014
The skinny guy doesn't get cast as Hercules. Conversely, you can't just go down to the Gold's Gym in Venice Beach and hire some muscle head to play the lead in a big-budget 3-D movie. Acting chops to go with the bulging biceps and rippling midsection are required.
4:30 PM EST, December 27, 2013
Your favorite guitar player wishes he could play like Joe Satriani. Those righteous riffs you hear when Metallica is on the radio? Satriani taught that band's Kirk Hammett and many other metal greats, including Steve Vai and Larry LaLonde, to play.
5:45 PM EST, November 29, 2013
Fitness comes in all shapes, sizes and ages.
4:48 PM EST, November 15, 2013
The Sundance Channel's "Push Girls" follows five women who face down everyday challenges — and each uses a wheelchair. The women find ways to do their favorite activities, date and live their lives to the utmost. Tiphany Adams and Mia Schaikewitz, two of the show's stars, talk about how they stay fit and healthy.
November 2, 2013
Col. Chris Hadfield, who until recently was commander of the International Space Station, has a workout regimen that is out of this world.
October 26, 2013
In the last 35 years, Harry Hamlin has been in and out of the spotlight; the heartthrob, toga-clad Perseus in "Clash of the Titans" in the early 1980s reigned over prime time as hunky lead attorney Michael Kuzak on "L.A. Law" in the mid-'80s. (Equally hunky off-screen, he was People magazine's "Sexiest Man Alive" in 1987.)
7:00 PM EDT, October 18, 2013
Sanya Richards-Ross is a four-time track-and-field gold medalist for the United States. In the WEtv reality show "Sanya's Glam & Gold," her life training for the Olympics and living — and working — with her family was documented.
3:00 PM EDT, September 27, 2013
Sheila Cluff, founder of the Oaks at Ojai, a spa and fitness retreat deep in the valleys of Ventura County, uses her background as a professional figure skater and health expert to help visitors achieve their wellness goals.
September 14, 2013
A recent study published in the journal PLOS One found that people who exercise in natural settings enhance their creativity. No surprise then to learn that Sarah McLachlan writes songs in her head while trail running. But 45-year-old singer also takes part in sports that require more attention to the task at hand.
6:50 PM EDT, September 6, 2013
Most of us would rather not think of ourselves as irrational or dishonest. But in the books "Predictably Irrational" and "The (Honest) Truth About Dishonesty," Dan Ariely, a behavioral economist at Duke University, makes the case that we're all probably both. And what's more, he says, that's not entirely bad.
5:00 PM EDT, August 30, 2013
Lenny Krayzelberg, an Olympic backstroke swimmer, decided to retire from competitive swimming in 2004 after winning four gold medals for the United States. Knowing that he wanted to continue to work in and around the water, he set up a program for children in Southern California that teaches water safety and swimming, called the Lenny Krayzelberg Swim Academy.
5:00 PM EDT, August 23, 2013
A vegan diet: That's what Santa Monica College track coach Joshua Garrett credits for helping him traverse the famed Pacific Crest Trail and possibly setting a record doing it.
5:45 PM EDT, August 16, 2013
Dolvett Quince was well aware of America's obesity problem. After all, he's one of the trainers on NBC's weight loss reality show, "The Biggest Loser." But, until recently, he had no idea that America's bad eating habits were trickling down to its pets.
7:30 PM EDT, August 2, 2013
Joseph J. Colella has performed more than 4,000 weight-loss surgeries. But the bariatric surgeon at St. Margaret's Hospital at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center would like to keep people from needing the OR by finding practical strategies to keep obesity at bay. We talked with him about fiber.
6:35 PM EDT, July 26, 2013
Mary Southwick was 34 when she developed pain on the bottom of one foot. After seeing a neurologist who said she had a nerve injury caused by dancing, she developed thrombophlebitis and was admitted to the hospital. An intern underdosed her heparin (blood thinner), and she suffered a large blood clot in a lung. This was soon followed by a heart attack, then respiratory failure, renal failure and shock.
5:40 PM EDT, July 19, 2013
Somewhere there is a casting agent who, whenever he needs a butt-kicking soldier to die valiantly, thinks, "Michael Biehn." Recall "Terminator," "The Rock" or "The Abyss." All soldiers, all KIA. Even when Biehn played a cowboy in "Tombstone," it ended with a bullet to the brain.
July 6, 2013
Tracy Anderson added to her fitness empire of studios, workout DVDs and other products when she and her business partner, Gwyneth Paltrow, opened the serene, members-only Tracy Anderson Studio in Brentwood in April. Anderson, one of the best-known fitness instructors, grew up dancing and hoped to become a professional. But she gained 35 pounds when she moved to New York to study and turned to fitness -- which became her career.
June 29, 2013
Bob Harper is known for his "no shortcuts" philosophy toward weight loss. So what's he doing with a new book touting a three-week diet called "Jumpstart to Skinny"?
June 15, 2013
Fear can be a powerful motivator, at least at first. Actor and comedian Anthony Anderson understands that sticking to an exercise regimen and improving eating habits takes more than a disquieting conversation with a physician to sustain motivation.
June 1, 2013
Sean Patrick Flanery plays an ex-cop in the eighth season of TV's "Dexter," starting June 30, and a music teacher in the new film "Broken Horses." But there's another big role in his life: Flanery, 47, teaches and trains in Brazilian jiujitsu at his own Los Angeles studio, Dynamix.
May 25, 2013
Arthur Smith is one of Hollywood's busiest reality TV producers. The 53-year-old is running 14 shows this season, including the hits "Hell's Kitchen" and "Kitchen Nightmares."
May 18, 2013
As more people get their health information from TV and the Internet, it becomes crucial to have experts on the small screen who can provide accurate information. That's where Travis Stork, co-host of the TV show "The Doctors," comes in.
May 11, 2013
Leeza Gibbons is co-host of "America Now," the nightly syndicated TV newsmagazine, and the TV show "My Generation." For 17 years she hosted and produced the nationally syndicated radio program "Hollywood Confidential."She's also a mother and, of course, a daughter. In her new book, "Take 2: Your Guide to Creating Happy Endings and New Beginnings," she hopes to help people take creative control of their lives, and she writes about how her mother affected her choices.
April 27, 2013
Most of us are curious about our family lineage. For Vanessa Williams, who recently took part in the show "Who Do You Think You Are" and explored her family's history, the task was both surprising and informative. Here, she talks about what she learned and how she plans to use that information.
April 20, 2013
The "Starchild" outfit Paul Stanley wears as frontman for KISS is a revealing one. That's why I chose it for Halloween a couple of years back. I wanted to showcase the efforts of my diet and exercise regimen. I got the hair wrong.
April 13, 2013
The patient in his 50s was mildly overweight, had high cholesterol and was headed down the road to diabetes. Common problems, and his doctor made the usual recommendation: medications. But the patient, Michael Mosley — a British author, journalist, TV personality and doctor himself — decided to go a different route. He traveled around his own country and ours, interviewing leading researchers, then tested some of their latest findings. The result? "The Fast Diet," a bestselling book in Britain (it has nothing to do with fast food, how fast you eat or even how fast you lose weight), as well as a three-part PBS series. (The first two have already aired. The third airs Wednesday.)
April 6, 2013
Former track and field Olympic champion Jackie Joyner-Kersee is no stranger to the benefits of daily workouts and a healthful lifestyle. As a six-time medal winner, she lived her life always in her own best shape.
March 30, 2013
Taylor Ramsdell trains Victor Henry, a professional mixed martial arts fighter, and a pro boxer named Zachary Wohlman. Ramsdell also works with regular folks too, at Chain Fitness, his gym near Universal Studios that was built as a speak-easy in the 1930s. For Ramsdell, that mix makes sense: Just check your ego at the door.
March 23, 2013
They call him Dr. Steelhammer, because not only could he punch you into a parallel universe, he also has a doctorate in sports sciences. Of his 62 boxing bouts, Olympic and world heavyweight boxing champion Wladimir Klitschko has lost only three. For the 59 who faced him and lost, all but eight were knocked out. I just got a sympathy headache.
March 2, 2013
You know you're famous when your haircut becomes the haircut.
February 23, 2013
For more than three decades, Dr. Dean Ornish has been talking about the power individuals have to affect their health, even to the extent of reversing heart disease by changing the way they eat and behave. His prescription for sick people is radical, as he says, "a pound of cure." But for the rest of us, it's a what he calls a "spectrum program" of choices.
February 9, 2013
Apolo Anton Ohno, the most decorated U.S. Winter Olympian of all time, was practicing for the 2002 Games when he learned he had exercise-induced asthma. It obviously didn't destroy the sporting career of the eight-time medalist. And now he is the public face of a program to raise awareness about the condition, which affects more than 30 million Americans.
February 2, 2013
You've heard about the "Wheat Belly" diet, right? Well, technically, it doesn't exist.
January 26, 2013
Byron Hurt was inspired to look at the ties between African Americans and soul food after the death of his father from pancreatic cancer. The result was his film, "Soul Food Junkies," which can be seen on public television.
January 19, 2013
Even if you've never been to New Jersey, names such as Snooki, the Situation and JWoww have become part of our cultural lexicon, thanks to TV's "Jersey Shore," embodying how to rock your summer at the beach with lots of partying.
January 12, 2013
The band Shinedown has been around for more than a decade, selling more than 10 million albums worldwide. In 2012 they launched their fourth album, "Amaryllis," which made its debut at No. 4 on the Billboard 200. But the last year has been more than just about launching a new album for Brent Smith, the band's lead singer.
4:20 PM EST, January 5, 2013
Childhood obesity expert Dr. Joanna Dolgoff says parents of obese children would rather talk to their kids about anything — even sex or drugs — than weight. But ignoring it could set a child up for a lifetime of health problems and emotional heartache, she said. The issue of childhood obesity, and Dolgoff's work, will get a national airing Sunday as the new season of the NBC reality weight-loss show "The Biggest Loser" adds three kids — two 13-year-olds and a 16-year-old — to the cast.
December 29, 2012
Lisa Lillien has the world on a plate. The Los Angeles author and entrepreneur sits atop the multimillion-dollar "Hungry Girl" empire that includes TV shows on the Food Network and the Cooking Channel, several bestselling cookbooks and a daily email blast that tops 1 million subscribers. Lillien is a genius at finding low-calorie ways to scratch a craving itch and then sharing them with her legion of fans.
December 22, 2012
Jane Fonda has led many public lives. There's Fonda the antiwar activist; Fonda the fitness enthusiast, grapevining her way across a studio in a tiny leotard and tights; and Fonda the actress, who has starred in more than 40 films.
December 8, 2012
Every now and then, a play or song or book comes around that perfectly encapsulates the time we live in, despite having been created decades, or even centuries, ago.
December 4, 2012
Actress Julie Bowen of "Modern Family" doesn't want other parents to go through what she and her husband did when their toddler experienced a life-threatening allergic reaction that sent him into anaphylactic shock.
November 24, 2012
When your job involves keeping up with animals that have twice the number of legs as you, it's important to be in good shape. "Dog Whisperer" Cesar Millan doesn't have a vocation that involves much sitting in front of a computer; he's a man on the move as an advocate and trainer for human's best friend.
November 17, 2012
The vegan lifestyle and the lifestyle of professional athletes aren't often associated with each other. But John Salley, a former NBA star who's played with the Chicago Bulls and the Los Angeles Lakers, swears by the strictly animal- and animal-product-free diet he's taken up since retiring from the game.
November 10, 2012
Wendy Williams used to love the McRib, and she hid eating it. She hid eating a lot of things and also engaged in unhealthful behaviors to try to combat her weight. That's all changed. Now the syndicated talk show host embraces her body type and uses exercise and healthful eating to look great for the people who really matter: herself and her husband.
November 3, 2012
Sara Ivanhoe has always been a bit ahead of her time. The 41-year-old yoga instructor has been practicing yoga since she was in high school. At first, she had no choice: In the small Marin County town of Mill Valley where she grew up, yoga was part of her school's curriculum. Like a typical teenager, she rebelled against most things that were associated with school, but yoga was different. More than 25 years and 4.3 million yoga-videos-sold later, Ivanhoe is still at it. When she isn't teaching at YogaWorks in Santa Monica, she's at Loyola Marymount University, working toward a master's degree in yoga philosophy. Here, Ivanhoe shares some of her yoga wisdom:
October 27, 2012
Robby Benson is sitting serenely in the cafe of the Beverly Hills Hilton, sipping hot coffee as afternoon sunlight pours in through the windows. The 56-year-old actor, voice of the Beast in Disney's animated "Beauty and the Beast," is the picture of rugged health and wellness; he wears a loose blue button-down, his thick brown hair falls in waves and his easy smile welcomes passersby as he stands up to say hello.
October 13, 2012
Shari and Judi Zucker became vegetarians as teenagers, shared high school records in the mile and two-mile and became authors together at 17.
September 29, 2012
For those of us not blessed with the footwork of Fred Astaire, the notion of taking a dance class might not appeal. But Alice Alyse, a dancer and choreographer who is the artistic director of Joffrey Ballet West and Joffrey Ballet South, says that even the clumsiest among us can benefit from cutting a rug for an hour or so.
September 15, 2012
Patrick Dempsey, the actor also known as "McDreamy," just committed to two more seasons on the hospital drama "Grey's Anatomy." But it's when the camera isn't rolling that Dempsey, 46, is really busy. He's riding bikes and parenting three children with his wife, Jillian, raising money for a cancer charity that he helped found to honor his mother, and racing cars. (In a case of art imitating life, Dempsey expects to start shooting the film adaptation of the bestselling book "The Art of Racing in the Rain" soon. He'll play race-car driver Denny Swift.)
8:58 PM EDT, September 6, 2012
RuPaul became famous for his over-the-top drag performances and later, his VH1 show, "RuPaul's Drag Race." But recently, the 51-year-old performer has turned his focus inward, embarking on a hiking regimen in his hometown of Los Angeles that, he says, has changed his life physically, emotionally and spiritually.
2:23 PM EDT, August 31, 2012
Patrick Muldoon had his brains sucked out by a bug-eyed alien in "Starship Troopers," and perhaps more appealing he's been both a kindly heartthrob, Austin Reed on "Days of Our Lives," and an evil heartthrob, Richard Hart on "Melrose Place."
6:30 PM EDT, August 28, 2012
Marshall Reid was bullied at school because he was overweight. He found a way to fight back that has kept the bullies at bay and changed his life: He's a healthy eater and a successful author. He and his mother, Alexandra, wrote the book, "Portion Size Me" about how their family changed their habits and how other people can too.
August 11, 2012
The Paralympic Games don't get as much attention as the Olympics, but the stories are often more inspiring — among them, people who experience severe physical trauma and come out stronger on the other side. That's what happened with Casey Tibbs.
August 4, 2012
Dominique Moceanu captured the world's attention as the youngest member of the 1996 U.S. women's Olympic gymnastics team, the first American women's team to ever win gold for the United States. Moceanu was just 14 when she competed that year in Atlanta and quickly became the new face of the sport.
July 21, 2012
Olympic champion swimmer Matt Grevers, 27, knows about love. He loves his fiancée, he loves his sport and he loves his country.
July 14, 2012
As the host of TLC's "Freaky Eaters," JJ Virgin is known for helping people overcome bizarre eating habits — consuming only cheesy fries, for instance, or putting tartar sauce on everything from cupcakes to Jell-O.
July 7, 2012
Scott Jurek is a nice guy who exhibits none of the sanctimonious proselytizing that vegans sometimes do.
June 23, 2012
Jennie Finch began playing softball as a kid, and her passion and talent for the sport carried her all the way to the U.S. National Team and, in 2004 and 2008, the women's U.S. Olympic team. A star pitcher, Finch led her fellow Olympians to win gold and silver medals.
June 16, 2012
David Hill has a 12-year-old daughter and sons who are 10 and 7. He's also a pediatrician in Wilmington, N.C., and has written "Dad to Dad: Parenting Like a Pro," published this month by the American Academy of Pediatrics. We thought we'd get some of his thoughts to markFather's Day.
June 9, 2012
When your dad, Bob Lee, has played in the Super Bowl — twice — there is a familial expectation that you'll be athletic. Jenna Lee is the youngest anchor in cable news networks, and her show "Happening Now" for Fox News often runs her ragged and creates chaos for her schedule, especially during an election year.
June 2, 2012
In HBO's new show "Girls," creator Lena Dunham conjures up an image of young men so inundated with online porn that they almost unwittingly try to reenact it in their own boudoir escapades.
May 26, 2012
Full disclosure alert! I practically worshiped Jack LaLanne, who invented the modern fitness industry. He died last year at the age of 96.
May 5, 2012
Montel Williams is not your typical pot-smoking snowboarder. Best known as an Emmy-winning talk show host, the former Marine and decorated naval intelligence officer was also a champion boxer, bodybuilder and power-lifter.
April 28, 2012
In "The Hunger Games," actress Leven Rambin plays a teenage girl who has trained since childhood to fight to the death in a post-apocalyptic arena. To embody the role, Rambin, 21, had to look the part of the young warrior and also be able to wield weapons convincingly — her character, Glimmer, is versed in sword fighting and archery.
March 24, 2012
Dr. Walter Willett is the chair of nutrition at the Harvard School of Public Health. He's also a cow's best friend.
March 17, 2012
We know filmmaker David Lynch for the dark surrealism of "Eraserhead," "Blue Velvet," "Inland Empire" and "Twin Peaks," as well as for his deep, abiding love of coffee.
March 10, 2012
As co-host of "The Chew"(a food and talk show on ABC), Daphne Oz gets to sample items like the Big Mike Burger (two patties, three buns and cheese) and pizza by fellow host Mario Batali.
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