• There are plenty of tried-and-true eats that you can count on for an afternoon boost, but those standbys are bound to get boring. That's why we surveyed more than 70 snacks new to the market, looking for the ones that tasted great, filled us up, and didn't totally kill us in the fat, calories, and processed stuff departments. The result is these 12 standout bites to keep you--and your taste buds--happy between meals. By Ricky Smith, REDBOOK.



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  • Was a cheese burger part of their diet?Was a cheese burger part of their diet?We commonly hear stories of people whose health defies the odds: the chain-smoking grannies who live to 100, the skinny dudes who pack away unreasonable amounts of calories without gaining an ounce. But often it's the reverse that prevails; the physically virtuous who drop dead way before their time. And it's never more surprising than when such a fate befalls the very people have become famous for espousing good health.


    With a life expectancy in the United States for males at 76.3 years and 81.1 years for females (according to the CDC), it's confounding to discover so many diet gurus who have succumbed years ahead of the national average. And this isn't to suggest that their practices and philosophies contributed to their deaths in any way - who's to say where nature tramples nurture, so to speak - but the irony is hard to deny. We don't suggest throwing in the towel on healthy eating based on the unfortunate deaths of the diet gurus listed here, but it does provide some food for

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  • CorbisEating disorders have long been associated with women, but a new study published Monday in JAMA Pediatrics proves that the problem affects both sexes by exposing adolescent boys' obsession with body size and weight.

    The research found that nearly 20 percent of boys aged 12 to 18 are extremely concerned with the state of their bodies, yet those around them may not know it. “Male eating disorders are greatly underestimated for two reasons,” the lead study author, Alison Field, ScD, of Boston Children's Hospital Adolescent Medicine Division, tells Yahoo Shine. “Anorexia and bulimia — the disorders we studied — are traditionally associated with a desire to be thin, a standard that men generally don’t aspire to, and many are ashamed to seek treatment because the disorders are deemed a female problem.”

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    Big and brawny were traits that the boys studied most valued: 9.2 percent of guys were “highly concerned” with muscularity, 2.5 percent strove

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  • by Gena Kaufman

    Getty ImagesGetty ImagesI think most of us would agree that making new friends postcollege can be weird and uncomfortable and downright difficult. Which means it's a lot like dating, but its very similarity to dating is a big part of what makes it so uncomfortable.

    Which is why when I read Ann Friedman's recent article on The Cut, wherein she argues that we should embrace the courtship ritual when making new friends, I found myself nodding along in complete agreement. Her contention is that friendship is as important as romance and that both kinds of relationships often start with one person pursuing the other. So while we might feel "desperate or weird" for seeking out a new friend's company and asking them to accompany us to various activities, it's actually very smart.

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    Just this past weekend, I was talking to a good friend of mine who moved to a new city a few years ago where she didn't know many people besides her parents. She

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  •  Joy Johnson, 86, fell at the race's 20-mile mark. Joy Johnson, 86, fell at the race's 20-mile mark.By Peter Gambaccini, Runner's World

    Joy Johnson, who at 86 was the oldest woman to complete Sunday's New York City Marathon, died on Monday at Bellevue Hospital in Manhattan.

    As the New York Daily News reports, Johnson fell and hit her head on pavement near the marathon's 20-mile mark. Medical personnel wanted to take her to the hospital, but she insisted on finishing the race, said her sister, Faith Anderson. Johnson finished in 7:57:41, her 25th New York City finish.

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    Johnson, who was from San Jose, California, and Anderson joined a crowd outside at the "Today" show at Rockefeller Center on Monday morning. Johnson later complained of feeling tired. After laying down in her hotel room, she never woke up. She was declared dead at Bellevue.

    Johnson had become the New York City Marathon's oldest woman in 2011, when she ran 7:44:45 at age 84. In 2008, at age 81, she ran the Twin Cities Marathon in 6:06:54 and New York City

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  • Photo by: Thinkstock
    How is it possible that 93-year-old Jon Mendes was able to compete in the New York City marathon on Sunday, but people decades younger couldn't dream of running 26.2 miles? Perhaps the near-centenarian’s "fitness age" hasn’t incereased at the same rate as his senior citizen status indicates. So how do you defy the logic of aging when you’re secretly trapped in a teenager’s body (or vice versa)? Pretty easily, in fact.

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    Instead of paying for expensive tests and being hooked up to a machine while running on a treadmill, people can take to the Internet and plug in numbers to determine their fitness age. Using a special calculator created by researchers at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology in Trondheim, you can estimate how your body actually functions physically in relation to how it should work on average according to your age, said the researchers in a paper published in the journal Medicine & Science inRead More »from Change Your 'Fitness Age' in 5 Easy Steps
  • by SELF Staffers

    Riccardo TinelliRiccardo TinelliSELF's deputy editor and certified trainer, Meaghan B Murphy, tackles all your urgent fitness questions.


    Shocker: I'm not going to tell you to stretch. If it's a chronic problem, your iliopsoas, or psoas for short, could be to blame. (FYI, when you impress your friends with this explanation, the p is silent.) These muscles run from the front of your spine down both hip bones. When tight, they pull your spine forward. To balance that, your piriformis, a muscle attached to the base of your spine -- still with me? -- tightens up.

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    To release the psoas and everything else in the process, Jeff Bramson, a certified massage therapist at the St. Regis in Park City, Utah, recommends this: Lie faceup with legs straight and raise your right knee to a 90-degree angle. Feel for your right psoas with your fingers--to the side of your belly button, about 2 inches down. The muscle will be knotty. Nice to meet you! Knead outward Read More »from My Hamstrings Are ALWAYS Tight. Is There a Fix?
  • by Sarah-Jane Bedwell

    Romulo A YanesRomulo A YanesWe love all types of superfoods because they make us look and feel amazing, but if we hand to choose a favorite, hands down, it would be dark chocolate. Isn't it wonderful that something so rich and delicious also has mad benefits like boasting three grams of hunger-squashing fiber per ounce and plenty of disease-fighting antioxidants called flavonoids? And there is more good news; dark chocolate is not just for dessert. Try these amazing recipes to enjoy dark chocolate (look for one with at least 70% cocoa) any time of the day!

    Ooey-Gooey Strawberry Chocolate Chip Oatmeal: I originally created this breakfast for the TODAY Show, and it was designed around a study which claimed that people who included sweets -- especially chocolate(!!!) -- as a part of their breakfast lost 40 more pounds than their counterparts, who instead ate low-cal, low-carb meals. Almond slivers add a touch of good fat to the otherwise super-healthy ingredients.


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  • By: The Motley for Details
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    You already know that if you eat, sleep, and exercise like crap, you're probably going to look and feel like it, too. But how you treat your body today can affect more than just the way you look right now; it can also impact how you'll look in, say, 10 years. Want to avoid drastic measures like needles and knives to look younger in the future? Start correcting the following four common bad habits.

    1. Excessive Exercise
    Exercise in general is great for keeping your body looking young, but too much intense cardio, in particular, can actually accelerate signs of aging. Stress from exercise breaks down your skin's collagen, leading to premature wrinkles. Strength training is key to keeping skin firm as you get older, so if you're a runner or a cyclist, be sure to add some weightlifting to your routine. And (duh) if you exercise outdoors, don't forget your sunscreen. We like a sweat-resistant one like Beyond Coastal Active SPF 34 Sunscreen.

    2. Too Much

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  • HabitsRepeatFourWhenever I start a new book, I think, "This is the most interesting subject of all time. It's sad, I'll never enjoy writing another book as much as I enjoy this one." Every time, I'm convinced. And then I change my mind when I start the next book.

    But I really do believe this may be the most fascinating subject ever. It's the subject of habits. How do we make and break habits-really?

    It was my interest in happiness that led me to the subject of habits, and of course, the study of habits is really the study of happiness. Habits are the invisible architecture of everyday life, and a significant element of happiness. If we have habits that work for us, we're much more likely to be happy, healthy, productive, and creative. When I talk to people about their happiness challenges, they often point to hurdles related to a habit they want to make or break.

    My habits research started as part of my ongoing happiness research-I often spend a lot of time studying happiness-related

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