Michelle KwanDominique DawesWhen you're talking about Olympic athletes, it's safe to say that fitness has always been part of their lifestyle. But even gold medalists like skating legend Michelle Kwan and gymnastics champion Dominique Dawes say they've gone through not-so-healthy times.
"There are many moments when I haven't made smart decisions and it's affected me," Dawes told Yahoo! Shine. She retired from professional gymnastics competition in 2000 and now works as a motivational speaker. "There have been months when I was not working out, when I was feeling depressed, when I was putting on pounds, when I wasn't feeling good about myself, when I wasn't productive in any aspect of my life. If I get out there, moving and eating right I feel better, can be more productive."
"I'm guilty of some of the things everybody else is guilty of," admits Kwan, who travels the world as a diplomatic envoy with the State Department now. "Eating sweets and fattening foods and not cutting out salt. Over time, you create
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- Lylah M. Alphonse, Senior Editor, Yahoo! Shine | Vitality – Thu, Nov 17, 2011 4:03 PM EST
Michelle KwanDominique DawesWhen you're talking about Olympic athletes, it's safe to say that fitness has always been part of their lifestyle. But even gold medalists like skating legend Michelle Kwan and gymnastics champion Dominique Dawes say they've gone through not-so-healthy times.Read More »from Michelle Kwan and Dominique Dawes on Avoiding Fitness Fails
- Lylah M. Alphonse, Senior Editor, Yahoo! Shine | Healthy Living – Wed, Nov 16, 2011 2:40 PM EST
According to Congress, these kids are eating their vegetables.Thirty years ago, the Reagan Administration was taken to task for classifying ketchup as a vegetable in order to cut the cost of school lunches. And now Congress is trying something similar: In a spending bill released late Monday night, lawmakers insisted that a slice of pizza be considered a vegetable, thanks to the two tablespoons or so of tomato paste smeared under the layer of goopy, processed-cheese product.Read More »from Pizza is a Vegetable, Congress Says, Blocking Attempts to Make School Lunches Healthier
In January, the U.S. Department of Agriculture had proposed limiting the amount of starchy vegetables (like potatoes, mostly in the form of french fries, but also corn and peas) to two servings per week in order to "encourage students to try new vegetables in place of the familiar starchy ones."
Their proposal, which was based on 2009 recommendations by the National Academy of Sciences and the Institute of Medicine, also called for reducing sodium, increasing the use of whole grains, and quadrupling the amount of tomato paste needed in order for it to qualify as a serving of
- Lylah M. Alphonse, Senior Editor, Yahoo! Shine | Fashion – Tue, Nov 15, 2011 2:26 PM EST
The Umbrella Coat Raincoat combines two rainy-day essentials. (Photo by Vassilis Makris, via ABCNews.com)It's practical, sure, but is it pretty? Umbrella lovers, you be the judge: Greek designer Athanasia Leivanditou takes utilitarian to a whole new level with her Umbrella Coat Raincoat.Read More »from Fashion that Makes Us Sad: The Umbrella Coat Raincoat
"Rainy days put a strain on my movements. I had to hold the umbrella and do other things at the same time," Leivaditou told ABCNews. "Instead of getting frustrated with the physical constraints that my body imposed in such situations, I thought that I should come up with a solution."
The design, which is not yet in stores, was the big winner in October's Silver A'Design Award and Competition. It won't protect your bags or books during a downpour, but it certainly does more to protect your hair than any other gear we've seen. "The umbrella hood unfolds like stretched bat wings," ABC news describes, and a clear plastic sheet drops down from it to shield the face. The whole umbrella/hood section is secured The Umbrella Coat Raincoat transforms zips into a jumpsuit.by strings, so it shouldn't collapse on your head.
It's more than just an extra-large hood attached
More hospitals are refusing to perform elective C-sections and inductions.Pregnancy is a miraculous thing, but most moms would agree that the last month of it isn't a lot of fun. (Michelle Duggar might beg to differ, but given that she's pregnant with her 20th child, we're going to go ahead and say she's not the norm.) You're uncomfortable, to say the least. You can't sleep, thanks to the tiny bundle of wonder practicing his or her best kicks at night. And then there's the heartburn, swelling, around-the-clock trips to the bathroom, and more.Read More »from More Hospitals Banning Elective C Sections
Is it any wonder that so many women wish they could avoid as much of that last month as possible? Given that elective inductions and Cesarean sections have been on the rise for years, it seems as though many new moms are doing just that.
"I have seen women induced or have a scheduled C-section because they have family scheduled to be in town, because they want the baby to be born on an anniversary or someone else's birthday, because they want the baby born prior to Jan. 1 for tax purposes, or because they are simply
Which graduate degrees are really worth the money?Most people assume that a medical degree is still worth the student loan debt that goes along with it. Ditto a law degree or an MBA, if you're thinking about going to grad school. But a Doctorate in Pharmacy or a Masters in Public Health? What makes those advanced degrees so desirable?Read More »from Which Graduate Degrees Are Still Worth Getting?
According to Kiplinger Magazine, they're among the five degrees that the personal finance magazine deems "still worth the debt." With an aging population, the demand for doctors will always be high, the article points out, and lawyers who manage to get hired by private firms can still make plenty of money. A doctorate is needed in order to make a career in pharmacy really pay off (they spend less time mixing medications and more time consulting with patients, nowadays), and when it comes to the business world, "Many firms won't even look at a candidate who lacks an MBA," the article says.
But while many people still equate public health with social work and hospital settings, the truth is that a
- Lylah M. Alphonse, Senior Editor, Yahoo! Shine | Work + Money – Fri, Nov 11, 2011 12:56 PM EST
In honor of Veterans' Day, Yahoo! Shine went to the White House for an exclusive interview with First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden to talk about Joining Forces, the White House initiative to support military families. Yahoo! and Yahoo! Shine readers submitted nearly 5,000 questions that they wanted us to ask, including how Mrs. Obama would react if her daughters Malia and Sasha said that they wanted to join the armed forces. Here's what she had to say about the idea:
Jill Biden already knows what it's like--she's a Blue Star mom herself. "Our son, Beau, is Delaware Army National Guard. He's been in for 10 years," she told Yahoo! Shine. "He joined in his 30s. And he was deployed to Iraq for a year."
"I felt proud when Beau told me that he was going to join," she said. "He's now a captain, and he's soon to be made a major. We'll go to that ceremony, the entire Biden clan will be there. So we're just very proud."
With the troops from Iraq expected to be home from theRead More »from Michelle Obama: If Malia or Sasha Joined the Military, "I Would Be Proud"
Michelle Obama on military families: "There should be no pride that limits them from getting the help that they need"By Lylah M. Alphonse, Senior Editor, Yahoo! Shine | Work + Money – Fri, Nov 11, 2011 11:01 AM EST
When we asked Yahoo! and Yahoo! Shine readers to submit questions for us to ask First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden, one of the things many readers wanted to know was this: Why have military families become such a priority for this administration?Read More »from Michelle Obama on military families: "There should be no pride that limits them from getting the help that they need"
"I'm not from a military family," Mrs. Obama said candidly. "but I had the opportunity to meet many spouses over the course of the campaign, and truly their stories will take your breath away."
"When you think about the struggles that the average working spouse has, holding down a job, and dealing with daycare, handling sickness, worrying about school and graduation and college for your kids," she continued, "when you take that and you multiply that by five, six, seven deployments, where a loved one is in harm’s way, or you multiply that by nine or 10 schools that a child has had to attend, because that’s the average number of schools that a military child will go through in the course of their educational experience… all of that just
- Lylah M. Alphonse, Senior Editor, Yahoo! Shine | Parenting – Thu, Nov 10, 2011 3:40 PM EST
Penn State football coach Joe Paterno and his, wife, Susan, stand on their porch to thank supporters gathered outside their home on Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2011.I get that football programs are major money makers for many colleges. Really, I do. But why are some people more outraged that a football coach lost his job than they are about the fact that a 10-year-old was raped and no one helped him?Read More »from Paterno Gets Fired, Football Fans Riot. But Where's the Outrage Over the Rape of a Child?
On Wednesday night, about 2,000 football fans rioted in the streets of State College, Pennsylvania, protesting the firing of Penn State football coach Joe Paterno. They chanted "We want JoePa," "One more game" and "F*** the media!," among other things, ABC News reported. The crowd of students flipped over a CBS news station television van and kicked out its windows. They knocked a lamppost onto a car, threw rocks and bottles at the police and set off fireworks-all in support of a person who reported the rape of a child to his superiors, but who has admitted that he didn't do anything to help the victim or stop the rapist, his assistant coach Jerry Sandusky, from harming others. Sandusky has been accused of assaulting eight boys over the course of 15
- Lylah M. Alphonse, Senior Editor, Yahoo! Shine | Work + Money – Tue, Nov 8, 2011 2:55 PM EST
Food Safety News shows that most of the honey on supermarket shelves isn't really honey.First we find out that we're getting ripped off in the fish department. Now, a new study commissioned by
More than 60 types of honey from several major supermarkets, drug stores, and shopping clubs--including Stop and Shop, Safeway, Wegman's,A&P, Kroger, CVS, Walgreens, Sam's Club, and Walmart--were tested by Vaughn Bryant, a professor at Texas A&M University. He found that most of them had all of the pollen filtered out. Without any pollen, it's impossible to figure out whether the honey came from a safe source, or whether it's even actual honey at all; much of the ultra-filtered honey may come from China, may be contaminated, or may be diluted with High Fructose Corn Syrup.
According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, a product that has been ultra-filtered and no longer contains any traces of pollen cannot be considered honey. As Food Safety News points out, though, the FDA isn'tRead More »from That Honey You Just Bought Might Not Really Be Honey
Yahoo! Readers Ask Michelle Obama and Jill Biden About National Pride, Let's Move, and Keeping Their CareersBy Lylah M. Alphonse, Senior Editor, Yahoo! Shine | Work + Money – Tue, Nov 8, 2011 12:53 PM EST
Yahoo! and Yahoo! Shine readers recently offered up nearly 5,000 questions for us to choose from for our exclusive interview with First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden. The First and Second ladies answered some of them in clips that aired earlier this week (you can watch them share their families' holiday traditions here, and talk about what they'd do differently as parents here). And, on Veterans' Day, November 11, we'll share what Dr. Biden (a Blue Star mom herself) has to say about helping military families, and how the First Lady says she'd react if her daughters wanted to join the armed forces.Read More »from Yahoo! Readers Ask Michelle Obama and Jill Biden About National Pride, Let's Move, and Keeping Their Careers
But readers asked questions about other things: opposition to the White House campaign against childhood obesity, whether Mrs. Obama feels pride in her country now that her husband has been in the Oval Office for three years, and how Dr. Biden maintains her own identity and career in spite of her husband's high-profile job. Here's what they had to say:
On maintaining their own