Full Coverage: Five Questions
May 18, 2013
As more people get their health information from TV and the Internet, it becomes crucial to have experts on the small screen who can provide accurate information. That's where Travis Stork, co-host of the TV show "The Doctors," comes in.
May 11, 2013
Leeza Gibbons is co-host of "America Now," the nightly syndicated TV newsmagazine, and the TV show "My Generation." For 17 years she hosted and produced the nationally syndicated radio program "Hollywood Confidential."She's also a mother and, of course, a daughter. In her new book, "Take 2: Your Guide to Creating Happy Endings and New Beginnings," she hopes to help people take creative control of their lives, and she writes about how her mother affected her choices.
April 27, 2013
Most of us are curious about our family lineage. For Vanessa Williams, who recently took part in the show "Who Do You Think You Are" and explored her family's history, the task was both surprising and informative. Here, she talks about what she learned and how she plans to use that information.
April 20, 2013
The "Starchild" outfit Paul Stanley wears as frontman for KISS is a revealing one. That's why I chose it for Halloween a couple of years back. I wanted to showcase the efforts of my diet and exercise regimen. I got the hair wrong.
April 13, 2013
The patient in his 50s was mildly overweight, had high cholesterol and was headed down the road to diabetes. Common problems, and his doctor made the usual recommendation: medications. But the patient, Michael Mosley — a British author, journalist, TV personality and doctor himself — decided to go a different route. He traveled around his own country and ours, interviewing leading researchers, then tested some of their latest findings. The result? "The Fast Diet," a bestselling book in Britain (it has nothing to do with fast food, how fast you eat or even how fast you lose weight), as well as a three-part PBS series. (The first two have already aired. The third airs Wednesday.)
April 6, 2013
Former track and field Olympic champion Jackie Joyner-Kersee is no stranger to the benefits of daily workouts and a healthful lifestyle. As a six-time medal winner, she lived her life always in her own best shape.
March 30, 2013
Taylor Ramsdell trains Victor Henry, a professional mixed martial arts fighter, and a pro boxer named Zachary Wohlman. Ramsdell also works with regular folks too, at Chain Fitness, his gym near Universal Studios that was built as a speak-easy in the 1930s. For Ramsdell, that mix makes sense: Just check your ego at the door.
March 23, 2013
They call him Dr. Steelhammer, because not only could he punch you into a parallel universe, he also has a doctorate in sports sciences. Of his 62 boxing bouts, Olympic and world heavyweight boxing champion Wladimir Klitschko has lost only three. For the 59 who faced him and lost, all but eight were knocked out. I just got a sympathy headache.
March 2, 2013
You know you're famous when your haircut becomes the haircut.
February 23, 2013
For more than three decades, Dr. Dean Ornish has been talking about the power individuals have to affect their health, even to the extent of reversing heart disease by changing the way they eat and behave. His prescription for sick people is radical, as he says, "a pound of cure." But for the rest of us, it's a what he calls a "spectrum program" of choices.
February 16, 2013
When Charlie Lustman, who ran the Silent Movie Theater on Fairfax Avenue until it closed in June 2006, was diagnosed with a rare bone cancer that year, he thought that his world would be forever changed for the worse. Doctors removed half of his jaw, fitting him with a prosthetic.
February 9, 2013
Apolo Anton Ohno, the most decorated U.S. Winter Olympian of all time, was practicing for the 2002 Games when he learned he had exercise-induced asthma. It obviously didn't destroy the sporting career of the eight-time medalist. And now he is the public face of a program to raise awareness about the condition, which affects more than 30 million Americans.
February 2, 2013
You've heard about the "Wheat Belly" diet, right? Well, technically, it doesn't exist.
January 26, 2013
Byron Hurt was inspired to look at the ties between African Americans and soul food after the death of his father from pancreatic cancer. The result was his film, "Soul Food Junkies," which can be seen on public television.
January 19, 2013
Even if you've never been to New Jersey, names such as Snooki, the Situation and JWoww have become part of our cultural lexicon, thanks to TV's "Jersey Shore," embodying how to rock your summer at the beach with lots of partying.
January 12, 2013
The band Shinedown has been around for more than a decade, selling more than 10 million albums worldwide. In 2012 they launched their fourth album, "Amaryllis," which made its debut at No. 4 on the Billboard 200. But the last year has been more than just about launching a new album for Brent Smith, the band's lead singer.
4:20 PM EST, January 5, 2013
Childhood obesity expert Dr. Joanna Dolgoff says parents of obese children would rather talk to their kids about anything — even sex or drugs — than weight. But ignoring it could set a child up for a lifetime of health problems and emotional heartache, she said. The issue of childhood obesity, and Dolgoff's work, will get a national airing Sunday as the new season of the NBC reality weight-loss show "The Biggest Loser" adds three kids — two 13-year-olds and a 16-year-old — to the cast.
December 29, 2012
Lisa Lillien has the world on a plate. The Los Angeles author and entrepreneur sits atop the multimillion-dollar "Hungry Girl" empire that includes TV shows on the Food Network and the Cooking Channel, several bestselling cookbooks and a daily email blast that tops 1 million subscribers. Lillien is a genius at finding low-calorie ways to scratch a craving itch and then sharing them with her legion of fans.
December 22, 2012
Jane Fonda has led many public lives. There's Fonda the antiwar activist; Fonda the fitness enthusiast, grapevining her way across a studio in a tiny leotard and tights; and Fonda the actress, who has starred in more than 40 films.
December 8, 2012
Every now and then, a play or song or book comes around that perfectly encapsulates the time we live in, despite having been created decades, or even centuries, ago.
December 4, 2012
Actress Julie Bowen of "Modern Family" doesn't want other parents to go through what she and her husband did when their toddler experienced a life-threatening allergic reaction that sent him into anaphylactic shock.
November 24, 2012
When your job involves keeping up with animals that have twice the number of legs as you, it's important to be in good shape. "Dog Whisperer" Cesar Millan doesn't have a vocation that involves much sitting in front of a computer; he's a man on the move as an advocate and trainer for human's best friend.
November 17, 2012
The vegan lifestyle and the lifestyle of professional athletes aren't often associated with each other. But John Salley, a former NBA star who's played with the Chicago Bulls and the Los Angeles Lakers, swears by the strictly animal- and animal-product-free diet he's taken up since retiring from the game.
November 10, 2012
Wendy Williams used to love the McRib, and she hid eating it. She hid eating a lot of things and also engaged in unhealthful behaviors to try to combat her weight. That's all changed. Now the syndicated talk show host embraces her body type and uses exercise and healthful eating to look great for the people who really matter: herself and her husband.
November 3, 2012
Sara Ivanhoe has always been a bit ahead of her time. The 41-year-old yoga instructor has been practicing yoga since she was in high school. At first, she had no choice: In the small Marin County town of Mill Valley where she grew up, yoga was part of her school's curriculum. Like a typical teenager, she rebelled against most things that were associated with school, but yoga was different. More than 25 years and 4.3 million yoga-videos-sold later, Ivanhoe is still at it. When she isn't teaching at YogaWorks in Santa Monica, she's at Loyola Marymount University, working toward a master's degree in yoga philosophy. Here, Ivanhoe shares some of her yoga wisdom:
October 27, 2012
Robby Benson is sitting serenely in the cafe of the Beverly Hills Hilton, sipping hot coffee as afternoon sunlight pours in through the windows. The 56-year-old actor, voice of the Beast in Disney's animated "Beauty and the Beast," is the picture of rugged health and wellness; he wears a loose blue button-down, his thick brown hair falls in waves and his easy smile welcomes passersby as he stands up to say hello.
October 13, 2012
Shari and Judi Zucker became vegetarians as teenagers, shared high school records in the mile and two-mile and became authors together at 17.
September 29, 2012
For those of us not blessed with the footwork of Fred Astaire, the notion of taking a dance class might not appeal. But Alice Alyse, a dancer and choreographer who is the artistic director of Joffrey Ballet West and Joffrey Ballet South, says that even the clumsiest among us can benefit from cutting a rug for an hour or so.
September 15, 2012
Patrick Dempsey, the actor also known as "McDreamy," just committed to two more seasons on the hospital drama "Grey's Anatomy." But it's when the camera isn't rolling that Dempsey, 46, is really busy. He's riding bikes and parenting three children with his wife, Jillian, raising money for a cancer charity that he helped found to honor his mother, and racing cars. (In a case of art imitating life, Dempsey expects to start shooting the film adaptation of the bestselling book "The Art of Racing in the Rain" soon. He'll play race-car driver Denny Swift.)
8:58 PM EDT, September 6, 2012
RuPaul became famous for his over-the-top drag performances and later, his VH1 show, "RuPaul's Drag Race." But recently, the 51-year-old performer has turned his focus inward, embarking on a hiking regimen in his hometown of Los Angeles that, he says, has changed his life physically, emotionally and spiritually.
2:23 PM EDT, August 31, 2012
Patrick Muldoon had his brains sucked out by a bug-eyed alien in "Starship Troopers," and perhaps more appealing he's been both a kindly heartthrob, Austin Reed on "Days of Our Lives," and an evil heartthrob, Richard Hart on "Melrose Place."
6:30 PM EDT, August 28, 2012
Marshall Reid was bullied at school because he was overweight. He found a way to fight back that has kept the bullies at bay and changed his life: He's a healthy eater and a successful author. He and his mother, Alexandra, wrote the book, "Portion Size Me" about how their family changed their habits and how other people can too.
August 11, 2012
The Paralympic Games don't get as much attention as the Olympics, but the stories are often more inspiring — among them, people who experience severe physical trauma and come out stronger on the other side. That's what happened with Casey Tibbs.
August 4, 2012
Dominique Moceanu captured the world's attention as the youngest member of the 1996 U.S. women's Olympic gymnastics team, the first American women's team to ever win gold for the United States. Moceanu was just 14 when she competed that year in Atlanta and quickly became the new face of the sport.
July 21, 2012
Olympic champion swimmer Matt Grevers, 27, knows about love. He loves his fiancée, he loves his sport and he loves his country.
July 14, 2012
As the host of TLC's "Freaky Eaters," JJ Virgin is known for helping people overcome bizarre eating habits — consuming only cheesy fries, for instance, or putting tartar sauce on everything from cupcakes to Jell-O.
July 7, 2012
Scott Jurek is a nice guy who exhibits none of the sanctimonious proselytizing that vegans sometimes do.
June 23, 2012
Jennie Finch began playing softball as a kid, and her passion and talent for the sport carried her all the way to the U.S. National Team and, in 2004 and 2008, the women's U.S. Olympic team. A star pitcher, Finch led her fellow Olympians to win gold and silver medals.
June 16, 2012
David Hill has a 12-year-old daughter and sons who are 10 and 7. He's also a pediatrician in Wilmington, N.C., and has written "Dad to Dad: Parenting Like a Pro," published this month by the American Academy of Pediatrics. We thought we'd get some of his thoughts to markFather's Day.
June 9, 2012
When your dad, Bob Lee, has played in the Super Bowl — twice — there is a familial expectation that you'll be athletic. Jenna Lee is the youngest anchor in cable news networks, and her show "Happening Now" for Fox News often runs her ragged and creates chaos for her schedule, especially during an election year.
June 2, 2012
In HBO's new show "Girls," creator Lena Dunham conjures up an image of young men so inundated with online porn that they almost unwittingly try to reenact it in their own boudoir escapades.
May 26, 2012
Full disclosure alert! I practically worshiped Jack LaLanne, who invented the modern fitness industry. He died last year at the age of 96.
May 5, 2012
Montel Williams is not your typical pot-smoking snowboarder. Best known as an Emmy-winning talk show host, the former Marine and decorated naval intelligence officer was also a champion boxer, bodybuilder and power-lifter.
April 28, 2012
In "The Hunger Games," actress Leven Rambin plays a teenage girl who has trained since childhood to fight to the death in a post-apocalyptic arena. To embody the role, Rambin, 21, had to look the part of the young warrior and also be able to wield weapons convincingly — her character, Glimmer, is versed in sword fighting and archery.
March 24, 2012
Dr. Walter Willett is the chair of nutrition at the Harvard School of Public Health. He's also a cow's best friend.
March 17, 2012
We know filmmaker David Lynch for the dark surrealism of "Eraserhead," "Blue Velvet," "Inland Empire" and "Twin Peaks," as well as for his deep, abiding love of coffee.
March 10, 2012
As co-host of "The Chew"(a food and talk show on ABC), Daphne Oz gets to sample items like the Big Mike Burger (two patties, three buns and cheese) and pizza by fellow host Mario Batali.
Copyright © 2013, Los Angeles Times