• Michelle Obama turns 50 on Friday, and it’s a milestone she’ll celebrate in true “Let’s Move” fashion with a dance bash at the White House on Saturday. But the first lady has been in a festive mood for a while now. “I have never felt more confident in myself, more clear on who I am as a woman,” she told Parade recently. “But I am constantly thinking about my own health and making sure that I’m eating right and getting exercise and watching the aches and pains. I want to be this really fly 80-, 90-year-old.” Seems like a pretty likely scenario for the energetic, über-achieving “mom in chief.” But let’s not rush it. Instead, here’s a look back at the life and rise of Mrs. Obama, née Michelle LaVaughn Robinson, who once noted, “There’s nothing magical about my background.” Plenty that’s inspiring, though. See our special Happy Birthday slide show here.

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  • by Locke Hughes for SHAPE.com

    How to overcome any tough situationHow to overcome any tough situation

    "Get over it." The trite advice seems easy, but it's a struggle to put situations such as a brutal breakup, a backstabbing friend, or the loss of a loved one in the past. "When something has caused you real emotional pain, it can be extremely hard to move on," says Rachel Sussman, a relationship expert and author of The Breakup Bible. "These events can trigger larger psychological issues, which can take a long time to reconcile."

    Tough as it can be to work through things, it's worth it, for both your mental and physical health. "Holding on to negative emotions leads to chronic stress and depression, which studies have linked to weight gain, an increased risk of heart disease, and other serious health problems," says Cynthia Ackrill, M.D., a physician specializing in neuroscience and stress management.

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    So take a deep breath and get ready to let go of your emotional baggage. While overcoming a Read More »from How to Overcome Life's Toughest Situations
  • by Anna Matlby

    Bill DiodatoBill DiodatoIf you're young and fit, type 2 diabetes may not be on your radar -- but it might be in the future. The disease has seen an epidemic-proportion increase in prevalence in the U.S. over the last few decades, and it's currently the seventh leading cause of death. Scary, right?

    Well, here's some awesome news on how you can beat it: Muscle-strengthening exercise may significantly reduce your risk for developing type 2 diabetes. Researchers in PLoS Medicine report this week that middle-aged and older women who completed more than 150 minutes per week of muscle-strengthening activity (that's about 2.5 yoga classes' worth!) had a 30 to 40 percent lower risk for type 2 diabetes than did women who did zero muscle-strengthening work. That's pretty cool, because while we already knew that aerobic exercise helps reduce T2D risk, we weren't sure if anaerobic exercise had a link to the disease.

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    "While it is well established

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  • by Joanne Chen

    Chris CraymerChris CraymerRelax. Seriously. Stress -- even the energizing kind -- can sap glow and bring on breakouts and other ugly issues. One secret? Devote one workout a week to your mind.

    Essentially, you're strength training your brain. Meditation and yoga don't just relieve stress, they also buffer against it, reveals a study published in Psychosomatic Medicine. It compared yoga novices with regular practitioners of Hatha yoga (which involves breath control and meditation). They found that the beginners had 41 percent higher levels of a stress-related protein in the blood than the pros. And novices were five times as likely to have higher levels of C-reactive protein, a marker of inflammation that may be linked to acne and conditions like eczema and psoriasis.

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    The De-stress Rx: "A few minutes a day of meditating is all you need to build neural connections that say, 'Hey, calm down,'" says Nina Smiley, Ph.D., coauthor of The Three Minute Meditator. Read More »from Stop Stressing: It Messes with Your Skin!
  • The American College of Emergency Physicians grades U.S emergency medical care at a D+.The American College of Emergency Physicians grades U.S emergency medical care at a D+.

    By: Darria Long Gillespie, MD, MBA

    If you have an emergency, you assume that your 911 services and ER will be ready to take care of you, right?

    Maybe not. The American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) released their "2014 Emergency Medicine Report Card" and the U.S. as a whole got a grade that you wouldn't bring home to Mom -- a D+. One important distinction -- this was NOT a grade of ERs and ER doctors, but instead an evaluation of how well the country supports emergency care.

    When you need to go to the ER, having a good ER doctor is crucial. But just as crucial is the state and federal "infrastructure" needed to maintain emergency rooms for true emergencies. As an ER doctor, I can and do treat the elderly lady sick with pneumonia because she was unable to get a vaccine, or the man whose leg infection became severe because he was unable to see an outpatient doctor. I also see the pedestrian struck by a vehicle at an unsafe intersection -- an accident that could have

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  • energyatworkI'm re-posting this quiz, because I've been thinking a lot about this issue lately.

    I read Cross and Perker's The Hidden Power of Social Networks: Understanding How Work Really Gets Done in Organizations, and I was riveted by their discussion of energy. This caught my eye, because my father is always emphasizing the importance of energy, whether at work or at play - especially at work. (For other excellent advice my father and mother gave me, look here.)

    Cross and Parker argue that energy is a key factor in understanding who is effective at work, and why. When they analyzed networks of co-workers, knowing whether someone was considered an "energizer" and a "de-energizer" shed a great deal of light on how networks worked, and how productive various people managed to be. Their discussion is complex, but here are some highlights.

    About energizers:
    - those who energized others are much higher performers
    - energizers are more likely to be heard and to see their ideas acted

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  • by Sarah-Jane Bedwell

    Courtesy of TGIFridaysCourtesy of TGIFridays What better way to celebrate the end of a busy work week than to enjoy dinner out with friends? And what better place to go than TGI Fridays -- especially now that they have a brand-new menu full of lower calorie options. Bonus? According to Fridays SVP and Chief Marketing Oficer Brian Gies, these entrees "are being launched as the primary offers in Fridays 'Pick 2 for $10' value platform, giving almost any guest the opportunity to try these items." From chicken to steak (yeah, the superfood!) to appetizers to drinks, you're sure to find something that you'll love without breaking the calorie bank -- and your wallet, too. Try one of these delicious options this week!

    * Sizzling Chicken & Spinach:
    For a reasonable 400 calories, you can enjoy this miso-glazed chicken, fire-grilled and served sizzling over a bed of fresh spinach, zucchini and squash, hand-cut red peppers, cremini mushrooms and grilled balsamic-glazed onions. Plus, it's paired with a fresh tomato Read More »from Slim Down with TGIFriday's New Menu (Cocktails Included!)

  • by Anna Maltby

    Arthur ElgortArthur Elgort You might think that information about how overweight people are stigmatized -- i.e. it's harder for them to get hired, etc. -- might motivate overweight people to get healthy, but the truth appears to be the opposite.


    Women who believe they are overweight may consume more food after learning about weight stigma, according to a new study in the Journal of Experimental Psychology. Researchers had self-perceived overweight women read an article they were told ran in The New York Times about how overweight people are less likely to get a new job, and compared them to a control group of self-perceived overweight women reading an article about how smokers struggle to get hired.

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    The results were pretty stunning: Women who saw themselves as overweight and read about weight stigma actually had far less self-control and ate a whopping 65 percent more calories than their counterparts who read the smoking article.

    The

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  • by Lexi Petronis

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    If you have a New Year's resolution to switch up your exercise routine, you're not alone. Michelle Obama has her own fitness goals for 2014!

    The (gloriously-gunned) Mrs. O turns 50 this week, and has her eyes set on the future--specifically, how to stay healthy when she's 70 or 80. She told People: "I'm seeing myself shift from weight-bearing stuff--even though that continues to be important--and the heavy cardio and running, to things like yoga that will keep me flexible," mostly "so that I'm not falling and breaking a hip one day."


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    OK, so I have two health resolutions: 1) to schedule (and actually keep) all of my scheduled doctors' appointments, and 2) go to bed early enough so that I don't decide to forgo my morning workout for sleep instead (the idea being that, this way, I'll get sleep and exercise). So far, so good!

    But how are your health resolutions going? (P.S. Here are some good things to keep in mind with

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  • 7 Benefits of Exercise You Probably Didn't Know7 Benefits of Exercise You Probably Didn't KnowLast night, my husband called me from his business trip. He told me that he had gone to the gym at his hotel and worked out the morning before his meetings. Then he announced with surprise that he was in a better mood and had more energy than the previous days he had not exercised. After I finished banging my head on the desk (since I had been urging him to exercise for several months for those exact reasons), it dawned on me that we all know that exercise is good for us, but many people do not realize exactly why.

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    Sure, exercise can help us burn calories and sculpt our bodies, but there are so many more reasons why everyone should be exercising regularly. So if you need another motivation to get moving, here are 7 of them:

    1. Promotes work-life balance
    In theory, trying to find time to fit exercise into your already busy day should make you feel even more stressed out, and yet the opposite is true. Getting regular exercise actually

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