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  • Workout to Look and Feel Better in 2012

    Women Working Out

    Does the word "exercise" make you think of boring routines that feel like an obligation you'd just as soon avoid? Follow our step by step checklist to help yourself get moving and stay on track. Let's make 2012 your year to be a fitness maven. Ready, set, glow!

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    Get Your Doc's OK Before You Begin

    You've heard this before but it bears repeating. Especially if you been pretty much sedentary for a while, check with your doctor to find out how much and what kind of exercise is safe and sensible for you as you start your program.

    Do Just One Thing

    Buy a pair of walking or running shoes, or a pair of ballet slippers, or some swim goggles and a new suit. You don't have to do anything else the first day or even week. Just invest in something that signals your commitment. Then congratulate yourself on taking the first step toward fitness.

    Keep a Fitness Journal

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  • Celebs Turning 50 in 2012

    Yes, Jon Bon Jovi and Jodie Foster are just two among a surprisingly large group hitting the midcentury mark in 2012. Here they are:

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  • How to Look One Size Thinner by New Year's Eve

    Woman Getting Dressed

    If the notion of staying svelte in spite of the temptations of the holidays seems remote, take heart. We've got tips and tricks that will not only make you appear a good ten pounds thinner instantly but will also help you eat wisely while still enjoying all the celebrations during this festive season. Read on for our strategies to make sure you look lean and lovely on December 31 st . Happy New Year!

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    Eat, Drink, and Be Merry - But Don't Overdo It

    There's no need to pass up the Christmas cookies or the Chanukah latkes altogether. You'd be a Grinch if you did! The trick is to practice portion control, not just with the sweets and treats but with the main courses and trimmings as well. To keep from overindulging, drink plenty of water. It will fill you up and quiet hunger pangs, and it's also great for promoting good digestion.

    Another ploy is to eat slowly and savor every

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  • Celiac Disease and Exercise

    If you suffer with Celiac Disease, you know how frustrating and discouraging that can be. But you can fight off its side effects through exercise. Here's how physical activity can help you:

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  • A Jewish Girl's Holiday Dilemma

    Christmas Tree Farm

    Where I was raised, in the land of ice and Chapstick, Christmas was not taken lightly. The North Dakota of my girlhood didn't offer Barney's-level windows styled by the 1960s equivalent of Lady Gaga, nor was it the Christmas of Bergdorf's, a store that will surely sell out of the gold Burberry snowsuit it showcases in this year's catalog, perfect for that infant who longs to look like an Oscar. You might imagine Fargo's take to be more of the Martha Stewart variety, with silvery angels flitting among hand-tied bows, but that wasn't it either, or even a holiday where rollicking rodents harmonized in falsetto.

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    Fargo went hardcore. Its Keep-the-Christ-in-Christmas Noel starred snow-covered Nativity scenes, heavily-attended church services, trees sagging with tinsel, sweaters that doubled as punch lines, and Norwegian delicacies:lefse, a flatbread concocted of the four blandest,

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  • Angelina Jolie, Film Director

    Angelina Jolie

    For Angelina Jolie, the path to writing and directing "In the Land of Blood and Honey" was almost an inevitable one. Gaining fame and a vast fortune as an American actress in her twenties was paralleled with her increasing interest in the world at large, beginning, as she remembered during a press day in Los Angeles for the new film, "the first time that I went to a war zone."

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    That was 11 years ago, in the months before Jolie became a United Nations Goodwill Ambassador and began to use her fame to shine a light on the plight of war refugees (particularly women and children), when she visited Sierra Leone in the midst of their civil war.

    "I just asked to go and I was allowed to go. I spent time in Sierra Leone and that was such a brutal conflict," she recalled with a shiver. "Seeing little kids that had both their arms and legs cut off with a hatchet, stuck to a tree. I could

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  • "The Nutcracker" from the Other Side of the Footlights

    Caitlin, Nutcracker Angel
    "The Nutcracker" season is in full swing all across the country as ballet's biggest box office draw once again delights young and old alike. Chances are you'll be in the audience at a performance near you, perhaps with the grandchildren in tow. Yet while you and yours are enjoying the enduring charm of the holiday classic, those of us who dance in or direct a production are dealing with plenty of artistic and technical challenges. And for all of us in the ballet world, myriad visions of Sugar Plums past dance in our heads when we bring the magical story to life for another annual run. Here is an insider's peek at what can happen behind the scenes and on stage:

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    An All-Pointes Bulletin

    Before the curtain rises, the bevy of ballerinas who will dance sur les pointes are inevitably obsessed with putting on their shoes. A dancer who is cursed with a toe that's longer than the rest

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  • Daniel Craig's "Dragon Tattoo"

    Daniel Craig
    For the guy who's best known as playing James Bond, the British secret agent who lives his life without an iota of fear, actor Daniel Craig couldn't wait to put on a new persona, one that comes a bit closer to the reality of life. So when director David Fincher offered him the plum role of investigative journalist Mikael Blomkvist in the Hollywood version of "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo," Craig jumped at the chance.

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    "The most important thing about this character for me was to make him as real and as believable as possible," the ruggedly handsome 43-year-old explained during a press conference in New York City.

    "I wanted to put the reality into this. He gets shot at and he runs away. I mean, screaming. Like anybody else would," he elaborated. "That was really the key. It was that easy. What I love about this character is that he doesn't have to prove he's a man. He's a nice

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  • In the Air or on the Road, Have a Safe Trip This Season!

    Airplane
    Visiting far-flung family members during the peak travel times of the year puts you at risk for everything from colds and flu to falls, tummy troubles, and even highway accidents. The weather is often at its most uncooperative, making roads and sidewalks slippery if not impassable. Mother Nature is also a master at causing flight delays. Beyond that, with so many people going home for the holidays, traffic jams are inevitable. Crowds are a given as well -- including babies and children who, with their immature immune systems, are notorious for spreading germs. Not only that but if you're trekking a good distance, the changes in time zones and resulting jet lag will throw off your circadian rhythms. But cheer up! With a few simple strategies, you can ward off problems and enjoy the merriest of festivities with the ones you hold dear.

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    Before You Leave:

    Get Your Flu Shot

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  • Check Out Your Holiday Party Style

    When it's the season to welcome friends and loved ones into your home, how do you do it? Well, the type of celebration you choose to host reveals the secrets about your strongest friendship traits. "We tend to plan activities that fit best with our natural strengths and preferences," says party-planning veteran Phyllis Cambria, author of "The Complete Idiot's Guide to Throwing a Great Party." So choose the way you plan to party and discover how you celebrate your friendships, too.

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