• by Kafi Drexel

    Riccardo Tinelli Riccardo Tinelli You guys already know running is one of the best ways to melt pounds and do a solid for just about every part of your body. It even does amazing things like stop you from grabbing seconds from the buffet line, according to a University of Wyoming study from last year.

    But over and over, we hear readers asking about "Runner's Face." If you haven't heard the term, the scary-sounding idea behind it is that your cheeks will start to sag from all the bouncing while you run, or that you'll get a skeletal, premature-aging mug from burning off too much fat beneath the skin. (With the ING New York City Marathon approaching, we've even had plastic surgeons approach us with the answer to "Runner's Face." The suggested fix? Cosmetic fillers and even surgery. Hmm, convenient, but we're not gonna go under the knife anytime soon.)

    See more: 5 Simple Steps to Cellulite-Free Skin

    It all sounds pretty extreme, but if you've ever run on a treadmill in front of a mirror and

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  • by Marissa Stephenson

    courtesy of the brandscourtesy of the brandsPumpkin. Mocha. Caramel. Pecan. All the reasons your tastebuds love October, and sippable in these five seasonal brews. Yes, they've got more cals than a light beer. But you know what else does? Anything delicious.

    Bring a six-pack to your next BYOB or cherry-pick one from that local bar with the amazing tap. You'll learn some serious craft brew cred.

    Abita Pecan Harvest Ale
    Tastes like: Caramel chews and roasted nuts, with a hoppy finish. Smells exactly like a slice of grandma's homemade pecan pie. And if we're talking calories, a bottle of this will run you 300 less than that.
    * Pairs with: Chili, BBQ, or -- shocker -- a bowl of pecans.
    * Alkie level: 5.1%
    * Cal count: 150

    See more: How to Lose Weight and Feel Great in 7 Days

    Dogfish Head Punkin Ale
    * Tastes like: Your favorite brown beer, but dusted with brown sugar and nutmeg, and simmered in a pumpkin. Hmmm.
    * Pair it with: Anything hearty -- stews, brauts, casseroles -- and

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  • GretchenandSOCLast weekend, I went to Washington, D.C., to attend the reunion of Justice Sandra Day O'Connor's clerks.

    This event made me happy for many reasons. I was thrilled to see Justice O'Connor. I loved catching up with many old friends and acquaintances. I enjoyed walking around the halls of the Supreme Court building.

    And the entire weekend reminded me of the usefulness of my resolution to Stay connected to my past.

    I have a terrible memory of my own past. I can barely remember my childhood. I have few memories from college and law school-though once I got married I got the advantage of being able to consult my husband's memory. Many of my resolutions-like Keep a one-sentence journal or Keep photos or Take tourist photos of my own life-are aimed at helping me remember my own past.

    Because I'm not a lawyer anymore, it's especially easy for me to lose touch with my lawyer past. My husband and I met in law school-you can see photo highlights here-but he's not a lawyer anymore,

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  • One year after the devastating Superstorm Sandy, city residents take on their hometown marathon to ease the lingering pain.One year after the devastating Superstorm Sandy, city residents take on their hometown marathon to ease the lingering pain.By Charles Butler, Runner's World

    Hurricane Sandy took her home. It nearly took her husband's life. And for a while it took away an everyday comfort: her running. But Jen Correa has made a pledge to herself. Come November 3--the day the New York City Marathon returns to the streets of the five boroughs--she is doing a 26.2-mile recovery run that will put the tragic events of last year well in the past.

    And what a year it was--for Correa, 38, a resident of Sandy-ravaged Staten Island, and for many others in this year's marathon. Last November, the city and New York Road Runners officials canceled the marathon less than 48 hours before its start, one more victim of the storm that clobbered the New York City area. The 2013 marathon will include about 48,000 runners, 20,000 of whom, like Correa, were slated to run the 2012 event before Sandy had her way, as well as untold others who will be using the race to distance themselves from the disaster.

    PLUS: Changes to the 2013 NYC

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  • By Lex Berko, Refinery29 Refinery29

    We've all had sleepless nights - lying in bed, staring at the ceiling, wondering why our brains keep chugging along even as the clock strikes four in the morning. The answer is probably different for everyone: too much caffeine, an onslaught of anxiety, bodily discomfort. But a fidgety night here and there is normal.

    However, over the past few decades, either our insomnia has increased dramatically or our tolerance for it has precipitously dropped - because we're taking more sleeping pills than ever before. Between 2002 and 2008, there was a 70% increase in prescriptions from an industry that brings in over $2 billion a year. So what's going on: Who isn't sleeping well and who is turning to pills? As it turns out, the answer in both cases is more women than men.

    Who Uses Them?

    According to a nationwide survey administered between 2005 and 2010, five percent of women versus three percent of men reported using pills to assist them in sleeping.

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  • These five things could be distracting you from your hunger cues. Here's how to stop 'emThese five things could be distracting you from your hunger cues. Here's how to stop 'em

    By Jane Di Leo, Women's Health

    These five things could be distracting you from your hunger cues. Here's how to stop 'em.

    Your Thermostat
    If you're not careful, the layers you put on this winter could be permanent. Research has found that people tend to eat more during prolonged cold temperatures than during hot periods because it takes more energy (i.e., calories) to maintain our standard 98.6°F. (That may be why some sly restaurants dial down the heat.) Plus, says Nanette Stroebele, Ph.D., of the University of Colorado at Denver's Center for Human Nutrition, people make different menu selections depending on the state of the mercury: gooey high-fat, high-carb comfort foods when it's cold versus cool foods like salads when it's sweltering.

    The Fix: Feeling chilly? Start with a bowl of broth-based soup, which will warm you up (and help cut overall calorie consumption at that meal, according to studies). Also consider bumping up the heat before you dive into a plate of mac

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  • By The Editors of Prevention

    In the hectic flurry of your typical doctor's office, it's not surprising that doctors and nurses sometimes forget to share the helpful little directives that can make potentially lifesaving tests--like a Pap test or skin cancer screening--more accurate and comfortable. That's why we interviewed leading clinicians for the scoop on what to do and say to get the best care and results at your next health test.

    Related: 6 Symptoms To Never Ignore

    1. Chill out for 3 minutes before a blood pressure reading

    Relaxing for 3 to 5 minutes before your blood pressure is taken ensures you won't have an artificially high reading, which can result in unnecessary prescription meds, says Texas cardiologist Sarah Samaan, MD, author of The Smart Woman's Guide to Heart Health. Running in to your appointment after a traffic-packed drive to the doctor, for example, can nudge your systolic pressure (the higher number) by as many as 20 points. Sit quietly, flip

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  • Breast cancer survivor wearing breast cancer awareness ribbon

    By Darria Long Gillespie, MD, MBA

    With Breast Cancer Awareness Month still in effect, it's important to discuss not just how to prevent and diagnose breast cancer, but what to do after the diagnosis. How can you optimize your health and strengthen your resolve to not only defeat the disease, but prevent it from coming back? Here are answers to a few common questions:

    What are the most important lifestyle factors that affect people who have been diagnosed with breast cancer?
    Three crucial factors are at play: obesity, inactivity and poor dietary quality. Taking steps to address these increase the likelihood of improving both cancer survival rates and overall longevity. They may even improve prognosis, especially in early-stage cancers. While studies are still early and we need more research to know exactly how these factors impact breast cancer, research has shown promising trends.

    Protect yourself against breast cancer. Find out your risk now.

    Role of Obesity

    Body fat

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  • Are you putting your pet's life in danger?Our furry friends are part of the family, but you may unknowingly be putting their health at risk by having certain harmful foods, plants or other substances in and around the house. To keep pets healthy, it's important to know what's safe and what's not. Here, some expert advice for making sure your home is animal-friendly.

    Hide Your Halloween Stash Chocolate can be toxic to dogs, and the darker it is, the more dangerous it is. "The component in chocolate called theobromine can cause hyperactivity, increased heart rate and arrhythmias, vomiting, diarrhea and seizures," explains Jules Benson, vice president of veterinary services at Petplan pet insurance. "If the dog ingests enough, it can even lead to sudden death." 'Nuf said? So store chocolate candy and baked goods like chocolate chip cookies in a secure place your dog can't reach. And in case of accidental ingestion, call your vet immediately.

    MORE: Is Your Halloween Candy Ruining Your Sleep?

    Keep Pets Away From Antifreeze

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  • Photo: Ciara PhelanBy Leslie Goldman

    The exact causes of Alzheimer's disease are still unknown, but experts have identified a host of contributing factors: diabetes, smoking, saturated fats. Now a theory points the finger in a different direction: a variety of metals that can build up in the body over time. Look inside the brains of people with Alzheimer's who have died and you'll find protein clogging the brain's signaling system, along with tiny clusters called beta-amyloid plaques. "When researchers tease those plaques apart, they find metals, including iron, copper, and aluminum," says Neal Barnard, MD, an adjunct associate professor of medicine at the George Washington University School of Medicine. "These metals produce free radicals, which are like little sparks that damage brain cells." And dementia isn't the only risk; metals have been linked to everyday mental fuzziness: A study of roughly 1,450 adults in The Journal of Nutrition, Health & Aging found that women who performed highest on

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